BIKINI BEACH, 1964 | HERE FOR DRAGSTERS, KEENAN WYNN, PATTI GALLAGHER & BIKINIS
Straight-up, this 1964 movie was low-budget, razor-thin but popular “beach movie genre” of the day. Keenan Wynn whipping around on his Triumph w/sidecar makes me happy, and enough to keep me glued. And TV Tommy Ivo was Technical Advisor and had a large hand in the shaping of this film by including his own primo dragsters, and getting Dean Jeffries‘ Mantaray in the movie as well. I’m going to highlight the shots that I think are top-tier eye candy, better black & white, and many not from the film.
The insane (4) engine dragster was Built and owned by “TV” Tommy Ivo that became a legendary dragster named the Showboat, AKA The Moving Fog Bank. Showboat weighed 3,555 lbs, and was powered by 4 (yes, four) 454 c.d.i. Hilborn injected Nailhead Buick engines that combined to produce 1700 horsepower. Revell made a 1/25 model of Showboat back then… Who’ s holding!