The camera rides alongside the yellow helmet of a Formula 1 driver, his hands furiously working the steering wheel around the bend of a straightaway. The camera shakes with the car as it bounces and suddenly goes in a straight line as the view hard-cuts to the same car violently impacting a retaining wall. Even …
Thanks to the Internet and, more specifically, the film website Letterboxd, I’ve seen almost 30 racing films in the past year. In this multi-article series, I’ll take a look at the under-appreciated world of racing films and the hidden gems that lie on streaming services and the Internet. Documentaries generally tend to be the best genre for these movies, but there are several narrative features that shine through as well.
Following on from comments around last week’s piece I’ve been cajoled into that most subjective, most impossible of tasks. The top-10 drivers.
Ayrton Senna first registered on my consciousness in his debut season in F1 in 1984, driving the uncompetitive, poorly-funded Toleman car.