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      03-05-2012, 12:21 AM   #1
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Grand Prix: The Killer Years

Any racing fan no matter your age needs to watch this show. On a channel I hadn't heard of till tonight (Velocity, produced by Discovery). Very well done, moving story about Grand Prix racing in the 60s and 70s. Even if you are a student of the era, it still leaves you breathless at what those drivers risked...


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If its the same as the BBC movie, you can see it on youtube...
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Yea i was flipping through the channels last night and saw this on, was about 30mins into it alrdy. Was a good watch, those were some great drivers compared to what they have now for driver aid

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I watched this last year on Youtube and last night. FASCINATING. Extremely interesting TV.

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Very sad and important documentary..

Some of the best drivers gave their lives to finally have safety in the sport..the apathy about driver deaths during that era was just unreal compared to now.
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was lucky to catch this tonight... not only very informative, but very captivating as well. this was an hour very well spent. i wanted more.

loved the footage of these cars getting airborne on the Nurburgring!
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Yeah, saw it last night. Interesting how driver (even spectator) safety was not even a consideration...how things have changed.

A great tribute to the great drivers that came before.

Another great documentary is "Senna" about the F1 circuit during this same era.

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I saw it too. I knew a lot about this from talking to Mario and his wife (yes, Andretti). I'm standing next to Mario in my avatar at his headquarters in Nazareth, PA.
They said you really didn't want to get too close to other drivers (friendship wise) because you never knew when someone was going to get killed. Case in point, Ronnie Peterson who was Mario's teammate in 1978 for Lotus.
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Theose were some dangerous times to be racing. It was an interesting video.
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I saw it on the channel guide, got all excited, turned to the channel... and it's not part of my package. Ruined my night.
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A couple decades from now people may be saying similar things about how cavalier everyone was about concussions and brain injuries. The risk isn't as obvious as a firey crash, but the idea that you would constatntly risk your life (or mind) doing a sport will seem pretty reckless.
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