Yamaha World Champions 1977-80
This is the amazing story of how Yamaha claimed World Championship glory for four years in a row, with action-packed archive race footage, behind-the-scenes access and contributions from the racing stars delivering the story behind the headline-grabbing triumphs. Enjoy dramatic race action from legendary circuits like Assen, Le Mans, Silverstone, Spa and more as the greats of motorcycle racing, including Kenny Roberts, Barry Sheene, Giacomo Agostini, Johnny Cecetto and Randy Mamola, do elbow-to-elbow battle for World Championship honours. The first of these unique films follows the fortunes of American Steve Baker in his first season of World Championship racing. With exceptional footage from 500cc and 750cc races of 1977, plus interviews with Baker and other stars of the season, we discover how the rookie claimed a World Championship at his first attempt, and was only beaten to the 500cc crown by the mercurial Sheene. In the next three films we relive one of the most amazing eras of motorcycle Grand Prix racing, the reign of King Kenny. Roberts burst onto the 500cc GP scene in 1978 and proved unstoppable, taking the title not only in his first season, but in 1979 and 1980 as well. He made it look easy, but as these extraordinary films remind us, the American superstar had to battle with the very best all the way to secure his hard-earned World Championship victories. The down-to-the-wire title chases of 1978 and 1980 are exceptional edge-of-the-seat viewing, and the 1979 British Grand Prix is rightly regarded as one of the greatest motorcycle showdowns ever the incredible footage on this DVD shows exactly why. We are also treated to rare on-board footage with Roberts, contributions from experts like Kel Carruthers and the story of Christian Sarrons assault on the 750cc title in 1979. Yamaha World Champions 1977-1980 is more than a simple racing review; unparalleled access to the riders and team members ensures you discover the stories behind the headlines, and how history was made.
Rally Champions of the 1980s
"The greatest decade of the WRC...captivating viewing" Autosport For the World Rally Championship, the 1980s was a decade of drama, controversy, triumph, tragedy and, most importantly, Champions. In this action-packed DVD we meet every World Rally Champion from a turbulent time, as well as the cars they drove. Explosive archive footage from famous events like the RAC, Monte-Carlo and 1000 Lakes rallies charts the road to victory of the seven men who would reign supreme in the 1980s, and recalls the awesome skills, bitter rivalries and fierce competition which made this such an unforgettable era. Rally Champions of the 1980s recalls the story of each title battle, with edge-of-the-seat footage from the special stages of the world showing these greats at their best. We discover how the stars overcame the odds and each other to claim championship glory, and what else the decade held in store for these legends. For many fans, the cars were as much the stars as the drivers, and Rally Champions of the 1980s shows exactly why. This is a chance to revel in full-blooded action featuring the icons of the decade, including the Audi Quattro, Sierra Cosworth, Toyota Celica and Lancia Delta, plus Group B rockets like the Peugeot 205 T16, Metro 6R4, Lancia S4 and Ford RS200. This DVD also pays tribute to two other great names of the 1980s, title contender Michelle Mouton, the first woman to win a World Rally Championship event, and the incredible Markku Alen, who held the title for just a handful of days in 1986. This was a decade of massive change, monster machines, spectator madness, terrible tragedy and some of the closest World Rally Championship battles ever seen prepare to meet the Rally Champions of the 1980s! Starring: Walter Rohrl Ari Vatanen Hannu Mikkola Stig Blomqvist Timo Salonen Juha Kankkunen Miki Biasion "The greatest decade of the WRC - no arguing! - and the heroes who tamed it make this captivating viewing for fans of the era. Footage and interviews with all the '80s champs add to the fever" Autosport
TT Centennial Classic Magic
Get ready for a feast of classic motorcycles and legendary racers as the Isle of Man TT celebrates its Centenary! TT Centennial Classic Magic is packed with the sights, sounds and people who helped create the TT legend, brought together in a unique tribute to this extraordinary event. Hear from legends of the event, including John Surtees, Carl Fogarty, Geoff Duke, Mick Grant, Giacomo Agostini, Jim Redman and many, many more - and see the greats back in action on board some of the most memorable motorcycles every built. Delight in glorious close-ups of vintage machinery and let the roaring engines of classic Nortons, MV Agusta, Velocette, Hondas, Suzukis, Yamaha, Gileras and more evoke memories of a Centenary of TT racing. Join the thousands who flocked to mark the 100th anniversary of the very first TT, and watch an amazing array of vintage machines tour the original course in a re-enactment of the 1907 meeting - led away by the Norton that won that first race! Then marvel as mouth-watering collections of motorcycles, including many race winners, lap the Mountain TT circuit in two nostalgic parades. The list of riders reads like a who's who of TT legends - Taveri, Carruthers, Graham, McCallen, Read, McGuinness. Plus there's some famous fans who just couldn't keep away, including World Superbike stars Neil Hodgson and Noriyuki Haga. The action moves to Douglas promenade for a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the riders and machines of yesteryear. Popular TT commentator Geoff Cannell speaks to the greats before they let the evocative engines do the talking and parade the machines to the delight of the thousands of dedicated fans. This is a true treat for any TT fan or vintage motorcycle enthusiast.
In 1980, producer David Wood created an exceptional film capturing the unique atmosphere of the Isle of Man TT this was the film which would launch Duke Video, the world-leading motorsport film publisher. To mark the 30th anniversary of The Island, Duke is delighted to release this groundbreaking documentary on DVD for the very first time. The Island is not only an action-packed look at the 1980 TT racing; it is a fascinating snapshot of the excitement, entertainment and enthusiasm which sustained this festival of speed. We witness the Grand National Motocross event, with Andy Roberton leading the way, the extraordinary Arena Trial, featuring stars like Martin Lampkin, and multiple Speedway World Champion Ivan Mauger in grass track action. Then theres time to meet the fans and sample the other off-track entertainment enjoyed in 1980! There is also plenty of intense race action from around the Mountain Course to enjoy, as TT greats like Charlie Williams, Mick Grant, Ron Haslam, Mick Boddice and Joey Dunlop do battle. Highlights include the Senior, Junior, Formula Two, Formula Three, Sidecar and Classic TT races. The Island also remembers the days of early morning practice, shows legends Mike Hailwood and Stanley Woods setting off for a parade lap and Williams offering a guided tour of the iconic 37¾-mile circuit. The Island truly captures the incredible atmosphere of the 1980 TT and, as Motorcycle News said when the film was first released, it is one not to be missed. Featuring a newly-filmed introduction from Duke Video Managing Director Peter Duke