Contents of Motoring Through the Ages: 1890s-1930s

Approximately 110 minutes.  (See pictures below)



Film 1. Life before the car  3 mins. 12 secs.

Very rare films showing life on city and country roads before the motor car was invented.


Film 2. The dawn of the motor car 4 mins. 21 secs.

Review of how Henry Ford built his original quadricyle at the end of the 1890s; rare film of a motor car parade in New York City in 1899; re-enactment film of a horse and buggy vs. motor car race; entertaining film showing the impact that the early cars had on society; rare film from the early 1900s of a car driving down a street and witnessing the interaction of the other road users. Others films include the problems that early drivers had negotiating the unmade roads.


Film 3. Early motor racing 2 mins. 34 secs.

Very early films showing motor racing events in the early 1900s.


Film 4. The start of mass production 4 mins.

Informative film showing how Henry Ford developed the techniques for mass production which subsequently enabled cars everywhere to become much more affordable.


Film 5. The motor industry in World War 1 2 mins. 18 secs.

Brief glimpse of motor vehicles in action during World War 1, plus film of an experimental miniature go-anywhere tank produced by Ford.


Film 6. Luxurious Rolls-Royce cars of the Edwardian era 1 mins. 56 secs.

Film showing the exceptionally fine craftsmanship and features on a range of Edwardian Rolls-Royce cars.


Film 7. Car production provides mass employment 2 mins. 29 secs.

Selection of revealing films which show car workers producing new cars during the late 1910s and 1920s.


Film 8. Motoring in the 1920s

Footage of cars on the road in locations around the world in the 1920s.


Film 9. Motor racing matures (1910s onwards) 3 mins. 41 secs.

Fascinating selection of films which show how motor racing developed from crude dirt track races of the 1910s, to major racing events worldwide by the late 1930s. Includes footage from Brooklands, Le Mans, Monte Carlo and Indianapolis, plus hill climb events at Pikes Peak, Shelsley Walsh and Prescott. The final film shows Malcolm Campbell breaking the world land speed record at Daytona Beach, Florida.


Film 10. Early car stunts 5 mins. 38 secs.

Extraordinary amateur and professional drivers use their cars in a variety of ways for thrills and entertainment.


Film 11. Early car innovation 3 mins. 6 secs.

Selection of films which show a number of very unusual or one-off vehicles from the 1930s.


Film 12. Motoring in the 1930s 2 mins. 33 secs.

Revealing films showing car production and new car launches during the 1930s.


Film 13. Road testing 1930s British Ford cars 8 mins. 25 secs.

All-action road test film showing the capabilities of new British Ford cars in the 1930s.


Film 14. 1930s American motoring news stories and marketing films 15 mins. 3 secs.

Selection of films from America showing different aspects of motoring life in the 1930s, from new marketing films to different ways to monitor road congestion.


Film 15. Motor shows of the 1920s and 30s  6 mins. 11 secs.

Brief, but informative newsreel type films showing the 1924 London Motor Show; 1936 New York Auto Show; 1937 Berlin Motor Show and 1938 Paris Motor Show.


Film 16. Road safety in the 1930s  4 mins. 23 secs.

1930s educational film giving advice to drivers about how to look after their vehicle and how to drive safely on the increasingly busy roads.


Film 17. The World of Tomorrow -An inside look at the 1939 World Fair

7 mins. 30 secs.

Revealing film which documents the activities of some of the major car manufacturers who were exhibiting at the 1939 World Fair, plus a brief glimpse of the possible highway of the future as demonstrated by Ford.


Film 18. Celebrating motoring history and the dawn of the classic car movement  2 mins. 20 secs.

Selection of films showing early motoring museums and early motor car parades which were helping to promote motoring history.


Film 19. Modern profiles of classic Rolls- Royce and Bentley cars from the 1910s and 20s  9 mins. 30 secs.

Selection of contemporary films made about a modified armoured World War 1 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost; a one-owner only Rolls-Royce Phantom 1 and a very rare 6 ½ litre Bentley saloon car. 


Selection of actual images from the Motoring Through the Ages: 1890s - 1930s DVD


Streets before cars


Early car innovation


Early cars on the road


New cars for the wealthy


Early manufacturing


Driving on unmade roads


Early speed trials


Early motor racing


Motoring in the 1920s


Car roller coasters


1930s innovation


Major motor shows 


Hitler at the Berlin Motor Show


"Testing" new cars


Daredevil stunt performers


Early car museums

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