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#1 Half Fast

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Posted 08 October 2020 - 09:51 AM

 

In this movie (and book) the world is about to end from nuclear fallout, so a last race was staged.

 

A commenter says this was filmed at Riverside.

 

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Posted 08 October 2020 - 11:39 AM

Pretty good for a staged race. They busted up a bunch of valuable cars. 


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Posted 08 October 2020 - 11:45 AM

When I see old movies that wreck plenty of "vintage" cars, it's obvious they didn't feel they were valuable back then - most likely because they were plentiful at that time.

 

Unlike today, they are able to make replicas.

 

Thanks for sharing that video Bill!

 

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Posted 08 October 2020 - 12:08 PM

Great book and movie.


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Posted 08 October 2020 - 12:36 PM

Pretty good for a staged race. They busted up a bunch of valuable cars. 

Yes, it was hard to watch that 356 roll over off the turn. 


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Posted 08 October 2020 - 12:38 PM

 

In this movie (and book) the world is about to end from nuclear fallout, so a last race was staged.

 

A commenter says this was filmed at Riverside.

 

Cheers

it definitely looks like Riverside. I noticed a car spin in what looked like turn 9 which is just before the long straight. 


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Posted 08 October 2020 - 12:43 PM

When the winning driver smiled at the end, it reminded me of Stan Laurel (of Laurel & Hardy). 

 

Thinking that was unlikely, I looked it up and discovered it was Fred Astaire.  I would have preferred Stan.  :D


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Posted 08 October 2020 - 11:39 PM

Fred Astaire was at his best as Alistair Mundy.


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Posted 09 October 2020 - 09:42 PM

When I first saw the movie I wondered where they got the fuel for the auto races. I just recently finished reading the book and they kind of explain it but not really by saying nobody knows where the racing clubs get their petrol from.


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Posted 10 October 2020 - 12:05 PM

The race was filmed at both Riverside and on the Phillip Island race circuit in Melbourne Australia.. 


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