First Ever Recorded Motor Racing Accident (1919)
First Ever Recorded Motor Racing Accident (1919). This is rare footage of Louis Chevrolet (co-founder of Chevrolet Motor Car Company) racing at Coney Island, NY in September of 1919. Louis is driving the number 7 Frontenac. The images have been reversed, and the footage shows the cars racing clockwise around the track, instead of counter-clockwise.Louis is seated on the infield side of his machine, with his riding mechanic seated on the outside of the car. This was one of the last races he ever competed in. He dropped out when his car caught on fire. The movie has been edited, and we see the start of the race, Louie taking the early lead, the fire, and then Louis racing side by side.
John Cobb Dies in Gallant Attempt on World Water Speed Record
John Cobb Dies in Gallant Attempt on World Water Speed Record. Cobb was a British racing motorist who broke the land speed record in 1939. In 1947 he raised his own land speed record to 394.19 mph (634.39 km/h). In 1952, he was attempting to break the world water speed record at Loch Ness, Scotland at speeds in excess of 200 mph (320 km/h). The boat hit an unexplained wake and Cobb was killed. Loch Ness Monster believers claimed the wake was caused by a large animal. This newsreel is very typical of Pathe with overly dramatic music for a real life tragedy. 90,000 HISTORIC CLIPS from 1886 - 1976, ALL FREE TO VIEW at http://www.britishpathe.com Subscribe to British Pathe: http://www.youtube.com/britishpathe Follow us on Twitter: @britishpathe.com Join us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/britishpathe
Donald Campbell Killed in Water Speed Record Attempt
Donald Campbell Killed in Water Speed Record Attempt. Campbell was a British speed record breaker who is the only person to have set both world water and land speed records in the same year (1964). On 4th January 1967, Campbell was killed whilst attempting to set another water speed record in his 'Bluebird K7'. He had already set seven water speed records between 1955 and 1964 with speed increases from 216mph to 276.33mph. The accident happened on Coniston Water, Lancashire, England. The Bluebird surpassed 320mph but as she did so she gradually lifted from the water before somersaulting out of control. Campbell was killed instantly. Watch more of Donald Campbell's Record Attempts, Successes and Crashes Here: http://www.britishpathe.com/workspace.php?id=5280&view=list Read a blog post about this video here: http://britishpathe.wordpress.com/2012/01/04/on-this-day-donald-campbell-ki lled-in-297mph-lake-district-crash/ Check out the Sporting HIstory Channel: http://www.youtube.com/sportinghistory Check out the British Pathe YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/britishpathe Follow us on Twitter: @britishpathe (http://www.twitter.com/britishpathe) Join us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/britishpathe All 90,000 British Pathe reels can be viewed and enjoyed on:http://www.britishpathe.com
Devon Loch Grand National Disaster, 1956
Devon Loch Grand National Disaster, 1956. One of the most famous Grand Nationals of all time where the late Dick Francis gallops towards the finish line on HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother's horse, Devon Loch. Dick is just yards away from the finish line and is undoubtedly about to win the race when Devon inexplicably jumps up and falls to his stomach. It looks as though the horse sees a fence in front of him. ESB, the horse behind, swoops past Devon Loch who is still scrambling to his feet and wins the Grand National. The Queen Mother famously said, "Oh that's racing" and Dick Francis retired from racing the following year and turned his hand to crime writing. View the whole race here: http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=40273 Check out the Sporting HIstory Channel: http://www.youtube.com/sportinghistory Check out the British Pathe YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/britishpathe Follow us on Twitter: @britishpathe (http://www.twitter.com/britishpathe) Join us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/britishpathe All 90,000 British Pathe reels can be viewed and enjoyed on: http://www.britishpathe.com