Wheelbase (TV series)

Wheelbase (TV series)

Infobox television
show_name = Wheelbase


caption = Wheelbase Title Screen
format = Motoring and Motorsport
picture_format = PAL
runtime = ?
presenter = Gordon Wilkins
Cliff Michelmore
country = UK
network = BBC2
first_aired = 1964
last_aired = 1975
num_episodes = 207
producer = ?
followed_by = Top Gear

"Wheelbase" was a BBC television series about cars broadcast on BBC2 between 1964 and 1975. [ [http://open.bbc.co.uk/catalogue/infax/series/WHEELBASE BBC Programme Catalogue: Wheelbase] ] Amongst its presenters were Gordon Wilkins between 1964 and 1973 [cite news | title = Gordon Wilkins Obituary | url = http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/obituaries/article1790034.ece | work = The Times | publisher = News Corporation | date = 2007-05-15 | accessdate = 2008-01-06 | archiveurl = http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.timesonline.co.uk%2Ftol%2Fcomment%2Fobituaries%2Farticle1790034.ece&date=2008-01-06 | archivedate = 2008-01-06 ] and Cliff Michelmore [cite web |url=http://www.tvradiobits.co.uk/tellyyears/september1972.htm |title= Telly Years: September 1972 |accessdate=2008-01-06 |author=Williams, Robert |work= TV & Radio Bits |archiveurl=http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tvradiobits.co.uk%2Ftellyyears%2Fseptember1972.htm&date=2008-01-06 |archivedate= 2008-01-06 | quote = Wheelbase presenter Cliff Michelmore's own driving skills were put to the test at Brands Hatch] . The show was the predecessor of Top Gear. [cite web |url=http://www.tvradiobits.co.uk/tellyyears/october1964.htm |title= Telly Years: October 1964 |accessdate=2008-01-06 |author=Williams, Robert |work= TV & Radio Bits |archiveurl=http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tvradiobits.co.uk%2Ftellyyears%2Foctober1964.htm&date=2008-01-06 |archivedate= 2008-01-06] Wheelbase was amongst the first programmes in the UK to be shown in colour during BBC2's "colour launching period". [cite web |url=http://www.tvhistory.btinternet.co.uk/html/colour_launch.html |title= BBC2 Colour Launching Programmes |accessdate=2008-01-06 |author=Mathias PT |work= British TV History |archiveurl=http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tvhistory.btinternet.co.uk%2Fhtml%2Fcolour_launch.html&date=2008-01-06 |archivedate= 2008-01-06]

"Wheelbase"'s coverage of Formula One motor racing in the late 1960's was repeated during 2007 on UK satellite channel ESPN Classic. The programmes were transmitted largely as originally broadcast, but with occasional captions to put period commentary into context.

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