Snake and Mongoose movie exhibit presented at two events this weekend; premiere coming in August

From left, Tom McEwen, Richard Blake, Jesse Williams and Don Prudhomme.

Prizes, free giveaways and photo ops for the new "Snake and Mongoo$e" movie will be offered during two exciting shows this weekend. The "Snake and Mongoo$e" booth will be displayed during the Reno Rockabilly Riot at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nevada, June 14-15, and at the Bringin' Out the Muscle 4 car show at Summit Racing Equipment in Sparks, Nevada, June 16.

During the events, the movie booth will display the film's costumes and props, and those stopping by can receive complementary movie posters and stickers, and have photos taken with models. Movie t-shirts will also be available for sale.

In addition, show-goers can sign up to win two tickets to the movie's charity benefit premiere for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society taking place in Los Angeles on August 26 or in Indianapolis on Aug. 29.

The movie is the first drag racing release in nearly 30 years and chronicles the exploits of Don "The Snake" Prudhomme and Tom "The Mongoo$e" McEwen in the glory days of drag racing in the 1960s and ‘70s.

The movie stars Jesse Williams (Grey's Anatomy), Richard Blake (Dragonball: Evolution), Noah Wyle (Falling Skies) and Tim Blake Nelson (Lincoln).  

The "Snake and Mongoo$e" film will officially debut at a theater in Reno Friday, Aug. 9. The film's opening is in conjunction with the Hot August Nights Auction presented by Barrett-Jackson and includes an exhibit of Prudhomme's iconic yellow and red Hot Wheels Haulers and Funny Cars. These historically significant rigs and race cars will be offered for sale to the public during Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., Jan. 12-19, 2014. [6/11/2013]

Economaki tribute scheduled for IMRRC on June 15

The achievements of Chris Economaki, the late dean of American motorsports, will be celebrated on Saturday, June 15, at the International Motor Racing Research Center.

The free talk, part of the on-going Center Conversations speaker series, will be at 1 p.m. at the Center located at 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY. It is open to all.

"A Tribute to Chris Economaki" will be led by a panel composed of Corinne Economaki, Chris' daughter and motorsports insider; Leo Levine, retired automotive industry executive and author; and Judy Stropus, noted motorsports publicist.

"Chris Economaki's accomplishments are with us every day at the Center. We consistently use his National Speed Sport News archives to answer research requests or for our own work," Racing Research Center President J.C. Argetsinger said. "To pay tribute to this great journalist is a natural for the Center, and to have his daughter and colleagues presenting his story is a great honor for us and our supporters."

For more information about the Center's work and its programs, visit or call 607-535-9044. [6/11/2013]