DEMO DERBY sprang from a story idea by young Travis Pike. Stationed overseas when the film was made, DEMO DERBY is his first original song to be used in a movie and was arranged by Arthur Korb and performed by the Rondels.


Demo Derby Featurette In NE Multiple Openings
    BOSTON -- A 28-minute featurette, "Demo Derby," filmed on location around Boston on demolition derby crashes, produced by Jim Pike, Pike Productions, opened at the Paramount, Boston; Capitol, Worcester; Allyn; Hartford; and Paramount, New Haven, June 25. It was on the bill with "Robin and the Seven Hoods" at the Paramount, Boston, and with the new Elvis Presley film, "Viva Las Vegas," in New Haven, Hartford and Worcester.
    Pike, a former film producer for WNAC-TV, Boston, formed his own company in Newton Center to produce commercials for network and spot television, plus special purpose films, but became interested in the phtographic challenge of demo derby action. It's Pike's first theatrical motion picture.
    Edward Ruff Film Associates is distributing the film which was made in Norwood, Millis and Dover, Mass. A record from the original score of the sound track has been pressed with "Demo Derby," title song and on the flip side, "Kathy," the love theme from the picture.

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    If the old Romans had been able to photograph the audiences to bait the gladiators, they might have come up with the same faces one sees in "Demo Derby," locally-made production. Nobody gets burned to death or is killed, but this is what the audience seems to be waiting for. One of the cars is burned to a crisp and the others look as if they'd been in a five-car colliision on the Fourth of July. But this adds up to the grins on those absorbed faces.
    The film, which is a series of crashes on various nearby tracks, is rather terrifying to people who hope the younger generation is learning to drive safely, rather than to ram into one another. But the youngsters love it as releasing some sort of destructive compulsion and becoming famous at the same time.
    Their local hero, Don McTavish of Dover, battles with Glenn Legere of Braintree for a $500 prize.
    Producer Jim Pike has come up with a remarkable film which is one of the most galvanic expressions of modern life and teenage recreation I have ever seen on the screen. Arthur Korb composed the effective, and subtly crashing score.



BOOKED IN 61 THEATRES & DRIVE-INS IN NEW
ENGLAND IN THE FIRST TEN DAYS OF RELEASE


IT WON'T COME WITH A GOLD RECORD, BUT WE HAVE SEEN
7" DEMO DERBY SOUVENIR RECORDINGS FOR SALE ONLINE
 
Filmed on location at Norwood Arena
Norwood, Massachusetts
                                 

Special Features Include
Interview with Producer James A. Pike
and Original Theatrical Trailer





WARNING:   We of the sixties generation have been romanticized for our rebellious idealism. Unless you want your grandchildren to know how incrediblly naive and innocent we really were . . .

KEEP THIS UNDER LOCK AND KEY!
     New Englanders claim it is a unique and original American sport. Southern boys agree, but argue over just where in America it all began. Sociologists see the roots of this sort of mechanical mayhem and wanton destructiveness in the outrageous, thrill-seeking, rabble-rousing entertainments of ancient Rome. Pure Americana or Classical derivative, "DEMO DERBY" has a special place in movie history. In the summer of 1964, "DEMO DERBY" opened in Boston with "ROBIN AND THE SEVEN HOODS" and in Hartford, New Haven and Worcester with "VIVA LAS VEGAS." In the next 10 days, it was booked into 61 theaters all across New England. But when it was paired with the Beatles "HARD DAYS NIGHT," it really took off, playing on more than 6,000 screens, all across the country. And after its spectacular first run, it continued to be booked into theaters and drive-ins for TEN MORE YEARS! If you remember when everyone was wearing Madras shorts, penny loafers and sporting crew cuts, don't be surprised if "DEMO DERBY" brings a smile to your face. It is so real, that by the time the show is over, you may have to look outside to be sure your old jalopy isn't still there. So, turn your DVD player into a time machine and buckle up for a wild ride down memory lane.
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY ARTHUR KORB     DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY ANGUS MACASKILL
NARRATED BY JOHN SCOTT;     NASCAR Technical Advisor CARLETON MERRILL
TITLE SONG BY TRAVIS E. PIKE AND ARTHUR KORB, PERFORMED BY THE RONDELS
WRITTEN, PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY JAMES A. PIKE
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DVD PACKAGE DESIGN & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL 2009 TRAVIS E. PIKE
4:3 ASPECT RATIO | DVD REGION 0 \ BW | 28 MIN | UNRATED
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