Hello all GT Racers and Enthusiasts, Since a while I was thinking about how to create an online platform for all the participants of the creation of my TV series GT RACER (aka CLASSIC RACERS in the US) and its original pilot SHAKEN & STIRRED. After all we just finished the 11th episode in total. It gets hard to keep track. ("GT RACER, Season II" will air worldwide on Discovery HD as of March 2009, "Season I" and SHAKEN & STIRRED are out on DVD here: www.spiritlevelfilm.com) During the course of the production I met so many wonderful people - naturally ALL vintage car enthusiasts - that where so incredibly helpful and supportive, that it is my desire to keep in touch with them all and to give them a chance to get in touch with each other (should they so desire) so that everybody can keep exchanging stories of the experience as well as continue to network.
And I received a lot of fan mail over the last year and a half, which makes me want to put those die-hard fans in touch with the participants of the show as well.
My greatest motivation to create GT RACER was the vibe that I experienced in the historic racing scene. The scene is just so open and welcoming and the racing experience is so tangible for ALL - including the spectators. The total opposite of modern racing. And it was that vibe that I wanted to bring across the screen, so to let more people know about it existence. This is why I chose the Cinéma Vérité style: To let the 'vibe' speak.
In retrospect I can confirm that this same openess and enthusiasm made the production a wonderfull experience. Yes, it is hard work shooting on a race track - but in the end so fulfilling. And the support all around was just unbelievable.
Then this morning (January 8th 2009) by pure luck I was invited by Stephen Page (with whom I just had a long chat) to join his historic car social network and by poking around I realized immediately this place can provide the platform that I am looking for. So thanks Stephen!
I hope that as many participants as possible of the GT RACER TV Series and the SHAKEN & STIRRED production will join - be it racers, car-owners, mechanics, truck drivers, event organizers or film crew members - so that they all can share their experience and give more insight about details and histories of the featured cars, the challenges of organizing events, anecdotes from the shown races and stories that did not make it into the final cut.
On the other hand fans may join to ask questions and to find out more about anything that might interest them.
The idea is to keep the same wonderful spirit that I found track-side and take it online with us in order to deepen our friendship and camaraderie for the sake of mutual enjoyment.
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