Void of today's circus antics of fuel, tyre and driver bureaucracies, historic racing is always about speed, tactics and performance of the car. There is overtaking a plenty, there is room for error and there is total professionalism, perhaps because these cars are privately owned and cost a small fortune.
As Bahrain's protests rumble on year after year, and as the authorities continue cracking down on street protests with mass tear-gassings and violent arrests, the F1 bubble-world seems never more vulnerable to bursting than when it's about to be staged in Manama.
When Ron Howard heard the story of the intense Formula One rivalry between two very different men - British champagne-swilling
The trouble with watching a biopic based on events you have witnessed first-hand is that one's brain is subconsciously pre-programmed to take a jaundiced view of what is dished up for your delectation on the silver screen...
Twice in the last week, I have watched Rush the new film about Niki Lauda and James Hunt. James was the first 'celebrity' I ever met. As a schoolboy in the 1970s, not only did I meet him - but he drove me in his car!
Rush follows the tense rivalry between Formula One drivers James Hunt and the Austrian Nikki Lauda from the beginning of their careers and over the course of one formidable race season in 1976 that saw Lauda involved in a near-fatal crash.
It's the final event of the season, and the World Championship title can only belong to one man. The problem is, there are
Flares and wide collars, a cartoon rivalry between two very different but equally passionate men, and a world title to be
Hunt was world champion in 1976 Hunt is the co-subject (with triple champion Niki Lauda) of Academy Award-winning director
Rush, directed by Ron Howard who has described himself as a huge motorsport fan, details the events that transpired during the 1976 German Grand Prix which nearly ended reigning world champion Niki Lauda's life. The film was often talked about, but the first official trailer recently got released.