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  • Actors: William F. McGaha, Fred Lorenzen, Peggie O'Hara, David Marcus, Carol Street
  • Directors: William F. McGaha, William T. Naud
  • Writers: William F. McGaha, Fred Tuch, George Baxt
  • Producers: William F. McGaha, William T. Naud, Alfred Hillmann
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BZN1M8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,461 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Speed Lovers/Thunder in Dixie" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Classroom Safety Short The Talking Car
  • Traffic Safety Short Split-Second Decisions
  • Glamour Girl Short Hot Rod Girls
  • Trailer and TV spot
  • Bonus racing movie trailers
  • Gallery of Drive-In Exploitation Art with Audio Oddities

Editorial Reviews

An aspiring race-car driver who is the son of a racetrack mechanic, sets out to make the big time at Daytona Speedway with a little help from real-life champ Fred Lorenzen in The Speed Lovers (David Marcus, Peggy O'Hara. 1968/color/102 min.). Then add a taste of revenge to the Dixie 400 as one driver blames, his former best friend for an accident that killed his fianc+ªe in Thunder in Dixie (Harry Millard, Judy Lewis. 1965/b&w/53 min.). Features Richard Petty. NR.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Matthews on March 21, 2006
Format: DVD
I grew up in North Carolina & spent a good part of my childhood in the mid 60s at racetracks. I once saw Richard Petty eating a bar-b-q sandwich before a race, something these movies brought back memories of.

These two films are great examples of Speedsploitation (part of the Hicksploitation family.) The first, Speed Lovers, is a hilarious ham-bone excursion into big hair, go-go music, and overgrown racetrack "kids" well into their 30s. The star (who also wrote, produced & directed the picture) is someone I wish I knew. The scene where he pushes the "bad guys" into a pool and grabs a last-minute kiss from one of the poolside molls before his escape sums up the spirit of this movie in living color. What a guy.

The second picture, Thunder in Dixie, is the polar opposite of the first, the Yang to its Yin. In black & white with a top-notch story of hurt, anger, revenge, betrayal, and finally resolution, this story really packs a punch. Although betrayed by a floozy who dies & seems a saint to racetrack driver Ticker, it's really his former partner & racer Mickey that you feel the most for. He's really sexy, yet his best friend turns on him, & his wife is the illegitimate lovechild of Clark Gable & Loretta Young. I like to think that after the conclusion of the movie, Ticker & Mickey realize that they love each other & run over Mickey's wife at the next race.

High octane recommendations for both movies, each for different reasons.
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By B. Parker on December 9, 2014
Format: DVD
Didn't hear about this one for years. An SW double feature dvd containing two 60's racing films. Figured I'd pick it up since I didn't have anything of this particular genre from them.

SPEED LOVERS wastes no time, immediately dropping us into a ten minute sequence filmed at Daytona. You know, when you've spent years watching modern Nascar, seeing this old footage really gives you a thrill. These guys throwing huge steel Fords and Dodges - NOT covered in logos, yet - all the while getting in horrific crashes. Really a sight to see.

The plot itself? Scott, son of a famous mechanic, wants to prove himself as a racer on the stock car circuit. What's funny is writer/director William McGaha - who looks at least 30 - miscasts himself as the "young" Scott, who also happens to be a bragging, whining, cocky little snot. And also, he might go down as the worst-dancing director in movie history....but the racing stuff is cool. And don't miss the "International Playgirls"!

On a side note, the print of this movie looks GORGEOUS! There are scenes that really pop watching on an HDTV. Seriously, 60's movies on Eastmancolor stock don't wind up looking this good nowadays. There's some fading in the racing stock footage, but that's all. Also, the hairs and damage that are usually rife on SW dvds are almost completely absent. This film was either well preserved or not circulated very much, or both. Is it art? No, but it is fun.

THUNDER IN DIXIE is a pals-turned-enemies story, playing out like an early-60's "Days of Thunder". Some good racing scenes. The POV going down the track is pretty well done.

One thing I found very striking about this film is the characters of Karen and Lily.
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This speedsploitation flick was nearly a one-man show for writer-director-producer-star Bill McGaha, who spends the entire film strutting around looking and sounding like a drunk George W. Bush. Speed Lovers offers some of the.worst.acting.ever. (Mind you, I love bad car movies.) This makes the original Gone in 60 Seconds look like an art film, and Two-Lane Blacktop an Oscar winner. The on-track footage--especially the vintage pit crew action--makes it worthwhile, even if the shots are incongruently spliced together. Were there that many crashes back in 1967? Damn.

Genre rating: 3 stars

Note: This review is for Speed Lovers only. The sole release available here is a double-feature with 1964's Thunder in Dixie.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midcoast Vintage on July 25, 2014
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QUALITY DVD. WILL BE ENJOYED BY ALL WHO VIEW IT.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arnhout Zwingley on December 8, 2012
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This movie needs the robots from MST3K. Thunder in Dixie, or Thunder at the Colony 7 near Baltimore, is disjointed and wierd.
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