There are now so many mishap videos on the market that the gaudily-packaged likes of Havoc and Car Wars are no longer so obvious when stacked amongst tamer offerings.
First things first. We have no particular objection to such productions, so long as they are tastefully executed and honest. Unfortunately, Front Runner’s Car Warsseries has not always been entirely truthful when claiming that none of its celluloid victims are seriously injured. TV publicity for the tapes still features Johnny Herbert’s horrific Brands Hatch accident from 1988 to draw in the ghouls. True there are no injurious accidents in the fifth volume of the series (which retails at £10.99), but the commentary is so abject that it can only be watched safely with the volume set at zero. Or below zero, if your TV has such a facility. The script is terminally unfunny, and persistent misidentification of drivers and riders merely adds to the frustration. SA