The International Motor Racing Research Center (IMRRC) in Watkins Glen, NY will host a special screening of the Ron Howard Formula 1 film, "Rush," on October 19 at the Glen Theater in downtown Watkins Glen, according to a press release from the IMRRC on Friday. Beginning at 7 p.m., historian Bill Green and motorsports journalist Rick Hughey, who were both present at the 1976 U.S. Grand Prix depicted in the film, will talk about their memories of that race and season.
Motorsports journalist Rick Hughey was a member of the Tyrrell Formula 1 team, and Bill Green is the historian of the Watkins Glen track and the International Motor Racing Research Center. He was present at the 1976 race as a spectator.
“Even if you've already seen ‘Rush,’ it's worth seeing again, especially with the introduction by Bill Green and Rick Hughey,” IMRRC President J.C. Argetsinger said. “The U.S. Grand Prix brought some exciting and memorable competition to Watkins Glen, and this movie brings it all back again.”
Hughey and Green will share their memories and insights of the rivalry between Hunt and Lauda and their recollections of that weekend. The IMRRC notes, "'Rush' is the talk of racing fans worldwide." The film will be showing at the historic Glen Theater during the week of Oct. 18-24, a little over 37 years after the actual 1976 race was held up on the hill.
Watkins Glen is mentioned directly in "Rush," where it is used to highlight the danger of Formula 1 during that period in the sport's history. Formula 1 driver Francois Cevert, of the Tyrrell team that Rick Hughey worked with, died at the esses section of the track during the 1973 Grand Prix weekend; another F1 racer, Helmuth Koinigg of team Surtees died the following year on the outer loop.
"Rush" is directed by Ron Howard and stars Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt and Daniel Bruhl as Niki Lauda. The film is now playing nationwide.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Connie Ann Kirk is the author of several books and is also a motorsports enthusiast, especially Formula 1 and historic/vintage motor racing. Currently, she is researching a book about racers and racing with Irish historic racer, John Monson, M.D. of Rochester, NY. Check out her blog about the sport, Motor Sport Muse.