|24 Hrs Of Le Mans - 1950's and 1960's (Vol 2)
|After the formation of the World Sportscar Championship in 1953, of which Le Mans was a part, Ferrari,
Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, and many others began sending multiple cars backed by their
respective factories to compete for overall wins against their competitors. Their competition sometimes
resulted in tragedy, as in an accident during the 1955 race in which Pierre Levegh's car crashed into a
crowd of spectators, killing more than 80 people. The incident led to the widespread introduction of safety
measures, not only at the circuit but elsewhere in the motorsports world. However, even though the safety
standards improved, so did the speed of the cars; the move from open-cockpit roadsters to closed-cockpit
coupes resulted in speeds of over 320 kilometres per hour (200 mph) on the Mulsanne. Race cars of the
time were still mostly based on production road cars, but by the end of the 1960s, Ford had entered the
picture with their GT40s, taking four straight wins before the era of production-based wins came to a close.
|1-DVD : 117 min. Quality : Very Good to Excellent
|Nearly 2 more hours of highlight films from the 1950's and 1960's!
|1953 Le Mans Highlights - (13 min.)
Condition (Excellent) - Original 1953 film, presented by Jaguar. (color)
|1954 Le Mans Highlights - (18 min.)
Condition (Excellent) - An old Speed TV broadcast (watermark in
corner) of the 1954 Le Mans race, titled "Spitfires at Le Mans". (color)
|1959 Le Mans Highlights - (29 min.)
Condition (Excellent) - Original 1957 film, focusing on Aston Martin. (color)
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|1956 - Lap Of Le Mans - (6 min.)
Condition (Excellent) - An amazing lap of the old Mulsanne Circuit, with
in-car commentary (and camera) by 1955 Le Mans winner Mike Hawthorn.
This footage is so clear it appears to be from a modern historic race, but soon
you see Hawthorn's Jaguar having to swerve around bicyclists and other
road hazards as he makes his way around the famous track. (b&w)
|1949-1963 Le Mans Highlights - (41 min.)
Condition (Excellent) - Titled "Racing Through Time", this is an excellent
year-by-year review of each Le Mans race between 1949-1963. The original
version of this film also covered the pre-1949 years, but we just excerpted the
1949-1963 years to stay in theme with our DVD series. (b&w/color )
|1-DVD 117 min. $17.00 / $23.00
|1955 Le Mans Highlights - (9 min.)
Condition (Very Good) - The original highlight reel of this race, and
incredibly, only a few moments are spent focusing on what would be the
most horrific crash in auto racing history, where 84 lives were lost. (color)