|1950-1959 Formula 1 Highlights - Volume 3
|1-DVD : 145 min. Quality : Excellent
|Two more fantastic films from the 1950-1959 era of Formula 1!
|1955 Grand Prix Season (color - 100 min)
An original COLOR film covering the 1955 Grand Prix season. 1955 was a tragic year for Formula 1. At Monaco, 2-time
Formula 1 champion Alberto Ascari flipped his car into the harbor, but escaped with minor injuries. Four days later, Ascari
was killed in a testing accident at Monza. Then in May, at the Indianapolis 500 (a race on the F1 schedule at the time),
American driver Bill Vukovich was killed while leading the Indy 500. Vukovich had won the 1953 and 1954 Indy 500's with
ease, and had also won two Formula 1 races. Then the worst motor racing accident in history occurred at Le Mans, when
over 80 people were killed in a tragic accident. Mercedes later announced that it was withdrawing from Grand Prix racing (it
was Pierre Levegh's Mercedes that crashed into the crowd at Le Mans). Grand Prix stars Fangio and Hawthorn were both
peripherally involved in the incident, which had major repercussions for the sport. The Grand Prix races in France,
Germany, Switzerland and Spain were all cancelled. In fact, motor racing would never return to Switzerland. Rarely has
there been a worse period in any sport.
1956 Formula 1 Review (b&w - 45 min)
A great b&w 1956 film by the BP (British Petroleum) corporation covering 7 of the 8 Grand Prix races in detail (the Indy 500
was not included in this film). After the horrific 1955 Le Mans crash that claimed over 80 lives, Mercedes announced they
were withdrawing from Grand Prix racing. That left two of the best drivers of the era, Juan Fangio and Stirling Moss,
without a ride for 1956. Fangio would sign on with Ferrari, Moss with Maserati. The season would come down to the final
race at Monza. Fangio had the championship lead with Collins and Behra both only 8 points behind, and could take the title
by winning the race and setting fastest lap. Fangio's hopes faded with steering trouble, but he was saved when Collins -
who could still have won the title - stopped and handed his car over. It was a remarkable gesture which Fangio would never
forget. This lengthy film was original titled "Formula 1 - 1956 - An Impression of Seven International Grands Prix".
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