Two for the Road is a hangout for mystery writers Tammy Kaehler and Simon Wood to chat, reminisce, gossip, speculate and argue about all things motorsport.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Tiger Tim

There hasn’t been much in the way of good movies made about motorsport, but I’d like to point you in the direction of a little known TV movie called FULL THROTTLE starring Rowan Atkinson. Made in the mid-90’s, it’s probably the best movie about motorsport. It’s a biopic about Sir Henry 'Tiger Tim' Birkin.

Set in the late 1920’s, Tiger Tim is a gentleman driver, a socialite and a tad eccentric, but he’s one of W.O. Bentley’s star drivers. Bentley dominance in motorsport is coming to an end now that Mercedes has started supercharging their cars. W.O. is a pragmatic man and won’t throw endless money into motorsport and rejects the idea of developing a ‘blower’ Bentley. This forces Tiger Tim to take matters into his own hands to develop the Blower Bentley and he doesn’t care how he does it and who he hurts.

FULL THROTTLE is a tragic tale about a man consumed by his passion. There's so much to love about him and so much to dislike. He’s a hero and a scoundrel. Rowan Atkinson is excellent as Tiger Tim.

If you get the chance to check out FULL THROTTLE, please do so. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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