This was probably the coolest event I’ve ever attended- for many reasons. A few I’ll save for photos, but the primary being it was a private, early showing of a movie I had been hyped for since the rumors of Ron Howard doing a Formula 1 film with a very historically accurate time line and especially so once I had heard Niki Lauda had contributed personal stories and memories to the script. When I found out Hans Zimmer was doing the musical score (if you don’t know who he is, and you like the movie Black Hawk Down- you love him and you never knew it), that was the icing on the sundae.

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I had the pleasure of attending the pre-showing party at a motorsport garage in Danbury, CT.  The hosting venue was very well supplied with delicious food, and many motorsport enthusiasts there were excited as I was to see the film. Entering the facility past a closed gate you were greeted with one of the most breath-takingly awesome sights:

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Yeah. That Mclaren. I believe this was a spare/press car privately owned and raced in a historic F1 series that offered it to the venue as a showpiece. After a few minutes of oogling setting foot into the venue left no shortage of equally impressive masterpieces.

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The venue itself owned a race team and on a turnstile had their previous season’s most successful vehicle from the team, complete with marbles still stuck to a majority of the outside panels of the car.

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Sitting up front was one of Jacques Villeneueve’s Indy 500 cars, I believe a spare or press car in all it’s glory, with a Lola of some kind, and a Mclaren M2b(?) or some sort of 50’s/60’s era Mclaren F1 car. Space was tight and I was a little limited with my 50mm on my M3 in ability to take photos.

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In the back where they did the majority of the work on their cars was something truly awesome, and surprised me the first time I saw it- thinking it was Ayrton Senna’s 98t but was in fact “only” Mario Andretti’s F1 JPS Lotus from the late 70’s.

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Oh, speaking of Senna- did I mention they had one of his Mclaren era race suits framed in the back? Yeah. Nearly shit myself. Naturally, going through my old photos I noticed I had in fact ran out of light and space to take a photo of it with my Leica, and ended up taking a photo of it with my phone- buried on instagram here. Following a brief party here, we all moved out to the movie theater and sat down for a pre-movie talk from someone who had met Niki Lauda and had a personal (no pun intended) steering wheel that Niki had given to him following a race- and then followed one of the greatest modern motorsport movies of all time.

If you haven’t seen Rush yet, you’re doing yourself a dis-service. Fix that. 😀

 

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