Classic Driver - - HOLMAN -

Duke Videos, 74 min­utes. Re­viewer’s own copy (Oc­tane Books, $30) The last ‘proper’ Cork GP was held on a chal­leng­ing Ir­ish road cir­cuit in 1938. Drey­fus’s De­la­haye beat off a strong chal­lenge from Bira’s Maserati. The bright idea de­vel­oped to cel­e­brate the race’s 75th an­niver­sary with as many of the orig­i­nal en­tries as pos­si­ble, al­though it would be a demon­stra­tion rather than any idea of rac­ing through what’s now a much more built-up area.

Six of the orig­i­nal cars ap­peared at the re­union, with the ex-Wimille semi-stream­lined Bu­gatti as the star. The field was made up of a pretty mixed bag (Alvis, Ri­ley, Singer etc), so there weren’t too many par­tic­u­larly ex­cit­ing cars.

High points of the film are some re­ally good footage of the ’38 races, and on-board shots from the pa­rade lap – through towns and along the Car­ri­gro­hane Straight. On the other hand, there was – for my lik­ing, at least – too much chat with driv­ers of some fairly or­di­nary cars and the pa­rade lap footage went on too long.

All credit to the event or­gan­is­ers for tak­ing on such a mam­moth task. There’s prob­a­bly a de­cent 45 minute film in here but as it stands, it could have done with a fair bit of edit­ing.

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