HOW­DEN GAN­LEY’S MUS­INGS FROM OUR MAN IN THE NORTH

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(BT21/20) now re­stored to bet­ter than its for­mer glory. At lunchtime there was a talk by two of the driv­ers (also rac­ing that day) who were part of the movie Rush – Nick Coly­vas, who drives the Shadow DN5 once raced by Tom Pryce and Chris Locke, who has the Lo­tus 77 with which Mario An­dretti won the Ja­panese Grand Prix.

Along with their talk, which drew a stand­ing room-only crowd to the driv­ers lounge, they showed a be­hindthe-scenes slide show of the movie be­ing made. They had both elected to drive their own cars in the film, and in the Q and A ses­sion Nick reck­oned that most of his scenes fin­ished on the ‘cut­ting room floor’ but Chris in his Lo­tus fea­tured promi­nently. He was pleased when Ron Howard, the di­rec­tor, told him just be­fore the fi­nal scenes “You have a re­ally cool car”, which I guess is the Hol­ly­wood view of a Grand Prix car. As Nick is an orthopaedic sur­geon and Chris is a lawyer, they have a joke which says that when­ever Chris races in Europe he takes his sur­geon with him, and Nick takes his lawyer! I was to meet up with them again at Monaco.

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