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.
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In 1950, 23-year old Billy Cook went on a murdering spree across the United States. He would hitch a ride, hold his victims hostage, and then kill them and claim their vehicles. That’s the true story behind Ida Lupino’s first noir film, The Hitch-Hiker. Two friends are on a fishing trip in Mexico, when they pick up a hitchhiker. The stranger makes them drive around Baja California, tormenting them and foiling their plans to sabotage or escape, perhaps in the same way as Cook himself had.