John Frankenheimer’s Grand Prix is beautifully shot and has some wonderful period car footage – you can certainly enjoy it for that. But the story is pretty rubbish. Look out for the cameo by Graham Hill.
Talladega Nights is execrable tosh, not even funny in a “so bad it’s good” kind of way. Avoid.
I haven’t made it to the end of Driven yet. I’ll give it another try one day. Brings back bad memories of the long, lingering death of CART for me.
Senna is, of course, required viewing.
I haven’t seen Days of Thunder in a long time – I remember it being poor but passable. I do recall a toe-curlingly awful scene where Tom Cruise is moving condom wrappers around on Nicola Kidman’s thigh – part explanation of the principles of drafting, part foreplay.
For me, Cars suffered from my high expectations after seeing marvellous 3D animations like Up!, Wall-E and the Toy Story series. It falls a long way short of that standard, but it’s not bad. Haven’t seen the second one.