Title ID 1620Collection ID498
Title[F.44 Dennis Fire Engine Test Drive]
Collection[SHC / Govier / Smith] Dennis Company
Genre/TypeProfessionalTelevision companyNon-fictionActuality/Factual
KeywordsFire Services Motor Vehicles Racing
LocalGodalming Guildford Haslemere Silverstone
RegionalNorthamptonshire Surrey
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionBBC [?]
ParticipantsBill Harding
Format16mm Colour Sound
Duration5 min. 20 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


The latest Dennis Fire Engine, the F.44, is given a test drive through the streets of Godalming and on country tracks. It is also pitted against the F.36 model at Silverstone racetrack, where its superior performance is watched by chief fire officers. The film has an accompanying commentary.


"Dennis F.44. Powered by Rolls Royce B81 S.V. Petrol engine with Allison automatic transmission." The film opens with images of the new F.44 fire engine competing against the older F.36 model on the Silverstone racetrack. The F.44 displays better acceleration, braking and manoeuvring skills. The assembled fire chiefs are invited to test drive the vehicle and to watch as its disc pads are changed and as its pumps are utilised. The camera films from aboard the vehicle as it drives effortlessly through the streets of Godalming before moving onto uneven country tracks. [Sequence also on TID 1617]