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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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Denise Cooke ... Herself - Narrator (voice)
Chris Hilton ... Himself - Author 'Grand Prix Century'
David Tremayne ... Himself - Grand Prix Journalist 'The Independent'
Tony Brooks ... Himself - Grand Prix Driver 1956-1961
Len Terry ... Himself - Lotus Chief Designer 1963-1965
David Sims ... Himself - Lotus Mechanic 1962-1972 (as David 'Beaky' Sims)
John Surtees ... Himself - World Champion 1964 (as John Surtees OBE)
Emerson Fittipaldi ... Himself - World Champion 1972, 1974
Jacky Ickx ... Himself - Grand Prix Driver 1967-1979
... Himself - World Champion 1969, 1971, 1973 (as Sir Jackie Stewart OBE)
Jean-Pierre Beltoise ... Himself - Grand Prix Driver 1967-1974
Jackie Oliver ... Himself - Grand Prix Driver 1967-1977
Rene Bovy ... Himself - General Secretary Spa Francorchamp Circuit 1966
Jacqueline Beltoise ... Herself
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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Excellent Documentary! Chilling!
22 August 2011 | by See all my reviews

An amazing BBC doc. One of those documentaries that had me thinking about it days after Id seen it. Truly shocking how F1 drivers were expected to die and how many died in the 60's. Very sad to hear how Chapman of Lotus was so blasé in his experiments and how the races would just continue. Not sure how you'd get your hands on the documentary, but it was on TV last night and its on you tube. After watching Senna I became interested in F1 and this has made me even more interested. The interviews with Jackie Stewart are great and he comes across as a true British hero in the face of greedy and selfish F1 corporation Watch it asap!


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