Formula 1 fans got an early Rush

When the Oscar nominations are announced in the new year, don’t be surprised if Rush features heavily in plenty of categories. Superbly acted and directed, it is a wonderful film and deserves all the accolades it is receiving.

Rush is a biographical sports drama story directed by Ron Howard and written by Peter Morgan about the 1976 Formula One season and the rivalry between British driver James Hunt and Austrian Niki Lauda.

It stars Chris Hemsworth as Hunt and Daniel Brühl as Lauda. The film premiered in London two months ago, was shown at the recent Toronto International Film Festival, is entertaining movie watchers worldwide to massive acclaim and thanks to Danny Roach and Scot Kristal, organizers of the Formula 1 Fans in the Cayman Islands, got a special screening at the Camana Bay cinema last Friday.

Roach said: “Rush was very well received by the whole community, race fans and movie lovers alike. We sold 187 tickets and had 180 people viewing.

“Many who attended said that it was a much better and exciting film than they anticipated, even though the media reviews are very high, as were their expectations.”

Tickets were $25 and proceeds went to the Pines Retirement Home. After expenses were deducted, $3,300 was raised.

Many in the Camana Bay audience having been watching it again this week now it is being screened.

At the check hand-over this week was Corey Randolph, general manager of the Camana Bay cinema, Alex McClenaghan, manager at the West Indies Wine Company, where the after party was held, Robyn Banfield of Vanity Hair and Nail Salon, and Andreas “Zulu” Kettner, owner of Zulu’s Distributing.

Lynda Mitchell, director of the Pines Retirement Home received the check from Roach, owner of DARSCO, one of the sponsors.

Roach said: “The Camana Bay Cinema is a perfect venue for this sort of film and fundraiser and especially when supported by other Camana Bay businesses like the West Indies Wine Company, Automotive Art and Abacus and our community as a whole.

“The Formula 1 club intends to use this successful event as a template for more charitable fundraisers in the future.”

Wayne Kirkconnell of Automotive Art said: “Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the event and fell in love with the movie.

“I’m very happy also with our contribution to the Pines, and I’m glad to be a part of a great group, keep up the good work.”

For Red Bull fans it was a great weekend because Sebastian Vettel secured his fourth consecutive world title at the India Grand Prix on Sunday. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso finished a distant second with Kimi Raikkonen third for Lotus.

The India race was watched by Formula 1 club members at the Lone Star Bar and Grill on West Bar Road, as usual.

The next race is the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this Sunday, Nov. 3. Screening is from 9 a.m. and a minimum donation of $2 is asked for, but everyone is entered for a free raffle for some cool prizes.

Roach is a staunch Ferrari fan, but at least he had the good grace to say: “Red Bull Racing and Vettel deserve their championship win, as throughout the year they were dominant in their car’s chassis development and the Renault engine proved to be both powerful and very reliable.

“Remarkably, only their No.2 car, which is driven by Mark Webber, seemed to suffer any mechanical failures. A coincidence, I’m sure.”

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