Haywood began working on his autobiography in 2014. Two years later, director Derek Dodge launched a Kickstarter campaign to direct a movie about Haywood, an all-American guy graced with such good looks and charm that Penthouse magazine sponsored him. Actor-turned-racing-driver Patrick Dempsey, who’d raced for the same Brumos Porsche team Haywood had raced for and helped run, came on as executive producer.
The resulting film is as much about Haywood’s career as it is about the secret that Haywood kept during that career, that he is gay. He opened up about it first in the autobiography Hurley: From the Beginning, released last year. The documentary will be the first time Haywood’s talked about his personal life on camera, his frankness encouraged by an encounter he’d had with an interviewer a few years ago.
The trailer looks good, and why wouldn’t it? Here’s a guy who raced almost all of the essential Porsches that helped create modern idolatry of the German carmaker, and helped build the legendary Brumos Porsche brand. And pans of the 962 down the Mulsanne Straight are always worth it. The movie begins streaming on demand March 26.