We know many are taking a break over this (SA) summer. So here are 5 motorsport movies we recommend for you and your family to enjoy this festive season. Whether you’re a die-hard racing fan or just love a good adrenaline rush, these five motorsports movies will leave you glued to the screen, feeling the wind in your hair and your adrenaline level rise.
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Grab your popcorn, dim the lights, and get ready to be transported to the world of high-octane thrills and adrenaline-pumping action. And remember, the best seat in the house is always on your couch. Here in no particular order are 5 motorsport movies to watch this festive season. What are your favourite motorsports movies? Share your picks in the comments below or on our Facebook page.
Ford v Ferrari (2019):
This Oscar-winning masterpiece isn’t just about cars, it’s about a legendary rivalry. Witness the epic clash between American muscle and European finesse. Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles, representing Ford, take on the seemingly unbeatable Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Prepare for intense competition, emotional drama, and stunning visuals that capture the raw power and beauty of endurance racing.
Buckle up for a heart-pounding journey into the world of Formula One. Rush delves into the intense rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda. Watch as two drivers with contrasting personalities but a shared passion for speed battle for the ultimate prize in circit racing. The film masterfully blends thrilling racing sequences with a poignant exploration of friendship, ambition, and the human cost of pushing the limits.
This award-winning documentary is a must-see for any motorsport enthusiast. Senna tells the story of the legendary Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna. It captures his incredible talent, determination, and his tragic fate. Prepare to be moved by Senna’s passion for racing, his fight for social justice, and the lasting legacy he left on the sport.
The Fast and the Furious (2001):
Before Vin Diesel and Paul Walker became synonymous with globe-trotting heists and absurd, physics-defying stunts, they were undercover cops and street racers in the 2001 film that ignited the entire Fast franchise. This high-octane debut established the franchise’s core themes of family, loyalty, and living life on the edge. The story developed in a package of pulse-pounding street races, musclecars, and undercover thrills. While the later films might boast bigger explosions and wilder action, there’s a certain raw charm and nostalgic appeal to the original.
Speed Racer (2008):
This visually stunning film is based on the iconic Japanese anime. It is a wild and wacky ride through a fantastical racing world. Perfect for a fun, family-friendly option that still captures the thrill of the chase.
Bonus Pick: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006):
This hilarious comedy takes a satirical look at the world of NASCAR, poking fun at the sport’s culture, personalities, and stereotypes. Talladega Nights is a laugh-out-loud ride with Will Ferrell at his comedic best. The complete send-up offers a lighter side to the world of motorsport.
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