Our top 20 motor movie recommendations for your lockdown Bank Holiday

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As we approach another lockdown Bank Holiday, our Enthusiast and Prestige teams have shared their Top 20 Motor Movie recommendations to give you some new TV watching inspiration. What's your lockdown motoring movie recommendation?


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1. Senna (2010)

Nominated by Alex Lewis (Assistant Underwriter), Jim Neild (Regional Trading Underwriter North), Sam Prever (Regional Trading Underwriter South)

Needs no intro. A Documentary Film on arguably the most famous motor racing driver of all time!


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2. Ford vs. Ferrari (2019)

Nominated by Adrian Moody (Enthusiast Product Manager), Alex Lewis (Assistant Underwriter), Sam Prever (Regional Trading Underwriter South)

Modern day film of the classic Le Mans battle of 1966. Stunning cars too.


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3. Baby Driver (2017)

Nominated by Alex Lewis (Assistant Underwriter), Andy Halsey (Underwriter)

Great soundtrack


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4. Vanishing Point (1971)

Nominated by Andrew Bissett (Underwriter)

It’s the story of a disaffected ex-cop and race driver who is delivering a souped-up car (Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Magnum) cross country to California, being chased by police and meeting various characters along the way. Did you know it is also the inspiration behind the 1997 Primal Scream album of the same name which included the top 10 hit ‘Kowalski’, the main characters name.


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5. Heat (1995)

Nominated by Andy Halsey (Underwriter)

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6. Herbie; Love Bug (1968), Herbie Rides Again (1974), Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977), Herbie Goes Bananas (1980), Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005)

Nominated by Alice White (Underwriter)

The loveable Disney’s classic, “Herbie the Love bug” Volkswagen Beetle takes on adventures including being a strong contender in racing competitions. He has a mind of his own and can drive himself. What’s not to love?


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7. American Graffiti (1973)

Nominated by Andy Halsey (Underwriter)

Packed with 50s and 60s classics


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8. Le Mans (1971)

Nominated by Alex Lewis (Assistant Underwriter), Sam Prever (Regional Trading Underwriter South), Jim Neild (Regional Trading Underwriter North), Annie Ward (Prestige Product Manager)

Disaster to make, no script, several Directors sacked, has actual footage of the prior year’s race, awful crashes on set, wildly over budget, brilliant film and Steve McQueen is in it!


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9. The Italian Job (1969)

Nominated by Alex Lewis (Assistant Underwriter), Sam Prever (Regional Trading Underwriter South), Alan Bradbury (Senior Underwriter)

… (the original, of course!). An absolute classic - and who doesn’t like Michael Caine! (Sam Prever (Regional Trading Underwriter South)

My first car was a classic Mini and only because of this film. The cars were the stars and despite the remake in 2003, the original film is still the favourite of many car enthusiasts to this day. (Alan Bradbury (Senior Underwriter)


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10. The Fast & The Furious; The Fast and the Furious (2001), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), Fast & Furious (2009), Fast Five (2011), Fast & Furious 6 (2013), Furious 7 (2015), The Fate of the Furious (2017)

Nominated by Alex Lewis (Assistant Underwriter), Sam Prever (Regional Trading Underwriter South)

I challenge you to name another motor movie franchise that has 8 films, with another 2 rumoured/planned!


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11. Cars; Cars 1 (2006), Cars 2 (2011), Car 3 (2017)

Nominated by Stuart Rose (Assistant Underwriter)

The best animated film there is…


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12. Days of thunder (1990)

Nominated by Stuart Rose (Assistant Underwriter)

If you like a bit of cheese…


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13. Gone in sixty seconds (2000)

Nominated by Alex Lewis (Assistant Underwriter), Sam Prever (Regional Trading Underwriter South)

Who doesn’t want an ‘Eleanor’ in their life?!


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14. Rush (2013)

Nominated by Alex Lewis (Assistant Underwriter), Sam Prever (Regional Trading Underwriter South)

Film centred around the rivalry of between two Formula One drivers, James Hunt and Niki Lauda, during the 1976 F1 season. Another classic rivalry.


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15. Talladega Nights (2006)

Nominated by Sam Prever (Regional Trading Underwriter South)

For all the Nascar fans out there – and who doesn’t like Will Ferrell?!


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16. Bullitt (1968)

Nominated by Alex Lewis (Assistant Underwriter), Sam Prever (Regional Trading Underwriter South), Jim Neild (Regional Trading Underwriter North)

Another Steve McQueen film. This time focusing on a 1968 Mustang Fastback, which was then was sold at auction for a record price of $3.4M!


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17. French Connection (1971)

Nominated by Jim Neild (Regional Trading Underwriter North)


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18. The Driver (1978)

Nominated by Jim Neild (Regional Trading Underwriter North)

Best car chase!


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19. Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

Nominated by Alex Lewis (Assistant Underwriter)


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20. Drive (2011)

Nominated by Jeni Holdcroft-Young (Bespoke Marketing Manager)

Ryan Gosling… enough said



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