Drag Racing Week: Wheels on Fire (1973)

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Wheels On Fire is a classic motor sports documentary — and also one of the most obscure and hard-to-find (as you can see, it’s even impossible to find a decent image of the theatrical one-sheet). But not in the land of Oz, since this was filmed in Liverpool, Sydney. This one kicks ass because of — before there were web-cam and fiber optics — has the first ever “race cam” strapped onto the drag car, which takes you behind the wheel at speeds above 300 kilometers (miles in the States) per hour.

Again, this one is near impossible to track down on VHS and DVD — and the DVDs are grey market VHS-rips. And there’s no trailer or clips. But if you have a family or friend connection in Australia, or you’ll willing to search that country’s online marketplace, you may get lucky finding hard and digital copies to purchase or stream.

And caveat emptor: Do not confuse Wheels On Fire from Australia with the U.S. drag racing documentary Wheels of Fire (1972).

We previous featured this film as part of our weekly “Drive-In Friday” feature.

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