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Top Five of 2012: Documentaries

Submitted by on January 6, 2013

Video Documentary: Carroll Shelby – The Golden Age of Motorsport

Here is the first of many video and photo tributes that Motorsport Retro will be running to celebrate the life of the legendary racer, designer and entrepreneur.


Video Documentary: Taming Turbo in Formula One

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This documentary gets you behind the scenes into the secretive world of Formula One engine development and looks at how the teams of the ’80s came to terms with taming the turbo and produced some of the most spectacular machines that the sport has seen.


Murray Walker’s Tribute to James Hunt

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”James was a very special sort of person. He didn’t think the way other people do. He certainly didn’t act the way other people do. And he was always a very exciting, stimulating and fun; unpredictable but very authoritative, person to be with.”


Video Documentary: Tribute to Barry Sheene

“A larrikin with a heart of gold, who changed the face of Grand Prix bike racing forever, and some believe we’ll never see another rider like Barry Sheene again.”

This brilliant documentary is the Australian Channel Ten’s tribute to Barry Sheene – a legend on the track, in the paddock and in life in general.


Video Documentary: Ari Vatanen – Super Trooper

This fascinating documentary looks at Ari Vatanen’s unique build up to the 1980 Lombard RAC Rally. Thanks to ex BBC Rally correspondent (and co star of the film) Allan Phillips for the link.


And some extras……..

Video Documentary: Round the ‘ring – Shell film starring Hermann Lang and W125 Mercedes

Strap in for this extraordinary Shell promotional film from 1962. The movie features Hermann Lang driving around the fearsome Nürburgring Nordschleife in the fire breathing W125 Mercedes. Adding extra value is the narration by’62 World Champ, Graham Hill


Short Film: Urban Outlaw

Urban Outlaw is the story of rebel Porsche customiser and collector, Magnus Walker.

It’s a captivating story, one which we all share, told beautifully and shot and edited with an utter mastery of the craft. Inspirational, entertaining and moving, it’s well worth a watch.


Video Documentary: Jim Clark – The Quiet Champion

“People would not understand that you could be frightened. Well, it’s all part of it. If there was nothing to be frightened of there, and nothing, and no limit, any silly bugger could get in a motor car.” – Jim Clark


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