"A cracking insight" Classic Ford
Our Man Clark brings together exceptional film from three classic rallying events showing one of the sport's greatest, Roger Clark, at his absolute best. The wonderful footage, from the archives of Ford, is filled with breathtaking shots of iconic cars - especially the Escort Mk1 - powering through the special stages of Britain, encapsulating a special era of motorsport, and celebrating one of its true legends.
Mintex Seven Dales Rally - This short film follows the action and drama from the stages of Yorkshire as Britain's finest drivers do battle for victory. Leading the way is Roger Clark in the Mk 1 Escort, and we are treated to some glorious action footage of the iconic car being driven in Clark's distinctive style. There's also plenty of other classic cars, including the Datsun 240Z, Saab 96, Hillman Imp and more. During this period, rallying was under-fire over safety, noise and public inconvenience and this film is as much a defence of the sport, explaining the rules and steps to limit the impact on the public, as it is a review of a fabulous event. As well as being a feast of classic rally action, with commentary from the legendaryDickie Davies, this film is a fascinating piece of history showing many of the challenges faced by motorsport today aren't that different to the issues of almost four decades ago.
RAC Round Britain Rally 1972 - For more than a decade the Scandinavians had been unbeatable on Britain's premier international rally. In 1972 all hopes of a home victory rested with Roger Clark and his magnificent Ford Escort Mk1. This film charts the dramatic event, with thrilling footage of classic machines from Ford, Saab, Lancia, Datsun and more sliding through the stages with legends including Stig Blomqvist, Hannu Mikkola and Timo Makinen behind the wheels. Commentary comes courtesy of Dickie Davies and there are interviews with many of the stars, but it is the magnificent engine noises which add the most evocative soundtrack to this archive footage. The 1972 RAC cam a dramatic conclusion, as Clark shrugged off the Scandinavian onslaught to secure victory at his 10th attempt.
The Scottish Rally 1973 - The demanding Scottish Rally was the venue for a titanic showdown between two greats in 1973. This film is filled with action footage as Roger Clark and Hannu Mikkola go head-to-head on the ultra-challenging special stages of Scotland. An early mishap left Mikkola trailing, but he fought his way back to take the fight to Clark in the closing stages. Also featured are Andrew Cowan, Safari winner Shekhar Mehta and rising British amateur Tony Pond enjoying a works drive with Ford. Once again, Dickie Davies provides the commentary and there are interviews with many of the stars guiding you through this evocative archive footage.
Bonus feature - Join Dickie Davies as he enjoys the ultimate thrill ride alongside Roger Clark, going flat out on a special stage and describing, or at least trying to describe, the experience.
"Social historians as well as rally enthusiasts will enjoy the Get Carter!-style grey, gritty grimness of early 70s Britain that's the setting for three period films about the 1971 Mintex Seven Dales, 1972 RAC and 1973 Scottish Rallies. Roger Clark, of course, dominates all of them. BUt it's the DVD extra that's the real treat here: Clark giving wild-and-woolly-haired commentator Dickie Davies four days of forest instruction in a Mk2 Escort. 'You don't have enough arms,' deadpans Clark about Davies's oversteering antics as they ponder a broken tail-light. Priceless" Octane
"Ford-sourced films of 1970s rally icon Roger Clark during '72. They include the RAC Rally in which Clark beat the Scandinavians to win in the Escort RS1600 with tony Mason on the notes. Add in commentary from World of Sport legend Dickie Davies and it's unmissable if you're a '70s rallying buff" Autosport
"Not a documentary, but even so this compilation of three '70s rallying films provides a cracking insight into the late, great Roger Clark's career peak as Britain's favourite rally driver. With coverage from the '72 Mintex Seven Dales, '72 RAC and '73 Scottish rallies, expect plenty of sideways RS1600s. And sideburns" Classic Ford 2009