This DVD contains a variety
of films that explore the 50's hot rod phenomenon as well as Mobilgas
"Safety and Economy" competition. The hot rod films are wrapped
in stories about how youthful energy can be converted to something
constructive and controlled by joining hot rod groups and expending
their energies in a more constructive manner. These films contain
excellent footage of 50's style hot rod competitions and meets -
a must see for any serious hot rod buff. You will see a variety
of classicly styled 50's hot rod cars, street rods and rat rods
as well as vintage drag racing scenes.
As a bonus we
are also including a film from the 1930's showing a classic Soap
Box derby. While not really a hot rod film as there are no engines
involved in these street rods, lots of folks who built these racers
as children grew up to embrace the hot rod mentality in later years.
As such, it makes an interesting backgroud piece to add to this
Here are all the films that make
up this two hour historical collection:
On the Run (1956)
The story of a Mobilgas Safety Economy Run put on by the California AAA
(supervised by Ray Burton in San Francisco).. This film shows how Mobilgas
paired experienced racing drivers with interested teens to run a race
in the San Francisco area - with the key emphasis being safety and fuel
conservation during the race.
The film shows how several high schools got involved
in the race and how it educated many teens on the importance
of safe and courteous dricing. It features many excellent
period cars competing in the race as well as a variety
of shots of the San Francisco area. This is a classic
unmodified street rod compeition with the emphasis being
safety and gas mileage rather than speed.
Producer: Sid Davis Productions
Audio/Visual: Sound, Color
Run time: (film is incomplete - this portion runs for 12:39)
The All-American Soap Box Derby (1936)
Watch the 1936 All-American Soap Box Derby. This film, sponsored by General
Motors, shows how American boys were using their talents and energy to
build these racers and how this energy is actually building upstanding,
productive future citizens. It follows the story of several depression
era boys and their journey from home timker to full fledged soap-box racers.
The film has a variety of excellent scenes of the actual race and is quite
This film is included in this collection because many of these boys grew
up to be the hot rodders of the 40's and 50's - with the soap-box derby
giving them their first taste of speed and competition and taking away
their fear of tinkering to squeeze every last ounce of performance out
of whatever type of verhicle they were driving.
Producer: Jam Handy Organization
Audio/Visual: Sound, Black & White
Run time: 10:26