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I'm a filmmaker and huge vintage car enthusiast.
I started out as art director in New York and turned from creative director to director.
Below is my very first experimental car racing music vide short that I shot with wind-up Bolex 16mm film camera's at the very first LeMans Classic.



In the nineties I directed commercials and worked around the globe in some 20 odd countries. I also shot music videos. This is one of them:

Since the start of the new millennium I work as a journalist, international consultant for television and as TV director/producer for networks such as the German ZDF TV, the US New York Times TV and the Discovery Network.
As a photographer I naturally specialized in capturing historic racing automobiles.
I just finished shooting "Season II" of the "GT Racer" TV series that will air worldwide as of May this year. In the US on HD Theater (from the Discovery Network) and the rest of the world on DiscoveryHD International.
The HD Theater premier is at 8:00PM Friday night, Labor Day Weekend. Don't miss it.

Go to the GT RACER FILM GROUP on the VRL to see more trailer of the new season.
What do you like to do (e.g. vintage race with...)?
I love to shoot cars. Below is the trailer of the very first episod of my TV-Series GT RACER - On Porto's Street Circuit

...I mean who in thei right mind would race their classic on a street track without ANY run off area - just CONCRETE everywhere....


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What clubs do you belong to?
The Aston Martin Owners Club
What would you like to do (e.g. go to race school; get into Vintage Racing)?
I'd like to shoot more historic racing or anything that has to do with cars.

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At 9:07pm on December 22, 2010, Dougie said…

I love your work and own all your films to prove it. I was happy to contribute to seeing your latest project get completed and look forward to watching it. Please continue the GT Series, there's nothing else like it .........period.

 

Dougie

At 9:59pm on December 12, 2010, Alexander Davidis said…

New Trailer is up!http://vimeo.com/17737968

At 4:14am on January 2, 2010, Anna-Louise Felstead said…
Hi Alexander - Happy New Year!
Sadly no luck with the doc, as you said I think we were sadly too late, but we'll have plenty of fun all the same - can't believe it's only a matter of weeks away now :)
Speak soon
A-L x
At 6:27pm on November 5, 2009, Richard Martin said…
Just wanted to let you know how much I've enjoyed GT Racer, especially the Carrera. Looking forward to more GT Racer!!!!! Cheers, Rich Martin
At 3:22pm on November 5, 2009, Alexander Davidis said…
The pictures from the Mexico City trip are up here:
http://www.myvrl.com/photo/albums/carrera-panamericana-2009

At 10:31pm on October 17, 2009, Alexander Davidis said…
I just booked my flight to Mexico for next weekend (24th/25th) to promote the immanent Official DVD Release of my TV Series “GT RACER, Season 2”. The Promotion will take place at the Saturday-night prize giving of the Carrera Panamericana 2009 at the Hotel Camino Real Santa Fee in Mexico City. DVDs will be available and Episode # 4 “La Carrera Panamericana 2008” will be screened. A trailer is available here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuEH9f7XdLM

Please share far and wide.
At 12:32am on September 13, 2009, Cynthia Ann Meitle said…
Congratulations on the debut Alex! Beautiful stuff!
At 9:02am on September 6, 2009, Rodney Wren said…
Alexander,
I loved the GT Racer show. Nice work. If you ever do a series in the US let me know, I would love to help.

Rodney
At 5:32pm on September 4, 2009, jorge fernando arroyo santisteban said…
hi alex i am very happy to watch gt racer tv show. congratulations i think will be a great succes in the vintage race entusiasthics. best whishes at all.!!!!!!!!!!!!!
At 11:03am on September 4, 2009, Paul Chenard said…
Thanks very much, Alexander, it's very much appreciated.
Cheers!
Paul
At 5:03am on July 25, 2009, Andreas Graf von Preysing said…
Dear Alex,

really nice Site. Well done!

Yours Andreas
At 6:30pm on July 8, 2009, Robert "BC" Cross said…
Thanks for the add and GT Racer looks great. I plan on getting a copy. Are you open to discussing a TV reality show based on one of 3 treatments that I have written? We are looking to get a production deal very soon. All 3 of the treatments are tied into "Car Properties" ... Car Properties can be found on our media site that is advertising based at http://www.CarProperty.com .
At 1:47pm on March 31, 2009, Kris Sukhu said…
Hi Alexander,
This is great news about GT Racer II.
Just to let you know that the same group of friends who saw Shaken & Stirred met up again for a night of food and car talk, this time we viewed the second disc of GT Racer last weekend, we thoroughly enjoyed the experience again. The very social occasion of Lime Rock had us all looking for the maps and the possibility of visiting for the event, I cannot believe ALMS events are held there too, this is awe inspiring. The imagary and festival of the Spa 6 hours was captivating, the Astons shaking their tails had us all breathless (and again looking at our diaries and maps). Laguna Seca we all knew as we have all been there but only on Playstation's Grand Turismo game, we are a very mature group of gamers and car enthusiasts, with a difference spanning 20 years and I am the youngest at just over 40.

We will have watched the seven films a number of time before the new series comes out on TV or DVD, this I can be sure about, as they are great for stimulating much discussion.
Kind regards
Kris
At 3:42pm on March 11, 2009, Kris Sukhu said…
Hi Alexander,
Thank you for the information it is really appreciated, as I will now plan to visit a different event. As Christopher initmates Brands would be great or Magny C sound intersting.
Once again thanks and many kind regards.
Kris
At 4:08am on March 11, 2009, Christopher Tate said…
Hi Alexander
Thanks for that, yes, Stephen and I have been looking at various ideas
Now, how is the 2008 film coming along as a finished product? We have just announced - see my website, news section, that we will be at Magny C again mid July 10-12th, and the final version of last years would be a huge help!
also, if you really can come to Brands in late Mya, great, but we need to fix that with the circuit - keep me posted! all the best C
Oh and let Kris, below, know, the Oporto thing looks very difficult this year, but in a crowded calendar with so little time for such long diustance trucking, in a hard budget year, it was always going to be so. best C
and we are now on teh same date at Magny C
At 1:33am on March 10, 2009, Kris Sukhu said…
Hi Alexander,

Thank you for the kind email I hope to have some new pictures to put up soon.

Do you know if the Oporto Historic Grand Prix will happen this year as I can find no recent reference to it?

Any information gladly recieved.

Kind regards

Kris
At 11:13pm on March 2, 2009, Alister MacLean said…
Hi Alexander:
Please join our newly formed website group as well on www.timewarpracing.ca The site will continue to grow expanding the details of VGT Challenge race at Toronto.
Kind Regards
Alister MacLean. Time Warp Racing.
At 11:55am on February 22, 2009, Track Chic said…
Exquisite video, Alexander. Would love to collaborate on upcoming projects. Let's talk ...!
Theresa
At 10:06pm on February 9, 2009, Rodney Wren said…
Nice shots on your website. I too love photography and shooting cars.
At 11:33am on February 3, 2009, Elan Martin said…
I'm with John Galt Films, the creators and producers of GT RACER : The Series. I know Alexander for many years and he invited me to join here. What an amazing community of enthusiasts! Thanks for pointing this out to me Alexander!

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GT RACER - The Algarve Special…



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All Eleven GT RACER Episodes available in time before Christmas

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: GT RACER – Collector’s Pack

All Eleven Episodes Are Now Available from www.SpiritLevelFilm.com

December 2nd, 2009, New York City – John Galt Films announces the release of all eleven

episodes of Alexander Davidis’ popular classic racing TV-series GT RACER form one

source: Spirit Level Films, UK.



GT RACER is the spectacularly innovative cinéma… Continue

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: GT RACER Season Two - Available on DVD worldwide.

Posted on September 24, 2009 at 5:28pm 0 Comments

September 24th, 2009, New York City – John Galt Films, Inc. announces the worldwide release of Alexander Davidis’ popular classic racing TV-series GT RACER - Season Two on DVD.

GT RACER is the spectacularly innovative cinéma varieté style documentary series that looks and feels like feature film, following international vintage racing.



Season Two is available as a Four-Disc Box Set. For the… Continue

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: GT RACER Season II premiers on Discovery HD

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GT RACER Season II premiers on Discovery HD



September 1, 2009, New York City – John Galt Films, Inc. announces the premier of the second season of Alexander Davidis’ popular TV-series GT RACER on historic racing.

Season two’s first episode airs in the US on Friday, September 4 at 8 PM ET on Discovery HD Theater, available on Optimum Digital Cable Channel 765, Comcast Digital Cable and Time Warner Digital Cable channel 819. In the UK… Continue

Spirit of the GT RACER




GT Racer - Racing Like Steve McQueen
Documentary Series

What makes you feel alive?
Try chasing an AC Cobra through the corners of the world-famous circuit of Spa, Belgium - at night, in the rain - at the wheel of an Aston Martin DB4GT. Despite it being 9:52pm you couldn’t be more awake. Your car drifts sideways through that wet corner too close to the edge that’s hard to make out in the dark. You’re doing 100 miles per hour as the cold evening air is blasting through the back quarter window that is missing since the crash. You smell the burning oil, the hot breaks. The carbon monoxide from the not-so-perfectly improvised exhaust pipe is stinging your eyes. As you shift up, you feel the metallic clunk of the gearbox rocking an undamped jolt as if a giant sledgehammer beats you forward. Seconds later you’re doing a 157 miles - in a sixties GT! Vibration and noise are insane! But before you can deepen that thought: Blinding headlights in you review mirror: That Ford GT40 is gaining on you fast.

This is classic car racing! A worldwide fast growing phenomena where colorful characters living out their most sophisticated car-crazed dreams.

GT Racer is taking you literally inside the cars and onto the tracks. As a member of three idiosyncratic race teams, you are getting a peek at the most spectacular series of international classic racing, where the most beautiful vintage racers ever built battle it out on their most glamorous original tracks: 1950s and 60s Aston Martins, Ferraris, Maseratis, Porsches, Mustangs and Cobras at Spa (Belgium), Le Mans (France), the Nuerburgring (Germany), Limerock and Laguna Seca (USA) the Carrera Panamerican (Mexico) and many more.

GT Racer shares the unique experience of the CLASSIC-RACER that time-travels to the Golden Era of car racing. Where it’s not just about the checkered flag but the thrill of the chase. It’s not just about the speed and the noise but the incredible atmosphere. It’s about style and the single most sophisticated way to get you high on G-force.

It’s the unparalleled old school coolness of a time long gone, genuinely revived down to the smallest bolt. If there ever was a way to become Steve McQueen, this is it.

”Racing is Life! Anything that happens before or after is just waiting.” - Steve McQeen in “Le Mans” 1971

Those lines perfectly express the passion for racing, uttered when racing was still tangible and privateers with nothing more than a decent car and talent could challenge big corporations with deep pockets.

And that’s the story we tell: A story of men who can do things only the right way; uncompromised, driven by passion just as in those golden days, when regular sports cars where modified for endurance racing – a time when the pure drive of one gifted man could take on the one of another.

Today, quite frankly, it is all about the budgets allocated to the racing stables, while the privateer, no matter how talented (or wealthy) is out of the game! The big car manufacturers are deciding who’ll win by throwing nine-figure budgets at the game.

But like always, there is an exception and “GT Racer” will follow the people who represent it. People who do not accept the reality forced upon them but instead insist on creating their own.

As the collection and restoration of classic cars enjoys a widespread and fast growing following, so does the racing. But racing classic cars cannot be accomplished “just” with money. It needs dedication, preparation, talent and above all - great passion, resulting in an atmosphere that is truly unique. The players can’t be typecast. They are from very divers backgrounds - only united by the deep love for racing the world’s most beautiful cars.

In “GT Racer” we will follow a handful of passionate racers, their teams and their mind-boggling cars.

The crews are shooting interviews with drivers and mechanics, exploring the mental drama of such a race i.e.: A team feverishly dissembling one car between races to lend a needed part to another team that needs to race right now, only to later change the part back to get the dissembled car ready again.
Small HDTV cameras are used on-board to record during the entire race.

“GT Racer” takes you inside an experience, truly genuine on all levels. Not only the racers, but also the mechanics, spectators, everybody involved, share the same vibrant feeling. To be alive is what sets them apart.

A ’60s Aston racecar is not so easy to come by let alone race it. Compelling character is needed and “GT Racer” will share the pilots’ experience, live with them, film their joy and their despair. These men have cracked the mold, but they are united; all needing this archetypal experience in their lives.

“GT Racer” finds out what makes them tick, what does classic racing mean to them?

We share this modern magic that proves that the people who do it are no less intense and interesting than the hero drivers from the past (or the movie stars playing them). They find the means to create another level of reality. Some financially, some creatively, some by the pure force of their passion and some through a combination of all of the above.

Legends become alive, movies become reality and reality becomes larger than life, as the unscripted TV-show has come full circle!


Because:
Classic car racing has never before been covered like this: It’s a unique slice of our human culture, reflecting what we all long for.

Unscripted TV as cinéma vérité: Reinventing a genre, thus creating a new archetype in its own right with compelling international characters, cars and location.


“Racing is Life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting.”

 
 
 

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