Racing Legends: John Surtees

John Surtees

I’ve come across a disconcertingly significant number of motorcyclists in recent weeks who don’t know who John Surtees is, so I spent this afternoon hunting around for a suitable documentary that will help bring people who don’t know of him up to speed. Just to pique your interest, Surtees is the only man to ever…

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Group B: The Ultimate Rally

Group B The Ultimate Rally

Group B: The Ultimate Rally is one of the better documentaries about the golden era of rally, one of the reasons it’s so good is because it was filmed at the time – rather than being compiled from clips decades later. The list of legendary rally drivers and rally cars seen in this film is…

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So They All Hover Now

Hovercraft

So They All Hover Now is a film from the early years of the hovercraft, when the sky was the limit and many thought that much of the future of human and cargo transportation would take place a few inches above the ground, on a cushion of air. Recorded in 1962, the film has an…

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How To Fly The P-51B Mustang

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Flight Characteristics of the P-51 Airplane is a WWII film designed as a preliminary How To guide for pilots, mechanics and other ground crew. The film has a slightly more upbeat tone than you might expect, with the narrator cracking jokes throughout (at the expense of the Germans of course) and generally keeping it light and…

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The Concorde Story

Concorde 1

The Concorde Story is a vintage documentary about the development of the world’s first supersonic airliner, it was filmed during the early, heady days of the now retired aircraft and it provides a fascinating look into how the Concorde came to be – starting with early designs from WWII. With a running time of just…

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Guy Martin’s Spitfire

Guy Martin's Spitfire

Guy Martin’s Spitfire is a British documentary about the recovery and rebuild of a rare MK1 Spitfire from the French beach where it was crash landed in 1940 by RAF pilot Squadron Leader Geoffrey Stephenson. The Spitfire had slowly been buried under generations of beach sand so the recovery operation took weeks of digging and…

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Documentary: Scrambling For It

Scrambler Motorcycle

Scrambling For It is a late ’60s film about the popular and rapidly growing scramble races that were popping up around the country, the events lent their name to the style of motorcycle developed to compete in them and even today, Scramblers are amongst the most popular bikes on the road. The film is part…

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