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  • Actors: William F. McGaha, Fred Lorenzen, Peggie O'Hara, David Marcus, Carol Street
  • Directors: William F. McGaha, William T. Naud
  • Writers: William F. McGaha, Fred Tuch, George Baxt
  • Producers: William F. McGaha, William T. Naud, Alfred Hillmann
  • Format: Black & White, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: March 14 2006
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • ASIN: B000BZN1M8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,791 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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First, in "Speed Lovers," the son of a racetrack mechanic gets into the octane groove and sets out to make a name for himself on the Daytona speedway. David Marcus, Peggy OHara, and Fred Lorenzen as himself star; music is supplied by Billy Lee Riley of "Red Hot" fame. Then, a racer obsessed with his girlfriends death at the hands of a rival driver tries to even the score in a big race. But when his plans go awry and land him in the hospital with horrible injuries, he decides to make peace with his rival. Set at Atlantas Dixie 400, "Thunder in Dixie" stars Harry Milland, Judy Lewis; with Richard Petty. 155 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e575eb8) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dd3b774) out of 5 stars Pit Pork March 21 2006
By Dennis Matthews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I grew up in North Carolina & spent a good part of my childhood in the mid 60s at racetracks. I once saw Richard Petty eating a bar-b-q sandwich before a race, something these movies brought back memories of.

These two films are great examples of Speedsploitation (part of the Hicksploitation family.) The first, Speed Lovers, is a hilarious ham-bone excursion into big hair, go-go music, and overgrown racetrack "kids" well into their 30s. The star (who also wrote, produced & directed the picture) is someone I wish I knew. The scene where he pushes the "bad guys" into a pool and grabs a last-minute kiss from one of the poolside molls before his escape sums up the spirit of this movie in living color. What a guy.

The second picture, Thunder in Dixie, is the polar opposite of the first, the Yang to its Yin. In black & white with a top-notch story of hurt, anger, revenge, betrayal, and finally resolution, this story really packs a punch. Although betrayed by a floozy who dies & seems a saint to racetrack driver Ticker, it's really his former partner & racer Mickey that you feel the most for. He's really sexy, yet his best friend turns on him, & his wife is the illegitimate lovechild of Clark Gable & Loretta Young. I like to think that after the conclusion of the movie, Ticker & Mickey realize that they love each other & run over Mickey's wife at the next race.

High octane recommendations for both movies, each for different reasons.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dd844b0) out of 5 stars Classic drive-in movie theater trash Sept. 13 2012
By Jason Kirkfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This speedsploitation flick was nearly a one-man show for writer-director-producer-star Bill McGaha, who spends the entire film strutting around looking and sounding like a drunk George W. Bush. Speed Lovers offers some of the.worst.acting.ever. (Mind you, I love bad car movies.) This makes the original Gone in 60 Seconds look like an art film, and Two-Lane Blacktop an Oscar winner. The on-track footage--especially the vintage pit crew action--makes it worthwhile, even if the shots are incongruently spliced together. Were there that many crashes back in 1967? Damn.

Genre rating: 3 stars

Note: This review is for Speed Lovers only. The sole release available here is a double-feature with 1964's Thunder in Dixie.
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HASH(0x9dcb72e8) out of 5 stars Filmed in SpeedColor!!!! Dec 9 2014
By B. Parker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Didn't hear about this one for years. An SW double feature dvd containing two 60's racing films. Figured I'd pick it up since I didn't have anything of this particular genre from them.

SPEED LOVERS wastes no time, immediately dropping us into a ten minute sequence filmed at Daytona. You know, when you've spent years watching modern Nascar, seeing this old footage really gives you a thrill. These guys throwing huge steel Fords and Dodges - NOT covered in logos, yet - all the while getting in horrific crashes. Really a sight to see.

The plot itself? Scott, son of a famous mechanic, wants to prove himself as a racer on the stock car circuit. What's funny is writer/director William McGaha - who looks at least 30 - miscasts himself as the "young" Scott, who also happens to be a bragging, whining, cocky little snot. And also, he might go down as the worst-dancing director in movie history....but the racing stuff is cool. And don't miss the "International Playgirls"!

On a side note, the print of this movie looks GORGEOUS! There are scenes that really pop watching on an HDTV. Seriously, 60's movies on Eastmancolor stock don't wind up looking this good nowadays. There's some fading in the racing stock footage, but that's all. Also, the hairs and damage that are usually rife on SW dvds are almost completely absent. This film was either well preserved or not circulated very much, or both. Is it art? No, but it is fun.

THUNDER IN DIXIE is a pals-turned-enemies story, playing out like an early-60's "Days of Thunder". Some good racing scenes. The POV going down the track is pretty well done.

One thing I found very striking about this film is the characters of Karen and Lily. The female characters in this are well written, and that usually can't be said in a genre where they're either vamps or shrikes. The actress playing Lily is particularly good. She plays vulnerable really well. You find yourself caring for her. That can't be said much for Something Weird movies, can it?

The B&W print of this movie looks very clean. Again, a very well preserved film. The acting in this is better than "Speed Lovers", much more grounded and emotional.

EXTRAS - always a joy on these double feature DVDs, and this doesn't disappoint. Included is a whole slew of racing movie trailers. I like the one for "Red Hot Racers", the Clark Gable movie that was put out under a different title. The trailer for "Road of Death" is a low-budget hoot, too.

Also there is "Hot Rod Girls", a 5 minute short which follows three damsels as they confront car repair and get oil over their clothes. I like the one in the white panties; cute butt. Then get ready for "The Talking Car", a 50's traffic scare film where young Jack and Mary are taught the perils of traffic by - get this - a talking cherry red Ford. The car even has 50's style Clutch Cargo mouth movements. How was this one never on Mystery Science Theater? Seriously, you could riff on the car's conversation with the kids and make it the filthiest thing ever!

The "Drivevision" short is one of the strangest things I've found on a SW dvd, but also one of the neatest. It is a 23 minute-long POV-style driving simulator that was produced by Aetna. It looks like it was made in the early 70's, and was actually shot in CinemaScope (or a cheaper version thereof). How'd they drive around with a 'scope camera bolted to the hood? With it being anamorphic, the whole simulator feel is very effective, especially if you zoom a little with your HDTV. It is a neat little bit of time travel to watch this. I was so curious after seeing specific signage, I went hunting to find where they filmed this. Turns out it was St. Petersburg, FL.

You have a gallery of movie art along with more audio from the Skyline Drive In. Something Weird must've acquired hours of these recordings...I've heard different stuff on different SW discs.

This is a good double feature. I hadn't even heard of this DVD before I got it in the Drive-In Classics box set.

If you like this review, read some of my others. I'm trying to do a review for every SW dvd I have.
HASH(0x9dd81a80) out of 5 stars Fred Lorenzen stars in "Speed Lovers", while 1962 Pontiacs star in Thunder In Dixie. Actual race footage used in the making. Feb. 11 2016
By Duane Cox - Published on Amazon.com
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I gave this 5 stars as it was a good preservation of the all too infrequent Stock Car Racing (NASCAR) movie[s].Neither of the two movies could be called high art or A-list movies. Thunder in Dixie gives a few glimpses of racing in NASCAR as it was 1962. Speed Lovers is the most notable movie of this pairing, as the star is actually NASCAR star Fred Lorenzen. This movie was intended to launch his movie career, a career that never happened. Scenes of race that races Lorenzen actually won are used throughout the movie. The problem is, that like many stock car racing movies, the races footage used are from two different seasons but are, for movie purposes, depicted as a single season. The differences between a 1963 Ford Galaxie and a 1964 Ford Galaxie are obvious to anyone who watches this movie, even to those who did not witness races during those years. Since I attended races during those years (and am Fed Lorenzen fan) this "mashup" is glaring. Some glimpses of both seasons are a good reason for those who never got to see this era in person to watch. Interestingly, both films used the Atlanta speedway as a major location for filming. Neither are high art but they do give the viewer a taste of racing of the era, even if it is a B-movie taste. Race fans, whether or not they had a chance to see races during the 1962-63-64 time span will find this pairing of interest. I recommend watching Thunder In Dixie first as it is definitely the lesser of the two movies. Fred Lorenzen fans will enjoy Speed lovers, and the film definitely has its moments.
HASH(0x9de2c1f8) out of 5 stars The best acting was done by Stock Car driver Fred Lorenzen ... Oct. 9 2015
By Donald Gardner - Published on Amazon.com
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This poorly written and directed pic would interest no one who is not into 1960's NASCAR racing, (like I am). The best acting was done by Stock Car driver Fred Lorenzen who played himself.