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Deadliest Crash - The 1955 Le Mans Disaster!

It was destined to be the greatest endurance race of all time. Instead the 1955 Le Mans became the worst disaster in motor racing history.

On June 11th on the home straight, Stirling Moss's co-driver Fangio, Pierre Levegh, Lance Macklin and future British World Champion Mike Hawthorn became embroiled in a disaster of unprecedented scale. At 6.26pm a Mercedes 300 SLR smashed into the crowd causing an unimaginable death toll. Many believe this incident ruined both Hawthorn and Macklin's lives.

Deadliest Crash is the dramatic story of the day racing was changed forever. The carnage, seen through eye witness accounts, includes the stories of the survivors from the packed grandstands and members of the Mercedes and Jaguar teams at the heart of the disaster.

"A magnificently realised telling of a moment in motor racing history when beauty and recklessness, daring and danger, bravery and scandalous lack of concern for the wellbeing of its participants collided in one deadly cocktail" Jim White, Daily Telegraph.

"Knowing about the 1955 Le Mans tragedy is one thing, analysing and understanding it on this level is something else entirely. Telling the story of the biggest tragedy in motor sports history needed an exceptionally skillful touch - and this film has it. You might think there was no more to know, but you would be wrong" Brian Laban.

"Deeply moving and fascinating. The first-hand accounts of the tragedy are unforgettable" Motor Sport.

"Intriguing. Shocking. Engrossing material, sensitively handled" Vicky Parrott, Autocar

Running time: 60 mins;
Format: DVD (PAL);
Condition: New;
Catalogue No: BIGPDVD7;
Release Date: 14th December 2009;
Price: £19.99 inc.:

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