3 Must-Watch Movies For Every Auto Racing Enthusiast
Anyone involved in the movie production business can vouch for the fact that making a film about auto racing is extremely difficult. Because of the numerous unknown variables involved, it is actually easier to make a film about aliens and distant galaxies than it is to make a movie on race cars. However, though they may be rare, there are some brilliant movies out there for racing enthusiasts.
Grand Prix (1966)
Formula 1 is considered to be the pinnacle of motorsports. With a massive global fan base, it is only natural that directors have tried, time and again, to capture the magnificent sport on film. The 1966 film, Grand Prix, bears the distinction of being perhaps the greatest auto racing movie ever made. The technical breakthroughs in movie production ushered in by the film ensured that the movie won three Academy Awards. Featuring actual footage from real Formula One races, the movie proves to be a delight for F1 fans.
The film focuses on four drivers competing in a fictional 1966 F1 World Championship and the women in their lives who have to cope with the dangers of the sport. The movie features cameos from Formula One legends like Phi Hill, Jim Clark, Jack Brabham, Jochen Rindt, and five-time world champion Juan-Manuel Fangio.
Le Mans (1971)
Formula One may be the pinnacle of motorsports, but no single F1 race can match the excitement and thrill of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Steve McQueen wanted to enter himself into the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans to make the perfect racing movie. Although he was paired up with racing legend Jackie Stewart, his application was turned down. However, the production team was allowed to enter one car that would capture racing footage.
The #49 Porsche 908/2 not only filmed some of the most exciting racing scenes in movie history, but also managed to finish second in the P3 class! Featuring a very minimalistic plot, the main focus of the film lies on the racing action between the Ferrari 512s and the Porsche 917s, cars that would go on to become two of the most popular machines in motorsports history. The movie has achieved cult status not only due to the live racing footage used, but also for featuring a lot more engine sound than it does dialogues.
Ask anyone who the greatest Formula One driver in history is and the most likely answer you will get is ‘Ayrton Senna’. Even Formula Drivers, including former World Champions, rate Senna as the greatest racing driver who ever lived. The 2010 documentary, Senna, deals with the man behind the larger-than-life portrayal. Using only historical footage, the documentary follows Senna’s career from his breakthrough season in Formula One, to his death in the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.
The film provides an insight into Senna’s determination to win at all costs and his motivation to take risks that other drivers wouldn’t even dream of. Although there have been many gifted drivers in the history of F1, no one driver was able to combine talent, tenacity and compassion in the ways that Ayrton Senna did. In one race, he wouldn’t hesitate to risk his own life and that of the other driver when executing an overtaking manoeuvre. In the very next race, he would jump out his car and dash across the racetrack to help a fellow driver involved in an accident.
While most documentaries are presented as mere biographies of the subject in concern, Senna is more of a drama than a regular documentary. For racing fans trying to get an insight into the minds of successful racing drivers, Senna is the ultimate movie to watch.
Make these movies a part of your weekend movie marathon and you certainly won’t be disappointed.
Today’s guest post is courtesy Nick Birt. He is a racing enthusiast and leading dealer of car detailing products. He likes to sit back and watch racing movies on weekends and has listed 3 of his favourites in this article.