Saturday, March 9, 2013

One of the Best Kept Racing Movie Secrets

I think about this movie every Spring since I first saw it in 2001. It's called Lime Rock Park: The Secret Valley of Racing

The movie is multi-dimentional and has depth that you rarely find anywhere these days. This is a a 57-minute long highly acclaimed Public Broadcasting documentary. It also contains 45 minutes of additional features including rare historical footage, interviews, and director commentary. It was nominated For Three EMMYS: Best Director, Best Videography, and Best Music.

In director Chris Szwedo's words:
Experience an absorbing and unusual documentary that captures the essence of the sport of automobile racing. Served up as the ultimate physical and spiritual backdrop, the Berkshire’s Lime Rock Park is presented with the haunting beauty of an entire New England year. This might very well be “Robert Frost on Wheels”... for with each changing season from the deep snows of winter to spring rains to sunshine, the viewer is drawn into a deeper understanding of racing’s own seasonal shifts and passions-- with large doses of nature, history, action, heartbreak, celebrity, and speed.

I am proud to say that I've owned a copy of this gem since it first came out in 2001 and I consider it one of the most essential movies. This is one of the least commercialized, most authentic efforts -- ironically, Lime Rock Park: The Secret Valley of Racing is also one of the best kept secrets.