RUSH Results

October 18, 2013 Comments (0)

We have refrained from comment about the movie RUSH until everyone has had an opportunity to see it. We haven’t seen the movie yet but the general consensus appears to be very favorable.

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Specifically, it is considered a good story and entertaining. As one might expect, some of the more critical comments came from people who have either raced or are very familiar with the racing environment. They criticized the actual racing scenes as being less accurate than expected. It also bothered some that the only other racing name mentioned in the movie was Mario Andretti’s. Several mentioned that the best racing scenes were the final ones which used actual footage of Hunt and Lauda racing. But nobody felt the movie wasn’t worthwhile.

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A reminder to all that for a refreshing take on this epic battle, we recommend Hunt vs. Lauda the David Bull Publishing book that dwells on the racing and the rivalry.

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Regular readers will remember an article we published last September by vintage racer Kevin Fitzgerald. Kevin is the proprietor of the Jacob Wirth Tavern in Boston. He suffered horrific burns in a highway accident on the way home from work. He wrote an excellent cautionary piece about what happened to him and what we should do if ever we are faced with a similar situation. If you didn’t read it last year, we recommend you read it this time and copy it for family members who also drive.

This is Kevin’s take on the movie and how New England area enthusiasts can take part in a worthwhile event to help future burn victims:

Last night I saw the movie "RUSH" with a friend. I could not get any of my family to go. Now I am glad they did not. I didn't have a problem watching Niki Lauda burning in the Ferrari. I did not get squeamish at the hospital scenes. I did relate greatly to watching Niki's wife suffer through this, because I got to see what it was like for my own wife.

Having been burned, it is not relevant how you were burned or where and how much. The damage both hidden and apparent is huge. It is well portrayed.

I am thrilled to say the changes in technology for burn patients are huge. Which is in part why I am writing. I recommend "RUSH" it is an excellent film. I would also ask that anyone in the New England area that can make a fund raising event on November 7, 2013 for the Fraser Burn Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, attend the event being held at Jacob Wirth restaurant. Attached is the open invitation. Whether your burns happen on the track like Lauda's or driving home from work like mine, there is a great need for this facility to be there for you.
Thanks, Kevin

No. Thank you, Kevin.

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