Join Brian Darwas and the Rolling Bones Hot Rod Shop on a
cross-country trip full of roadside breakdowns, shop tours,
parking-lot parties and plenty of racing at what most people
consider the birthplace of hot rodding, the legendary Bonneville
All 13 hot rods embark on a lifetime adventure
from New York to Utah, where Keith Cornell breaks the world record
for the fastest Ford Y-block.
Enough salt-pit rebuilds, tech
inspections and race runs to keep even the most jaded gearheads on
the edge of their seats.
Be there to experience the sun on
your face and the salt in the air when it all comes down to that
runs 60 minutes, plus 40 minutes worth of bonus features.
Sounds of Sanford
Jets - Dragsters - Hot Rods
Recorded at the Drag Races,
October 14, 1962, Sanford, Maine
Featuring Walt Arfon's Green Monster Jet, SRC Dragster, 99 Jr.
Racing Team 1320 Engineering Special, Miller Racing Team Special,
Disisit Special, #2 Son Atomic Engineering Special, Bluebird
Special, Ali Baba II, Pink Hog, Tappets, and many others.
It didn't matter what size the drag
strip was. It didn't matter whether it was an old airport landing
strip or not. What mattered was that a man by the name of Walt
Arfons wanted to mount an aircraft jet engine on a drag-racing
chassis. What mattered was the hair raising on your arms and the
constant pounding on your body as the engine built up the RPMs that
would propel Walt through the light beams that would give us all the
E.T.s and miles per hour of another breath-taking run. Just when the
overflow crowd felt that peak of excitement, a bystander is heard to
yell "Wow..." and all hell breaks loose and through the timers went
the Green Monster in a little over 4 seconds and well over 200 miles
Like Arfons, every drag racer in
that era earned his (or her) spurs through an unbelievable desire to
create a better, faster and safer vehicle. They paved the way to the
Super Drag Strips of today. And those experiments brought out speeds
of over 300 miles per hour and E.T.s so low as not to be believed –
in just 1320 feet.
Original recordings were digitally
remastered and restored and released on compact disc.
With John Saxon, Williams Smith,
A thrilling look at a professional drag
racing (funny car) team that does anything to get ahead, no matter
what the cost. Beautiful shots of Canadian scenery, with a real
focus on racing.
Directed by horror master David Cronenberg.
Color, 93 min, rated R, widescreen.
Deuce of Spades
Written, produced and directed by Faith Granger and starring Timothy
Luke, Jordan Warren, Kyle Clifford, Alexandra Holder,
When a hotrod girl finds a mysterious letter dating back to the
fifties hidden in her roadster, she is left with nothing but
questions… Who is Johnny Callaway?
She sets out to find the
answers and retrace her deuce’s troubled past. But will uncovering
the truth make a difference and can a broken man ever get a second
chance at a happiness long forgotten?
Fast hotrods, cool
cats, gravity defying swing dancing and rockin’ retro music all
serve as a colorful backdrop to this heartfelt, inspiring story.
Discover an underground scene where counter culture is in, old
school is cool and nostalgia forever reigns.
2011, Faith Granger’s Deuce of Spades is already a cult
Color, 128 min.
With Jesse Williams, Ashley
Hinshaw, John Heard, Richard Blake, et al.
The untold story
of how Southern California drag racers, Don "The Snake" Prudhomme
and Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen combined with corporate giants to
change the face of sports and ultimately became the most famous
rivalry in racing history.
Color, 102 min.
This is Long Beach
Hot rod historian Brian Darwas shadows three generations of custom
car and hot rod aficionados, The Long Beach Cavaliers, in this
Each generation, from the 1940s to
present, recounts detailed memories and pays homage to the cars that
bonded them in a lifelong brotherhood, all while chopping a 1947
Ford in Brad Masterson's Kustom's car shop in historic Lynwood,
Approx. 60 minutes with over 30 minutes of
A Sweet Sickness: The
Join hot rod builder and
award-winning filmmaker Brian Darwas as he sits down and talks to
the world’s top engine-builders and fabricators about the engine
that pioneered a movement, The Ford Flathead.
secrets from Vern Tardel. Get an in-depth look at the build of two
high-powered Flathead motors by Mike Herman (H&H) and Ronnie
SanGiovani. Hear the stories that inspired Ryan Cochran to begin one
of the most popular Hot Rodding networks in the world today, and
ride along with Vern Hammond and Jack Carroll of The Burbank
Choppers in their Flathead-powered, traditional Hot Rods.
Featuring: Vern Tardel, Mike Herman (H&H), Ronnie SanGiovani, Dave
Simard, Ryan Cochran, Vern Hammond, Jack Carroll, Paul Howard, and
Approx. 60 minutes with over 30 minutes of
Devil At Your Feet
Ride along with
hot rod builder and award-winning filmmaker Brian Darwas (The Road
to Bonneville) as he travels over 3000 miles from The East Coast to
The West Coast. Get an inside look at two car clubs from opposite
coasts (The Burbank Choppers and The Altar Boys) who share the same
ideals and passion for traditional hot rods and customs!
Flatheads, nailheads, and vintage steel! Take a ride inside the cars
and sit down to hear the stories from the men who built them. This
film is a true study in what Traditional Hot Rodding is really
Approx. 64 minutes with over 40 minutes of Special
The Road to
Join hot rod
builder and filmmaker Brian Darwas as he rides shot gun with two of
the most influential hot rod builders of this generation for an epic
cross-country adventure. You've heard the stories and you've seen
the pictures, but for the first time you can ride along side of The
Rolling Bones as they travel over 2,300 miles, through ten states
from New York to Nevada in their famous 1932 Ford Coupes.
Pit next to The Hop Up
Race Team and The Bean Bandits. Get on the ground with Keith Cornell
while he swaps the gears out of a vintage Halibrand rear and stand
next to Ken Schmidt as he gets under the hood to re-jet carbs
between runs. Peer over the shoulder of renowned photographer Peter
Vincent while he shoots two of the world's most beautiful hot rods,
and witness The Rolling Bones hop in George Poteet's '32 roadster
and hit speeds of up to 175 miles per hour! Get an in-depth look
inside the shop, go down to the Maxton Monster Mile in North
Carolina for a test run, and travel across the country to Bonneville
for the time trails at Speed Week.
Approx. 61 minutes with
over 40 minutes of Special Features.
Garlits: Profile of a Legend
has shaped the destiny of his chosen sport more than ''Big Daddy,''
both in technical innovation and sheer professionalism. 'Champion
Garlits' mixes archival footage of the many milestones of Don's
career with an extensive interview with the man himself, in his
Museum of Drag Racing. The triumphs, the disasters, the highs and
lows of this champion of the drag strip are all recalled.
Don was the first man to run a 250 mph terminal speed standing
quarter, and on another occasion he tripped the lights near to this
terminal speed backwards! These and many other highlights of a
remarkable career are included in this action-packed program.
More than five decades after his
first major victory, Garlits remained committed to his sport. In
late 2007 he delighted more than 50,000 fans at the Nitro Nationals
in Bakersfield, California, as he returned to the strip with two of
his famous Swamp Rat racers, and the filmmakers’ cameras were there
to capture the moment.
the highlights of a remarkable career to the Nitro Nationals of
2007, this is an action-packed profile of a true Champion.
Color, 79 min.
the Dunn Family
Jim Dunn is an Orange County, California, fireman nine months out of
the year. But every summer, for the past 20 years, Jim and his
family pack up their suitcases and hook up their trailer to haul a
funny-looking dragster to 20 different races in 20 different states.
This unusual style of summer vacation has become a way of life for
this fun-loving, action-oriented family.
The film follows
the Dunns from their Southern California home life to the dangerous,
often deadly, world of high-speed drag racing and shares their joys
and fears as they experience the thrills of this family obsession.
(1974) Color, 88 min.
Racing on a Ribbon of Salt
Boys of Bonneville:
Racing on a Ribbon of Salt is about an America that has all but
disappeared, when lucrative business deals were cemented by a
handshake and state of the art automobiles were designed on the
backs of envelopes. It tells the story of an unsung hero and
self-made man, David Abbott Jenkins, who, with almost superhuman
stamina and boyish charm, set out to single-handedly break every
existing land speed record on his beloved Bonneville Salt Flats of
Utah. More than a century later, many of “Ab’s” records remain
unbroken and the legacy lives on in his custom car. Looking like
something Batman would have owned, the story comes full circle when
Ab’s son Marv, restores the 12-cylinder, 4800-pound “Mormon Meteor”
to its glory days for a ceremonial lap on the salt.
The film features
pristine archival footage of Ab, Marv, and their races, as well as
recently shot HD interviews with a stellar list of car and racing
aficionados (including Jay Leno and Col. Andy Green, the current
land speed holder). The car resides in Salt Lake City’s Price Museum
of Speed (www.pricemuseumofspeed.org).
Color, 81 min.
Lions – THE GREATEST DRAG STRIP
with C.J. Hart, John Force, Ed Iskenderian, Tommy Ivo,
This is part one (of
the three-part) quintessential video documentary on the
sport of drag racing's most historic quarter-mile
facilities, Lions Drag Strip. It took veteran
photojournalist Don Gillespie in excess of four years to
compile hundreds of photos, films, research, and
interviews from more than 30 individuals.
The nearly two-hour production details the Long Beach,
CA-based track's inception in 1955 (with Mickey Thompson
as its first manager), through the lifting of the "fuel
ban" in early '62. Through Thompson, Lions was the first
to use electronic starting lights, was LA-based which
resulted in giant crowds, and played host to some of the
largest meets in history, especially at a time when the
sport was in its early, pioneering stages. A must-have
for all who raced or attended an event there, or simply
ever heard about arguably the most mystic of all
This is a definite keeper for lovers of nostalgia, who
long for a well-done trip back to racing's yesteryear.
Incredible film footage includes sport's first ever
"live" TV broadcast on KTTV, including interviews with
racers Allen "Lefty" Mudersbach, Jack Chrisman, Tom
McEwen, Don Prudhomme, with Thompson and Bill Welch as
Color, 114 min.
Like a Wheel
The Shirley Muldowney Story
Bonnie Bedelia, Beau Bridges, Bruce Barlow, Leo Rossi and
Bonnie Bedelia — in the triumphant performance that earned
her a Golden Globe® nomination as Best Actress — stars as Shirley
"Cha Cha" Muldowney, the young wife and mother who defied the sport
of drag racing to become the only female top fuel champion in NHRA®
But before she could reach the record books,
Shirley had to survive an abusive first marriage, her volatile love
affair with fellow racer Connie Kalitta (Beau Bridges of THE
KILLING TIME and NORMA RAE), a horrific accident, and
a sexist world that tried to stand in the way of one remarkable
woman who dared to put her heart on the line.
Edwards of ER fame co-stars in this Deluxe 25th Anniversary
Edition of the film Newsweek called "one of the best American movies
of the year," now packed with all-new Bonus Materials featuring
racing legends Shirley Muldowney, Don Garlits, Connie Kalitta and
- Commentary by
director Jonathan Kaplan
Muldowney: Behind the Wheel" featurette with the real Shirley
Muldowney and friends
- "Friends -
Rivals - Champions" featurette with real-life racers Muldowney, Don
Garlits and Connie Kalitta discussing their careers
- Poster and still
- Theatrical trailer
Color, Special Edition, runtime 113 min.