Racing films are always exciting, whether you are preparing for Grand Prix week or in the mood for an adrenaline rush. They have always been a popular genre of film and have featured a variety of famous actors. Most recently, the franchise ‘The Fast and the Furious’ has been extremely well received, including all the action such as fast cars, police chases and action packed excitement. Here we have compiled a list of the top five popular racing films, to get you geared up for whatever Motorsport event you plan on attending!
5. Days of Thunder 1990
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman star in this auto racing film about Cole Trickle, a young man with a fiery temper who channels his energy into the fast paced world of NASCAR Driving. The film also featured cameos from real NASCAR drivers such as Rusty Wallace, Neil Bonnett and Harry Grant. The film also created a real life sponsorship deal between the soft drink Mello Yello and NASCAR.
Adults may find enjoyment in this Disney Pixar film. The story involves an anthropomorphic car, named Lightning McQueen, who gets waylaid in Radiator Springs while on his way to a big race, The Piston Cup. Sentenced to stay in the town and fix the road he damaged, he makes some valued friends. A film for all ages, it teaches the meaning of friendship and family, all with the added charm of Disney.
3. The Cannonball Run 1981
Based on a true story, featuring Burt Reynolds and Farah Fawcett, the film follows the story of a wild street racers who compete in a cross country run. This absurd comedy will leave you in fits of laughter. The film also spawned a second and third instalment.
2. The Fast and the Furious 2001
As mentioned previously, one of the most recent popular franchises. On its seventh instalment, the series started with Paul Walker playing an undercover cop who gets involved in the world of underground racing. Getting caught between the two world, he has to decide between his career and his new friends. The film series also spawned a series of tie-in games. Filled to the brim with action and intense races, if you haven’t already seen it, it is a must see for racing fans!
1.Grand Prix 1966
This film one three Grammy awards for its technical achievement and is the highest grossing film of 1966. The film is about Pete Aron, played by James Garner, who has to restore his lost reputation in the F1 Season after a crash at Monaco that injured his team mate. The film became well known for its inventive use of cinematography and split screens. Director John Frankenheimer also made use of the ultra-wide Cinemrama format. Frankheimer also made use of real F1 tracks and professional drivers such as Phil Hill and Jackie Stewart to sit in for actors.
We want to emphasise that we are not saying these are THE best racing films, they are only suggestions that we feel can prepare for the all-important racing seasons. There are many more that we haven’t mentioned in the list like the recent Senna and Rush that will suit your fancy. To experience the real deal, why not contact a motorsports holiday provider, they can advise on the best packages and locations to witness adrenaline rushing races!