There have been a lot of movies based around the theme of motor racing from the sublime to the ridiculous.
The cute ‘Herbie’ movies
The comedies such as ‘Talladega Nights’
The Cartoons such as ‘Cars’ and most recently ‘Turbo’ which is defined as “A misfit snail with a need for speed strives to earn a slot in the Indy 500 in this adrenaline-charged adventure for the entire family”.
There are the stupid ones; Sylvester Stallone in ‘Driven’ – it produced laughter in a 1000 places that were meant to be serious.
There are the typically gung-ho American heroes in ‘Days of Thunder’.
Good grief there is even Elvis racing in the Las Vegas Grand Prix in ‘Viva Las Vegas’ and he also starred in ‘Spin Out’
The more serious ones include ‘Grand Prix’ in 1966, the magnificent ‘Le Mans’ in 1971 and ‘The World’s Fastest Indian’ (if you consider bikes) from 2005.
Now film director Ron Howard has produced ‘Rush’ – a film about the 1976 formula 1 championship and the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda.
It has measured, articulate and witty dialogue and is very close to being historically accurate.
Our very own David Campbell and I have seen a preview of the movie and David Joins me now to talk about it.