A History of Road Racing DVD
Motorcycle racing has a fascinating, and often turbulent, history. This DVD is a journey through the archive to uncover the foundations and development of a sport which today is a major international business, with stars who are household names.
Combining evocative archive footage and interviews, we recall the circuits, machines and riders who played key roles in road racing. From the beginning of the 20th century, when public road circuits like the Isle of Man TT led the way, through the controversy and tragedies of the 1970s which saw racing on roads almost brought to an end on the resurgence of real road racing.
Wonderful in-track action recalls the arrival of classic circuits like Monza and Donington Park in the 1920s and 1930s, the formation at the TT in 1949 of the championship we now know as MotoGP, the creation of dedicated racing facilities on airfields, such as Silverstone, the golden era of motorcycle competition in the 1950s and 1960s, when road circuits remained a central part of World Championship competition, and the eventual removal of road circuits from the Grand Prix calendars.
The desire for greater safety saw road courses fall out of favour, with only those that adapted to meet demanding standards surviving as world championship venues. It looked like the days of racing at the TT could be numbered – until a certain Mike Hailwood made an unbelievable return to the Mountain Course. In addition to archive race footage from many of the most important circuits, we hear from legendary racers including Giacomo Agostini, John Surtees, Geoff Duke and Stanley Woods, as well as Murray Walker, a lifelong TT fan and son of a TT winner.
Bonus Features: Experience famous road racing courses from the riders-eye point of view with on-board laps of Dundrod, the TT Mountain Course, Kells, Cookstown, Tandragee and Macau.
Running Time: 88mins
Picture Format: COLOUR PAL Widescreen 16:9
Region Code: 0 ALL REGIONS
Sound Format: STEREO