Here’s a rare find: newsreel coverage of the 1964 British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch in bright, beautiful, living color. You’re going to enjoy this.
Good motion-picture footage of vintage Formula One racing is rare enough. When we found this British Pathe News short of the 1964 British Grand Prix in clear, beautiful color, we felt like we hit the jackpot. Black-and-white film has its charms, to be sure, but color seems to add an extra dimension to the action. Poetic expressions like “explosion of color” suddenly make perfect sense.
The 1964 British Grand Prix, which was also designated the European Grand Prix that year, was held at Brands Hatch in Kent, England. The storied circuit hosted 12 Grand Prix events between 1964 and 1986, alternating with Silverstone, and every one was a classic. Take this one for instance, with reigning world champion Jim Clark in a Lotus-Climax beating Graham Hill’s BRM to the checkered flag by 2.8 seconds. Austrian F1 star Gerhard Berger, active 1984-1997, calls Brands Hatch “the best circuit in the world.” This three-minute video will help us see why. Please enjoy.