VotW – Britain’s Greatest Machines 1930s

Our video of the week this go around is actually more of a series. But since I can’t put the entire series in here (can I?) I will choose just one. The series is Britain’s Greatest Machines hosted by Chris Barrie and produced by The National Geographic Channel. The series, of which there were two seasons for a total of eight episodes, shows the technological progress of the 19th and 20th centuries from a British point of view. Each episode covers one decade.

The episode I am choosing for this week’s feature is the first – Season 1, Episode 1, and showcases the 1930s. Note that the episodes do not go in order. This technological achievements highlighted in this first episode include the De Havilland Dragon Rapide, Sentinel S6 Steam Wagon, Morris Eight & Cat’s Eye, LNER Class A4 Locomotive, Cruiser Mk III & Crusader Tanks, Supermarine S.6B and Supermarine Spitfire. Yes, only a couple of these are strictly automotive related, but they are all interesting.

Britain's Greatest Machines

Other episodes in the series cover such British automotive gems as the Land Rover, the AEC Routemaster bus, the Mini Cooper, the Morgan Runabout, and many more. It is a series certainly worth taking a look at. You can find all of the episodes on YouTube, and the DVD is also available from Amazon and other sources – just make sure that the DVD is encode in the correct format for your player.

Michael Carnell
Editor at Just British
Michael Carnell is the editor and founder of the Just British Online Motoring Magazine. As a lifelong British car fan, he has owned or driven British cars of all ages from Austins and MGs to Jaguars and Triumphs. He currently owns a 1966 Vanden Plas Princess 1100, a 1977 MGB, and a 2002 Land Rover Discovery.