The writer thoroughly enjoyed Ron Howard’s new motorsports epic, Rush. The cinematography, script, acting and soundtrack by Hans Zimmer were outstanding. It really does rank right up there with LeMans and Grand Prix as my favorite motorsports movies. I’m sure the flick will rack up a collection of Oscars for a number of folks involved with the project.
My only disappointment was the diss of the 1976 inaugural Long Beach Grand Prix, where Lauda placed second and Hunt crashed on lap three.
To be fair, no movie can capture every moment, but I would have thought a brief mention of the six points Lauda scored for his podium finish in what is arguably one of the most successful F1 events ever held in the United States was worth a few seconds on the big screen.
Maybe I noticed the absence because I was involved with the Long Beach Grand Prix for more than sixteen years beginning in 1975 and met Lauda in the Deadline Press Room, while attending to a variety of media and promotional capacities that year,
For the record, here are the results for the 1976 Long Beach Grand Prix, courtesy of Wikipedia: