Ferrari: Race to Immortality

Synopsis: The 1950's - the iconic Scuderia Ferrari battle to stay on top in one of the deadliest decades in motor racing history. Cars and drivers were pushed to their limits, and the competition for...
Genre: Documentary
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You'll find that drivers

are a very happy lot of people

because they appreciate life

far more than the average man does.

A driver usually

gets killed on a Sunday

and if he's a close friend of yours,


you think what a stupid sport this is

and you think seriously of giving it up.

Then on Monday you think,

well, maybe he was just unlucky.

Maybe I shouldn't give it up yet.

I'll give it up next year.

Then on a Tuesday you start thinking

about, now, there's a race next Sunday,

maybe I'll go.

Then on Wednesday you go to the race.

Enzo Ferrari once said,

"Win or die, you'll be immortal,"

talking to his drivers,

and of course he's right

because every time I go to a Grand Prix

those essences are part

of what makes the sport what it is.

Without drivers like Mike Hawthorn

and Peter Collins,

it would be all the poorer.

The Ferrari name is

very important to Formula One today

because it's a symbol

of the history of the sport

that was once

the most dangerous sport on earth

and still trades on those associations

of risk and glamour.

We think these guys must be daredevils

because Collins and Hawthorn

were daredevils.

I look back on it now and I just

perceive them, the drivers of the time,

as an entirely different breed.

Controlling this powerful beast

under your rear,

balancing this car on this tightrope,

and taking the best line

through the corner,

this gave you a sense of ecstasy.

It was an era

of great glamour and great risk.

These men went out

to drive these red cars

not knowing

whether they would come back alive.

Mike Hawthorn described

how we, as young men,

were all willing

to jump into the cooking pot

under which Mr. Ferrari

kept the fire stoked.

When it came to running drivers,

Ferrari's approach was

the more pressure you put on them,

and the more unsettled they feel,

the faster they will go.

These guys were experiencing

the buzz of competition in cars,

but they were subjecting themselves

willingly to all the attached dangers.

There is something

about the motor racing world

that, as far as we were concerned,

when catastrophes would happen

we would kind of just carry on

and not let it get us down.

And I think that was the attitude

of a lot of people then.

Fear is really a lack of

understanding of what is happening,

like a child frightened of the dark

'cause you don't understand

what's there.

I am not normally afraid

of killing myself.

I am frightened of being killed by

something over which I have no control.

The great thing about

Mike Hawthorn and Peter Collins

is that they would do what land speed

record-breaker John Cobb described.

He said, "It's pretty much akin

to seeing how far you can lean out of

the window before you finally fall out."

And that's what those boys

with Ferrari did in the 1950s.

They willingly leant out of the window

as far as they possibly could

and a few of them, and in retrospect

far too many, fell out.

At age ten you watched your first race.

How did you experience that moment?

I was shaking like a boy

who is dreaming of having the chance,

one day,

to take part in that competition.

Ferrari had a difficult early life.

His father died when he was quite young

and then his only brother also died,

leaving him more or less alone

when he was still in his teens.

But he was very keen on cars.

So when he had

to make his own way in the world,

cars and motor racing were the things

that attracted him most.

What mattered the most in your life,

your passion or the drive to succeed?

Mostly, it was passion.

What do you feel before the "Go"?

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