The final test of motor cycles made in Coventry for the army.
The Final Tests - of motorcycles made in Coventry, West Midlands, for the army - 1916.
Opens with what is almost a comedy sequence: road with a huge puddle across it in rural area with trees; group of people gathered looking down at the water from a raised stone walkway along the side of the road. Long string of motorcycles come round bend; approaching the water; and drive through the miniature lake. Many different styles; some funny; silly; comic; slapstick; etc. Some stand up on seat to avoid getting wet; others raise legs up and out; some make big splash. Also motorcycle with sidecar. CU side view man working on motorcycle (small; lightweight Triumph). He replaces some small part. Mechanic; tools.
Next; shot looking up at steep hill; 2 motorcycles drive up hill. Then; shot of motorcycle factory; brick building with sign 'Triumph Works' over a wide entry (writing is backwards - film has been transferred the wrong way round - SL); about 20 motorcycles; 2 with sidecars; drive out of this opening.
Shot of a muddy country road; with a few guys leaning on stone wall of a small bridge; watching a couple of motorcycles drive over the hill; becoming airborne as they hit a bump. Then a funny bit; with 5 guys piled up on a cycle like a silly stunt; driving down the road; as another man watches. Another comic bit; with one man on a motorcycle; a gang of others hanging onto the back; in a struggle; as if trying to stop him. They all slide back & forth on road; front wheel pops up a few times; like a wheelie.
Note: this film has been transferred in reverse, so writing is the wrong way round.
Industry; transportation; vehicles.
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