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 Magnificent Machines - The Golden Age of the British Sports 
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If you haven't seen this film, it's an absolute gem!

It covers all sorts of history of the growth of post-war British sports cars including how it related to American servicemen, British taxation and its effect on prices of sports cars, Leonard Lord and his disastrous Austin A90....and Donald Healey's idea of repurposing all those unused A90 parts into a true 100 mph sports car. Also, great stuff with early Brit sports cars at the Utah Salt Flats, Stirling and Pat Moss (and how Triumph blew a great opportunity to recruit Pat Moss), a delightful interview with a couple who bought a new 100-4 in 1954 and still owns it, the Tulip and Monte Carlo Rallies and much more.

In the 50s and 60s our cars exuded cool: I had forgotten that the protagonist in the Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" drove a TR-3 until I saw this. The film also incudes the self-building craze, motivated by the desire for a cheaper sports car, and the resulting Austin-Healey Sprite. The Sprite also benefited from access to credit payments (a new idea in the late 50s) allowing the working class to buy a modest sports car.

The film also covers the new M1 motorway (no speed limit!) with people like Norman Dewis running his Jaguar to its max limits on it. This caused the notion of 100 mph to be passé, creating a new push for an even faster car.....the 150 mph E-Type.

Lots of more, neat details. Longer than a regular web video but well worth watching.


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It is a gem. Best line in the video...'Moses said unto the Lord "Come forth", but he could only come fifth because he was driving a MGB'. :lol:


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