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Grand Prix: The Killer Years

Premieres March 3 at 8:00PM (ET/PT)

Grand Prix: The Killer Years profiles a more sordid side of racing history, when the safeties that racers enjoy today were merely afterthoughts in competition. At the height of its popularity in the 60’s 70’s, The Grand Prix was one of the most glorified – yet dangerous sports in recent history. Mechanical failure, lethal track design, and lack of training caused many young drivers to perish right before fans. 

Featuring many famous drivers including three times world champion Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, twice world champion Emerson Fittipaldi and John Surtees OBE, this shocking film explores how Grand Prix drivers grew tired of their fellow drivers – and closest friends - being killed behind the wheel. 

After a disturbing track record of fatalities, the prestigious Belgian and German Grand Prix would be boycotted, with drivers insisting that safety be put first. But it would be a long and painful time before anything would change, and a lot of talented young men would be cut down in their prime.

This is their story of how drivers rallied to save the sport of racing amongst a turbulent past.