Watching this again 45 years after it was made, and about 35 years since I last saw it, I have to say it is better than I remember. When it was first released, opinion was divided among enthusists, as to whether it was an accurate representation of the grand prix scene, or a film made at grand prix circuits, with a cheesy plot. I have to say I tended to agree with the latter viewpoint. but seeing it again and just viewing it as a piece of cinema its not so bad. The plot revolves around four drivers trying to win the F.1. title, an ageing two time champion getting tired of the 'life', the younger brother of an ex world champion trying to emulate him, a middle aged american getting a last chance with a new Japanese entrant, and a young Italian 'hot-shot. Throw in the emotional complications of the wives - girlfriends and that's the plot. The film was shot during the 1966 grand prix season, and intermixed shots of the actual race with staged sequences, the actors using F.3. cars modified to look like the real thing. Even an enthusiast had to look closely to see the difference. Part of the plot was to highlight the dangers of G.P.racing in the 1960's, and apart from the staged accidents, there is the sequence shot at the Belgian G.P. when a cloud-burst on the first lap caused chaos. A by product of shooting at the circuits are the 'cameos' of the G.P. drivers of the time. A staged shot of a G.P.D.A. meeting at Spa, is a collection of 'ghosts' as a lot of the actual drivers featured were no longer around five years after it was shot. All in all, in retrospect not a bad attempt to portray the excitement, passion and danger of G.P. racing.