Throwback Thursday – Niki Lauda

Niki Lauda - The GBY

On 20 May 2019, Niki Lauda died in his sleep, aged 70, at the University Hospital of Zürich, where he had been undergoing dialysis treatment for kidney problems, following a period of ill health. A statement issued on behalf of his family reported that he had died peacefully, surrounded by family members. [Wikipedia]

Serious and driven Niki Lauda’s career and his rivalry with British rock star like driver James Hunt is depicted in the fast-paced film, Rush.  It also dramatized his accident and heroic recovery in 6 short weeks to race again.  A three-time F1 World Drivers’ Champion, Lauda is the only driver to be champion for both Ferrari and McLaren.  Lauda is portrayed by German actor Daniel Brühl and Australian Chris Hemsworth (Bad Times at the El Royale) plays Hunt.  This film premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.   Watch the TIFF Talks with director Ron Howard.

Rush Trailer


I can’t get enough of Paul Newman so I thought I should mention Winning, a 1969 film starring Newman, Joanne Woodward, Robert Wagner and Richard Thomas.  You should watch it for no other reason than they are all young and beautiful.

Frank Capua is a rising star on the race circuit who dreams of winning the big one–the Indianapolis 500. But to get there he runs the risk of losing his wife Elora to his rival, Luther Erding, and strains the relationship with his stepson. IMDB

Winning Trailer


Newman’s love of racing in his real life is revealed in the documentary Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman, co-directed by Nate Adams and Adam Carolla.  It is discussed in the film that Newman tried to get Tom Cruise interested in racing, but he didn’t quite have the talent of Newman.  His interest was piqued so in 1990 he made ….

Days of Thunder.  It is Cruise’s first film with Nicole Kidman.   It also starred Robert Duvall (Widows) and Cary Elwes, directed by Tony Scott and written by Robert Towne.

A young hot-shot stock car driver gets his chance to compete at the top level. IMDB

Days of Thunder Trailer

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