Once the world wars were over, the 1950s became a time of peace and idealism. Everyone was busy building families, and in time the norm of the traditional family was created as well. There was little to worry about in terms of weather and climate change, and normalcy became the trend. While everything seemed right with the world, not all things were right. The biggest evil that stayed after the positive changes was racism, and while the whole world was at peace the threat of nuclear threats were real and still created fear. Strangely, the concern that came with racing as a sport was at an all-time high. Especially, with the probability of death that surrounds the game. A documentary was created to showcase the dangerous part of the Ferrari’s racing history between 1955 and 1958 to highlight the bloodsport supporters.
The Thrill Behind the Bloodsport
As far as racing goes, people have always known to treat it for the deadly nature that the race track entails. Some drivers still pushed the limits of how far they are willing to go to make and break records. The split-second wins and the race against time are more than just a goal; it always been an obsession. As far as race car builds go, the tracks were not only an endurance and skill test of the driver but the mechanics that the car was built on. However, at some point, there is always a spill of either blood or car parts.
The wreck that follows racing is not something that has died down over the years. In fact, in spite of the crash testing and the many advancements in the industry, there is always death or blood. Sometimes, its just the drivers who are victims, sometimes, its even the onlooking spectators. Thought of as an evolution of the gladiator sports, racing continues to be a game that tests life and death. The thrill of seeing the driver being able to maneuver a car through some of the trickiest courses and watching their responses at crucial times is loved by many.
The Ferrari Story in Film
The documentary that was released about the Ferrari Racing company carefully highlighted all the reasons and intricacies behind the sport. The documentary did not just focus on one or other aspect, but everything in general. However, it did highlight the horrific nature of the game in gruesome detail; the highlight being Ferrari. The documentary talks about the racing history of Ferrari’s Peter Collins and Mike Hawthorn and their humble beginnings as racers. The tragic race of Le Mans in 1955 was described in great detail when a deadly collision sent a Mercedes 300 SLR flying into the bystanders and caused incredible damage.
The mass death that occurred on a fateful day touched a comfortable 83 people and is still regarded as one of Ferrari’s deadliest times. The one incident was enough for officials to consider ending the sport. The AMA in the US was able to ban motor sporting for a short time. However, the thrill and the remuneration that came with the sport urged the organizers to set strict guidelines to ensure safety and continue providing people with the excitement that they seek. Soon, the best racers in the world were all together with Ferrari, and within a few years, all of them were dead. Four while racing and one on a road accident after winning a championship.