Roadracers (1959)

An American-International Pictures release along with Daddy-ORoadracers is all about Rob Wilson (Joel Lawrence, who mostly worked in TV), who has a racing accident that causes his father to disown him to the point that his rich pop sponsors a rival racer, which doesn’t seem like good parenting at all to me.

Liz Renay was originally going to be in this movie, which would have been more exciting than what ended up on the film, which is more about depression and alcoholism. Then again, the title Roadracers is way more exciting than Drunken Depressed Rich Kid, right?

The tagline for this was “Actually filmed at the American Grand Prix.” So yes, it was filmed on a track, in case you were wondering.

Skip Ward, who would one day be in the Andy Sidaris movies Do or DieHard Hunted and Fit to Kill, shows up. So does Sally Fraser from War of the Colossal Beast and It Conquered the World.

This was remade by Robert Rodriguez as part of the Showtime Rebel Highway series, but it was an entirely new story made with the title and under the Roger Corman banner. David Arquette, Salma Hayek and William Sadler are in that one, which was originally to be directed by Wes Craven.

You can watch this on Tubi.

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