What is it that makes a man race? How does he balance courting danger with ordinary daily life? What is it that compels him to resist retirement? This definitive documentation of a racing season - the 1972 Sports Car Manufacturer’s Championship - offers fascinating insights into the lives, loves and motivations of professional racing car drivers...with terrific track action along the way.
Filmed in the style of cinema verité and narrated by Mario Andretti (Ferrari 312PB) and Vic Elford (Alfa Romeo T33TT/3), the Speed Merchants is a true representation of real men with real feelings, underscored by a superb soundtrack, as we follow their ‘journey’ through this exciting season.
Includes one of the most breathtaking practice laps ever committed to film as VIc Elford drives the T33 in practice for the 1972 Targa Florio on Sicily's tortuous roads. The most astonishing aspect is that the roads are not closed for practice!