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Australian officers, blown into the air by an accidental explosion, fall in the river amid the splinters of their wrecked boat; ca. 1942

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From LIFE (June 15th, 1942):

During night maneuvers in New South Wales a few weeks ago, Australian soldiers were landing at the edge of a dam when a charge of gelignite, employed to lend realism to their operation, unexpectedly exploded beneath their boat. Amid splinters and spray the Aussies were hurled into the night. As they fell, a photographer 20 feet away snapped his shutter and caught the remarkable picture opposite. The soldiers suffered only bruises and shock.

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Motorcycle Chariot, New South Wales, Australia; ca.1936

How were there three Mad Max movies without one of these making an appearance in any of them?


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  • Original footage of an Australian police chariot race 1941, in single chariot driver style as the photo (at 0:27): 

First original publications I can find are in the 1920’s, though the motorcycles had a rider and a passenger in the chariot.

  • Motorcycle Chariot Racing, August 7, 1925 (London, England, UK):

    Original caption: A new and novel sport in the form of chariot racing has been introduced in England by F. Mockford of the Sydenham and District Motorcycle Gymkhana at the Crystal Palace, London. The right side of the picture looks right enough, and so does the left, when each is considered separately, but the two together is enough to make the ancient Romans turn in their graves. Credit: Bettmann/CORBIS

  • Here is a short clip of original footage from the above race at Crystal Palace, 1925; (the chariots are first seen at 0:28): 

[…] The program of police events include chariot races, motorcycle football, mass physical drills, exhibitions by the mounted squad, and “Fighting Crime,” which will be presented by the detective bureau.

  • Chariot of 1938 Ben Hur Drawn by Four Motorcycles: 6Qa3Vrt