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Shannons Legends of Motorsport

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Genre  Motor racing program
Original language(s)  English
No. of episodes  24
Final episode date  12 December 2015
Presented by  Bill Woods
Networks  Seven Network, 7mate
Country of origin  Australia
No. of seasons  2
First episode date  19 July 2014
Number of seasons  2
Cast  Bill Woods
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Starring  Aaron Noonan Mark Oastler
Similar  Classic Restos, V8Xtra, Seven Sport, SportsFan Clubhouse

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Shannons Legends of Motorsport was an Australian motor racing television series that aired on 7mate. First aired in 2014, each episode featured a particular topic from the history of Australian motor racing, with a focus on touring cars. The show included a mix of interviews, analysis and historical footage.

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The 'Shannons' in the show's title refers to Shannons Insurance who have a sponsorship arrangement with the show. This was the second motor racing television show aligned with Shannons, following the Shannons Supercar Showdown which aired from 2011 to 2013.

History

The show was launched in July 2014 to complement the Seven Network (parent network of 7mate)'s coverage of V8 Supercars. It aired on Saturdays, but only on weekends that did not coincide with a championship event of the 2014 V8 Supercars season. Hosted by commentator and former driver Neil Crompton, who was also the executive producer, the show used the Seven Network's historical motor racing footage, with the network having held the broadcast rights for touring car racing in Australia, including the Australian Touring Car Championship and Bathurst 1000, in various stages from 1963 to 1996. Season 1 episodes included features on iconic drivers, teams and eras of Australian motor racing.

In late 2014, Crompton left the Seven Network to follow the V8 Supercars broadcast rights to Foxtel and Network Ten. Following this, journalist Bill Woods replaced Crompton as host for Season 2 in 2015. From 1997 to 2006, Woods had hosted RPM, a motor racing program on Ten, and has also written a book on the legends of Australian motor racing. Aaron Noonan also took on a greater role as co-host of the show for the new season. Season 2 covered a wider range of topics than Season 1, including documentary presentations of three Bathurst 1000s. It also featured an episode detailing the history of the Seven Network's motor racing broadcasts, including the invention of RaceCam. Episodes were later repeated on 7mate in an early morning timeslot.

Production

Each episode, produced by Crompton's production company AirTime Media, was recorded in front of a studio audience and featured one or more motor racing figures in conversation with the host. This was intertwined with historical footage and highlights, as well as pre-recorded comments about the episode's theme from former drivers and team owners. The exceptions to this were the episodes which featured a Bathurst 1000 race, which featured no studio guests and only pre-recorded interviews to narrate and accompany extended race highlights. As well as the host, there were also two other on-screen contributors to the show; Aaron Noonan, who researched and introduced video clips from the Seven Network vault, and Mark Oastler, who discussed historic racing cars situated in the studio. Oastler only appeared in selected episodes in Season 2.

In Season 1, each episode was filmed at one of three Australian locations, in front of a range of cars relevant to the theme of the episode. These three locations were the National Motor Racing Museum in Bathurst, New South Wales, Bowden's Own Car Collection in Buderim, Sunshine Coast, Queensland and the Shannons National Auction Centre in Cheltenham, Melbourne, Victoria. For Season 2, only the Bowden's Own Car Collection was retained as a filming location, with a Seven Network studio in Melbourne becoming another location. The studio featured a video screen background instead of the historic cars seen in other filming locations.

Hosts

  • Neil Crompton – 2014
  • Bill Woods – 2015
  • Co-host

  • Aaron Noonan – 2014-15
  • Reporter

  • Mark Oastler – 2014-15
  • Season 2 (2015)

    Notes
  • ^1 – 'The Originals' episode featured five drivers from the early stages of Australian touring car racing; Norm Beechey, Harry Firth, Ian Geoghegan, Leo Geoghegan and Bob Jane.
  • Recognition

    Shannons Legends of Motorsport received awards from both the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport and the V8 Media Association in 2014.

    Home video

    The twelve episodes of Season 1 were released in a DVD box set by Chevron Marketing Services in August 2015. Season 2 was released in a box set in July 2016.

    References

    Shannons Legends of Motorsport Wikipedia


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