Here’s one of the question I get asked very often:
I missed the Grand Prix last weekend – is there anywhere I can get a copy of it?
Obviously I thought it would be a good idea to write a post where I answer that question.
But it also got me wondering whether many fans collect F1 races to watch again in the future? Or has the advent of the internet and time-shift viewing consigned the practice to the past?
Meticulously recording every F1 race is definitely one of the signs you’re an F1 fanatic.
But without dedicated fans and their massive personal archives we wouldn’t be able to enjoy so much classic F1 footage on video sharing sites like Youtube – which are, of course, uploaded in defiance of Formula One Management’s wishes
Until recently the best way to keep footage of entire races was to record it yourself on video cassette. DVD and hard disk recorders have largely replaced those.
The internet has given fans new ways of ‘unofficially’ downloading races. Many sites offer torrent downloads of races and other sessions, but there are doubts over their legality.
Broadcasters are finally waking up to the demand for archive race footage. The BBC has begun re-publish old footage, starting with the 1986 and 1994 Australian Grands Prix. However because of the restrictions placed on the rights by Formula One Management these videos are not available outside Britain.
But this won’t trouble die-hard collectors armed with a stack of videos, DVDs or hard drives, recording races from public broadcasts.
Have you got your own collection of old F1 videos? How long have you been collecting them for? Or is there just no point now you can watch everything on YouTube?
I’d particularly like to hear from anyone who’s been recording Formula 1 for decades and has an entire wall of their house covered in F1 videos. Photographic proof can be uploaded to the drop.io – and you can remain anonymous if you choose!
*Not really, it’s a photograph by august allen on Flickr