The Wild Racers

This meager auto racing picture relies heavily on stock footage to tell its story, that of racer Jo-Jo Quillico (Fabian), who is hired by an auto tycoon to do some driving. His real talent is with the girls, however, and he chalks up conquests faster than laps. Farmer is his favorite--until she mentions marriage, whereupon he drops her like a hot radiator...read more

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This meager auto racing picture relies heavily on stock footage to tell its story, that of racer Jo-Jo Quillico (Fabian), who is hired by an auto tycoon to do some driving. His real talent is with the girls, however, and he chalks up conquests faster than laps. Farmer is his

favorite--until she mentions marriage, whereupon he drops her like a hot radiator cap and finds someone else with no desire for commitment. Francis Ford Coppola was the second-unit director on this film, which is quite similar to the 1962 AIP picture THE YOUNG RACERS. In a minor role is Francis'

sister Talia, who later became Talia Shire and made her mark as Rocky Balboa's sweetheart in ROCKY. Also notable is the photography by Nestor Almendros, who has since received numerous Oscar nominations for his work. This was the third year in a row in which Fabian played a championship racer: he

also sat behind the wheel in 1966's FIREBALL 500 and in 1967's THUNDER ALLEY.

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