Stock car racer with generous impulses and a wastrel manager finds himself owing the Internal Revenue Service $145,000 in back taxes.




Racecar driver Steve Jackson (Elvis Presley, Spinout) is a nice guy. Generous with his money and time, he soon finds himself in a dilemma. His friend and manager Kenny Donsford (Bill Bixby, Clambake, The Incredible Hulk) has managed to mess up Steve's tax return, placing him $145,000 in debt to the Internal Revenue Service.

With an IRS collection agent (Nancy Sinatra, The Wild Angels) on his tail, Steve must find a way to regain solvency. The solution: the next Speedway Race with a top prize of $170,000. Only two problems: his car is a wreck and he has fallen for the collection agent!

Source: Bill Treadway, DvdVerdict.com



In regards to the video transfer, there is some good news and bad news. First comes the bad news. Although Warner Bros. presents Speedway in a 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, we are not getting the complete image. The laserdisc and Turner Classic Library transfers presented Speedway in a 2.55:1 aspect ratio. A direct comparison of the two will show that while it is far from a hack job, it would have been nice to have Speedway in the complete ratio. Now comes the good news. This new transfer is a much sharper and better looking print. The colors are lush and color-corrected. The previous transfers had some transitional problems in which colors would suddenly change or appear in the incorrect shade. (For example, blacks often looked greenish.) Blemishes are not as plentiful as in previous prints. Some sneak through, but for the most part, Warner Bros. has done a good job minimizing the damage. Grain is still a problem, but it isn't as pronounced as in the previous transfers.


Source: Bill Treadway, DvdVerdict.com




Studio: Warner Home Video
Theatrical Release Date: June 12, 1968
DVD Release Date (USA): August 3, 2004
DVD Release Date (Europe): August 20, 2004

WIDESCREEN VERSION presented in a "letterbox" widescreen format.

Screenformat: 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen
Color: Color
Sound: Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Languages: English & Francais (RC1)
  English, Deutsch, Francais & other (RC2)
Subtitles: English, Francais, Espanol & other (RC1)
  English, Deutsch, Francaise, Espanol & other (RC2)
Bonus: Theatrical trailers for Spinout, Double Trouble, Speedway and The Trouble With Girls
Runtime: 94 Min. (NTSC, RC1)
  90 Min. (PAL, RC2)

Available at Warner Videos.