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Title:5 CORPS DESPATCH RIDERS HOLD A GYMKHANA [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AYY 469/2
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Despatch riders of the 5th Corps, Signals compete in a motorcycle gymkhana at Le Kram.
Description: Close up of the starter with a stopwatch. He shouts "Go!" and the camera pans to a despatch rider who runs to his motorbike. The bike enters the first lane. It weaves up and down three lanes. The bike approaches the camera, turns and drives down another lane. Another contestant runs to his bike, he starts it and rides rapidly away. Another contestant taking corners on the course. Close up of a despatch rider running to his motorbike.
In the second contest three pairs of contestants jump from their starting positions on petrol cans, run to their bikes and tear down the lanes. A motorbike passes the camera. An out-of-control motorbike leaves the track and charges towards the camera. Close up of a driver and pillion passenger hastily changing places. A bike wobbling down the lane.
In the third contest after turning around six times a despatch rider goes past his bike, staggers and collapses in a heap. Three despatch riders in a row rotate, the one nearest the camera mounts his bike with some difficulty.