Last night I happened to pass a junk shop last night in East London in a rather intoxicated condition, which is, of course, nothing particularly exciting. Though, looking through the crazy paraphernalia generally displayed in the shop window, I couldn’t help noticing several stacks of 16mm film canisters. It has to be noted that such things always attract my attention, since I happen to be one of those people who tend to collect just about anything that could possibly have some creative value. Ogling these canisters I noticed that they happened to have such tags as ‘Grand Prix Belgium 1982’ ‘Ferrari F1 reel’ ‘Grand Prix 1971’ ‘House of Stewart’ and ‘Manx TT’. You can probably imagine my surprise, excitement and disbelief at the same time. Had the pints I had earlier had such a devastating effect on my mind that I was now imagining film canisters apparently containing the holy grail of any serious motorsport collector; original film footage from the most exciting eras of motorsport, or could it actually, possibly, be reality?
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