Mon Mar 07 2016 23:10:20 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Walter Hill's 1978 cult film The Driver still ranks as one of the all-time greatest cinematic police chases thanks to the raw driving skill on display and visceral filming style. It was an instrumental inspiration for the Driver video game series as well as Nicolas Winding's Drive, which some consider as a spiritual successor.
Doors front man Jim Morrison in this recently discovered footage from 1969. Jim scored the 1967 Shelby Mustang after the band's self-titled debut album blew the charts, a gift from Elektra Records. Jim's reckless lifestyle buried the Mustang into the ashes of time, but will that stop someone from recreating Jim's ride from a bogus VIN tag?!
Bullitt is a 1968 American dramatic thriller film directed by Peter Yates and produced by Philip D'Antoni. It stars Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn and Jacqueline Bisset. The total time of the car chase scene is 10 minutes and 53 seconds, beginning in the Fisherman's Wharf area at Columbus and Chestnut, followed by Midtown shooting on Hyde and Laguna Streets, with shots of Coit Tower and locations around and on Filbert and University Streets. The scene ends outside the city at the Guadalupe Canyon Parkway in Brisbane.
Two 1968 390 V8 Ford Mustang GT fastbacks (325 hp) with four-speed manual transmissions were used for the chase scene, both loaned by the Ford Motor Company to Warner Bros. as part of a promotional agreement. The Mustangs' engines, brakes and suspensions were heavily modified for the chase by veteran car racer Max Balchowsky. Ford also originally loaned two Galaxie sedans for the chase scenes, but the producers found the cars too heavy for the jumps over the hills of San Francisco. They were replaced with two 1968 375 hp 440 Magnum V8-powered Dodge Chargers. The engines in both Chargers were left largely unmodified, but the suspensions were mildly upgraded to cope with the demands of the stunt work.
The director called for maximum speeds of about 75--80 miles per hour (121--130 km/h), but the cars (including the chase cars filming) at times reached speeds of over 110 miles per hour (180 km/h). Driver's point-of-view shots were used to give the audience a participant's feel of the chase. Filming took three weeks, resulting in 9 minutes and 42 seconds of pursuit, first of Bullitt by the hitmen then the reverse. Because of multiple takes spliced into a single end product, heavy damage on the passenger side of Bullitt's car can be seen much earlier than the incident producing it and the Charger loses five wheel covers, with different ones missing in different shots. Shooting from multiple angles simultaneously and creating a montage from the footage to give the illusion of different streets also resulted in the speeding cars passing the same cars at several different times. At one point the Charger crashes into the camera in one scene and the damaged front fender is noticeable in later scenes. Local authorities did not allow the car chase to be filmed on the Golden Gate Bridge, but did permit it in Midtown locations including the Mission District, and on the outskirts of neighboring Brisbane.
McQueen, an accomplished driver, drove in the close-up scenes, while stunt coordinator Carey Loftin hired stuntman and motorcycle racer Bud Ekins and McQueen's usual stunt driver Loren Janes for the high-speed part of the chase and other dangerous stunts. Ekins, who doubled for McQueen in the The Great Escape sequence where McQueen's character jumps over a barbed wire fence on a motorcycle, also lays one down in front of a skidding truck during the Bullitt chase. The Mustang's interior rear view mirror goes up and down depending on who is driving; when the mirror is up McQueen is visible behind the wheel; when it is down Ekins is driving.
The black Dodge Charger was driven by veteran stunt driver Bill Hickman, who both played one of the hitmen and helped with the chase scene choreography. The other hitman was played by Paul Genge, who had ridden a Dodge off the road to his death in an episode of Perry Mason -- "The Case of the Sausalito Sunrise" two years earlier. In a magazine article many years later, one of drivers involved in the chase sequence remarked that the stock Dodge 440s were so much faster than the Mustang that the drivers had to keep backing off the accelerator to prevent the Dodge from easily pulling away from the Mustang.
One of the two Mustangs was scrapped after filming because of damage and liability concerns, while the other was sold to an employee of Warner Brothers. The car changed hands several times, with McQueen at one point making an unsuccessful attempt to buy it in late 1977. The current state and location of the surviving Mustang is largely unknown, but it is rumored many times that the Mustang is kept in a barn in Ohio River Valley by an unknown owner.
Thu Dec 19 2013 16:18:09 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
When "The Cannonball Run" came out in 1981, I saw it a dozen times. I fell in love with the 1979 Lamborghini Countach LP 400S that's in the first scene. I thought it was the coolest car ever, and I didn't know any kid my age who didn't have a poster of it on his wall.
That Christmas, my parents bought me a model of the car. I have this videotape my dad made of me holding up the model saying, "Someday I'm going to have this car!"
In 2008, I found the Lamborghini's owner and invited him to a charity event I created with my brother called the Celebration Exotic Car Festival. It took a year and a half until I convinced the owner to sell the car at a number that made sense.
I immediately put the car in a 2½-year restoration by Lamborghini expert Tony Ierardi. We made it true to the movie. The 12 exhaust pipes, even the CB antennae—it's all there in exact detail. I take the car out on Sundays. Any Countach is like a rolling circus, but this one especially. The attention it gets is incredible.
I still watch "Cannonball Run" several times a year. The fact I own the car is amazing. I sometimes go into the garage and touch it, just to make sure it's real.
Thu Jun 13 2013 13:20:51 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
The official record will show that the beach race at Daytona in 1957 was won by Cotton Owens driving a a ’57 Pontiac prepared by Ray Nichels. Owens completed the 39 laps on the 4.1-mile beach and road course at an average speed of 101.541 mph, with Johnny Beauchamp following in second and Fonty Flock in third. The Smokey Yunick-prepared ’57 Chevy of Paul Goldsmith mounted a strong challenge, but eventually fell out with engine failure.
Now watch this great old 1957 newsreel and see these dull, dry facts come to life and leap off the screen at you.
See Cotton Owens and Ray Nichels, Smokey Yunick and Paul Goldsmith. See Mauri Rose, Bill Stroppe, and Pat O’Connor tight in the frame, walking and talking, up close and personal. This Pontiac promotional film plants us on the scene at Daytona in 1957 as no book or magazine story ever could.
Another neat aspect of the film: Along with the big race on the beach/road course, the Daytona speed weeks in those days featured a full slate of events, including NASCAR-sanctioned standing and flying mile tests for production cars. There’s some great action here too—enjoy.
Sun Mar 24 2013 16:01:37 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Join us in celebrating 50 years of an icon with a series of interviews talking to different, inspirational Porsche drivers. In this clip, avid owner Peter Bradley, talks us through his experiences with Porsche and the Porsche 911 spanning an epic 50 years.
Follow the stories with us on http:/www.porsche.co.uk/origin
Mon Jan 28 2013 14:48:35 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
1920s cars features in this W.C. Fields movie clip. Castle Films folks lifted the W.C. Fields segment from the feature IF I HAD A MILLION and gave it's own little storyline the one-reeler treatment. Enjoy!
Wed Nov 28 2012 15:24:51 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
This happens every day, every minute... but not only in Russia. This happens everywhere. In USA, in Germany, in China, where peoples can buy cars. But for me, is simpler to take Russian videos, because I am from Russia. That's why 90% is a Russian videos.
Fri Nov 09 2012 17:10:14 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Okay, here it is. In this video production blog from "James Bond: Skyfall" we see behind the scenes footage of the newest (old) Bond car, the Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in the classic Bond films.
Could this be the original Smokey And the Bandit Trans Am? A black 1977 Pontiac Trans Am tossed in the weeds like a used beer can? The car, that made Burt Reynolds and Sally Field famous in “Smokey and the Bandit,” has been parked in the same spot for more than a decade. Forgotten, neglected and hopefully for sale and cheap. I took the bait and stopped to get a closer look...
Part 1 of 2. Jeremy, Richard and James are challenged to drive from Colditz to the German border using just 13.5 litres of petrol, each using very different cars - a Ford, a Merc, and a BMW. Can they pull it off? Great outtake from Series 15 of Top Gear
Sun Jul 22 2012 02:42:35 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Much has been said and written about the break out success of Easy Rider from 1969. Starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and newbie Jack Nicholson, Easy Rider kicked out box office records from a modest budget and insanely killer soundtrack ranging from Hendrix to The Band. One of my favorite images of the cross-country duo as they ride to their eventual fate. "Do your own thing in your own time."
Sun Jul 22 2012 14:22:22 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
L’homme a la Jaguar Rouge (Death in a Red Jaguar), 1968, movie poster, by Saukoff, Germany, features a Red Jaguar E-Type coupe speeding through New York City, French ed., 31” x 22.5”, linen backed, A- cond., (fold marks & minor edge wear). Available artetauto.com.
Sun Jul 22 2012 14:23:21 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Mille Miglia 1988 original event poster, shows the open cockpit of an early 1950’s Alfa Romeo and map of the route for the legendary road rallye from Brescia to San Marino to Rome, Italian lang., 27” x 39.25”, A- cond., (small tears, creases, edge wear). Available at artetauto.com.
Jack Lord's Mercury from Hawaii Five-O. It took a few tries, but the ignition finally sparked and the '74 Mercury Marquis roared to life. John Nordlum tapped the gas pedal and grinned. He loves this big, black car, now more than ever.
Gently, he slipped the transmission into reverse, released the parking brake — the only working brake on the car — and backed out of his driveway. Nordlum's feet tap-danced again as he shifted into drive and then he was off.
The car rumbled, and the bench seat rocked a bit. It's not bolted to the floor anymore. That didn't faze Nordlum, a lanky, graying stuntman with 30 years of experience in TV and movies. He's no stranger to rough rides, and his face lit up as he guided the boatlike monster.
"It goes like hell," Nordlum said.
That's for sure. The Mercury still has some go in it, and besides, it is no ordinary vehicle.
This car has provenance.
This was Steve McGarrett's trusted ride — the car Jack Lord drove when he played the square-jawed crime fighter during the heyday of "Hawaii Five-0."
After the CBS series ended in 1980, Lord gave the car to Nordlum, who had been his stunt double and the man often at the wheel of the Mercury whenever it chased the bad guys through Honolulu.
Ever since, Nordlum has wondered why his friend did that, but found his answer last month — when CBS borrowed the car for its remake of "Hawaii Five-0."
"Jack's spirit is in that car, and he is going to live again in this show through that car," Nordlum said. "That's why he gave me that car."
The Mercury Marquis was the second car used in the original "Hawaii Five-0," which premiered in 1968. McGarrett drove a 1968 Mercury Parklane Broug- ham through the 1973 season, then got the keys to the Marquis.
TORN SEATS, RUST
Nordlum was a diver when Lord saw him during filming at the Makai Pier in 1971. The actor offered Nordlum a part in an episode and eventually that led to a full-time job as a stunt double and stand-in for Lord.
After "Hawaii Five-0" ended, Nordlum grew a mustache and worked as Tom Selleck's stunt double and stand-in on "Magnum, P.I." He made stunt work a career and founded the Hawaii Stunt Association on Lord's suggestion.
For years, Nordlum drove the Marquis everywhere he had to go. Sometimes, fans recognized the car and Nordlum let them pose for photographs. And despite reports to the contrary, he never wanted to sell it.
The " 'Five-0' car," as his neighbors refer to it, is a landmark on Nordlum's street. He's maintained the engine himself, kept the big, 460-cubic-inch V8 running — and running loud — but has not kept the rest of the car in vintage condition.
The headliner is tattered and the seats are torn in so many places that the springs are visible. Flakes of rust litter the floor.
Still, the police radio mike and cord that marked it as McGarrett's ride are there.
Early last month, friends who belong to the Teamsters, one of the unions that work in the film industry, asked if CBS could use the car for the remake. Nordlum secured the deal on the strength of a handshake in his driveway.
"They put it on a trailer in front of my house and when they drove down the road, it was like they took my baby," he said. "They drove it down the street and I cried."
Nordlum worried the whole time it was gone, he says. When it was returned a month later, it had a shiny new paint job, but its rectangular hood ornament and radio antenna were missing.
Still, it had a part in the "Hawaii Five-0" remake.
"It's one of the stars of the show," Nordlum said. "It's going to be McGarrett junior's baby."
This is no cameo for the Mercury. The car appears at the beginning and the end of the pilot, Nordlum said.
The new version of "Five-0" follows the creation of an elite police unit, led by a younger McGarrett, son of the original top cop, so it would hardly be possible to refer to the car's role in the previous series without some kind of funky flashback. Instead, the car has a place in the current story.
When McGarrett, a former Navy SEAL, returns to Hawai'i at the beginning of the pilot, he finds the car in storage. It had belonged to his late father and needs fixing up.
The car is seen again at the end of the pilot, and McGarrett is tackling the project.
In the new "Five-0," the detective calls the project "the restoration of a lifetime."
That hits home for Nordlum, who has been in that car and felt he wasn't quite alone.
"We see that he works on the car, and it is part of his hobby, his meditation, and he communicates with his father through the car," Nordlum said. "I felt very good when I heard about that scene.
"When I am working on the car, I swear I can remember Jack Lord in this car," he said. "I think he communicates with me through this car."
The car is ready for its comeback , Nordlum says. It will always be running, a rumbling tribute to Lord.
"His spirit is in this car," he says. "That thing doesn't quit. Nearly 200,000 miles and there is no stopping that car. It's like McGarrett. It goes on and on like the character."
By Mike Gordon of the Honolulu Advertiser. Story at
Sat Jul 21 2012 17:40:53 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
The story of three racing drivers and three women, who constantly have to worry for the lives of their boyfriends who race with stockcars. It's a great movie with actual shots form real stockraces. In this scene a huge crash, unfortunately the driver dies (in the movie of course)
Sat Jul 21 2012 18:09:13 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
This is a run-up of my home built turbocharger turbojet engine. Long, but maybe of some interest to other engine builders. It is quite old now and dated somewhat and I now know far more about jet engines than I did then. Please go easy on me guys... It is my first video!
I would like to issue a challenge to all fellow Do it Yourself Turbojet engine builders and brushless electric R/C park flyer hobbiests/manufacturers out there.
Please comment and discuss the feasibility of mounting a small "outrunner" style permanent magnet brushless electric motor to the compressor side of this and similar engines. I realize that shaft harmonics and bearing limitations will play a very significant role in whether or not such a motor/generator combination would hang together at 140000 RPM or more. Of course, associated power electronics with the ability to switch from starter motor to DC generator would need to be designed as well to efficiently (relatively speaking) produce electricity at these ultra high speeds.
Such a device would mimic some of the hybrid turbocharger or "electrically assisted turbochargers" that have been developed by Garrett and others in recent years. These have been designed, developed and built to reduce "turbo lag" and recover wasted energy in the form of electricity with the intention of supplementing the charging system in vehicles. They have not quite made it to market yet in any production vehicles that I know of. I am crossing my fingers!
A hybrid turbocharger in my opinion is the Holy Grail for DIY Turbojet enthusiasts.
Once this exists as an off the shelf device, a whole world of potential uses opens up!
An inexpensive, simple, robust turbojet engine! Heat and electricity with only one moving part!
Imagine a tiny turbocharger based boiler in your basement that would heat your home, heat your domestic water AND charge your batteries in an off-grid or grid tied electrical system.
It would easily burn almost any conventional fuel including natural gas, propane, diesel, kerosene, waste oil, waste vegetable oil, bio-diesel, pellets, garbage and even wood logs as has been proven with the proof of concept device built by myself and Mark Nye at Nye Manufacturing and featured on The Discovery Channel's Daily Planet.
Your comments and discussions about how a PM motor generator could be adapted to this task are anticipated.
As promised, I am currently (slowly) working on a large afterburning VT-50 based engine (actually three of them) that will hopefully produce a combined two or three hundred pounds of thrust and be featured on Youtube soon.
I would like to run all three together in a stretched Quad ATV or mini dragster to take around to the car shows and make some noise. My concept for this engine will to both fuel and lubricate it with waste motor oil. Hopefully I will be able to offer construction plans and combustion chamber kits if it is successful and interest warrants it.
Thanks for looking! Good luck with your projects!