Champions: Mike Hawthorn & Peter Collins
70 mins. (approx.)
"Compelling viewing……this truly is a must for the collection of any enthusiast" Autosport
Explore the story of two British racing legends through unique archive race footage and rare interviews with the greats of motorsport.
To his many admirers, Peter Collins was the ‘Golden Boy’ of 1950s British motor racing. His good looks, friendly charm and supreme ability earned him an army of fans whose admiration only increased when Collins gifted the World Championship to Juan Manuel Fangio in 1956 – the year he joined Ferrari. Tragically, he lost his life at the Nurburgring just two weeks after winning the 1958 British Grand Prix.
That year also saw his great friend and Ferrari teammate Mike Hawthorn become Britain’s first motor racing World Champion. In Grand Prix cars Hawthorn was exciting to watch, especially when duelling with Fangio, but his ability in sport and saloon cars also helped establish him as one of the all-time greats. Sadly the end of his career was tainted by personal disasters. In 1959, shortly after retiring, Hawthorn died in a road accident.
Now the careers of two diverse, popular characters are explored. Unique footage from their early races and rare interviews with luminaries such as racing legends Stirling Moss, Tony Brooks, Phil Hill and Roy Salvadori, plus Aston Martin team manager John Wyer and Jaguar’s Lofty England create the perfect tribute to two outstanding drivers from a Golden Age of motor racing.
Other excerpts from the Autosport review:
"A selection of wonderful anecdotes are brought to life throughout the DVD. They include a tale from John Wyer’s wife Tottie of how Collins, desperate for a drive with the Aston Martin sportscar team, used to hide under tables in restaurants, trying to attract attention in the hope of securing an interview with the legendary team boss."
"Further testimonies from the likes of Stirling Moss, Roy Salvadori and 1961 World Champion Phil Hill – footage of which has been mostly retrieved from rarely-seen interviews – further enhance the DVD. Overall, it gives a welcome snapshot into what life as a racing driver was like during the first generation of the Formula 1 World Championship"
"From the mesmerising shots of Hawthorn’s Ferrari 246 being stylishly flung around Eau rouge, to the tyre-squealing antics of Aston Martin and Jaguar sportscars being driven to numerous wins at Silverstone, you have to hand it to the makers of this DVD. The exceptional production values go hand-in-hand with ultra-informative narration from Neville Hay – a man who knows his subject better than most, and can still be relied upon to breath both a life and an authority into almost anything."
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