"Classic archive footage" Autosport
"The racing action is utterly glorious" Octane
"Sure to please" Auto Express
"Remarkable" Classic and Sports Car
As the shadow of impending war fell across Europe in the late 1930s, the might of Nazi Germany arrived in Britain to demonstrate the dominance of the so-called ‘master race’ and launch a revolution in motor racing.
The legendary 1937 and 1938 Grands Prix at the Donington Park circuit have been the subject of numerous books and articles, but now you can actually watch and hear the ‘thunder in the park’ in extraordinary archive footage unearthed by Duke.
This essential DVD features the films of producer Geoffrey Fairrie, which, while they may be short, are absolute gems.
The arrival of Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union in Britain created a stir among fans and competitors, and the awesome performance of these world-beating cars left everyone who witnessed the 1937 Grand Prix stunned. One year later the German teams were back and, despite a new and powerful Italian Maserati, no one could challenge the might silver machines of the Fatherland.
The entry list for both reads like a who’s who of pre-war racing – Rudolf Caracciola, Herman Lang, Richard Seaman, Prince Bira, Manfred von Brauchitsch, Hermann Muller and many more. Plus, of course, there are the iconic cars, including the W125 and W154 of Mercedes and Auto Union’s D and C types, as well as ERA, Delahaye, MG and other famous marques.
The excellent footage, including much from 1938 in colour, shows the cars power sliding through corners and launching into the air over jumps, at speeds of up to 200mph! Famous names, including Redgate, the Melbourne Hairpin and the Craner Curves are all here, even if they look just a little different to today.
Watch Bernd Rosemeyer take his Auto Union to what would prove to be the German ace’s final win and Tazio Nuvolari fight off the charging Mercedes drivers Lang and Seaman to secure a second British victory for Auto Union.
There is early slow motion camerawork allowing you to watch these glorious machines as legendary drivers guide them around the challenging Donington track, and the evocative roar as the Silver Arrows thunder in the Park.
"This compilation of two pre-war films produced by Geoffrey Fairrie at the epic 1937 and '38 GPs is remarkable. Just 29 minutes long, it superbly captures the impact of these visiting titans from Germany. Watch Nuvolari's impatient pitstop in '38 and the slow-motion action" Classic and Sports Car
"Stories abound of the Auto Union and Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows' only visits to Britain for the 1937 and '38 British GPs at Donington Park. Now you can watch classic archive footage of Bernd Rosemeyer and Tazio Nuvolari winning for Auto Union in a crushing display of pre-war grand prix superiority" Autosport
"To view any period footage of the Silver Arrows is a pleasure; in colour it's a must. Shot by Geoffrey Fairrie, it covers the Grands Prix held at Donington in 1937 and '38, but kicks off with Atco-powered oval 'racers' - proto-karts if you will - in action on packed seaside promenades. The racing action is utterly glorious, and Neville Hay's commentary is instructive rather than intrusive. And any excuse to see the 4.5-litre unsupercharged Delahayes, if only fleetingly, is ok with us" Octane
"If you enjoy classic Grands Prix but would rather not watch grainy black and white images, then this DVD with colour archive footage is sure to please. Although the running time is limited, helpful voiceovers give you a run-through of the races, won by drivers including Tazio Nuvolari and Bernd Rosemeyer. The DVD also covers the pre-war battle between Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union's Silver Arrows" Auto Express