Horses To Horsepower / Around Australia in 9 days
This DVD has two films from BMC’s early days in Australia.
The first was made to celebrate the opening of BMC’s Zetland factory extensions, in 1958, and covers the history and development of the site, from horse racing track, to one of the largest car-making facilities in Australia.
It is a very interesting colour film for anyone wanting to know about BMC’s history in Australia, and shows many of the factory’s state-of-the-art machinery in operation.
It is fascinating to see the way BMC made cars in the late 1950s, early 1960s, many of the procedures of which would have been used on the Minis.
It also provides an opportunity for those of us who never set foot in the factory, to see the facilities for the people as well as the machinery.
The second film is in black-and-white and covers the Around Australia record-breaking run of Evan Green and Jules Feldman from Modern Motor magazine.
Shot in 1962, the film follows the pair as they circumnavigate Australia in an Austin Freeway, on Highway 1 - then mostly a gravel road.
A few Minis, sorry Morris 850s, can be spotted in the film, including one at Ceduna near the WA/SA border.
Battling incredibly thick bulldust, and unpredictable mud on the Nullarbor Plain, they set an unofficial record of nine days and six hours for the journey.
The DVD is an ideal companion for anyone interested in BMC/Leyland’s history in Australia.