Growing Up Poor: Britain’s Breadline Kids
Three articulate and engaging kids tell their own stories and wryly observe the impact poverty and homelessness is having on their families, including their parents’ mental health.
With exclusive access to Jaguar, this fascinating one-off documents key elements of the engineering challenge to resurrect one of the nine legendary XKSS super cars that were incinerated in 1957.
Following the story of the first XKSS resurrection the film focuses on key stages of the construction process as a small team of 21st Century automotive artisans and world-class engineers hand build one of the world’s first supercars, from scratch.
The films offer classic car enthusiasts a unique and exclusive opportunity to go behind the scenes at Jaguar’s new Classic Works and some of the private workshops supporting the project, for example the race engine manufacturer and the specialist paint shop.
It explores the meticulous manufacturing entailed in restoring a 1950s super car, nearly 60 years after it was engulfed in a factory fire.
Specifically, master metalworkers who hand craft the stunning new body shell from sheet metal and the new race engine remanufactured from the crank up. The chassis frames undergo bronze welding and the windscreen is created in a giant pressure cooker.
Automotive alchemy create the super car’s chrome bling and a military grade, foam filled fuel tank is a surprising, F1-inspired finishing touch.
This is a true engineering adventure and a world first. Today they are amongst the most sought after cars in the world, the originals pricing at around £15 million apiece.
A Jungle TV production for Channel 4
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