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Motion Pictures Movie of the Week: The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow!

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  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
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    Movie of the Week: The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow!


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  2. topher5150
    Joined: Feb 10, 2017
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    Judging by the title of the movie it sounds like it would be a good candidate for Mystery Science Theater 3000
  3. dreracecar
    Joined: Aug 27, 2009
    Posts: 3,288

    from so-cal

    As a kid growing up , our local Sat. morning movie guy Tom Hatten, would show this twice a year and I watched it every single time. Fast forward about a thousand years and got to work with Ivo on the 4-engine re-pop, the Movie came up numerous times in conversations--- each time-- Ivo gave me that look as it was not one of his favorites to work on. One thing he did mention was that it only took 10 days to shoot. What endeared me to the movie was basically the first time I saw a dragster and that stuck with me like forever. what came about full circle was another IVO car project my my friend Don "WAVEMAKER" Preito with the re-pop of that very same dragster which entailed doing a lot of the fabrication on the Fuller built frame and the body upload_2021-4-1_8-18-30.png
  4. dreracecar
    Joined: Aug 27, 2009
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    from so-cal

    I wanted to bring all that actors back for a photo shoot re-enacting the scene with them around the car. but it became too involved at the time to pull it off upload_2021-4-1_8-19-17.png

  5. dreracecar
    Joined: Aug 27, 2009
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    from so-cal

    The original "key" push-bar and the re-pop. flat spot on the bottom was from the car doing wheelstands so I had to grind the flat in the new one and drag it on the pavement after the chrome. Sadly, the original car was lost in a flash flood in Colorado and was never seen again. Its the only piece left
  6. Matthew Greenwell
    Joined: Apr 1, 2021
    Posts: 17

    Matthew Greenwell
    from Poole, UK

    I've had Hot Rod Gang / Hot Rod Girl in my DVD collection for a few years now, but I've never seen this one. Going to check it out tonight, when I come in from the garage.
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  7. LuckyJay
    Joined: Jul 14, 2019
    Posts: 6


    Yes!!! I just saw this for the first time a week ago on Amazon, highly suggest! I also watched Hot Rod Gang and it seems like the same actors, maybe a brat pack type thing. I love the nerdy guy talking about his wild ideas, but there is a part in this movie that got me, as in nothing has changed. The dad is freaking out because his daughter is a hot rodder, his friend calms him by saying "we didn't grow up in the same world as these kids, we didn't have 375 hp engines to worry about, the world is so messed up these kids don't even know if there will be a tomorrow" I hope every "millennial" watches this and realizes that every generation of kids goes through the same overall experiences!

    Also this movie made me understand that Scooby Doo cartoons are poking fun at 50s movies, then ending of this is just like one!
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  8. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 7,133


    Thanks to @dreracecar I was able to finally identify the white 4 cylinder FED in the Tommy Ivo movie. We had seen the movie and then one Saturday, we saw the same exact FED car at Lions Dragstrip. The name of the 4 cylinder FED (owner/driver) in the garage scene of "The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow" with Tommy Ivo's other cars was always in our minds

    Kent Baber at Lions Dragstrip

    Tommy Ivo was a regular at Lions Dragstrip for as long as my brother and I were there every weekend. His red single engine Buick FED was always the hit of the day, as it made some very quick runs. For everyone, it was a fabulous show car that won a lot of races. The build was immaculate and the action was exciting.

    Tommy Ivo single Buick FED at Lions Dragstrip


    Back in those early days, we were glad to have filmed some of these early pioneers in drag racing. It got our hearts pumping to do something with our teenage hot rods... It was an exciting time, as we lived close by, and we learned a lot talking to those that showed up every weekend at Lions Dragstrip.

    It was fortunate that the movie helped to get our drag racing involvement going. We had the only 16mm color movies of Lions Dragstrip from that early time period of 1958-60. It was one adventure watching the progression of the original Tommy Ivo single engine Buick FED go from black, carbs, to injectors, a few episodes with a 671 supercharger, and finally ending up with the twin Buick injected motors for his record setting days and races.

    P.S. There is another home movie from the same time period 1959-60, shot in 8mm film and it too is historic.
  9. Marty Strode
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
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    Marty Strode

    A friend and I saw it at the theater when it hit town. The thing I remember most, was one of the cars had a large diameter air cleaner (4 barrel),I think it was the one a girl was driving. I was used to seeing multiple carbs, and small air cleaners.
  10. 37slantback
    Joined: May 31, 2010
    Posts: 448


    My wife and I watched this on my phone cuddled up by the firepit one cool evening last summer.
    She enjoyed the movie as much as I did.
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  11. Jungle Jalopy
    Joined: Mar 31, 2010
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    Jungle Jalopy

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    Jungle Jalopy

  13. Rolleiflex
    Joined: Oct 25, 2007
    Posts: 1,134


    "Geronimo" was by Nick Venet who signed the Beach Boys to Capitol records and produced their early stuff.

    "I promise you" is by Bruce Johnston would later fill in for Brian Wilson on tours and would eventually become a full-member Beach Boy.
  14. HA! Got static in the attic.....classic
  15. The opening few minutes reminds me of when I courted my gal by running her off the road, rear ending her and then chasing her through a drainage ditch. Ah, the memories...

    Been a few years since I've watched this. Goofy movie, but good fun.

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