Oxford Street Chariot Race: 1972

I have a feeling that this is yet another RAG event that has long disappeared. The Chariot Race down Oxford Street from Speaker’s Corner was last referenced in FELIX way back in 1976 and has not been mentioned since. Well, until today of course because we have some silent 8mm film once again shot by STOIC. This was yet another item featured in their weekly news programme TOPIC. This particular item has suffered from the ‘home processing’ that was carried out on these black and white films. I think that a combination of over exposure and dodgy processing has resulted in rather poor quality. However, it is a wonderful record of what Imperial students used to get up to to raise money during RAG week 50 years ago.

This 8mm film that we have is from 1972 and is not even listed in the STOIC archive index. That is simply because the original videotape in which the film was used no longer exists. In this case I cannot find any corresponding audio, which I assume was added during the recording of TOPIC, so it will appear silent.

Colin Grimshaw October 2022

One comment for “Oxford Street Chariot Race: 1972

  1. I was at this event as a fresher. I remember it well because our chariot had an accident and our “pilot” suffered a broken jaw. I recognise a few people..Chris Webborn (RSM) and Richard Lolley (C&G) amongst others. I think Pat Gorman ((RSM) may have been in the monkey suit…this may be the time when he was hit by a car. ……the car suffered only minor damage so no harm done.

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