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Terrific Stuff DVD


Latest release from Terrific Stuff is a fantastic DVD entitled "The Gulf/Wyer GT40s & 917s in Action". Previously available on video, the DVD format makes for more enjoyable and easier viewing and won't get chewed up by your video player!

Two titles feature on this DVD: "Never Start Something You Can't Stop" and "A Year To Remember". Both fims are in colour and last about 30 minutes each.

"Never Start Something You Can't Stop", made by Ferodo to promote their brake linings, concentrates on the efforts of the John Wyer team of Gulf Ford GT40s to win the1968 Le Mans 24 Hour Race. It begins with a fast lap around the 8.4 mile circuit viewed from the front of a GT40 and described by Stirling Moss. Trees and sand banks line the road and corners and there is no trace of Armco to be seen. Due to a row between the CSI and Ferrari there were no Maranello cars in endurance racing that year, Enzo being distinctly miffed by the imposition of a 3 litre limit on sports prototypes which rendered his P4s obsolete.

Favourites to win were Wyer's "production" 4.9 litre Gulf GT40s driven by Pedro Rodriguez/Lucien Bianchi; Paul Hawkins/David Hobbs and Brian Muir/Jackie Oliver, but they were soon in trouble with Muir stuck in the sand at Mulsanne on lap 11. Three hours later he had dug himself out but to no avail, and the Hawkins/Hobbs car retired with clutch and engine maladies. After seven hours Rodriguz and Bianchi were in the lead and remained there, trouble free, until the end, providing a first Le Mans victory for the drivers and Gulf Oil; a second for John Wyer (his David Brown Aston Martin team had won in 1959) and the third in succession for the Ford marque.

"A Year To Remember" is a marvellous record of John Wyer's highly successful 1970 season when his fabulous Gulf Porsche 917s swept to victory in 7 out of 10 championship races and the equally fabulous skills of Pedro Rodriguez and Jo Siffert thrilled spectators wherever they went. We start in America at Daytona and Sebring and then move to Brands Hatch where Pedro produced a truly sensational wet-weather drive to win the race. We then go to Monza; Sicily (Targa Florio); Spa; the Nurburgring; Le Mans; Watkins Glen and finally, the Osterreichring where the 917s wrapped up the season with their seventh victory. During the film John Wyer, Pedro and Seppi appear from time-to-time with their impressions of the races, providing a poignant reminder of these three remarkable men who made such a great contribution to motor racing.

Although "A Year To Remember" doesn't feature the GT40, it gives a great insight into what made the Gulf Team such a success. If you have read John Wyer's book "The Certain Sound", you will find that it makes an excellent companion to this film and gives an amusing background to the interviews provided by Pedro Rodriguez and Jo Siffert.

I can whole-heartedly recommend this DVD to anyone with an interest in motor racing and I only hope that more like it will eventually appear.

Priced at 17.99 (plus P&P) and available direct from Terrific Stuff using the link below.