EVENTS: Behind the scenes at the Paul Newman doc Winning premiere

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Last week was the premiere of Adam Carolla’s Paul Newman racing documentary in Hollywood. The movie was stellar, a must see for any Nissan/Datsun fan, and Carolla even brought several ex-Newman cars from his impressive fleet to mingle at the pre- and after-parties at the historic Hotel Roosevelt on Hollywood Boulevard. Here’s a peek behind the scenes at how the cars met the stars.

Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman featured reels of old racing footage. Newman spent a lot of time behind the wheel of Nissan/Datsun cars, winning the SCCA GT-1 championships twice  There was just one little problem: how do you get three non-street legal race cars into a 90-year-old building with absolutely no ramp access?

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The answer: a big ass crane, dangling the priceless vintage racers 200 feet above Los Angeles’s busiest tourist spot. Winning‘s Co-director/producer, Nate Adams, sent us these photos of the process.

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The giant arm hoisted each car over the hotel walls and lowered them into the central courtyard.

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Then the crew rolled them into the bar and lobby area. It was a feat worthy of Errol Flynn, whose ghost, along with Marilyn Monroe’s, supposedly haunts the hotel.

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Fortunately, no spirits were awoken by the commotion, even when one of the cars tapped a wall.

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Nissan race cars have performed some amazing feats, but floating above Hollywood might be a first. Winning opens in select theaters and via on-demand May 22.

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4 Responses to EVENTS: Behind the scenes at the Paul Newman doc Winning premiere

  1. Nigel says:

    Even after so many years these machines are still rising above the rest !!

  2. John M says:

    There is something about these pics that is just nuts. Seriously though, these cars were off the chain. This was a very cool and memorable event. Hats off to all who made it happen!

  3. Bluebird 51 says:

    Adam Corolla messed up! He should release the movie on 5/10……….

  4. CHM Patrick says:

    Thank you for avoiding the low-hanging fruit of an “in like Flynn” comment.

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