Title ID 266Collection ID504
Title[Old Crocks]
DateNovember 1962
CollectionHarrison / Williams
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionFamily Life
KeywordsBeaches Celebrations Motor Vehicles Cars Piers [Palace Pier, Brighton] Fancy dress Transport Roads
RegionalBrighton and Hove
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionMr. Harrison
CameraMr. Harrison
FormatColour Silent
Duration4 min. 30 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Footage of London to Brighton Veteran Car Rally in November 1962, shot from the window of a moving vehicle and as the motorcars arrive in Madeira Drive, Brighton, by amateur film-maker Mr. Harrison.


The film opens with footage shot from a moving vehicle as it passes veteran cars on their way to Brighton. At Madeira Drive on Brighton's seafront, a sign reads "Careful drivers are welcome to Brighton. Souhaite la bienvenue aux automobilistes attentifs et courtois". The Palace Pier and the Royal Albion Hotel are seen behind. The motorcars drive past crowds of spectators standing along the seafront and under the arches of Madeira Drive. Union Jacks fly above. A mounted policeman moves past the camera.

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Earlier footage of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Rally is included in home movies produced by Geoffrey Price Gowlland. In [Family Events of 1948] and A Gowlland Film 1954, the family attend the rally as the cars arrive at Madeira Drive. The 1949 Veteran Run was filmed by D. J. Church, a member of Haywards Heath Cine Society and included in the compilation [Roving Camera].

Films by amateur film-maker Jim Greenyer of the famous car run in the 1960s, filmed on the A23 and Madeira Drive and held by Screen Archive South East, including [London to Brighton Vintage Car Race] (1960s), [Vintage Car Rally: London to Brighton. River Views] (1967), [Vintage Car Club] (1969) and [London to Brighton Vintage Car Rally. At the Seaside. Steam Engine Rally] (1970). The archive also holds [Family Pictures. Seaside Outings. Veteran Car Rally], produced in 1960 by Henry Colley.

[Brighton Pictures III] produced by Omega Film Production (ca. 1970) includes footage of the London to Brigton Veteran Car Rally. Brighton is shown as rife with social problems. Crowds of Mods and Rockers gather on the seafront, while Brighton Marina is in its initial stages of development.