Carpet Racers: A Crash Course

Carpet Racers: A Crash Course

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The feature length documentary film Carpet Racers: A Crash Course explores a year long journey into the subculture of grown men and women that make a living, or try to, racing radio control cars professionally. Whether at their local carpet tracks, or on the biggest and brightest of stages, these competitors are almost exactly like those celebrated individuals that race NASCAR or Formula One. Almost… Aside from two huge differences: the cars are the size of a shoebox, and no one has a clue as to who these people are. But these cars are no joke; they reach velocities of 60 miles per hour. When the best of the best get together in places like Orlando, at the Snowbird Nationals, and Las Vegas at the International Indoor Championships, the level of racing takes the competition, grit, determination and desire to a whole new level. Speed and control is the goal. Some of these racers have it, and some don't - both in racing and their personal lives. Carpet Racers: A Crash Course documents the ultimate victories and crushing defeats of five of the top carpet racers in the world in their quest to be the best that they can be. The film delves into the struggles they have to endure at home, and the sacrifices they must make to race for a living. Life on the road racing toy cars takes a tremendous toll. In addition, the filmmaker is pulled into the proceedings, as he re-discovers a love he thought had disappeared forever, and attempts to recapture some of his lost youth that's tied up in radio control cars. Life in the small lane… It ain’t easy.
Starring Jay Thames
Director Jay Thames