Wacky Racers gives a unique insight into one of Britan’s most popular and addictive pastimes- pigeon racing.
Taff and Kelly are a couple who are ‘mad for it! “I don’t have any children so they’re my babies,”-Kelly. “I kiss the birds before each race and one sleeps in my bed.” The cameras follow Taff and Kelly through the highs and lows of a racing season. In their first race, they lose 74 Pigeons, a complete disaster. But they fight on to bigger and better things. Chris is an experienced flyer. Breeding and motivating the highest quality birds. He has no time for slackers. “If a pigeon can’t keep up, it gets disposed of. I have no time for rubbish!”-Chris Jeff is an older racer, he suffers from a rare lung problem caused by the bloom from the pigeon’s feathers. “I was told if I didn’t give them up it would kill me,” Jeff.” They will have to go before I do.”
Selective breeding, training, and understanding all play a part in creating a champion pigeon some of which can race 500 miles home in a single day. Filmed in and around Bristol, the film explores the lives of these committed and obsessive racers.
THE ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY
‘A funny and engaging documentary’
“A fascinating documentary”
BRISTOL EVENING POST
“Wacky Racers takes off with a flurry of feathers and a mass flapping of wings”
CAST & CREW
THE PIGEON RACERS
Dilwyn Evan (Taff)
Camera – Scott Tibbles
Additional Camera – Sean o’ Driscoll
Dubbing Editor – David Yapp
Online Editor – Sharon Stiles
Researcher – Patsy Titcomb
Executive Producer for HTV– James Garret
Director, Editor – Stuart Napier
Thanks to Peter Bryant,-The Royal Pigeon Racing Association-The Towers South Road Flying Club-David Worgan.
An SN production in Association with Carlton for the West of England