Leading Motor Engineers (King & Harper)
- Theme - Local Industry
- Year - 1932
- Location - Cambridge
- Filmmaker - William King
This is a promotional film for King & Harper Ltd, owners of a garage and filling station on Milton Road in Cambridge. One of the directors, Mr William King, was a keen amateur film maker and was responsible for filming many of his business activities. King and Harper were a successful company. What started as a bicycle hire business soon expanded to four major sites around Cambridge at 6 & 7 Bridge Street, Thompson's Lane, Milton Road and Hills Road.
As well as motor car repairs and petrol sales, King and Harper were dealers in new and used cars and bikes and later had their own department store selling up to date electrical goods like radios, TVs and fridges. King & Harper showcased many of the latest cars, motor cycles and bicycles that were on the market in the early 1930s, including vehicles by Morris, Rover, Standard, MG, BSA, and Hercules. At the height of their success, the company employed over 200 staff.
The film was shot in 1932 at King & Harper's premises on Thompson's Lane and Bridge Street, at the after-sales workshop and at the filling stations on Milton Road and Hills Road.
During the Second World War King and Harper's engineering expertise was invaluable. Their mechanics were regularly called upon to maintain and supply fuel to heavy military vehicles.
Once again, King was able to film some scenes of the work they were involved in during the war.
EAFA CAT NO: 732
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