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#1 Mistron

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Posted 05 December 2008 - 22:21

Just finished watching the first of 2 volumes of the cracking DVD.
Anyone else seen them?

They are home movies made by a member of the Tate & Lyle sugar family (and ex Spitfire pilot) in '53/54 (the second volume being of '55) as he toured Europe in his DB2/4 following the GP and sportscar races - Le Mans, Rheims, Goodwood, Silverstone, Aintree, Silverstone etc.

All shot from public areas or pit wall (he seems to have beenvery much in with the 'in crowd') and in a mix of 8mm and 16mm, B&W and lovely colour.

Will watch disc 2 tomorrow.

And where did I find this gem? - the garden centre for £4.99 each!

excellent fillers for your own stocking!

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#2 john winfield

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Posted 05 December 2008 - 22:25

Good aren't they? I found mine in a charity shop in Keswick, again £4.99. I think at least a couple of the charities are selling them.

#3 lil'chris

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Posted 05 December 2008 - 23:16

I bought them all bit by bit on VHS a few years ago at somewhat more than £ 4.99 each, but still worth what I paid, particularly for the in car laps of Spa, Reims, Le Mans etc taken from John Tates car. The commentary is done by his son Chris who remains very involved with motor sport and IIRC appears on the film as a small boy.

#4 Derek Pitt

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Posted 05 December 2008 - 23:21

I was wondering if u have the correct and full title etc......I would love to get a copy out here in The Antipodes.

Derek

#5 COUGAR508

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Posted 05 December 2008 - 23:27

I bought the volume featuring the 1967 French GP on VHS several years ago. I now wish that I had invested in the others at the same time.

#6 Speedy27

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 04:48

Originally posted by Derek Pitt
I was wondering if u have the correct and full title etc......I would love to get a copy out here in The Antipodes.

Derek


If you'd like to buy locally, try Pitstop Bookshop in Perth (www.pitstop.net.au) - they are refreshingly magic to deal with. Here is a link to these DVD's on their website (you may want to confirm with them that this is the complete series) :

http://pitstop.net.a...7s&search_type=

take care
Peter

#7 Andrew Kitson

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 06:53

They are excellent, I especially like the AMOC club meeting stuff - Snetterton in 1953 and the St.John Horsfall Silverstone club circuit footage from the mid '50s to 1966. There's even colour film of Doc Merfield's Fraud Cortina.
Lovely big bangers too, the Martini trophy in mid '60s.

Talking of Big Bangers, has anyone else got the new Duke release 'Big Bangers at Brands'? Fantastic period film now on DVD of the 1965 Guards Trophy won by Surtees in the T70. Superb stuff.

#8 Leigh Trevail

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 07:44

The original series on video was a total of 15 hours of footage, could this fit onto 2 DVDs? These were later available on DVD under the misleading title F1 Legends.

#9 CoulthardD

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 08:47

could this fit onto 2 DVDs?


I bought volumes I, II and III in a box set from the tourist information shop in Hawkshead, for £15.00. So no, it won't all fit on two disks! :)

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#10 sandy

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 09:29

If you'd like to buy locally, try Pitstop Bookshop in Perth (www.pitstop.net.au) - they are refreshingly magic to deal with. Here is a link to these DVD's on their website (you may want to confirm with them that this is the complete series) :
take care
Peter [/B][/QUOTE]

Thanks, I have just bought Vols 1 - 6 @ $19.95AUD each.

#11 Mistron

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 11:09

Ah, so I have a few more to get.

Still, I'm sure I'll be back at the garden centre soon.....

Christmas trees and all that!

#12 Speedy27

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 13:03

Originally posted by sandy
Thanks, I have just bought Vols 1 - 6 @ $19.95AUD each.


'glad to be able to assist.

I only bought the last volume and a long while back too, as my main racing interest commenced with the early 70's era when I was very young and impressionable.

I watched it long ago and still remember being struck by a wonderful irony in one of the narrator's comments; something about how being at Silverstone for the '73 Grand Prix made him realize that F1 had changed so much and was no longer that appealing - while this for me was the 'real deal' era of Grand Prix racing! I remember this when I encounter someone who is passionately into the current (post 2000) era. It's the old case of horses for courses!

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