Ten copies of C’etait un Rendezvous in HD to be won


C'etait un RendezvousF1 Fanatic has ten copies of the classic motoring film C’etait un Rendezvous to be won.

The famous footage of an unidentified driver in an unidentified car racing through the streets of Paris was banned shortly after its original release in 1976.

Almost 40 years later much about the enigmatic nine-minute sequence remains a mystery. How was it filmed? Was a Ferrari 275 GTB really used for the filming? And who was the driver?

Various contemporary Formula One names were suggested as the pilot. But the director, French racing fanatic Claude Lelouch, has never revealed who it was or confirmed claims it was him behind the wheel.

Now the film has been remastered and re-released in high definition for the first time.

To win a copy for yourself, simply answer the following question and send it in using the form below including your name, email address and postal address.

Who won the Formula One world championship in 1976?

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And in case you don’t win, F1 Fanatic readers can save ??5 when they purchase C’etait un Rendezvous from Spirit Level Film. Enter the code ‘f1fanatic’ at the checkout to receive the discount.

Competition terms and conditions
1. Maximum one entry per household.
2. The competition is not open to employees, friends or family of F1 Fanatic or Spirit Level Films.
3. In the event of a dispute the editor?s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
4. No cash alternative is offered for any of the prizes.
5. Deadline for entries is midnight GMT on 30th January 2013. Winners will be notified by email.

9 comments on “Ten copies of C’etait un Rendezvous in HD to be won”

  1. I believe it transpired a couple of years ago that the car used was a Merc 450SEL with a Ferrari 275 engine noise dubbed over the top, with the director himself driving. There are certainly parts of the film where the engine noise doesn’t quite match the engine of the car. it’s a shame but it’s still a good watch and he still reached speeds of 80ish mph in e Parisian streets.

    1. Indeed it was a first S Class series MB, and it was overdubbed by a Ferrari sound. According to recent claims by Claude Lelouch, he was driving his own Mercedes in the film, and later dubbed over the sound of a Ferrari 275GTB to give the impression of much higher speeds.

    2. I read that too, but really I sort of like this things with the mystery still being around it. The intrigue of what the car was, who was driving it, who’s the dame he meets etc. It just adds to the mystique of the film and sometimes I think not knowing just makes it a little bit more … i dont know the word to use… “Legendary” perhaps.

    3. He used his own Mercedes 450SEL 6.9 due to its’ self-leveling hydropneumatic suspension in order to keep the camera level. You see the benefits especially over the cobbled streets section.

      It’s ironic really. I loved this film when I first saw it. Especially the mystery about it. YouTube gave me the chance to see it a long time ago. Now due to copyright it’s been removed. However, the internet has also allowed more of the truth to come out and that has taken the mystery away as we learn more about the film.

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