That's a really wonderful clip. My guess it was actually 1937 - somewhere I have a note about this and, of course, can't find it. What an excellent crowd too. The midget car race was probably put on as an added attraction at a speedway meeting. High Beech, Epping Forest, the venue - not High Beeches as given in the title.
Post by haflinger121 on Jan 3, 2010 11:30:03 GMT 1
Yes, nice one Rod - I don't think there can be too much footage of that kind of era, not that I've ever seen anyway. Yet again, High Beech is another track I never realised had ever run midgets, even if this was just some kind of fill-in at a speedway meeting. I agree with John about when this is likely to have been. The archive owner clearly isn't sure, thus the ? appended to the date. But the indispensible Homes of British Speedway gives the dates when High Beech operated, and the only period that looks likely is 1937-39. It has to be '37 or later, given the comment about Mackereth.
What I found interesting too, was the speed they were going at. 1930's equipment or not, these guys weren't hanging about were they?
Like John I too have a note somewhere about this demo, if I can find it I'll post the referance.
Looking at the cars, they are the early models ie 1937, if the footage was taken in 38 then I immagine Walter Mackereth would have been driving the very latest model, as he was, what we call these days, "a works driver".
A great find, keep searching Rod, you never no one day we might get hold of that footage from Marine Gardens Edinburgh, you know, the one.
The Mike Hunter clip that I have been after for the past six years !!!