The Snake and Mongoose Chronicles: Episode 1

Synopsis: Frankie and Mike, two car fanatics, set out for a long drive through the desert to reach the Barrett Jackson auction in Las Vegas. Frankie tries to race his 67 Dodge Dart and ends up breaking down half way there. The pair orders the replacement part they need from ebay motors and plan to meet "Joey" with the part in a town called Calico. Calico is a desolate ghost town, and Frankie and Mike fin themselves at odds over cokes, hot wheels, and women. They mainly argue about who was the fastest drag racer, Don "The Snake" Prudomme or Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen. Their very relationship embodies the competitive spirit these two racers had and currently maintain today. After a quick face off outside a saloon, the two continue their journey through the desert to Vegas.
Genre: Short
Year:
2011
4 min
11 Views

1

Hello, everybody.

I'm Dave McClelland,

and welcome to the 24th annual

NHRA U.S. Nationals

at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

A lot of stories have developed

at the U.S. Nationals

through four full

days of qualifying.

This is one of the longest rivalries

in drag-racing history...

three-time world champion

and defending champ

Don "The Snake" Prudhomme

of Granada Hills, California,

against his longtime friend

and nemesis,

Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen

of Fountain Valley, California.

Prudhomme got his

nickname "The Snake"

because of his amazingly

quick reflexes

on the starting line.

These two have a history

going back two decades.

They even raced together

in a partnership...

the Wildlife Racing team.

What better than when you have

a snake and a mongoose

but to team up and

tour the country?

Funny car eliminator, final race.

The classic Snake versus

Mongoose battle once again.

The burnout's complete

and approaching the starting line.

But the race is on the line

for the national championship

in funny car.

Prudhomme in the far lane.

That has been the better lane

in racing this afternoon.

In the near lane, Tom McEwen.

The concentration begins

on that Christmas tree.

Both drivers intently looking

at the electronic starting device.

Working late as usual?

As usual. You know me.

- Are you thirsty?

- Thanks.

You missed the English final today.

Doesn't matter.

I'm done with school.

That's it?

After all the hard work we've done,

you're just going to quit?

What's the point, Lynn?

The only thing

I can really read is cars.

Tommy Ivo asked me

to go on the road with him.

Can you believe that?

I was going to tell you earlier.

Is he going to pay you, Don?

'Cause summer's a longtime

not to earn any money.

Yeah, of course he's gonna pay me.

I'll be working for him.

It's a job.

Wow. So just like that?

Lynn...

I'd be learning from one of the

best drag racers there is.

What would you have me do?

Did you tell your dad yet?

I can't paint cars

for the rest of my damn life.

I know.

So you told him, right?

Look, I'll just be gone

for a couple of months, all right?

So don't go leaving me

for some other Valley stud, huh?

Oh, you're a Valley stud now?

Behind the wheel, I am.

You smoked him pretty good.

You always that fast?

Oh, that was nothing.

Wait till I win the big go.

What's that?

U.S. Nationals,

biggest race of the year.

Hey, you want an autograph?

No, that's okay.

Really?

Well, can I have yours?

Sure.

Nice to meet you, Judy.

- I'm Tom McEwen.

- Pleasure.

Hey, you got a number too?

Um...

yeah.

I heard you work the line

over at Douglas.

Yep, that's true.

I'm very good with my hands.

I heard that too.

We should go for a drive sometime.

You win some more races,

and I'll think about it.

When her motor's warm

And she's purring sweet

Buddy, let me warn you

You're on a one-way street

She'll crowd you close,

spin your wheels

Then you're gonna know

how it feels

To spinout, yeah

Spinout

Better watch those curves

Never let her steer

If she can shake

your nerve, boy

She can strip your gears...

And Prudhomme strikes

again, ladies and gentlemen.

That'll be the 200th win

for the incredible

Greer-Black-Prudhomme team.

Any more of these clowns

get hurt out there,

our insurance is gonna

go through the roof.

Stop your whining, honey.

Well, look who's here.

Don "The Snake" Prudhomme.

Pretty good run there, huh?

The takings are down, Don.

Hard times, man.

I ain't running a charity here.

I'll tell you what.

I'm in a generous mood.

Here's 400 bucks.

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