The Killer Years
Edited by John L Matthews
In the 60s and early 70s it was common for Grand Prix drivers to be killed racing, often televised for millions to see. Mechanical failure, lethal track design, fire and incompetence killed dozens of young drivers. They had become almost expendable as eager young hopefuls queued up at the top teams gates waiting to take their place.
The seminal film first screened on the BBC in 2011 'Grand Prix the Killer Years', was a shocking insight into when Grand Prix was out of control. The interviews behind the film have now been compiled into an emotional and gripping new hardback book.
John L. Matthews, the director and producer of the original film and editor of the book says 'when we made 'Killer Years', most of the amazing interviews had to be left out, which I found very frustrating.
We travelled over 6000 miles to make those interviews, some by people who never do interviews.
When you make a film you only end up using about 3% of the material, the rest ends up on the cutting room floor. It's hard to decide what to keep. So here we share with you pretty much all of the interviews as they were said.
There is hardly if any editing at all. What we have here is a record, an important part of sport history, recorded forever'.
The book 'Grand Prix the Killer Years' is a collection of the original interview transcripts, taken directly from the Bigger Picture film tapes. From World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi crying in the car park, to Sir Jackie Stewart and Jackie Oliver narrowly avoiding death, the interviews offer a candid insight into the time when a driver being killed in a Grand Prix had become normal.
Featuring many famous drivers including three World Champions, Emerson Fittipaldi, Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, John Surtees OBE, this fascinating book is a perfect addition to any collection and a must read for anyone who has seen the film or loves Grand Prix.
HERE'S WHAT PEOPLE SAID ABOUT THE BOOK AND FILM
‘Riveting reading’ Richards F1
‘Heart wrenching’ Motorsport Diaries
'A documentary that will shock Lewis Hamilton to his very core' Time Out
'Exemplary documentary' Radio Times
'Tragic. Brilliant.' Autosport
'A sobering, shocking documentary.' Daily Telegraph
'What a nightmare and what a fantastic film. I cried out loud.' Victoria Parrott, Autocar
'an illuminating, moving film.' Observer
'This is the most amazing program I have ever seen. There are scenes in that, that will stay with me for a very long time' Viewer
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