Another Great Racing Movie in the Making
The 1966 "Grand Prix" movie remains a motorhead's favorite, with real racing scenes and cameos by many of the era's competitors. Got a Blu-Ray copy last year for a "boy's night in."
Ron Howard is producing "Rush" which chronicles the 1976 Formula 1 season-long battle between Austria's Niki Lauda and Britain's James Hunt. Lauda suffers a near fatal crash on the first lap at the Nürburgring.
During the first lap of the 1976 German Grand Prix, Niki Lauda's Ferrari 312B2 spun and hit an embankment off the side of the track. His helmet became dislodged form the impact, and the car fuel tank ruptured.
The car was then hit by another, and it caught fire. Niki Lauda escaped with his life thanks to the combined actions of fellow drivers Arturo Merzario, Guy Edwards, Brett Lunger and Harald Ertl rather than by the ill-equipped track marshals.
At the time, safety vehicles took about 10 minutes to reach the driver, since the accident occurred several miles along the circuit.
RECREATING THE INCIDENT
For the full story check my blog post here: http://goo.gl/upJ9v.
Out walking the dog and I happen across one of the most amazing scenes in Ron Howard's new movie; "Rush". Of course, I had my trusty pocket cam… don't know about you but I can't wait to see this movie. Anticipation!
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It was the last time a Formula 1 race was held at the 'Ring. The PistonHeads link includes pictures of the production.
Mike "FossilMedic" Ward
Update: If interested, the BBC Four documentary mentioned by Joseph Schmoe in the comments is excellent!