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Formula 1's film night in gear for charity cash
11:10pm Friday 20th September 2013 in News
A SNEAK preview of new Formula 1 movie Rush featuring Vale of Evesham racing driver Rob Austin has raised nearly £20,000 for charity.
WIX Racing team driver Mr Austin welcomed about 300 fans and guests to the Regal cinema in his hometown of Evesham for the exclusive screening. The event stopped traffic in Port Street as the original 1976 Surtees F1 car, which is used in the film, parked in front of the cinema for guests to admire.
But the real star turn of the evening was former F1 driver Brett Lunger, who is played by Mr Austin in the film.
In a twist of fate, he was on holiday just 20 miles from Evesham visiting his sister at the time of the preview and decided to attend.
“All I can say is what a night,” said Mr Austin. “So many thanks to so many people, particularly to WIX, the Regal and Studio Canal for giving us a sneak copy of the film. And of course to all our great fans who came along – some from the other end of the UK.
“It’s impossible to mention everyone, but they know who they are. And I don’t think I’ve ever drunk so much champagne in my life.”
Ticket sales, plus £8,000 raised through an auction on the night and a raffle, raised £18,903 which will be split between the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, Home Helps UK and the Vale of Evesham School.
The film, which relives the story of rival Formula 1 legends James Hunt and Niki Lauda, is currently showing at Worcester’s Vue and the Odeon cinemas.
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