Videos of vintage tracks and races??
Posted 17 November 1999 - 05:05
More specifically, I'd love to see an on-car camera or aerial fly-over that would allow one to get a whole lap of, for example, the 14-mile Nurburgring, with some history of the track's construction and evolution, notable races, etc.
I've occasionally seen Speedvision and seen grainy shots across the valley at Spa of a car kicking up rooster tails of rain, but nothing that gives one a sense of the layouts themselves as experienced by the drivers.
I don't expect to be in Europe for a few years, so I'd be delighted with a modern-day video tour of the Nordschlieffe...Is there anything out there?
BTW, I've seen "Grand Prix" a few times, but would like something more substantial...
Posted 17 November 1999 - 05:29
There might be some of what you're looking for spread among many videos unfortunately. The Racers Diary series on Speedvision would occasionally have a view of a track from the family car prior to the race - I think Reims and several other circuits were done that way.
There was a Shell series that did exactly what you are asking about to a number of circuits, but I am not certain as to their availability. In the USA, try ClassicMotorbooks (proud customer for 25+ years) or EWA which also has a good video collection. Either one should be a good strating place and I am sure the other members of the Peanut Gallery can chime in with more suggestions.
As an aside: Somewhere in an old SCG (Sports Car Graphic) I have a sequence of stills done by Lorenzo Bandini on the Monza road circuit that was really neat. I later saw a film and the sequence in the magazine was the perfect accompaniment.
Yr fthfl & hmbl srvnt,
Posted 17 November 1999 - 05:56
Do you by any chance know how I can get my hands on a video of a GP race at the old Interlagos track in Brazil? (they ran there up to 1980)
Posted 18 November 1999 - 13:05
Ah well, perhaps someone with the funds and talent can steal this idea, eh?!?
Posted 19 November 1999 - 00:37
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Grand Prix History
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Posted 04 July 2000 - 06:58
Frank Gardner has some good stuff, but I don't know exactly what's on it. It comes from his uncle, Hope Bartlett, who raced in both England and Australia in the twenties and thirties, and carried on racing here until 1952. Most of it must be very old, for 20+ years ago Frank told me how he had to get just the right guy to copy it to tape.. the film was falling to bits and would only go through the projector once.
Never heard of that Pit Pass movie, either... wonder if it's about somewhere. I don't think the 'ring changed much if at all in that period, the changes started a year or two later.
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Posted 17 October 2000 - 20:15
Does anybody know if the old Shell films were ever converted to Video format and if so, where I could get them?
Are the Shell films really the best accounts of racing in the Twenties and Thirties or can anybody recommend good videos from that era?
Posted 17 October 2000 - 22:57
This would naturally be in PAL format, which Dennis lamented about months ago... do you have a VCR which plays PAL to your NTSC television, Hans?
I finally saw the tape Mike Argetsinger sent me this week, by the way, the potted history of Elkhart Lake. Very nice. Some stuff on their I'd not seen before, quite apart from the scenes from the old track.
I have a film of Albert Park in about 1957 or 1958 (or both) which I must get put on video... it's on 16mm, and I have the start of the 1949 AGP on video... just a snippet, and a bit of Lowood in the same era.
Posted 17 October 2000 - 23:14
It would have to be NTSC format for my simple $100 VCR. I watch very little TV nowadays.
Posted 17 October 2000 - 23:38
I know, I've found it necessary.
Was a time, you know, when the only way you could view a tape in NTSC format in Australia was to get it in through the back door at a major television station and use some million-dollar machine. I do love technology...
And I think I have a copy of all the shell films here with me... got it at a garage sale or second hand shop, never looked at it yet...
Posted 17 October 2000 - 23:53
Are they in NTSC format? And how old are they? Unfortunately the tapes deteriorate with age.
Posted 17 October 2000 - 23:58
If I had a VCR that was NTSC, I could copy to it from the PAL, I guess. But they're non-existant round here.
So should we take a poll?
Does Hans need a new VCR?
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