In 'Birth Of The Grand Prix', we trace the 40 year history of world championship motorcycle racing. The works teams of Norton: Gilera, Guzzi, MV Agusta, BMW, AJS and others are featured during the glorious Fifties when up to twenty multi-cylindered four-stroke machines would be on the grid at a GP. Then two-strokes arrived on the scene and soon had to be taken seriously as the sights and sounds at the Grand Prix circuits of the world changed - possible forever.
'The Japanese Arival' includes footage of early Japanese appearances in Europe and features for example the 20,000rpm 50 cc races that screamed around the TT course in the early 60's, the fabulous 250cc Honda Six ridden by Mike Hailwood, the 125 and 250 V4 Yamahas ridden by Ivy and Read and many more racing marvels. The post-war growth of the Japanese motorcycle industry and their eventual domination of the road racing scene is oulined.
Running Time: 72 mins