History of Formula One DVD series                                 

 

Formula One 1970 -the uncrowned champion (DVD)

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The new decade in Formula One saw a battle between the old guard and a new breed of drivers. This was the year that Jackie Stewart and Jochen Rindt fought tooth and nail until tragedy and triumph combined in one fatal collision. On the 5th of September 1970 Rindt crashed and died at Monza. He became the sport's first posthumous champion.

The Birth of Formula 1

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On May 13th, 1950, Britain’s Silverstone circuit hosted a race which would go down in history – the very first Grand Prix of the modern Formula One era. The glamorous and exciting F1 of today traces its roots back to the 1950 British Grand Prix – this was the Birth of Formula One.

Bookcases are heaving with dusty volumes recalling the advent of modern F1 and numerous dry documentaries featuring the opinions of ‘experts’ have been filmed, but this DVD is no history lecture – it is full-throttle, action-packed look at the races, the cars and the stars which brought us the multi-billion dollar F1 of the 21st century.

Utilising rarely-seen black and white footage from the archive of BP, we are treated to the glorious sights and sounds of the first modern Formula One race, the 1950 British GP, also known as the Grand Prix d’Europe. We see the Alfa Romeo 158s of Guiseppe Farina, Juan Manuel Fangio, Luigi Fagioli and Reg Parnell do battle on the converted airfield racetrack.

Then we witness, in colour, three amazing GPs from 1951, when the supercharged Alfa 159Bs went head-to-head with the 4.5 litre Ferraris at Reims, Silverstone and the Nurburgring. Farina, Fangio and Parnell are joined by Jose Froilan Gonzales and Aberto Ascari as the peaceful summer days are shattered by the thundering engines, squealing tyres and cheers from packed grandstands.

Our journey through the formative years of modern Formula One concludes with a return to the legendary ‘Ring for the German Grands Prix of 1953 and 1954. British stars including Stirling Moss and Mike Hawthorn joined the ranks of the F1 legends, as Maserati, Mercedes and Cooper started to challenge the established order. Extraordinary black and white footage records two now legendary races around the daunting Nurburgring. These were the races which paved the way for the Grand Prix racing of today – this is The Birth of Formula One. "This is worth the asking price just for the BP 'short' celebrating 25 years of the Nurburgring. The footage of the Silver Arrows - some of it from grands prix, some of it staged - is utterly glorious. Equally great is the Castrol film of the 11th Grand Prix d'Europe at Silverstone, with the 'revolutionary' BRM V16 making its public debut for a demo" Octane

Formula One 1971 -great scot (DVD)

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The year the title turned tartan. Jackie Stewart's sublime skills behind the wheel saw him power to his second championship in his Tyrrell wondercar. Featuring some unseen footage from the famous Brunswick archive, this is the perfect way to relive a classic year from a great era in Grand Prix history.

Formula One 1972 -young gun, the emmo express (DVD)

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A fascinating review of the 1972 season - straight from the famous Brunswick archive. Emerson Fittipaldi put in blistering season-long performance of grit and aggression in the legendary black and gold Lotus to become the youngest-ever World Champion. Tyre-wars, aerodynamic battles and pit-lane intrigue add to the excitement.

Formula One 1973 -the house of stewart (DVD)

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Using archive footage from the famous Brunswick collection, relive Jackie Stewart's final year in F1 as he dominated the opposition to bring the championship back to Britain. The DVD features plenty of racing action, plus previously unseen behind-the-scenes footage of this superb driver.

Formula One 1974 -down to the last lap (DVD)

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The most thrilling season in F1 history saw the championship decided on the very last lap of the final race. This DVD features hitherto unseen behind-the-scenes archive footage and thrilling racing action, giving a candid account of Formula One at the time.

Formula One 1975 -niki's number 1 (DVD)

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Featuring previously unseen archive film from the Brunswick collection and exciting racing action, this film focuses on the year a champion was made and a legend was born, as Niki Lauda bagged his first title.

Formula One 1976 -hunt for the title (DVD)

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1976 will probably be best remembered for Lauda's horrific accident that nearly ended his life and saw him rushed to hospital with major burns. His resilience and dedication to racing saw him make a remarkable recovery, returning six weeks later to ensure a thrilling climax to the season.

 

Formula One 1977 -lauda's comeback (DVD)

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1977 saw Niki Lauda monopolise on the consistency of the Ferrari to take the championship with only three race victories. His relationship with Ferrari wasn't to last however and after a fall out, Gilles Villeneuve replaced him with two races remaining.

Formula One 1978 -magic mario (DVD)

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1978 saw a number of drivers change teams for the start of the season with Lotus regarded as the best outfit with their Type 79 'wing car'. Brabham turned heads with their 'fan car', banned after its first outing and Formula One safety was again brought into question

Formula One 1979 -maranello mystery (DVD)

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1979 saw number of teams introduce the 'wing car' technology that had given Lotus such an advantage the previous year. Ferrari proved early on their new model was extremely competitive. And it needed to be as Alan Jones took the improving Williams to four wins out of the last six.

Formula One 1980 -double first williams and jones (DVD)

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The first season of the new decade promised big things; it certainly delivered! Alan Jones and Williams emerged as the bright new force in Formula One. This is the story of the racing, the technological battles and the personalities who made the season so special.

Formula One Grand Prix collection boxed DVD set (1970 - 1980)

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Purchase the complete set of the 1970 - 1980 Formula One years, including this smart presentation box, for the special price of only £149.99 (saving more than £35).

British GP 1964

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Experience the life a Formula One driver on and off the track in two remarkable 1964 films from the BP archive.

We begin with Time Between, an extraordinary glimpse into the lives of four of the greatest racers of their generation away from the track. The fly-on-the-wall documentary follows Graham Hill, Bruce McLaren, Innes Ireland and Mike Hailwood for 13 days from the end of the 1964 French Grand Prix at Rouen to the start of the British GP at Brands Hatch. Rare black-and-white footage shows these four greats away from the track, attending business meetings, pursuing their own interests and even filling the downtime between races with some more racing!

McLaren works on his cars, Ireland tours the highlands in an off-road vehicle, Hill travels back to France for a hair-raising GT race while Mike ‘The Bike’ goes back to his first love and competes at the Belgian motorcycle Grand Prix – and wins! The incredible on-board footage of Hailwood riding the MV Agusta is simply stunning.

In European Grand Prix 1964 we are treated to all the action from the fabulous July race meeting at the Brands Hatch circuit. Although designated the European GP, this was also the British Grand Prix, and exceptional colour footage brings us action from practice and the thrilling race itself.

The line-up of drivers reads like a who’s who of Grand Prix legends - Jim Clark, Graham Hill, John Surtees, Jack Brabham, Dan Gurney and more. Wonderful camerawork shows the close dices throughout the field and the tremendous battle between Clark’s Lotus-Climax and the BRM of Hill for victory. In addition, Hill gives us a fascinating insight into the preparations of driver and team as we eavesdrop on a briefing between he and BRM’s Tony Rudd.

"Great colour footage of the first world championship GP at Brands Hatch...........It's a gem!" Autosport