What’s your favorite auto-themed movie? These are our faves:
Brubaker: For me it's a tie between Smokey and the Bandit and The Blues Brothers. Mansour nailed it when he said that the Trans Am in Smokey and the Bandit became a character in the movie. I was 15 years old when I first saw that movie and the black T/A was as much a star as Bandit, Snowman, and Buford T. Justice. Watching that car run blocker for the Kenworth was awesome. Similarly, the car in The Blues Brothers, Jake and Elwood's 440ci-powered '72 Dodge Monaco ex-cop car, known as the “Bluesmobile” (cop motor, cop tires, cop suspension...), was a blast to watch blowing through that mall and flying over stuff. It wasn't a movie, but I also have to give props to The Fall Guy TV series for the incredible jumps and general abuse they dumped on those poor GM trucks. Colt Seavers sure was hard on trucks.
Cappa: Oh man! I can’t just have one! There are so many! Most movie snob car enthusiasts will point out some cult classic like Bullitt with Steve McQueen, but my tastes are far more low-brow. In no particular order:
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior: I loved the cool and kooky cars and trucks. And what the hell is The Humongous driving? A convertible, nitrous-fed, forklift thing with a couple ramps to strap bodies on the front? Gross.
Take This Job and Shove It: The best parts involve the presumed daily-driver monster truck (Bigfoot) crushing stuff, and of course the race scene is great.
Used Cars: How could you go wrong with a movie about shady used car salesmen? “We’re blowing the *** outta high prices!” Trust me, it’s way better than you might think.
The Cannonball Run: Just unbelievably hilarious casting, all in one movie.
Mansour: Oh, this is too easy. Smokey and the Bandit! That movie is a classic for so many reasons. I can’t think of a more iconic movie car. Unlike modern car movies where they try and shove down your throat how fast and cool the car they are driving is, Smokey and the Bandit let the Trans Am simply work as a character. Maybe it’s because I am from the south, but I don’t know anyone in my sweat-tea sipping state that wouldn’t love to own an original Bandit Trans Am. That movie makes me proud to be an American—and it makes me want to grow a mustache.