This Time Tomorrow: 1966 Le Mans Documentary

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This Time Tomorrow is a film about the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans race that took place in 1966. This was the to be the first time an American car would win at the brutal endurance event, and it wasn’t just a 1st place – Ford GT40s took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in what is…

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The Development of the Jaguar V12 Engine

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The story of the first Jaguar V12 is an interesting one, the project initially started in 1954 with a view to using the powerplant in a Le Mans endurance racer, but it was mothballed before being restarted in the mid-60s by a team headed by Walter Hassan. In this film, Walter Hassan and Harry Mundy…

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Short Film: Turbo Encabulator

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Turbo Encabulator is a short film that many of you will have seen before, but it’s one of those things you can never watch too many times. Much like the Winnebago Man clips. I’ve included the full blurb below as it adds a lot to the story, and provides insight into how the extraordinary Turbo…

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Automobile Tire Hydroplaning: What Happens

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Automobile Tire Hydroplaning: Why It Happens is a short educational film that includes some fascinating NASA footage from the period, including a view under the road showing what hydroplaning looks like from underneath. Although tire technology has come a long way since this film was made, it’s still a good watch, and some of the…

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The Miami Vice Ferrari Testarossa

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Those of us who remember the ’80s will recall a few cultural icons – things like keyboard guitars, huge hair, ill-advised neon clothing, and men wearing fingerless gloves for no clear reason. At the other end of the spectrum was the likes of Miami Vice and the Ferrari Testarossa. The popularity of Miami Vice can…

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Documentary: A Spark In Time On The Firing Line

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A Spark In Time On The Firing Line is a 1962 film about automobile ignition systems and spark timing, it was produced for Champion by Portafilms, and they made sure to present it in such a way that it’d be understandable to anyone – not just electrical whizzes. Even the most ardent car nuts are…

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Documentary: The Unfortunate History of the AMC Pacer

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The Unfortunate History of the AMC Pacer is a documentary about a quirky little car that people love to hate – though it seems to be gaining in popularity in recent years thanks to its unusual styling and interesting backstory. If the original AMC plan to fit the Pacer with a twin rotor Wankel rotary…

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US Army Vietnam Training Film: Shotgun Rider

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Shotgun Rider is a 1967 training film created by The Army Pictorial Center for new recruits in training for deployment to Vietnam as helicopter door gunners – nicknamed “shotgun riders”. Despite the name, door gunners actually used M60 machine guns, which they trained to use both on a mount and freehand. The film features a…

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1934 Chevrolet Film: Facts on Friction

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Facts on Friction is a 1934 Chevrolet film about brakes – and although that might not sound quite as exciting as films about engines and transmissions, it’s actually a good watch. Drum brakes were standard issue for much of the 20th century life of the automobile, and they’re still mass produced now for high-volume, low-cost…

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What’s Under Your Hood?

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What’s Under Your Hood? is a ’70s era instructional film that does a remarkably good job of explaining how an engine works, as well as explaining the internal workings of the gearbox, differential, and braking system. At just 10 minutes in length, it’s an excellent introduction to how it all works for those who might…

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1972 Training Film: Motorcycle Driving Tactics

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Motorcycle Driving Tactics is a 1972 training film for motorcyclists designed to help save lives and reduce injury rates. There’s an interesting section covering motorcycle vs car crash testing that includes slow motion footage – an interesting insight, although it it painful to watch pristine motorcycles being wrecked beyond any reasonable repair. At just 15…

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Documentary: One Leap Ahead

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One Leap Ahead is a documentary about Jaguar filmed in 1961 – a year that was significant, as it’s when the production of the E-Type began (known as the XKE in some markets). The film starts out with some wonderful footage of a pristine Mark II – nicknamed the “Gentleman’s Express” and popular with bank robbers…

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