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“We had this amazing tent filled with crazy boffins and half of them were trying to make cars that were 30 years old run as race cars and half were trying to put cameras on these cars. It was a potential recipe for major disaster.”
“Every morning there was a fresh supply of females,” chuckles Alastair Caldwell, Hunt’s team manager during the ’76 season.”
With both drivers having their own ups and downs through the course of the season, it's best to brush up on the events to better appreciate the accuracy Rush has to offer. F1 purists will be impressed, and it will make non-racing fans appreciate the sport.
Novelist Edward Docx was four when his dad took him to see James Hunt and Niki Lauda race at Brands Hatch, a battle celebrated in the new film Rush. He remembers a hot July that taught him about cars, masculinity and the thrill of going very fast.
The 1976 Formula 1 championship rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda has been making headlines once again with the release of blockbuster film Rush, which is based on the season. Reporter James Preston talks to Hunt's former team manager at McLaren and Maidenhead resident, Alastair Caldwell, about consulting on the film and making his mark on history.
THE Formula One racing guru behind James Hunt’s legendary 1976 world championship title joined film stars on the red carpet for the premier of RUSH last week.
If history is any sort of guide, then making a motor racing film is a perilous task. The pitfalls are many and considerable, perhaps even obvious, but no less hard to avoid for that.
Ace British funny man Stephen Mangan plays McClaren boss Alastair Caldwell in Ron Howard's racing drama Rush.
We had Lauda,” explains Ron Howard. “And there were other drivers who read the script and Alastair Caldwell [McLaren's Team Manager in 1976] was a technical advisor and there were a couple of journalists to give us that perspective as well.
Howard screened the film at the Nuremberg track – the site of the German Grand Prix and Lauda’s crash — for past and present F1 drivers. He also consulted with Alastair Caldwell, a fixture on set and the McLaren Team Manager during the ’76 season to ensure the racing aspects were accurate.