I watched the movie "Rush" at the Thursday night premier, and sorry, but I was very underwhelmed, especially after the build up to it by various racing announcers. The story was told well, and the acting was pretty good, but there was little racing footage. The 1966 movie "Grand Prix" has always been one of my favorite films (and always will be), and I thought that "Rush" would bring all that to another level; not so. In fact, except for starts and other stuff on the pit straight, there wasn’t much of anything; hiss boo.
I don’t know if I would have spotted it on my own right away, but they mentioned in the NBC Sports 1/2 hour show about how the film was made that they used the same movie set (with changes to signs and such) for the pits and spectator stands. Not sure where they filmed the other parts of "various tracks they were supposedly at" other than the pit straight.
I think the short part showing Lauda's crash at Nurburgring was the real original footage, so they probably didn't film at all there. (edit by dicktill: Wrong! Just did a search about this, and for the movie they did film (re-film it) it at the actual crash site. Kudos to Opie, Richie Cunningham, Steve Bolander, and er Ron Howard!) Anyway it lost some luster with all this; "Grand Prix" did it right!. And finally, although they had a slew of the real original 1976 F1 cars, they didn't show much in the way of closeups of suspension and engines.