The History of Rallying DVDs
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.
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
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.
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."
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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.