Triumph Spitfire - 1965 Le Mans 24hrs (19th June 1965)
Spitfires at Le Mans (1965)
June 19th 1965 From the Standard Triumph archives Commentary by Raymond Baxter
This is a promotional film produced by the Standard Triumph Motor Company of Coventry, England. The film documents the 1965 24hr of Le Mans and the 4 Triumph Spitfire racing prototypes entered by the company.Triumph never identified their cars other than Spitfire racing prototypes with 1.1 litre inline 4 cylinder engines and aerodynamic hard tops.
The Triumph Motor Company was a British car and motor manufacturing
company. The Triumph marque (trade-name) is owned currently by BMW. The
marque had its origins in 1885 when Siegfried Bettmann (1863--1951) of
Nuremberg initiated S. Bettmann & Co and started importing bicycles from
Europe and selling them with his own trade-name in London. The trade-name
became "Triumph" the year next, and in 1887 Bettmann was joined by a
partner, Moritz (Maurice) Schulte, also from Germany. Beginning in 1889 the
businessmen started producing their own bicycles in Coventry, England.
In November 1944 what was left of the Triumph Motor Company and the Triumph
trade-name were bought by the Standard Motor Company and a subsidiary
"Triumph Motor Company (1945) Limited" was formed with production
transferred to Standard's factory at Canley, on the outskirts of Coventry.
The pre-war Triumph models were not revived and in 1946 a new range of
Triumphs was announced, starting with the Triumph Roadster. The Roadster
had an aluminium body because steel was in short supply and surplus
aluminium from aircraft production was plentiful.
In the early 1950s it was decided to use the Triumph name for sporting cars
and the Standard name for saloons and in 1953 the Triumph TR2 was
initiated, the first of a series that would be produced until 1981.
THE GRAND PRIX CAR 1945-1965 - PART 2/3 (UK Channel 4 1988)
Well, they're back - about the domination of the german silver arrows
- new formula, 2.5 litre NA
- MB return and in 54 and 55 (with a few exceptions) totally trash the
field, just like in the good old days of the 1930s after the death of Auto
Union's Bernd Rosemeyer
- they introduce mechanical direct injection, windtunnel streamlined
bodies; and where planning to use 4WD system witch allowed front wheel
auto-gearing to a form of mechanical traction control - launch control
- for those not driving a silver car it's quite hopeless
Ford GT40 - 1968 24 Hours of Le Mans
Wonderful period video from brake pad manufacturer Ferodo on the 1968 Le
Mans race from the standpoint of John Wyer's Gulf Oil Ford GT40 team, who
won the race. The first 4 minutes shows a high speed in-car lap around Le
Mans narrated by Stirling Moss. Wonderful video with footage of Alfa Romeo
33s, Porsche 908s, Matras, etc....
NAZI GRAND PRIX Richard Seaman and the Silver Arrows (on TV 12th Jan 2004)
Grand Prix motor racing in the late 1930s was dominated by the German Auto
Union and Mercedes teams. With massive financial backing from a
propaganda-conscious Nazi government, the Silver Arrows were hugely
successful. Amongst the drivers of these technologically advanced cars was
young Englishman, Richard Seaman.
One of Britain's greatest racing drivers ever. Seaman was almost erased
from history when he left British motor-sport and chose to race for the
German Mercedes team at the height of the Third Reich.
ADU 1B Le Mans Spitfire [HD]
HD test footage of the le Mans Spitfire at Snetterton.
I have permission from MSV Limited (owners of Snetterton) to show this
video on YouTube.
THE GRAND PRIX CAR 1945-1965 - PART 3/3 (UK Channel 4 1988)
The Funny Cars - about the domination of the british mid-engined green
- after MB withdraws, the italian domination resumes but some funny cars
unlike anything seen since before WWII apear
- 1959 the front engined brigade headed by Ferrari (but also including
Aston-Martin, BRM) don't seem able to keep up with some small underpowered
funny cars powered a water-pump engine positioned in the wrong place
- 1960 the "revolution continues" the funny cars from Cooper (T51, and new
T53) and now also Lotus (the mark 19; with fully adjustable suspensions)
now totally destroy the stubborn front engined boys;
- but the lack of reliability from Lotus means that Cooper cars dominate
even moreso then in 1959
- for those not driving a mid-engined car the situation is completly
- 1961 Monaco, a new 1.5 litre NA formula, almost the entire field of
funny cars, the "revolution" has triumphed
- 1964/65 talks about a new formula - the return to power
48 Hour Spitfire Rebuild
This is a time lapse video of the rebuild of a 1970 Triumph Spitfire. The
rebuild took place on April 26, 2006
TRUTH IN 24 II - Every Second Counts
The Le Mans 24 Hours are a legend. They are mentioned in the same breath as
the Rallye Monte Carlo, the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500.
Since 1923, hundreds of thousands of motorsport enthusiasts have been
flocking to La Sarthe year by year to experience the one-day race. To watch
the protagonists in their sports cars battle for each place and each meter
of tarmac with bated breath. The drivers cover 4,800 kilometers in 24 hours
- almost as many as the Formula One racers in a whole year. Every Le Mans
winner has gone down in history. The three Audi drivers Andr‚Äö
Lotterer, Beno≈ít Tr‚Äöluyer and Marcel F‚Äûssler did so in a
special way with the triumph they achieved in 2011. The film TRUTH IN 24 II
documents the tenth and arguably most emotional triumph of the brand with
the four rings at this sports car classic. After two Audi R18 TDI cars have
retired following spectacular accidents, the remaining Audi fights a
dramatic battle for overall victory with the three Peugeot 908 cars ? which
the Audi trio ultimately decides in its favor with a narrow margin of 13
seconds. The film captures the entire drama of the fourth-narrowest running
of the Le Mans 24 Hours ? with intimate insights into the team of Audi
Sport and breath-taking pictures.
Follow the link to read more about Le Mans: http://audi.us/PixOng
1960 24hrs of Le Mans Corvette Documentary
In 1960 GM was not officially affiliated with any of the teams, but for the
first time Corvette was on the grid and GM commissioned a short documentary
to be filmed. The #3 Corvette persevered and took 1st in class.
This is Triumph
Like many auto companies, Triumph started out making bicycles but like the
others found a new life in the four wheel world.
Known mainly for its sports cars the company also produced family cars but
it was the roadsters that got the attention.
Unfortunately, the company dissolved along with the rest of British Leyland
and the brand's name is now owned by BMW.
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