“Two-Lane Blacktop” is a 1971 American road movie directed by Monte Hellman. The film stars James Taylor, Warren Oates and Laurie Bird. The film follows the cross-country race of two Dodge Chargers, one red and one blue, both heavily modified for speed.

The movie was filmed on location in various parts of the southwestern United States and Mexico. The red car was a Charger R/T 440 six-pack (meaning it had a 6-cylinder engine with two 4-barrel carburetors) with a top speed of 130 mph; the blue car was an identical model but with four 4-barrel carburetors which gave it a top speed of 140 mph.

Dennis Wilson from the Beach Boys plays the Driver, who drives a ‘55 Chevrolet 150 with his Mechanic. They drive from town to town winning drag races for cash. This is a movie about their cross-country journey in the pre-interstate era, which turns into a drag race against GTO. Watch this movie without reading the reviews. All we’ll tell you is that Two-Lane Blacktop was an inspiration for Brock Yates when he came up with the Cannonball Run. Since most of the movie is shot on Route 66, along with a trip to the Tail of the Dragon, it serves as a glimpse of a bygone era.