I’ve been told that I have an old soul. There are certain things I love from times long gone by, including the occasional pinup fashion and an appreciation for classic cars. Almost two years ago, I attended a killer local event where we went retro rad and had a photo shoot with a classic car! Even growing up, some of my favorite oldies tunes were about classic cars. For this, I have my father to thank as he is a lifetime fan of cars. Heck, even the town my parents live in has a monthly classic car meet up, and I was in heaven! I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know much about tech specifications, but I know a damn glorious piece of machinery when I see it. As a nerd, motor vehicles have their own sub-genre within the realm of action films.
Don’t be offended without the lack of Delorean and the omission of the famed Ecto-1 because I’m ready to throw down and nerd out over my favorite classic cars readily available in my spheres of media.
Q1: Does your car have a name? How did you select it?
My car is named “Rally Vincent” after the lead character in Kenichi Sonoda’s manga (Japanese graphic novels), Gunsmith Cats. GSC was one of my first and favorite comics and it kills me that I never bought the animated version DVD (I still have my VHS cassette). Unlike most comics set in Japan or outer space, I lived that GSC and it’s predecessor, Riding Bean, were set in Chicago. Aside from being a gun shop owner/bounty hunter, I adored Rally’s car, her 1967 Mustang Cobra fastback.
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Q2: If you could build a classic car, what would it look like?
It kill me in The Fast and The Furious 3: Tokyo Drift when the protagonist’s father was able to have locate a 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback IN JAPAN. The angle was that his military father was able to find an unfinished car on base, but I am hard pressed to believe that somebody’s tax dollars went toward importing such a car across the Pacific Ocean. There has been theory that it is a nod to the Japanese fascination with “All Things American” as well as to Sonoda’s GSC, but it’s purely hearsay. I would love to have Rally’s metallic blue Mustang with pearl white racing stripes (minus, the bullet holes).
Every time I see this beauty on the Barrett-Jackson auto auction, I die inside.
In my ultimate car building fantasy, I would be working with Chip Foose from Velocity Channel’s Overhaulin‘. When I moved back to the US from Japan, my father introduced me to t his wonderful vehicle makeover program. In Foose’s program, he works with the loved ones of the car owner to help design the ultimate version of the person’s car. I often joked with my dad that if I ever got my hands on a classic Mustang, Impala, or similar make that I would give him carte blanche to call up Chip to make over my car. My only caveat is that it would need to be as nerdy as possible (and if manual transmission someone to teach me how to drive it.)
Q3: If you could drive a manual transmission which car would you drive?
I’m going to step away from my unrequited classic Mustang dreams, and go with Dean Winchester’s 1967 Chevy Impala from Supernatural. This would be the ultimate fan challenge largely in part to Dean’s consistent refusal to allow his own brother, Sam, to drive said car. This car carved out a parking space in my heart after Jensen Ackles’ epic performance of “Eye of the Tiger” as in outtake for Supernatural.
Just for the record, I was an Ackles fan (Ackolyte?) back when he was Eric Brady on Days of Our Lives. Honestly, during the first two years of undergrad, my classes were scheduled around DOOL.
Q4: Which movie has your favorite car chase scene?
There are two car chases which I love and none of them are from The Fast and The Furious franchise. The final chase scene with #67 “Eleanor” in Gone in Sixty Seconds (yes, even including Nick Cage) is one of my favorites because he stunt drives the ever loving world out of a 1967 Ford Mustang GT 500. Sadly, there was no “Karen” on the list of ladies to be heisted, but that’s okay.
Every person has their Unicorn. For Memphis, it was Eleanor.
My other favorite the Mini Cooper shell game in the remake of The Italian Job. My soft sports for Mark Walhberg, Charlize Theron and Jason Statham non-withstanding, the car-eography and stunt coordination is outstanding. As a result of this scene alone, I went through a phase of desiring a Mini Cooper. Like the 1967 Mustang, an automatic transmission installation was far more expensive than the manual which I cannot drive.
I hated my friend when he bought my other dream car… in my signature blue.
I need to be a good little film nerd and watch the original film with Sir Michael Caine the classic Minis!
Q5: Which Batmobile is your favorite?
I am going to have to go with the original, topless Batmobile as it was the one which started it all. In most of the Batman films in my time, the Bat always drove at night. What I love about the original series was that Batman and Robin, fully-suited up drove around town.While they may not have all “those wonderful toys,” the curvy, finned Batmobile brazenly trimmed in red is a scene stealer.
You have to have guts to be a masked hero during the daylight hours!
Answer Me, These Questions Three
- Do you have a favorite classic muscle car?
- Which other famous cars warrant discussion?
- If you’re hitting the road with the windows down, name some of the songs you’re singing in-car karaoke to!
Inspecting the S.H.I.E.L.D. truck at the Hollywood Car Stars Museum in Tennessee!