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[A 1971 Road Trip to Talladega: Super 8mm Home Movie Footage]

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[A 1971 Road Trip to Talladega: Super 8mm Home Movie Footage]

250.00

 An outstanding home movie capturing the debauched road trip of a group of young men to the 1971 NASCAR Winston 500 at the Alabama International Motor Speedway (otherwise known as Talladega). Approximately 13 minutes of footage opens with the party driving through Tennessee, steadily downing Budweiser cans along the way. Generally steady and clear footage tracks their progress to the Speedway the roadside businesses and local residents, and fan presence on the way to the track, the race itself, largely from the grandstand amid fellow spectators, and finally their return voyage. 

Talladega opened in 1969, built by NASCAR founder Bill France in an effort to make a track longer and faster than the super speedway at Daytona. He succeeded, with the resulting 2 1/2 mile, high-banked, asphalt tri-oval surface running so fast in its first year, the circuit's star drivers boycotted the race over safety concerns ; there were no tire compounds available that could withstand the track's high speeds. Tire technology quickly caught up, however, and Talladega became an iconic destination for Southern racing fans, drawing as many as 175,000 spectators to single races with much of the crowd camping in the track's storied infield campground for the entire weekend. Indeed, a trek to the small Alabama town has become something of a rite of passage for young Southerners, with a trip similar to the one seen here serving as the narrative drive for singer Eric Church's 2014 smash country radio hit, "Talladega." 

A compelling and uncommon film record of a classic American road trip and a Southern cultural institution.  

[Auto Racing] : [NASCAR] : [Film]. [A Road Trip to Talladega: Super 8mm Home Movie Footage]. [Talladega, Alabama]: [ca. 1971]. Approximately 250 feet of Super 8mm color film mounted to a 7" metal reel. Film stock clean. Playback clear. About very good. A preliminary digitization is available upon request.

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 An outstanding home movie capturing the debauched road trip of a group of young men to the 1971 NASCAR Winston 500 at the Alabama International Motor Speedway (otherwise known as Talladega). Approximately 13 minutes of footage opens with the party driving through Tennessee, steadily downing Budweiser cans along the way. Generally steady and clear footage tracks their progress to the Speedway the roadside businesses and local residents, and fan presence on the way to the track, the race itself, largely from the grandstand amid fellow spectators, and finally their return voyage. 

Talladega opened in 1969, built by NASCAR founder Bill France in an effort to make a track longer and faster than the super speedway at Daytona. He succeeded, with the resulting 2 1/2 mile, high-banked, asphalt tri-oval surface running so fast in its first year, the circuit's star drivers boycotted the race over safety concerns ; there were no tire compounds available that could withstand the track's high speeds. Tire technology quickly caught up, however, and Talladega became an iconic destination for Southern racing fans, drawing as many as 175,000 spectators to single races with much of the crowd camping in the track's storied infield campground for the entire weekend. Indeed, a trek to the small Alabama town has become something of a rite of passage for young Southerners, with a trip similar to the one seen here serving as the narrative drive for singer Eric Church's 2014 smash country radio hit, "Talladega." 

A compelling and uncommon film record of a classic American road trip and a Southern cultural institution.  

[Auto Racing] : [NASCAR] : [Film]. [A Road Trip to Talladega: Super 8mm Home Movie Footage]. [Talladega, Alabama]: [ca. 1971]. Approximately 250 feet of Super 8mm color film mounted to a 7" metal reel. Film stock clean. Playback clear. About very good. A preliminary digitization is available upon request.