To our modern perspective, the danger, glamour and excitement of 1970s grand prix racing seems like a different world. The fact that Hollywood didn’t need to add layer of fiction to Rush gives an idea of just how other-worldly the life a ’70s Formula One driver now seems.
Yet many those who lived the life are still with us, and new documentary series Made It Out Alive will capture those years with forgotten archive footage and contemporary interviews.
The project is fronted by Rupert Keegan, who participated in 37 GP races between 1977 and 1982. Many years may have passed since then, but his hair is still long and the glint in his eye still bright. I met Rupert at the Goodwood press day a couple of years ago and, in the few minutes I spent in his company, it was obvious he had plenty of stories to tell…
For Made It Out Alive, director Matthew Whiteman (who has also directed Hunt vs Lauda: F1’s Greatest Racing Rivals) had access to Rupert’s black book of contacts, so interviews include Emerson Fittipaldi, Nelson Piquet, Rene Arnoux and many more. I’ll be watching.
In the meantime you can join Rupert Keegan and Matthew Whiteman on a Google Hangout. They will be joined by John Watson, Henry Hope-Frost and Richard Wiseman, so expect lots of lively and informed chat on all things from .’70s/’80s era F1 to the modern day. It will take place today (Wednesday 21 May) from midday to 1pm.
Video: Made It Out Alive trailer