Is Bullitt the Best Movie Car Chase Ever?

Wednesday January 7th, 2009 at 7:11 AM
Posted by: goofshow

Steve McQueen - BullittIn the 1968 movie classic Bullitt, Steve McQueen took to the streets of San Francisco in a revved up 1968 Highland Green Mustang GT 390 Fastback as he chases two hit-men in a “Tuxedo Black” 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 440 Magnum.

Getting air off the hills of SF
What follows is the greatest car chase ever filmed. Bullitt has nine minutes of tire-squealing thrills through the streets (and air) of San Francisco. What made the car chase scene groundbreaking, Bullitt was the first movie to show close-up shots of the driver which added more realism to the scene. The director called for speeds of 75–80 mph, but the cars reached speeds of over 110 mph on surface streets. The chase scene took three week to film, during which the Charger lost six hubcaps and has different ones missing in different shots. Even now, Bullitt is the measuring-stick by which all movie chase scenes are stacked up to.

Video of the Mustang Bullitt after the jump
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5 Greatest Video Game Cars–EVER!

Monday January 5th, 2009 at 7:11 AM
Posted by: goofshow

What would video games be without cars? Most likely they would be “car-less.” But what would be the greatest video game cars of all time? Don’t think it’s about time that someone out there on the InterWeb would decide to compile a list of these computer-generated-gaming vehicles? Well, thank bloody goodness for Jalopnik (who incidently is “obsessed with the cult of cars”) to compile a list of their fav joystick operated four-wheel-obsessions:

Grand Theft Auto - Infernus5.) Infernus (Grand Theft Auto Series)

This is the vehicle game amongst vehicle games. In fact stealing autos in a grand-sort-of-fashion is in the game’s fricken title. There’re many models of the Infernus to choose from in the GTA series. Be it, GTA III Vector-based Infernus or GTA IV’s Murcielago, nothing excels more than reving up and then have some high-flying, high-speed antics off a ramp.

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Superheroes And Their Super Fuel Efficient Cars

Wednesday December 24th, 2008 at 1:1212 PM
Posted by: goofshow

With the era of gas-guzzling SUVs fazing out with the general public, surely the same would be said with our country’s superheroes and crime-fighters. Which fuel-efficient cars would make the ideal match with popular superheroes?

Smart Fortwo: The Thingsmart fortwo

There’s nothing dumb about smart cars. Once a sole fixture in quaint European villages, smart cars have been popping up all over our American roadways. This car would make the perfect vehicle for The Thing from the Fantastic Four. Trapped in his monstrous form, the smart fortwo would show off The Thing’s sensitive side as well as being fuel-efficient.

More super match ups after the jump
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Will the Drag-u-la Rise From the Dead?

Wednesday December 24th, 2008 at 11:1212 AM
Posted by: m35man

DragulaGrowing up as a kid watching the ’60s CBS TV show The Munsters, I fell in love with the cars featured in the series. The most famous of these was the Munster family car – the Koach –but I always had an affinity for the Drag-u-la. The Drag-u-la (driven by Grandpa) was a funkadelic dragster with a laid-back, hippy vibe. The Wayans Brothers are currently producing (but not starring in) a remake of the popular series. Surely, they’ll bring back the famous Koach, but will they also resurrect (or re-design) the Drag-u-la? I vote “yes!” Basically a coffin on wheels, the Drag-u-la appeared in just one Munsters episode (Hot Rod Herman) and in one of the two Munster movies (Munster Go Home) in 1966. The vehicle had a fiberglass body molded from a real coffin and featured a bubble canopy and a purple velvet interior. The body sat on a dragster-type tube frame, and accessories on the Drag-u-la included organ pipe exhausts, a drag parachute, air scoop and racing slicks. Grandpa (Al Lewis), a vampire, owned the vehicle. Designed by George Barris, who also built the Koach and the Batmobile, the Drag-u-la was classically eerie in appearance, but was also the real thing and packed some horsepower punch, supplied by a 350 hp Ford Mustang Engine. Will this amazing vehicle make a scary comeback next year? We’ll keep you informed.

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Top Hollywood Movie Cars in 2008

Thursday December 18th, 2008 at 6:1212 AM
Posted by: goofshow

Batmobile (Tumbler) – The Dark Knight. Christian Bale returns as everyone’s favorite Dark Knight in The Dark Knight. Though Heath Ledger almost steals the whole show donning the Joker’s maniacal makeup, one of the true stars of the movie is the famed Batmobile. Looking like a light tactical vehicle that could storm at ease through the streets or a war zone.

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Cars for a song

Tuesday November 11th, 2008 at 6:1111 AM
Posted by: asgruben

By Adrienne Gruben

If I’m driving when Chuck Berry comes on singing, “As I was motivatin’ over the hill/I saw Maybellene in Coup de Ville/A cadillac arollin’ on the open road/Nothin’ will outrun my V8 Ford” I better not be in Buda, Texas, the Mother of all speed-traps. Thank God I live in LA and am usually stuck on the 405. That came out wrong. “Maybellene” has two heroes, and she’s not one of them. Everyone knows songs where the heroes are made of sheet metal. Lately, these heroes have been getting demoted. It’s like scapegoating Batman for all that ails Gotham.

Last week, GM, Ford and Chrysler appeared at the doorstep of House Speaker Pelosi asking for money like those kids who sell candy bars door to door. Turns out that last quarter GM spent 6.9 billion dollars, cut 2200 jobs and saw its sales fall 11%. Ford spent 7.7 billion, and Chrysler is in the same boat car. There are 2-3 million jobs that rely on the auto industry, from factory workers to the guys selling steering wheel covers. The big question is whether to bail out more companies, or risk the economic domino effect of letting them go under. The public seems mostly outraged by another proposed bailout, some of whom cite the automakers’ failure to the consumer.

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5 Great Halloween Car Flicks

Friday October 31st, 2008 at 4:1010 PM
Posted by: Kurt Gensheimer

In case you’ll be sitting in front of your TV tonight, sporadically being interrupted by little anklebiters dressed up in their Halloween best, here are a few recommended fright flicks starring murderous automobiles.

Duel - Stephen Spielberg’s feature film debut. Features your average “Joe Six Pack”, aka Dennis Weaver, on a business trip being chased by a possessed tanker truck. Highlight of the flick is when the truck pushes Weaver’s Plymouth Valiant into the path of an oncoming train. Here’s the full length version in Google Video.

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