Anyone who has ever watched a top flight race driver closely might wonder how that driver can do the things he does with a car. Really it can be a magical thing to watch, as man and machine meld into one flowing body lapping quicker than should be possible. The geeks among us might even say that driver is using The Force.
How fitting then is it that the Creator of the Jedi, George Lucas, should have been part of a class at USC that filmed an 8 minute racing flick? The subject of that video was none other than Peter Brock, who had his own finely honed set of talents: making race cars come alive. Our friends over at VOD Cars have managed to track down this incredible bit of footage and bring it to the web for all of us automotive history junkies.
While most of us know Brock’s name from his incredible work with Shelby American, his steed for this short is a vivid yellow Lotus 23. The footage is stunning, as is the soundtrack. I would be very interested to learn which was filmed first, 1:42:08 or John Frankenheimer’s epic Grand Prix. Why you ask? Because many shots from the Lucas short are identical to the views chosen by Frankenheimer. Pete Brock looks an awful lot like James Garner in the bullet mirror!
Follow the break and turn up the speakers!