I can't wait to see this film - it looks incredible. If anyone is a Twitter user then I can heartily recommend following the director @RealRonHoward as he often posts great behind the scenes photos and titbits during filming.
It looks very encouraging so far. The cars are all pukka apart from the Ferraris, which were built by British ex-F3 racer Rob Austin. They don't look too bad but it's a shame Bernie couldn't have let them use the real thing from his collection. Probably would have trebled the budget, though!
The bloke playing Lauda looks spooky. Hunt less so - a bit too 'action hero' for my taste. However he's a blooming good actor so we'll see.
I was taken aback by how much they made Blackbushe look like the start/finish at Fuji. It bodes well for us all - especially with Lauda so involved in the production.
They have been filming at Snetterton this week, went along to watch today. They were doing a bit of the 1976 Spanish GP at Coram curve. I don't know how they are going to add some sunshine because it was the usual Snett weather - cold, overcast and windy.
There were only replica F1s in action today but they had all the real stuff there yesterday and spectators weren't allowed in. Apparently one of the drivers downshifted on the pit straight by mistake and stuffed a £5 million Ferrari head first into the armco.
Hunt and Lauda exit Coram towards the bombhole (the circuit was being used in reverse).
I think this is supposed to represent a JS5 Ligier.
They should be filming at Cadwell Park next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
There is an article in this months Motorsport magazine (or is it in Octane?) About one of the firms who made the replicas. They started off with a brief to make the BRM for drive-by shots, then had to add interchangeable bodywork for the March and Ligier along with engineering it for full on standing starts. They were given 3 months!
PS: The Ligier bodywork was a compromise because the BRM wheelbase was a lot shorter, so the giant airbox looked ridiculous. They had to reduce it to make it look more in proportion with the rest of the car. I got the impression that the guys who built it were disappointed with the compromise.
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