THE HIGHWAY - DAY
Georgia. Two-lane blacktop, stretching from here to heaven.
Empty. Silent. Then, suddenly in the far distance, several
dark specks rise over a hill and head straight toward camera.
Camera holds and the specks begin to take form. Vehicles.
Trucks. Six monstrous eighteen-wheel diesels, coming at us,
their smokestacks blasting. Sound grows louder, as we begin
to hear snatches of Citizens Band Radio talk over:
-- Breaker, this is Banana Peel...
-- Yeah, Breaker go head on.
-- Thanks much. I'd like to get me a
-- Road looks clean as a hound's
-- Okey, doke. Last one to the Roadeo
is a homo.
Voices fade and titles and credits begin. "Black Smoke Blowing
Over Eighteen Wheels" by Red Simpson comes up in the b.g. as
the six trucks blast right over camera.
AN AERIAL VIEW:
of the trucks driving through an entrance gate to a huge
parking lot. Over the gate is a sign reading: "GEORGIA TRUCK
ROADEO STATE FINALS." Music and credits continue.
TRUCK ROADEO - PARKING LOT - DAY
Macks, Kenworths, Whites and Jimmys, all polished to a
mirrored finish. Truck drivers decked out in their flashiest
western outfits. The stands filled with spectators on the
edge of their seats, watching the gearjammers put their rigs
through tests of skill and reflexes -- parallel parking,
driving around eggs, through complicated barricades, etc.
CAMERA PICKS UP:
a customized white Cadillac convertible pulling into the
Roadeo grounds. The Caddy has mounted chrome quarter horses
on each front fender, bull horns on the front bumper, stacked
rifles displayed in the rear. Garish. The car's Texas license
plate reads "Mr. Big."
The Cadillac stops. Two men climb out and wend their way
through the trucks and spectators. Camera tracks behind them.
Although we can't see their faces, we see that one man is
pudgy and decked out in a fancy white western suit and hat.
The other is younger, tall, skinny and wearing a grey western
suit and hat. Kyle Brand and his son Dickey.
MUSIC AND CREDITS FADE
ANGLE - ROADEO INFIELD
The crowd roars, as the trucks race through an obstacle
ANGLE - THE MEN - TRACKING
Camera still on their backs.
(referring to race)
Is that Bandit in the lead?
If that sumbitch was in the race,
he'd be in the winner's circle by