Does anyone out there know who Larry Frank was? Maybe not. Allow me to refresh your memories.
During the late 1950s and early 1960s, there was an abundance of car racing movies, most of which left a great deal to be desired. And of course there were the "moon shining" films, such as the iconic "Thunder Road" starring Robert Mitchum.
In 1964, it was announced that a new car racing movie was being planned, to be called "Red Line 7000". It would star Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, a famous beach blanket movie duo. Actual racing action was to be filmed at Daytona International Speedway during the July 4 "Firecracker 400". Movie cameras were mounted on the front and rear fenders of an actual race car.
The car used to carry the camera was Larry Frank's yellow #76 Ford. I know, I was there--a teenager who was crazy about car racing, while most others guys my age were into football or baseball.
Rest in peace, Larry Frank.
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