THE BEST OF MOTORING IN THE THIRTIES
To buy the DVD go to http://www.motorfilms.com
A compilation of classic original travelogues from the Austin and Morris
Archives re-mastered for DVD.
The 1930s was an era when motoring was still fun. Small cars such as the
Austin Seven and the Morris Minor carried a modest price tag and brought
motoring within the reach of the middle classes for the first time. They
celebrated the freedom this relatively new form of transport gave them by
exploring the length and breadth of the British Isles.
These charming travelogues, produced by Morris Motors and the Austin Motor
Company, were intended to demonstrate the virtues of their products. Along
the way they captured a snapshot of Thirties Britain - its scenery, its
people, and its way of life. So jump into the passenger seat and take a
trip back in time, through the picturesque villages of England, up into the
magnificent mountains of Scotland, and past the impressive monuments of
The Villages of England (18.5 minutes)
Morris Motors 1934 (B&W)
Lands End to John O'Groats (18.5 minutes)
Morris Motors 1935 (B&W)
The Highlands of Scotland (17.5 minutes)
Morris Motors 1936 (B&W)
All That is England (17.5 minutes)
Austin Motor Company 1936 (B&W)
Facts and Fancies (21.5 minutes)
Morris Motors 1937 (Colour)
(An extremely rare example of a 1930s colour process called Dufaycolour).
Total running time 90 minutes approximately
1959 Austin Healey MK1 "Bugeye" Sprite
First video after delivery of my project car (1959 Austin Healey MK1
Sprite). Although it is in worst shape than the seller lead me to believe
it should be a fun project. I am going for a "frame-off" restoration.
The Loudest Bugeye Sprite in Vintage Racing?
Video from three races of my poor little 1959 Sprite that was wrongfully
accused of being "too loud" and cost me a 1st place finish at Blackhawk
Farms Raceway with the VSCDA. Take a listen and you be the judge. Warning:
I have been told this little 1275cc car is capable of deafening mere
1380cc 1960 Austin Healey Sprite
test video of Goprocamera
This was with a 3.7 rear diff. I'm using a 4.22 now.
This was also with a single HIF6 carb. I'm using 2
HS4 carbs now.
It has a straight cut close ratio gear box.
Motorfilms Quarterly - Volume Twenty One
Within The White Line - Austin Motor Company - 1938 (2:40)
Marvel at the passive safety of a pre-war Austin...rolled for the cause.
Devil Drivers - 1938 (8:00)
American view of European grand prix racing, dirt-track racing and
The Triumph Marque - Standard Triumph (15:00)
Fine quality contemporary colour review of Triumph TR competition from
straightline record breaking on the Jabbeke Highway to 24-Hours round Le
Tour de Corse 1971- British Leyland (12:40)
Lovely contemporary colour coveraqe of the punishingly twisty, hilly
Corsican international Rally, featuring Brian Culcheth and BL's TR7.
1951 Bridgehampton -1961 German Grand Prix -1967 Daytona (3:45)
Contemporary news-crew coverage of three now classic events - pioneer
postwar American road racing, Moss's Lotus triumph over Ferrari '61, and
Ferrari's humbling of Ford '67 - as the cinema audiences would have seen
Austin-Rover Win Again - Austin Rover - 1982 (15:40)
Yes really - a fine period colour movie covering the activities of the
wonderful Rover SD1 V8s in both rally and touring car Championship trim;
heavyweight fun of the fair!
Fart, Fart, Fart! - British Motor Corporation - 1968 (12:30)
A very entertaining look at Swedish Mini racing on the Danish Roskildering
circuit. You will hardly credit this was once a Formula 1 venue! Swedish
The Club 57 (Part One) - British Racing & Sports Car Club (12:30)
By courtesy of the BRSCC - the famous British club's 1957 annual review
movie, as prepared for their annual end-of-year film show - racing from the
Total Running Time 1 Hour 34 Minutes approximately
Sprite and Midget Engine Identification
In this video we identify the various A-Series engines found in the Austin
Healey Sprite and MG Midgets through 1974. Below is listing of the various
Engine ID Prefixes and other associated information.
Factory Engine ID Prefixes:
9C - Austin Healey Sprite Mk I (Bugeye/Frogeye), 1958-1961, 948CC -
9CG - Austin Healey Sprite Mk II/MG Midget Mk I, 1961-1962, 948CC -
10CG - Austin Healey Sprite Mk II/MG Midget Mk I, 1962-1964, 1098CC -
MOWOG/"Engine" Green (1.75" Crankshaft main journal size)
10CC - Austin Healey Sprite Mk III/MG Midget Mk II, 1964-1966, 1098CC -
MOWOG/"Engine" Green (2.00" Crankshaft main journal size)
12CC - Austin Healey Sprite Mk IV/MG Midget Mk III, 1967, 1275CC -
MOWOG/"Engine" Green/possibly also the Light Green hammer finish (all "Thin
12CD/12CE (home market)/12CJ - Austin Healey Sprite Mk IV/MG Midget Mk III,
1968-1971, 1275CC - Light Green hammer finish - All emission
controlled/evaporative loss engines (except 12CE)
12V - MG Midget Mk III, 1971-1974, 1275CC - Black
Got a question about your engine? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sprite and Midget Light Green Metallic Engine Paint:
Sprite and Midget MOWOG Green Engine Paint:
If you've got a Classic Mini Cooper, here's a very comprehensive list of
engine ID's from Mini Mania:
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Austin-Healey 100 M
110 hp,weight 1082 kg,top speed 175 km/h (109 mph),0-60 mph 9''6 sec.Only
640 of these 100 M cars were made.Good vision at all!
British Motor Corporation Story
BMC was the largest British car company of its day, with (in 1952) 39
percent of British output, producing a wide range of cars under brand names
including Austin, Morris, MG, Austin-Healey and Wolseley as well as
commercial vehicles and agricultural tractors. The first chairman was Lord
Nuffield (William Morris) but he was replaced in August 1952 by Austin's
Leonard Lord who continued in that role until his 65th birthday in 1961 but
handing over, in theory at least, the managing director responsibilities to
his deputy George Harriman in 1956.
BMC's headquarters were at the Austin plant at Longbridge, near Birmingham
and Austin was the dominant partner in the group mainly because of the
chairman. The use of Morris engine designs was dropped within 3 years and
all new car designs were coded ADO from "Amalgamated Drawing Office". The
Longbridge plant was up to date, having been thoroughly modernised in 1951,
and compared very favourably with Nuffield's 16 different and often old
fashioned factories scattered over the English Midlands. Austin's
management systems however, especially cost control and marketing, were not
as good as Nuffield's and as the market changed from a shortage of cars to
competition this was to tell. The biggest-selling car, the Mini, was
famously analysed by Ford Motor Company who concluded that BMC must be
losing £30 on every one sold. The result was that although volumes held up
well throughout the BMC era, market share fell as did profitability and
hence investment in new models, triggering the 1966 merger with Jaguar Cars
to form British Motor Holdings (BMH), and three years later leading to the
government sponsored merger of BMH with Leyland Motor Corporation.
Bugeye Project - maiden voyage!
It lives! Proof that a cracked head, stuck motor, and 11 years sitting with
water in the engine can't keep an old British car down. All work done in a
one-car garage with basic hand tools, duct tape, and Coca-Cola (you know,
to get the rust out. No sane person really drinks that stuff!)