1955 Belgian Grand Prix

This is a 30 minute film from Shell’s YouTube page: The ‘1955 Belgian Grand Prix’ film commissioned by Shell, tells the story of the 1955 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix held at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

Nestled in the Ardennes Forest, surrounded by trees and rolling hills, the track was one of the finest and fastest road racing circuits of its era, as well as being one of the most beautiful.

The film follows the progress of the thirteen drivers as they tackle the high-speed circuit, reaching record-breaking average speeds of over 120mph around the 9-mile track.

Shell partnered Ferrari in the inaugural FIA Formula One World Championship in 1950. Since then they have competed in over 500 races together, collecting 12 Drivers’ World Championships and 10 Constructors’ World Championships, achieving one of the longest and most successful partnerships in the history of motorsport.

via Managing Risk on the High-Stakes Formula One Circuit by John F. Burns/The New York Times

McLaren M19C

Dubbed ‘The Alligator Car’ thanks to its bulging mid section and long nose, the McLaren M19C introduced a number of firsts to the team. New sponsor for 1972, the Yardley cosmetics company, brought in a change of colours, and a new driver; Peter Revson.

from McLaren.com