Street Machine - - Your Stuff - John Clark, email

JUST got back from the Run­ning On Empty Fes­ti­val in Cobar, which ap­peared to be a huge hit with ROE fans, with around 2000 peo­ple driv­ing in from all over the coun­try.

There were many repli­cas of the cars that West Aus­tralian hot rod­der Dave Dun­can orig­i­nally cast or de­signed for the film, and one or two orig­i­nals with what ap­peared to be Dave’s orig­i­nal art­work as well. What Dave said in your ar­ti­cle a few years back

(SM Hot Rod #16) about the pro­duc­ers of the film was true:

“It was ter­ri­ble, em­bar­rass­ing. The whole pro­duc­tion staff didn’t have a clue – they wanted to know why we weren’t us­ing Mini Mi­nors. We had a bit of fun, we just went hot rod­ding. I was there for about two months, then I pulled the pin. I snatched the rent, I got pissed off. I couldn’t put up with it.”

How­ever, Dave’s work re­mained core to the film and peo­ple are cel­e­brat­ing it some 35 years later. I think Dave de­serves credit for styling the cars in the film, which is so dear to the hearts of so many. Oth­ers are queu­ing up to take some or all of this credit and it would be good if Dave got more of the recog­ni­tion he de­serves.

There’s talk on Face­book of an­other ROE Fest, per­haps a 40th an­niver­sary, and if that hap­pens Dave should be there! Can you for­ward Dave’s email ad­dress to the or­gan­is­ers of the fes­ti­val so we can try and make sure this hap­pens?

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