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Behind the scenes film of Team Winding Road's Boss 302 against the dominant BMWs and Mazdas in the grueling 25 Hours of Thunderhill.
38 backers pledged $20,050 to help bring this project to life.

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Everyone loves an underdog!

In The Big Engine That Could, a group of regular guys and gals participates in The 25 Hours of Thunderhill, an endurance race that they have never before tried. The race will take place on December 7-8, 2013.

They have selected an unlikely beast of a car to race – the Ford Mustang – an American icon that is bigger and heavier and technologically simpler than the competition.

But they have a weapon, not exactly secret, the 450 hp Boss 302 V-8 from Ford Racing. And they have 17 crew members working to keep the car up to speed.

Will the combination of car and crew, affectionately called The Big Engine, be enough to finish this grueling race and possibly stand on the podium in class in the December 2013 running of the 25 Hours? 

Win or lose, The Big Engine That Could will be a film of the process, the thrills and the problems of endurance racing, with behind the scenes coverage of the team's progress and plenty of in-car footage. We invite you to become a part of Team Winding Road by sponsoring the film. It won't happen without you!

How the Funds Will Be Used

Our goal is to raise a minimum of $20,000. With this we will be able to deliver a great video that will allow racing enthusiasts and participants to feel the thrills and pains of Team Winding Road's adventures at Thunderhill.  If we can exceed our goal, that will allow us to work on marketing the video for wider distribution and start planning a video for the Team's next great race.  

Below is an illustration of how the funds will be used.  Many thanks for making a pledge!

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Risks and challenges

The main challenge we face for this project is the same as nearly every Kickstarter project -- too few resources trying to do amazing work. As with any video project, weather can be an issue, editing can take longer than expected and often there are some pesky administrative details to tackle.

We'll have the added challenges of filming at a live event where: 1) track regulations and safety will come before getting the perfect footage and, 2) the possibility exists for mechanical issues with a car being pushed to its limits. With regard to track safety regulations, some of the interesting footage will come from behind the scenes, what happens in the paddock and through conversations between team members. Because we will make extensive use of unmanned in-car and on-car camera rigs, there will be plenty of opportunities for excellent track and pit footage that will meet track safety requirements. The pressure will be on the film editors to work around any possible obstacles that the videographers might encounter to ensure that viewers have a real sense of what it was like to be on Team Winding Road at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. With regard to mechanical issues, we may get into different details than those in the story originally planned, but it is sometimes a reality at the track and one that could provide for interesting insight about the sport, the cars and equipment used and how the team regroups to either finish this race or prepare for the next race.

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    Pledge US$ 5 or more About US$ 5

    If you love road racing and want to help share the love, your donation will be a big help to make the webcast a reality. See your name on the credits and get our sincere thanks.

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    Show your support with a $10 contribution. We will recognize you in the credits and we'll send you a track decal of the fabulous Thunderhill Raceway Park where all the magic will happen!

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    If you can spare $25, we'll send you a high-definition DVD of the documentary "The Big Engine That Could". Of course, we'll put your name in the credits.

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    Pledge US$ 50 or more About US$ 50

    For your support of $50, we will acknowledge you in the credits, send you a copy of the high definition DVD and we will send you a color, signed photograph of the heroic star of the film, Boss 302S #18. The team will sign it, not the car, in case that was in doubt.

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    At the $75 level, we will highlight you in the credits, send you a copy of the high-definition DVD and send you the official Thunderhill Team t-shirt.

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    For an even $100, you will be highlighted in the credits, receive a copy of the high-definition DVD and you will have your very own WR Team cap.

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    Pledge US$ 250 or more About US$ 250

    $250 backers will be featured in the credits. Of course, you also get the DVD of the documentary "The Big Engine That Could" and we will send you a handsome Team WR Polo shirt.

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    Pledge US$ 500 or more About US$ 500

    $500 backers receive specially highlighted credits and the high-def DVD. You also get a custom Thunderhill team winter jacket, just like the ones the pit crew will wear in the film.

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    Corporate Sponsor Level 1 receive logo placement on the B-Pillar, rights to re-use full or edited versions of film, and additional footage and still photography featuring your brand. Your brand will receive exposure throughout the Winding Road network of sites (audience of over 300,000) in addition to the NBC Sports broadcast of the event.

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    Pledge US$ 2,500 or more About US$ 2,500

    Corporate Sponsor Level 2 receive logo placement on the rocker panels, rights to re-use full or edited versions of film, and additional footage and still photography featuring your brand. Your brand will receive exposure throughout the Winding Road network of sites (audience of over 300,000) in addition to the NBC Sports broadcast of the event.

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    Corporate Sponsor Level 3 receive logo placement on the rear fenders, rights to re-use full or edited versions of film, and additional footage and still photography featuring your brand. Your brand will receive exposure throughout the Winding Road network of sites (audience of over 300,000) in addition to the NBC Sports broadcast of the event.

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