You Tube Film of the Week W/c 14th Jan: Mad Mikes

Its been a good week on You Tube however there are a couple of gems that stood out. Needless to say both of these guys have serious courage:

1) Mike Hawthorne commentary on board Lap at Le Mans in a Jaguar Type D.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpRFagIbcPE

Firstly, the feat that it was back then to achieve pictures and sound from a moving vehicle, you can imagine what the videographers would make of todays ease of accessibility. Then there’s Mikes British gentleman commentary. Classic. What about all the traffic?, yes traffic (“…cyclists everywhere. Ha ha”), don’t forget the course back then is mainly public roads. Finally. 185mph at night. Whoa, seriously.

This feature is called film of the week which indicates there should be just one film however there is also the below which is a perfect partner piece to the Hawthorne video:

2) Onboard a Ducati V4 Speciale at the TT, with Michael Rutter piloting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYaSG_IoAXk&t=370s

Cut to modern day film quality and we have a beautiful early evening on the Isle of Man, an expensive but ordinary(ish) road going super bike and motorcycling legend Michael Rutter to take us around the course. First thing first, understand this is a bike you can buy in the shops, Michael has jumped on it for a little tear up around the course.. Secondly, that sun. We all know how much of a pain the low sun can be, blinding you at a corner but at 185 mph ? Thats another thing, Michael is wringing the neck of this Ducat so much so we learn that the speedometer only goes up to 185 mph, despite Michael clearly going faster. Holy moly.

Tune in next week to see what we have found of interest among the quagmire of drivel that is You Tube. Feel free to submit anything you have found too. Just comment below.

Mike Hawthorne Le Mans
…cyclists everywhere. Ha ha

…cyclists everywhere. Ha ha

Lean at 130mph

Lean at 130mph

Blinding

Blinding

Do you know how fast you were going sir ?

Do you know how fast you were going sir ?