Car movie of the day: ‘Rush’

A Formula One rivalry hits the silver screen

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Rush is a 2013 biopic that focuses on the rivalry between Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

The rivalry between Hunt — known for being brash and cocky — and Lauda — a cool, calculating person — began in 1970 at a Formula 3 race at the Crystal Palace circuit in London. Both drivers spin out, but Hunt emerges on top.

Rush is about a yearslong competition between two Formula One drivers. | Universal Pictures

Rush is about a yearslong competition between two Formula One drivers. | Universal Pictures

But its Lauda who starts to win more as the film goes on, until he is terribly injured in a crash on the Nürburgrning Nordschleife. In Lauda’s absence, Hunt begins to climb the standings.

The pair square off in a few more races and, in 1976, Hunt wins the Formula One championship.

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