Drag racing fans, get ready for ‘Snake and Mongoo$e’ to ride again

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It’s been a question for the ages: which is faster, the Snake or the Mongoo$e?

It’s a question that was arguably one of the most-asked during the late 1960s and 1970s when Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and Tom “The Mongoo$e” (yes, there was a $ instead of an “s”) McEwen engaged in one of the most fearsome rivalries in NHRA drag racing history.

They’re the ones that prompted one of the most famous lines in drag racing history: “Sunday, Sunday, Sunday …”.

Two drivers so diametrically opposite of each other became rivals, then friends then business partners, making the Snake and Mongoo$e brand one of the most high-profile in all of sports for nearly a quarter-century.

McEwen and Prudhomme barnstormed their Funny Cars across the country at any quarter-mile that would have them, giving drag racing legitimacy and moving it into the mainstream of professional sports. It lead to one of the biggest promotions in sports history with Mattel’s Hot Wheels, which remain popular with kids today.

Last year, a movie was released across the country that very accurately portrayed the two quartermile hotshots’ careers. It was appropriately named “Snake & Mongoo$e.”

Now, the first major Hollywood-made drag racing movie since “Heart Like A Wheel” was released in 1983, portraying Top Fuel drag racing legend Shirley Muldowney’s life, is or will soon be available for drag racing fans to enjoy.

Anchor Bay Entertainment announced this week that the riveting account of Prudhomme and McEwen will be available On Demand on some cable TV systems and on iTunes and Amazon Instant Movies as early as this week, with the DVD of the movie set for nationwide release on April 8.

In its review, Road & Track Magazine called the film “a colorful portrait of drag racing’s most famous rivalry. The cars are ridiculously cool, the soundtrack is sexy and fun, and the final moments are very moving.”

Jesse Williams (of Lee Daniels’ The Butler and Grey’s Anatomy) plays Prudhomme, while Richard Blake (of Dragonball: Evolution) plays McEwen.

Other stars include Fred Dryer (Hunter), “Noah Wyle (ER, Falling Skies), Ian Ziering (Sharknado) and Tim Blake Wilson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?).

If you’re a long-time drag racing fan or a newcomer, the film tells a great deal not only about McEwen and Prudhomme’s rivalry, but also the roots of drag racing and the NHRA. The film contains real footage of several classic battles between the pair, as well.

As Moviereporter.com put it, “It’s a lot more than a racing movie.”

Check out the official trailer below.

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Fernando Alonso confirmed for Toyota LMP1 test in Bahrain

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SAKHIR, Bahrain – Fernando Alonso will take his first step towards a possible entry to the 24 Hours of Le Mans when he tests an LMP1 car for Toyota on Sunday at the Bahrain International Circuit.

McLaren Formula 1 driver and two-time world champion Alonso is hoping to appear at Le Mans next year as part of his bid to become just the second man in history to complete the ‘Triple Crown of Motorsport’.

Alonso has already completed one leg by winning the Monaco Grand Prix twice, and made his debut at the Indianapolis 500 in May with McLaren-Honda-Andretti, retiring late on due to an engine failure.

Momentum is building for Alonso to make his Le Mans debut with Toyota in 2018, starting with a first sports car run-out in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s end-of-season rookie test in Bahrain on Sunday.

Alonso arrived in Bahrain on Saturday to watch the six-hour WEC race as an invited guest of the Bahraini royal family, with his participation in the test being confirmed after the race.

“We are very excited that Fernando will test our car. When he visited us in Cologne everyone who met him could sense his enthusiasm and passion for our sport; he is a true racer,” Toyota Gazoo Racing team president Hisatake Murata said.

“We very much respect his interest in different forms of motorsport and it is a pleasure to offer him this chance to drive a hybrid LMP1 car. It will be interesting to hear his feedback on the TS050 Hybrid.”

Alonso will share running in the Toyota car with 19-year-old Thomas Laurent, who received a test as a prize for his star display during his rookie WEC campaign this year, while regular Toyota racer Mike Conway will also complete laps.