Legends of Motorsport
- For the band of the same name, see Legends of Motorsport .
was a series of automotive documentaries aired by the former television channel Speedvision
, which became the current Speed Channel
The series was attributed to the German automobile firm BMW
, implying that they provided some of its key financial backing. The series also included a three-part set of episodes entitled The History of BMW Motorsport
.<!-- And we'll assume everyone will assume that that is what it documented -->
Approximately 200 half-hour episodes were made and aired between the years 1996 and 2000, all based around vintage automobile (and motorcycle) footage.
The majority of the episodes consisted of an apparently complete old documentary film (sometimes with scratches) produced by an automotive vendor. <!-- Logic tells us they must have been edited for length, but that's difficult to tersely convey in NPOV -->Castrol
and many others were the producers of those original publicity films. Although wrapped with a modern introduction and interspersed with occasional clarifying breaks, the original narration from the film was used, several of them done by Graham Walker
's motorcycle-racing father). Most of the films focussed on racing. Others focussed on chronicling a firm's history or showing their production methods.<!-- Somewhere in here I'd actually like to say that viewing such old documentaries is a... Read More