Do you remember the last time you had to sit through a gruelling hour and a half of bad cinema just because it was a movie about cars? Gearheads are often denied the simple pleasures of a good story and compelling performances. Yet, there are tales of glorious cars and legendary drivers littered throughout the history of motorsport. Following are tales of ambition, passion and tragedy, which artfully demonstrate the love of man and machine.

gumball-rally-1896 The Gumball Rally (1976)

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Yates’ Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash inspired another movie in 1976. This one features a race from Times Square to the Pacific ocean. Apart from the best muscle cars of the time, Gumball Rally also features an AC Cobra, Chevrolet Corvette, and even a ‘69 Porsche 911 Targa. The Gumball Rally was born out of automotive enthusiasts’ frustration and rebellion against the nationwide 55mph speed limit. For this reason, the rally cars have neither a catalytic converter, nor a law-abiding driver.