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The Austin Festival Review, Documentary, 1951

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dsl SX

2015-06-03 02:18

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Taken from this DVD
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- see /movie.php?id=1004516488 . Can also be viewed at http://www.britishpathe.com/video/austin-festival-review/query/Longbridge , https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/video/austin-festival-review-065746855.html , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFBXy0pxKKM etc

Basically a fairly triumphalist promotional film made by Pathe for Austin for the 1951 Festival of Britain (also filmed by Pathe as Extra1 on this MG extravaganza - Pathe cleverly manage not to duplicate content between the 2 features) - in the typical post-WW2 mood of optimism for a bright future. Odd commentary which has lots of errors, and a bit of a rambling account, opening with Festival footage, followed by a history of early road vehicles and then becomes Austin focused.

Lots of very interesting stuff as it meanders its way through 10 minutes - I don't think it has been cut for DVD as has been suggested as an explanation for commentary errors

Festival of Britain stuff
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The onsite train in last 2 pics was based on a cartoon series by Rowland Emett called The Far Tottering and Oyster Creek Railway - a bit more interesting than all those silly Dotto things.

dsl SX

2015-06-03 03:11

History of transport stuff
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followed by in 1880 (apparently)
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.... an early ford
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.... a choo-choo
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... and ever wondered what we'd be identifying on imcdb if no-one had invented the internal combustion engine??
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dsl SX

2015-06-03 03:33

Planes for impdb

1] Lancasters (built in Longbridge during WW2)
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2] Horsa gliders, also built at Longbridge (plus Stirlings or Halifaxes - /movie_214240-The-Undefeated.html ??)
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3] Unidentified shiny thing
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That's the only shot, but it could be related to Phil The Greek's arrival in the A125 Sheerline - was he a pilot??

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johnfromstaffs EN

2015-06-03 21:27

The King's Flight's first post war machine was a Vickers Viking. According to stuff in the link P the G learned to fly in 1952.

Link to "www.rafmuseum.org.uk"

The "Choo-Choo" https://www.flickr.com/photos/jalapenokitten/3578575145

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Corkeyandpals US

2017-10-06 06:07

Aircraft at: http://impdb.org/index.php?title=The_Austin_Festival_Review

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