An autobiographical film about the racing life of Captain Henry "Tim" Birkin, a British gentleman racing driver of the nineteen thirties. Spectacular vintage car racing scenes. Quintessentially British, celebrating the early years of the Bentley motor car.Written by
Obviously there are not many serious motor racing fanatics reading IMDB or this would have a lot more comments. Screened in 1995 this is still talked of as perhaps the best motor racing drama ever made for UK tv (period or otherwise).
Rowan Atkinson is of course a motor racing nut in his spare time and is a regular attendee and racer in classic events in the UK. He is serious in this interest and much to his credit this is an entirely serious and effective recreation of an incredible true motor racing story from the 1930's.
The dominance of the British Bentley team in european racing is coming to an end. The dastardly Germans have created a thing called a "supercharger" (or "blower") which enables their Mercedes "silver arrows" to out-power the giant, normally aspirated Bentley cars.
The answer is to fit a "blower" to a Bentley but the stuffy head of the Bentley factory won't have it. It takes a private driver (RW - convincingly daring and dashing) and his mad little team to create the "Blower Bentley" and the story of how the private Bentley team and the works team take on the might of Mercedes at Le Mans one final time is straight from a Boys Own annual.
If you are a sports fan or a car nut I would highly recommend this. If you an an Atkinson fan it it shows an unexpected talent for straight acting but don't expect Rat Race.
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