Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Should you RUSH to the nearest movie theatre? - Frankly Frankl - My New Book - Frankly Frankl-life, luck, love and automobiles -

Should you RUSH to the nearest movie theatre?

The answer-if you are a Formula One enthusiast is most definitely a YES! I go further. If you like action movies without guns and zombies you will also enjoy it even if you are not an F1 fan. In the so-called  specialist press there has been a great deal of debate about the authenticity of the film. Well, seeing that Niki Lauda was one of the advisers and Ron Howard directed it the answer has to be yes. For the out and out purists there were details  and episodes which didn't quite work  but they forget one thing- the producers poured 30 million dollars into it, consequently they couldn't have a "deadly rivalry between two racing drivers who were actually good friends. How do I know? I was there. In fact as you'll read in my forthcoming book Niki used to come to us for dinner after racing at Crystal Palace. One evening he asked me to take him to 235 Kings Road, a night club in the middle of London. I am meeting my friend James Hunt he added.

All good stuff but it does not sell tickets so in the actual movie we end up with two  baddies. Lauda was never what you might call charm personified-even before his accident in '76 and James, well, James was James. In this respect the movie is absolutely true I have seen him emerge from his hotel room in his racing overall  leaving one of two nubile ladies behind. He could be absolutely charming but could also be very abusive when he was drunk which was often.

The cinematography is stunning, the action shots are amazing and the one truly funny bit which took place in Italy you  will adore.

The film has had very good reviews in all the major newspapers so trust me-if you have a drop of Castrol or Mobil 1 in your veins you ought it to yourself. And do take a girlfriend. This may surprise you but all the wives and girlfriends who came to the preview loved it. And before I forget. The book. My book. Had a word with the printer earlier today, if all goes well it should reach Belvedere by the end of October. This seems a good time to thank all those brave folks who have placed advance orders-as soon as we have the copies the man from UPS will be in his way. If the book is news to you but would like to reserve a copy all you have to do is send me an e mail to andrewfrankl@me.com  499 copies in all at 44.95. Signed and dedicated.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Frankly Frankl - My New Book - Frankly Frankl-life, luck, love and automobiles - Ron Howard's New Movie Rush

"I don't want to be a spoilsport so I won't go into any details of  Ron Howard's new film Rush beyond saying that it really is worth a trip to the nearest theatre when it goes on general release. I knew the Niki and James well-they both feature in my forthcoming book-and hat off to the actors . When I closed my eyes and listened to" Lauda" I really thought it was the real thing. He used to eat at our place after the races at Crystal Palace -one of which features in the movie . This is a film true Formula One fans will want to see more than once, the action is so fast and furious that I found it impossibly to digest al the details. Because 1976 wasn't THAT long ago, a lot of the original cars were available plus mock-ups for the crashes. Several former colleagues were involved in the making it, good for them.

Several people asked me after the movie about my forthcoming book as they've seen it mentioned in the most recent issue of FORZA. The good news is that it is ready, it is on its way to the printers as we speak.Now if the next sentence sounds like a blatant commercial it is only partly true We are printing 499 copies all told and 40 of them have already been sold. Some kind soul bought 5!

This without any prior publicity, book signing or what people call marketing. All 499 copies will be signed by me. Some people have asked for personalised dedications presumably with Christmas in mind. At 44.95 it is certainly cheaper than a good bottle of Scotch and lasts a lot longer,

Finally I urge you to see Rush, as a fan you owe it to yourself."