A man's dream to restore and race the prized car of his wild youth, a 1968 Mustang hidden away for 35 years. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on March 13, 2011.
About this project
OUR DOCUMENTARY FILM
In DEMON ON WHEELS, an-80 minute documentary feature film, a Catskills Mountains hamlet rallies behind their local inventor, hometown hero, gearhead god and speed demon, Mike Ondish, as he sacrifices his life's savings, his business and his reputation, to restore and race the prized car of his misspent youth. Ondish - daredevil, bootlegger and car mechanic, hopped up his 1968 Mustang (863 horsepower at the rear wheel) feeding it an elixir of gasoline, naphthalene and home-brewed grain alcohol. He was wanted by police chiefs in two counties for racing through the sleepy Catskills hamlets at 170 mph. He chased death on the back roads, tempting heaven and raising hell. Until one day, overwhelmed by his own demons, he put the car in hiding, and with it, a piece of himself. Some 35 years went by. The boy grew up and never left his hometown. The world around him, the vibrant community of dairy farmers, machinists and metal workers, all but disappeared; more and more family farms were gone and some of the small shops closed up. Now, 63 years old, Mike still lives in his childhood home, making a modest living repairing and restoring antique automobiles. Be it a delayed mid-life crisis, a noble goal, a flight of folly, a crazy dare, nostalgia or just plain love, Mike feels compelled to do this. Mike will overcome incredible odds, enlist the help of hometown friends, test his mettle and pit his outlaw, back road skills and his humble resources against the well-heeled professional drivers. Mike rediscovers his heritage as a Choctaw Indian, and seeks out tribal elders to learn more about his forebears. He in turn, inspires his community, giving everyone a sense of pride, renewal and hopefulness. Filmed on location in the glorious Catskill Mountains and at racetracks across the Northeast.
OUR GOAL The filmmakers are seeking funding to continue production. A successful Kickstarter campaign will help us complete our filming and editing. We hope to lock picture by September 2011 and start submitting our film to festivals shortly afterwards.
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