Good motorsports films don't come up terribly often, but now and again, we get lucky. In 2011, we were graced with the very fine Senna documentary, and it appears there's another period Formula One racing piece that could be worth watching on the silver screen soon: Rush.

We've known for some time that this project, which chronicles the 1976 F1 season-long battle between Austria's Niki Lauda and Britain's James Hunt, was in the cards, and we also knew that Ron Howard had signed on as producer. Howard, you may recall, is the Academy Award-winning force responsible for such films as A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13 and Frost/Nixon. But we hadn't heard much about filming getting underway – until now.

Thanks to these new photos taken at Germany's Nürburgring by our friends at PistonSpy, we now see that work on the film has begun. We have to say, James Hunt's Marlboro-liveried McLaren looks particularly fetching in these photos, and it must be a thrill to see and hear these vintage F1 cars lapping the legendary Nordschleife.

We're already cringing in advance for Howard's recreation of Lauda's massive crackup at the German Grand Prix, a crash that saw him sever his right ear and suffer facial burns (you can see in-period video footage of the fiery crash after the jump). Lauda would return after missing just two races and storm back into the points chase in pursuit of James Hunt and his McLaren. Hunt would eventually win the World Championship by a single point. For dozens of additional images, be sure to check out PistonSpy at the link below.



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      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't wait for this movie to come out. This is definitely one I'll gladly pay the high ticket prices to see on the big screen. On a side note, I cannot thank Howard enough for using real F1 cars as opposed to CG. (except for the crash scenes, by all means use all the CG you can)
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        What I've heard, is that they're just replica F1 cars.
          Matt Off White
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          That mclaren m23 looks to be using a cosworth dfv V8 so either they are real or they are good replicas.
          Pistonspy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          No these are the real cars and a proper crew to support them and the sound .....
          Pistonspy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          I took the pictures (o:
          jonnybimmer
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          That would make sense. The only thing I worry about replicas is whether or not they can replicate the sound of the originals. If he can pull anything close to Grand Prix's intro (yes I know they filmed with F3 cars, but it was still great) then I'd be happy.
          bknu
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          They´re the real deal. Otherwise FIA Historic formula one are in for a shock. The pictures were taken the same weekend as the Eifelrennen, right Tony Dewhurst? Ron Howard even visited Pistenklause for the real atmosphere.
          Tony Dewhurst
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Yip (o;
      JR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rush? How 'bout "The Rat in the Hunt" or "Sex-Breakfast of Champions".
      jvmed2
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you are really interested on this movie project I would recommend following Ron Howard on Twitter @realronhoward. He has been sharing a lot of the behind the scenes bits like traveling around UK using some of the circiuts for filming. I think he is heading to Brands next.
      john m
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awesome! Can't wait!
      Herbie
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds promising and if decent, worth seeing on the bigscreen. Here's the IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1979320/