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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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.