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SMOKE, SAND AND RUBBER is a documentary about a race car driver in his eighties. With his son turning wrenches, Mel anthony gets behind the wheel of a midget race car for the first time in fifty-four years and takes the #12 car out on the oval around the Pacific Northwest. They show us that racing is a fatal disease. It might not kill you, but you have it until you die.


  1. Greg,
    My name is Tom Schmeh and I am curator of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum in Knoxville, Iowa. I am also the founder and coordinator of the International Reel Wheel Film Festival, which celebrates the automobile and motorsports in film. I just came across your documentary, “Smoke, Sand & Rubber,” and I would be interested in screening it in our festival this year, April 13-14-15. Might that be a possibility? To date we are screening Faith Granger’s “Deuce of Spades,” Sean Buckley’s “Follow the Corn 2: Next Level,” and Todd Huffman’s “Carlsbad USGP: 1980.” For more information, go to and click on the IRWFF icon. Thanks, and I hope to hear from you,
    Tom Schmeh
    Curator, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum
    Founder/Coordinator, International Reel Wheel Film Festival

  2. Jeff Denton says:

    I have been going through boxes of racing memorabilia of my Uncles and he has 9 Aurora Speedway programs but the address is listed as 132nd and Aurora. No actual dates on these programs but I suspect 1951. Is it possible there was a raceway in North Seattle other than at Playland?


    • admin says:

      I’m sorry I never saw this, but Aurora Speedway was separate from Playland. It was just was just next to Playland. You can learn more about it in my movie, Smoke, Sand and Rubber.

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