Seldom does such a thought provoking and chilling documentary make it to our screens, like ‘Grand Prix: The Killers years’. In the 60s and 70s drivers were highly likely to be killed whist racing, often with the world watching on TV.
A whole host of problems such as poor track design, mechanical failure, experimental cars and aero packages all contributed to give drivers extremely low odds if survival. Explosive fireballs and spectator deaths did nothing to stop drivers queuing up to replace the seemingly ‘expendable’ drivers and fans flocking to the stands to watch the thrilling but dangerous Grand Prix races.
Originally aired in the UK on the BBC and featuring many famous drivers including Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, twice world champion Emerson Fittipaldi and John Surtees OBE, the documentary tells the story of how these drivers grew sick of seeing their friends and fellow drivers killed and the steps they took to end the senseless deaths.
If you have a spare hour… Sit back and watch this… It’s a real eye opener!