America's First Formula Car

While researching the world of Formula race cars, I stumbled on this gem of a movie on YouTube. It stars the 1959 Scarab, the first front-engined American-made race car to compete in Formula One.

There's a huge story behind this movie, the fact that Lance Reventlow bankrolled it thanks to his fabulously rich mother, Barbara Hutton, the fact that it was made without special effects yet retains the true spirit of racing at speed, and the fact that it was director Bruce Kessler who filmed and produced it for Reventlow. 

You've got to check this out. It's called The Speed of Sound and is really a great look at the Scarab race car and the making of a true racing movie. Run time is about 30 minutes. Enjoy!



Larry Saavedra