The History of Rallying DVDs    

                                   

The Golden Age of Rallying (DVD)

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This three-part DVD is a veritable feast of film-making for vintage rally fans. First up is the Golden Age of Rallying, a 1976 production covering a decade of die-hard of rallying from 1958 to 1968. It includes footage of all the well-known events, personalities and manufacturers of the era – from Sunbeam Rapiers to Austin Healeys, Minis and Escorts. The introduction and commentary is by rallying legend Steve Turner.

 

Reviewed next is the 1973 Scottish Rally,  a sure-fire success from the start with big name drivers such as Clark, Mikkola and Cowan competing. Nearly 2000 miles of hard driving with numerous special stages pushed the rally drivers to the edge in this short, riveting review.

Also included is highlights of the 1969 East African Safari Rally, during which the tough course claimed most cars before the finish line! Wildlife, dust, boulders and flooding through Kenya and Uganda did not stop Robin Hillyar and Jock Aird in a Ford Taunus. They narrowly claimed victory in an entertaining race.

Monte Carlo World Rally Championship 1986 (DVD)

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Experience one of the most dramatic years in the history of the Monte-Carlo Rally with this comprehensive look at the 1986 World Rally Championship season-opener. Packed with incredible action footage from the historic mountain stages, plus interviews with legendary drivers and jaw-dropping slow-motion film, this is the complete story of an unforgettable event.
The '86 Monte-Carlo Rally was the first round of what would prove to be the very last year of the awesomely powerful Group B 'supercars'. Enjoy the sights - and incredible sounds - of the Martini Lancia Delta S4, Audi Quattro S1, Peugeot 206 T16 and Metro 6R4 as they do battle.
Lancia's Henri Toivonen and co-driver Sergio Cresto took advantage of their Pirelli tyres in the opening stages to establish a healthy lead, but reigning World Champion Timo Salonen and Monte-Carlo expert Walter Rohrl were soon piling on the pressure.
Toivonen looked certain for victory, until a bizarre accident involving a spectator's car cost him the lead. However, the Finnish star refused to be beaten and clawed back the lost time to take a dominant victory.
Tragically, this would be the final victory for the popular Toivonen and co-driver Cresto. This look back at the '86 Monte-Carlo Rally is a fitting tribute to the pair, as well as a real feast of classic rallying action
Monte-Carlo Rally 1986 is part of a collectable set of classic Monte-Carlo rally highlights programmes.

"The 1986 Monte-Carlo Rally is wall-to-wall supercars; Lancia's Delta S4 took on the Audi Quattro E2, the Metro 6R4 and the Peugeot 205 T16....if you're a total Group B nut then you'll lap it up" Autocar magazine

Monte Carlo World Rally Championship 1987 (DVD)

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The 1987 Monte-Carlo Rally marked the start of a new era for the World Rally Championship. The Group B 'supercars' had been banned, but turbo-charged and four-wheel-drive machines ensured there was still plenty of speed, drama and controversy. Experience the opening round of the 1987 World Rally Championship, and a new era for the sport, in these exceptional highlights.
Juha Kankkunen had switched to Lancia for '87, and it seemed a good move as the Delta 4WDs of the World Champion and teammates Bruno Saby and Miki Biaison dominated the opening stages of the five-day event.
As the battled raged across snow and ice, the fight to be 'best of the rest' featured Walter Rohrl in the Audi 200 Quattro, the Ford Sierra Cosworth of Stig Blomqvist, the Mazda 323 of Timo Salonen and reigning Group A World Champion Kenneth Eriksson, in the Volkswagen Golf GTi.
Despite Rohrl's best efforts, this would be a duel between Kankkunen and Biasion. With just one day left, the dominant Lancias faced exclusion after a protest. The team escaped sanction, but there was further controversy when Biasion secured an unexpected victory ahead of a clearly unhappy Kankkunen.
Fabulous footage and revealing interviews bring you all the action, drama and controversy from the first chapter of a new era in World Rallying.
Monte-Carlo Rally 1987 is part of a collectable set of classic Monte-Carlo rally highlights programmes.

Monte Carlo World Rally Championship 1988 (DVD)

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Spectacular scenery provided the backdrop for the opening round of the 1988 World Rally Championship, the Monte-Carlo Rally. However, the historic special stages were without their traditional snow, setting up a finely balanced, and ultra-fast, battle over more than 630 competitive kilometres of dry asphalt. The event would prove to be a real car-breaker, eliminating almost half the field during 26 stages.
The scene was set for a showdown between the Martini Lancia team that had dominated 1987, and the rejuvenated Mazda team wanting to forget a disappointing season.
While the works Lancia Delta HF 4WDs of Bruno Saby and Miki Biasion led the way, the Mazda 323s of Timo Salonen, Hannu Mikkola and Ingvar Carlsson were in trouble - diesel-contaminated fuel ruining their effort. When Biasion retired, the Lancias of Group N Champion Alessandro Fiorio and Yves Loubet joined the battle for victory.
Loubet's luck ran out with the end in sight, his Lancia crashing into retirement. Behind Saby and the Jolly Club-backed Delta of Fiorio, Jean-Pierre Ballet's Peugeot 205 GTi took unexpected third. Incredibly, former World Champion Salonen recovered from 42nd to take fifth, just behind the battle-scarred Renault 11 Turbo of Alain Oreille.
Enjoy incredible action, interviews with the stars and some spectacular 'moments' in these excellent highlights.
Monte-Carlo Rally 1988 is part of a collectable set of classic Monte-Carlo rally highlights programmes.

Monte Carlo World Rally Championship 1989 (DVD)

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The 1989 Monte-Carlo Rally promised to be one of the most competitive ever, with the mighty Lancia team facing renewed challenges from Japanese giants Toyota, Mazda and Mitsubishi. Tragically, the event will also be remembered for the appalling spectator problems and the deaths of two rally drivers.
World Champion Miki Biasion was joined by Bruno Saby and Didier Auriol in the works Lancia Deltas, while Juha Kankkunen led the Toyota Celica GT-4 charge and Timo Salonen and Hannu Mikkola continued with Mazda.
While Toyota's new recruit Carlos Sainz and Ari Vatanen in the relatively untried Mitsubishi would prove to be sensations, the headlines were dominated by tragedy, when Alex Fiorio crashed into spectators twice, killing two.
Terrible crowd problems would overshadow the entire event, including the incredible battle between Biasion and new teammate Auriol which raged until the end. Toyota's bid was dented early by tyre problems while heroic drives from Vatanen and Sainz ended in car-wrecking crashes.
Incredible camera angles capture breathtaking action in this highlights programme, while informed commentary and interviews take you behind the scenes of the controversial 1989 Monte-Carlo Rally.

Monte Carlo World Rally Championship 1990 (DVD)

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The 1990 Monte-Carlo Rally was the start of a fresh bid by Japanese giants Toyota, Mazda and Mitsubishi to topple the dominant Lancias in the World Rally Championship. Experience the incredible action and intense battle for victory as the best drivers fight for supremacy.
Juha Kankkunen rejoined Lancia alongside Didier Auriol and World Champion Miki Biasion, Carlos Sainz and Armin Schwarz led the Toyota challenge, Mazda retained Hannu Mikkola and Timo Salonen and Mitsubishi teamed Kenneth Eriksson with Ari Vatanen.
With the traditional snow and ice of the Monte-Carlo Rally missing, tyre choice was vital and it seemed Auriol and Sainz had made the right choices, dominating the event ahead of their teammates.
While Auriol's Lancia Delta showed the way, Sainz kept his Celica GT-4 in touch. With just a handful of miles to go, the pair were equal on time, setting up a tension-packed finale. Controversy struck when the result was appealed, but the protest had no impact on the outcome.
Incredible camera angles capture the awesome action from this spectacular battle, while fascinating interviews with the stars take you behind the scenes.

Monte Carlo Rally World Championship 1991 (DVD)

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The 1991 World Rally Championship was set to be one of the most competitive in recent years, and as the cars lined up for the opening round in Monte-Carlo the scene was set for a battle royal between the best drivers, and the top manufacturers.

Reigning World Champion Carlos Sainz in his Toyota Celica GT-4 would face competition not only from the five-strong Lancia Delta Integrale line-up, featuring Miki Biasion, Juha Kankkunen and Didier Auriol, but also Timo Salonen, making his Mitsubishi debut, Hannu Mikkola, who remained with the Mazda 323, and the determined Ford team.

Sensational Sainz snatched an early lead, an advantage he would hold for three days in what looked like being a dominant performance.

The Deltas, starting to show their age, could not mount a genuine challenge to the Spaniard, leaving the Ford Sierra Cosworth of Francois Delecour as the only serious threat. On the final day Delecour produced a stunning performance to snatch the lead and took a 42 second advantage into the final 14 miles. Then cruel fate intervened.

This highlights programme features high-speed action, power slides and interviews with the stars as you relive the dramatic and emotion-packed 1991 Monte-Carlo Rally.

The Best of the Monte Carlo Rally in the Fifties (DVD)

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

 

1955 MONTE CARLO RALLY - Standard Motor Company (20 minutes)
From the epic era of woolly hats, duffle coats and thermos flasks - all classic car life is here - from Aston Martin DB2/4 to Porsche 356, and Standard Ten to Armstrong-Siddeley. Spectacular colour coverage from the snows ofChambery to the rain-swept perils of the Monaco Grand Prix circuit.

1956 MONTE CARLO RALLY  - Standard -Triumph (27 minutes)
Five out of six Standard Vanguard Ills which competed in this event amazed everyone by finishing the Common Run down to Monte Carlo in the top 90, thereby qualifying to compete in the famous Mountain Circuit on the last night. With 309 entries these cars were up against much bigger and faster machinery including Porsches and Jaguar XK140s. This was very much the period of winter motoring for sportsmen with many cars competing on the 2,600 mile event with a three person crew.

1958 THE MONTE CARLO RALLY -Standard -Triumph (26 minutes)
This excellent film follows Paris starters as they first encounter the congestion of the French Capital, then the appalling snowy conditions that marked this event as one of the most gruelling of the period. It was an achievement to finish let alone win, and only 38 out of the 303 starters actually made it to the end. Only one driver from Paris made it to the finish! The weather finally improved when the contestants were literally in sight of Monte Carlo on La Turbie. In the words of the Raymond Baxter commentary this event "silenced the critics who said it (the Monte Carlo Rally) was not the adventure of bygone days."

The Best of the Monte Carlo Rally in the Sixties (DVD)

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A compilation of classic original promotional films re-mastered for DVD.

The Road to Monte Carlo (1960) (15 minutes)
In this era the Monte Carlo rally was the biggest event on the motorsport calendar yet, by today’ s standards, the preparation looks basic. The cars have no roll cages, the drivers make do with ordinary clothing. This year saw the Mini - which would change the world of motorsport for ever - make its first outing on the international stage. But it did not look like a future star just yet. Twenty-third was the best position a Works entry could manage.

Monte Carlo Rally (1963) (31 minutes)
1963, however, would be the year that the Mini began to prove itself. Held during the most severe European winter in living memory, this Monte Carlo Rally became an endurance test rather than a race. Two thirds of the 342 starters had been eliminated by the time the exhausted crews crossed the finishing line in glamorous Monte Carlo. Not a single competitor from Athens - one of the warmest start points - made it through! Top honours went to Eric Carlsson in a Saab, expert in such tough conditions and fresh from a third consecutive win on the RAC Rally. But the Minis also put on a plucky display with Paddy Hopkirk coming sixth overall. The line up of cars was stunning from the Fords - Cortinas, Anglias, Zodiacs and Falcons - to the Citroen DS and the little Renaults.

The Monte Carlo Rally (1965) (32 minutes)
1965 was another tough test of driver and machine but by now the Mini, and the BMC Works Team, were at their peak. Only 35 out of 237 starters were able to struggle through the howling blizzards to the finish line. The lucky ones merely got lost, the less fortunate fell into ditches or hit hidden obstacles in the snow. Snowdrifts covered the landmarks, making navigation near impossible and the mileage recorders were rendered practically useless by constant wheel spin. Through all this, the splendid ‘Flying Finn’ Timo Makinen with his co-driver Paul Easter emerged in tremendous style to produce a second consecutive victory for the Mini Cooper S. Also upholding British pride among the elite band of finishers were three Triumph Spitfires who finished second, third and fourth in their class.

Monte Carlo Rallies 1958-1965

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In the late 1950s and early 1960s, ITN filmed a series of news items around the globe called the 'Roving Report'; most have never been seen again since their initial broadcast. This DVD collects all three of the full length 'Roving Reports' that covered the famous Monte Carlo Rally and augments them with surviving ITN newsreels that cover the intervening years. ITN ROVING REPORTS : THE MONTE CARLO RALLIES 1958 - 1965 is a must-have for news archive and rally enthusiasts everywhere!

Roving Report 1958 (26 mins)
Horrendous weather blighted the 1958 rally and this report shows the cars struggling in the ice and snow, concluding all the drivers must be slightly 'insane'! Following the ITN car from its start in Glasgow, this report also includes interviews with the President of the Monte Carlo Automobile Club and with drivers commenting on the challenging conditions.
Roving Report 1959 (18 mins)
Opening with the presentation of the Winners Cup by Prince Rainier of Monaco, this report then looks back on the rally and at many of the different starting locations. With footage from Rome, Athens and Lisbon, this fascinating film shows how difficult and challenging a rally is to complete. Features interviews with Anne Moss and Tommy Wisdom amongst others.
ITN Newsreels 1960 (6 mins)
A selection of original footage including the Paris Checkpoint, Lord Provis starting the race in Glasgow and the hazardous conditions in the Massif Central.
ITN Newsreels 1961 (4 mins)
Rare footage shows the cars from the different starting points converging on the route to Charbonnières. Once again, the snow was causing havoc with many cars failing to complete the demanding course.
Roving Report 1962 (21 mins)
An in-depth look at the particular challenges facing the amateur drivers up against the professional entrants. Presented by Neville Barker, we follow starters from Glasgow right through to the winners receiving the trophy. Along the way, we hear from Anne Moss, Graham Hill and a local French hotelier who is less than amused at having the rally on his doorstep!
ITN Newsreels 1964 (4 mins)
A glimpse into the last minute preparations of the cars in Paris before they embark on the journey. Including footage of drivers using a new intercom system and rare footage of rallying behind The Iron Curtain.
Monte As A Business 1965 (8 mins)
A stand alone report looking at the financial side of the Rally. We hear from manufacturers who discuss the huge advertising benefits and also from amateurs who were beginning to become marginalised by the higher profile teams.