Key scenes in acclaimed Ron Howard film ‘Rush’ were filmed at Cadwell Park near Louth, it has been announced.
The blockbuster, which focuses on the famous rivalry between 70s F1 legends James Hunt and Niki Lauda, has been drawing glowing reviews for the recreation of the period setting and the intensity of the racing scenes.
And a key early scene was filmed at the Lincolnshire circuit.
Cadwell Park substituted for Crystal Palace, where the two drivers compete together for the first time.
Cadwell Park’s owners, MSV, had a number of their tracks used in the film.
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.
Keen 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.”
The 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.