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Cycling Stunt Man
Gloucester's answer to Evel Knievel may not be able to afford a motorbike but he won't let that deter him...
Non-Fiction 1974 3 mins
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We'll probably never know what brought Mike Wilson, Gloucester's budget answer to Evel Knievel, to the attention of ATV Today, but reporter David Eggleton has made the long journey from Birmingham to see him and was presumably expecting something spectacular. It's not just jumping on a bike and going over a plank, you know.
Race for the Muratti Cup at Manchester Wheelers' Annual Meet (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 15 mins Silent Location: Manchester
Exciting scenes of amateur cycling's 'Race of Champions' at Manchester's Fallowfield track.
Early Season Kermesse
Amateur film 1962 6 mins Silent Location: Great Yarmouth
The dedication and enthusiasm of Club cyclists is put to the test big time at the early season Kermesse on Norfolk's chilly east coast.
British Cycling Federation National Road Race Championship
Amateur film 1960 11 mins Silent Location: Blaydon
Blazing saddles on the 140-mile Blaydon route of the 1960 British National Road Race with one of the greatest amateur road cyclists of all time.
Non-Fiction 1947 14 mins Silent Location: Sheffield
Rare film of an exciting sprint and cycle racing event just after the war, capturing most of the large expectant crowd and many competitors.
Hugh Porter Interview
Non-Fiction 1970 6 mins Location: Wolverhampton
A tough training regime for a cycling world champion. Although it helps that he goes home to a fellow Olympian.
Tour of the North
Sport 1957 5 mins Silent Location: Belfast
Crowds flood Belfast to catch a glimpse of the Tour of the North cyclists
Ice Cream Man
News 1974 5 mins Location: Gloucester
Gloucester's only tricycle ice cream seller runs rings around Chris Tarrant.
Gloucester Football Hypnotist
News 1959 2 mins Location: Gloucester
Southern League football team Gloucester City call in famed hypnotist Henry Blythe to take them to a higher plane.
Amateur film 1937 18 mins Silent Location: Gloucester
Mysterious home movie scrapbook of industry and agriculture around Gloucestershire.
News 1957 3 mins Location: Gloucester
The three candidates in the 1957 Gloucester by-election out and about on the campaign trail.
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent
The Victorian great and good mark the passing of a political titan
Parade of Troops with Band and Crowds Following
Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins Silent
For Britons during the Boer War, a welcome opportunity to support the troops - and march alongside them
Workers Leaving Work at Vickers
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Location: Barrow-In-Furness
Factory gate glimpses at - we think - Barrow-in-Furness
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent Location: Worthing
Worthing waves at us in this mesmerising early film
The Biter Bit
Comedy 1898 1 mins Silent
Film's first joke? A fresh take on an old prank.
Opening of the Kiel Canal
Non-Fiction 1895 0 mins Silent
This was one of a series of actuality films made by the Victorian pioneer Birt Acres during 1895. The film is thought to have been shot on June 20, on the occasion of the opening of the Kiel Canal by the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. Acres shot other films at the same time, but they have not survived.
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