It’s not a surprise that the eighth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise is saturated with CGI stunts, Superman-like driving skills, and more explosions than a game of Call of Duty on Fireworks night. To a lot of pre-teen males this sounds like the perfect evening out with their completely oblivious girlfriends who pretend to know what’s happening just so they can go halves on the all you can eat buffet at Pizza Hut later on.
But for a lot of motoring enthusiasts, me included, the arrival of this franchise sparked the desire we have for motor vehicles and, dare I say it, racing. Yes, the films may not have been overly realistic, but they covered all the bases and were the perfect inspiration for an open-minded young chap like me. In fact, they had such an effect on me, that when I bought my first car I was adamant I was going to corrupt my little Grande Punto with a WRC body kit.
I didn’t. But I almost did.
Now however, the films have become so OTT that an antidote is needed. And here it is.
This is the sequel to Dust to Glory, aptly named Dust 2 Glory. Reminiscent of 2Fast 2Furious, no?
It documents the entirety of the SCORE Baja 1000 off-road race, but this time shadows the members of the teams closely, unveiling their individual personalities and story lines. And unlike other modern films, it requires no CGI or stuntmen. It’s all real.
The film’s director Dana Brown said at a press conference in late 2015:
The movie is really based on the 1000. Because of the series, which is something you really didn’t see in the first one, the extra year gives us time to see some of these racers at home, to be able to develop the stories, and just not all on the track. When we did the last one we just shot the race. This time we’ll be able to get to know the racers more.
Hopefully watching the teams feasting on the action and hearing the driver’s stories will spark the same love of motoring that Fast & Furious did for us back in the day. But this time with a little less neon, and a bit more realism. Although thinking about it, I still crave a bright yellow S2000 with a massive sod-off wing.
The film will be released just as the 50th Anniversary race begins later this year, and I for one am extremely excited to follow the drama and excitement of a real ‘balls to the wall’ racing series. I am going to miss the coloured exhaust flames though. And the all you can eat pizza.