Two men are responsible for drag racing as we know it: Don "the Snake" Prudhomme and Tom "the Mongoose" McEwen.
Their massive budgets and record-breaking speeds can be attributed to Mattel, one of the first big corporations to inject cash into drag racing. And , coming
to theaters on September 6, puts their story on the big screen.
But it's not just a story of how modern drag racing was born. It's also a story of two men fighting for glory on and off the track during NHRA's golden
days. During that battle, the duo found mainstream success by letting Mattel, the maker of childhood fantasy prop Hot
Wheels, exploit their rivalry. And with success, came drama. As well as some sex and violence.
Snake & Mongoose stars Jesse Williams (Grey's Anatomy) as Prudhomme and Richard Blake as McEwen. Interestingly enough, it's written by auto journalist
Alan Paradise and produced by Stephen Nemeth, known for cult-favorite Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.