Classic cars in the movies poll
Following the news that a classic film festival is being planned around an enthusiast poll (see here for details), we thought we'd share our own choices, and invite yours
Here are mine extraordinarily cliched choices (for today anyway):
Favourite classic motoring movie: Italian Job (an obvious choice, but an embarrassment of riches from Miura to Mini and all with the cars given the same exposure and billing as the actors, that's what makes the difference)
Favourite classic car in the movies: E-type hearse - Harold & Maude
Favourite classic bike in the movies: if McQueen's wasn't a Triumph in drag in The Great Escape, I'd go for that, but instead it has to be the Harley in Girl on a Motorcycle. Then again, it wouldn't matter if it was a Honda Superdream in that film.
Favourite classic car chase: Un uomo da rispettare/The Master Touch
Favourite classic in television: Lotus Elan with Emma Peel of course
Classic I would most like to see on the big screen: Lancia Aurelia B20 GT
Some excellent choices there James, and, as I'd hoped, a car chase away from the usual suspects. I am somewhat shocked and surprised, that at 45, I do not already have a pre-prepared list to hand. This will take a little time to compile for many of us, I fear, as there is a need to get it right - haha.
Here are my choices - I am sure I will want to fiddle with this list but I am walking away from it now.
Favourite classic motoring movie:
I am going to avoid Steve McQueen's "Le Mans" here, as this is essential viewing for any car enthusiast- I think I will opt for Car-Napping (1980). It is hard to think of just one movie but at the very heart of every classic motoring movie should be a genuine love and passion for cars. Stick with it and it's an enjoyable film in it's own right. Starting off with the b+b CW311, centering on the plot of stealing 30 Porsches from a Paris dealer, and containing a handful of Monteverdis and a lovely 308 GTB - makes me want to pour a glass of wine and flick through my Observer's books of Automobiles.
Favourite classic car in the movies:
Ferrari Daytona Spider - Gumball Rally (1976) - if anyone ever asks me why are Ferrari's considered to be so special (the modern Ferrari's are all about making a flash statement in my opinion) I will point them in the direction of the Daytona speeding through New York at dawn - Ferrari's used to be about the sound of the engine.
Favourite classic bike in the movies:
I am not sure if my fave bike (1979 Kawasaki KZ1300) was ever in a movie so I will opt for the over-dressed Yamaha XJ
650 Maxim as used in James Bond's "Never Say Never Again" - mostly due to the excellent stunt riding, but also for the location of the sequence, the R5 Turbo and Barbara Carrera. Of course, my fave ever bike moment would have to involve the wonderful Eddie Kidd, and that would be the Movie "Riding High" and the viaduct jump.
Favourite classic car chase:
Tre uomini da abbattere (Trois hommes à abattre)1980 - Alain Delon and a Lancia Gamma v Citroen CX.
Favourite classic in television:
John Steed's Jaguar Broadspeed XJ12C - The New Avengers
Classic I would most like to see on the big screen:
I am a child of the Seventies, and I always wanted to see the original LP400 Countach become a proper movie star.
The best thing about The Gumball Rally is that the Cobra and Daytona are being driven, getting dirty and dented instead if sitting on a lawn with someone picking blades of grass out of the tyre treads.
I have not a clear list with a number 1, 2 , 3 etc, but this BMW 503 on portuguse plates from THE LAST RUN is certainly one of my favorites...
THE LAST RUN is a 71 road movie about a gangster (the great George C Scott) who lives his retirement days at the south of Portugal somehere in the Algarve, probably Albufeira.
He split his time between the BMW and a fishing boat shared with a local fishermen. He also share some moments with a local prostitute (everyone knows how dificult it is to get ride of old habits)
Then he accept to do a last job and things turn bad...
Most of the scenes are shotted in portuguese and spanish roads, here the 503 at the border, at the garage and somehere in a portuguese street ...
There are some car chases too and a withe S1 XJ takes a major role in one of them.
I would like to propose an interesting film by Gus Van Sant, Gerry (2002), starring Cassey Affleck and Matt Damon, who also wrote the script together with their friend and neighbourg Van Sant.
This is a film about friendship in which the first 10-15 minutes are one of the most beautiful ever shot road movie secuences. Affleck (Gerry) drove the Mercedes-Benz with pasenger Damon (also named Gerry). The cool four-door saloon travels in a desert road and stops where the Gerry/Gerry adventure begins.
The film ends with another long secuence in which Affleck and Damon walk for their lives in the Bonneville salt lake.
Nice sugestion Mario,
It astonishing movie never passed on teathers here...
thanks for sharing
Some how I have a penchant for road movies with lonely guys driving trough the great outdoors while everybody tries to stop (at least...) them
Another of my favorites, the Chevy Impala cabrio...
Staring at the
From Sam Peckinpah one of my favorite directors and staring another favorite actor, Warren Oates. One of the best descriptions someone said aboutt Oates is; "He's got a face like 200 miles of country road"...
A road movie shooted at Mexico (at least it seems like that) and most of the time with the head of Alfredo Garcia on the Chevy in a bag.
The fabulous japanese poster...
I have Harold and Maude on disk and the e-type hearse is probably what made me want to work on car bodywork.
But for my money the best ever car in a movie is the 67 Batmobile.
On a connected but different note. I met a mad Irish man a few years back who had a bunch of cars in his garden including a beach buggy with a tree growing through it. Anyhow in a dry shed he had an odd looking 60's Merc which he said had been driven by Richard Burton across the Europa bridge in a movie. He said it was one of 6 unique cars called the OS series. I have not been able to find any info on any of this. Help please.
Also with regard to Steve Mcqueen in The Great Escape, I have it on very good authority that the bike used was in fact a Dunstall Dominator and not a Triumph.
My good friend Mr Dave Degens has an identical bike and a very large cardboard cut-out of Mcqueen, to prove it.
He also has the best bit of name-dropping I have ever heard;
" I met Steve McQueen once you know.." It was when I was riding for Dunstall, and I was on the track and Paul came over and said he wanted me to let this lad follow me around for the afternoon, show him the racing lines, teach him how to ride. The lad was of course McQueen and he was over to buy the Dominator, which took back to the states and was very successful with in competition, some bloke named Eastwood also bought one.