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Dirt Track Racing (1957)

An RKO Sportscope entry that is about the sport of speedway, a type of motorcycle racing, in post-World War II Vienna.


Heinz Scheiderbauer (as Heinz Schneiderbauer)


Earle Luby


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Credited cast:
Peter Roberts Peter Roberts ... Narrator


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. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sportscopes (1956-1957 season): Dirt Track Racing See more »

Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (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 »

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Decent Sportscope
23 May 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Dirt Track Racing (1957)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Sportscope short takes a look at, as the title says, dirt track racing and the men brave enough to do it. The short focuses on a hiring day where at one time five-thousand men showed up to audition but only twelve would end up being racers. The movie is cheaply made but mildly entertaining as we get a good feel of what goes on in the sport. A few pointers are giving on how to do certain things so fans of racing will probably like that. Again, like the rest of the series, things are made rather cheaply and I'm sure more details could have been given but what's here isn't too bad and should keep people entertained for nine minutes.

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