Motoring history DVDs

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High-quality motoring history DVDs from the world's leading film archives

A great selection of high-quality archive films which show the evolution of the motor car from its origins in the 1890s, to its domination in the late 20th Century and beyond.

Aston Martin -the David Brown Years (DVD)

 
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  Approximately 77 minutes

When industrialist Sir David Brown bought Aston Martin he began a 25-year programme of development which would see the marque established as a prestige brand, and become dominant on the racetrack. This nostalgic film fully explores this period, from Sir David's acquisition in 1947 to his decision to sell the firm in 1972. A feast of magnificent archive footage charts the racing history of Aston Martin, from the DB1 to the DP214, including the exploits of such legendary names as Stirling Moss, Carroll Shelby, Tony Brooks, Roy Salvadori and others. We are treated to rare film of Aston Martin's great racing machines in action at the Mille Miglia, Silverstone, Goodwood, Sebring, the Nurburgring, Oulton Park, Dundrod and, of course, Le Mans. It concludes with a look at the post-DB years, right up to the iconic DB7 of the 1990s, which continued the David Brown legacy into a new generation.

Beetle Magic (DVD)

 
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Approximately 60 minutes

In 1934 the celebrated Austrian engineer Ferdinand Porsche was commissioned to create a car for the German people which could be manufactured by the state and sold less for less than a thousand reichsmarks. It was originally called the KDF-wagen (Strength Through Joy) car and to devotees, the car remains as popular as ever. Join us for an entertaining and informative programme which includes extensive archive footage tracing the fascinating history of the car’s development and factory footage, an introduction to the ground breaking Beetle II, as well as visits to VW Beetle shows, where you can hear from fellow enthusiasts and pick up tips from experts. For anyone who appreciates the magic of the Volkswagen Beetle, this is a must !

British Motor Shows of the 1960s (DVD)

 
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  Approximately 86 minutes

Enjoy a wonderful trip down memory lane with this highly entertaining DVD (mostly in colour) which features all the British motor shows of the last decade when Britain was still one of the world’s leading car makers. These shows were still the principal place where the average motorist went to see the latest models, as well as the concept cars of the future. The cars featured here include the latest Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Ford Zephyr, Zodiac, Triumph Spitfire, the new Morris 1100, the Hillman Imp, the MGB, Jensen, the new Vauxhalls, Rover’s experimental gas turbine car and many others. Additional bonus features include 1960s motor shows from Tokyo, Geneva and Amsterdam, as well as the 1960, 1964 and 1968 Commercial Motor Show.

Ferrari and Porsche 911 -Giants from the Continent (DVD)

 
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  Approximately 94 minutes

Explore the history of some of the finest sports cars ever built on the continent of Europe. Enzo Ferrari was so passionate about building sleek race cars and sports cars for the road and track that he created a dynasty which has never been matched. This documentary charts how the company evolved and how it enjoyed phenomenal success, with fans and admirers around the world.

Similarly, Ferdinand Porsche was equally passionate about building sports cars which everyone would appreciate and after the war his son Ferry took his father's ideas much further. He created the Porsche 911, one of the most recognisable and iconic sports cars ever produced, which has lasted for decades. The background to the success of the car is told here and includes much great archive footage.

Grand Prix Racing legends -5 DVD set

 
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Approximately 290 minutes

A feast of high-quality motor racing history with individual profiles of five post-war motor racing legends: Ayrton Senna, Jim Clark, Stirling Moss, Graham Hill and John Surtees, supplied in an attractive round tin. Each DVD contains a large amount of excellent archive footage from major race circuits around the world, plus a detailed chronological history of the different driver's racing life and achievements from their earliest races onwards.

This is an excellent visual record of some of motor racing's most celebrated drivers and is great value for the full set of DVDs which are included. 

Great British Classics (DVD)

 
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  Approximately 187 minutes

Detailed histories of four British motoring classics: Rolls-Royce, Morgan, Austin Healey and the e-type Jaguar. Made for TV’s History Channel, these thoroughly researched documentaries contain great archive footage of the different cars being built, tested and raced, revealing interviews with many of the key personnel from the different factories and great footage of the cars on the road in the past, as well as in recent times. From the birth of the famous Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, to the supreme design of the e-type Jaguar and from the quintessentially British Morgan to the highly desirable Austin Healey, this DVD provides an extremely informative insight into some of the greatest ever names in motoring history and is essential viewing for all serious British motoring historians.

Groundbreaking cars: Rolls-Royce and Silver Arrows (DVD)

 
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Approximately 50 minutes

A visual celebration of two motoring legends.

The History of Rolls-Royce: It is an icon, a symbol of excellence, a symbol of empire. It brings to mind the faded glory of the aristocracy and yet, today’s aspirants to wealth and position still seek to own a "Rolls." To many, there is nothing like a Rolls. As we trace the storied development of the company founded by Henry Royce and Charles Stewart Royce, we’ll see how Rolls-Royce motorcars grew to represent the best in the world.

The History of Silver Arrows: Hitler was determined to dominate the world with his machines. He funded the racing efforts of Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union (Audi) and encouraged them to create the most powerful and futuristic automobils ever produced. These aerodynamic Grand Prix racers were designed to rule the racing world.

Jaguar at Le Mans 1954-1958 (DVD)

 
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  Approximately 128 minutes

This magnificent collection charts the story of the iconic D-Type Jaguar at the world's greatest endurance race from 1954 to 1958. Wonderfully filmed in full colour, and with commentary from such luminaries as Raymond Baxter and Nevil Lloyd, these films feature pre-event build-up and highlights from the 24-hour races, featuring on-track action, rare off-track sequences and, most importantly, the fabulous sights and sounds of Jaguars, Ferraris, Maseratis, Aston Martins, Mercedes and more tackling the Circuit de la Sarthe. This collection provides an exceptional opportunity to see legends including Mike Hawthorn, Stirling Moss, Juan Manuel Fangio, Peter Collins, Phil Hill, Wolfgang von Trips, Duncan Hamilton, Ivor Bueb and more - as well as hearing first-hand from Hawthorn himself.

Jaguars Across America (DVD)

 
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  Approximately 70 minutes

SInce the end of WW2, Jaguar has been one of the most revered names in the sports and luxury car market in America. The love affair began when the incredibly beautiful XK120 was launched at the end of the 1940s. Hollywood legend Clark Gable bought one of the first cars to arrive and then it seemed every other serious motoring enthusiast was keen to follow. The love affair continued with the subsequent launches of the faster XK140 and XK150 in the mid 50s and reached an even greater level of adulation when the XKE (E type) was first shown in the US at the 1961 New York Auto Show. Many of the company's other models have enjoyed similar success, and to this day, Jaguar is still one of the most sought after cars in the country. Filmed from coast to coast, this documentary uses a feast of fascinating archive footage, as well as a considerable amount of original video, to tell the story of this extraordinary affection for the Jaguar name across the US.

Le Mans 1980 (DVD)

 
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  Approximately 48 minutes

The greatest endurance race in the world is the ultimate mix of high-speed action, drama and skill and the 1980 running of the Le Mans 24 hours race was no exception. Now, experience all the highlights of this extraordinary event on DVD in Le Mans 1980. It includes incredible footage along with the full story of more than 2,800 miles of racing at the classic Circuit de la Sarthe as the Rondeaus and Porsches battled with each other, and some of the wettest conditions Le Mans has ever seen. With the final minutes of the 24 hour race ticking away, heavy rainfall brought about one of the most dramatic conclusion to this spectacular endurance race ever - and this DVD captures all the action and atmosphere of this historic event.

Lotus in the 60s (DVD)

 
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Approximately 54 minutes

This breathtaking collection of extraordinary archive film is a unique insight into a golden era of motorsport, on both sides of the Atlantic. Lotus in the Sixties includes a rare glimpse of footage from the 1969 Monaco Grand Prix, incredible trackside film from the legendary Indianapolis 500 and the rookie appearance of superstar of speed Mario Andretti. Another film included is "First Time Out" which marks the birth of a legend as stunning archive footage captures the beautiful sights and sounds of the Formula One debut of the iconic Lotus 49, and its record-breaking Ford DFV engine, at Zandvoort in 1967. This spectacular sequence shows Clark and Graham Hill using the car’s extraordinary performance to challenge other greats of the day. Last, but definitely not least, is exclusive footage from the 1969 Monaco Grand Prix, Hill’s fifth and final victory at the principality.

Mercedes-Benz returns to Formula One (DVD)

 
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  Approximately 61 minutes

After an absence of 15 years, the mighty Silver Arrows of Mercedes-Benz returned to Grand Prix in 1954 with one of the fastest and most technologically-advanced racing cars ever seen. The stunning film Pioneers of Progress charts the story of the German giant’s glorious return to Formula One, with unique access to the team and manufacturer’s factories. The evocative black and white footage provides a rare chance to see the 2½-litre, 260 horsepower W196 in action on the great racetracks of the era. Mercedes returned to GP racing at the fourth round of the 1954 season, the French Grand Prix at Reims, and immediately dominated. We enjoy thrilling archive footage from that event, and the remaining five races including Silverstone, Monza and the Nurburgring. We see Mercedes stars Juan Manuel Fangio, Karl Kling, Hans Hermann and Herman Lang battling with the Ferraris of Jose Froilan Gonzales and Mike Hawthorn, the Maserati of Stirling Moss and Alberto Ascari in both the Ferrari and Lancia racing machines. Plus, there’s the record-breaking 1954 race from the Avus circuit in Berlin, and a fascinating look at how the Mercedes-Benz 220 was built.

Metro 6R4 (DVD)

 
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  Approximately 60 minutes

In 1985, the BL group spent a huge amount of resources on challenging for the World Rally Championships and the car which was specially created for the purpose was the incredibly powerful and impressive Metro 6R4. which made its debut at the Lombard RAC Rally.

Following a multi-million pound development programme, the Patrick Head-designed 410 BHP rear-engined V6, capable of 0 - 100 in 4 seconds, carried the company's hopes and some of the leading rally drivers of the era, such as Tony Pond, David Llewellyn and Colin McRae were charged with trying to win the prize. This fact action DVD tells the story of that time with some brilliant on-board footage, spectacular crash action and many great locations, reliving a great period for one of the motorsport's more challenging competitions.

Minis Across America (DVD)

 
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  Approximately 70 minutes

A revealing production which was filmed across the USA (and Hawaii) and tells the story of the original Mini in the land of the gas guzzler. It includes rarely seen archive films of the Mini in the US; cinema newsreels of the US launch of the original Mini and Mini Cooper; an interview with the late John Cooper on his own US Mini recollections; exclusive US Mini shows in Florida, Ohio and California; very rare Minis, including a Mini "juggernaut" and a tow-truck Mini; Minis racing in the US; early US Mini marketing; amazing owners and much more. "Essential Mini education" Mini World

Morris Minors Across America (DVD)

 
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  Approximately 80 minutes

The USA was the Morris Minor's second biggest export market and this DVD includes Morris Minors on the East coast, West coast and Hawaii; US Morris Minor advertising, including a rarely heard American Morris Minor radio commercial; highly modified and gloriously restored US Minors; the last Morris Traveller in New York City, original rust-free Morris Minors along California's Pacific coast; unusual US working Minors; a racing US Morris Minor, including exhilarating in-car footage, the biggest American Morris Minor parts suppliers and much more. This is a fascinating look at the history of Morris Minors in the world's most important car market. "A must see movie" Minor Monthly

Motoring Through the Ages 1890s - 1930s (DVD)

 
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  Approximately 110 minutes

Rarely seen films from around the world from the earliest days of motoring when both cars and the movie camera were being developed, up to the end of the 1930s.

This excellent DVD is a must for anyone interested in the origins of the motor car and includes some of the earliest ever film footage of cars on the road, early car manufacturing, new car launches, the early impact of the car in society, early motor racing, the start of mass production, daring early car stunt drivers, early road safety films, major motor shows, novel and experimental cars and much more.

Motoring Through the Ages: 1940s (DVD)

 
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  Approximately 110 minutes

Rarely seen films from around the world during the 1940s. Includes car promotional films from before America during the war to new, high-tech military vehicles being developed exclusively to help the war effort, to new cars being produced in the immediate post-war era, plus the age of austerity in the late 1940s and the resumption of motor racing in the post-war years.

It also features a hugely revealing documentary of Ford operations on every Continent during the post war era showing car production and car factories at the time.

Racing Through Time -Aston Martin (DVD)

 
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Approximately 60 minutes

Throughout history Aston Martin has been one of the most famous sports car names. Favoured by wealthy sports minded motoring enthusiasts Aston Martins epitomise exclusivity, style and power. The company may have had a chequered business past but Aston Martin have, over the years, consistently produced arguably the world s most classy sports cars as well as enjoying a long and successful history in motor-racing. Aston Martin only raced variations of the cars that they built for sale to the public so they were never really in a position to win Le Mans outright, that is until the maximum engine size limit matched the size of the engine s they were building. They used top line drivers and soon established a very competent team set-up that was able to compete for the prizes. From the acquisition of Aston Martin by its post war saviour sir David Brown and the beginning of the classic DB models; to the company establishing themselves a reputation of a great racing brand with models such as the famous DB5 in 1963, and market leader of desirable luxury sports cars, Racing through Time Aston Martin is a must have for all fans of British motor racing.

Racing Through Time -Fangio (DVD)

 
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Approximately 55 minutes

Juan Manuel Fangio was, by any measure, one of the most successful racing drivers of all time, winning an astonishing five formula one world championships and an incredible twenty-four of the fifty-one races that he contested. Perhaps, more importantly however, it was the standards that Fangio set on and off the track that gained him the worldwide respect of both his rivals and spectators. This charismatic Argentinean so captured the public’ attention during his career that he became the sport’ biggest and most revered name.

From his humble beginnings back in Balcarce, Argentina, and his big break into motor racing, all the way to Fangio’ final grand prix at Reims in 1958, "Racing Through Time –Juan Manuel Fangio" has all the action from all the key races of one of formula one’ most highly acclaimed champions, and also includes interviews with race legends Emerson Fittipaldi and Sir Stirling Moss who give their own personal accounts of "the maestro" himself, making this a must-have for all fans of motor racing.

Racing Through Time: Maserati (DVD)

 
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   Approximately 60 minutes

A documentary DVD tracing the history of one of the most famous racing marques of all time. Maserati was at the forefront of the racing world between the 1930s and 1950s with its legendary 250F car winning the Formula 1 World Championship in 1957 in the hands of Juan Manuel Fangio. This DVD tells the story of Maserati's racing exploits, including much archive footage.

Rallying in the 1960s (DVD)

 
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  Approximately 67 minutes

Two great films from the BP Video Library. The first, Lap of the Gods is an action-packed record of the 1966 Acropolis Rally, considered the roughest and toughest European motoring event. For two days and two nights, more than 100 crews fight a gruelling battle against heat, appalling roads and an extraordinary amount of dust. We follow the full story to its controversial conclusion, enjoying the sights and sounds of classic Minis, Saabs, Sunbeams, Volvos, Fords and others being pushed to the limit by such legendary drivers as Roger Clark, Paddy Hopkirk, Timo Makinen, Rauno Aaltonen and Gunnar Andersson. The second film, Works Entry, follows the progress of the 1963 Alpine Rally which passes through the towns, villages and picturesque countryside of the Maritime Alps. This was an arduous, car-breaking event, and a rally which provided plenty of entertaining footage for the enthusiast. Great car action throughout.

The Birth of Formula One (DVD)

 
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  Approximately 63 minutes

This DVD is a must for anyone interested in Formula 1 history. Using rarely-seen archive footage, it begins with the very first race, at Silverstone, in 1950. We see Guiseppe Farina, Juan Manuel Fangio, Luigi Fagioli and Reg Parnell do battle on the converted airfield racetrack. We then witness, in colour, three races 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 Alberto Ascari as the peaceful summer days are shattered by the thundering engines and cheers from the packed grandstands. The DVD concludes with the German GPs of 1953 and 1954 when Britain’s Stirling Moss and Mike Hawthorn compete as Maserati, Mercedes and Cooper start to challenge the established order. 

The Early Years of Ford in America (DVD)

 
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Double DVD 135 minutes

A must for any serious motoring history or early Ford enthusiast. This comprehensive production contains an excellent selection of films from Ford's US archives from the beginning of the 1900s to the start of the 1940s.

It includes everything from the development of the legendary Model T and the impact it had on transportation in America during the early to mid 20th Century; the start of the mass production; early marketing films; the Ford company view of the world in the 1920s; highlights of the 10 millionth Model T being driven across America; "at home" with Henry Ford, the development and launch of the "modern" Ford V-8", Ford-made 1930s cinema newsreels, early Ford racing cars, a national Ford sponsored young drivers competition, entertaining marketing films, pre-war cars being built and tested, "Ford Day" at the 1940 New York World Fair, a profile of the new Ford Mercury, 1940s cinema commercials and much more.

The Early Years of Ford in Britain (DVD)

 
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  Approximately 75 minutes (Total length)

A revealing selection of rarely seen films from the official Ford archives, complete with wonderful period commentary. The films shows the evolution of the Ford Motor Company in Britain from the early years of the 20th Century to the start of World War 2. They include rarely seen film from inside the original Trafford Park factory; a Model A being driven up Ben Nevis; nationwide endurance rallies; the building of the huge Dagenham factory (the biggest car plant in Europe at the time); the launch of the new Ford V8 at the Royal Albert Hall, testing new cars along some of Britain's toughest roads, precision testing of vital components, slow motion analysis of new cars, period marketing films and much more

Bonus: In addition to the archive films, there is also a 20 minutes documentary following a rally of original Model T cars on a visit to Trafford Park and other places of interest to celebrate 100 years of Ford in Britain in 2011.

The History of Sports Cars (DVD)

 
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  Approximately 178 minutes

A comprehensive documentary which celebrates many of the greatest sports cars ever produced -from the race winners at Le Mans and elsewhere in the pre war era to the modern supercars of the 21st Century. Primarily focusing on the great cars from Britain, Germany and Italy, along with Ford's celebrated GT40, the DVD uses an outstanding selection of archive film, as well as contemporary footage and factory films, to show the cars in detail, as well as in action. For anyone interested in the history of sports cars, this is a must-see production.

The Legendary MG (DVD)

 
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Double DVD. 175 minutes. Disc 1 (75 minutes) features the Heights of Danger drama. This is a fictional 1950s story of an unpleasant profiteer who seeks to sabotage an Alpine motor rally. The film's main actors are Basil Appleby and Freda Bamford, but the real star is the MG TD which manages to tackle some of Europe's most twisting and mountainous roads with great ability. Other shorter films included are: Safety Fast, an MG Sports Car promotional film from 1948 featuring American and English amateur racing car drivers zooming around a course in  Florida; Goldie Gardner on a German autobahn at Dessau breaking the International kilometre record; a fascinating insight into the MG production line at the Abingdon workshops and a look at the new 1958 Twin-Cam MGA production car.

Disc 2 (100 minutes) is the MGs Across America documentary made in the late 1990s and featuring the extraordinary love affair Americans had for MG cars since the end of World War 2. The DVD includes rare archive footage, exclusive interviews with some of the early US MG racing drivers, pristine, rust-free and highly modified MGs, a tour of a huge private MG museum, exclusive US MG marketing, a vast MG model collection, footage from a huge MG gathering on the Indianapolis race track, a rare MGF in America and more.

The Ultimate History of Ferrari (DVD)

 
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Approximately 92 minutes

Nine world championships went to Ferrari drivers during Enzo Ferrari’s lifetime and there might well have been more had he pursued his ambitions more single-mindedly. Enzo Ferrari was passionate about race cars, and road cars and this programme takes a close look the "dream cars" that rolled off the Ferrari "production line" in the early years of the 21st century, as well as other Ferrari supercars, such as the F40, F50 and the "Enzo". It gives you a window into the world of the Ferrari grand prix team and the awesome, flame-red V10 Formula One race champions that have ruled the world. It also charts the chronological history of the company’s road and racing cars to show you just how the Ferrari legend was created. An additional bonus feature is an archive interview with Enzo Ferrari.

Triumphs Across America (DVD)

 
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  Approximately 70 minutes

A very informative documentary DVD which chronicles the history of all the Triumph sports cars which enjoyed great success in America after WW2. It includes early history, very rare cars, archive films, Triumphs racing in the US from the 1950s to the 1990s, a feature on John Buffum, who won the US National Rally Championship in a TR7, national Triumph shows, TV advertising and other marketing material, a feature on the US designed TR250, Triumph cars at New York auto shows, one of America's largest Triumph parts suppliers, devoted owners and much more

Victory by Design Aston Martin (DVD)

 
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Approximately 89 minutes

This high-quality production features the most important Aston Martin competition cars in the marque's history. Shot on spectacular international locations by award-winning film-maker, Tony Maylam. Full-on 'Aston' sound (with Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS Surround Sound) and exciting widescreen photography with each featured car driven and appraised by renowned racer, Alain de Cadenet.

Victory by Design Ferrari (DVD)

 
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Approximately 70 minutes

Many of the cars featured in the legendary Victory By Design DVD series were strictly built for racing and were never seen in commercial showrooms. This DVD - showing all the cars, has plenty of rarities and is an update for the original production, with new sequences and cars (including the new Enzo and a range of Dino's) and re-formatted in widescreen with Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 Surround Sound. Alain de Cadenet, a long-time Ferrari enthusiast and aficionado, drives some of the great sports racers and production sports cars that helped establish the marque's reputation, believing that, rather than the Grand Prix racers, it was the sports cars that truly created the Ferrari mystique among the wider public. An incredible DVD featuring all the top Ferraris, past and present. Incredible archive footage of Ferraris fromt he turn of the century. The Glory Days of Ferrari, where you see the Red Dream grow, this is a wholly unique, behind the scenes look at the incredible Ferrari marque. This DVD will put you in the driving seat of some of the world's most expensive and prestigious Ferraris.

Victory by Design Maserati (DVD)

 
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Approximately 77 minutes

This high-quality production features many of the most important Maserati competition cars in the marque's history. Shot on spectacular international locations by award-winning film-maker, Tony Maylam. Full-on 'Maserati' sound (with Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS Surround Sound) and exciting widescreen photography with each featured car driven and appraised by renowned racer, Alain de Cadenet.

Victory by Design Porsche (DVD)

 
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Approximately 96 minutes

This high-quality production features many of the most important Porsche competition and production cars in the marque's history. Shot on international locations by award-winning film- maker, Tony Maylam. In widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS Surround Sound, and including rare archive film. Presented by renowned racer, Alain de Cadenet, while also featuring key figures and star drivers in the Porsche story.