Saturday, 14 January 2012

Caught on Camera

Motor Books have produced a DVD “Bristol Cars on Film” based on 2 16mm films shot by the late Ted Ashman, Chief Photographer of the Bristol Aeroplane Company in the mid-1950s.
The first film follows a Bristol 403 travelling by road and Bristol Freighter from London to Paris in 1954 to demonstrate how comfortable and pleasant such a journey could be. While the second film shows the Bristol team at Le Mans in 1955 finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd in their class.
As a bonus, footage of the Bristol Aeroplane Company’s Centenary celebrations at Filton in September 2010 is included. This is also where that year’s Bristol Owners Club concours took place (with the largest ever assembly of Bristol cars) and this too is featured on the DVD.

This is where I come in, or rather go out – literally. Forget the aerobatic display of the Airbus A380, spectacular as it is with the massive aircraft seemingly hanging motionless in the air. The highlight for me is when I’m captured on film leaving the site at the end of the day. Neil is in the driver’s seat with Karen next to him, and Neil’s friend John Tanner is in the back. It was a great day that I previously wrote about on this blog, and with the extra films this DVD is well worth looking out for.