A Mile Away Productions / Miracle are thrilled to announce the release of RAPID RESPONSE, a fascinating documentary about the pioneering of safety and medical standards in motorsports, in UK cinemas from 6th September 2019.
Rapid Response is a fast-paced documentary that tells the story of medical and safety professionals who refused to accept the high mortality rate among American race car drivers, fundamentally altering the history of motorsports.
In 1966 Medical student and racing fan Stephen Olvey gets the opportunity of a lifetime when he is asked to volunteer at the Indianapolis 500 on their medical team. What started as a fun insider view of a sport he loved quickly devolves before his eyes as he sees the level of medical support given to the drivers, whom he has befriended, is terrifyingly non-existent. After feeling helpless at the scene of what turns out to be a fatal accident, Dr. Olvey sets off on a mission to build a team to apply science to transform motorsports from the most fatal form of sport to one of the safest. Over the next 30 years they succeed and the science that they develop influences modern trauma medicine, the United States military, NASA, and the passenger cars we drive today. This is the true story of the most fatal era in Motorsports and the Indy 500 doctors who pioneered safety and helped the drivers to cheat death.
Co-director Michael Miles said: “Rapid Response has been a passion project of mine as both a documentary filmmaker and motorsports fan for years. My partner, Roger Hinze, and I could not be anymore proud of the film. This is a movie not only for motorsports fans, but for all audiences. This a true story told by the men who changed the culture of an entire sport through the application of science. They are true heroes who saved countless lives. Dr. Olvey and Dr. Trammell, are men that any parent would be proud to have their child emulate.”
“Rapid Response follows their lives’ work in motorsports to the scene of the accident, to the operating room, and to the labs where they did research that changed racing and pioneered safety methods that have trickled down into the cars we drive today.”