The 1973 movie The Last American Hero is based on the true story of a man who is trying to make it in the racing world.
In the early 1970s, Bobby Allison, a Tennessee boy with a natural talent for racing, has his eye on one prize: a new Pontiac Trans Am. But when he tries to get his hands on one through legitimate means, he’s told that he’ll never be able to afford it. That’s when Bobby takes matters into his own hands and starts running moonshine up from Tennessee to Georgia in order to buy the car of his dreams.
This is the story of NASCAR legend Junior Johnson, who raced in the 1950s and ‘60s. Before he became one of the greatest drivers in the sport’s history, he was a moonshine runner in North Carolina. The Last American Hero tells you how and why Johnson went from evading cops in his Mustang on mountain roads to winning five races in the ‘55 NASCAR Grand National Series. The movie also highlights the behind-the-scenes struggle of a racer on his way up from the bottom. It portrays the lows of exploitative promoters, cheating lovers, and prohibitive racing elite, to the highs of becoming one of the most well-known celebrities south of the Mason-Dixon line.