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 Post subject: Grand Prix: The Killer Years
PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 3:04 pm 
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Amazing Program - You have to watch this!

Really explains a lot about the early years of Formula 1 racing and the danger to the drivers (and spectators!)

Fantastic old Black and White Film and TV footage!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00z8v18/grand-prix-the-killer-years
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Grand Prix: The Killer Years

http://vimeo.com/51735205

In the 60s and early 70s it was common for Grand Prix drivers to be killed while racing, often televised for millions to see. Mechanical failure, lethal track design, fire and incompetence snuffed out dozens of young drivers. They had become almost expendable as eager young wannabes queued up at the top teams' gates waiting to take their place.
This is the story of when Grand Prix was out of control.
Featuring many famous drivers including three times world champion Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, twice world champion Emerson Fittipaldi and John Surtees OBE, this exciting but shocking film explores how Grand Prix drivers grew sick of their closest friends being killed and finally took control of their destiny.
After much waste of life, the prestigious Belgian and German Grands Prix would be boycotted, with drivers insisting that safety be put first. But it would be a long and painful time before anything would change, and a lot of talented young men would be cut down in their prime.
This is their story.

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 Post subject: Re: Grand Prix: The Killer Years
PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 4:46 pm 
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nice one, gonna watch it later on

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 5:29 pm 
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Thanks, Mike. This was a very enlightening documentary. I never really knew the full extent of just how lethal Grand Prix racing was back in those days. Very tragic for so many established great and promising up-and-coming race drivers.

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 Post subject: Re: Grand Prix: The Killer Years
PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:51 pm 
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As the Documentary says - It wasn't until 1976 that a full Grand Prix season passed without a death!

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