• Short Summary

    INTEREST IN TOMORROW'S (SATURDAY'S) DUTCH GRAND PRIX AT THE ZANDVOORT CIRCUIT WILL CENTRE ON THE PERFORMANCE OF THE NEW FOUR-WHEEL-DRIVE RACERS.

  • Description

    1.
    GV "MATRA" TEAM MAINTENANCE TRUCK IN PITS.
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    2.
    CU "MATRA" RACING CAR.
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    3.
    CU PAN FRONT WHEELS OF "MATRA" CAR.
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    4.
    SV JACKIE STEWART TALKING TO MECHANICS.
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    5.
    SV CAR NO. 2, "LOTUS FORD", IN PITS.
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    6.
    SV GRAHAM HILL SEATED IN CAR NO. 1.
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    7.
    GV CAR NO. 4 "THE MATRA" PULLS AWAY FROM PITS.
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    8.
    GV CAR NO. 16 LEAVING PITS.
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    9.
    GV THE "MATRA" ON TRACK PASSING CAMERA.
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    10.
    GV OTHER CARS LEAVING PITS.
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    11.
    GV CAR NO. 6 ON TRACK PASSING CAMERA.
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    12.
    GV CAR NO. 1 ON TRACK PASSING CAMERA.
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    13.
    GV "MATRA" PASSING CAMERA.
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    Initials JDR/V/CR/SC


    SPORT: CAR RACING

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: INTEREST IN TOMORROW'S (SATURDAY'S) DUTCH GRAND PRIX AT THE ZANDVOORT CIRCUIT WILL CENTRE ON THE PERFORMANCE OF THE NEW FOUR-WHEEL-DRIVE RACERS. THE TWO MOST HIGHLY FAVOURED ARE THE MATRA, DRIVEN BY JACKIE STEWART AND GRAHAM HILL'S LOTUS, BUT THE McLAREN MARQUE WILL ALSO HAVE A FOUR-WHEEL-DRIVE MODEL IN THE RACE.

    THIS WILL BE THE FIRST TIME THAT ONE GRAND PRIX RACE WILL HAVE THREE DIFFERENT MODELS OF FOUR-WHEEL-DRIVE CARS COMPETING. IF ALL GOES WELL IN PRACTICE, AND NONE IS REPLACED AT THE LAST MINUTE BY A CONVENTIONAL TWO-WHEEL-DRIVE MACHINE, THEN SIX REVOLUTIONARY RACERS DRIVEN BY SIX OF THE WORLD'S BEST DRIVERS WILL BE SEEKING THE VICTOR'S LAURELS.

    FOUR-WHEEL-DRIVE RACERS HAVE BEEN SEEN BEFORE IN THE GRAND PRIX CIRCUIT. STIRLING MOSS AND INNES IRELAND DROVE FERGUSON-FOUR-WHEEL-DRIVE CARS BACK IN 1961, BUT THEY EVOKED LITTLE ENTHUSIASM AT THE TIME.

    THE CARS DEMAND A NEW DRIVING TECHNIQUE AS THEIR HANDLING CHARACTERISTICS ARE QUITE DIFFERENT FROM TWO-WHEEL-DRIVE MACHINES. THEY HAVE ALSO REQUIRED NEW ENGINEERING TO VARY THE AMOUNT OF POWER APPLIED TO THE FRONT AND BACK WHEELS FOR CONERING.

    THERE ARE SAID TO BE THREE ADVANTAGES STEMMING FROM FOUR-WHEEL-DRIVE. FIRST, GREATER ACCELERATION AND A HIGHER TOP SPEED, SECOND, GREATLY IMPROVED ROAD-HOLDING, THIRD, IMPROVED CORNERING.

    THE TEAMS DRIVING THE NEW CARS IN THE DUTCH GRAND PRIX ARE:
    LOTUS FORD TYPE 63#1. GRAHAM HILL
    2. JOCHEN RINDT
    MATRA FORD MS 80#3. JACKIE STEWART
    4. JEAN-PIERRE BELTOISE
    MCLAREN FORD M9A#5. BRUCE MCLAREN
    6. DENNIS HULME
    THE FERGUSON COMPANY WHICH BUILT AND RACED THE 1961 P99 MODEL IS SUPPLYING MOST OF THE COMPONENTS FOR THE NEW CARS.

    ONLY ONE FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE CAR IS AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT THE MOMENT, THE JENSEN CUSTOM-BUILT SPORTS CAR.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8D3LEM7W5K9T60RS2TS734TGA
    Media URN:
    VLVA8D3LEM7W5K9T60RS2TS734TGA
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/06/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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