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Cadwell Park stars in blockbuster movie Rush

Thursday, September 05 2013

This month's much-anticipated blockbuster movie Rush features a number of scenes that were filmed at Lincolnshire's Cadwell Park circuit.

Directed by Oscar-winner Ron Howard, Rush has reunited him with screenwriter Peter Morgan, following on from their collaboration on the critically-acclaimed feature Frost/Nixon. Like the earlier production, Rush focuses on two main characters, this time the rivalry between Formula 1 racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the epic 1976 season.

Cadwell Park substituted for Crystal Palace where the two drivers compete together for the first time, the circuit proving to be crucial for an independent film project recreating a now-defunct venue. MSV's Snetterton fulfilled a similar role, doubling as Japan's Fuji raceway, whilst Brands Hatch, which staged a controversial 1976 British Grand Prix that was won by Hunt on the road, also features heavily.

Rush Cadwell 1Keen fans of Cadwell Park will recognise their favourite circuit, which provides the backdrop for stunning F3 race footage in a key scene of the movie.

Early rave reviews for the film suggest that it will be a hit with cinema-goers and unlike many previous attempts at live action motor racing films, is likely to transcend its genre into a mainstream audience.

Jon Rush, Circuit Manager for Cadwell Park said: "That Ron Howard and his team were able to use Cadwell Park to create a thrilling sequence in the movie is very exciting for everyone here. We're proud to have played a part in a landmark film for the sport."

Rush Cadwell 2The trailer for Rush, and further information on the film, which is on general release on Friday 13 September, can be viewed by visiting www.rushmovie.com

Filming images from @RealRonHoward on Twitter