British Pathe Films

The British Experts' Trial Aka The British Expert's Trial (1932)

Stroud, Gloucestershire. 'The British Experts' Trial' - open only to winners of an 'Open' in 1932 - Motor Cycling's highest honour - won by J. Williams (Rudge) Solo - & J H Flook (Norton) Sidecar. 46 started - 34 finished!

Here's the Pathe Films description: A man rides a motorcycle along a wet and muddy track. A motorbike and sidecar come round a bend in a muddy track. More similar shots of people riding motorbikes over rough terrain. The motorcycle and sidecars look particularly strange being driven over the rocky and muddy ground. A small number of people are out to watch the competition. Many of the riders have such difficulty on the terrain that they have to use their feet to assist them.


Worlds Fastest Road Race Aka World's Fastest Road Race (1928)

Graham Walker on a Rudge Whitworth wins 250 mile Ulster Grand Prix from 72 "Speed Kings" - averaging 80.078 miles per hour - for 2 hours, 33 minutes! Ireland.

Here's the Pathe Films description: L/S of people in the stands, the camera pans across them to competitors getting ready for the race. M/S as they all ride away on their motorcycles. Various shots as they round corners and race down the roads. M/S as Graham Walker crosses the finish line, everyone claps, the others follow. M/S as Walker walks down the road with two other men. M/S as Walker shakes hands with a man. C/U of him with a cigarette in his mouth.
The Ulster Grand Prix. Graham Walker, on a Rudge, wins spectacular race at 80.63 miles per hour - fastest speed every recorded in motorcycle road racing. Belfast, Ireland.

L/S of the racers all lined up at the start, they push their motorcycles and jump on them. Various shots as they race around corners. Graham Walker speeds over the finish line. C/U of him surrounded by people after the race.


Leinster 100 (1928)

Walker (Rudge) wins a magnificent race from a field of sixty competitors. Exclusive Pathe Pictures. Leinster, Eire (Republic of Ireland, Southern Ireland).

Here's the Pathe Films description: Various shots of men starting off in a motorcycle race and racing around the track. One man comes off his bike and gingerly picks it up to remount. A fairly large crowd watches the motorbikes zoom around. M/S of a man sitting on his motorbike after the race, smoking a cigarette as the crowd around him cheers and waves - presumably this is Walker, the winner. M/S of two other men on their bikes after the race.


Leinster "200" (1932)

International Motor Cycle Race won by C. W. Manders on a 248 C.C. Rudge." Dublin , Eire, Southern Ireland, Republic of Ireland.

Here's the Pathe Films description: Motor cyclists give their bikes a running start as they leave the starting line of the race. Crowds are gathered on either side of the road to watch.
Closer shots of the racers starting they are given a push by team mates. Good shots of the motorbikes speeding around the streets of a town (I'm not sure this is Dublin as the paperwork implies). There is a large banner advertising Texaco oil. One of the riders fiddles with his bike as he comes round the corner. More shots of the race in progress around small town streets.

The race moves out into the countryside and we see racers in country lanes. The races are seen coming along the final straight in town. One rider is acclaimed as the winner - presumably Mr C W Manders. C/U Winning rider surrounded by other riders and members of the crowd, they raise their hands in a cheer.


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