Once Upon a Wheel
Once Upon a Wheel was broadcast on televison in a 1971 It is a TV special, narrated by Paul Newman with many guest stars. It has been released on home video.
Racing enthusiast, Paul Newman narrated this hour long documentary on the history of auto racing. Joining narrator, Newman, is Mario Andretti, Kirk Douglas, Hugh Downs, Dean Martin, Cesar Romero, Dick Smothers and many others.
The show was released theatrically in Europe, with additional footage. The Italian title was I Giganti del Brivido, and in Spanish, Vertigo Sobre Ruedas.
Behind the Scenes
- The director has stated it was Paul Newman's impression of the finished product that encouraged the extended version.
Coca-Cola bottlers sponsored the show, and Mr. Newman appeared in magazine ads (wearing a Coke racing jacket). Viewers could order special collectibles related to the show: 8-track cartridges or cassette tapes of music from the show, a Coca-Cola jacket similar to Newman’s, and racing jacket style patches.
Allusions and References
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- Ormstein, Bill, "Winters-Rosen Triple Budgets",Hollywood Reporter,17, Nov, 1970: p1