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24 Hours of Le Mans -1982 (DVD)

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60 minutes           front cover

The greatest endurance race in the world is the ultimate mix of high-speed action, drama and skill and the 1982 running of the Le Mans 24 Hours Race was no exception.

More than 50 thoroughbred racecars, including more than 30 in the new Group C category, set off for almost 3,000 miles of fascinating competition at the Circuit de la Sarthe, with speeds along the infamous Mulsanne straight topping 230mph.

Le Mans legends Jacky Ickx and Derek Bell once again led the Porsche attack, with the Belgian legend chasing a sixth Le Mans. After seeing off the challenge from the Rondeau machines, the race for victory became a straight fight between the three works Porsche 956s.

Alongside Bell and Ickx, the Stuttgart marque's drivers - Jochen Mass, Vern Schuppan, Hurley Haywood, Al Holbert and Jurgen Barth - would fill the podium positions. For the challengers it was a race of attrition, with just 18 of the starters crossing the finish line - and contending with the thousands of passionate fans who flooded onto the track even before the chequered flag fell.

The efforts of the American Cooke Racing team are closely followed in this review, which features interviews with lead driver Brian Redman and other team members.

This review of the 1982 Le Mans 24 Hour Race brings you the full, action-packed story, plus the colour and atmosphere which surrounds this amazing event.

24 Hours of Le Mans -1983 (DVD)

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60 minutes            front cover

The greatest endurance race in the world is the ultimate mix of high-speed action, drama and skill and the 1983 running of the Le Mans 24 Hours Race was no exception.

For the dominant works Porsche pairing of Jacky Ickx and Derek Bell this would prove the longest day, with the 956 dropping to 44th after an early spin. It was only the beginning of a mesmerising fight back that would see the legendary drivers claw their way into a podium position, and, in spite of late mechanical woes, challenge their teammates for victory.

Despite a field strengthened by entries from Lancia, Peugeot, Aston Martin and Sauber BMW, the battle of the Circuit de la Sarthe would, once again, be all about Porsche, which filled the top eight spots at the end of more than 3,000 miles of high speed racing.

There was drama all the way, with the works 956 of Vern Schuppan, Hurley Haywood and Al Holbert being nursed over the finish line with its recovering sister car just a handful of miles behind.

In this incredible review of the record-breaking 1983 Le Mans 24 Hour Race you experience not only the racing drama and colour and atmosphere which surrounds this amazing event, but also discover first-hand what it is like to travel along the Mulsanne straight at speeds of more than 230mph, courtesy of cameras mounted inside the leading Porsche cars.

24 Hours of Le Mans -1984 (DVD)

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The greatest endurance race in the world is the ultimate mix of high-speed action, drama and skill and the 1984 running of the Le Mans 24 hours race was no exception.
With the factory Porches withdrawn the scene was set for one of the most unpredictable events for many years, with the works Lancias, privately-entered Porsche machinery and, unexpectedly, the Peugeots, battling for victory. They would be pursued by the determined Aston Martins and the Jaguars, returning to Le Mans for the first time in more than 25 years.
The superb action footage on this review captures the fast and furious racing from the opening hours as the Lancias, the Joest and Kremer Porsches and the Peugeots battle for the lead - and the crash which left the Peugeot bid in tatters.
There's also a wealth of in-car footage courtesy of the Canon Porsche 956 of Richard Lloyd, Rene Metge and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, including the awesome Mulsanne straight at speeds of up to 230mph!
As evening fell Le Mans was hit by an horrific accident which shocked drivers and fans, the aftermath and Lloyd's emotional reaction caught on this review. The race continued through the night, but as day broke so did many of the cars, turning the running order on its head and setting up a real fight to the finish.
This action-packed review features every essential moment, a close-up look at the cars during scrutineering, a taste of qualifying, interviews with the stars and all the colour and atmosphere that surrounds this amazing event.

24 Hours of Le Mans -1986 (DVD)

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60 minutes            front cover
The greatest endurance race in the world is the ultimate mix of high-speed action, drama and, often, tragedy, and the 1986 running of the Le Mans 24 hours race was no exception.
Once again the Rothmans Porsche team fielded three works cars as the Stuttgart marque challenged for yet another victory. However, the British Jaguar team was ready to break the Porsche domination with its awesome Silk Cut-backed XJR-6s.
It looked set to be a showdown between the turbo-charged works 962Cs and the Jaguar V12s, but the Joest team, victors in '84 and '85, could not be discounted and the Porsche 956B of Klaus Ludwig, Paolo Barilla and John Winter would lead the early running.
The superb action footage captured in this fast-paced review brings you the full story of more than 3,000 miles of racing as the privateer Joest team battled with the factory-backed Jaguar and Porsche cars.
There's also plenty of dramatic in-car camerawork courtesy of the Rothmans Porsches, including some jaw-dropping overtaking at 200mph-plus on the Mulsanne straight.
Tragically, what looked set to be one of the greatest Le Mans races ever was marred by the death of popular Austrian racer Jo Gartner in a crash during the night. With all three Jaguars and two of the works Porsches forced out by accidents and reliability problems, the number one Rothmans Porsche of Derek Bell, Hans Stuck and Al Holbert was left to take a subdued victory - the fourth for Le Mans legend Bell.
This action-packed DVD features every essential moment, interviews with stars including Bell, Hans Stuck and Derek Warwick, plus the colour and atmosphere that surrounds this amazing event.

24 Hours of Le Mans -1987 (DVD)

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60 minutes            front cover
The greatest endurance race in the world is the ultimate mix of high-speed action, drama and skill and the 1987 running of the Le Mans 24 hours race was no exception.
It had been 30 years since Jaguar's last Le Mans win, and the trio of Silk Cut-backed XJR-8LMs were determined to end that losing streak. However, the dominant works Rothmans Porsches were equal to the challenge and prepared three of the awesome turbo-charged 962Cs to face the V12 British attack.
This superb review brings you all the action as these two legendary marques went head-to-head, with amazing footage capturing the vital passes, the massive speeds and decisive moments.
Dramatic in-car footage comes courtesy of first the Brun Porsche 962 of Bill Adam, Richard Spendard and Scott Goodyear then the Rothmans Porsche 961 of René Metge, Claude Haldi and Kees Nierop - including the race-ending fiery crash!
Reliability and accidents, many sparked by wet conditions, would decimate the field, reducing the works Porsche challenge to just one car before nightfall. The hours of darkness would claim one of the Jaguars, Win Percy luckily escaping a massive crash - captured on this review by an amateur cameraman.
Reliability problems would be Jaguar's undoing, a second car retiring with eight hours to go and the final XJR-8LM dropping down the order as it battled mechanical woes. That left the Porsche of Derek Bell, Hans-Joachim Stuck and Al Holbert virtually unchallenged in the final hours, but the victory was no less sweeter for that - they had taken Jaguar on, and won.
This DVD delivers fast and furious race action, interviews with stars like Bell, Stuck, Martin Brundle & Eddie Cheever, plus all the colour and atmosphere that surrounds this amazing event.

24 Hours of Le Mans -1988 (DVD)

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60 minutes            front cover
The greatest endurance race in the world is the ultimate mix of high-speed action, drama and skill and the 1988 running of the Le Mans 24 hours race was no exception.
Jaguar lined up five of the awesome Tom Walkinshaw-prepared XJR-9s in the determined hope of taking the British marque's first Le Mans victory in more than 30 years. However, the V12 Jags would have to overcome the trio of works Porsche 962Cs, as well as a huge number of privately-entered machines.
The fantastic footage contained in this superb review brings you fast and furious action as Jaguar and Porsche do battle over more than 3,300 miles, at an average speed in excess of 130mph.
Excellent camera positions capture the vital moments, while the Camel Brun Porsche of Manuel Reuter, Walter Lechner and Franz Hunkeler treats you to the driver's-eye view courtesy of the in-car camera - at least until the car's race-ending spin!
Overheating, reliability problems and fuel consumption issues dented the challenges of both Porsche and Jaguar, leaving just one car from each marque battling for the win. With the end in sight, and the XJR-9 of Johnny Dumfries, Andy Wallace and Jan Lammers out in front, a sudden rain shower allowed the second-place Porsche of Derek Bell, Klaus Ludwig and Hans-Joachim Stuck to catch up.
As the dramatic footage of this amazing duel shows, it was too little, too late. Nothing could stop Jaguar at last claiming victory.
In addition to amazing fast and furious race action, this review features interviews with the stars, including Dumfries, Bell, Ludwig, Mario Andretti and Martin Brundle, a look inside the workshops of Walkinshaw and Porsche and the colour and atmosphere that surrounds this amazing event.

24 Hours of Le Mans -1989 (DVD)

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The greatest endurance race in the world is the ultimate mix of high-speed action, drama and skill and the 1989 running of the Le Mans 24 hours race was no exception.
Now you can experience all the highlights of this extraordinary event on DVD in Le Mans 1989.
Incredible footage brings you the full story of more than 3,200 miles of racing at the classic Circuit de la Sarthe as the Porsches, Jaguars and Mercedes-powere Suabers battled with each other.
This DVD captures all the action and atmosphere of this historic event.
Among the major motorsport names which competed at the 1989 Le Mans were legends like Jochen Mass, Hans Joachim Stuck and Bob Wollek, plus British stars like Derek Bell, James Weaver and Tiff Needell.
In addition to the race action, this review brings viewers all the colour and atmosphere that surrounds this amazing event.
This title is part of the collectable set of DVD reviews of the Le Mans races of the 1980s.

The Best of Le Mans (DVD)

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A compilation of classic original promotional films from the Standard Triumph archives remastered for DVD

Le Mans 1955 (19 minutes)
This can lay claim to being one of the most remembered motor races in history because of a crash that killed 80 spectators. Up to that point the 24 Hour race had been the scene of a titanic struggle between Germany and Britain. The Mercedes 300SLR driven by Stirling Moss and Juan-Manuel Fangio held off the challenge of the D-type Jaguar driven by Mike Hawthorn and Ivor Bueb. After the accident Mercedes withdrew their team and the Jaguars went on to score a 1-2-3 clean sweep. Of the 21 finishers 13 were British, including a team of three Triumph TR2s which ran the full distance without troubling the mechanics, finishing 14th, 15th and 19th, an excellent result for production sports cars.

Le Mans 1960 (24 minutes)
Three experimental 1.9 litre TRs joined a superb collection of exotic machinery - the fabulous Birdcage Maserati, twelve works Ferraris and a 4.6 litre Briggs-Cunningham Corvette. These were the days when the drivers sprinted to their cars from the start line. A mystery last-minute modification proved to be the Achilles Heel of the Triumph team, although they did all finish, the only team to remain intact throughout the race.

Triumph at Le Mans 1961 (35 minutes)
The Triumph team of experimental cars returned one year later and this time excelled themselves by not only taking the Team prize for the second year in succession, but also finishing 9th, llth and 15th overall with the leading car maintaining an average speed of 98.9mph. One point of interest is the Gendarme Motorbike Display Team, another is historic footage of racing legend Jim Clark in the Border Rievers Aston Martin which held the lead for part of the race.