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MadScientistMatt
MadScientistMatt Dork
4/11/11 1:53 p.m.
fast_eddie_72 wrote: 1. How can googling "vanishing point crash" not produce a picture of a white Charger crashing into a bulldozer?

Because they used a Camaro for the wreck. :)

kpm
kpm Reader
4/11/11 2:00 p.m.

And it was a Challenger, not a Charger.

I hate seeing the Bluesmobile fall apart at the end of the chase through Chicago. I love the shot under the EL, doing 120, with the sound of that 4 bbl wide open.

stroker
stroker HalfDork
4/11/11 3:56 p.m.

No mention of "The Blues Brothers"?

Granted, they were C-body Mopars, but I still cringe...

11110000
11110000 Reader
4/12/11 5:40 a.m.

I got a little teary-eyed as a child when the 'Wraith' car was destroyed, but then... oohh look! It's OK again!

bravenrace
bravenrace SuperDork
4/12/11 6:25 a.m.
Rob_Mopar wrote: Tommy Boy GTX But I think most of the damage to it was bolt-ons. Movies and shows that total cars that were new when the movie was made don't bother me as much as contemporary movies destroying old cars for the sake of destroying old cars.

Me too. Especially when there was no real good reason for it.

bravenrace
bravenrace SuperDork
4/12/11 6:30 a.m.

The Trans Am in McQ. Especially since I had one exactly like it.

Mental
Mental SuperDork
4/12/11 8:07 a.m.

although the one that gets destroyed in The Hunter is pretty funny...

I shred tears in the Justion Timberlake Video "Cry Me a River"

Becuase not only do we lose a Vette, we lose Scarlett Johansson as well.

914Driver
914Driver SuperDork
4/12/11 9:43 a.m.

bravenrace
bravenrace SuperDork
4/12/11 10:00 a.m.

WilberM3
WilberM3 HalfDork
4/12/11 10:06 a.m.

In reply to bravenrace:

yea that episode pissed me off too.

kazoospec
kazoospec Reader
4/12/11 10:37 a.m.

^^^Me too. Sure, it was probably just a "shell", but obviously a restored/restorable one. I remember when the camera shot went to the car thinking, "No, they wouldn't . . . Yep they did." Clearly when you start smashing classics, its time for your show to be cancelled.

Maroon92
Maroon92 SuperDork
4/12/11 11:45 a.m.

that nomad was a completely fabbed shell. None of the parts on it were original. I have seen Mr. Allen fight the flak he got from that all the time. The car in the episode was his, but the one they crushed was a prop.

mtn
mtn SuperDork
4/12/11 11:56 a.m.
kpm wrote: And it was a Challenger, not a Charger. I hate seeing the Bluesmobile fall apart at the end of the chase through Chicago. I love the shot under the EL, doing 120, with the sound of that 4 bbl wide open.
stroker wrote: No mention of "The Blues Brothers"? Granted, they were C-body Mopars, but I still cringe...

They had a 24/7 body shop for all the wrecks in that movie.

AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
4/12/11 12:39 p.m.

and yes, i've got dirty thoughts about the country squire in the garage as well.

Mental
Mental SuperDork
4/13/11 1:25 a.m.
AngryCorvair wrote: and yes, i've got dirty thoughts about the country squire in the garage as well.

Dirty Challenge thoughts?

ddavidv
ddavidv SuperDork
4/13/11 6:20 a.m.

I have a head too-filled with movie car trivia, so I'll dispel a few of your tears.

The Minis in the original Italian Job that get pushed out of the bus (and most of the 'test' cars) were not Cooper S models, but gussied up 850s. Still wanton and pointless destruction of cars, I agree. The Aston and Lambo were not 'legit' cars as pointed out, and one of the two Jags still survives.

The Vanishing Point Challenger magically became a Camaro when it hit the bulldozers at the end. I spent at least a half hour with my VCR back in the day confirming that.

Movie studios are very budget conscious when it comes to cars, so they are almost never destroying a genuine collectible car. The demolished victims are repainted, made-up near-death rust bombs in almost every case. Even 'new' cars are often salvage purchases...I once was involved in a deal for a Mercedes SL that had burned it's interior. It was purchased by a prop company which fudged and painted it enough to look like a real one before it got blown up on some TV series.

I will say, however, regardless of the above I am really tired of the numbers of '69 Chargers that were used up in such mediocre movies as Dukes of Hazzard and Grindhouse. So many of these have been pointlessly ruined that even if they are rotted, empty shells it still hurts.

OTOH, I do cheer every time I watch White Lightning because what the world can always use less of is a early 70s Ford LTD.

mndsm
mndsm SuperDork
4/13/11 8:05 a.m.

I have to say, F&F Tokyo Drift made me cry a little. The Monte Carlo that Lucas Black's character flips at the beginning made me sad, as well as what Universal did to the Vieilside rx7 in the name of that movie.

stuart in mn
stuart in mn SuperDork
4/13/11 8:33 a.m.
bravenrace wrote: The Trans Am in McQ. Especially since I had one exactly like it.

It was a Brewster Green Trans Am, too. They weren't exactly common even back then.

ddavidv wrote: OTOH, I do cheer every time I watch White Lightning because what the world can always use less of is a early 70s Ford LTD.

The thing I like about that car is how they pretended it had a four speed manual transmission, even though you could still see the automatic shift lever on the column.

bravenrace
bravenrace SuperDork
4/13/11 8:48 a.m.
stuart in mn wrote:
bravenrace wrote: The Trans Am in McQ. Especially since I had one exactly like it.
It was a Brewster Green Trans Am, too. They weren't exactly common even back then.

Yeah, and mine had an even rarer option. Reflective gold stripes down the sides. They were an option on Formulas, but I think the dealer must have installed them on my car. It looked great though.

bravenrace
bravenrace SuperDork
4/13/11 8:52 a.m.
ddavidv wrote: OTOH, I do cheer every time I watch White Lightning because what the world can always use less of is a early 70s Ford LTD.

I seem to remember in that movie Burt opening the hood of that car, and them showing a pretty impressive mill in it. Am I remembering that correctly? It's been a long time. And of course the engine shown may not have even been in that car.

Keith
Keith GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
4/13/11 10:16 a.m.
ddavidv wrote: I will say, however, regardless of the above I am really tired of the numbers of '69 Chargers that were used up in such mediocre movies as Dukes of Hazzard and Grindhouse. So many of these have been pointlessly ruined that even if they are rotted, empty shells it still hurts.

Somewhere around 325 1969 Chargers were wrecked over the course of the TV series. Dodge made 69,000 of them in 1969. I'm not sure the number destroyed in the TV show and the movie really made a big dent in the number available.

ReverendDexter
ReverendDexter SuperDork
4/13/11 10:47 a.m.

While we're on the subject of Chargers, it still burns me that in the new movie they put a hemi in the General.

Keith
Keith GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
4/13/11 12:27 p.m.

If that's the worst part of the movie for you, you weren't paying attention!

Condorman looks awesome, thanks for the clip.

ReverendDexter
ReverendDexter SuperDork
4/13/11 12:45 p.m.

Never said that was the worst part, just that it was something that irritated me, hahahaha.

ddavidv
ddavidv SuperDork
4/13/11 4:04 p.m.
bravenrace wrote: I seem to remember in that movie Burt opening the hood of that car, and them showing a pretty impressive mill in it. Am I remembering that correctly? It's been a long time. And of course the engine shown may not have even been in that car.

They showed a shot of an engine (and him manually shifting) that were most likely a late 60s/early 70s Mustang according to imcdb.com. So yeah, you're memory is pretty good.

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