I Need Every Retro Formula One Race to Have Modern Graphics

If you’re like me and spend too much of your free time delving into the historical annals of Formula One races, you’ve probably realized how tough they can be to watch. Sometimes ambient race car noises and good battles are all you need—but how are you supposed to know who’s down a lap, which passes are for position?


Matt Amys on YouTube has had those same thoughts. The only difference is, he has the skills to impose modern F1 graphics on some of the most iconic moments of the sport’s history to show us how different the watching experience can be.

It’s an incredibly smooth and well-done video. The graphics feel so seamless that you almost don’t notice them—which is pretty damn neat.


A few folks—myself included—have noticed how confusing the three-letter driver tags are! I admit that 80s and 90s F1 is not my specialty (I am here for everything pre-1979), but I had one heck of a time trying to figure out who was who on the sidebar. You gotta wonder if new race fans today feel the same way looking at the current driver tags—or if we’re just so entrenched in the sport and hear all the drivers’ names so much that it’s easier to figure out who VAN is after a handful of races as opposed to a thirty second clip.

Either way, it’s pretty damn neat. F1 should hire this man to do this for all their old footage—I know I’d be down to watch.

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“...(S)how us how different the watching experience can be.”

As a certified ROF (Retired Old Fart), I should be screaming at you young folks to get off my lawn and telling you how things were better in “The Good Old Days.” Instead, I will break character and tell you the biggest difference between watching F1 today and in the period shortly after the Big Flood. The biggest difference is that for many years, there was very little chance to watch F1.

The first race I saw on TV was the 1961 US GP. IIRC, it was shown on Wide World of Sports on the Saturday after the race. Innes Ireland won his only GP victory over drivers like Graham Hill, Jim Clark, Jack Brabham, John Surtees and mere mortals (that is non-champions) including Dan Gurney, Bruce McLaren, Stirling Moss, and some slacker named Roger Penske.

Watching this one race was one of the things that got me interested in motor racing. Maybe videos like these can inspire some of today’s young folks to be the future fans of F1, etc.

If you like to watch F1, the Good Old Days are now.