Two 'FJ Holden' cars were purchased for use in this movie. The 'FJ Holden' car needed to be shown in the movie both 'before ' and 'after' restoration. The 'FJ Holdens' were bought off an 'FJ Holden' club in Syndey.
When this Australian film was originally classified by the Australian Censor, the Film Classification Board, it was rated R (adults 18+ and over only admitted). An appeal was lodged, and a situation resulted where the film was rated M (recommended for ages 15+) in the Australian states of Victoria and New South Wales but remained with an R rating in all the other Australian states. This was because the Australian states of Tasmania, South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia objected to the film's strong use of language and sex and as such exercised their overrule rights of the Commonwealth Censor's decision and upheld its R certificate classification. When this film was re-submitted for national Australian classification for home video-cassette release in 1985 and again for DVD release in 2005, the film has been rated M both times.
This movie's official World Premiere was held at a drive-in. The drive-in was the Chullora Drive-in (the film had been partially filmed in Chullora, New South Wales). Patrons arriving in FJ Holden or FX Holden cars were admitted for free. Parallel premieres were also held in cinemas, in Sydney and Melbourne, on the same night of 29 April 1977.
This picture was financed by the Australian Film Commission and the GUO's [the Greater Union Organisation] GUO Film Distributors. Their logos feature quite largely and prominently during the movie's opening credits.
The movie's night-time drag race sequence utilized hundreds of extras, took a week's worth of night shooting to film and included about two hundred hotted-up cars. It was filmed on a little used factory area in a stretch of marshlands in the western suburbs of Sydney, New South Wales.
Frankie J. Holden: As Himself. Holden sings in this movie performs a cameo thereby making a unique piece of film history where an actor's actual name [F.J. Holden] is the same as the title of the movie he is appearing in.