|Thunder in Carolina|
|Directed by||Paul Helmick|
|Produced by||J. Francis White|
|Written by||Alexander Richards|
|Starring|| Rory Calhoun |
Alan Hale, Jr.
|Music by||Walter Greene|
|Cinematography||Joseph C. Brun|
|Edited by||Rex Lipton|
|Distributed by||Howco International Pictures|
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Filmed at a number of small dirt ovals in the South, the film is set in the 1959 edition of NASCAR's Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina. All filming was done during that year with much of the footage taken during the actual event. A film car was entered to capture on-track sequences and Rory Calhoun actually ran some laps during the race. Calhoun drives a two-tone 1957 Chevrolet, with a blue body and white top, while his friend-turned-competitor "Les York" is in a 1959 Oldsmobile.
The film is a "B" grade production in terms of budget but Thunder In Carolina managed to capture much of the sound and fury of the era. The film was later marketed on home video as "Hard Drivin'" with a freeze-frame title spliced into the opening.
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