The story has been overdramatised for effect; it’s fairly well known that Hunt and Lauda were on reasonably good terms as far as F1 adversaries go.
However, Hollywood has never let facts like this get in the way of a good story, and what results is a rather entertaining film.
The picture is both exciting and aesthetically pleasing – the ideal re-watch when any grand prix gets cancelled.
To be fair, Lauda did say Rush was “80 per cent right”, so who’s going to argue with a three-time world champion?
Uppity: The Willy T Ribbs Story
Uppity tells the story of Willy T Ribbs, the first black driver to qualify for the Indianapolis 500.
Fighting against deeply-ingrained racism in America and particularly the NASCAR scene, Ribbs fought his way up to the highest echelons of motorsport.
Apart from Ribbs being a highly engaging and charismatic racer, the story of this film is about one black man’s fight against the racism ingrained in a whole sporting culture.
Despite death-threats, less-than-welcoming colleagues and his cars even being sabotaged by his own team, Ribbs managed to forge a successful career in the US.
The film is propelled along by contemporary interviews with Ribbs, the San Jose-native leaning in to whisper at key moments and add dramatic effect to what is an already great story.
Other contributions from key figures – such as Bernie Ecclestone, who handed Ribbs a Brabham test opportunity, illustrate what a unique journey Ribbs’ was.
With a compelling narrative and plenty of archive footage, the film strikes a more upbeat tone than many of the more wistful documentaries on similar subjects.
Ribbs was a true trailblazer, making Uppity certainly worth the watch.
The 24 Hour War
Motorsport fans were recently treated to a dramatic portrayal of Ford taking on Ferrari at Le Sarthe with Le Mans 66.