Title ID 4158Collection ID505
Title[Stock Cars at Arlington; Newhaven; Bluebell Railway; Motor Racing at Goodwood; Commercial Vehicle Run; London Airport; Cowes]
Date1964 - 1965
CollectionHarry Colley
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionAlbum/Journal
ThemeSeaside Transport
KeywordsBoats Bridges Harbours Ships Coasters (ships) Ferries Railway steamers Cross-Channel steamers Motor Vehicles Cars Seaside Resorts Landscape Racing Aircraft Airports Trains Workers Railway Stations Steam Locomotives Railways
LocalNewhaven Seaford Goodwood Arlington Gatwick [?]
RegionalEast Sussex West Sussex Isle of Wight
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionHenry (Harry) Colley
CameraHenry (Harry) Colley
FormatColour Silent
Duration32 min. 25 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A compliation of scenes, taken around Sussex between 1964 and 1965 by Harry Colley, of vehicles and driving, Bluebell Railway steam locomotives, racing at Arlington and Goodwood, planes taking off at an airport, and ferries at Newhaven Harbour.


A van appears, seen on the road from a low vantage point. The driver is seen with his sunglasses on before driving footage, shot from the front of the vehicle. The white chalk cliffs at Cuckmere Haven come into view as the van drives on the coastal road from Newhaven. The van drives through Seaford, passing along Broad Street and Belgrave Road.

Scenes taken at stock car racing at Arlington follow. Spectators look on from outside the track as the cars veer round the course. One of the cars is seen on its side on the verge. A young man stands by his Mini Cooper outside the family home, Bowden House. The camera closes in on the steering wheel, dashboard and seats, panning the length of the car. The owner drives in and out of the drive.

At Newhaven Harbour, British Railways' passenger steamer “Brighton" is shown, together with the harbour tug "Meeching", and the car ferry ramp, which was newly constructed in the winter of 1963-64. Ferries, freight ships and fishing boats are also in view at the harbour.

A train leaves the station on the Bluebell Railway, waved off by a young boy and his father. Men stand beside one of the trains (Bluebell 323) in need of repair. The train is seen from a distance, being repainted. One of the steam trains pulls into a station, the driver leaning out.

Car racing at Goodwood follows. The camera follows the cars as they speed round the track, set into green pastures of the countryside. Road scenes follow, as buses, coaches, vans and fire trucks pass by on the way to Brighton for the Veteran Commercial Vehicle Run. A passenger aircraft takes off at Gatwick airport [?]. The camera pans across the airport, concourse, runways, planes and motor vehicles, car park and buildings under construction at Gatwick [?]. Further planes take off and move out to the runway, including a BEA plane. Airline staff board the plane and passengers walk to Arrivals. A Qantas plane passes.

Further footage at Newhaven shows the old swing bridge being turned by capstan to provide coaster “Pen Dart” access to North Quay. Pedestrians cross once the bridge is manoeuvred back into position. Further boats and cranes are seen at Newhaven Harbour. Men turning the swing bridge capstan are seen from across the water. Further boats are seen passing in. Car ferries "Falaise" and "Valencay" enter harbour stern first. The Valancay (Dieppe), which was owned by SNCF, the French nationalised railways, passes the lighthouse at Newhaven, moving backwards into the harbour up to the linkspan. A crowd watches on, waving from the hard. Brief Cowes Regatta scenes follow. Domestic garden scenes close the film; a bird splashes in a stone bird bath and bees and butterflies cling to grasses and flowers.