March 4, 2017 Subject:
You had to be there...
Spuzz was a bit wrong on this one, as there were people from all races there - I should know, I was there, on-camera as a participant IN this film. I participated in this great event for several years. I admit the film is boring (but informative) and not completely reflective of everything going on. This was the only 'professional' film ever made of this event that I am aware of. This was also the last year R.G. Canning's sponsored the program. He was a very nice guy but his prizes overshadowed the event itself and began to change the nature of it, so the council had no choice but to ask him to withdraw. It is easy to look at and judge this for what it is not, but to be there & participate in it, is something that can only be appreciated by those who were there. A great experience in a different time long ago......
April 23, 2014 Subject:
The excitement is killing me dot dot
Another "Safety run" film, where they take polite, clean shaven (and dare I say it, white) kids from California communities, put them in cars, and.... test the cars for fuel effeciency, watching the kids don't break any rules, while politely driving up to Yosemite National Park and then back. Not that exciting no, but this is the 70s, and we need to keep them teenagers in line! What? OK, let's them have a coca cola or two. The run is dull as it sounds, but the film itself is somewhat interesting.