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Danger on Wheels! 1940

I guess it is just a 7 days for old car or truck motion pictures, eh? I’ll confess, as much as I love The Devil on Wheels (1947), and The Huge Wheel (1949), I experienced never heard of Risk on Wheels that preceded both equally these movies in its pre-war launch of 1940. This a person is an automotive  hodge-podge of stunt driving, dirt keep track of competition, and paved speedway oval racing. Not the greatest automobile movie in the entire world, but still value a look at (if not just to hear western motion picture sidekick Andy Devine’s comical voice).

Synopsis states: “During a test a race motor vehicle working with an experimental oil-fueled motor blows up, killing the driver. Fortunate Taylor, a stunt driver, is at first blamed for the accident, but is later on cleared. He thinks the motor design and style has a true opportunity to acquire races, but the racing association has banned it considering that the accident. He devises a scheme to have a automobile outfitted with the motor entered into a race, devoid of race officials–or the engine designer’s sassy daughter–finding out about it.”

In the film they keep mentioning this experimental ‘oil-burning’ motor, which have to be another way of saying ‘diesel’? In truth, a Cummins diesel race car or truck ran at Indy all the way back in 1931, but the oil burners ended up never extremely competitive until the aerodynamically-analyzed and turbo-charged 1952 entry from Cummins made a significant go of it. It was also the very last yr they were permitted to operate the Indy 500. I wrote more on that vehicle listed here.



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