Silver Dream Racer

Date: 1980
Director: David Wickes
Production Company: The Rank Organisation

Stars: David Essex, Beau Bridges, Cristina Raines, Clarke Peters, Harry H. Corbett
Location(s): Hertfordshire, Kent, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, London, Northamptonshire, Yorkshire

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Storyline:

A young hot-headed motorbike enthusiast inherits the prototype for an incredibly fast machine which was designed by his brother.

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A prologue opens looking over a quarry where two friends race their off-road motorbikes.

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The two head towards a climb where Greg Freeman is killed.

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Spectators cheer at a race in which Nick Freeman and American Bruce McBride vie for the lead. Mathew D advises that this is Donington Park near Castle Donington in Leicestershire.

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Cider Jones (Clarke Peters) records Freeman's lap times. Donington Park again identified by Mat.

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Bruce McBride (Beau Bridges) and Nick Freeman (David Essex) exchange words after the American's victory. Donington Park once more, located by Mathew D.

Cider drives Nick home where he learns from his partner Carol that his brother has been killed.

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A rather more cluttered Lamb's Conduit Street, London WC1. (RL)

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McBride explains to Al Peterson (Ed Bishop) that he can race in Holland and be back to race in Britain.

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At work, Nick moves his bike on the order of Wiggins (Harry H. Corbett) the foreman.

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When Nick gives his Sister-in-law a lift home she asks him to take a look at his brother's bikes.

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Greg's funeral takes place.

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At the wake after the service, Nick steps outside for a cigarette before Tina persuades him to take Greg's 'Silver Dream' racer.

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Cider crosses the track as Nick takes his brother's machine around the circuit.

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A very good time for the lap!

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On the way to Bruce's hotel, Julie Prince (Christina Raines) gives Nick a ride home.

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Bruce watches Julie leave the hotel after an argument.

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Elsewhere in town, Nick steps outside the Sapphire Club. This appears very much like a studio set.

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Nick performs a wheelie as he rides around, causing mayhem outside the club. Maybe that's why this is a set.

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After leaving his job and becoming romantically involved with Julie, Nick looks for backing to finance the development of the revolutionary bike. Jonathan G places this as London Wall facing the junction with Moorgate, London EC2 in the background. (RL)

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The search for finance continues.

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The couple continue their quest.

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A deal is struck with an investor who is also a motorbike enthusiast.

When the finances don't add up, Nick goes in search of his father at work. The Trav-O-lator™ at Bank Underground station on Princes Street, London EC3. Also seen in 'The Mackintosh Man' and 'Tube Tales'.

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A bright comparison by Peter.

Jack Freeman (Lee Montague) comes into view on a powered railway trolley. This is platform 7 on the Waterloo & City Line at Bank station in EC3. The location was seen in 'On the Beat'.

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A few additions in Peter's shot, raised platform and real London Underground roundels - the route was operated by British Rail at the time of filming.

Nick leaves after learning why his Dad gave up boxing. Looking towards the Trav-O-lator™ end of platform 7 at Bank station.

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Peter took this shot on the same platform.

After Julie sells her car to pay for further development, she and Nick head north. The Humber Bridge spanning the River Humber between Lincolnshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire.

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Lacking a helicopter, here's my best angle on foot. SJ

At 2,220 metres, the Humber Bridge was once the longest of its type in the world.

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The bridge looking north. SJ

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The pair arrive at a remote airfield. Bovingdon Airfield, Chesham Road, Bovingdon in Hertfordshire. Also seen in 'Hanover Street', 'The Liquidator' and '633 Squadron'.

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Nick prepares himself, and the bike, for the big race. Bovingdon Airfield to the west of Watford in Hertfordshire. The former RAF Bovingdon closed in 1972 and the Control Tower was demolished in 2010.

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At Silverstone, Nick rides the 'Silver Dream' against the world's number 4, Bruce McBride.

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Cider and Julie check lap times in the pits as the race continues.

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The chequered flag is raised . . . . . .