Here is Jim’s list of his favorites, and his reasons for choosing them!
My favorite TV and movie cars: It’s not KITT and the Batmobile
Lists of great movie vehicles are pretty boring because they usually list the same blockbuster choices. Here’s a few from off the beaten path.
YEE-HAW: The General Lee (a ’69 Dodge Charger) takes a ride. (Photo courtesy of CBS)
The next episode of “Hollywood’s Top Ten” (Friday night at 11:30 p.m. Pacific on ReelzChannel) features viewers’ choices for the coolest movie/TV cars, and you know what they’re going to pick: the Batmobiles, the custom Cadillac Ecto-1 from “Ghostbusters,” the jalopy on “The Beverly Hillbillies,” James Bond’s Aston-Martin, KITT from “Knight Rider.”
They wouldn’t give me the whole list — that’s why you tune in — but here are a few of the winners:
The Trans Am from “Smokey and the Bandit”
The ’69 Charger from “The Dukes of Hazzard”
The ’56 Thunderbird from “American Graffiti”
Ho-hum. But there are some less-heralded cars out in movie and TV land, and here are my five, very personal, favorites:
The Saint’s Volvo: The Saint, played by Roger Moore on the 1962-1969 TV show, drove a Volvo 1800S, just like me. Mine was even the same color as his. The Saint was a low-rent James Bond, and the car — a sporty version of the 122S, with nearly identical mechanicals — was no Aston-Martin. The Saint could pursue criminals, but not if they were moving too fast. Switching into “overdrive” provided a powerful visual, but the 1800 topped off around 100 mph. And zero to 60? Well, maybe 11 seconds.
The Alfa-Romeo Duetto from “The Graduate”: Another personal connection because I owned that car’s linear descendant, a 1976 Alfa Spider (with a cut-off Kamm tail instead of the Duetto’s rounded example). Alfa even created a “Graduate” model because of the popularity of the movie and the car’s starring role in pursuit of a stopped wedding, with Dustin Hoffman at the wheel. The exposure garnered by this ’66 Duetto 1600 didn’t save Alfa’s fortunes in the U.S., but it probably postponed the departure for a number of years.
The “Bad Timing” Mercedes: Admittedly not a star movie car, this circa 1959 Mercedes 220S from Nicholas Roeg’s 1980 “Bad Timing”again duplicates one of my own cars — my all-time favorite. It was probably the scene with Denholm Elliot and Teresa Russell, captured in the video below, that stimulated my interest in the car in the first place. Alas, I let mine get away, and now I couldn’t touch a nice one for less than $10,000. If you get a chance, it’s a really good movie (forget what the blurb says) — from the director of “Walkabout” and “Performance.” Kind of hard to find, though.
The “Julie & Julia”Buick: I’d love to own one, but they’re worth $40,000, so it’s not likely anytime soon. The movie’s production designer describes the car as “a 1947 wooded blue Buick station wagon.” It was nicknamed the Blue Flash, and found in France where they filmed much of the movie. Sorry to disagree with Mark Ricker, but I think it’s actually a later car than 1947. Can I suggest that it was actually a 1950 Roadmaster with a 1949-style two-piece windshield? “It could have been Paul and Julia’s original car, as far as we knew,” said Ricker. Maybe.
The 1962 Cadillac Coupe de Ville from “Mad Men”: Don Draper (John Hamm) brings home this beauty in the second season, at his boss’ urging. It’s interesting that there was no product placement here — instead, it’s exactly the right car for the character at that time. It’s the car Don thinks he wants, even though it turns out all wrong for him. This is the pinnacle of “Standard of Excellence” Cadillacs, for a guy on top of the Madison Avenue nest of snakes. There were some great Cadillac ads in National Geographic around this time. The Draper-type owner was shown heading into a country club with his fur-bearing wife, looking back at the car that his power and prestige had secured for him.
There’s actually an Internet Movie Car Database you can search by make. Have fun with it. Make up your own list and post your choices below in the comments — I’d love to see what you come up with.
Who can refuse the “HOFF”? Certainly not StarCarCentral! Super fan and owner/builder of her own Super Pursuit Mode KITT Knight Rider Car, Jennifer got a call from David’s body guard, and he asked if star cars could show up for an event that was close to David’s heart – an event for the retirement complex where the Hoff’s dad lives.
Well when you say “the Hoff will be there” that’s all Jenn needed! Star car connections were called in, and Nate (that’s me) Jenn and Charger Steve sent out the call! In record time the “instant car show” was born!
Jenn showed up with her KITT that was a hit with all the Knight Rider fans, Gary brought his Herbie The Love Bug,
Mike had Towmater,
John transformed his Bumblebee Camaro,
Mark scrambled his Adam-12 Patrol car
and Tony with the help of “snowman” got past the troopers in his Bandit Trans am!
To think that when I started starcarcentral, 4 star cars in one place was a huge event! Now 6 show up with just an email and the promise of free food!
David Haselhoff put on a great show and performed with his Dad who was obviously proud of his boy, and everyone enjoyed good food and drinks provided by the facility!
Awards were given out and even though Star Car Central usually asks to NOT get awards, when it’s the Hoff’s show, well, KITT has to win the “People’s Choice” Award! Congrats Jenn!
It was a fun day of food, entertainment, cool cars and the Hoff! For star car fans, that’s just about as good as it gets! I don’t need to congratulate Jenn for putting on a great fast and trouble free show, she got her reward – a day with the Hoff and a chance to get her dash signed, and most importantly the photo of him and her sitting on her hood! KITT is even smiling!
KITT - "Hey, I can't see! Jennifer, is that Michael Knight?"
It wouldn’t be a star car event without at least one of the cars having some sort of trouble, but this time it made for a once of a lifetime event, a Bandit Trans am helping out a KITT trans am, or is it the other way around? Star Cars showing some Pontiac love for each other!
That’s a different type of “jump” for both of these cars! This may be the only shot of Bandit and KITT “jumping” together!
Now you may be asking, “Hey, Nate and Alex have KITT cars, and Paul goes to everything with his Back to the Future Delorean, where were they?” Well you are right, we all would have been out to support Jenn and the Hoff, but we were at another three day show at the time, the Wizard World Comic Con in Anahiem with Adam West and Burt Ward and other cast members of the Batman show! But that’s another blog….
Yes I know I am behind on my blogging! We are having too much fun playing with our toys lately to stop and write about it! So let’s catch up a bit! On April 9th, 2011 a BIG group of the ever changing line up of cars at Star Car Central.com showed up to drive in the Burbank Parade! For the second time in a row, we won our category! Novelty, Non Commercial! Not sure if we had any competition, but we won!
We had a few new members, some Burbank locals that rarely come out and a bunch of the “regulars” all lined up once again for a fun parade on a beautiful day!
Our “Banner Girls” lead the way out in front with Sue in Her Get Smart Sunbeam and machine gun! After a long wait on a beautiful tree lined street we finally got started and the crowd loved seeing all their old “four wheeled friends” from TV and movies from the past!
Here’s a nice shot of Sue with our award banner at the end of the parade!
Paul brought out his “MAD MAX” Interceptor for a rare look at his very rare replicar with right hand drive and meanest looking police car around!
New to our group this year is Stephen and his Jurassic Park Explorer! He is actually more into rock climbing than star cars, but his truck is a crowd pleaser! We have yet to get Stephen and Ari together, who has a Jurassic park Jeep!
Transformers, assemble! and then turn off your engines and wait for a bit longer! John’s BumbleBee Camaro from Transformers is followed by Jason’s “Ratchet” Transformer ambulance from the cartoons! You can also see Tony’s top notch Smokey and the Bandit Trans am and Lou’s Torino from Starsky and Hutch bringing up the rear in the above photo.
Behind Tony is Nate Truman in his new “A-Team” van – this is the last shot of the van before the front push bar and even MORE front lights were added! “I pity the fool” who doesn’t love Mr. T and his van!
Alex put on his light and sound show with his amazing KITT car from Knight Rider!
Cliff and his son are behind the wheel of their NASCAR inspired Herbie, like in “Herbie, fully loaded”
Oscar’s 308 GTSi Ferrari decked out like in the Magnum P.I. TV show is pretty at any angle!
Charlie brought his Green fastback Mustang like the one Steve McQueen drove in “Bullitt” the dream car of many men in the crowd!
Lou turned on his sirens and police lights and delighted all the “Starsky and Hutch” fans. His “stripped tomato” is a fan favorite!
Paul drove his Back to the Future Delorean with gull wing doors open, and sounds from the movie blaring! Reba, get that leg back in the car!
Dave and his family tooted out the familiar sounds of “DIXIE” as they displayed their Dukes of Hazzard General Lee Charger!
A few times a year we are always happy to see “the other” batmobile! Tom’s car is sweet and he’s one of the few guys Nate has to chat with about after burners!
You are not seeing double, this is Jason’s “classic” Herbie as the lovable Bug appeared in the early movies! Jason also was running through the cars to get all these photos and did all the paperwork and phone calls so we could all play with our cars down the middle of the street! Thanks Jason and “Dad” Dave!
Mark with his Adam-12 Cruiser gets extra “good guy” points for coming despite being in terrible pain! His “reward” for his troubles? He started overheating due to the slow speed of the parade! So he switched on his police lights and sirens and tore to the end of the parade to let the car cool down! Thanks for putting yourself through all that! The crowd loved seeing the car tear down the street and I thought it was the “real” cops behind me – not the “REEL” ones!
I saved Brian’s car for last, as we all were amazed at his latest “upgrade” to his James Bond BMW from Tomorrow Never Dies. He brought along a pal dressed as Super Spy James Bond, and he pretended to drive the car by remote control, just like in the movie. No one can accuse Brian of wanting the spotlight, his friend was cool and collected walking down the road while Brian was well, it’s easier to just look at the photo!
Look closely, that seat has HANDS! That’s brian behind his seat disguise driving the car and looking through the headrest! He truly suffered the heat and uncomfortable ride to delight the parade goers! Too cool Brian, Aka “Q”! We never know what gadget he’s going to build next!
True to form, after the parade my “cats” all scrambled off, some went home to get their “meds” others went to “in and out” but most of us made it to dinner to swap stories and catch up on the latest break downs and upgrades to our cars.
Ari couldn’t make it, and a new “mystery” batmobile almost made it in the parade with us but lost his keys to his electrical shut off switch – and by “lost” I mean a fan took the key! But “G.I. Joe”mobile may be at an event soon! Thanks to all who came and all the fans who yelled out each theme or show title as they recognized their favorite old car star!
For the second year in a row, Nate Truman’s StarCarCentral.com will display a grouping of famous movie and TV vehicles at the 2011 Revved up for Kids event! Mark your calendars, and stop by and support a great charity, while looking at cool cars and learning the history of the Edelbrock company! Many of the early Edelbrock cars are on display inside, along with fun events for the whole family!
Here are all the details, see ya there!
Edelbrock to Host Rev’ved Up 4 Kids Charity Car Show
May 1 to Benefit Children with Learning DisabilitiesTORRANCE, CA (February 02, 2011) – On Sunday May 1st, Edelbrock will host the Rev’ved Up 4 Kids Car Show located at “Vic’s Garage” in Torrance, CA. Participants are invited to come out and enjoy a day of hot rods, great food, live entertainment and all around good fun. This charity fundraising event benefits The Center For Learning Unlimited, a private educational institution that provides a comprehensive education to students with complex learning differences.
All makes and models are welcome and interested participants can pre-register online at www.revvedup4kids.com. Early bird car entry registration costs $35.00 and is available until March 1st. Standard registration costs $40.00 and day of show registration will cost $45.00. A limited number of VIP spaces are also available for a $75.00 entry fee. Show hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Spectator entry is free and The Center for Learning Unlimited will be accepting donations. Vendor space is available as well as event and trophy level sponsorships.
The 2011 Rev’ved Up 4 Kids Charity car show will host the 3nd annual Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge Regional competition. Local high school students will compete in a high-energy engine building competition. The top teams from each region will earn their spot to compete at the National Finals in Las Vegas in the “Showdown at SEMA” in November. The top teams are honored with scholarships from Ohio Technical College, University of Northwestern Ohio and the School of Automotive Machinists.
“Supporting America’s youth throughout the country and the community is something that we are very passionate about” states Christi Edelbrock. “It’s so amazing to me what we can do together to make the dreams come true for young individuals. Given the right opportunities America’s youth can contribute so much to our society, my goal is to provide opportunities to learn, scholarships and job placement in the workplace. We have national support for these initiatives and this is only the beginning.”
Founded in 1938, Torrance-based Edelbrock, LLC is recognized as one of the nation’s premier designers, manufacturers and distributors of performance replacement parts for the automotive and motorcycle aftermarkets. Edelbrock produces their core products in the United States of America using state-of-the-art equipment in their world class manufacturing facilities. Edelbrock, LLC encompasses six locations in Southern California totaling more than 500,000 square feet. For more information please visit us at www.edelbrock.com
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Last Friday night in the worst rain and traffic I have been a part of in years, three intreped StarCarCentral.com members braved the weather and conditions to support GAMERS UNITED.
Harvey Levin’s TMZ TV show had a camera crew at the Beverly Hills event for the first L.A. ComiKaze Comic Con party where three SCC members came to support the cause of the night, giving out comic books and video games to sick kids! Michele Rodriguez was a celebrity guest and was really sweet to all three of us, she loved the cars!
A donation of comic books or cash and an invitation got you into the party, but there was only room for three stars outside: Bumblebee from the Transformers, Back to the future Delorean and KITT from Kinght Rider were parked out in the elements! The buzz and photography around the cars was non stop through the night, but after a few turns in front of the camera we went next door and the three of us had a New York Style Pizza and caught up on a few stories! After some more rain and a few more times lighting up KITT for the cameras I decided it was time to go home, as Monster Jam was the next day. Kitt had other ideas! It let out a terrible sound and the starter decided it didn’t want to play any more! So what does every good Knight Rider do in that situation? TURBOBOOST!!!!
"TURBO BOOST? I THOUGHT THAT WAS THE START BUTTON!"
Actually, I just called AAA and they sent out a tow truck to take KITT back to the Knight Industries repair truck.
Paul and Jon stayed a while longer while the paparazzi never stopped taking photos of KITT even while being loaded on the truck!
I got KITT safely home, dropped him in the driveway and got the A-Team van out for Monster Jam the next day. (see previous blog!)
Sadly it was Paul’s turn next to have some bad star car incident, he made it fine to the Monster jam the next day, but on the drive home hit a stalled truck in the road and tore up the side of his BTTF car!
When you play with your toys, stuff like this happens! Luckily the F.L.A.G. mechanic was over on Monday (aka Alex!) and had a new starter in KITT in no time flat and we went out for a nice lunch all before noon! That man has skills and connections! But I don’t think he can get Delorean stainless panels.
Here’s a look at Pauls car before the accident. I am not sure I want to see what it looks like now! :(
Paul vows to be all back together and rolling by our next event! Many of your favorite star cars will be on display in November at www.comikazeexpo.com
TMZ was also at another SCC event but didn’t get any of the Knights of the West Coast on Camera on Valentines day. A few fans of the Hoff showed up with Knight Rider stories for a new series where stars trade places with celebrities who have their same name!
Thanks to Charger Steve, Star Car Central Los Angeles and San Diego Chapters have been part of the attraction at Monster Jam shows for the last four years. Most shows we drive a parade lap inside the stadiums for the fans as part of the pre-show. This year we appeared at three Monster Jam shows in San Diego, Anaheim Stadium and a first time ever at Dodger stadium with different members of the famous television and motion picture car group at each event.
Back in black! Bandit, KITT and the A-team van! I Pity the fool who don't like black star cars!
In the shadow of the famous Dodger Stadium we eventually lined up our cars, hoping the rain would pass over us and we could drive the infield of Dodger stadium!
Our first stop of the day was to gather in the nearby police academy parking lot, not just because it was close and a big open area to gather but also because it was a movie and TV location used many times. Most notably in the opening sequence of “Charlie’s Angels”
So in another instance of “Cross geeking” (tm nate truman 2003) Here’s a shot of Paul’s Back to the Future delorean under the Academy arch!
"1976 pilot shoot of Charlie's Angels! Where's Farrah?"
So we all parked in the historic lot until everyone arrived!
Then we all drove around the stadium, stopping to admire a few closed gates and lined up for the driver’s area display.
'NEW JURASSIC PARK EXPLORER! LOU, WATCH OUT! IT'S BIGGER THAN IT APPEARS IN YOUR SIDE MIRRORS!
We also welcomed Scott with his Jurassic park Explorer for the first time! Everyone agreed he was an easy addition to the SCC team! Lou was a trooper and came all the way to the event, and after a call from his wife and a look up at the sky made a wise decision and went home! Little did we know what was in store for us!
Charger Steve led us in and lined us up, then lined us up again, then finally got us where he wanted us!
"Rain? What rain?"
Lou was the first to leave of the 15 cars that made it to the stadium. We lost about three cars in the days leading up to the show, and another three before the main event started! It was going to be 20 cars! Darn Rain!
Magnum P.I. Ferrari and Back to the Future Delorean, with Knight Rider bookends!
Jenn’s SPM Kitt lead the display, Paul’s Delorean, Oscar’s Magnum P.I. 308 GTSi Ferrari followed by Alex’s KITT at the start of the row of movie and TV cars. Before the big show started, Oscar and Alex had headed for cover with their cars due to leaks! Thanks for staying for the fans as long as you did!
Herbie the Love bug, Star wars, and James Bond?
Obishawn and Yoda made a mad dash for cover, but Cliff and Justice in their Nascar Herbie and Brian in his James Bond BMW stayed for the show! (We did have a nice tent city to keep us dry during the worst of it thanks to Mater Mike!)
Next up was the Blues Brothers 2000 police car, and Tony’s perfect Smokey and the Bandit trans am! He even had the T-Tops off for a while! Tony’s bandit is spot on, even down to the Coors boxes!
This was the first SCC event for Scott and his dad Norm with their Jurassic park Explorer. We have to get Ari and his Jurassic park jeep together at a future event!
What's that Orange car next to the A-Team van? It should have a sign.
Down at the far end of the display was Jon’s Bumblebee, some orange car Steve brought ( he’s working on a sign so people know what show it’s from. It was a spin off from Smokey and the bandit I think…) and the A-Team van!
Charger Steve's General Lee, and Mr. T's A-team van! (Mr. Truman, that is!)
Due to the rain, most of the owners and drivers of the Star CarCentral.com cars stayed under cover and enjoyed great food and stories in a near by tent city, but the crowds still flocked to the cars to see their favorite movie and TV cars!
Not even pouring rain could keep the fans away from the famous cars!
Towmater and the A-Team, and some contructobot transformers at Starcarcentral.com HQ!
Bringing up the other end of the display was Mike’s Towmater tribute tow truck and Nate’s A-Team van! Those darn constructobots always are photobombing . They act more like decepticons than Autobots!
Even though the rain thinned the group throughout the day, hats off to all who came! Otherwise we would never have this cool shot of the rain storm with starcars at dodger stadium!
Next up, KITT turboboosts into the Knight Rider repair truck, and Back to the Future has a run in on the freeway on the way home….
Thanks to Monster Jam Fan Charger Steve, it’s now been three years that Nate Truman’s star car central gang and Steve’s San Diego star car owners have appeared with the monster truck drivers at Monster Jam events! Both in San Diego and Anaheim, and this year for the first time at Dodger Stadium!
Monster Jam 2011 Charger Steve leads the way around Anaheim Stadium with Nate Truman's StarCarCentral movie cars.
Charger Steve's Mystery Machine!
On Feb 12 10 famous movie and tv cars took a lap around Anaheim stadium and enjoyed the show, and this weekend on the 19th, EIGHTEEN star cars are in the line up to appear! (Let’s hope for no rain!)
STEPHEN BOGGS JURASSIC PARK MONSTER TRUCK!
ARI AND HIS JURASSIC PARK JEEP
NATE TRUMAN AND THE BATMOBILE
Paul WITH THE BTTF DELOREAN
JASON BUCKARRO WITH TRANSFORMER RATCHET
JON WITH HIS TRANSFORMER CAMARO BUMBLEBEE
OSCAR WITH THE MAGNUM P.I. FERRARI
LOU WITH THE STARSKY AND HUTCH TORINO
CLIFF AND JUSTICE WITH THEIR NASCAR HERBIE THE LOVE BUG
brian WITH HIS JAMES BOND BMW WITH NEW ROCKETS
Sue KESSLER AND HER GET SMART MACHINE GUN WIELDING SUNBEAM
ALEX AND SON WITH KITT FROM KNIGHT RIDER
PAUL MILLER AND HIS MAD MAX INTERCEPTOR
PLUS FROM CHARGER STEVE’S SAN DIEGO CHAPTER JOINING IN THE FUN WILL BE THE BLUES BROTHERS 2000
MIKE TOWMATER TRIBUTE TOWTRUCK
STEVES GENERAL LEE FROM DUKES OF HAZZARD
TONY’S SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT TRANS AM
AND OBI SHAWN AND YODA WILL BE THERE IN HIS STAR WARS CAR “H-WING”
Your ticket to Monster Jam includes entry into the drivers area where the star cars will be on display!
Come say you are a fan of the blog and meet the owners – and get a photo with your favorite movie or TV car! Pray for no rain on Saturday and we will see you at DODGER STADIUM at 2:00 pm! Then stay for the show, we will take a lap inside the stadium as part of the pre-show around 5-6 pm! Cheer on your favorite car! NITRO BURNING FLAME THROWING CRASHES!!! And that’s just you trying to get into the parking lot! Come say “HI” and we will see you there!