Michelin, the tire manufacturer, released this past Thursday a 6 minutes video showing some of what happened in the back scenes at the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans 🏁.
This is a short film of the Belgian Grand Prix, at Spa-Francorchamps on June 18th 1961. Frankly, the editing is a bit of a mess, not being sequential or chronologically set up. The GREAT part about it though is that it’s in 60 FPS. That being so, you can really appreciate the details, specially on the onboard parts. As a comparison, you can see here “regular footage” of that race.
According to legend, it was footage like this that inspired John Frankenheimer to make one of the most famous racing films of all times, “Grand Prix” of 1966 (you can watch the whole film from that link).
A few months ago Top Gear did a piece on Volkswagen’s ID.R, their full-blown racing monster. Their goal was to conquer Pike’s Peak, which they did in 2018 and then, in 2019, conquered Nürburgring. On both runs Romain Dumas was at the helm, and it’s eerie to see him going flat-out and just hearing the electric whine of the engine.
As always, Top Gear made a fantastic video, and specially nice since it’s presented by the great Chris Harris.
I’m probably correct to assume that everyone who has an interest in motorsports in general has seen the film “Rush”. I also believe that very possibly, the film was inspired by the convoluted 1976 F1 season. It’s a very colorful story and Aidan Millward very competently resumed it in his YouTube channel. Though actual events diverge some (a lot?) from what the film shows, in essence it’s a VERY good film. In fact, I l-o-v-e it, and kick myself for not getting a Blu-ray copy when it was easily available 😫.
If you enjoyed the film, check out Aidan Millward’s very nice resume of what happened during the 1976 season.
At the 24 Heures du Mans of 1980, all-mighty Porsche was (again) the favorite. But that year there was a David in their path, the Rondeau M379B. Jean Rondeau, a pilot and small time builder from Le Mans, is the definition of a garagista. And one of my racing heroes 🥇.
Last night I found this video on Driver61 YouTube channel, and the author explains well how that is possible. Trust me, what Porsche did with the 919 Evo is nothing but amazing 😲! An interesting watch for both Porsche fan boys and gearheads alike.
Another Le Mans video, this time from the 1968 race. It’s narrated in English and no music (well, just a little of elevator music, at least). Very good footage of the whole race, and the best coverage of the “Le Mans start” I’ve seen yet. Interesting to see how Porsche 908 #34 takes off with the door open, that is slammed shut by the wind. Wanna bet that Joe Buzzetta (or Scooter Patrick) went off WITHOUT seat belts fastened 😲?
Found this vintage film (20 minute long) from the 1972 Le Mans race. Image quality is not very good, but the 70s psychedelic rock sound track makes up for that 🎸. But above all, it was nice to see all those cars in race.
Found out this short video by accident this morning. You can see a pit stop from the 24 Hours of Spa in 2016, when GT-R NISMO GT3 #22 comes in for fresh tires. With the camera suspended above the pit area, you can control its point of view.
First time I ever saw a pit stop from these angles. Neat 😎.