This summer we are due to receive the sixth iteration of the
“Fast and the Furious” movies.
While the movie
franchise is not all that enticing to the automotive enthusiasts born pre-1995;
it is probably safe to say, if forced to choose, most us would gladly exchange
our time and money for a ticket to see Vin Diesel’s nitrous fueled antics over
this week’s feel good romantic comedy.
Not all that long ago however there was a time when car
movies were actually good entertainment for real world car guys. Titles like
“Gumball Rally”, “Lemans”, “Built”, “Cannon Ball Run”, “Smokey and The Bandit”,
“The Italian Job”, and “Gone in 60 Seconds” along with many, many more helped
shape our definition of what was cool; what we just had to have in our garages.
Over the years, well decades now… the cars in these films
became timeless; iconic even. With names like Cobra, Daytona, 911, Mustang, Countach,
Trans-Am, and even Mini Cooper, these four wheeled masterpieces were destined
from day one to make for sparks in every man, women and child’s automotive
As witnesses to these stars in the car flicks of years past
we were able to see all the best that these vehicles had to offer without the benefits
of being digitally edited and remastered. Perhaps that is what made us connect
with them? Perhaps that is what made for better movies? But just as there is a little truth in every
lie, so should there be in the fictional capabilities of the silver screens
Driving upside down, ridding mile long wheelies and the use
of some utterly pedestrian economy cars to go nose to nose with epic supper
cars just won’t sit right with anyone who can recall the authentic stunt scenes
where the Bandit and his 1977 Firebird Trans Am are pushed hard in an effort to
outrun Sheriff Buford T. Justice.
It is a shame really. Somewhere along the line cars got
expensive or boring, and in some case both. Cleary this won’t help to pull a new
generation of car enthusiasts away from their Xboxs, nor will it influence Hollywood
to return to the old days of a golden era. After all, kids love video games so
why not make a movie that is nearly as fair fetched as some of the big racing games
that are out there today?
So here is hopping that good car chases and better cars are just around
the hair pin and that today’s hot rodders will turn back the hands of time and fall
in love with some of the best car movies made. Perhaps one will even get
inspired enough to produce on of their own epic car film. And if they happen to
be reading this; I seriously recommend that you use Bentley Continental GT …
Good guy, bad guy, it doesn’t matter, since seeing what the Brits at the UK’s
Top Gear did to one on a rally course, I have been