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5.0 out of 5 stars BTCC Review 1994 VHS
1994 - The Alfa Team's year
1994 champion Gabriele Tarquini (Alfa Romeo),
[enlisted by Honda for the 2000 Season].

Alain Menu , (Renault), was championship runner-up for 3 years in succession, between 1994 and 1996.

James Thompson won the British Touring Car Championship Independents' Cup in a Peugeot 405.

Synopsis:
Three...
Published on 13 Dec 2009 by BHP666

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2.0 out of 5 stars NOT GREAT !
Very disapointed with this review very limited coverage of all the races not much behind the sence talks with the drivers! not anywair as good a 2000 or more recent reviews 2006- still nice to have in your collection only if your a big BTCC FAN !
Published on 16 Feb 2010 by Lloyd A. Morrison


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5.0 out of 5 stars BTCC Review 1994 VHS, 13 Dec 2009
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BHP666 (Kent, England) - See all my reviews
1994 - The Alfa Team's year
1994 champion Gabriele Tarquini (Alfa Romeo),
[enlisted by Honda for the 2000 Season].

Alain Menu , (Renault), was championship runner-up for 3 years in succession, between 1994 and 1996.

James Thompson won the British Touring Car Championship Independents' Cup in a Peugeot 405.

Synopsis:
Three hours' thrilling action and fierce on-track rivalry between BMW, Ford, Alfa Romeo, Vauxhall, Renault and more ensured the '94 Auto Trader RAC British Touring Car Championship was another stunning motorsport spectacle. This comprehensive summary of the season's coverage - as featured on BBC TV Grandstand - includes the very best action from all 21 rounds. Gabriele Tarquini 's (Alfa 155TS) domination of the early season races gave way to ultra-close battles between the Alfa team, reigning champion Jo Winkelhock (BMW), Paul Radisich (Ford Mondeo) Alain Menu (Renault Laguna) and John Cleland (Vauxhall). and the debut of the amazing Volvo 850 Estate. On-board cameras capture the true drama of every race whilst stereo sound is used to enhance the visual thrills. Features authoritative commentary by Murray Walker and presentation by Steve Rider.

Other cars in action were:
Nissan Primera, Mazda Xedos, Peugot 405, Renailt 19, Toyota Carina, Vauxhall Cavalier.

BTCC Review 1994 VHS
Price: 12.90

Running Time: 180 minutes
Format: PAL VHS
Catalogue No: 3335

Highlights:

* Snetterton 1 May - Alfa Corse do the double ,with Tarquini 1st and Simoni 2nd
* Silverstone - spectacular wipe-out from Simoni's Alfa; race stopped when a Mazda rolled 6x; a second stop...
* Oulton Park, Round 7 - Alfa Team withdraw over controversial rear spoiler decision - with their trucks driving away from the venue as spectators drove in... (their championship points reduced)
* Donnington Park - Alfa back with re-instated points; Harvey forces Tarquini to roll his Alfa out of a bend, turning 4x, decision on Harvey pending; Tiff Needell in his Nissan
* Alfa Romeo win 9 out of 21 races.

Background:

Supertouring, Class 2 or Class II Touring Cars were the rules laid out by the FIA for national touring car racing in 1994, based on the 2.0 L formula created for the British Touring Car Championship in 1990.

Supertouring replaced Group A as the norm in nearly every touring car championship across the world, but escalating costs and the withdrawal of works teams caused the category to collapse in the late 1990s. The cars looked like regular road cars, while expensive changes had to be made to provide space for racing tyres inside the standard wheel arches.

There was no restriction on body size and doors until 1993, when it was changed to only allow cars with a minimum of four doors and no smaller than the EuroNCAP 'Small Family Car' class, although 'Large Family Car' tends to dominate the category. Until 1995, teams were only permitted for fit aerodynamic device that were available through dealers, but that changed when in 1994 BTCC season, Alfa Romeo entered a 155 with Gabriele Tarquini and Giampiero Simoni as drivers. The car had a front spoiler with a bottom piece which could be unscrewed and moved forward, acting as a splitter, and a rear spoiler with a pair of extensions, giving the car more downforce. As Alfa Romeo won the first five rounds, Ford, supported by Vauxhall made a complaint to the race stewards and then responded by building their own production spoilers, which was banned by the organisers, TOCA. TOCA also decided the aero device was illegal and was stripped of points they earned at Snetterton and Silverstone and was later reinstated along with the spoilers upon appeal. Soon afer that, the FIA changed the regulation in all series to allow cars to only use non-production aerodynamic devices with a restricted size. Restrictions varied from body type to bodies as Volvo also debuted their 850 Estate the same season as Alfa Romeo, only were forced to revert to their 4-door model the following season, when they found themselves to be disvantaged against the new rules. In the Italian Supertourismo category, teams entered extended spoilers without complaints.

Alfa Romeo also homlogated 2500 road cars, which was the minimum, for that season to allow their 1.8 L car with an advantage of a higher rev limit to enter, that was also changed to only non-homlogated cosumer models to enter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The World's Leading Touring Car Series!, 15 July 2004
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Cookey (Bristol, England) - See all my reviews
Eight manufacturers, five former champions and three ex-F1 drivers lined up for the '98 season making this BTCC year possible the best ever! The footage as shown on BBC TV Grandstand is fantastic and includes excellent in-car footage which will bring you even closer to the action.
Guest appearances from 'Nigel Mansell' for six races of the BTCC make this already classic season even better! ( Just watch the feature race where Nigel Mansell ends up leading after starting from the back of the grid at a rain soaked Donington Park! True Motorsport at it's best!} The commentary by Charlie Cox and John Watson is as always superb making this BTCC video review an essential purchase for any petrolhead!!! ENJOY.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Custumer reveiw, 15 Feb 2004
A Great vidio. Closely paced action, trilling accidents And nail biting battles if your a touring car fan or if you just like close bumper to bumper racing buy this. also includeds great behind the scenes Footage
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one for the collection, 17 Dec 2001
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This review is simply amazing. it is a season absoloutly dominated by Rickard Rydell and Volvo.
Reigning champ Menu had to settle for quite a few low down grid finishes. More action was brought in with the pitstop rule but more was to come.
Round 12 at a soaked Donnington was the best race of the season with Cleland, Leslie ,Muller and Nigel Mansell scraping all race.Reid was involved as well until he spun of the track at high speed.
You must add this video to your collection as this truely is another epic season in the BTCC.
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4.0 out of 5 stars BTCC Review 2001, 14 Sep 2011
This review is from: Btcc Review: 2001 [DVD] (DVD)
I agree with a previous reviewer suggesting this DVD is someway off the more polished finish of the season reviews from 2006 onwards. The general layout and the way in which the coverage is presented is fairly average, with time wasted on announcing grid positions at the start of each race.

This is the first season of the reformed BTCC, and the season begins with relatively few teams, although it is interesting to see how things developed over the course of the year. I also (personally) don't find the commentary as entertaining in comparison with the series once it switched over to ITV - although I'm pleased enough with the purchase to add to my collection.

If you can pick this up for a good price it's probably a worthwhile purchase, although if you haven't bought one before I would recommend going a review from 2006 onwards instead.
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2.0 out of 5 stars NOT GREAT !, 16 Feb 2010
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This review is from: Btcc Review: 2001 [DVD] (DVD)
Very disapointed with this review very limited coverage of all the races not much behind the sence talks with the drivers! not anywair as good a 2000 or more recent reviews 2006- still nice to have in your collection only if your a big BTCC FAN !
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4.0 out of 5 stars BTCC 98, 12 Nov 2005
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The British Touring Car Championship is one of the most exciting motor racing series in the world. It door handle to door handle, bumper to bumper racing. With 3 ex-F1 driver in the field it was always going to be an exciting season. The action comes thick and fast, with great comentary and some nice in car shots. There are extended highlights of some races, the best races of the season came at a Oulton Park in Round 10 and a soaking Donnington Park in Round 12 which brought back memories of the late great Ayrton Senna in 1993. The championship is an exciting battle, with no less than 8 different drivers winning a race at some point during the season, but the best man won.
Overall, a great video of a great season of racing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast and furious action from the BTCC., 7 April 2001
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You get a real feeling of action and what it must be like for those drivers wacky enough to participate in this campionship. A great season is covered with all the thrills and spills of a championship where the grid contains over 20 cars! I love the way you can see before you, drivers fighting until the chequered flag is waved, going through everything from rolls and spectacular car control to some drivers showing what they really think about others on the grid who dare to take them off or even nudge them innocently. Cameras are placed in the best places with brilliant commentry from Murray Walker who ups the 'edge-of-the-seat' action with his fabulous race analysis and one-liner comments. I'd say the BTCC is one of the most exciting and hair raising motor racing championships in the world and i'd highly recommend this video to anyone with an interest in motorsport because this is the absolute pinnacle!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review of BTCC Review 2001, 17 Sep 2002
This review is from: Btcc Review: 2001 [DVD] (DVD)
A championship more dramatic than a hollywood script, with a season finale that was downright unbelievable, the 2001 BTCC series sparkled with fierce rivalry, intense racing, bumper-to-bumper battles and more than a few off-track controversies!
It was a year in which arch-rivals and Vauxhall tream-mates Jason Plato and Yvan Muller headed into the final race of the year each with a chance of snatching the title from the other! After a thrilling and dramatic showdown at a rain-soaked Brands Hatch, it was Plato who emerged victorious and became the first British driver to capture the BTCC crown since John Cleland in 1995.
This fully comprehensive, official, 3-hour review includes the very best of the racing as featured on BBC Grandstand and some of the most graphic in-car footage you'll ever see! You'll also find out everything you need to know about the drivers, how the teams coped with the new-for-2001, two-litre, front-wheel driver cars and catch up with the many behind-the-scenes drams that help make this series such brilliant entertainment.
Sit back and enjoy the best tin-top gladiator action in the world in this master-blaster review!
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