BMC   Breakthrough

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BMC Breakthrough

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Code: A153490

A compilation of classic films from the Archives of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust re-mastered for DVD.

Six Hours at Sandown (1965)
Paddy Hopkirk, Timo Makinen, Rauno Aaltonen and John Fitzpatrick compete in the Six Hour Saloon Car Race at Sandown Park in Melbourne. Their Mini Coopers face stiff competition from Ford Galaxy, Jaguar, Alfa Romeo and Peugeot not to mention a Lotus Cortina piloted by Jackie Stewart.

Against the Clock (1955)
Five standard BMC models undertake a high speed endurance run on the banking at the Montlhery circuit. An MGA, Austin Healey 100, Riley Pathfinder, Austin A90 and Wolseley 6/90 lap at 100 miles an hour for one hour under the watchful eye of Competitions Manager, Marcus Chambers.

Morris Breakthrough (1962) & Austin Breakthrough (1963)
The ‘Breakthrough’ films are a perfect example of BMC’s policy of ‘badge engineering’. Despite the BMC merger, the Austin and Morris dealerships continued to compete with each other throughout the 1960s. So, just as a Morris and Austin variant of the 1100 was produced, two versions of the launch film also had to be made. Continuity was a nightmare for the producer as was the cost of shooting identical scenes twice with differently-badged cars. The results were nevertheless fascinating, featuring interviews with Alec Issigonis, Alex Moulton and John Cooper plus cameos of racing drivers Paddy Hopkirk and Cristobel Carlisle using ‘their’ 1100s to drive to race meetings.

Total running time approximately 89 minutes

(c) British Motor Industry Heritage Trust