"A wonderful snapshot of sporting history" The Blackpool Gazette
DVD brings fans of motorcycle racing a true treat, with thrilling rare
footage of action from motocross, trials and road racing more than five
decades ago. The two absorbing films from the BP Video Library transport
us back to 1956 for elbow-to-elbow racing and more than a little mud!
The first film, Motor Cycle Sport 1956
is a compilation of fascinating black and white footage from three
leading British events from that year. The opening sequence focuses on
the Senior race at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough, in September. It offers a
wonderful opportunity to see two motorcycle legends, Geoff Duke and Bob
McIntyre, in a tremendously close battle for the prestigious Gold Cup.
The Gilera of Duke and Bob Mac’s Norton trade places throughout this
Our attention then goes off-road for the Welsh
Three Day Trial, a demanding test of man and machine in the mountains of
Wales. Success on the event could lead to selection for the
International Six Day Trial team, so the film features an all star cast
including George Fisher, Johnny Brittain and Ted Usher being put through
their paces. We finish with more dirt bike drama, this time the
Motocross Grand Prix at Britain’s Hawkstone Park. The great Les Archer
sees off competition from rivals like Jeff Smith and Johnny Draper in
this thrilling contest.
The next film, Mud in Your Eye,
stays with motocross – this time the French Grand Prix at Rouen. The
colour footage, with commentary from Nevil Lloyd, charts the full event
as Les Archer continues his way towards Championship glory, this time
battling in the rain and thick French mud against more than 40 of the
best European riders, such as Bill Nilsson, the Klym brothers Rene and
Robert, Victor Leloup and Auguste Mingels. Notably, the field is
dominated by British machines, from BSA, Norton and Matchless, as well
as British riders, who dominate the final.
Please note some of
the footage featured in this title was previously released on the
Terrific Stuff DVD 'Tribute to Bob McIntyre'.