Films 2014

Why We Ride Why We Ride is a story about who we are. Individuals with a desire to dream, discover and explore. From a kid’s dream come true, to a retiree’s return to freedom. From a family riding together on the sand dunes, to hundreds of choppers carving through the canyons – the bond is the same. It’s about the passion of the riders and the soul of their machines.

Genre: Documentary

Runtime: 128 min

Rated: PG

Deuce of Spades – When a hotrod girl finds a mysterious letter dating back to the fifties hidden in her roadster, she is left with nothing but questions… Who is Johnny Callaway? She sets out to find the answers and retrace her deuce’s troubled past. But will uncovering the truth make a difference and can a broken man ever get a second chance at a happiness long forgotten? Fast hotrods, cool cats, gravity defying swing dancing and rockin’ retro music all serve as a colorful backdrop to this heartfelt, inspiring story. Discover an underground scene where counter culture is in, old school is cool and nostalgia forever reigns.

“ Winner – Golden Wheel Award” International Reel Wheel Film Festival 2012

“Stellar Production” Customs Hall of Fame 2013

“Best hot rod film since American Graffiti” – HOT ROD MAGAZINE

“A quality, must see film!” – HOT ROD DELUXE

“Exceptional! Best, newest hot rod film out there!” – ROD AND CUSTOM

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 125 min

May not be suitable for children under 13

Henri Chemin and The Lost Hemi – The story of a man (Henri Chemin, the former Director of Chrysler France’s Race Department) and his car (1970 Hemicuda). This time line takes the viewer from the championship days of the early 70’s through a reunion of the two 40 years later at a track they had won at together many time previously, Circuit Paul Ricard, in the South of France. An American restoration team and the car’s owner create the opportunity for, now octogenarian, Chemin to not only see his beloved car restored back to her former glory, but also to drive 15 laps together all these years later on Paul Ricard’s hallowed grounds.

Genre: Documentry

Runtime: 54 Min

Going Attractions – Once a vibrant part of American culture, drive-ins reached their peak in the late 50s with almost 5,000 dotting the nation. Although drive-ins are experiencing a resurgence, today less than 400 remain. In a nation that loves cars and movies, why haven’t they survived?

Genre: Documentary

Runtime: 85 min


Live recording of CarCast with Adam Carolla – Hosted by Adam Carolla and Matt D’Andria, CarCast covers everything from hot rods to super cars, delivering serious expertise with a good sense of humor. Automotive designers, racers and celebrity car enthusiasts come to CarCast for a real, unscripted, lively discussion of all things on four wheels. Recent guests include Jay Leno, Vic Edelbrock, Bobby Rahal, Chip Foose, Billy Gibbons, Patrick Warburton, Zachary Levi, Patrick Dempsey, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Bill Goldberg. The show is produced by Jeff Fox and the audio engineer is Chris Laxamana.

Following the podcast, Adam Carolla will premiere an extended trailer of his upcoming film documentary; “Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman.”

Panamerica Carrera – A Historical Documentary by Stephen Mitchell. Featuring historic footage and interviews with drivers and historians of the incredible race, which ran from a 1950 to 1954.  This race was widely held by contemporaries to be the most dangerous race of any type in the world.


The Last Great Road Race “2000 miles through the heart of Mexico” Follow the Benton Team as they make their way through the challenges of the modern version of the famed race.

Shelby Goes Racing with Ford – Get an inside look at the original Shelby factory with this promotional piece created by Caroll Shelby to showcase his products. All original footage, hosted by Carrol Shelby, with on track performance talks from Phil Hill and others at Willow Spring Raceway.

30 min

Grand Prix – American Grand Prix driver Pete Aron is fired by his Jordan-BRM racing team after a crash at Monaco that injures his British teammate, Scott Stoddard. While Stoddard struggles to recover, Aron begins to drive for the Japanese Yamura team, and becomes romantically involved with Stoddard’s estranged wife. 
- Written by Damian Penny

Director: John Frankenheimer

Cast:   James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Yves Montand, Toshiro Mifune

Theatrical Release Date:   12/21/1966

Genre: Drama

Runtime:176 Minutes

Grand Prix

Shorts and other good stuff from 2014 

Horn Please – Horn Please is a documentary that encapsulates various aspects of an age-old folk art form of India — the Truck Art, an art form that makes journeys through the dusty highways of India, incredible in more ways than one. With a kaleidoscope of bright paints, motifs, typography and some unique couplets, these Indian trucks take you on a rather colorful journey of diverse cultures and beliefs of the country.

31 min

Wonderful World of Wheels – Host Loyd Bridges takes you on a tour of motorsports in the 60’s. Cobra test at Riverside with Ken Miles, Shelby driver of the era. See the 007 Bond Astin Martin and Sean Connery; slot car racing; bubbletops; Craig Breedlove at salt flats; classic drag racing big daddy Ed Roth George Barris This is a 40 min. transport back in time. You will be light-headed watching this show. It is the complete uncut version broadcast Thursday, Sept 8, 1966, on CBS.

40 min


Rez Cars – Voiced by top native actors including Tantoo Cardinal and Gary Farmer, crucial moments of past lives breathe again inside abandoned cars resting in reservation country. As in much native storytelling, humor mixes easily with sex, death, moosemeat and 8-tracks. These Rez Cars are all rare examples of past eras’ indulgences in automotive color and design, lovingly photographed as they were found in the cinematic landscapes of British Columbia, ranging from the majestic Fraser Canyon to the dystopian Deadman Valley, all loaded with haunting atmospheres. By turns shocking, sexy and spiritual, REZ CARZ is a collection of ghost stories that reveres our inseparable relationship with our cars.

7 min

Porsche Ferrari, Bizzarini, and other fundamentals of life – Luciano Rupolo is a retired Italian mechanic with a passion for races and Historic Cars. In the 70s, he found the wreck of a car that looked like a handmade Porsche. Later he found out it was Porsche N. 004, the oldest existing Porsche car.
In this documentary, he tells the story of his life through the anecdotes about his peculiar car collection.

16 min

Rebuilt – When 19-year-old Amarishwar Singh Grewal left India for a new life in the U.S., he was greeted by a society intrigued by his ‘exotic’ look and funny accent. After facing the plight of many immigrants of the 1950s—holding meager jobs and trying relentlessly to fit in—he went on to blaze trails as an eye-catching foreigner puttering around Fresno in a sporty convertible, wearing a matching-colored turban. 

Now, nearly 50 years after buying it, he makes it his mission to restore the old convertible for his son’s wedding. Through in-depth interviews, historical stock footage and animated reenactments, we joyride through an immigrant’s rise to social acceptance and a convertible’s restoration, despite copious setbacks.

30 min

Along the Road – A headstrong young slacker has his attitude questioned by his worldly father after they argue about car maintenance. When the slacker’s neglected Volkswagen inevitably breaks down, in the middle of nowhere, an unusual encounter with an otherworldly hitchhiker gets him back on the road again, while also prompting him to reevaluate his own behavior.

31 min

Raffle Tucker – ‘Raffle Tucker’ tells the incredible story of Rudy Schroeder, who in the summer of 1949, bought a 35-cent raffle ticket outside of a bar in Perryville, Missouri to win a rare 1948 Tucker Sedan. After winning the Tucker with his lucky ticket, Rudy was forced to sell his precious car since no insurance wanted to risk insuring such a rare care. Over 60 years later, Rudy is reunited with Tucker…

17 min

Stephane Dufour, Porsche Artist – Learn about French artist, Stéphane DuFour as he creates a one-of-a-kind La Carrera Panamericana sculpture of a Porsche 356 for friend and mechanic John Benton. Stephane is one of the few automotive artists to be officially licensed by Porsche, as well as Shelby.

5 min

Ted Talks

From our playlist of AutoMoto related TED Talks that we felt like sharing this year.

Chris Gerdes: The future race car — 150mph, and no driver – Autonomous cars are coming — and they’re going to drive better than you. Chris Gerdes reveals how he and his team are developing robotic race cars that can drive at 150 mph while avoiding every possible accident. And yet, in studying the brainwaves of professional racing drivers, Gerdes says he has gained a new appreciation for the instincts of professional drivers. (Filmed at TEDxStanford.) *Festival directors note –Research for this project was performed at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway.

11 min

Eli Beer: The fastest ambulance? A motorcycle – As a young EMT on a Jerusalem ambulance, Eli Beer realized that, stuck in brutal urban traffic, they often arrived too late to help. So he organized a group of volunteer EMTs — many on foot — ready to drop everything and dash to save lives in their neighborhood. Today, United Hatzlah uses a smart phone app and a fleet of “ambucycles” to help nearby patients until an ambulance arrives. With an average response time of 3 minutes, last year, they treated 207,000 people in Israel. And the idea is going global.


Chris Bangle: Great cars are great art – American designer Chris Bangle explains his philosophy that car design is an art form in its own right, with an entertaining — and ultimately moving — account of the BMW Group’s Deep Blue project, intended to create the SUV of the future.


Shai Agassi: A new ecosystem for electric cars – Forget about the hybrid auto — Shai Agassi says it’s electric cars or bust if we want to impact emissions. His company, Better Place, has a radical plan to take entire countries oil-free by 2020. *Festival directors note – the company Better Place is now defunct after some success, however we feel he had a very sensible concept that is even more relevant today

Peter van Manen: How can Formula 1 racing help … babies? – During a Formula 1 race, a car sends hundreds of millions of data points to its garage for real-time analysis and feedback. So why not use this detailed and rigorous data system elsewhere, like … at children’s hospitals? Peter van Manen tells us more. (Filmed at TEDxNijmegen.) *Festival directors note – originally screened at the 2013 festival prior to “1”

8 min