Motoring history DVDs
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The Best of Vintage Morris (DVD)
A compilation of classic original promotional films from the Nuffield archives remastered for DVD
Morris Motors was a pioneer of the use of film in advertising and the output of its dedicated Cine Department produced a unique historic record of the early years of the factory, its products, and its founder William Morris who became Lord Nuffield.
In Retrospect (1937)
A look-back at 10 years of the footage produced by the Morris Film Unit since its formation in 1927. A fascinating introduction to their output.
Shooting a Famous Works (1927)
This is a film about the making of a film as we watch the crew of photographers being welcomed at Oxford Station and then taken round the Cowley Factory. Along the way we encounter ‘Mr Morris’ driving one of his cars, the earliest known footage of William Morris.
Britain’s Foremost Motor Car Factory (1924)
This is the earliest known film showing the manufacture and assembly of cars at Cowley. The historian of the Morris Register, Harry Edwards, working from chassis numbers seen on the export packing crates, has dated the production to March 1924, 3 years before the formation of the Morris Film Unit.
The One Hundred Pound Car is Here (1930)
The important new Morris Minor is put through its paces by a potential customer and his wife, affording the opportunity to explain aspects of its design and manufacture.
One of the earliest Morris sound films shows the special bodied Morris Minor that achieved 100 miles in the hour at Brooklands in August 1931. The car was then ‘de-tuned’ to allow it to do 100 miles per gallon on the road.
The Morris Sound Gazette (1932)
The earliest ‘Morris Gazette’ was a collection of short features in the style of the famous ‘Pathe Gazette’. Of the stories on offer, ‘Motors & Music’ and ’Motoring on Water’ sound rather more intriguing than ‘Official RAC Petrol Consumption Tests’.
Morris Minors Across America (DVD)
The USA was the Morris Minor's second biggest export market and this DVD includes Morris Minors on the East coast, West coast and Hawaii; US Morris Minor advertising, including a rarely heard American Morris Minor radio commercial; highly modified and gloriously restored US Minors; original rust-free Morris Minors along California's Pacific coast; unusual US working Minors; a racing US Morris Minor, including exhilarating in-car footage, the biggest American Morris Minor parts suppliers and much more.
This is a fascinating look at the history of Morris Minors in the world's most important car market.
"A must see movie"
The Best of Morris Minor
Total running time 1 hour 21 minutes approximately
A compilation of classic original promotional films from the Morris archives remastered for DVD.
Dusty Miles (1949) (33 minutes) (B&W)
In the immediate aftermath of World War Two selling cars abroad to bring in foreign currency was vital, as were promotional films such as this, aimed squarely at the all-important North American market. The 1,500 mile Alaska Highway had been completed in 1942 connecting Dawson Creek in Alberta to Fairbanks in Alaska. This largely unsurfaced road over the Rockies and through wild and remote country provided the perfect backdrop to demonstrate the joys and qualities of the brand new Morris Minor.
Science Behind the Car (1951) (29 minutes) (B&W)
A look behind the technical scenes of Morris Motors showing the thorough scientific testing of all components in the Nuffield range of cars.
Tests Such As These (1956) (10 minutes) (B&W)
BMC’s latest product range completes 25,000 miles on the German autobahns at an average speed of 60 miles per hour. The prototype Morris 1000 is joined on the foreign jaunt by its cousins, the Morris Oxford, the Austin A50 and the A35.
10,000 Miles Non-Stop (1952) (5 minutes) (B&W)
A unique record of an extraordinary publicity stunt at the Goodwood motor circuit. A Morris Minor Series II was able to complete 4,000 laps round the circuit in ten days thanks to the remarkable Nuffield Organisation Research Tender. This articulated vehicle, based on a modified Morris half-ton van chassis, carried a bizarre trailer in the shape of a tuning fork which made it possible for a group of engineers to service the Morris Minor while it was still driving under its own power.
Minor 1000 in London (1956) (2 minutes) (Colour)
Marvel at the uncongested London streets in this Fifties travelogue, filmed to promote the virtues of the new Morris Minor 1000.