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William F. McGaha (original story and screenplay)
Fred Tuch (original story and screenplay)
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  (in credits order)
William F. McGaha ... Scott Clayton (as Bill McGaha)
Fred Lorenzen ... Himself
Peggie O'Hara ... Vanessa Hamilton
David Marcus ... Pinkerton Bentley
Carol Street ... Kitty
Fritz Congdon ... Ben 'Flip' Clayton
Bob Montgomery ... Announcer
Glenda Brunson
Sharon Sellinger ... Hillary
Walter McVey
Howard Hailey ... Cutter
Steve Fuller
Betty Simmons
Chicami Ueta
Jane Echols
Ute Reck
Jack Black
Jane Steppe ... Coach Friday
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jay W. Jensen ... Race Car Fan (uncredited)

Directed by
William F. McGaha 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William F. McGaha  original story and screenplay
Fred Tuch  original story and screenplay (as Fred T. Tuch)

Produced by
William F. McGaha .... producer
Original Music by
Carleton Palmer 
Cinematography by
Joseph Shelton  (as Joe Shelton)
Film Editing by
Jack Fitzstephens  (as John Fitzstephens)
Bill Freda  (as William Freda)
David Moscovitz 
Production Design by
Fred Tuch  (as Fred T. Tuch)
Makeup Department
Art Grandquist .... hair stylist
William Hoffman .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Tuch .... second unit director (as Fred T. Tuch)
Art Department
Pat Harrington .... property master
Sound Department
James Townsend .... sound mixer
Kirk Wooster .... sound (as K. Wooster)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Fibben .... gaffer
Justus Randolph .... key grip
Kirk Wooster .... second camera operator
Casting Department
Kevin Kelly .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chadia .... wardrobe mistress
Glenda Collins .... wardrobe assistant
Other crew
Shelly Charles .... continuity
Bradley Dennis .... technical advisor

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102 min | USA:82 min (DVD)
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
For Sleaze Lovers Only!, 31 January 2001
Author: Son of Cathode from New England

Here's a wild and fun low-budget obscurity made to cash in on the mercifully short-lived Racing mini-craze of '68, with flicks like SPEEDWAY, FIREBALL 500 and Roger Corman's THE YOUNG RACERS. Although strictly amateur in the script and acting departments, THE SPEED LOVERS is actually a fairly well-scrubbed production, with crisp fotog and vivid color, quite similar in feeling to an H.G. Lewis movie of the same period.

Director/star McGaha is such a riot here, a goofy wanna-be racing star, and an arrogant twerp throughout. He's so full of himself, when he finally escapes the bad guys, he stops long enough to kiss the gangster's moll! What a cardboard 60s cad!

This film boasts lots of groovy speedway groupies, and a really weird bad guy. Some of the dialogue and dramatics are precious, and real-life racing superstar Fred Lorenzen is better than most of the paid actors. The only tacky thing is, we witness Freddy going to a bar and picking up a tramp! Ah, the 60s!

There's some great music in here as well, including a groovy theme song sung by Billie Lee Riley, of "My Gal is Red Hot" fame. In addition to the somewhat disjointed and surreal plot, we are treated, via grainy stock footage, to not one but two thrilling full-length races, one at film's start and one at it's end, replete with tons of great smash-ups. Filmed in Atlanta, Georgia. Another mini-genre classic lost and found.

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