Saturday, April 9, 2011

On The Beach Grand Prix

Not a true throughout car film, but it does have some cool "made for the movie" car racing. The film really centers around a group of survivors attempting to live normal lives in post-apocalyptic Australia, waiting for the inevitable arrival of killer radiation, this is not to pick on Japan at this point. Fred Astaire gives up his dancing shoes to put on his driving gloves and do a little behind the wheel racing. It was filmed in 1959 with Gregory Peck, Anthony Perkins, Donna Anderson, Ava Gardner, and Fred Astaire. Directed By: Stanley Kramer
Right, Fred and his driving gloves, big smile and waiting for the kiss from the trophy babe.

Part of the racing was done at a "juvenile" Riverside Raceway before track improvements. I don't think I have ever seen so many 356s totalled in such a short time. Also the Jag and Healey 3000 were not lookin' good, but I did enjoy Freds smile as he took the checker.

Check out the video below, worth the time, even if it does score high on the cheese-o-meter.

Left, number 23 goes up in a firey ball! One can only wonder how much that car would be worth today in one piece.

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  1. Great stuff. No safety equipment. Lousy helmets. A victory lap to view the burned, dead players littering the track then finishing with a kiss from a girl.

    That waw the way it was when Hemingway said there are only 3 sports, bull fighting, car racing and mountain climbing, calling the rest "only games".