Days of Thunder

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  1. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    Garner was a driver..had his own race team for awhile later in his life. He and Mcqueen used to hang out and race motorcycles under assumed names.
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  2. Zerkfitting

    Zerkfitting Team Owner

    The camera car for the movie was the race car MaQueen had co-driven to 2nd place in the 12 hours of Sebring, at LeMans it completed 282 laps (2300 miles) and finished in 9th place but it wasn't classified because it didn't complete the minimum distance because they had to stop to change film reels.
  3. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    Another move I liked was the first CARS movie. Somebody did their research. They featured the Hudson that back in the day for a short time was the car to have in Nascar because of it's lower center of gravity. The V8's came along and out powered it. The movie had something for the old school fan with the old racetrack scene, and sponsor names, a bit of romance, and had many stars of Nascar involved in the picture and of course plenty for the kids to enjoy. Tractor tipping, that was funny.
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  4. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    Newman another star who was a heck of a driver did "winning" and Hollywood destroyed it, almost nothing but romance drama and the racing was a distant second. The did have a bit of car porn, done back in the same era of the golden age of unlimited racing.
  5. Flyer22

    Flyer22 Team Owner

    I forgot all about Days of Thunder...might have to watch that with my 3 boys tonight. LOL....they will love it.
  6. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    McQueen did a good motorcycle move in the early 70's called "On Any Sunday" lots of era bikes of the day in a documentary style.
  7. jws926

    jws926 Nissan Is Love, Nissan Is Life

    Funny enough, I want to say that DOT is what got into NASCAR or it came out just after I started getting into NASCAR when I was kid, anyways, one of may favorite movies , even if its not 100% accurate.
  8. Spotter22

    Spotter22 Team Owner

    The Last American Hero, Jeff Bridges as Junior Johnson .Good movie
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  9. Turtle84

    Turtle84 Team Owner

    One of the best quotes in the whole movie (can be used to explain any wreck irl or online).
  10. DIDIT

    DIDIT Old School Fan

    Funny, I noticed that also when I watched it last week. Had to go back and replay that scene to verify what I thought I saw. Guess that does qualify as poor editing.
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  11. Formerjackman

    Formerjackman Team Owner

    Six Pack wasn't a great movie, but it never made any pretenses to be one either. It was basically a vehicle to cash in on the star power of Kenny Rogers at the time,( The kiddies probably don't understand just how big of star he was in the late 70's and early 80's.) and honestly the racing action isn't any worse than DoT. As I have said, my gripe about Days, is that it really COULD have been great, and they just blew it. Big name production team, big name star. tons of money spent, got the right people involved, went to a LOT of trouble to do it, and then laid an egg like that. If Bruckheimer would have had any sense, he would have found SOMEBODY involved in NASCAR to give him an HONEST assessment of the scrip, and then the product as the filming unfolded, not just blow smoke up his ass. Days is a classic example of what an outsider IMAGINES NASCAR to be, not what it is, and the idea that over the top action trumps ALL cases. AND, the continuity sucks. The on track stuff is really no better done than Stroker Ace was, ANOTHER movie that could have been pretty good with a little tighter scrip and better casting instead of "Let's hire all of Burt's pals, and then let's hire Loni Anderson to be a total airhead". I mean, how can you take Jim Neighbors seriously as a NASCAR crew chief?
  12. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    waiting for you to tell us how Smokey and the Bandit blew it.
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  13. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    They're all fun for what they were..... movies simply to entertain the masses. Not documentaries. They all seemed to do their job for one person or another. Heck, even Talladega Night's had an audience.
  14. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

  15. Formerjackman

    Formerjackman Team Owner

    Smokey and the Bandit is the greatest movie of that genre ever done. Smokey knows what it is and what it isn't and pulls it off beautifully. It's everything the second movie wasn't. After Smokey I, it seems to me that both Burt and Hal decided that film making was just about goofing off in front of the cameras with your pals, and the hell with what the final product actually looked like. Everything Needham did after Smokey was pretty much a dumpster fire,and it took Burt YEARS to regain some respect in Hollywood. I believe he even said once that Stroker Ace killed his career. It took doing Evening Shade and Boogie Nights of all things before people would take him halfway seriously again.
  16. DIDIT

    DIDIT Old School Fan

    So today I see Rush is on, turn it in and it is in Spanish! Oh the joy of living in South Florida. :(
  17. superchuck500

    superchuck500 Team Owner

    I have always liked DOT - despite the goofy racing stuff (like down-shifting to pass at Daytona).

    There are some classic lines in that movie that I still say today.
  18. Spotter22

    Spotter22 Team Owner

    You really expected to take Stroker Ace seriously? Its a comedy and it was very funny.
  19. ToyYoda

    ToyYoda Team Owner

    Grand Prix is my favorite racing movie, even if it is a bit long. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve watched the opening sequence of that movie.
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  20. Mispeedway15

    Mispeedway15 Team Owner

    That movie is hilarious!
  21. Formerjackman

    Formerjackman Team Owner

    Just because a movie is a comedy doesn't mean it can't be well done and cast properly. If they had waited until Jerry reed was available (He was making the dumpster fire known as Smokey and The Bandit III) it would have been a LOT better, And if they had let Loni be a little more Jennifer Marlowe and a lot less Pembrook Feeney, they could have had something. The concept of the movie wasn't bad, just the execution.
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  22. Spotter22

    Spotter22 Team Owner

    Yes sir Mr Cody
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  23. 2 Sweet

    2 Sweet Legend

    LOL, that damn movie. What an embarrassment.

    I love the first one. LOVE it. The second one is kind of weak, yet tolerable. But the third one, man, it's AWFUL. And that's being nice. As much as I loved Jerry Reed, he couldn't make that movie watchable. Nobody could.
  24. ToyYoda

    ToyYoda Team Owner

    The cargo went from 400 cases of Coors to an elephant to a plastic fish, that pretty much sums up the decline of the Smokey and the Bandit franchise.
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  25. DanicaFreak

    DanicaFreak Green monster

    great post.
  26. DanicaFreak

    DanicaFreak Green monster

    downshifting to pass at 'tona. YUP. thats pretty holly-wooded up.
  27. gone

    gone Team Owner

    "Days of Thunder" was a mash-up of popular myths and stories about racers, mostly NASCAR but not all. Of course Hollywood used its poetic license on those stories... some of them a lot. Rick Hendrick supplied the cars so that's why he is (sort-of) profiled as the hero car owner and City Chevrolet is the sponsor for some races.

    They filmed most of those scenes that include real Cup cars with their actual drivers at slow speeds and of course they were choreographed. They did try to inject some real racing - they actually legitimately qualified cars in three races, driven by Greg Sacks and Bobby Hamilton. Hamilton drove well in a movie car at Phoenix - qualified 5th and lead some laps, but his engine blew. They mounted cannons over the left rear tires of some cars in order to get them to flip for the cameras... some of those cars with cannons were not used so they still exist - Mark Martin had one in his Corvette museum that he used to have in Daytona.

    Days of Thunder has some scenes that are kind-of embarrassing when people who don't know racing see the movie and think they're true. But overall it is entertaining and did generate some interest in NASCAR among people who hadn't paid attention to it before. The movie "Six Pack" was more embarrassing... I had some guys in my neighborhood ask me which Winston Cup car I drove (which of course I didn't) because they saw me with my rag-tag team of neighborhood kids that I was letting race my karts at the time.
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  28. Joe Pisciotta

    Joe Pisciotta Jackman

    "I'm dropping the hammer!" (shifts into 4th gear and floors it). Were you going 130MPH in 3rd gear around Charlotte? Any schmoe from the Richard Petty Experience can go faster.

    These are the types of commentary me and my boys provide when watching Days of Thunder. We love this movie but it has nothing to do with NASCAR.

    Watch one of the motors going in or out on an engine lift in this movie and you'll notice it's an Automatic.

    I need to watch it again tonight, I'm in the mood.
  29. AdoubleU24

    AdoubleU24 Team Owner

    It's been on at least one of the Showtime channels every night this week
  30. Zerkfitting

    Zerkfitting Team Owner

    I don't think you can complete a pass on the outside when scrapping the wall - Carl Edwards tried that once.
  31. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    Okay, I confess. I've never seen this movie. I've seen about 60 to 90 seconds in clips over the years, but that's about it.

    There. I feel better now that I have that off my chest. Maybe in 2020 I can find the courage to confess I've never seen 'Talladega Nights' either.
  32. fergy1370

    fergy1370 Team Owner

    Days of Thunder and Remember the Titans...
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  33. AdoubleU24

    AdoubleU24 Team Owner

    Haha yep. I watched Remember the Titans last night actually. Been a while since I saw that one.
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  34. Formerjackman

    Formerjackman Team Owner

    I actually saw the final two thirds of Talladega Nights for the first time a few months ago. Pretty much as laugh free as I had imagined it would be.
  35. CalTenn

    CalTenn Team Owner

    I was at the Talledega race when the DOT started shotgun on the field, don’t recall it being a factor that day.
  36. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    It doesn't help that I'm not a fan of

    a) Will Ferrell
    b) movies rooted in the toleration of complete idiot characters

    which are pretty much the same thing, I guess.
  37. Formerjackman

    Formerjackman Team Owner

    I'll second that. I've never found Will Ferrell funny at all.
  38. jaqua19

    jaqua19 Team Owner

    Your opening paragraph is why I cant stand the movie

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  39. Privateer

    Privateer Crew Chief

    They did that again at a later point in time. It was a TV movie for Fox I think called Chariots of Fire which was a much much worse movie than Days of Thunder. The two movie cars were Lake Speed in the Melling #9 sponsored by ACE, and Greg Sacks in the Hardee's #20. I think it was both drivers' last full-time ride.

    I do like the real life homage in the movie. It always struck me as neat too that Bobby Hamilton was out there making races actually with what was a movie car. It captured racing better than the other modern-day example that made it to the big screen and tried to be serious: Driven. Admittedly not saying much. Talladega Nights is more Stroker Ace of course.
  40. Privateer

    Privateer Crew Chief

    Used to have Le Mans on DVD until I got robbed some years ago, but it's like you said a labor of love of McQueen's. However, the movie loses some from being viewed today versus being viewed back in the '70s. Back in the '70s, there was no in-car cameras, so the cinematography was out of this world awesome. There's views in that movie that we see a dozen times per race now and we lose the wow factor that audiences back then had. Grand Prix and Winning are on my to-watch list.

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