Everyone remembers when their teacher was absent and the entire class was subjected to a series of educational videos that nearly bored students to death. Well, the 1950’s seemed to be the heyday for these videos depicting the problems of youngsters, especially ones involving hot rods. As young men gained their freedom, thanks to a driver’s license and a set of car keys, a new set of problems arose for the public.
Young male drivers took to the streets with a reckless attitude and a desire to test abilities of both their car as well as their driving skills. This supposed devil may care attitude was attributed to rise in street racing and dangerous automotive accidents. In the short film, the narrator tells the story of a wayward young man’s evolution from street menace to sportsman racer.
After a bitter defeat at the drag strip against the driver of a “jalopy,” the main character named Mel decides to begin a new project. Mel purchases a jalopy of his own and starts to modify the beast, but his automotive knowledge is lacking. Reluctantly, Mel seeks out his perceived nemesis, Dave (the jalopy driver who beat his car), to gain some insight into the problems with his ride.
Upon his arrival at the Road Runners Pit, Dave greets Mel and dives right into the problem. The two young men become friends and begin to participate in speed races at El Mirage Dry Lake Bed. Overall, society’s problems are solved as these young drivers take their grudges to the sanctioned racetracks and find fraternity among their peers. It is too bad that all of the world’s problems cannot be solved as efficiently as they were in Road Runners.