Near Vienna, along the Blue Danube, men compete on dirt tracks riding specialized motorcycles in short, high-speed races. This short follows a new rider, Hughmeyer, from his first day to his first race. The track mechanics teach him the cycle's assembly: it's alcohol fueled, with no brakes and no gears. He puts a steel-lined boot on his left foot so he can use it as a strut as he rounds curves. Then, wearing his helmet, he navigates the practice track. Few make it this far, and fewer still get to race. Although Hughmeyer doesn't win his first race, he does survive the 90-mile-per-hour straight-aways and the 60-mile-per-hour turns.
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Sportscopes (1956-1957 season): Dirt Track Racing
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(RCA Sound System)
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?
This is one of several short subjects, already in the can, and slated for release by RKO Radio Pictures as part of their Sportscopes 1956-1957 season, but which received no theatrical distribution at the time, as a result of the demise of RKO. In 1994, they became part of the TCM library and, for the past 20+ years, finally saw the light of day through occasional airings on cable television. See more