Hot Rod Gang was a 1958 teen-exploitation flick starring John Ashley and Jody Fair.  It is about a boy who wants to enter his car in the drag races and joins a rock band to make enough money to do so.
 
Starting with Dragstrip Girl in 1957, Ashley acted in a long line of "kids-in-trouble" melodramas, monster movies, and in the successful Frankie & Annette Beach Party series before carving a lucrative niche for himself as producer-star of a series of Filipino exploitation pictures.  He was also producer of several TV series, including "The A-Team" and "Walker, Texas Ranger."
 
John recorded a number of songs for the Dot label in 1958, including his most famous song "Born To Rock" (Dot 45-15775).  Both Motorcycle Gang (1957) and Hot Rod Gang (1958) featured John's singing skills.  In Hot Rod Gang he performs "Anna Laurie” and "Hit and Run Lover" (see below; that’s Kay Wheeler slicing up the linoleum).  Pioneering rock legends Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran also appear in the movie.
 
John was married to actress Deborah Walley from 1964-1966.  He died of a heart attack in 1997.
Jody Fair was only active in the movies for about five years, appearing mostly in teen flicks and a variety of television episodes. The same year as Hot Rod Gang she appeared in the sci-fi schlock classic The Brain Eaters.  In October 1958 it was reported that she appeared stripped to the waist in the foreign version of MGM's High School Confidential!.  In 1966 she married Earl Sherman in Los Angeles.
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