30 for 30: Season 1, Episode 26

Tim Richmond: To the Limit (19 Oct. 2010)

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Natural. Rock star. Outsider. In the 1980s, race car driver Tim Richmond lived his life the way he raced cars - wide open. Born into a wealthy family, Richmond was the antithesis of the ... See full summary »


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Natural. Rock star. Outsider. In the 1980s, race car driver Tim Richmond lived his life the way he raced cars - wide open. Born into a wealthy family, Richmond was the antithesis of the Southern, blue-collar, dirt-track racers who dominated NASCAR. He also was a flamboyant showman who basked in the attention of the media and fans - especially the attention of female admirers. Nevertheless, it was Richmond's on-track performances that ended up drawing comparisons to racing legends. And in 1986, when he won seven NASCAR races and finished third in the Winston Cup series points race, some believed he was on the verge of stardom. But soon his freewheeling lifestyle caught up to him. He unexpectedly withdrew from the NASCAR racing circuit, reportedly suffering from double pneumonia. In reality, the diagnosis was much more dire: He had AIDS. Richmond returned to the track in 1987, but he was gone from the sport by the next year as his health deteriorated. He spent his final days as a ... Written by ESPN Films

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A Look at AIDS and Those Around It
4 November 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

30 for 30: Tim Richmond To the Limit (2010)

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Nice entry in the ESPN series takes a look at Tim Richmond, the Nascar racer who found himself quickly becoming the main star of the sport only to have the rub pulled from him when his lifestyle of partying and sex had him die of AIDS at the age of 34. The documentary features interviews with his sister, friends, co- racers and we even get some archival interviews with Richmond himself. I think the first twenty-minutes or so of this are pretty standard stuff as we hear about Richmond's talent and good looks and how he was quick, funny and just the type of person you'd want to know and hang out with. This section is certainly very entertaining but it's really no different from any documentary out there. Where this film finally picks up is in its second half once Richmond learned that he had AIDS and the fact that he kept it a secret even when the media said he was either partying too hard, was messed up on drugs or was hiding something else. I think seeing the AIDS paranoia from this era of the 80s is a stark reminder of what it was like back then. Some people might think it was wrong for Richmond to keep it a secret but as his sister said, unless you walked in his shoes and were faced with coming out when everyone would have been scared of you then you really can't say too much. Hearing various drivers call themselves ignorant because "Southern Boys" didn't think straight men could get AIDS was interesting plus the fact that Nascar didn't want to be the first sport with someone with AIDS.

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