Ferrari, McLaren and Williams films –
Three magnificent documentary films have hit our screens during 2017, all of them offering a captivating insight into their respective subjects. All three, available in DVD and Blu-ray format, are unmissable for diehard and casual race fans alike.
Ferrari: The Race to Immortality (from £10) is a beautiful but brutal look back at the late-1950s and a quintet of Enzo Ferrari’s tragic heroes – Eugenio Castellotti, Alfonso de Portago, Luigi Musso, Peter Collins and Mike Hawthorn. Staggering archive footage is blended with talking heads in the shape of several respected motorsport historians and journalists.
McLaren (from £6.99) tells the story of Kiwi engineer, racer and entrepreneur Bruce McLaren’s rise from childhood handicap to world-beating F1 and Le Mans winner and Can-Am champion, with candid and emotional testimonials from some of his trusted sheriffs.
Williams (from £5.32) charts the zero-to-hero progress of Frank Williams, from amateur racing-car parts salesman to multiple World Championship-winning team owner. With forthright and fearless accounts of the early days, via taped recordings with his late wife Virginia, to modern-day revelations from his daughter and deputy team principal Claire, as well as many of Franks’ friends, drivers and colleagues, this is a fascinating look at this most British of F1 institutions.