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Monday, December 21, 2015

150 Miles An Hour On A Motorcycle! By British Pathé


"Motorcyclist J S Wright gets ready for his record attempt. His clothing is being strapped down to cut back on wind resistance. He even has tape put around his throat - this looks a little dangerous. BV of him wearing a streamlined motorcycle helmet." - British Pathé


Full title reads: "Cork. 150 miles an hour on a motor cycle! Streamlined in every possible way even to his helmet - J S Wright and an O.E.C. - Jap-engined - wins back record for Britain from Germany."  

Views of his streamlined OEC motorbike with its Jap engine. Mechanics are checking over the bike. The name "Jap" is shown on the engine (not sure this means it was made in Japan - MD). Views of Wright preparing for his ride. Good CU and MS of Wright as he gets onto his bike and prepares to start off. Shots of the bike being towed behind a car to get up to starting speed. Shots of the motorcycle making several passes at high speed along very straight stretch of road. Good shot as bike passes under banner advertising BP (British Petroleum) Motor Spirit. - British Pathé


N.B. Joseph S Wright of Great Britain broke the speed record at 150.74 mph on 6/11/30. 

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1 comment:

  1. Very cool bike. Video and pictures were sick. I love to read about stories like this one, thanks for the post.

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