Nate Truman’s StarCarCentral.com line up driving down Hollywood Blvd. for the Hollywood Christmas Parade!
We are gearing up for our big televised parade event, that we have been invited to do for the last FIVE years! In 2010 we had 6 cars in the parade, representing Columbia records.
Then we returned to be featured on the red carpet with Jaberwokeez dance team with 17 cars! even more drove across the red carpet in 2012, and last year we beat our own world record to have 30 movie and TV star cars all in a row! This year, we are shooting for even more, but we have become so large, the parade is breaking us up into section and themes!
We have a few new surprises lined up for this year, and are shooting for right around FOURTY famous movie and TV cars!
Let’s hope everyone can make it, no break downs, and happy faces! See you on TV!
This project started the day I finally bought an 85´ 900 Ninja. Actually “Kawasaki GPz 900R A2″ is more correct! “Ninja” is originally an american designation for it. -Later the name “Ninja” also came to Europe.
I used to ride Kawasaki, but it has been the “wrong” GPz-model, even though it looks a lot like the Ninja. In the past, specialists told me that the Ninja simply is a much better bike than the plane GPz, but I really didn´t value it more than distinguished highclass feelings. -Now I know better! Both GPz-models are great bikes, no doubt about that, but the Ninja runs more stabil and clean!! Well… Only thing the Ninja dosn´t have, the plane GPz has, is the BRUTALE ROAR, only a raw aircooled 4 can perform. I miss that aggressive metallic sound, the old GPz used to have, but I guess it is the only check on the list missing, compared to the Ninja, cause it´s watercooled and deliver a more moderate sound.
Confused??? I can understand that! -I have absolutly NO idea why Kawasaki made 2 parallel specialmodels, that much alike. That´s just the way it was at the time. Kawasaki even gave both models the GPz-designation… Everybody had the 2 models mixed up once in a while during the 80´s and I believe that someone at Kawasaki have some sense of humor after all.
In the early beginning, the GPz had the rear fork made out of ironpipe and had none or a very small fairing. These beautiful and raw bikes had a lot more enginepower than handling abillities and wobbling was quite normal. In 1984 the Unitrack models arrived with aluminium rear fork and monoshock and that really was an improvement to the control and steering. GPz 900R was the most luxurious model, but the GPz 1100 was the strongest with impressive 125 HP. At the time, the GPz 1100 was concidered the fastest streetbike in the world, even though the GPz 900R has about the same top speed, due to better aeorodynamics. -About 250 km/h. I believe that both models have enough power…
At the pics below, you can see the differences between the 2 1985 GPz models. GPz to the left, GPz R Ninja to the right.
My good old GPz had the greatest enginesound in the world. My GPz 900R like it was when i bought it
It would be easy to find better pics to show the differences between the models, but I choose to show pics of my own bikes. The Ninja like it was when i got it, paintet dull black with a spraycan and porno-orange wheels….
When in 1986 I watched the movie “Top Gun”, I completely fell in love with the bike. I never managed to let it go, even if it´s a real boyish type of bike. When I finally bought one, all the dreams from the past, suddenly popped up in my mind again. Finally my wildest bikedream from my youth was reachable: A Top Gun Bike!
The mechanical starting point
As I mentioned, the bike was like the pic above to the right, when I bought it. I wasn´t really happy about the changes it had gone through, cause it wasn´t original anymore. Forks, front mudguard, wheels and brakes is from an ZX10. Rear mudguard was cut and exhaust system was changed into a 4 in 1, but worst of all, it was paintet with a SPRAYCAN. Besides that, the gearlever was broken.
BUT…. It was cheap, had a new engine and chainkit and tyres were quite new too. The monoshock was exchanged with the Ölihn system, an expencive but extremely fine solution. Well… I had to admit that the better tyres, shocks and brakes, simply makes it better. I got the original parts in the bargain, but I chose to keep it like it was.
I ordered some parts via an english website: http://www.gpzzone.co.uk/ That is a great site for GPz-owners, where everybody can buy lots of GPz-parts, even at fair prices. Here is a great forum too, just like the old org.
Among other parts, I bought the original Kawasaki decals, cause I intended to design the bike like the animation below.
How did it actually look, that bike in the movie???
I used to join an english enthusiast forum: http://gpz900r.org. Unfortunately is was shut down, cause the originator became ill. Cancer forced him to slow down and it simply wasn´t possible for him to carry on with the org. Everybody at the site had a GPz and everybody had their own opinion about it. It was an incredible useful forum, cause everybody wanted to help each other. At the org there also was riders who had made their bikes “Top Gun style”. Actually I´ve seen pics of more than one attempt to copy the bike from the movie, but none of them was accurate.
I changed my goal from some kind of a little look alike, to a more accurate copy. -I wanted it done right!
My first problem was to find out how the bike really looked, cause no one could deliver a single reasonable picture. Damn, there was a challenge!
I started hunting all over the net, looking for pics, also checking out the movie on DVD, frame by frame. I still had more holes than knowledge after hundreds of hours on the net, when the breakthrough came: I found the man who delivered the bike(s) to the movie in 1985. His name is Mr Chris Dolan, still living in San Diego and still crazy about bikes, even though he sold his bike shop.
Mr. Dolan is a very helpful man, who without questions, posted his personal photographs to me. He also kindly delivered a lot of valuable information about these bikes. Yes, BIKES, cause there were 2 bikes and for some reason they weren’t badged the same way!?!? -I still wonder why! But suddenly it all made sense and now I know why I couldn´t make it fit with these damn stickers. Well… I settled for a design, that I believe covers it the best way…. Something in between, if you like…
Pics from the movie. As you can see, the stickers aren´t placed the same way on the bikes. Look at the pics, of which the bikes are presented from the same side… That´s really a goof, eh?
Mr. Chris Dolan has been an invaluable help in this project. He used to have a bike shop in San Diego and he was the man who delivered the bikes to the movie in 1985. Chris mailed some of his private pictures of the bike(s) to me. He also kindly delivered a lot of knowledge about them and answered a lot of questions. Besides that, Chris finally put an old discussion to the grave: The bike in the movie is of course an 900 ccm. -Not an 750… Chris allowed me to bring some of his pictures into this site. So…. Here they are:
A couple of the guys from Chris´ shop behind one of the new painted bikes.
The director added scratches with a wire to make it look trashed… Unbelievable…
A bit of makeup…
So… How was I supposed to obtain these Navy Squadron stickers? Again the forum was a great help and someone suggested this website: http://www.military-graphics.com/ . Wow, these people collected a lot of stickers and most of the right ones to the job exists here. But a few of these squadron tags have changed a bit since 85´and besides that I needed a few civilian stickers too. I found a few of these funny civilian stickers, but somehow they weren´t right, compared to the ones on the bikes.
I bought the Navy Squadron stickers, but I wasn´t really satisfied with them, when they arrived.
I decided to recreate every single one in Photoshop, to get it right! Chris Dolan again was a big help, cause he could remember the details I couldn´t get out of the pictures. It took a loooot of hours, but I did it and then a sign writer printed them for me in the right material. -Whew… :-)
Since I spend a lot of time with these damn stickers, I also picket up a lot of information about them. It´s easy to believe that the moviemakers just grab some casual tags and throw them on the bikes, especially when they not even tried to make the bikes alike. Actually the tags fit perfectly to story and subsequent I´ll try to make a short review for every sticker.
“United States Navy Fighter Weapons School”
This is the official name for the Top Gun School. A school for learning air to air combat. -“Dogfight”. In the middle 80´s, Top Gun was located in Miramar, Fightertown, near San Diego California.
This sticker is placed several places on the bikes: Each side of the tank, on both side panels and on the rear panel.
“Fighting 114″ = “VF-114″. A Navy Squadron tag. “VF-114″ was founded in 1945 as “VBF-19″. Later it changed name to “VF-192″, and then finally renamed again to “VF-114″ in 1950. This Squadron, naturally, used to fly with a lot of different planes and have been in action in several battles, ex. Korea. In 1975 “VF-114″ was assigned “F 14 Tomcat”. This Squadron has been connected with different Aircraft Carriers and in middle 80´s it was located on “CVN-65 USS Enterprise”, like the movie says. At the same time (1985) “VF-114″ was going through some training sessions in Miramar.
This sticker is placed on each side on the tank, unlike each other.
“VF-213″ = “Black Lions”, also a Navy Squadron, founded in 1955. In 1961 it was based in NAS Miramar Fightertown. In 1976, “VF-213″ also got the “F14 Tomcat” and later that year, it was connected to “CVN-65 USS Enterprise”. When the movie was shot, this Squadron was on board on the ship and was equipped with Tomcats, so also here the story fit. The border on the sticker has changed color from white to black, since then.
Also this sticker is placed on each side of the tank, unlike each other.
Trying to save fuel, the government in USA created a 55 M/ph speed limit on the highway. It wasn’t exactly popular and this sticker signals a discontented attitude. Sammy Hagar performed a rock song about the subject, called: “I can’t drive 55″. This sticker is still on the market, but it´s written with other fonts, compared to the ones on the bikes.
It is placed on the rear panel.
“No Bullshit”. -Speaks for itself… Also this sticker exists on the market, but for some reason, it has been mirrored since 85.
This sticker is placed on one side of the tank. Oddly enough, it´s not placed on the same side on both bikes!?!?
“No Wimps” Also speaks for itself. I have not been able to find this sticker anywhere. -I believe it´s off the market…
Like the “No Bulshit” sticker, this one is placed only on one side of the tank, also in different ways on the 2 bikes. It can actually be seen in the movie and must be characterized as a regular goof.
“No Turkey” is a rebus, cause the word “turkey” also means other things. I guess the message is something like: “Not for loosers” I couldn´t find this sticker on the market either…
These stickers were placed on both bikes, during the movie process, but obviously removed again, cause it only can be seen in the “Take me to bed or loose me forever” harbour scene in the nighttime. I chose not to place them on my bike at all.
“VF-51″ = Screaming Eagles”. Until its disestablishment, VF-51 was the oldest fighter squadron in continuous service with the Pacific Fleet. VF-51 has victorious been to war in WW2, Korea and Vietnam.
In 1985, VF-51 was one of several NAS Miramar based squadrons to participate in the filming of Top Gun. Some VF-51 and VF-111 aircraft were repainted in fictitious squadron markings for the film. Mike “Viper” Metcalf (Tom Skerritt) mentions VF-51, and several pilot names are mentioned during the end credits.
This Sticker is placed on top of the tank.
“Tomcat” is a nickname for the plane “F14″. I guess the official name is “F14 Tomcat”. There exists a lot of different Tomcat-stickers, but most of them looks a lot like this one.
I placed this one on top of the tank, where the VF-51 sticker is supposed to be.
Former naval aviator Bill Montgomery enlighten that this is the sticker on the lower fairing.
It is a standard Tomcat logo.
“Navy Wings” is the symbol of being a US Navy pilot. The pilots wear a brasstag like this on their uniform.
I put one of these on each side of the tank, where there is a big scratch on the original bikes. For some reason, the producer wanted the bikes to look trashed and added scratches with a wire and mud all over them. Rediculous, cause it can´t be seen in the movie at all. Actually the moviepeople got carried away a bit and crushed a piece of the fairing, so they had to get back to Dolans shop for repair.
“CVN-65 USS Enterprise” is the aircraftcarrier in the movie. From a historic point of wiew, the story in the movie fits perfectly with the stickers, cause the Squadrons actually was located on the Enterprise at the time.
This sticker does not exist on the bikes. Not on mine either, but is only shown for knowledge.
The animation below, shows the new plan….
As mentioned before, the bike was paintet with a spraycan when i got it. I talked things over with a friend who has a workshop, painting cars and bikes. He had no doubt: That kind of paint is NOT compatible with the kind of paint cars and bikes usually are paintet with. There was only one way: Wash off the spraypaint with thinner. I don´t think I have to explain my oppinion about that LOOONG day we washed off that shitty paint. Well… If anyone ever gets in the same situation, the easiest way to do it, is to lay a dishcloth with thinner on the object a few minutes and then wash it off with fresh thinner. Out of the dark came a blue / silver A2…
Ooh man, not knowing is evil, and neither my father or me are used to do paintjobs on bikes. -Guess who learned it the hard way? My father is involved in this tale, cause he had a bucket of black “Machine paint”. I called my friend for advise and he told me that if the “Machine paint” contains hardner as a second component, there would be no problems with the other colours thereafter. We painted everything black and the “Machine paint” actually was quite easy to deal with. Therefore I called the company, asking if we could get the other colours too. In 5 minutes I was informed that this kind of paint absolutely NOT could go with ordinary carpaint or clear varnish. So…. We washed everything down with thinner once again…. SHIT!!!
I then bought all the right materials… Considering it is an amateurs job, it actually became quite good and I am fully satisfied with it. The process is like this: Stopping, filler, black, red, white, stickers, clear and clear again.
Now that all plasticparts was removed, it was quite easy to work with the engine. Bo told me that the top oilpipes should be exchanged with bigger pipes, if it hadn´t been done allready. On the early models, these pipes simply were too small and couldn´t deliver enough oil to the camshafts. So if I pushed the engine too hard, there could be damages on the camshafts. Bo is an expert and know all about cycles from the 70´ and 80´. -More about Bo later… I also adjusted the valves (of course) and changed oil and filter. At last the engine was paintet. In the turning lathe, I made a new shaft to the gearlever in stainless steel and fit it in the cover with an Unbracobolt and Araldit. -THAT will hold!!!
A happy kid with a dream come true.. :-)
Im very happy with the result, so I wouldn´t want it any better. It was a great project and I really enjoyed it. I want to say thank you to some people, who make it all possible.:
Speciel Thank´s to mr. Chris Dolan, for making this possiple with pics and information from the past.
My father. Thank´s for good company and all the wonderful hours, and of course qualified help.
The people at http://gpz900r.org . Thank´s for advice, pics, interest and backing. -Miss you…
Bo.. Thanks for parts and valuable advise.
Well… When the bike was done, it seems naturel to take a look at the jacket too.
The jacket is an american flight jacket, used by pilots in the Navy and the Coastguard. The model is called “G1″ and excist in brown and black colours. It can be made in either ox og goat skin. Today the pilots, of course, not fly with these jackets, but many of these wear them when they are off duty. In USA it is a quite normal jacket. -A historic issue. By the zipper, letters are stamped with holes, saying “USN” for the Navy jacket and “USCO” for the coastguard jacket.
The jacket in the movie must supposed to be Mavericks fathers jacket, cause there is patches from very different time and places. I guess that it signals that both father and son added some patches.
I was lucky to find a complete set of patches on Ebay. The american dealer who sold me this set, assured me that it is exactly like the ones in the movie.
I don’t know much about these patches. I guess most of them speak for themselves. Anyway… If you know anything about one of them, you´re welcome to send me an Email…
Former naval aviator Bill Montgomery was at location (Miramar) when the movie was shot. He kindly delivered some first hand information about it. Among other things, he told that this patch not excist in the real world, cause the tag on the patch is from a complete different unit (VAW-110).
The original “Firebird” patch is like this one below:
-And the original “VF-1″ Wolfpack logo is this one:
Noone knows why, but the producers prefered to change these logos…
Citat Bill Montgomery: “The patch on the pocket of your flight jacket is the insignia of the VAW-110 “Firebirds”, the West Coast E-2 training squadron (since disestablished) and not a fighter outfit at all.” And: “It made for a nice inside joke among E-2 folks and somewhat irritated our fighter buddies.”
Bill also delivered these memoirs: “The extras in the stands during the volleyball scene in Top Gun were student E-2 pilots in VAW-110. A couple of them came to my next squadron, VAW-115 aboard USS Midway, permanently forward deployed to the Western Pacific and homeported in Japan. Most of us were at the Far East premier of Top Gun the next year at the theater on Naval Base Yokosuka, Japan. Lots of our air wing attended, and most of the senior local officers from the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (their navy) were invited and had seats up front. They got into it even more than we did – it was pretty interesting to see a bunch of Japanese captains and admirals jumping out of their seats and yelling “Banzai” in the air combat scenes.”
“And actually, Top Gun wasn’t the first movie I crossed paths with. I was in VAW-112 aboard USS Nimitz when they finished filming “The Final Countdown” with Kirk Douglas and Martin Sheen. Not a huge dramatic success, but it probably had some of the best air-to-air photography prior to Top Gun. Lots more stories about that one!”
Thank you Bill! :-)
In more than 20 years, Bo was working in the biggest bike-workshop in Denmark. He was the chief mechanic and are known in the business as a very reliable and a spectacular motorcycle mechanic. Bo is an expert in 70´& 80´ bikes and almost has status as a guru, for the motorcyclists. I personally have an experience where other bike mechanics couldn´t find the problem with a bike and told me to go to Bo, who immediately knew what was wrong. He simply know the weak spots on a hell lot of bikes. Now Bo has a workshop of his own.
I really can recommend it..
You can find Bo here:
Sabroesvej 2 8600 Silkeborg, Tlf.: 0045 61848685
It seems like I´m not the only “Top Gun bike crazy” guy in the world. Actually I have received Emails from all over the world about this webpage, all very positive. I´ve even been contacted of a owner of one of the original bikes. Nice to know that I have some kindred spirits! ;-)
Some of these wonderful people even made a project similar to mine. I received some pics of a few of these projects. The owners allowed me to bring these photos here, so I can enjoy them with you. Here they are.. :-)
Hey Star Car fans,
Below is a list of 100 famous movie and TV cars compiled by the same guy who did the Car and Driver shoot out of Star Car Central in 2007. There are actually a few missing from my list of favorites, but this hits about 95% of memorable cars that have been featured on screen over the years. Let’s go find some working versions of the cars NOT in our line up as of now! My “WANT” list still has too many star cars on it!
Grandpa Munsters Dragula, Munster’s Coach, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mr. Freeze tank, Prof. Fate´s car from The Great Race, Leslie Special from The Great Race, Black Scorpion Corman car, Death Race 2000 cars, Banshee KITT 2010, CHIPS Kawasaki 1000 police bikes, Joe Dirt car, The Saint Volvo p1800, Miami Vice Daytona Ferrari (real or kit car), Weinermobile, Monkeemobile (There are molds!), Kilmer Batmobile (a few in private hands, none on the street), Clooney Batmobile, , Bugaloo Dunebuggy and many more! Found since I wrote the SCC “looking for page” Dragnet police car and Paul’s James bond Aston martin DB5!
Star Car Detectives, ready, set GO!
100. The Monkees 1966 Pontiac GTO: Dean Jeffries turns a GTO into a massive T-Bucket with a blown engine. The TV show ran two seasons between 1966 and ’68.
| October 27, 2011 NBC Television
96. Diamonds Are Forever 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1: James Bond rips Vegas apart in a great chase from 1971. Goes into an alley up on its right-side wheels, comes out on its left. So what. | October 27, 2011 | United Artists
95. The Saint 1962 Volvo P1800: From 1962-’69 Simon Templar (Roger Moore) showed up for no apparent reason in his white, British-built Volvo to help those in distress. | October 27, 2011 | ITV
94. Days of Thunder 1990 #46 City Chevrolet Lumina: The movie that launched NASCAR’s most successful decade. It was Cole Trickle’s (Tom Cruise) Lumina that made good ol’ boys cool. | October 27, 2011 | Paramount Pictures
SCC MEMBER. Jurassic Park Ford Explorer: Self-driving, panorama glass roofs, high-tech information systems and the most iconic automotive paint job of the last 20 years. There is a Jeep in the photo as well | July 26, 2013 | Universal Pictures
92. Thelma and Louise 1966 Ford Thunderbird: Don’t get too attached, as the blue convertible meets its iconic end in this 1991 flick. | July 26, 2013 | Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
91. Stripes: The EM-50 Urban Assault Vehicle is the heavily armed recreational vehicle you need to bash through the Czech border. | July 26, 2013 | Columbia Pictures
SCC MEMBER. Speed Racer 1966 Mach 5: The Mach 5 was the first truly awesome Japanese car. The 52 original episodes ran between 1966 and 1968. Over time, they’ve gotten no better. | October 27, 2011 | Trans Lux
88. Hooper 1978 Pontiac Trans Am: Unlike Burt’s other Trans Am exploits, this Pontiac is red, rocket-propelled and drives under falling smokestacks. Car is cool, but the rocket car gorge jump is a joke. | October 27, 2011 | Warner Bros.
SCC MEMBER. Green Hornet 1966 Black Beauty Imperial: Dean Jeffries modified two Imperials as the Hornet’s ride in this short-lived 1966 TV series. Perfect with Bruce Lee as the driver. Also the one thing the 2011 movie got right. | October 27, 2011 | 20th Century Fox
SCC MEMBER. Green Hornet 1966 Black Beauty Imperial: Forget the car. That’s Bruce Lee! | October 27, 2011 | 20th Century Fox
SCC MEMBER. Dumb and Dumber Mutt Cutts Van: Another one for the kids. Harry and Lloyd’s van is the birthplace of the most annoying sound in the world. You’re making it now, aren’t you? | July 26, 2013 | New Line Cinema
SCC MEMBER. Ghostbusters 1959 Cadillac Ecto-1: Who you gonna call in the 1984 film? The Ghostbusters showed up in this modified Miller-Meteor Futura ambulance. | October 27, 2011 | Columbia Pictures
84. The Munsters 1964 Munster Coach: George Barris’ shop used three Model T bodies and a 289 Ford V8 to construct this for the TV series that ran from 1964-’66. | October 27, 2011 | Universal Studios
83. The Munsters 1965 Drag-U-La: Built at George Barris’ shop by Korky Korkes, the coffin-based Drag-U-La first appeared in the 1965 episode “Hot Rod Herman.” | October 27, 2011 | Universal Studios
Family Matters: The Urkel Car
82. Family Matters: The Urkel Car. ‘Nuff said. | July 26, 2013 | Warner Bros.
81. Fireball 500 1966 Plymouth Barracuda: In this 1966 film, Frankie Avalon used this Barris custom to tow Richard Petty’s stock car. It was a popular AMT model kit. | October 28, 2011 | American International Pictures
81. Fireball 500 1966 Plymouth Barracuda: This is the only movie known to us that thanks the publisher of Hot Rod and Motor Trend magazines in the final credits. | October 28, 2011 | American International Pictures
SCC MEMBER. Miami Vice 1986 Ferrari Testarossa: Ferrari didn’t like the black Daytona replica the 1984-’89 NBC series was using, so it provided two white Testarossas for Season Three. | October 28, 2011 | Universal Studios
79. Against All Odds 1984 Porsche 911 SC: This car and a Ferrari 308 GTSi race on L.A.’s Sunset Boulevard in an underrated 1984 film. Stunt coordinator Gary Davis doubled Jeff Bridges. | October 28, 2011 | Columbia Pictures
78. Against All Odds 1984 Ferrari 308 GTSi: In this great race action, the legendary stunt driver Carey Loftin drove the Ferrari. He was 68 years old at the time. | October 28, 2011 | Columbia Pictures
The Simpsons Canyonero
77. The Simpsons Canyonero: It’s a squirrel-squashing, deer-smackin’ driving machine! | July 26, 2013 | 20th Century Television
76. Death Race 2000 1975 Shala-Vette: Dick Dean’s VW-based kit twisted by Dean himself and Dean Jeffries for “Frankenstein.” 1975’s Death Race 2000 is the best Death Race. | October 28, 2011 | New World Pictures
75. Stingray 1965 Chevrolet Corvette: For two seasons (1985-’87) on NBC, if you needed help you called Nick Mancuso as “Ray,” and he showed up in a black ’65 Corvette Coupe. | October 28, 2011 | NBC
73. Vega$ 1957 Ford Thunderbird: In this series Robert Urich played Dan Tanna, a Las Vegas detective who lived at the Desert Inn and drove a classic T-Bird from 1978-’81. | October 28, 2011 | Paramount Home Video
SCC MEMBER. McQ 1973 Pontiac Trans Am SD455: One of the few cars John Wayne drove in a film. This green beast tours Seattle and is ultimately crushed in an alley. | October 28, 2011 | Warner Bros.
SCC MEMBER. McQ 1973 Pontiac Trans Am SD455: Beside the Trans Am, McQ features the first “cannon roll” caught on film. | October 28, 2011 | Warner Bros.
71. Bad Boys 1993 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6: Director Michael Bay used his own car as the lead vehicle in the 1995 movie. Wound up making Will Smith and Martin Lawrence movie stars. | October 28, 2011 | Columbia Pictures
SCC MEMBER. Cars Lightning McQueen: Cars, released in 2006, isn’t Pixar’s best, but it has sold the most toys. Lightning McQueen is a cuddly version of a stock car. | October 28, 2011 | Disney/Pixar
SCC MEMBER. Batman Begins 2005 Tumbler: The latest Batmobile is an amazing prop built for this 2005 film. Yes, it really drives, even if it doesn’t leap across buildings and rivers. | October 28, 2011 | Warner Bros.
67. Two-Lane Blacktop 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge: This 1971 movie doesn’t make much sense if you think about it. So don’t. Just sit back and appreciate the classic Pontiac muscle driven by Warren Oates. | October 28, 2011 | Universal Studios
66. Tucker: The Man and His Dream 1948 Tucker Torpedo: Great 1988 Francis Ford Coppola movie all about cars. Fully 21 of the 47 surviving Torpedoes were used in filming. | October 28, 2011 | Paramount Pictures
65. Cobra 1950 Mercury: Eddie Paul reportedly built four ’50 Mercs for this 1986 Sylvester Stallone movie. The movie is lousy, but the car is outstanding. | October 28, 2011 | Warner Bros.
64. American Graffiti 1958 Chevrolet Impala: It’s Steve’s car, but it’s Terry the Toad who gets this ride in George Lucas’ 1973 film about one summer night in 1962. | October 28, 2011 | Universal Pictures
63. Rain Man 1949 Buick Roadmaster: The three stars of this 1988 drama are Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise and this big Buick convertible. Ten minutes to Wapner. | October 28, 2011 | United Artists
The Italian Job 2003 Mini Coopers
64. The Italian Job 2003 Mini Coopers: The remake is set in L.A. BMW’s Minis make more sense here than the originals. | July 26, 2013 | Paramount Pictures
62. The Italian Job 1968 Mini Coopers: Britain’s greatest heist is stealing gold through a traffic jam under and over Turin, Italy. Michael Caine was at his peak in 1969. | October 28, 2011 | Paramount Pictures
61. Casino Royale 2007 Aston Martin DBS: Few gadgets, but James Bond’s DBS (a redressed DB9) performs a spectacular seven barrel rolls meeting its demise in the 2006 film. | October 28, 2011 | Columbia Pictures
60. The Living Daylights 1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage: “Winterized” by Q into a hardtop, 007’s Aston features missiles, skis and a rocket engine in the 1987 film. | October 28, 2011 | United Artists
60. The Living Daylights 1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage: The most overlooked of Bond cars. And yet it still out-performed Timothy Dalton who was playing Bond. | October 28, 2011 | United Artists
59. Planes, Trains and Automobiles 1986 Chrysler Town & Country: The misery of travel exacerbated by renting a K-Car convertible in this 1987 film. It’s eventually smashed between two semis and burns. | October 28, 2011 | Paramount Pictures
58. You Only Live Twice 1967 Toyota 2000GT Convertible: Not driven by Bond, but by Aki, a beautiful Japanese spy. Toyota never offered the 2000GT as a drop top. Two were made for the 1967 film. | October 28, 2011 | United Artists
57. Rebel Without a Cause 1949 Mercury: James Dean’s ride in this 1955 drama of teen angst and delinquency. Released a month after Dean’s death while driving a Porsche. | October 28, 2011 | Warner Bros.
56. Miami Vice 1972 Ferrari Daytona Replica: It’s a rebodied C3 Corvette. So what. This black car and Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” made the show a hit in 1984. | October 28, 2011 | Universal Studios
SCC MEMBER. Transformers 1976 Chevrolet Camaro “Bumblebee”: Sure Bumblebee became a 2010 Camaro in this 2007 megahit. But really, he was better off as the clapped-out ’76 on Cragars. | October 28, 2011 | Randy Lorentzen/Planet R
SCC MEMBER. Christine 1958 Plymouth Fury: It’s a Mopar, so of course it’s evil. John Carpenter’s 1983 film is rumored to have destroyed more than 20 ’58 Plymouths depicting Christine. | October 28, 2011 | Columbia Pictures
54. Fast & Furious 6: 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona: The movie is a monster hit and the Charger isn’t bad either. What’s not to love about this hugely modified Dodge Charger and its GM-sourced 430-horsepower 6.2-liter LS3? | July 26, 2013 | Les Bidrawn
52. Fast Five 1969 Nissan Skyline GT-R: This gorgeous, worn-down car does nothing but drive through Rio and park. And with that alone, it steals the 2011 movie. | October 28, 2011 | Dennis McCarthy
51. Iron Man 2008 Audi R8: Product placement or not, it’s the perfect car for genius Tony Stark (Robert Downey) to drive in this huge 2008 superhero hit. | October 28, 2011 | Paramount Pictures
50. Simon & Simon 1979 Dodge Power Wagon: From 1981-’89, this red pickup was detective Rick Simon’s intimidating ride. All dull paint and big bumper. | October 28, 2011 | Universal Studios
49. 2 Fast 2 Furious 1998 Nissan Skyline GT-R: Forgive the neon lighting; it was 2003. The R34 is the best 2F2F car. The on-screen R34s ran with a disconnected front differential for drifting. | October 28, 2011 | Universal Studios
SCC MEMBER. Better Off Dead 1967 Camaro: In this 1985 John Cusack film, it was the black Camaro that spoke the international language of love. | October 28, 2011 | CBS Entertainment Productions
47. Le Mans 1970 Porsche 911S: In Steve McQueen’s 1971 racing epic, the Porsche his character drives in the film’s opening scenes is this 911S. It recently sold for $1.37 million. | October 28, 2011 | Solar Productions
46. The Fast and the Furious 1993 Toyota Supra Turbo: It beats a Ferrari on PCH. Then chases a motorcycle. And is given away to Vin Diesel at the end of this 2001 film. | October 28, 2011 | Universal Studios
45. Hollywood Knights 1957 Chevrolet: Popular Hot Rodding‘s then supercharged “Project X” is driven by Tony Danza in this 1980 film. The always yellow ’57 was recently rebuilt by GM Performance. | October 28, 2011 | Columbia Pictures
44. Thunder Road 1950 Ford: Robert Mitchum’s 1958 moonshine drama features this hot-rodded ’50. It runs from the Feds, who have a ’57 Chevy that grabs bumpers. | October 28, 2011 | MGM Home Entertainment
43. Risky Business 1981 Porsche 928: Four 928s were used in filming and two more in post-production. The 1983 movie made Tom Cruise a star. Who’s the U-boat commander? | October 28, 2011 | The Geffen Company
43. Risky Business 1981 Porsche 928: Most 928 owners find themselves underwater when it comes time to fix the car. This makes that literal. | October 28, 2011 | The Geffen Company
SCC MEMBER. The Blues Brothers 1974 Dodge Monaco: The 13 different Dodges that portrayed the “Bluesmobile” in this 1980 film were bought from the California Highway Patrol. Hit it! | October 28, 2011 | Universal Studios
SCC MEMBER. Route 66 1961 Chevrolet Corvette: GM put Martin Milner and George Maharis (then Glenn Corbett) in a new ‘Vette every year for this road adventure series between 1960 and ’64. | October 28, 2011 | Screen Gems
40. The Italian Job 1967 Lamborghini Miura: Reportedly, the Miura wrecked here was already destroyed before filming. That doesn’t make its fate any less painful to watch. | October 28, 2011 | Paramount Pictures
39. Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry 1969 Dodge Charger: Sometimes a ’68 or a ’69 in this 1974 movie, the Charger’s explosive fame came in the explosive credits for TV’s The Fall Guy. | October 28, 2011 | 20th Century Fox
38. 77 Sunset Strip T-Bucket: “Kookie” (Edd Byrnes) drove a wild T-Bucket actually built by Norm Grabowski on this 1959-’64 series. It defined ’60s hot-rodding. | October 28, 2011 | Warner Bros.
37. Bullitt 1968 Dodge Charger: This Dodge chased Steve McQueen’s Mustang through San Francisco in this 1968 cop drama. Bad guys have been driving Chargers in movies ever since. | October 28, 2011 | Warner Bros.
36. Corvette Summer 1973 Corvette: Converted to right-hand drive and drowned in over-styled fiberglass. Mark Hamill spends this 1978 movie getting it back after it’s stolen. | October 28, 2011 | MGM
SCC MEMBERMustang Mach 1 Picture
35. Gone in 60 Seconds 1973 Mustang Mach 1: Toby Halicki wrote, directed, starred in and was the stunt driver for this 1974 chase film. What everyone remembers is Eleanor the Mustang. | October 28, 2011 | H.B. Halicki Mercantile
34. The Gumball Rally 1972 Ferrari Daytona Spyder: “The first rule of Italian driving,” says Raul Julia as he rips off the real Daytona Spyder’s rearview. “What’s behind me is not important.” | October 28, 2011 | Warner Bros.
33. The Gumball Rally 1966 Shelby Cobra 427: Two genuine Cobras were used in this 1976 comedy that remains the best movie made about transcontinental street racing. | October 28, 2011 | Warner Bros.
32. The Godfather 1941 Lincoln Continental: Sonny Corleone dies in a hail of machine gun fire outside his special Lincoln. It’s the best car in this all-time-great 1972 movie. | October 28, 2011 | Paramount Pictures
32. The Godfather 1941 Lincoln Continental: James Caan is pretending to be shot. The Continental didn’t get the option of pretending. | October 28, 2011 | Paramount Pictures
SCC MEMBER. Vanishing Point 1970 Dodge Challenger: 440 and a pistol-grip four-speed. The cops chasing Kowalski in this 1971 film don’t know his first name. A ’67 Camaro doubles as the Dodge in the explosive climax. | October 28, 2011 | 20th Century Fox
31. Vanishing Point 1970 Dodge Challenger: That’s the legendary Carey Loftin behind the wheel. He didn’t always wear the wig. | October 28, 2011 | 20th Century Fox
30. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 1910 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: Musical about a miraculous car based on an old Grand Prix racer. Has made car guys out of millions of kids since 1968. | October 28, 2011 | United Artists
SCC MEMBER. Back to the Future 1981 DeLorean DMC-12: Doc Brown: “The way I see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?” It is 1985’s best movie. | October 28, 2011 | Universal Studios
Back to the Future 1985 Toyota 4×4 Xtra Cab Pickup Truck
29. Back to the Future 1985 Toyota 4×4 Xtra Cab Pickup Truck: The DeLorean may have been the star, but the black Toyota pickup stole the show. Screw time travel; we want to take that truck up to the lake with Jennifer. | July 26, 2013 | Universal Studios
28. American Graffiti 1955 Chevy 210: Bob Falfa’s ’55 challenges John Milner’s self worth. It’s the same ’55 from Two-Lane Blacktop painted black, and with Harrison Ford driving. | October 28, 2011 | Universal Studios
27. Two-Lane Blacktop 1955 Chevy 210: Solid front axle, 454 with tunnel ram, glass nose and deck lid, Plexiglas side windows; it was nasty in 1971 and it’s nasty now. | October 28, 2011 | Universal Studios
. The A-Team 1983 GMC Van: Fugitive mercenaries hide in a van with a big red stripe. But on NBC between 1983 and 1987 it made perfect sense. At least it did if you were 12. | October 28, 2011 | Universal Studios
25. The Fall Guy 1982 GMC Sierra: Stuntman/bounty hunter Colt Seavers (Lee Majors) always had to jump his big GMC pickup. The ABC TV series destroyed dozens between 1981 and 1986. | October 28, 2011 | 20th Century Fox
25. The Fall Guy 1982 GMC Sierra: While the hero truck was an ’82, the trucks that flew were often older models, like this ’80. Landings were a bit rough. | October 28, 2011 | 20th Century Fox
SCC MEMBER Tim Burton’s Batmobile
24. Batman Tim Burton’s Batmobile: Consider this one a generational thing, but Tim Burton’s Batmobile, piloted by Michael Keaton, is the armored, jet-turbine-powered stuff of dreams. | July 26, 2013 | Warner Bros.
23. Take This Job and Shove It 1974 Ford F-250 Bigfoot: The 1981 movie, starring Robert Hays, is forgotten. But Bigfoot’s appearance made monster trucks a big deal. | October 28, 2011 | Cinema Group Ventures
22. The California Kid 1934 Ford Coupe: This 1974 TV movie made the ’34 Three-Window built by Pete Chapouris one of the most famous hot rods of all time. It’s still beautiful. | October 27, 2011 | Universal Studios
SCC MEMBER. Magnum P.I. 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS: Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck) drove three different red 308 GTSs through eight seasons on this Hawaii-based detective show from 1980-’88. | October 27, 2011 | Universal Studios
20. National Lampoon’s Vacation 1983 Wagon Queen Family Truckster: Clark Griswold’s indignities start when he doesn’t get the Antarctic Blue Super Sport Wagon with the optional Rally Fun Pack he ordered in this 1983 film. Wally World, here we come. | October 27, 2011 | Warner Bros.
20. National Lampoon’s Vacation 1983 Wagon Queen Family Truckster: “You think you hate it now? Wait until you drive it!” | October 27, 2011 | Warner Bros.
19. Le Mans 1970 Ferrari 512S: By Ferrari standards, it wasn’t a successful racer. But it looked spectacular running alongside Porsche 917s in Steve McQueen’s 1971 racing film. | October 27, 2011 | Solar Productions
18. Le Mans 1970 Porsche 917K: The greatest Porsche of them all running full speed down the Mulsanne Straight with McQueen at the wheel. Then he destroys it in a spectacular wreck. | October 27, 2011 | Solar Productions
17. The Cannonball Run 1980 Lamborghini LP400S: A black Lambo with Adrienne Barbeau and Tara Buckman aboard? Wicked. The great Brock Yates wrote this 1981 movie. | October 27, 2011 | 20th Century Fox
SCC MEMBER. The Fast and the Furious 1970 Dodge Charger: The iconic car from this movie series is so intimidating that Vin Diesel is scared to drive it in the original film. | October 27, 2011 | Universal Studios
15. Ronin 1998 Audi S8: In John Frankenheimer’s 1998 chase film, it’s this big green sedan that does most of the pushing in its best chase. | October 27, 2011 | United Artists
14. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California: Yeah, the Ferrari in the 1986 movie was just a replica. But it’s the first Ferrari many of us ever lusted after. You fellas have nothing to worry about; I’m a professional. | October 27, 2011 | Paramount Pictures
SCC MEMBER. The Love Bug 1962 Volkswagen Beetle: A very good Disney movie that opened in 1968 and became the highest-grossing film of 1969. Herbie was a star from the start. | October 28, 2011 | Walt Disney Pictures
. The Rockford Files 1974 Pontiac Firebird Esprit: P.I. Jim Rockford drove his tan coupe brilliantly between 1974 and 1980. He got a new one every year between 1974 and 1978. Made the reverse spin famous. | October 27, 2011 | Universal Studios
. Starsky & Hutch 1975 Ford Gran Torino: The “striped tomato” may be the world’s worst undercover cop car. But for four seasons on ABC from 1975-’79 and a 2005 film, it was awesome. | October 27, 2011 | Columbia Pictures
SCC MEMBER. Batman 1955 Lincoln Futura Batmobile: George Barris’ crew reworked and restyled an old Ford concept car into the great Batmobile for the campy 1966-’68 TV series. Turbines to speed. | October 27, 2011 | 20th Century Fox
SCC MEMBER. Mad Max 1973 Ford XB Falcon: Australia’s greatest export is George Miller’s 1979 vision of a dystopian future, which includes the last of the V8 interceptors. Everyone wants a blower that can be turned on and off. | October 27, 2011 | Ellen Dewar
SCC MEMBER. Gone in Sixty Seconds 1967 Shelby GT500: Steve Stanford designed this exaggerated GT500 “Eleanor” and it’s been copied and copied ever since the 2000 movie hit. | October 27, 2011 | Touchstone Pictures
SCC MEMBER. Knight Rider 1982 Pontiac Trans Am: The Knight Industries Two Thousand (KITT) was a supercar that talked to David Hasselhoff for four seasons between 1982 and ’86. At least KITT didn’t have to listen. | October 27, 2011 | Universal Studios
. Bullitt 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390: Even before the legendary chase begins, it was dented and tough-looking. This Mustang has defined cool for more than 40 years. | October 27, 2011 | Warner Bros.
5. American Graffiti 1932 Ford Coupe: When this movie appeared in 1973, street-rodding was almost dead. John Milner’s yellow ’32 five-window made it relevant again. | October 27, 2011 | Universal Studios
. Smokey and the Bandit 1977 Pontiac Trans Am: 1977’s second most popular film. But you couldn’t buy a Millennium Falcon, and Pontiac dealers had plenty of T/As. Speedy car. | October 27, 2011 | Universal Studios
3. The Spy Who Loved Me 1977 Lotus Esprit: In this 1977 film, it’s a Lotus that turns into a submarine. That’s enough to make it the third greatest movie/TV car of all time. | October 27, 2011 | United Artists
3. The Spy Who Loved Me 1977 Lotus Esprit: An Esprit shell was turned into an actual submarine. But it was a “wet,” with the pilot needing a breathing apparatus. | October 27, 2011 | United Artists
. Goldfinger 1963 Aston Martin DB5: The greatest James Bond car is fitted by Q with “modifications” for this 1964 movie. The standard against which all spy, movie and TV cars are judged. Last year one of the cars used in the film sold at auction for $4.6 million. | October 27, 2011 | United Artists
. The Dukes of Hazzard 1969 Dodge Charger: More than 300 Chargers portrayed the General Lee during the series’ 145 episodes (1979-’86). Today it’s the ultimate Hollywood star car. Yeeeeeeeeeeeeehaaaaaaaaaaaaw. | October 27, 2011 | Warner Bros.
. Get Smart’s 1965 Sunbeam Tiger: The spy car for the spy who isn’t James Bond. Driven for seasons one and two (1965-’67) then replaced by a VW Karmann Ghia. | October 27, 2011 | HBO Home Video
SCC MEMBER NOT LISTED HERE, but still cool enough to be on the list,
AUSTIN POWER’S SHAGUAR
PEE WEE HERMAN’S BIKE
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLE VAN
STAR WARS X-WING
STAR WARS LAND GLIDER
HIGHWAY PATROL BUICK
EMERGENCY 51 FIRETRUCK
JAMES BONDS VARIOUS BMW’S
THE LOTUS FROM “THE PRISONER”
RAT PATROL WW2 JEEP
TANGO AND CASH “RV FROM HELL”
Obviously this is NOT an exhaustive list as custom rides continue to be featured in film and TV, and many more just are not listed here like “VIPER” defender, THE COYOTE FROM HARDCASTLE AND MCCORMIC, and on and on. For a look at some of the cars Nate Truman’s Star Car central have yet to find, check out that page HERE!
Downtown El Cajon
FREE – Trophies! Food! Fun! Nearly 200 cars! This has become an annual event organized by Charger Steve, who runs the Star Car Central.com chapter since 2005. Hope some of you “LA FOLK” will make the trip! Everybody that comes enjoys it!! Scheduled to appear are:
Steve – in his Scooby Doo Mystery Machine!
Diane – in her Roscoe police car from the Dukes of Hazzard!
Mark – will bring his Gran Torino from Starsky and Hutch!
Victor – with his version of the Black Beauty, from the Green Hornet!
Tyler – WAS going to bring his Bandit, but it was TOTALED while he was in it just this last week!
Tyler is on the road to recovery, but the Bandit is no more. Look for Tyler in the future with a new replacement Trans Am!
Obishawn – will be bringing not one but 2 Star Wars cars to the event!
Ari – is bringing his ever popular Jurassic Park Jeep!
Lee – Will be rolling in his pristine General Lee Charger!
Jennifer – is also attending in her Super Persuit Mode KITT!
Special Guest star? Rumour has it that NATE TRUMAN may actually appear south of Los Angeles in his Shaguar, but Adam West is doing an Autograph signing in Temecula at the same time… stay tuned, the best is yet to come!
Just a quick update, a few of our LA cars will be WAY down south for two shows this weekend. If you live in the Temecula, San Diego, Oceanside areas and wanted to meet some of the Star Car Central gang, here’s your chance! (Otherwise there is always Charger Steve’s Wild Ride’s and classic Car showdown in August!)
FIRST SHOW: Friday, March 14th/15th (Friday & Saturday) – “El Centro Air Show”
EL CENTRO, CA STAR CARS!!!
Event Title: El Centro Airshow and Food Fest Date: March 14 (Food Fest-evening Event) AND March 15 (All day Airshow ) Call time: 3pm for Food Fest, 7 am for Airshow (to get us in the gates before the public lines up!) Duration of event: Food fest is 4-5 hours. The Airshow opens on Saturday at 9 am. We conclude about 3:30pm-4:30pm Address: El Centro Naval Aviation FieldNaval Air Facility El Centro, El Centro, CA 92243
NOTE: REQUIREMENTS FOR GETTING ON BASE:
Must be a US citizen OR have a passport Must have a valid picture ID
JERRY – HERBIE THE LOVE BUG
OBI SHAWN – STAR WARS H WING
SECOND SHOW: OCEANSIDE, CA!
March 15th (Saturday) – “South O Elementary Bike and Car Show”
9am – 3pm 1806 S. Horne St. Oceanside, CA 92054
This is a Hot Rod, Rat Rod, Custom Car and Bike Show.
Last year, they had over 200 participants & just about 6000 people through the door. This year they are anticipating 300 cars & about 60 to 80 bikes. They also have 3 Top Fuel Dragsters from the Cackle Car Association coming.
Too many StarCar happenings to keep up, but here’s a new member for 2014!
John G. shot me over a few shots of his “Bluesmobile”. We are always looking for new accurate movie and TV star cars to join in the fun! For those who need to brush up on the “Bluesmobile” here’s some info!
Wiki states –
The Bluesmobile is a 1974 Dodge Monaco sedan that was prominently featured in the 1980 film, The Blues Brothers. In the film, it is described as a used Mount Prospect police car that replaced a Cadillac, which Elwood Blues traded for a microphone. The Bluesmobile was equipped with the “440 Magnum” squad car package that was offered by Dodge for the Monaco. Its license plate was an Illinois plate reading, “BDR 529″, a tribute to the Black Diamond Riders motorcycle club of Toronto, Canada at 529 Jarvis Street. Dan Aykroyd, co-writer of the film, stated that he chose the 440 Dodge Monaco because he considered it to be the hottest car used by police during the 1970s.
In describing the car to his brother, Jake, Elwood said, “It’s got a cop motor, a 440-cubic-inch plant. It’s got cop tires, cop suspension, cop shocks. It’s a model made before catalytic converters so it’ll run good on regular gas.” The Bluesmobile has the ability to perform seemingly impossible stunts, such as jumping over an open drawbridge, flipping backwards in midair and even “flying” for very brief periods of time.
It’s not a Bluesmobile, without the giant speaker!
“On a mission from God”
The film used 13 different cars to depict the Bluesmobile, all of which were former police cars purchased from the California Highway Patrol, and were mocked up to look like ex-Mount Prospect, Illinois patrol cars. Some were formatted for speed, and others in jumps or high-performance maneuvers, depending on the scene. One was designed simply to fall apart upon its arrival at the Daley Center. A mechanic took several months to rig the car for that scene. The production kept a 24-hour body shop open for repairing the multiple cars used in the film.
At the time of the film’s release, it held the world record for the most cars destroyed in one film until it was surpassed by its own sequel.