Racing Movies to Enjoy During Holiday Downtime

Racing Movies to Enjoy During Holiday Downtime

The holidays are a great time to spend with friends and family, but sometimes you just need to veg out on the couch, eat leftovers, and watch a good film (or two). For the winter doldrums and holiday post-ham stomach settling, we've rounded up some great racing movies that span decades (some serious, some funny, all entertaining).
Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
Though it wasn't a commercial success when it came out, this movie about two drag racers—James Taylor and Dennis WIlson play a driver and mechanic, respectively—taking their 1955 Chevrolet 150 two-door sedan across the country later became a cult favorite. A portion of the movie was filmed at the Lakeland International Raceway in Lakeland, TN, and you can even spot Bill Taylor in a few scenes! Watch the trailer below, and view the full movie on Vimeo (in two parts).

Funny Car Summer (1973)
Like most amateur drag racers, the movie's protagonist Jim Dunn doesn't get to spend all of his time racing; his day job as an Orange County, California firefighter keeps him and his family afloat. But summertime gives Dunn and his family the opportunity to travel around the Western U.S. for months, competing in various races with a trailer and funny-looking dragster in tow. Watch the preview here, and the full movie on YouTube.

Heart Like a Wheel (1983)
Based on the true story of driver Shirley Muldowney (played by Bonnie Bedelia), the movie chronicles her success from housewife to NHRA champion, with all of the drama you'd expect in a biographical film about the first professional racecar driver. See the trailer below, and watch the full movie on CartoonHD.

Snake and Mongoose (2013)
The movie based on the rivalry between racing legends Don "The Snake" Prudhomme and Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen traces their relationship from the early days of their friendship to their partnership with Hot Wheels and up to McEwen's 1978 Indy win. The film includes actual NHRA archival footage from their races in the '60s and '70s, and cameos from the real Don and Tom, too. Watch it on Google Play, YouTube, or Vudu.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at 11:08 AM