As our F1 fans will no doubt be aware, the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix is on this weekend. While there's always the debate on whether the track is suitable for modern day F1 cars, no one can deny that this is the crown jewel of the Formula 1 calendar. With that in mind, we'll be bringing you a series of Video Rolls of the various F1 eras that raced around the super tight streets of Monte Carlo.
To kick off, here's a fantastic sample from John Frankenheimer's 1966 movie, Grand Prix. Back then the film was shot primarily on Super Panavision 70s, and was also one of the first experimentations with onboard cameras. Grand Prix picked up three Academy Awards and was played in Cinerama at select locations (kind of like the 60s equivalent of IMAX). Although this film only partly used actual race footage, in my opinion it's still an amazing representation of how different – and dangerous – F1 used to be back then.
I highly recommend going out and adding Grand Prix to your DVD collection!
- Charles Kha