“Snake and Mongoo$e” a nostalgic drag racing film will open Friday, September 6th in just 25 cities, just after the close of the National Hot Rod Associationâ€™s (NHRA) U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis on Labor Day weekend.
The limited 25-city release coincides with where NHRA races yearly.Â before that date you might find the movie at special preview night in conjunction with some local charities.
â€œSnake & Mongoo$eâ€ tells the story of the groundbreaking accomplishments of drivers Don â€œthe Snake” Prudhomme and Tom â€œthe Mongooseâ€ McEwen in the world of drag racing as well as how the two different figures revolutionized entertainment sports marketing when they attracted Mattelâ€™s Hot Wheels Division to sponsor them.
The film stars Jesse Williams, from Greyâ€™s Anatomy, as â€œthe Snakeâ€ and Richard Blake as â€œthe Mongoose.â€
At last year’s SEMA show, NHRA spotlighted this movie and had Prudhomme and McEwen spin a few tales and show off their restored cars, a 1970 ‘Hemi and a Duster.
Tri-five Chevy parts dealer, Dunchuk, got in the act by having Tom McEwen’s 57 Chevy at their booth as well.
Prudhomme and McEwen raced each other for over 30 years.Â So they had plenty of stories to share with the audience.
The film also has some historic, archival footage included to give it a period vibe.Â Don Prudhomme continued as a car owner for many years after he stopped racing, and has been able to keep and restore many of his classic rods.Â many of these cars were used as background for the movie to help add a touch of authenticity.
This past week Kia Motors America revealed at San Diegoâ€™s Comic Con the last of eight Justice League-themed vehicles â€“ a Â Kia Sorento. The Sorento’s design was created by legendary comic book artist and DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee, who finalized the customization of the car before a live audience.Â The colorful airbrush artwork and interior customization was done by West Coast Customs. Â Â All eight Justice League inspired Kia vehicles were on display throughout Comic-Con at the Interactive Zone at Petco Park.Â Each of the first seven custom cars featured one of the heroes – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg while the final car showed all of the Justice League characters.
Four of the Kiaâ€™s were originally displayed at the 2012 SEMA â€“Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association show in Las Vegas and can be seen here
This last Sorento is being auctioned off now on eBay to benefit DC Entertainmentâ€™s charity, the “We Can Be Heroes” campaign.
Our U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 176 (S. Res. 176) at the prodding of the SEMA Action Network (SAN) designating Friday July 12, 2013Â as â€œCollector Car Appreciation Day.â€Â This is the fourth annual event to help raise awareness of classic collector car owners and industries.
A list of events around the country can be found here.Â Besides car shows and cruise ins, many companies are promoting their employees to drive a classic to work.Â The folks at SEMA Action Network Â are maintaining the event list to commemorate the day and track the number of events..
Even some Canadian provinces joined individual states, cities inÂ passing similar proclamations and resolutions.Â Sounds like a good reason to go out and cruise on the 12th!
The Goodguys Rod and Custom folks kicked off their 30th anniversary in Scottsdale, Arizona this weekend.Â The first two days were hit with rain but Sunday March 10, 2013 turned out to be a postcard picture perfect day.Â While you can leave the event scratching your head at the cars that won an award; there is no denying that there are some awesome cars.Â Some of the cars are squirreled away here in the Phoenix region but many come from across the western states.Â Nice show, nice cars and nice weather.
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