This is the true story of Wendell Scott, America's first African American NASCAR driver, once he returns from WWII to find his hometown the way he left it. With seed money for a taxicab business, he learns all the county roads. With his new knowledge an opportunity presents itself with some steep consequences. After an invitation to the local race track, a race car driver is born. The ethnic boundaries are a part of everyday life in 1950's Amercan life. You become part of his fight for equality, fairness and the American dream.
Richard Pryor Drives 'Em Wild
Did You Know?
Any wreck on any NASCAR track that involves between three and five cars or more. Are called "the big one". Daytona and Talladega are the origins of the phrase "the big one". Being super speedways with high banking. And where speeds reach 210 mph. Wrecks tend to collect many cars. And the banking tends to bring them all down to one place making it worse. But with the speeds involved many tracks can have wrecks that can be called the big one. See more
In many of the in-car shots during the races you can hear that they are manual transmissions being double clutched, but the drivers never take their hands of the wheel to shift. See more
[searching for car parts in a scrap yard
What'chyou looking for, Wendell?
Some of this, some of that, some of everything. A universal joint.
Hmph. I wouldn't know a universal joint if it bit me.
Well, one's about to bite you.
Referenced in Intimate Portrait: Pam Grier
Written by Fred Karlin
& Bradford Craig
Performed by Roberta Flack See more