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The Wild Racers (1968)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama | 27 March 1968 (USA)
A devil-may-care racing driver is paid by an auto tycoon to be a runner-up, not a winner, but he rebels against the crooked deal and becomes an internationally famous racer.


Daniel Haller, Roger Corman (uncredited)


Max House




Complete credited cast:
Fabian ... Joe Joe Quillico
Mimsy Farmer ... Katherine Pearson
Judy Cornwell ... Pippy
Warwick Sims Warwick Sims ... Charlie
Alan Haufrect Alan Haufrect ... Virgil
David Landau David Landau ... Ian (as David Landar)
Talia Shire ... June - Katherine's Friend (as Talia Coppola)
Ursule Pauly Ursule Pauly ... French Girlfriend
Dick Miller ... Pit Crew Mechanic
Ron Gans Ron Gans
Fabienne Arel Fabienne Arel
Patricia Culbert Patricia Culbert ... Louise
Mary Jo Deschanel ... Dancing Girl (as Mary Jo Kennedy)
Kurt Boon Kurt Boon


Promising young racing car driver Joe Joe Quillico leaves the stock car racing scene in the United States in order to pursue Grand Prix racing in Europe. After limited success he manages to win the Spanish Grand Prix. His love life however, is much less successful and his winning on the track only serves to alienate the woman he loves - with unhappy consequences. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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From Stock Car To Grand Prix... show him a curve and he'll take it... on two wheels or with a kiss!


Action | Drama


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Joe Joe Quillico: 'Cause I'm Joe Joe Quillico, king of the hillico. And they call me Joe Joe, 'cause I got the mojo. Ya know what mojo is? Mojo is magic. And that's where it's at with me, Baby. Do you like it when I call you Baby?
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It could have been a contender
5 March 2016 | by davidl-16See all my reviews

As a vintage racing buff, I am drawn to the movie with the vintage cars (more on that) and the views of the classic tracks in their original configurations. This film using the cars and footage from 1968.

The story of an American breaking in to the European scene is not too far-fetched. In real life there were Americans in F1 in the 1960's:Phil Hill, Dan Gurney, Ritchie Ginther, Ronnie Bucknum, Bob Bondurant and Masten Gregory. Like the Fabian character,most of these guys came out of California; but were sports car drivers,not NASCAR.

The story is interesting as the main character is very shallow, not likable and destructive. But I am drawn to the people around him.

About the cars. While they refer to the races a Grands Prix, these are not F1 cars but Formula 2 cars. At that time F2 were very similar to F1, the displacement was 1.6 liters (F1 was 3 liters), narrower tires, and no wings. In 1968, F1 cars had high mounted wings in front and back. Good footage of the cars' internal bits, notably the Cosworth FVA 4 cylinder engine. In the 60's, F1 drivers would often race with the up and comers in F2. Stewart drove Ken Tyrrell's Matras, Rindt drove the Winklemann Racing Brabham, Jack Brabham would field a team of Brabham Hondas to name a few. The cars of the protagonist are the Winklemann Racing Brabham BT-18's with the Cosworth motor.

The race footage was from the actual F2 series at the appropriate tracks.

Today's racing is too corporate and sterile to make a decent film...

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27 March 1968 (USA) See more »

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