Ron Howard and #Rush speed past the 1976 #LBGP #F1 with disappointing diss

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:

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 80 1:53:18.471 1 9
2 1 Austria Niki Lauda Ferrari 80 + 42.414 s 4 6
3 4 France Patrick Depailler TyrrellFord 80 + 49.972 s 2 4
4 26 France Jacques Laffite LigierMatra 80 + 1:12.828 12 3
5 12 West Germany Jochen Mass McLarenFord 80 + 1:22.292 14 2
6 30 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi FittipaldiFord 79 + 1 Lap 16 1
7 17 France Jean-Pierre Jarier ShadowFord 79 + 1 Lap 7
8 22 New Zealand Chris Amon EnsignFord 78 +2 Laps 17
9 8 Brazil Carlos Pace BrabhamAlfa Romeo 77 + 3 Laps 13
10 10 Sweden Ronnie Peterson MarchFord 77 + 3 Laps 6
NC 19 Australia Alan Jones SurteesFord 70 + 10 Laps 19
NC 28 United Kingdom John Watson PenskeFord 69 + 11 Laps 9
Ret 3 South Africa Jody Scheckter TyrrellFord 34 Suspension 11
Ret 16 United Kingdom Tom Pryce ShadowFord 32 Halfshaft 5
Ret 27 United States Mario Andretti ParnelliFord 15 Water Leak 15
Ret 11 United Kingdom James Hunt McLarenFord 3 Accident 3
Ret 34 West Germany Hans Joachim Stuck MarchFord 2 Accident 18
Ret 9 Italy Vittorio Brambilla MarchFord 0 Collision 20
Ret 7 Argentina Carlos Reutemann BrabhamAlfa Romeo 0 Collision 10
Ret 6 Sweden Gunnar Nilsson LotusFord 0 Suspension 8
DNQ 21 France Michel Leclère Wolf-WilliamsFord 0
DNQ 31 Brazil Ingo Hoffmann FittipaldiFord 0
DNQ 35 Italy Arturo Merzario MarchFord 0
DNQ 5 United Kingdom Bob Evans LotusFord 0
DNQ 20 Belgium Jacky Ickx Wolf-WilliamsFord 0
DNQ 24 Austria Harald Ertl HeskethFord 0
DNQ 18 United States Brett Lunger SurteesFord 0
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