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"Wheelbase" was a BBC television series about cars broadcast on BBC2 between 1964 and 1975. Amongst its presenters were Gordon Wilkins between 1964 and 1973 and Cliff Michelmore. The show was the predecessor of Top Gear. "Wheelbase" was amongst the first programmes in the UK to be shown in colour during BBC2's "colour launching period".
"Wheelbase"'s coverage of Formula One motor racing in the late 1960's was repeated on UK satellite channel ESPN Classic. The programmes were transmitted largely as originally broadcast, but with occasional captions to put period commentary into context.
Presented by Cliff Michelmore with reporting from Barrie Gill "Wheelbase" travels to the Scandinavian Raceway for the very first Swedish Grand Prix. Interviewed on the programme are home favourite Ronnie Peterson, looking for his first Grand Prix win, Bruce McClaren and Jackie Stewart. At the front of the grid for the race are Peterson and Elf Tyrrel's Francois Cervet.
Since it was original broadcast in Colour the BBC appear to have transferred the print to black and white for financial reasons.
Production credit - BBC Television
AVI File Details
File Size: 165 MB
Video Codec: Xvid
Video Bitrate:1460 kb/ s
Audio Codec: 0x0055(MP3) ID'd as MPEG-1 Layer-3
Bit Rate: 128 Kbps
Image Width: 608 pixels Height 412 pixels
frame Rate: 25.00 fps
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