With the current hype of the Hollywood blockbuster film Ford v Ferrari, starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, the general public is suddenly interested in this little race in France called the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Admittedly, Ford v Ferrari is a good movie, and the 24 Hour of Le Mans is an awesome race.
But, we here in the United States (where we do things bigger), we have our own endurance race, and it’s one-hour longer than the one in France. It’s called the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, and the green flag drops this Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in Willows, California.
If you like racing documentaries, then we suggest checking out Double Down, a full-featured racing documentary on the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, available to watch for free on YouTube (see the trailer HERE).
The film follows a team of ragtag hot rodders who decide they are going to take two Nissan Sentra SE-Rs and compete in the E3 class at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. During the long grueling race, the team has to deal with close calls on track, mechanical disasters, darkness, team drama, and sleep deprivation. Double Down is the road racing equivalent of the epic Baja 1000 documentary From Dust To Glory.
NASA’s 25 Hours of Thunderhill has six classes ranging from the high-speed ESR (prototypes) to mid-range E0 (modified E3 BMWs) to the average joes in the E3 class (Mazda Miatas and in the case of Double Down: Nissan Sentras). Racing through the night with multiple classes and huge speed differentials on track (a Porsche GT3 at 170 passing a Mazda Miata at 115) causes big drama, and this documentary is filled with all of that adrenaline-spiking racing drama.
Ford v Ferrari will set you back around $13 for a movie ticket, but this racing drama, Double Down, is absolutely free on YouTube. Strap in, put your visor down, and enjoy the ride. This is real racing, real gritty, and it really happened. Check it out below.
Pro-tip for watching the film: This isn’t a Marvel movie, but you do want to watch through the credits. At the end of the race, the pit crew got ahold of the documentary film maker’s camera and a stolen case of rum. You can guess how it goes from there.
(Ed. Note: Full disclosure — Rob Krider is a regular contributor here on TURNology (and obviously, a really good self-promotor), but this film is an excellent documentary on what life is like to run the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. Check it out; we think you’ll like it!)