1972 Sports Car racing. From 24hrs of Le Mans to 24hrs at Daytona. Told by drivers Mario Andretti and Vic Elford.

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The Speed Merchants is the story of the 1972 manufacturer's Championship Series as told by drivers Mario Andretti (Ferrari 312P) and Vic Elford (Alfa Romeo T33TT/3). The film takes you behind the scenes at Daytona, Sebring, the Targa Florio, the Nurburgring, Le Mans and Watkins Glen, focusing on Mario and Vic, as well as Jacky Ickx, Helmut Marko, and Brian Redman. You visit with the drivers at their homes in France, Belgium, Austria and England where they relax with their families between races. Woven into the film is rare footage of both the Ferrari and Alfa Romeo factories where the cars are prepared before each race. Written by <prohobo@hotmail.com>

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Documentary of the 1972 World Sports Car Championship
20 December 2006 | by (pasadena) – See all my reviews

Quite probably the best documentary on sports car racing or motor racing in general ever made. As a still photographer in that era I can attest to the accuracy of this film. Well photographed with great attention to detail the film takes viewers into the hearts and minds of the drivers depicted. A couple will be winners, one will retire and a close friend will lose his life. A better script could not have been written by Hollywood. The film also gives you views into places you might not get to see such as the Ferrari factory of 1972, Autodelta garage, the Matra-Simca garage at Le Mans and great film of the Targa Florio. I saw this film at its premier in 1973 at Watkins Glen while shooting the 6 hour endurance race with these same cars and watched it again just recently. It still holds up as a great motor racing film.


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