Written, produced, and directed by WILLIAM GREFE, Racing Fever is a shot-in Miami, high octane ode to speed on the high sea among the adrenalin-charged world of speedboat racing, with a healthy dose of grim, downright nasty melodrama thrown in to keep things bubbling.
Pop Gunner is an aging champion hydroplane racer who’s preparing for his last race before handing the reigns over to his hunky son, Lee (JOE MORRISON, who also stars m Grefe’s Sting of Death) But all racing heroes must have a nemesis, and Pop’s is Gregg Stevenson (CHARLES G MARTIN), a rich cad who is not only the current champ, but is also having an extramarital fling with Pop’s young, confused daughter, Linda (MAXINE CARROLL). Cocky Gregg also like to booze it up and prepares for the big race by downing a bottle of whisky while slobbering over Linda.
As the International (aquatic) Grand Prix gets underway, Pop and Gregg go head to head in their slick speedboats. But just when it looks like Pop is going to retire with a big win, his boat flips over and a drunken Gregg runs over him turning poor Pop into a bloodied pulp! (Grefe really piles on the blood in this sequence which almost resembles an H. G. Lewis film).
After Gregg’s money helps him escape any penalty for Pop s death, Lee mopes around his waterfront shack and tries to talk some sense into sis Linda who is still infatuated with Gregg, "I loved dad too, but he’s dead." Lee’s burning hatred for Gregg is further tested when he falls head over heels for Gregg’s daughter, Connie (BARBARA BIGGART), a hot young thing who hates her daddy but loves his wallet. While Lee and Connie proclaim their love for each other in a snazzy lounge club (as GERRY GRANAHAN performs the great, wailing title tune), Gregg hits on the barmaid who dons a red, skin-tight leotard and performs an amazing dance to an instrumental version of the aforementioned song!
But wait, it gets even more complicated. Back at his hotel room, Gregg and his new conquest are interrupted by the arrival of Linda who joyfully reveals that she’s pregnant with Gregg’s baby! But — oops — her happiness is short lived when Gregg quickly reaches for the phone and arranges for an abortion, slapping Linda when she protests "You’ve been paid well for your services!" he sneers.
It all climaxes with Gregg and Lee going one on one in a big race down the Ronda coast where history repeats itself, this time with Gregg in the water and Lee baring down on him with bloodlust in his eyes...
Highlighted by authentic racing footage, and held together by its very seedy, soap opera like story line, Racing Fever is a down and dirty exploitationer in the true Sorties tradition, with Grefe getting in so close to the nitty gritty, you can almost feel the salt water splashing m your face.
From a wet-and wild 16mm print.
— John Harrison, The Graveyard Tramp
Charles G. Martin
|Label||Something Weird Video|
|Region tv||Region 0 / NTSC|