BOONVILLE — Last Monday, HBO was in the area filming at nearby property for a new documentary called “Sports on Fire,” according to property owners Jim and Terrie Fallin of Boonville.
“The Wilkes County sheriff was gracious enough to let us set up a still on the creek for the filming,” said Jim Fallin of the production, which will feature three of his 1940 Ford coupes.
The Double RR Rebel Ranch in Wilkes County hosted the film crew and director, Pete McCormack, which pushed shooting up from Tuesday to Monday on a tight schedule to avoid the expected winter weather that visited the area last week.
Driving Fallin’s Ford for “Sports on Fire” was Bill Blair Jr., a legendary stock car driver whose father, Bill Blair Sr., competed on the NASCAR circuit in its early years.
In addition to the three 1940s coupes, Dwight Cass of Boonville furnished a rare 1939 liquor car with a caddy engine, Fallin said.
For Monday’s filming, Fallin and Cass were cast to run an antique moonshine still, which is fitting since Wilkes County is coined as “The Moonshine Capital of the Country,” Terrie Fallin said.
“The HBO story will be about moonshine and the racing beginnings,” said Terrie.
In addition to the filming in Wilkes County, she said “Sports on Fire” included filming in Mooresville at the North Carolina Racing Hall of Fame and interviews with racing legends and today’s NASCAR drivers. Part of those interviews will include the history of Blair Sr., who was inducted into the NC Racing Hall of Fame.
“The final stages of filming was at the race shop of Bill Blair,” Terrie said. “Bill Blair Jr. is still racing his ‘39 Ford in the Legendary Ford Racing.”
The Fallins’ Ford coupes have been used in several other movie productions through the years, they said.
“Jim has been on ‘What’s My Car Worth,” Terrie said. “Jim drove his ‘40 coupe in Junior Johnson’s Story with Sheriff Hege, the Dawsonville-Bill Elliott Story, and his car was driven in the video ‘Carolina Moonshine’ by Matt Dylan.”
“We all enjoyed getting together and sharing some history about moonshining and NASCAR racing,” Terrie said of last week’s filming. “This will be a positive event for Wilkes County.”
She said the documentary should air the last of 2014 or in early 2015.