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Uppity: The Willy T. Ribbs Story (2020)

An in-depth profile of the life and career of Willy T. Ribbs - the controversial Black driver who shattered the color barrier of professional auto-racing and became the first Black qualifier in the storied history of the Indy 500.

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Nate Adams, Adam Carolla
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Willy T. Ribbs ... Self
Phillip Ribbs ... Self - Willy's Brother
Geraldine Ribbs ... Self - Willy's Mother
Marshall Pruett ... Self - Racing Journalist / Racing Mechanic
Bernie Ecclestone ... Self - Chief Executive Formula One Group 1978 - 2017
Chris Miles ... Self - Former Host, Inside Cart / Fox Sports
Humpy Wheeler ... Self - Former President and General Manager, Charlotte Motor Speedway
Wally Dallenbach Jr. ... Self - Trans AM Champion
Al Unser Jr. ... Self - Indy Winner '92, '94
Ian Brown ... Self - Willie's Former Mechanic
Pat McFall ... Self - Willy's Chief Mechanic
David Hobbs ... Self - Champion Driver
Robby Unser ... Self - Professional Driver
Tommy Kendall ... Self - 4-Time Trans-Am Champion
Bobby Unser ... Self - 3-Time Indy 500 Winner
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An in-depth profile of the life and career of Willy T. Ribbs - the controversial Black driver who shattered the color barrier of professional auto-racing and became the first Black qualifier in the storied history of the Indy 500.

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The only color barrier I was interested in breaking was the checkered flag.

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Wow, in tears for the right reasons!
8 February 2020 | by rafaeljrtorresSee all my reviews

Is a sad movie that reminds us how bad it was/still is racism (injustice) but had me with tears of joy at the end, knowing that Wllly never give up.

Extremity well produced documentary with an outstanding narrative, that brings hope by showing us that not all white guys in Motorsports are evil... because indeed, it is a cut throat field where the good bud white guys network always seems to win...

Well done, well done Adama Carolla!

PS: people that blames his attitude had never been treated differently for no apparent reason, or ask themselves why I have to try harder than my counter parts? A victim of society, Willy was in fight mode at all time and on top having to prove he had something to offer to the teams as the other drivers (caucasian), and since is Motorsports, Willy had to prove that he was better than them, because that's why we rave!


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7 January 2020 (USA) See more »

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