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Beetle Racing

Six legged competitors take to the starting blocks as a Midlands pub brings the sport of beetle racing to the world.

Non-Fiction 1959 3 mins

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After finding a suitable beetle from the wood pile around the back of the pub, news reporter Pat Cox is allowed to enter the next race. Her steed, now known as Beady Eyes, takes its place on the start line only to witness the disqualification of a cockroach - oops! The final result is unclear - but we think the winner was Beady Eyes. Nevertheless, Pat, bettle trainer extraordinaire, is presented with a cup for her efforts.