South Africa, like many other places in the world, will soon go into a lockdown situation. People will have to remain in their homes for all but the most essential reasons. These steps are necessary if we plan to stop the spread of the Coronavirus, or Covid-19, as it is also known.
Many people will be able to perform some of their daily workloads remotely from home. But for a large part of the population the lockdown means being indoors with very little to do. With that in mind, we bring you this list of car content to watch in the next 21 days. Among this list are movies and online shows that cover a wide spectrum of motoring, from racing documentaries to action comedies. If you can think of any others, please post them below the link to this story on our Facebook page. Click here for part 2 of the series while part 3 can be found at this link.
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While the list below includes titles we suggest you watch there is also a list we recommend you avoid at all costs. These are: Fast and Furious (2-27), Driven, Overdrive, Gone in 60 Seconds, Drive, The (2003) Italian Job and Need for Speed.
Apex: The Story of the Hypercar
Apex places the spotlight on the new breed of road cars, called hypercars. This is the rarefied arena where science and art collide to create some of the most powerful, exotic and fastest road cars of all time. We get to peek behind the curtain of top-secret development facilities at Porsche, Ferrari, McLaren, Koenigsegg and Pagani as well as see the machines in action at racetracks around the world.
This is the story of the legendary Brazilian Formula One driver who died at the peak of his career aged just 34. Ayrton Senna da Silva claimed three titles in F1, but was as contentious as he was talented. You learn about his personal life as well as his relationships with other drivers.
The Italian Job (1969)
Forget the recent remake the original 1969 classic is the one to watch. It features a carnucopia (sorry) of sports and classic cars including a beautiful Lamborghini Miura, Jaguar E-Types, Aston Martin DB4 and, the stars of the show, a trio of rally-prepped original Minis. You can see the little cars in action in this car chase scene, though you should really watch the movie as well. Side note, the jazzy soundtrack was written by music maestro Quincy Jones.
Uppity: The Willy T Ribbs story
There aren’t make black drivers at the top levels of world motorsport. Willy T Ribbs smashed the colour barriers in American circuit racing when he joined the ranks of professional racers. The Californian overcame death-threats, illegitimate penalties and engine sabotage to realise his dream. Ultimately, Willy beat odds and became the first black driver to win a TransAm race and compete in the famous Indy 500. The 1977 British Formula Ford champion was also the first black driver to test a Formula One car when he tried out a Brabham in 1986.
Adrenalin: The BMW Touring Car Story
Few manufacturers have enjoyed touring car success at the same level as BMW. In Adrenlin: The BMW Touring Car Story we get a look across nearly 50 years of successful BMW tin-top racing. We get to see footage of classic BMW racecars in action as well as charismatic drivers in and out of the cockpit. It’s a must-watch for any BMW fan. Click here to check out forgotten BMW M3 concept cars.