Leeds nostalgia: Yorkshire Film Archive shows floods in 1932

This film, courtesy of the Yorkshire Film Archive website, features a compilation of items including motorcycle racing, horse racing, the Bentley Floods, and take-off and landing of an Imperial Airways biplane.

Wednesday, 13th January 2016, 8:16 am
Updated Wednesday, 13th January 2016, 8:19 am

The film opens with motorcycle racing, mostly uphill, with spectators lined up along the sides cheering.

Under a section entitled ‘Mr O’Gallagher has a few words with Mr Renolds’, two men discuss the motorbike before more racing scenes.

Then it’s ‘Sheffield Speedway’, which sees small cars race at the speedway and drivers can be seen getting in and out of the race cars.

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Another section is called ‘The Faster Motor Club’ and is staged possibly at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough. Motorbikes go around a sharp curve, one of which falls over.

There is more racing on the road, and some of the motorcycles have sidecars.

The next portion of the film briefly features horse racing. For this particular race, crowds of spectators turned out for the event, possibly at the racing track in York.

In Bentley, near Doncaster, flood waters rush though and fill the town streets. To see the film, log onto the YFA website.