Car movie of the day: ‘Senna’

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The 2010 British documentary focuses on Formula 1 champion Aryton Senna, one of the world’s greatest drivers and a national hero in his home country of Brazil, who burst upon the F1 scene in 1984 with his debut at the Brazilian Grand Prix, and was a dominant figure until his death in a crash at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.

Senna is about one of the greatest F1 racers of all time. | Universal Pictures photo
Senna is about one of the greatest F1 racers of all time. | Universal Pictures photo

The film is brilliantly assembled from archive video clips, family home movies and interviews to depict Senna’s tumultuous life, with an emphasis on his rivalry with F1 driver Alain Proust.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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