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#1 David Kipling

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Posted 20 May 2009 - 03:21


I was watching the Turner Classic Movies channel at the gym today, the 1961 b/w movie GREEN HELMET. Anyone recognize the 'dressed up' sports car they used? It has a Jag motor, but the body is either somebody's one-off or the film company's deliberate fake. Could it be a Lister? I doubt even in 1961 that they'd dress up a D Type. In one scene it's being chased by a bare-alloy Lister.

Nice Gordon GT (not a Gordon Keeble I think, which was built later than '61), plenty of Maserati "Birdcage" footage too. Corny story but what the hell.

I'd love to get a DVD of the movie, partly to try and spot a contemporary British stock-car racer who has an uncredited role as a mechanic.

If you've seen the movie --- what's the car? I will try to link or paste a hood-off photo here.
http://www.oldstox.c... helmet.jpg.png


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#2 raceannouncer2003

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Posted 20 May 2009 - 04:22


I was watching the Turner Classic Movies channel at the gym today, the 1961 b/w movie GREEN HELMET. Anyone recognize the 'dressed up' sports car they used? It has a Jag motor, but the body is either somebody's one-off or the film company's deliberate fake. Could it be a Lister? I doubt even in 1961 that they'd dress up a D Type. In one scene it's being chased by a bare-alloy Lister.

Nice Gordon GT (not a Gordon Keeble I think, which was built later than '61), plenty of Maserati "Birdcage" footage too. Corny story but what the hell.

I'd love to get a DVD of the movie, partly to try and spot a contemporary British stock-car racer who has an uncredited role as a mechanic.

If you've seen the movie --- what's the car? I will try to link or paste a hood-off photo here.
http://www.oldstox.c... helmet.jpg.png


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This has been discussed elsewhere, including here, post 158:

http://forums.autosp...w...9052&st=120

A Costin Lister-Jag apparently.

Vince H.


#3 Alan Cox

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Posted 20 May 2009 - 06:35

Much detail contained in "Powered by Jaguar" by someone called Doug Nye

#4 eigar

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Posted 20 May 2009 - 07:03

QUOTE (David Kipling @ May 19 2009, 20:21)

I'd love to get a DVD of the movie, partly to try and spot a contemporary British stock-car racer who has an uncredited role as a mechanic.


You can buy the DVD here:
https://www.bestvide...p...&Search.y=6



#5 David Kipling

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Posted 20 May 2009 - 13:48

QUOTE (David Kipling @ May 19 2009, 20:21)


You can buy the DVD here:
https://www.bestvide...p...&Search.y=6



A big thank-you to the reply posters --- prompt, polite, and informative, as always on this excellent forum. Re: the movie, it was lovely to see Silverstone with the WW2 hangars, and the little single-storey cinder-block row of pit garages.