Saturday, December 28, 2013

Top Netflix streaming movies for gearheads



  Below are my top "gearhead" movies currently streaming on Netflix.  Most of these are documentaries, since I have not found many fictional action movies on Netflix relating to cars that are not choked full of cheesy race scenes, poor story lines and inaccurate car related info.  Enjoy.

License to Drive (1988) - Corey Haim, Corey Feldman and Heather Graham complete the cast in this classic 80's movie revolving around the freedom that comes with a driver's license.  I don't think kids these day's have the same strong desire to gain independence through a driver's license and the keys to the parents cars.  Just tune out the annoying 80's music during the car chase/driving scenes and you'll enjoy this one just that little bit more. 

Senna (2010) - Ayrton Senna, even though we all know how it ends, it still will bring the toughest gearhead to tears.  Just tell em you got some gasoline in your eye and let em flow.

Red Bull: Return to Millen Mountain (2011) - Rhys Millen's Pikes Peak in his Red Bull Hyundai Genesis

The World's Fastest Indian (2005) - Anthony Hopkins, based on the true story of New Zealand gearhead and 67 year old grandfather Burt Monro's attempts at breaking land speed records on an Indian Scout motorcycle

Racing Dreams (2009) - Follow three very young go-kart racers as they attempt to reach their dreams of becoming professional drivers.  Great movie, makes me wish I had started go-kart racing as a kid.  Annabeth Barnes, one of the young drivers featured in this movie and from North Carolina, is still racing and steadily moving up into bigger and faster rides.

Truth in 24 II: Every Second Counts (2012) - Audi's struggles and successes during the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans race.  

Dust to Glory (2005) - Baja 1000 through the eyes of several different racers and vehicle types. Caution, this will make you want to buy a car and head south to join in the next race.

Love the Beast (2009) - Documentary covering the life of Eric Bana and his "beast" a Ford XB Falcon Coupe. 

Road Warriors: Baja 500 (2011) - Find out what it takes to compete in this grueling racing through several different teams.


Honorable Mentions:

Race for Glory (2013) - Interviews and footage from several top NASCAR drivers looking at their faith, family and teamwork.
Moto 4: The Movie (2012) - Motocross's top riders
Sturgis Motorcycle Mania (2008) - Discovery Channel overview of multiple aspects of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
Faster (2003) - Ewan McGregor narrated documentary on MotoGP racing
Fastest (2011) - Second, follow up, Ewan McGregor narrated documentary on MotoGP racing.
Charge (2011) - Follow several teams to the world's first electric Isle of Man GP in 2009 and 2010
Tomorrow Will Be Better (2012) - Czech rider Libor Podmol's journey into Freestyle MX.
On Any Sunday (1971) - Exploration of motorcycle racing