Car Racing at Long Kesh

Details

Location

Long Kesh

Year

1958

Source

Digitised as part of Unlocking Film Heritage

Format

16mm

colour

Length

05min 15sec

Silent

silent

Courtesy

British Film Institute, National Museums Northern Ireland, Tourism NI

Rights Holder

National Museums Northern Ireland, Tourism NI

It is illegal to download, copy, print or otherwise utilise in any other form this material, without written consent from the copyright holder.

Description

Vibrant images of cars old and new, as sports and vintage cars race at the Long Kesh track.

The old Long Kesh airfield was used by the RAF during World War II and became a venue for race meetings in 1957. The race was organised by the Ulster Automobile Club (UAC) and is part of the Circuit of Ireland Retrospective Trial. UAC president Robin McKinney raced on the circuit himself in 1960. This film details both the sports cars and vintage car races.

*Note: This film opens with several seconds of unrelated rural scenes.

This film was digitised as part of the BFI's Unlocking Film Heritage project.
 

Notes

These colourful rushes are amongst a wealth of footage that was generated by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.  This government department had their own staff who documented the region through stills and moving images and the films they created capture various facets of life in Northern Ireland. The department was particularly busy in the mid-1950s to late 1960s, creating films that aimed to sell Northern Ireland as a holiday destination. This material captures Northern Ireland at an intriguing time, post-World War Two and pre-Troubles.

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