32 Hours, 7 Minutes, Revisited Eight Years Later
Phil came by my desk yesterday morning, asking if I remembered a link I had sent him many many years ago, back when we were still at the Merchandise Mart. It involved cars and a cross-country race, but neither of us could recall the actual title.
Funny thing – we both remembered the website being yellow. I did a little digging, and found the name of the movie: 32 Hours, 7 Minutes.
// Side note: I also tracked down my original blog post from back in 2004 (in a time before YouTube existed). Craziness.
The documentary’s name is the US transcontinental speed record set in 1983 during the US Express, a secretive race from New York to LA. A successor to the famous Cannonball Run, drivers were essentially breaking the law nonstop, driving as fast as they could across the United States.
Think about this for a second: the race is across the US, and the drivers don’t stop for anything. Maybe gas, definitely not cops. Most cars have scanners that are tuned to police frequencies, and if cops catch wind of them… the drivers either evade the police, or try to outrun them.
Mike identified the money quote from the movie trailer:
The one bummer is that despite me hearing about this film back in 2004… it’s still not done. The site’s been updated to use WordPress, and I see some fairly recent comments/replies. So I guess that’s a positive sign. Hard to know whether that “coming soon” note in the site masthead is for real, or whether it’s been there for a few years.
There’s a Facebook page that has had a lot of recent activity… so maybe there’s hope to be had yet.
Funny that a documentary focusing on so much on speed has taken this long to get made. For now, all us fans are doing what all the drivers were doing so many years ago – squirming in our seats, quietly muttering: Come ON, come ON.