Monday 23 April 2018

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Grand Prix (1966)

John Frankenheimer's star-studded drama follows the fortunes of a group of drivers during the 1966 Formula One season, and stars James Garner as an American frontrunner who becomes involved with the wife of a British driver. The film won three Oscars for its impressive racing footage shot using the actual actors and disguised Formula Three cars.

Le Mans (1971)

Beloved of racing fanatics, Le Mans has little dialogue and only a perfunctory plot and spends most of its time following drivers in souped-up Porsches and Ferraris as they tear around the famous Le Mans circuit. Steve McQueen is right at home playing an American driver with a grudge against a French rival (Yves Montand).

Senna (2010)

Asif Kapadia's brilliant documentary tells the extraordinary story of legendary Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna (pictured left), who electrified motor racing in the late 1980s and early 1990s and struck up a bitter rivalry with French driver Alain Prost before dying in a freak accident during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.

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