Good motor racing movies are one of our biggest vices here at Sparesbox, from Rush to Senna and beyond. After all, in a time where it’s become increasingly politicised and sterile, there’s something about seeing some of the most iconic eras in formula 1 restored in full colour that helps remind you why motor racing is so magical.
It seems incredible then that we’ve made it to this point without getting a big-budget film properly detailing the lives of Formula 1 drivers back in the 50s. It was a time when the racers raced under more danger than at any other time in history, and the opulent playboy lifestyle of the racing driver started to properly become a defining trend within the sport.
Finally, courtesy of Universal, a new feature-length documentary hopes to capture this, telling the story of motorsport’s deadliest decade in full colour.
Ferrari: Race to Immortality focuses on the “dawn of the iconic Scuderia Ferrari in the Formula One World Championship and deadliest decade in motor racing history. As cars pushed the limits of human ingenuity, drivers lived on a knife edge between life and death.
At the centre of it all was Enzo Ferrari, a towering figure in motor racing and patriarch of Ferrari who dared to dream about speed in ways nobody else could. Amidst the stiff competition within his team, two of its stars, Peter Collins and Mike Hawthorn, decided that their friendship was as important as winning the next race.
Ferrari: Race to Immortality tells the story of the loves and losses, triumphs and tragedy of Ferrari’s most decorated drivers in an era where it was la dolce vita during the week and a coin toss of whether they lived or died on the weekend.”
Looking from the trailer, the film looks like it’s set to properly portray the brutality and danger of racing back in the 50’s, in a way that The Times have initially called “beautiful, brutal” & “spellbinding.
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