It has come to my notice that the latest of John Matthews’ films is being aired this Sunday evening on BBC4 at 9pm (don’t forget that the clocks go forward this weekend as well).
Regular readers will recognise John as the producer of “Deadliest Crash”, which was reviewed on this blog a while back.
Matthews' latest film is called “Grand Prix: The Killer Years” and tells the story of the 1960’s and early 1970’s, when it was common for Grand Prix drivers to be killed racing, often televised for millions to see. Mechanical failure, lethal track design, fire and incompetence snuffed out dozens of young drivers. It was the most lethal period of Grand Prix history.
The film features Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, Emerson Fittipaldi and John Surtees OBE, and explores how Grand Prix drivers grew sick of their closest friends being killed and finally took control of their destiny.
It is probably not a film to enjoy, but one that should be watched, nevertheless.