Motorsport and Vintage Cars in Europe

Author: Yashar Dehaghani, Sian Barber, Laura Osswald
Veteran cars in Prague

Photo source: Česká Televize. All rights reserved.



With the Formula 1 season of 2015 in full swing we are celebrating motor racing, speed and vintage cars from across Europe.

People have always strived to go faster. We modify everyday cars, build purebred racing machines, and perfect the pinnacle of automobiles: the Formula 1 car. But let’s not forget that your car is also a statement. Whether you prefer vintage cool or serviceable chic, maybe you favour a BMW, Citreon or Skoda? They’re all here for you to admire.

Get ready for the excitement of speed, a look at the evolution of car engineering and design, and 15 cool videos about the history of racing. From the early Grand Prix’s in Monaco, France and Austria to vintage cars racing in the mud in Denmark; and from catastrophes at Le Mans to triumphs at the Rally Femina, and much more.

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We welcome you to take a look at our previous collections for more EUscreen content; Euroean Celebrations, Women’s Rights in Europe, European Theatre, All That Jazz and Film Festivals of Europe.




 

Will, Speed, Courage

 


Television essay about the Republican Championship of car racing in Kačerginė.

LCVA / Lithuania, 1961 [09:26]

The Monaco Grand Prix

 


Footage from the prestigious 1956 Monaco Grand Prix.

INA / France, 1956 [00:51]

The tragedy at Le Mans

 


A report on the spectacular accident which took place during the Le Mans 24 hour rally; Pierre Levegh’s Mercedes explodes causing 80 deaths and 100 injuries.

INA / France, 1955 [02:40]

Circuit lap with Lucien Bianchi

 


Get ready for a race around Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps with Lucien Bianchi.

RTBF / Belgium, 1962 [07:51]

Veteran car race on ice in 1920!

 


Veteran car race on a ice-covered lake in Sweden. Footage from approx. 1920.

DR / Denmark, 1947 [01:40]

Veteran cars meetup in Prague, 1964

 


Veteran motor vehicles met in Nerudova Street in the Lesser Town, Prague.

CT / Czech Republic, 1964 [02:12]

Car racing in a gravel pit

 


Who said you can’t race in a gravel pit?

DR / Denmark, 1939 [01:50]

The amazing Citroën CV2

 


Citroën CV2: a workhorse that can plough, pull loads or transport the family donkey or the family on a day trip.

RTV SLO / Slovenia, 1964 [03:08]

Racing in the countryside

 


Veteran cars racing through fields and dirt roads.

DR / Denmark, 1939 [01:03]

The technology of Formula 1

 


A report on how wind and water have been scientifically applied to improving conditions for cars competing in Formula 1.

TVC / Spain, 2003 [02:55]

Rally Femina: A race for women

 


 
Automobile club in Holice held a competition for women called Rally Femina. 30 crews took part in a competition of racing and motor control.

CT / Czech Republic, 1969 [01:12]

Motorcycle race

 


Vintage motorcycles race in Frederikssund.

DR / Denmark, 1939 [01:49]

 

Le Salon de l’Automobile 1958

 


The 45th Motor Show is opened in October 1958 by the President of the French Republic, René Coty. A variety of new car models are on display, and so are a whole host of music and movie stars.

INA / France, 1958 [01:34]

The first Go-kart race in Vienna

 


Racing enthusiasts and Austrian celebrities test their skills at the very first Go-kart race in Vienna, in 1960.

ORF / Austria, 1960 [01:48]

Austria Grand Prix

 


The start of the second Austrian Grand Prix Formula 1 race at the Österreichring in Zeltweg (today better known as the Red Bull Ring).

ORF / Austria, 1970 [01:33]

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