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Grand Prix: The Killer Years (2011)

This documentary focuses on the dangers of the early Grand Prix racing and the actions that followed in order to make Formula 1 safer. Former drivers, mechanics and journalists share their ... See full synopsis »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Denise Cooke Denise Cooke ... Herself - Narrator (voice)
Chris Hilton Chris Hilton ... Himself - Author 'Grand Prix Century'
David Tremayne David Tremayne ... Himself - Grand Prix Journalist 'The Independent'
Tony Brooks Tony Brooks ... Himself - Grand Prix Driver 1956-1961
Len Terry Len Terry ... Himself - Lotus Chief Designer 1963-1965
David Sims David Sims ... Himself - Lotus Mechanic 1962-1972 (as David 'Beaky' Sims)
John Surtees ... Himself - World Champion 1964 (as John Surtees OBE)
Emerson Fittipaldi Emerson Fittipaldi ... Himself - World Champion 1972, 1974
Jacky Ickx Jacky Ickx ... Himself - Grand Prix Driver 1967-1979
Jackie Stewart ... Himself - World Champion 1969, 1971, 1973 (as Sir Jackie Stewart OBE)
Jean-Pierre Beltoise Jean-Pierre Beltoise ... Himself - Grand Prix Driver 1967-1974
Jackie Oliver Jackie Oliver ... Himself - Grand Prix Driver 1967-1977
Rene Bovy Rene Bovy ... Himself - General Secretary Spa Francorchamp Circuit 1966
Jacqueline Beltoise Jacqueline Beltoise ... Herself
Nina Rindt Nina Rindt ... Herself - Jochen Rindt's wife
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This documentary focuses on the dangers of the early Grand Prix racing and the actions that followed in order to make Formula 1 safer. Former drivers, mechanics and journalists share their insights and experiences on a cruel era, that became the stepping stone for bettering F1 safety.

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.

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17 March 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Forma 1: Vészterhes évek See more »

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23 August 2012 | by jturnbull-398-395794See all my reviews

I have Senna on DVD and watched this documentary the other night and was quite blown away. Even if you have no interest in motor sport it is an incredible social statement about power, glory, greed and perhaps absolute egotism. Colin Chapman, especially, does not come out of this looking good.

For those of us old enough, we know what is coming, but the personal insights into those who will die is quite heartbreaking.

I have driven parts of Spa, the Nurburgring and Goodwood (where Moss crashed and Bruce McClaren died) and they are strange places. No birds sing, there is a feeling of dread in the air. If you watch this doco, and Senna, you get the feeling that Senna and Clark knew they were about to die.

At the moment it can be downloaded at Grand Prix-The Killer Years-Video Dailymotion.


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