Journal: 12 Of Our Favorite Videos From The Driver’s Seat

12 Of Our Favorite Videos From The Driver’s Seat

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
July 23, 2015
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Onboard footage used to be rare and very difficult to get, but now in the age of GoPro, it’s difficult to find a race—anywhere—that isn’t being recorded from over a driver’s shoulder. In the old days, however, getting usable footage often meant complicated solutions, mounted precariously on old race cars.

Here are some of the best videos for understanding what it’s like to drive a racing car at speed.

Fangio on the left, Fangio on the right—we thought it would be a good idea to lead with a maestro! It’s amazing to see how primitive these tracks used to be…and how quickly Fangio went around them.

From legendary drivers like Stirling Moss to iconic cars such as Phil Hill’s 1964 Ferrari 250 GTO, this group of Petrolicious feature videos has them all.

In this vintage Shell promotional footage, Hermann Lang drives the Mercedes-Benz W125 around the Nürburgring, and Graham Hill narrates.

With close, traffic-heavy racing that often resembles NASCAR with right turns thrown in, this classic Volvo film shows the firm’s then-new 850 Turbo flying around…sometimes, over the edge.

Ride along with Graham Hill as he tackles Monaco in 1970, and enjoy the old Nürburgring from 1973, with commentary from Jackie Stewart. A ‘70s F1 car looks quite stressful at speed…

Get a lesson on what makes the 1959 Cooper-Climax such a great race car, from Sir Stirling Moss in this older-but-not-quite-classic clip. A wonderful film!

Jürgen Barth takes us through a lap of Le Mans in 1977, aboard the very fast old Mulsanne circuit in a Porsche 936.

Climb aboard the famous six-wheel Tyrrell P34 Formula 1 car, at Paul Ricard Circuit with Jackie Stewart at the controls—and giving commentary the whole time. 

Suggested by both Sebastiaan Bleuanus and Paul Steel as part of our selection of racing videos a few weeks ago, on the left is an awesome clip of Swede Kenny Brack manhandling Adrian Newey’s Ford GT40…at Goodwood…in the wet…on Dunlop crossply tires.

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gary gaither
gary gaither

One of the best in car rally clips is Colin McRae at the Australian Rally. The famous Bunnings jump.

thierry Hoff
thierry Hoff

i miss 2 of my favorites, both on the Nordschleife
1 Derek Bell explaining his lap, including his joke: but he doesn’t have a camera in his car when he get’s passed by teammate jacky ickx
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0z9TbFW6tU

2 Stefan roser, ruf testdriver drifting the nordschleife with the Yellowbird, when confronted that it’s not the fasted way around the ring he comments, you do not always make love to have baby’s

Evan Bedford
Evan Bedford

How could you forget Joey on the Isle of Man?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmCYy3gXBIw

David Parker
David Parker

Very much agree. Joey is a legend. His skills were just amazing. He makes it look all so effortless- like any great driver does.

Sebastiaan Bleuanus
Sebastiaan Bleuanus

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Suggested by both Sebastiaan Bleuanus and Paul Steel as part of our selection of racing videos a few weeks ago, on the left is an awesome clip of Swede Kenny Brack manhandling Adrian Newey’s Ford GT40…at Goodwood…in the wet…on Dunlop crossply tires.
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Cool, thanks for including the Kenny Brak clip this time ’round. One other suggestion:

Vatanen in the Manx rally of ’83 (“Oh dear God!) [url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l19F2YPVey0”][/url]

safariguy
safariguy

I am surprised this one didn’t make the list, as it is most definitely one of the most talked about driver’s seat videos of all time:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrKYf2yNBf0

Pierro
Pierro

Hang on a minute… You didn’t even talk about Ari Vatanen’s run up the Pikes Peak !?

Esteban Morales
Esteban Morales

Wouldn’t be complete without this – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIEwYLSejx4

Steely
Steely

Silverstone classic tomorrow, looking forward to some great racing 🙂

Geronimo Resendez
Geronimo Resendez