Roadracers was one of Hollywood’s first attempts to capture modern American road racing on screen. It was produced in 1959 and debuted to mixed reactions from a limited audience. Limited, because the film never got a full release or the marketing budget that comes with that.
Until this weekend, I had never seen the film. And, to be frank, I found the watching experience to be predicable. It’s campy, but not on purpose. And, it’s pretty obvious there wasn’t much of a budget. Even so, it’s a Hollywood film focused on cars… So, it can’t be all bad, right?
I actually loved it.
Historically, this has been a hard film to watch. I don’t know if anyone ever put it on DVD and no one is streaming it. A few weeks ago, however, it was released on YouTube. You can check it out here: