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Old Races - How to Watch Them

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#1 aportinga

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Posted 04 February 2021 - 00:11

So I have MANY hi end VHS tapes - probably 200+ races recorded in hi speed so they are essentially - the best quality possible. These are from 1988 - 2002 with some races missing from 1992 and 1993 - as there was no cable TV offered at the college I was at. Conosour helped me out with those so thankfully I have much of those two seasons now.


In any case - despite getting hi end tapes - a decent 4 head hi fi VCR and recording these races at the optimal speed, they look like complete ****.


So I am thinking - why pay someone to bump these to a USB or online account when they already are garbage?


So I get the F1 app - holy cow there are very few races that they offered in their historical library - few may be generous at that.


So what to do... Where or what is the best option(s) to watch older races with decent quality?




#2 Odseybod

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Posted 04 February 2021 - 10:46

Hopefully not teaching Granny to suck eggs but ...


Have you tried fast-winding the tape to the end and then rewinding before playing? I think it helps overcome what I technically call stickiness.

#3 Gary C

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Posted 22 February 2021 - 15:44

Good advice Odseybod, it's ALWAYS a good idea to do that with a tape that hasn't been played in a while. When I worked in BBC Radio all our tapes were stored 'tail out' so that WHENEVER they were played the whole tape had to be rewound before playback.

#4 E1pix

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Posted 23 February 2021 - 22:44

My VHS collection is similar and Tony’s advice is spot on.

Perhaps someday I’ll settle down and convert to digital. But they were all recorded on great stock and with a four-head NEC deck — and to be honest, I love the look and feel and flaws the very same as I prefer old music LPs to crummy and sterile CDs.