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43 The Petty Story $18(1974 - Entertaining movie featuring Darren McGavin as Lee Petty - also features some vintage Nascar racing as well as Richard Petty himself! This movie is also known as Smash Up Alley)
Aloha Bobby & Rose $20 (1975 - A young garage mechanic (Bobby) and fast food hostess (Rose) meet and quickly fall in love. While out on a date one night, Bobby "fakes" holding up a convenience store. The prank goes horribly wrong, resulting in the death of a young shop keeper. The couple are now on the run from the law and themselves.)
American Bandstand $12 (classic UNCUT episode in original glorious Black and White from Sept. 19, 1964 - BONUS is an episode of Hollywood A Go Go Episode #38)
American Challenge/Riverside Grand Prix $20 (vintage racing from late 60s - 2 races featuring the Chaparral 2D - NICE stuff)
American Graffiti $20 (The ultimate classic movie - if you dont have this in your library - your library is NOT complete)
American Graffiti/More American Graffiti Double DVD Set $24 (2 DVD set that features BOTH the classic and the not so classic sequel)
American Nitro $18(1979 - features classic drag racing footage from the late 70's)
...And They Walked Away $15 (The classic that started it all - see crazy wrecks from all over the world in this 75 minute delight)
...And They Walked Away II $15 (Second Installment in the popular series - 75 min.)
Angels Hard As They Come $12 (1971 biker flick featuring Scott Glen and Gary Busey)
Angels Wild Women $18 (Much of the movie is dedicated to footage of the Angels getting into brawls, having drinking competitions, and necking with their women. The Angels women get caught up in a Manson style cult and they have to be rescued! 1972)
Angel Unchained $18 (1970 yet another biker movie about a biker who joins a commune of hippies near a small town. When the town rednecks attack them, Angel calls up some of his bad biker buddies to exact revenge. Features a young Tyne Daley)
Assassin of Youth $15 (1937 One of the anti drug propaganda films from the 30s.... A high-school girl gets involved with a ring of teenage marijuana smokers and starts down the road to ruin)
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman $17 (1958 When an abused wife grows to giant size because of an alien encounter and an aborted murder attempt, she goes after cheating husband with revenge on her mind)
Back to the Beach - (1987 Frankie and Annette revamp the old formula one last time - only this time they have kids!)
Bad Georgia Road $18 (1977 New York City woman inherits a moonshine farm in the South. The movie tag line was: They're makin' time to the county line)
Barris Kustoms of the 50's $12 (this is a great in depth interview with George as he explains how he and his brother Sam pioneered kustomizing in the early days. Includes pictures and historical footage of famous kustoms like the Hirohata Merc, the Matranga Merc, the Ala Kart,the Emporer, the El Capitola, the Kopper Kart, and many others!! Includes interviews with Nick Matranga, Junior Conway, Jack Stewart, Bill Hines and Larry Watson. - 1 Hour)
Barris Star Cars of the 50's and 60's $12 (Another documentary hosted by George Barris but this one focuses on the many cars that were created for Hollywood TV and Movies -Also included are interviews with Adam West and Butch Patrick as they explain how they worked with George and the famous cars he created and rare never seen before film footage from the Barris vault and many never seen before pictures taken by George himself- 1 hour)
Beach Ball $18 (1965 Frankie and Annette RIP Off - but features the Supremes singing at the hot rod show!)
Beach Blanket Bingo $20 (this is a double sided 2 movie set - also has How To Stuff A Wild Bikini)
Beatles Cartoons - 8 different Volumes each is 100 minutes $12 each - please email me if you want specific episode titles for each volume
Best of the Old $18 (LOOK AT THIS ALL YOU TRADITIONALISTS! 120 Minutes of CLASSIC CAR CLIPS/Highlights From:/Pit Stop/1955 Chevrolet/1950 Mercury/Speed Crazy/American Graffiti/Daddy-O/The Wild Ride/The Munsters/Joy Ride/Dragstrip Riot/Road Racers/The Choppers/Hot Rod Girl/Reform School Girl/Santa Ana Drags/Hot Rod Gang/Dragstrip Girl/Hot Rod-Ingenuity In Action/The Cool Hot Rod/Road Racers/Hot Rods To Hell/Hot Car Girl/Hot Rod Rumble/California Kid)
Bettie Page: Bondage Queen $22 (Classic reels of Bettie Page and company doing the naughty deeds)
Bettie Page: Pin Up Queen $22 (features more old classic reels of everyone's favorite girl)
Bettie Page: The Girl in the Leopard Print Bikini $18 (Documentary with archival footage of Page doing her thing!)
Bettie Page: Dark Angel $25 (this is a terrible "documentary" I do NOT recommend it - but if you are a Page completist - then by all means order! Features bad re creations of Bettie - does NOT feature her!!!!)
Bettie Page Films : The Irving Klaw Classics Vol. 1 $18(this is yet another re hash of the same footage of stuff that is on Pin Up and Bondage Queen - just with a different price and cover)
be sure to see the NOTORIOUS Bettie Page and Teaserama and Varitease as well for more Bettie!
Betty Boop Vol. 1 $12 (32 Classic B & W cartoons from the 30's - email me for the titles of the toons!)
Betty Boop Vol. 2 $12 (32 MORE Classic cartoons from the 30s - email for titles)
The Big Wheel $18(starring Mickey Rooney -this is part of a 3 movie set - you will also get Hot Rod Girl and Fast and the Furious (starring John Ireland, Dorothy Malone this is NOT the 2001 movie )
Bikers From Hell $35 (3 uncut Biker movies - these are also available by themselves - just see the alphabetized listings: Box set contains:Run Angel Run/Hell's Angels 69/Hell's Bloody Devils)
The Blob $16 (1958 Steve McQueen stars in the sci fi classic!) Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw $18 (Uncut Lynda Carter movie - features great Boss 302 Mustang chase sequence - 1976 A young country-star wannabe takes off from her carhop career to join with a young, modern Billy the Kid wannabe for an adventure in theft, murder and mayhem. )
Born Losers $18 (1967 Billy Jack battles outlaw motorcycle gang in a small California beach town)
Born To Race $13 (1988 Marc Singer and Joseph Bottoms star in this auto racing movie)
Born To Run $18 (1993 Richard Grieco movie that featured the Mustang with the devil head hanging from the rear view mirror)
Brain Eaters $16 (1958 cult classic - Crawling, Slimy Things Terror-Bent on Destroying the World)
Bullitt - 2 disc Special Edition $22 (another movie that is a MUST have...features the now classic car chase-1 of the screen's all-time best. This 2 dvd set features commentary by director peter Yates, theatrical trailer and the 2nd DVD has 2 feature length documentaries: Steve McQueen The Essence of Cool & The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing)
Bullitt - Single DVD that feature the movie ONLY -$16
Burnout $18(1979 Drag Racing movie starring Mark Scneider - Cameo appearances by Don Garlits, Marvin Graham, Gary Beck, Shirley Muldowny, Don Prudhomme, Raymond Beadle and Tony Nancy. Robert Louden and John Zenda also appear.)
California Kid $18 (THE 1974 classic starring Martin Sheen - Vic Morrow is Sheriff Roy Childress - see a 1951 Ford, 1955 Mercury, and 1957 Plymouth go off the edge! What a bad bad sheriff that guy was! )
Caltiki the Immortal Monster (1959 Blob rip off - Crawling, Crushing Colossus of Terror!)
Cannonball $20(- this is NOT the same movie as Cannonball Run! This one is 1976 and stars David Carradine)
The CAR $18 (1977 A sleek, possessed car terrorizes everyone it comes in contact with - the horn on this movie freaked me out as a kid!)
The Car That Ate My Brain (2007 Mad Fabricators release - Documentary of Von Franco's infatuation with Norm Grabowski's car - features a lot of rare footage from the 50's / early 60's and tv appearances)
Catch Me If You Can $18 (1989 The local highschool is threatened to be closed, unless they collect $200,000. So they dig up a car from the football field to race! Features a nice '57 Chevy. Filmed in St Cloud MN)
C.C. and Company $13 ( 1970 Joe Namath Sid Haig and Ann Margret are in this classic biker flick)
Choppahead $25 (features some of the best east coast custom built bikes around - interviews and riding)
Choppahead 2 $25 (much more coverage from the crazy crew from back east - this time they go out and go around to other bike shows around the country and interview the guys that are riding and building them!)
The Choppers $12 (1961 classic about a bunch of hoodlums that go around and cutting up cars that are found on the side of the road. GREAT Juvenile Delinquent movie)
Christine $18 (1983 classic movie about a 58 Plymouth Fury that can repair itself - based on the Stephen King story)
Chrome and Hot Leather $20 (this DVD contains 2 movies - other movie is Mini Skirt Mob A Green Beret returns home from the Vietnam war to find that a gang of murderous bikers has killed his fiancee. He calls on several of his Green Beret buddies to come and help him take revenge on the gang. 1971)
Classic Auto Racing $12 (collection of color and black and white never seen before 8mm and 16mm films from 1950 to 1972 of NASCAR stock car racing, NHRA drag racing, USRRC and other racing. Daytona Beach FL 1950: Before there was a track there was a beach! Check out this 16mm footage taken on the beach at Daytona featuring Hudsons, Lincolns, Mercurys and many more, as they battle it out on the sand! Langhorne Speedway PA 1959: This classic race from Langhorne features Nelson Stacey and Mike Klapak and lots of great 50's stock cars on this oval dirt track from 6/14/59. Indy 500 1962: This classic race won by Rodger Ward features some great footage from the stands directly across from the pits. 1960's Circle Track Racing: This film features some great old 30’s and 40’s coupes racing on an oval dirt track. Demolition Derby 1963: This exciting footage contains lots of classic cars being destroyed as each car tries to avoid being hit! 1960's Drag Racing: This film features a "run what ya brung day" at the drags with Vettes, hot rods, early muscle cars, motorcycles and tons of other 50's and 60's cars draggin' it out! Watkins Glen NY 1966 USRRC: This rare footage features George Wintersteen's Grand Sport Corvette along with Shelbys, Jaguars, Sprites, home built racers and hundreds of open wheeled racers. Irwindale Speedway CA, 1968: Featured in this film is great drag racing footage of the famous "Little Red Wagon" along with gassers, bikes, funny cars and dragsters. Mason-Dixon 500 Dover Downs, DE 1972: This film features Richard Petty and Bobby Allison in this famous Nascar race from 6/4/72. Great footage of Petty signing autographs and lots of pit stop footage.
Classic Biker Movies $15 (3 movies in this DVD set - Evel Knievel / C.C & Company / Angels Hard As They Come)
Classic Car Clips $18 (2 Hours of the best scenes from all your favorite Hot Rod movies - scenes from Hot Car Girl, Bobbie Jo & Outlaw, Dragstrip Girl, CA Kid, Hot Rod Rebel on the Road, '59 Detroit National Drags, Speed Crazy, Roadracers, Hot Rod Gang and more)
Classic Car Clips Vol. 2 $18(2 MORE Hours of the best scenes from all your favorite Hot Rod movies - scenes from Moonrunners, Dragstrip Riot, King of the Mountain, The Choppers, Fireball 500, Hot Rod Girl, American Nitro, The Wild Ride, and more)
Classic Car CLips Vol. 3 $18 (another 2 hours of best scenes - this time the crashes, chases, and races are from - Stingray the Movie, Funny Car Summer, Eat My Dust, Grand Theft Auto, 43 The Petty Story, Thunder & Lightning, The Car, Thunder Road, and more)
Classic Car Commercials $15(also has Classic Beer Commercials too! Total running time 2 hours some of the commercials included are: '61 Mercury Meteor, Chevy Task Force Trucks, '61 Comet, '64 Chevelle, '65 Impala, '60 Oldsmobile, '55 Buick, Dodge Texan, '57 Chevy Trucks, '59 Chevy, '61 Lark Studebaker, '54 Ford, '63 Tempest, '63 Pontiac, '57 Plymouth, '61 Corvair, '52 De Soto, '56 Thunderbird & Sunliner and more)
Classic Car Commercials Vol. 2 $15(Total Running time 2 Hours - Has 1 hour of Car Commercials and 1 Hour of Drag Racing from US 30 - Commercials included are: 1960 Dynamic 88 Oldsmobile,1962 Ford Fairlane,1964 Chevrolet - featuring:Corvette, Corvair,Chevy II, & Chevelle,1965 Mercury,OK Used Cars,Chevelle Malibu SS,Impala,1965 Ford,1965 Ford LTD,1971 Mercury Marquis,1972 Chrysler,1972 Plymouth Fury,1972 Plymouth Duster,Porche/Audi,Jeep Truck,1962 Plymouth Valiant,1964 Dodge,1966 Grand Prix Pontiac,1967 Ford,1968 Mercury Cougar,Ford Econoline Van,American Motors Rambler,Studebaker Lark,Lark Wagonaire,1963 Studebaker,1964 Chevrolet,1964 Hertz Rental Cars,1964 Chevrolet,Hertz,1963 Impala Wagon,1966 Buick Skylark,1968 Mercury Cougar,Plymouth Fury with Petula Clark)
Classic Car Commercials Vol. 3 $15 (Total Running Time is 2 Hours - contains 1 hour of Car Commercials and 1 Hour of other random 50's / 60's commercials - Car Commercials are: 1957 Dodge Trucks,Dodge - Little Red Wagon,Dodge @ Pomona Drags,Dodge Tough Trucks,1963 Dodge Dart,Studebaker Super Hawk & Super Lark,1964 Dodge,Dodge Rebellion Campaign 1966,1966 Dodge Polara,Dodge Camper & Chrysler Boat,1966 Dodge Dart,1966 Dodge Coronet,1966 Barracuda,1966 Plymouth VIP,John Shorty Powers for Oldsmobile - Olds 88 Jetstar,Toronado with Bobby Unser,Delta 88,1966 Ninety Eight Oldsmobile,Oldsmobile Vista Crusier Wagon,Oldsmobile 442,Cutlass Supreme,Olds Delta 88 Royale,1968 Mercury,1970 GTO,1971 Dodge Challenger,1971 Dodge Truck,1971 Dodge Charger,1971 Dodge Van,1971 Dodge Swinger Dart,1971 Dodge Polara,1971 Dodge Charger,1972 Olds Cutlass,1972 Delta 88,1972 Cutlass Supreme,1972 Ford Maverick,Audi,Cadillac,Volkswagen,Pontiac Grand Prix,International Trucks,1973 Lincoln Continental,1974 Mercury Comet,1973 Continental Mark IV,1976 Fiat,Mustang II,1975 Dodge Dart,1975 Dodge Trucks,1975 Dodge Truck with George Blanda,1975 Dodge Monaco,1975 Dodge Charger,Grand Olds Cutlass,Toyota,JEEP - silent footage,1959 Renault Dauphine)
Classic Car Promos (over 90 minutes of promotional film clips that would be shown on TV and sent to dealerships from back in the 50's and 60's - some of the highlights are '55 GM Autorama, '52 De Soto, '58 Edsel, '54 Lincoln, '63 Chevrolet, '56 Dodge, '57 Thunderbird, '60 Ford, '55 Chevy, '56 Chevy, '61 Studebaker, '58 Lincoln, Chrysler 300, '68 GTO, '59 Dodge, '50 Mercury, '63 Corvette, '60 Impala, '53 Chevy '56 Chrysler Newport, '62 Chevy Trucks, '62 Impala, '54 Mercury, '69 Camaro and many others)
Cobra $10 (Stallone launching a Merc - cmon - it is worth it for that 1 scene!)
Convoy $20 (1978-Truckers form a mile long "convoy" in support of a trucker's vendetta with an abusive sheriff...Based on the country song of same title by C.W. McCall. Starring Kris Kristofferson and Ernest Borgnine)
Corky $18 (Robert Blake is the self absorbed anti hero in this 1972 film that featured a '69 Cuda with a a Superbird wing!)
Corvette Summer $20 (Mark Hamill and Annie Potts in the 70's classic)
Corvette - The History Archives $18 (100 minutes of rare Corvette Footage - 1953 - HALL OF WONDERS-guest Dave Garroway & the 1953 Corvette 10 min. 1953-1958 GENERAL MOTORS FILE FILM features Corvettes 1953—58, 1957- THE BIG CHALLENGE 1957 Corvette at Sebring- color 30 min. 1963 - BIOGRAPHY OF A SPORTS CAR 1963 Corvette- color 25 min. 1981 CORVETTE- promo- color 5 min. 1982 CORVETTE- promo- color 10 min. 1984 CORVETTE- promo- color 30 min. 1986 CORVETTE- promo- color
Crash and Crunch $15(has Muscle Car Special at the end as well-Total Running Time is over 2 Hours)
Cycle Savages $18 (1969 Biker movie starring Bruce Dern - The leader of a biker gang takes exception to an artist sketching them, so he makes plans to crush the artist's hands.)
Daddy O $15 (1958 B movie starring Dick Contino)
Death Proof $18 (great movie by Quentin Tarantino - his homage to all the classic car films from the 70's - features amazing chase sequence with Vanishing Point '70 Dodge Challenger and Black Bullitt '68 Charger)
Decade of Thrills $18(best of drag racing from 1980 - 1989)
Decade of Thrills 2 $18 (more of the best of drag racing from 1980 - 1989)
Desperate Generation $25 (a film by Emily Dutton - released through the Mad Fabricators label - documentary on the resurgence of traditional hot rods/rockabilly movement in Southern California in the early 90s) Devil on Wheels $15 (one of the earliest hot rod movies -juvenile delinquent film dealing with poor driving, running from the police after an accident, and an incident in a morgue! from 1947)
Dirty Mary Crazy Larry $22 (classic 1974 movie featuring Peter Fonda driving like a madman in the Dodge Charger)
Drag Racer $18 (Mark Slade stars in this rare 1971 movie about average guys trying to get a home made dragster into the races!)
Dragstrip Riot $18 (1958 This is a typical teenage movie - but this one features the Corvette guys VS the Motorcycle guys)
Dragstrip Girl $18 (1957 One of the better of the old hot rod movies - Girl loves hot cars and a rich dragstrip racer. Her parents don't like either one. Features Tommy Ivo and Frank Gorshin and Yvonne Lime)
Duel $19(Dennis Weaver drives his red Valiant trying to get away from a Big Rig!)
The Dukes Vol. 1 $15(Put Up Your Dukes, Jungle Jitters, The Dukes In Venice, Morocco Bound, The Secret Satellite)
The Dukes Vol. 2 $15(The Dukes in London, The Greece Fleece, The Dukes in India, The Dukes in Urbekistan, A Hogg in Hong Kong)
The Dukes Vol. 3 $15(The Dukes of Scotland, The Dukes Do Paris, The Dukes In Switzerland, Boss Hogg & the Little People, Tales of The Vienna)
The Dukes Vol. 4 $15(The Kid from Madrio, A Dickens of a Christmas, The Canadian Caper, The Dukes in Hollywood, A Hogg in Foggy Bogg)
SPECIAL Buy All 4 Dukes DVDs for $45 for the set!
Easy Rider $20
Eat My Dust $20
ELVIS - we have just about every Elvis movie available! Titles and prices are as follows: Love Me Tender $22, Loving You $18 (this one features the '29 Model A Ford), Jailhouse Rock $22, King Creole $20, G.I. Blues $18, Flaming Star $18, Wild In THe Country $20, Blue Hawaii $22, Follow That Dream $18, Kid Galahad $14, Girls! Girls! Girls! $16, It Happened at the World's Fair $14, Fun In Acapulco $15, Kissin' Cousins $15, Viva Las Vegas $22, Roustabout $14, Girl Happy $15, Tickle Me $15, Harum Scarum $16, Frankie and Johnny $18, Paradise Hawaiian Style $16, Spinout $18, Easy Come Easy Go $18, Double Trouble $18, Clambake $15, Stay Away Joe $16, Speedway $16, Live a Little Love A Little $15, Elvis:'68 Comeback Special $20, Elvis: '68 Comeback Special DLX Box Set $40, Charro! $18, The Trouble With Girls $16, Change of Habit $16, Elvis: That's The Way It Is $24, Elvis On Tour $18, Elvis Aloha From Hawaii $20, Elvis In Concert (rare CBS TV Special) $18)
Evel Knievel Last of the Gladiators (outstanding documentary hosted by Evel!) $18
Evel Knievel Spectacular Jumps $22
Fastest Street Car Shootout $15
Fast and the Furious $18 (starring John Ireland, Dorothy Malone this is NOT the 2001 movie - this is part of a 3 movie set - you will also get The Big Wheel starring Mickey Rooney, and Hot Rod Girl starring Chuck Conners)
Fast Lane Fever $18 (this movie is also known as : Running On Empty 1982 Australia in the early 80's. It's about hot cars, hot chicks and hot times...)
Fast Company $20 (1979 Standard good guys vs. bad guys drag racing movie. Nice scene of the driver's view during a funny car run.)
Fear is the Key $18 (features Barry Newman in a Gran Torino - this is NOT a car movie - but is a really good espionage movie with a great car chase scene! From 1972)
Fever Heat $18
Five Minutes to Live $12 (Starring Johnny Cash as a cold blooded killer)
Fireball 500 $20(this is a 2 movie set - comes with Thunder Alley as well!)
Fireball Jungle $15(wanna see a '68 Camaro get THRASHED thoughout the ENTIRE movie? This one is for you!)
Ford Wonderful World $12 (contains many promotional Ford films throughout the ages)
Funny Car Summer $15 (1974 documentary chronicles a summer in the life of "Funny Car" racer Jim Dunn and his family. )
Fury On Wheels $15
Gasser Magazine 2004 $25
Gasser Magazine 2005 $25
Gasser Magazine 2006 $25
Gator $18 (Starring Burt Reynolds)
Gene & Eddie LIVE $18(features 2 complete live performances by Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent)
Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow $20 (this is a 2 movie DVD - also has THE GHOST IN THE INVISIBLE BIKINI)
Giant Gila Monster $12
Gidget (3 Movie set) 2 dvds $24 Starring Sandra Dee
Girl Can't Help It $$18 (Starring Jayne Mansfield)
Glory Stompers $18 (Starring Dennis Hopper, Casey Kassem)
Gone in 60 Seconds (ORIGINAL) $24 (this is the Collectors Edition that features highlights from Junkman and the never completed Gone In 60 Seconds 2)
Gone in 60 Seconds $15 (Starring Nicholas Cage)
Grand National Highlights 1970/The Hard Chargers $22 (Early Nascar of the 1969-1970 era)
Grand Prix $25 2 dvd set (Starring James Garner)
Grand Theft Auto $20
Greased Lightning $18
Great Cars Corvette $14 (This is the very popular PBS series that aired a few years ago)
Great Cars Mustang GT 40 Cobra $14 (This is the very popular PBS series that aired a few years ago)
Great Escape $14 (Starring Steve McQueen)
Great Racing Movies $16 3 movies (Contains Hot Rod Girl, Original Fast & Furious, & The Big Wheel)
Gumball Rally $18
Bill Haley Rarities $18 (Contains BBC Documentary & early live appearances from TV & Movies!)
Heart Like A Wheel $20 (1983 Shirley Muldowney is determined to be a top-fuel drag racer, although no woman has ever raced them before. Despite the high risks of this kind of racing and the burden it places on her family life, she perseveres in her dream.)
Hell On Wheels $15(1967 starring Marty Robbins - THE ACTION IS GO!...when a HOT-HEAD meets a HEAVY-FOOT on a FAST TRACK...and the GIRLS LOVE IT! )
Hells Angels Forever $18 (classic unreleased documentary)
Hells Angles 69 $18 (1969 Biker movie that features slew of real life Hell's Angels including Charles `Magoo' Tinsley, John `Terry the Tramp' Tracy, Tiny Walters, Clifford `Skip' Workman, and Ralph 'Sonny' Barger, also known as the Godfather of the Hells Angels - the plot is a couple of rich boys are out to prove they can rob a Las Vegas Casino, and use Hells Angels to do it)
Hells Belles $20(this is 2 movies on 1 DVD - the other movie is Wild Angels)
Hell's Bloody Devils $18 (1970 Madmen on motorcycles! Plot Outline-A government agent tries to break a Neo-Fascist group in California)
High School Confidential $20
Highway to Hell $18
Hi Riders $18
History of Drag Racing-1972 NHRA Nationals $18(3 Classic Race Documentaries- The Eliminators, Circle of Racing, & Man with a Wrench)
History of Drag Racing-Gassers $18 (2 Hours of Vintage Racing-Highlights include Big John Mazmanian, Jack "the Bear"Coonrod & much more!)
History of Drag Racing 1965 Winter Nationals $18 (3 Vintage TV Specials 30 minutes each-For Love of Money 1970, 1965 Winter Nationals, & Wonderful WOrld of Auto Racing 1970)
History of Drag Racing -8mm Home Movies $18 (Highlights from the fans home movies include Mickey Thompson, The Invader, Lucky Logger Special, Dick Harrell & Much More!)
History of Drag Racing -8mm Home Movies Volume 2 $18 (Highlights include, Fred Sorensen, Original Warlock, Pure Hell, Larry Davis, The Mob, and Much More!)
History of Drag Racing Detroit 1959-1968 $18 (Detroit Dragway, Kendall, Mohawk, Niagara, & Many More!)
History of Drag Racing Detroit 1968-1971 $18 (Detroit Dragway, Windsor, Milan, & Many More!)
History of Drag Racing Detroit 1971-1972 $18 (Detroit Dragway, Milan, Tri-City, St. Thomas, & Many More!)
History of Drag Racing Detroit 1972-1974 $18 (Milan, Dragway, Toronto, and much more!)
History of Drag Racing 1963-1964 Nationals $18 (Indianapolis Raceway Park-includes Herman Mozer, Ramchargers, Charlie Smith & more)
History of Drag Racing 1966-1968 Nationals $18 "The Race Against Time" The Big Go In Indianapolis, Highlights include Bill Lawton, Eugene Adkins, John Reed, Jim Minnick & More)
History of Drag Racing "York" $18 (Vintage Drag Racing circa 1970-1972 Featuring Funny Car, Super Stock, & Pro Stock Action. Includes footage of Jungle Jim, Sox & Martin & more)
Hollywood Knights $20 - (1980-Led by their comedic and pranking leader, Newbomb Turk, the Hollywood Knights car gang raise hell throughout Beverly Hills on Halloween Night... Starring Tony Danza)
Hollywoods Hot Wheels $18
Hot Rod 1950 $18 (One of the earliest hot rod movies-Starring James Lydon, Art Baker, Gil Strattion & more)
Hot Rod - Rebel on the Road $18 (this is the classic 1979 movie starring Gregg Henry - features the primer Willys)
Hot Rod Gang $18 (1958 Really good movie if you like seeing classic hot rods - Kid who wants to enter his car in the drag races joins a rock band to make enough money to do it. Features GENE VINCENT!)
Hot Rod Galahads $18 (1955 educational film about juvenile deliquent hot rodders-"great vintage footage" Also on this disc early 70s street rod show, Life in the Quick Lane-documentary about funny car)
Hot Rods to Hell $18 (1967 - Yes - I know - Everyone thinks this movie was made in the late 50's or early 60's.....well....it wasnt. The car that people remember - a '58 Corvette may be the reason for this time confusion. Tom Phillips (Dana Andrews), his wife Peg (Jeanne Crain) their teenage daughter Tina (Laurie Mock) and little boy Jamie (Tim Stafford) drive through the California desert heading for a new life running a motel. Things go haywire when teenage bad girl Gloria (Mimsy Farmer) and her two delinquent boyfriends, Duke and Ernie (Paul Bertoya and Gene Kirkwood), chase them, with Duke attempting to seduce the daughter, finally driving dad to take action.
Hot Rod Girl- $18(this is part of a 3 movie set - you will also get The Big Wheel starring Mickey Rooney, and Fast and the Furious (starring John Ireland, Dorothy Malone this is NOT the 2001 movie )
Hot Car Girl $18(1958 - Sweet innocent Peg (June Kenney) becomes involved with small time hood Duke (Richard Bakalyan) and his cronies who spend their evenings stripping cars and selling the parts to a local fence. After a motorcycle cop gets killed in an accident caused by the teenage pair, the police start an all out search for the Juvenile Delinquents. Murder and mayhem result.)
Hot Rod Havoc Vol. 1 $21
Hot Rod Havoc Vol. 2 $23
Hot Rod Heaven $15(This fascinating programme traces the evolution of the hot rod - from its post-war explosion in California, through the days of illegal street-racing, to the international spectator sport of drag racing. interviews with Alex Xydias, Pete Chapouris, Tony Thacker, Jimmy Shine, and Andy & Roy Brizio. UK Documentary 90 Minutes)
Hot Rod - Ingenuity In Action $15(this DVD features the 1957 Detroit Nationals - Lots of vintage Drag racing + some great educational films on how to be a better Hot Rodder!)
Hot Rods Rat Rods "Back from the Dead" $18 (The Complete Build)
Hot Rod Rumble $18 (1957 Arny (Richard Hartunian) joins a hot rod club, but his eccentric mannerisms make him unpopular. He gets framed but will he be able to clear his name? Only if he wins the big race!)
Hot Rod Story $18 (Vintage documentary filmed in the 1960's showing the emergence of "hot rods")
Hot Wheels Cartoons $13 (Episode titles are: Ardeth The Demon, Tough Cop, The Winner, Hot Head - Also on this disc is the Cartoon Sky Hawks - this was originally aired with the Hot Wheels cartoons - Sky Hawks episodes: Untamed Wildcats, Trouble Times Three, Radioactive Lake, Dog Fight, The Snooper, The Message)
Hot Wheels COmmercials $13(Vintage Commercials from 1968-1983 + a few other "newer" Hot Wheels commercials - Running Time 1 Hour)
How To Stuff A Wild Bikini $20 (Frankie and Annetee double Feature! You also get Beach Blanket Bingo! Double sided 2 movie set from '64-'65)
Hunter $15 (Starring Steve McQueen)
Invasion of the Saucermen $15
Italian Job $20
I Was a Teenage Monster Shirt Painter $25 (Documentary on the life of Von Franco and his early life with Big Daddy Roth)
James Dean Collection-$46 3 movies 6 dvds (Rebel without a Cause, Giant, & East of Eden)each dvd is deluxe 2 dvd with bonus material
Jan & Dean Rare TV $18 (Features "On the Run" TV show- very rare, also documentary of life and tv appearances, running time over 2 and a half hours)
Jayne Mansfield Collection $46 for 3 dvd set
JUNKMAN - $20 (1982 - H.B. Halicki, who thrilled many with some of the most exciting car chases in GONE IN 60 SECONDS, had this follow-up a few years later called THE JUNKMAN. It's more amusing and hilarious than the previous film, this time expect more and the same with the almost nonstop action)
King of the Mountain $18(1981 - starring Harry Hamlin - he drives a Porsche 356 Speedster....Dennis Hopper drives a '67 Corvette - check out the great Hopper line - TIME IS SPEED!!! SPEED IS TIME!!!!!)
Last American Hero $20
Le Mans - $20 (1971 Classic starring Steve McQueen One of the most realistic movies ever! If you liked the car chase in Bullit, you'll want to see this movie! It really gets you to feel the '71 Le Mans atmosphere. If this movie was to be re-done today, it couldn't be done any better.)
Le Mans 1969 $12 (La Ronde Infernale - amazing documentary on the 1969 Le Mans race - ALSO included are vintage racing highlights from 1961 and 1967 - check out the Chapperall!!!)
Le Mans 1966-1969 $15 (Documentary on the races)
Lion Dragstrip Vol. 1 $25 (Excellent documentary about the greatest dragstrip of all time!)
Lion Dragstrip Vol. 2 $25
Live Fast Die Young $15
Lively Set $15 (1964 starring James Darren - features some great T Bucket sequences and 1963 Chrysler Turbine Car)
Macon County Line $18
Mad Fabricators Vol. 1 $25
Mad Fabricators Vol. 2 $25
Mad Fabricators Vol. 3 $25
Mad Fabricators Vol. 4 $25
Mad Fabricators Vol. 5 $25
Mad Max $18
Marilyn Monroe Rare TV (Vintage movie clips, commercials, other rarities featuring Marilyn) $18
Mini Skirt Mob $20(2 movies on 1 DVD - the other movie is Chrome and Hot Leather plot: Driven by jealousy, the jilted leader of a female motorcycle gang instigates a sadistic reign of terror against her ex-lover and his new bride 1968)
Moon Runners $18 (the ORIGINAL Dukes of Hazzard Movie!)
Moonshine County Express $18
Moonshine Highway $18
Mopar Madness $18
Mothers Jugs Speed $18
Motorcycle Gang $18 (Starring John Ashley)
Movie Previews - AIP CLASSICS $12 (this features all the great American International Pictures classic trailers....highlights include: Count Yorga, The Wild Party, Wild in the Streets, Ghost in the Invisible Bikini, Muscle Beach Party, Bikini Beach, Invasion of the Saucermen, I was a Teenage Werewolf, Angry Red Planet and MANY more - 72 Min.) - Be sure to see more movie preview classics in the Teen Trailer section of the catalog!
Muscle Cars - The British Documentary $15 (features overall history of the muscle car scene as well as highlights from 2005 Muscle Car Nationals, Silver State 100, & the Woodward Ave. cruise)
Nostalgia Drags - Blast from the Past 2 WITH GM Nationals Pro Street Shootout $15 (over 2 hours of highlights from the 90s)
The Notorious Bettie Page $20 (The story of Bettie Page, uber-successful 1950's pin-up model, one of the first sex icons in America, and the target of a Senate investigation (based on her bondage photos). Starring Gretchen Mol -2005)
On Any Sunday (The classic motorcycle documentary conveys the danger and thrill of the high-speed chase, the rugged freedom of off-roading and the true spirit of the sport of motorcycling. Also features a tribute to Steve McQueen, who was an avid cyclist. Nominated for an Academy Award.
On Any Sunday II (A collection of interviews and Championship races which feature many of today's most famous motorcyclists: Bruce Penhall, Brad Lackey, and Bob Hannah. Entertaining motorcycle action for the enthusiast.)
On Any Sunday Set (Box containing ON ANY SUNDAY (1971), ON ANY SUNDAY II (1981) and ON ANY SUNDAY REVISITED (2000). See individual titles for details.)
Outrage $18 (Starring Robert Culp, Marilyn Mason, & Jacqueline Scott)
Paso Robles 2004 Cruisin' Nationals $18
Paso Robles 2005 Cruisin' Nationals $18
Paso Robles 2006 Cruisin' Nationals $18
Pit Stop $18 (Starring Sid Haig & Ellen Burstyn)
Queen from Outer Space $18 (1958 Starring Zsa Zsa Gabor, Eric Fleming, & Laurie Mitchell)
Race With the Devil $12 (1975 Starring Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, & Loretta Swit)
The Racers $18 (1955 Starring Kirk Douglas, Cesar Romero, Bella Darvi, & Gilbert Roland)
Rad Rods$18 - UK version of Mad Fabricators.......but not as good
Ramones RAW $20 - classic live footage as well as behind the scenes while on tour!
Rebel Without A Cause $24 (2 disc set that has been digitally remastered - features the original theatrical trailer, new documentary, vintage documentary, and promo TV clip that featured James Dean saying - "The life you save may be mine." )
Red Line 7000 $18 (Starring James Caan & Laura Devon)
Reform School Girl $15 (1957 Caged boy-hungry wildcats gone mad!)
Rendezvous $18 (film by Claude Lelouch-legendary drive through the streets of Paris)
Return To Macon County $18 (1975 Starring Nick Nolte & Don Johnson In 1958, two teenagers take their pride and joy, a hopped-up Chevy, and start a cross-country journey to enter it in the National Championship drag races in California. Along the way they hook up with a pretty waitress who quits her job and hops in their car--and turns out to be more trouble than they thought! Features a nice '57 Chevy!)
Ride the Wild Surf $16 (1964 Starring Fabian, Tab Hunter & Barbara Eden) Road Racers $18 (1959 - great movie featuring Scarabs and Corvettes)
Road to Bonneville $25 (From Atomic Hot Rods - Get an in depth look inside the shop at Greenfield Center in New York. Go down to the Maxton Monster Mile in North Carolina for a test run, and travel all the way across the country to Bonneville for the time trails at Speed Week. This film is a true lesson in hot rodding that is not to be missed! )
Rock All Night $18 (1957-Starring Abby Dalton, Dick Miller & Russell Johnson-music provided by The Platters, & The Blockbusters)
Route 66 - Each Volume contains 2 episodes and some contain original commercials - like Martin Milner selling Marlboro Cigarettes! Please note the quality on these episodes vary from episode to episode. We are at the mercy of the old 16mm prints that we find and transfer
Route 66 Vol. 1 $15 (Black November -THIS IS THE 1st Episode!!! from 1960 & Lance of Straw - 2nd Episode)
Route 66 Vol. 2 $15 (The Man on the Monkey Board - Season 1 Episode 4 & The Swan Bed Season 1 Episode 3)
Route 66 Vol. 3 $15 (Lizard's Leg and Owlet's Wing (1962 Episode #68 or Season 3 Episode 6 - guest stars include Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre and Lon Chaney Jr AND You Never Had It So Good - 1962 Season 2, Episode 20 Guest Starring Peter Graves)
Route 66 Vol. 4 $15 (Play It Glissando-Season 1 Episode 14 Guest Star Jack Lord, Eleven the Hard Way Season 1 Episode 22 Guest Star Walter Matthau)
Route 66 Vol. 5 $15 (First Class Moullak Season 2 Episode 2 Guest Star Robert Redford, The Strengthening Angels Season 1 Episode 5 Guest Star Suzanne Plashette)
Route 66 Vol. 6 $15 (Soda Pop & Paper Flags Season 3 Episode 31 Guest Star Alan Alda, A Cage in Search of a Bird Season 4 Episode 9 Guest Star Stefanie Powers)
Route 66 The Ultimate Collection (1994-2005)
Run Angel Run $18 (1969 Biker movie : Starring William Smith as Angel - a guy who has double crossed his former Biker gang - they are after him and much violence ensues!)
Running on Empty - see Fast Lane Fever
Running Wild $18 (Starring William Campbell, Mamie VanDoren & Keenan Wynn) SAAC 27 $20 (Shelby American Automobile Club invades the California Speedway - this DVD gives you the complete race + interviews and in car cameras from 4 different Shelby cars!) SAAC 30 $20 (the same as above - but this one is from 7-3-2005) Santa Ana Drags (this is about 85 minutes of vintage clips from the late 50's - has narration from the original emcee at the Drag Races!)
Satans Sadists $18 (Russ Tamblyn as a mean ole biker dude - wow)
Savage Seven $18 (Starring Robert Walker, Larry Bishop, Joanna Frank, & John Garwood)
Seven Year Itch (Starring Marilyn Monroe)
Shake Rattle and Roll $18 (from the same people that brought you Hot Rods Rat Rods - Complete Build - this is another great DVD filled with old skool retro rods)
Shake Rattle and Rock $18 (way cool early R N R movie)
She Creature $18 (Starring Chester Morris, Marla English, & Tom Conway) She Devils on Wheels $20 (late 60's biker movie - so bad its good!)
Shindig $18 (COmplete uncut episode 8-26-66 hosted by Jimmie O Neil, Appearances by Bobby Sherman, Freddy & The Dreamers, The Four Tops, Sandy Shaw, Dick & Dee Dee, The Blossoms, & Much MOre) Smokey and the Bandit $15 (the classic Burt Reynolds movie!)
Smokey and the Bandit Pursuit Pack $25 (features all 3 of the Smokey movies in a 3 DVD set!)
Smokin Shutdown #9
Smokin Shutdown #10
Smokin Shutdown Special Issue #1
Some Like it Hot (Starring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon & Tony Curtis) Sorority Girl Speed Crazy $15(1959 starring Yvonne Lime - quality on this is not the best due to faded 16 mm transfer)
Speed Merchants $15 (Excellent vintage documentary on 1972 Sports Car racing. From 24hrs of Le Mans to 24hrs at Daytona. Told by drivers Mario Andretti and Vic Elford)
Sports Blast from the Past
Steel Cowboy $18 (Starring James Brolin, Rip Torn, & Jennifer Warren)
Steve McQueen Collection Stingray TV Show Vol. 1-5 Special - get all 5 DVDs for $55 - each DVD is 4 HOURS long!
Stingray Movie $18(1978 feature that has a Chevelle chasing a '64 red convertible throughout the entire movie)
Teaserama - see Varitease Teenage A Go Go $15 (this is about 90 minutes of random Television clips from the late 50s up to the mid 60s)
Teenage Thunder $18 (B & W - young guy gets in trouble for hot rodding - goes to work for a mechanic against his father's wishes - then the young guy steals the mechanics car to go race!)
Teen Trailers $18 (features almost 2 hours of the best movie previews from the old B movies in the 50's and 60's)
Teen Trailers Vol. 2 (even MORE of the movie previews from years past)
Teen Trailers Vol. 3 (and MORE and MORE of the previews from the 50s and 60s)
This Island Earth $18 (1955 Starring Jeff Morrow, Faith Domerque, & Rex Reason) Thunder Alley $22(this is 2 movies on 1 DVD - the other movie is Fireball 500)
Thunder & Lightning $20 (1977 Kate Jackson and David Carradine - A young man who hauls liquor for moonshiners comes up against a competing gang of moonshiners who intend to get rid of him and take over his operation. Features a nice '57 Chevy)
Thunder in Carolina $18(1960 features some great vintage NASCAR and RORY CALHOUN!)
Thunder Road $20(Robert Mitchum classic)
To Please a Lady $18 (Clark Gable classic!) Trans Am 1970 $15 (more vintage racing - footage from Laguna Seca, Lime Rock, Mid Ohio, and many more!)
Trans Am 1971 $18 (vintage racing features even more from the '71 circuit) Tucker $16 (classic movie about a man and a dream - only to be CRUSHED by the corporate bad guys)
Two Lane Blacktop $20 (this is the FULL Screen version - not the widescreen version that was released a few years ago)
Two Lane Blacktop $20 available in Wide Screen version
Used Cars $15 (Starring Kurt Russell, Jack Warden & Gerrit Graham 1980)
Vanishing Point $20 (1971 ORIGINAL starring Barry Newman as Kowalski driving the 1970 Challenger!)
Vanishing Point $20 (1997 Remake starring Viggo Mortensen driving same car but check out the 1968 Dodge Charger R/T in this one!)
Van Nuys Blvd. $18 (silly 70's cruisin movie - Rated R)
Varietease/Teaserama $24 (1954 Bettie Page and Tempest Storm are the highlights in these uncut burlesque reels)
Velocity - see The Wild Ride
Gene Vincent & Eddie Cochran - 2 live performances by the rockabilly legends $18
Vintage Torque I $24 - (3 hours of traditional hot rods and interviews with car builders and legends like Gene Winfield - see www.vintagetorque.com for more details and trailers)
Vintage Torque II $25 - (3 hours of more traditional hot rods - features coverage from Florida, Detroit, Las Vegas, Austin TX, Knoxville, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and more! See www.vintagetorque.com for the trailer)
Viva Las Vegas 2005 - $25 Features tons of cars and highlights from the show!
Viva Las Vegas 2006 - $25 more cars and more crazy people from this years show.
Viva Las Vegas 2007 -$25 not as many cars and more and more focus on the people that attend the show
The Wanderers $22
War of the Worlds $18 (1953 Starring Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, & Les Tremayne)
Way it Really Was
Werewolves on Wheels $18 (1970 Starring Stephen Oliver, & Severn Darden)
When Worlds Collide $16 (1951 Starring Richard Derr, Barbara Rush, & Larry Keating) White Lightning $20 (Burt Reynolds classic)
White Line Fever $18
Wild Angels $20(this is 2 movies on 1 DVD - the other movie is Hells Belles)
Wild One $20 (Marlon Brando classic)
Wild Ones on Wheels $15
Wild Ride $15 (1960 Jack Nicholson in his EARLY years)
Worlds Fastest Indian $20 (Starring Anthony Hopkins)
Wonderful World of Wheels
WW Dixie and the Dance Kings $18
York PA Drag Racing - see History of Drag Racing
Young Racers $16
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Many people have asked what the best car movies are....well.......I am not one to put MY opinion on other people so I will let you look at what Hot Rod magazine has to say about this!
The following was taken from Hot Rod magazine - not sure of the issue - but you can get an idea of what THEY say are the best movies. Please note that I can TRY to get all the movies listed, but I may not have access to all of them.
1> American Graffiti (1973)
Director: George Lucas
Stars: '32 Ford five-window, '55 Chevy, '58 Chevy
People: Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Charles Martin Smith, Harrison Ford, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips, Candy Clark, and Paul LeMat
Why: The obvious choice. Despite all those Star Wars movies, American Graffiti is director George Lucas' best film. Four friends in central California face the future dusk-to-dawn one summer night in 1962; cruising, hanging out, wreaking havoc, and ultimately street racing. In 200 years people will still watch this movie to know what it meant to grow up in an America obsessed with hot rods. And they'll still want to drive Milner's '32 and Falfa's '55.
Look For: You know Milner is in trouble when he opens his car's headers.
Trivia: The license number on Milner's car is "THX 138" referring to Lucas' first film, THX 1138
2> Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
Director: Monte Hellman
Stars: '55 Chevy, '70 GTO
People: James Taylor, Dennis Wilson, Warren Oates
Why: There's a plot in here somewhere, but no one cares. Two itinerant street racers without names (Taylor and Wilson are "The Driver" and "The Mechanic") wander across America until they encounter an older guy in a GTO (Oates) who can't shut up. They stop and street race. Then they stop and drag race. Then there's an impromptu race with a Dodge Charger. It all boils down to attitude--and you either like that or just leave the TV tuned to Lifetime. And their '55 Chevy is solid-axle wicked; a car built when '55s were bad-asses instead of antiseptic nostalgia rods.
Look For: The only movie ever in which a character stops to buy a rebuild kit for a '70 Quadrajet.
Trivia: Richard Ruth, who built the '55, is the guy in the Glendale Speed Center T-shirt at the first gas station they stop at. And yeah, painted black, the '55 was Falfa's car in American Graffiti.
3> Vanishing Point (1971)
Director: Richard C. Sarafian
Star: '70 Challenger R/T
People: Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, Dean Jagger
Why: For no apparent reason, Kowalski (no first name) needs to get from Denver to San Francisco in less than 15 hours and has only a white Challenger and a fistful of amphetamines with which to do it. The cops try and stop him, and a lot of excellent high-speed stunt driving ensues. All the '70s counter-culture/existential stuff is bizarre, but the music is still solid. This is the ultimate Mopar movie.
Trivia: Driving the Challenger most of the time was legendary stuntman Carey Loftin.
4> Bullitt (1968)
Director: Peter Yates
Stars: '68 Mustang GT 390, '68 Charger
People: Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset
Why: The chase in Bullitt--the definitive movie car chase--has been obsessed over for nearly 40 years and it still holds up. Sure, too many hubcaps come off the Charger and McQueen upshifts the Mustang so often he'd be in 16th gear by the end of the sequence, but it's groundbreaking film making and worth watching once a month. The movie also has Bisset in her jaw-dropping prime and McQueen at his coolest.
Trivia: While McQueen did much of his own driving, it was Carey Loftin who piloted the Mustang during the hairiest stuff.
5> The Gumball Rally (1976)
Director: Charles Bail
Stars: '65 Shelby Cobra 427, '70 Camaro, '71 Ferrari Daytona Spyder
People: Michael Sarrazin, Raul Julia, Gary Busey
Why: This is the first genuinely funny car movie. The driving isn't the best (it's good), but the script has wit, there are great cars in every scene, and the viewer winds up wanting to go and organize his own illegal cross-country road race. Or at least drive through the L.A. River in a Cobra. Raul Julia is great as Franco Bertollini, who rips the Daytona's rearview mirror off and explains, "[That's] the first rule of Italian driving . . . What's behind me is not important."
Trivia: Released in August 1976, Gumball hit theaters a couple weeks after Cannonball (number 18 on this list) making it the second film inspired by Brock Yates' Cannonball Baker Sea to Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash. That event first ran in May 1971
6> Thunder Road (1958)
Director: Arthur Ripley
Stars: '50 Ford, '57 Chevy, '57 Ford
People: Robert Mitchum, Gene Barry
Why: Of all the tales of moonshine running, Thunder Road remains the best, first because it has tough-guy Robert Mitchum in the lead, second because seeing a '50 Ford driven hard is always fascinating, and third because the action is so good you almost forget the movie is in black and white. Plus the cops have a '57 Chevy that grabs onto suspect vehicles' bumpers. Filmed on location around Asheville, North Carolina, Thunder Road may not be authentic, but it looks it.
Trivia: The 'shine cars in the film were supposedly bought from actual runners. And the primary stunt driver was Carey Loftin.
7> Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974)
Director: John Hough
Stars: '66 Impala, '69 Charger
People: Peter Fonda, Adam Roarke, Susan George, Vic Morrow
Why: When even the cops have hot cars (a hyped Polara with an "unlimited" top end), it's got to be great. There's a plot involving a kidnapping, but who cares? It's just an excuse for a chase between Sheriff Morrow and driver Fonda with his pal, mechanic Roarke, whining that he's "over-driving" the car. The Charger's smashing fate is well-known, but some of the best action takes place with a '66 Impala. And the incredible low-altitude work of helicopter stunt pilot James Gavin is some of the best ever.
Trivia: The Charger swaps between being a '68 and a '69 several times over the course of the climactic chase. Go figure.
8> Smokey and The Bandit (1977)
Director: Hal Needham
Stars: '77 Trans Am
People: Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason
Why: For a certain generation, this is the definitive car movie. Reynolds is at his peak, Fields looks as good as she ever would, and Jackie Gleason is funny as Sheriff Buford T. Justice. The plot? To go to Texarkana, Texas, pick up a load of Coors and return it to Atlanta, which was illegal back in 1977. The black Trans Am is iconic by now, and it lays out a coat of rubber every time it launches or turns.
Trivia: Smokey and the Bandit was the second-highest grossing film of 1977--behind Star Wars
9> The Blues Brothers (1980)
Director: John Landis
Star: '74 Monaco Police Package
People: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd
Why: Fresh out of prison, Joliet Jake Blues (Belushi) teams with his brother Elwood (Aykroyd) to put their band back together for a concert to save their childhood home. That inspires massive amounts of automotive mayhem, decent comedy, and good musical numbers. The highlight of the driving isn't any of the extravagant pileups of cop cars, but one shot of the Bluesmobile Monaco steaming down Chicago's Lower Wacker Drive at well over a hundred. That shot only lasts a moment, but it's likely the last time any movie company will talk a city into allowing such sheer velocity on a public street.
Trivia: Despite decades of failed redevelopment efforts, the abandoned Dixie Square Mall through which the Blues are chased is still rotting away in Harvey, Illinois.
10> Hollywood Knights (1980) Director: Floyd Mutrux
Stars: '57 Chevy, '66 Cobra 427, and numerous street rods
People: Robert Wuhl, Tony Danza, Michelle Pfeiffer
Why: This is a rip-off of American Graffiti--down to the one-night-with-teenagers-on-the-verge-of-growing-up plot. But it's crammed with more great-looking hot rods than virtually any other movie, and more street racing. This was also Pfeiffer's first theatrical film and she never looked better. The humor here is crude and shallow, but a lot of us are crude and shallow.
Trivia: That's Popular Hot Rodding's "Project X" '57 starring as Danza's ride. It becomes obvious it's a PHR project car when smoke starts pouring out of it during the street race with the Cobra.
11> Mad Max (1979) Director: George Miller
Stars: '73 Ford Falcon Coupe
People: Mel Gibson
Why: This Australian movie made on a microscopic budget packed in more anarchic car action than most big-budget movies could ever muster. It made Mel Gibson a star and had the world craving Roots blowers that could be turned on and off. It's still a blast even though half the dialogue is incomprehensibly Aussie.
12> The Road Warrior (1981) Director: George Miller
Star: '73 Ford Falcon Coupe
People: Mel Gibson
Why: The sequel to Mad Max is better than the original. So intense is the post-apocalyptic action it's shocking that any Australian stunt men lived through the filming.
13> Le Mans (1971)
Director: Lee H. Katzin
Stars: Porsche 917, Ferrari 512S
People: Steve McQueen
Why: McQueen always wanted to make a movie about racing--this one is it and there's barely any of the soap opera that infects most racing films. This re-creation of the 24 Hours of Le Mans remains the standard against which all other racing movies are judged. But don't expect this to hold your interest if you're not committed.
14> Gone In 60 Seconds (1974)
Director: H.B. Halicki
Star: '73 Ford Mustang Mach 1
People: H.B. Halicki
Why: Halicki owned a wrecking yard in L.A.'s South Bay and decided he wanted to be in the movie business. The result is a micro-budget movie whose story makes no sense and acting that makes any 2x4 look like Sir Laurence Olivier. The movie also looks hideous. But the car chase goes on for something like 40 minutes with nearly 100 cars wrecked. And it's still better than the big-bucks remake released in 2000.
15> Corvette Summer (1978)
Director: Matthew Robbins
Star: '73 Ford Falcon Coupe
People: Mark Hamill, Annie Potts
Why: Sweet natured at its core, this story of a teenager's obsession with a Corvette has aged well, even if said Corvette remains as ugly as septic sludge.
16> More American Graffiti (1979)
Director: Bill L. Norton
Stars: '32 Ford, fleets of vintage drag machines
People: Ron Howard, Paul LeMat
Why: It's not half the movie the original was, but this sequel still has enough emotional pull to make it compelling. The racing is OK, though there should have been some street action in here someplace.
17> Funny Car Summer (1974)
Director: Ron Phillips
Star: Jim Dunn's rear-engine '73 'Cuda Funny Car
People: Jim Dunn and family
Why: This list's only documentary follows fireman Jim Dunn through the '73 season as he sustains himself through a year of campaigning his radical (and ultimately unsuccessful) flopper. This isn't a slick production, and the '70s-style editing is goofy, but this movie is an honest look at what it meant to be a racer back when the sport still had room for amateurs.
18> Cannonball (1976)
Director: Paul Bartel
Stars: '69 Mustang, '70 Trans Am, '71 Pantera, '68 Charger
People: David Carradine, Veronica Hamel
Why: When it comes to giddy vehicular destruction, this is the most giddily destructive of them all. It's almost too gory for its own good with a bloodlust that dampens the good humor. But if you're in the mood for over-the-top, this, the first of the Cannonball cross-country movies to hit theaters, is the one to watch.
19> White Lightning (1973)
Director: Joseph Sargent
Star: '71 Ford LTD
People: Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty
Why: Reynolds as Gator McKlusky is the prototype for Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit a few years later. Here he's an ex-moonshiner hooked up with the feds to break up a criminal moonshine business. Gator, the '76 sequel, is basically the same movie and they both feature solid action. There's something mean about a bench-seat Ford sedan with a 429 and a T-handle-shifted four-speed.
20> Death Race 2000 (1975)
Director: Paul Bartel
Stars: Scads of kit cars
People: David Carradine, Sylvester Stallone
Why: In the far-off future of the year 2000, cartoon cars race across America scoring bonus points for knocking off pedestrians. It's not subtle, it's not lavishly produced, but it's still sorta funny.
21> Eat My Dust! (1976)
Director: Charles B. Griffith
Star: '68 Camaro
People: Ron Howard, Christopher Norris
Why: The plot is nonsense about a nutty youngster stealing a race car and leading the cops on a chase--hardly original, but it's fun and pretty well satisfied with itself. And when it turned into a hit, Ron Howard demanded he be allowed to head up the virtual sequel, 1977's Grand Theft Auto, starting his Oscar-winning directing career.
22> The Lively Set (1964)
Director: Jack Arnold
Stars: Chrysler Turbine, Top Fuelers, streamliners
People: James Darren, Pamela Tiffin, Doug McClure
Why: This loose remake of 1954's Johnny Dark has street rods, drag racing, land speed record runs in a streamliner at Bonneville, and a cross-country road race that features Chrysler's experimental turbine car. It's a car-geek love fest wrapped around a silly plot that, thankfully, doesn't get in the way of the wrench candy.
23> The French Connection (1971)
Director: William Friedkin
Star: '71 Pontiac LeMans
People: Gene Hackman, Roy Schieder
Why: This layered police drama is the only movie on the list to have won an Oscar as Best Picture, and it deserved it for many reasons. Not the least of those reasons was the classic chase between Hackman in a commandeered LeMans and a train running on elevated tracks above them. It brought a higher sense of realism to car chases than ever seen before and made Hackman a star.
24> To Live And Die In L.A. (1985)
Director: William Friedkin
Star: Early '80s Impala sedan
People: William L. Petersen, Willem Dafoe
Why: Fourteen years after The French Connection, Friedkin topped himself with the chase in this film. Amid a story about Secret Service agents gone wacko, Agent Petersen drives like a madman, dodging trains and bullets and driving the wrong way on a freeway while his partner--reasonably--cowers in the back seat.
Trivia: Look closely. The traffic on that freeway is flowing the wrong direction; they're all driving on their left. So Petersen is going the right way and everyone else is wrong.
25> Viva Las Vegas (1964)
Director: George Sidney
Stars: Cobras, Corvettes, and more
People: Elvis Presley, Ann-Margret
Why: Elvis made a lot of car movies, but this is the best. Elvis enters the Las Vegas Grand Prix, then needs money, then blah, blah, blah. What matters is that Ann-Margret was 22 or 23 when this was made and so sexy she could crack granite with one sideways glance. The racing sequences are absurd but cool, with Ann-Margret watching the mayhem from her helicopter and just shrugging off every obviously fatal accident to root Elvis on to victory. And, yeah, the music is pretty good. Ann-Margret blows Elvis away in the talent contest too.
26> Ronin (1998)
Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: BMW M5, Mercedes 6.9, Audi S8
People: Robert DeNiro, Jean Reno
Why: The cars are European, but at least they're the hot-rod versions that these modern-day mercenaries drive through three great chases. Unfortunately DeNiro never looks comfortable driving. But at least one character knows the details on his Audi's nitrous system.
27> Against All Odds (1984)
Director: Taylor Hackford
Stars: Porsche 911, Ferrari 308 GTSi
People: Jeff Bridges, James Woods, Rachel Ward
Why: The moody murder mystery is decent, but the car chase and Rachel Ward are spectacular. The chase is pure ego and involves that Porsche and Ferrari running along L.A.'s crowded Sunset Boulevard at ludicrous speeds and ends with both cars intact (that's almost unique). Stunt-driver Carey Loftin was 70 years old when he piloted the Ferrari through this chase.
28> Christine (1983)
Director: John Carpenter
Stars: '58 Fury, '68 Charger, '67 Camaro
People: Keith Gordon, John Stockwell
Why: Stephen King's classic tale of adolescent automotive obsession and pure evil embodied in a '58 Plymouth is well paced, fun, macabre, and brutal. And we all want a car that fixes itself.
29> Cobra (1986)
Director: George P. Cosmatos
Star: '50 Mercury
People: Sylvester Stallone, Brigitte Neilsen
Why: It's one of the dumbest cop movies ever made with Stallone spewing cheesy dialog like, "You're the disease and I'm the cure." But he drives a nasty '50 Merc that pounds through a harrowing chase scene with pure menace. Watch for the moment when the Merc's speedo shows the car is going 80 mph and the tach shows the engine churning at 8,400 rpm. It's only then that he hits the nitrous.
30> Hot Rod (1950)
Director: Lewis D. Collins
Star: '32 Ford
People: Jimmy Lydon, Gil Stratton
Why: One of the first movies to take on street racing, even if it was awkward and silly. But the cars are wicked in the way only genuine early rods can be, and at one point the Stratton character reads an issue of HOT ROD. Plus the title is perfect.
31> Hot Rod Girl (1956)
Director: Leslie H. Martinson
Stars: Various rods, '56 Thunderbird
People: Lori Nelson, Frank Gorshin, Chuck Connors
Why: The story is a dopey diatribe against street racing, but the glimpses of early drag racing are worth the pain.
32> The Cannonball Run (1981)
Director: Hal Needham
Stars: Dodge van, Ferrari 308 GTS, Lamborghini Countach
People: Burt Reynolds, Farrah Fawcett, Dom Deluise
Why: Brock Yates, who started the whole Cannonball race thing, wrote this alleged comedy where Reynolds and pals scream cross-continent against a bunch of other somewhat wacky competitors. For a movie about an illegal road race, there's remarkably little illegal road racing.
33> The Driver (1978)
Director: Walter Hill
Stars: Chevy pickup, '76 Trans Am
People: Ryan O'Neal, Bruce Dern, Isabelle Adjani
Why: The lead character's name is simply "The Driver," the cop chasing him is "The Detective," and the love interest is "The Player." A freelance wheelman for crooks, O'Neal does some amazing things to a Mercedes sedan and ultimately faces down a Trans Am while driving a hot-rod pickup. It's low key but good.
34> Used Cars (1980)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: '57 Chevy, junk
People: Kurt Russell, Jack Warden, Deborah Harmon
Why: One of the most cynical comedies ever, it's about two brothers (both played by Warden) with used-car lots opposite one another where a freeway off-ramp will go in. Russell is a salesman trying to buy his way into politics. Wanton destruction includes a '57 Chevy driven with lunacy to induce a heart attack. Director Zemeckis would go on to make the Back to the Future movies and Forrest Gump, but we think this is his funniest film.
35> Gone In Sixty Seconds (2000)
Director: Dominic Sena
Star: '67 Mustang
People: Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie
Why: The climactic chase is ruined--ruined--by lousy computer graphics during the big jump. But there are people who love this remake. How else to explain all the clones of Eleanor, the faked-up Shelby Mustang?
36> Hot Rods To Hell (1967)
Director: John Brahm/James Curtis Havens
Stars: '58 Corvette, '56 Chevy, '61 Belvedere
People: Dana Andrews, Jeanne Crain
Why: A movie so bad it's actually entertaining. A family crosses the desert by ugly Plymouth only to be set upon by crazed rodders driving a motley assortment of machines. The dialogue is overwrought and goofy, the production looks consistently lousy, and Andrews overacts enough to fill six more movies.
37> Tucker: The Man And His Dream (1985)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Star: Tucker Torpedo
People: Jeff Bridges, Joan Allen, Martin Landau
Why: A beautifully crafted homage to Preston Tucker who determinedly pursued building the "car of the future" despite almost a complete lack of resources in the late '40s. It's not about hot rodding, but it is about the obsession it takes to build a car.
38> Goldfinger (1964)
Director: Guy Hamilton
Star: Aston Martin DB5
People: Sean Connery
Why: The best James Bond movie and the only one where Q gets to go through all the modifications made to Bond's Aston. And Connery is at his droll, merciless top. This entry collects the award for all the great cars and car stunts in many other Bond movies as well.
39> The Italian Job (1969)
Director: Peter Collinson
Stars: Mini Coopers, Lamborghini Miura
People: Michael Cain, Noel Coward, Benny Hill
Why: This is the ultimate British car movie with Minis doing amazing stunts and all the blokes talking in indecipherable accents as they plan and execute a gold robbery in Turin. Could it be better? Yeah, they could have been driving Camaros. Skip the remake.
40> The Fast And The Furious (2001)
Director: Rob Cohen
Stars: '70 Charger, '01 Ford Lightning, and a whole bunch of really hideous, overly done import cars with huge graphics.
People: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel
Why: Exploiting the tuner-car fad that was enormously popular at the time, this film got so much about cars wrong, right down to calling nitrous oxide "noss." But it did get one thing very right: Ultimate tough guy Diesel (who starred in this lightweight flick after acting in the incredibly heavyweight Saving Private Ryan) is scared to death of the blown Charger in his garage that his dad left behind. That perfectly reflects a real world where the import guys are frightened silly of V-8s. But as expected, they crashed the Charger in the end, making us wince. Why do they always have to do that? Really, why?
Heart Like a Wheel (1983)--The Shirley Muldowney story is a great film with Bonnie Bedalia as Muldowney and Beau Bridges as Connie Kalitta.
The California Kid (1974)--A legendary TV movie featuring Martin Sheen and Pete Chapouris' definitive '34 Ford three-window rod.
The Last American Hero (1973)--A great racing movie based on the life of Junior Johnson and starring Jeff Bridges.
King of the Mountain (1981)--The battle to be the best racer on L.A.'s Mulholland Drive. Stars Harry Hamlin, but it's good anyhow.
Greased Lightning (1977)--Richard Pryor as Wendell Scott, the first African American in NASCAR.
Johnny Dark (1954)--An obsessive young man (Tony Curtis) wants to build a great car. Fantastic early '50s footage of California road racing with some scenes shot at the Packard proving grounds.
Grand Prix (1966)--John Frankenheimer's epic about the Formula One circuit spectacularly captured the speed of the era. Stars James Garner.
Moonrunners (1975)--The little-seen inspiration for The Dukes of Hazzard.
The Racers (1955)--Kirk Douglas as a Grand Prix driver? Why not?
To Please a Lady (1950)--Clark Gable and Barbara Stanwyck star in a strangely titled film stuffed full of dirt track and Indy action from the late '40s.