Here’s another campy memory for you guys and girls out there. This is a 10-minute section of the television movie Hot Rod or Rebel of the Road depending on which title you want to use. Made in 1979 on a budget of about four dollars, the movie is the classic story of a bucks down hot rodder taking on the rich kid’s son at a big drag race. The bad thing is that the rich guy controls the whole town and makes the hot rodder’s life a living hell, but our man strikes back!
My favorite part of this movie are the first couple of scenes in the clip below. Basically, the cops and the rich guy’s kid need to stop the hot rodder with the blown, hemi powered Willys from racing at “The Nationals” because the Willys is faster than the kid’s Olds 442. They steal the Willys, rev it to the moon and throw the rods out of the block. It all seems to be over for our hero…but it ain’t! He and his band of pals know that the town’s cop cars are conveniently powered by Chrysler Hemi engines and they steal one from a police car while the coppers are having a burger and a root beer a local restaurant. They also rig up a device to cause massive harm to the other cruiser (that still has an engine). Craftily, they punch new numbers into the block and get the car running again.
Hey, when else in movie history do you get to see a Hemi being yanked from a car it was never in by an old wrecker and then lowered into a Willys? Never? Yeah that sounds about right. Like the last clip from Cobra the camp level is high, but the car stuff is cool!
PRESS PLAY TO SEE A FEW COOL SCENES FROM THE 1979 TV MOVIE HOT ROD – BLOWN STRAIGHT AXLE WILLYS GOODNESS!