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Castrol Classics

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  • Format: PAL, DVD-Video
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: bhp Group
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0024RGRBS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,043 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Featuring hours of action from a vintage era in motorsport, captured on film for the Castrol archives, this 4 disc DVD set is a true collector's item for rally fans. Eight classic rally films celebrating the sport's heydays, with exciting action and interviews with many of the greatest drivers of all time, including Roger Clarke, Ari Vatanen, Hannu Mikkola, and Stig Blomqvist. Flying Finns examines the techniques of Hannu Mikkola and Timo Makinen on the 1968 The Rally of the Thousand Lakes. Stages to Victory features the 1976 Castrol / Autosport Rally Championship fought over ten rounds with the issue undecided until the very end. Appointment in Penha see the giants of the world of international rallying, Alén, Waldegċrd and Andersson as they are featured in a titanic three-way battle in the mountainous 1977 Rallye de Portugal. A Tale of Two Rallies focuses on the 1979 San Remo and the 1979 Lombard RAC Rallies. Highlights include the efforts of the Lancia and Fiat teams to win their home event and, in contrast to the Italian sunshine, the challenges of Britain's forests in November. Chariots in the Sun covers the 1981 Acropolis Rally that took place over rough Greek tracks with dust and heat providing a constant strain on drivers and mechanics, dramatically captured in some revealing servicing sequences. Twilight Zone sees Hannu Mikkola compete in the 1982 Swedish Rally. The film includes dramatic in-car sequences of him hurling his Audi Quattro over snow-covered roads the Scandinavian twilight. A tense climax is reached when Mikkola and team mate Michele Mouton fail to arrive on schedule. The rugged Corsican scenery in A Place in the Sun provides the backdrop for the 1983 Tour de Corse and compares styles of the Audi and Nissan teams. Finally Local Heroes centres on the Thousand Lakes Rally in Finland with local heroes Hannu Mikkola, Markku Alen and Ari Vatanen fighting to the finish.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Classics in every way 23 Feb 2010
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Castrol's annual rally films (film? remember that?) were always eagerly awaited by the rally fraternity. This box set turns the clock back in a wave of pure nostalgia, not just for the days when car manufacturers really could 'win on Sunday, sell on Monday'.

This is a chance to see so many rally legends at the peak of their powers - sadly so many of them are no longer with us - beautifully filmed by another legend...Barrie Hinchliffe.

The early films are, inevitably, dated but they do show the formative years of rallying at its highest level. Appointment at Penha shows how World Championship rallying was in the days when events lasted five days and rivers only slept twice and who can fail to be moved by the climax of The Twilight Zone and the conflicting emotions of Mikkola and Vatanen. Place in the Sun (which I was privileged to see at its first screening - at BAFTA no less) beautifully contrasts David and Goliath while Local Heroes evokes great memories of the 1000 Lakes Rally (its proper name) amid the emerging Group B era.

Sit back amid your faded copies of Autosport and try not to watch the whole set in one go as you toast the grand masters of rallying and rally film making. 'Dave' and NorthOne and learn!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The future is in the past 24 Feb 2010
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This fantastic dvd set should be in any true rallying fan's collection. BHP were the team behind most of the rallying action that graced Saturday afternoons on Grandstand and World of Sport in the 70s and 80s before coverage of the British and World Championships was banished to the backwaters of satellite and Freeview channels. These films recapture the atmosphere and excitement of a sport that tested man and machine to the limit and beyond. Seeing true heroes such as the late great Tony Pond in action driving the door handles off his Nissan 240RS in Corsica as featured in A Place in the Sun, should remind us of how sanitised the sport has become in the times of ISC/North One, not a single PR person is in sight in this film!

Buy this set or miss out on a truly superb look back at the greatest form of motorsport in its golden years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant collection of half hours 10 April 2010
No two ways about it, this is simply a fantastic collection of half hour videos. Loved watching every minute of it. Every rallying fan old and young should own this to see how it used to be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 29 Mar 2010
Bought this for a tenner and it must be the best value dvd set ever. Brilliant footage of some great cars of the past. The Tony Pond Nissan 240RS film was superb. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb collection of complete archive films 4 July 2012
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This is what fans want - Original, period and complete films (not excerpts or 'talking heads'). Excellent quality (as always)productions from the Castrol film unit archives. Even a film that has never been available before.
If you love old rally (especially Group B)and want to really get the feel of what it must have been like, then this is for you.

Fantastic value box set. Love it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of footage 11 Feb 2014
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Lots of footage here and for the price if you only buy one Classic rally DVD this ought to be it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First class DVD. 7 Dec 2013
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Eight 30 minute documentary type films on 4 DVDs. These are professionally made films produced by Castrol. Shot on location these are behind the scenes films with superb footage of World Championship rallys and a GB event from 1976. There is dramatic film of classic rally cars in action (and broken down!). All are original films made at the time with interviews of the drivers or other team members and narration of events in each rally.From the Mini Cooper to Audi Quattro this DVD covers the golden era of rallying.I would highly recommend this DVD set.
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