Racing through Time is an exceptional series entailing the sensational beginnings of a much loved global sport. From the grease and glamour, to the danger and thrills, this is an action-packed, fact filled tour of the world of motor racing, featuring in-depth stories on the legends of motor racing, the high-performance machines, the men behind the wheel, and the circuits that have made history.
Aston Martin only raced variations of the cars that they built for sale to the public so they were never really in a position to win Le Mans outright, that is until the maximum engine size limit matched the size of the engines they were building. From the acquisition of Aston Martin by its post war saviour sir David Brown and the beginning of the classic DB models; to the company establishing themselves a reputation of a great racing brand with models such as the famous DB5 in 1963, and market leader of desirable luxury sports cars.
From Cooper’s humble beginnings at Charles Cooper’s small garage in Surbiton, South of London, to their entry into racing at 500cc class; all the way to Coopers successes in Formulas Ones single seater cars and their domination of British racing. Thanks, in part to Cooper’s legacy, Britain remains the home of a thriving motor-racing industry, and the Cooper name lives on in the mini Cooper production cars that are still loved the world over. Including interviews with John Cooper, Jack Brabham and the great Stirling Moss.
Colin Chapman helped establish the British racing industry with his shoestring operation. His innovations led to a new approach to racing and he also manufactured road cars too, such as the Élan and the Elite.
The second part of the Lotus story with the 1960s Grand Prix racing cars.
Innovations and world championships continued in the last flowering of Lotus’ success in the 1970s
Linked forever to the Le Mans 24 hours Jaguar began their success with the C type in 1951. We speak to the drivers and mangers about this famous car. A further development was the D type which continued Jaguar’s winning at run at Le Mans in the mid 1950’s and established the company worldwide.
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