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Carspotters’ Challenge #124: The Driver (1978)

Being that Truck Lust theme had more to give than expected, it made sense that the Carspotters’ Challenge was to be truck-related. I could’ve just looked up a truck-heavy picture, but a scene used on an Internet music video that I saw a couple of years ago came back to me: the final chase scene from 1978’s cult classic The Driver. In it, we find two drivers-for-hire and their passengers: one drives a hot-rodded 1976 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, a great period getaway vehicle. The other? A 1973 Chevrolet C-10 pick-up truck -the type of rig that’s highly thought of and has been written about- driven by the movie’s anti-hero. 

There’s no shortage of videos showing that particular chase scene. I could’ve taken any of those over the synth-laden one, but chose not to because a) to avoid spoilers if you haven’t watched it, b) avoid any trouble with the violence scenes that come afterwards and c) this is the video that motivated me to watch The Driver, which is one very cool movie, alright.

 

In case you were wondering, the song is called Highway Knight, from the artist Kick Puncher. The song and artist are just one of the many contemporary examples that follow the retro sounds of 1980’s synth music.

So as the C-10 chases down the Firebird, what else are they avoiding to hit as they barrel down the streets of late-1970’s L.A.?

 

--Tigerstrypes

 

Carspotters’ Challenge #123: Exotic Blur

While looking for some Cadillac info, I came across this pic.

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You’re welcome.

 

--Tigerstrypes

 

References:

Pic from Jalopnik/minhimalism

Not-So-Great Commercials: That 2015 Cadillac Escalade Commercial - "Evolution" of Indulgence

We’ve talked about Cadillac commercials in the past, though those examples aren’t exactly regarded as automotive advertisement’s crowning achievements. And today is no different. Yes, the ELR commercial had some political undertones attached to it, but it could still be enjoyable. This one struck a nerve the first time I saw it. Even its title rubs me the wrong way. So let’s watch it before it gets taken down.

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Carspotters’ Challenge #122: Just Your Typical California Blockbuster Parking Lot

If one lived in California circa 1993 and wanted to rent a video, this is the type of scene one would find on the parking lot outside the Blockbuster… if you lived in the parallel universe of the Jack Slater movie franchise. Lah004011s13.3443

In reality, the pic is from the movie Last Action Hero, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The movie deconstructs the action-movie genre that Schwarzenegger himself helped redefine, case in point the parking lot filled with glamorous beauties (and girls, too) as only an over-the-top movie can get away with.  I275703The entire movie is full of great cars, but just from these screenshots, how many can you name?

 

--Tigerstrypes

 

References: IMCDb.com

Carspotters’ Challenge #121: Something’s Out Of Place Here…

While browsing the comments’ section on a Jalopnik post, the pic below grabbed my eye. While a certain black wedge is without a doubt CarLust material, let’s take a look at the contemporary machinery that makes said wedge stand out. Who knows, maybe one or more of the surrounding machinery will become CarLust fodder sooner or later.

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--Tigerstrypes

 

References:

Pic: Jalopnik

Open Thread Mystery: The Answer

On Monday I posted a photo of a couple of old pickup trucks as something of a little mystery for Car Lust readers to solve:

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So here's the answer to the mystery:

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October 13 Weekly Open Thread: Mystery Edition

We get the Halloween season going with a little mystery for Car Lust readers:

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Any guesses as to the what, where, significance, etc?

The only hint I'l' give is that I took the photo myself about a week ago.

 

I'll let this sit out there and give a fuller explanation later in the week. 

Feel free to discuss anything else of automotive interest as well.

Carspotters’ Challenge #120: Traffic Jam in Springfield

Some weeks ago, a record-breaking, series-long marathon of The Simpsons was given on FXX. And earlier this year, but stumbled upon earlier this month (September), Jalopnik raided The Simpsons’ Internet Movie Cars DataBase webpage to form a guide to every real car used in said TV show. These two events motivated me to check said IMDb webpage to see all listed vehicles and see if I could find choice pics for a future Carspotters’ Challenge. Needless to say, I succeeded.

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This pic alone is evidence enough of another Simpsons record: having the most listed vehicles in an animation series, at least up until 2012. Of those, how many can you recognize from at least this pic?

 

--Tigerstrypes

 

References:

Pic from http://www.imcdb.org/

Carspotters' Challenge #119--"Oh, The Pain... The Pain"

We've sort of done one of these Carspotters' Challenges before. But I saw so many especially Lust-Worthy cars here, I thought... "Hey, what the heck!"

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I see a car that was in one of the best-loved James Bond movies (Hint: It's 50 years old this month). And I think I see at least one that was designed by fellow Car Lust contributor Virgil Exner, Jr. There are also a few more that I would like to pull out of that pile.

See anything in there that you would like to restore?

--That Car Guy (Chuck)

Image Credit: Our heapin' helpin' of scrap cars image came from PinupsAndKustoms.com.

Carspotters' Challenge #118--Meanwhile, in Maryland…

While looking for a 1970s reference of businessmen apparel, the search engine of choice gave me this pic as a result. Yes, it had to do with a certain crisis involving petroleum-based goods. Then again, you’d expect that the Wikipedia page that discussed the 1970s would mention something of said events, wouldn’t it?

This photo was taken by Warren K. Leffler, who is an accomplished photographer, to say the least. It’s titled ‘Line at Gas Station, Maryland’, circa July 15, 1979. This photo seems like a pretty big deal, as you can find it in the United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division (digital ID ppmsca.03433).

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Bigger version here.

So, while we wait for gas, how many vehicles can you identify?

--Tigestrypes

 

Image source: Wikipedia.

Pictured above: This is a forlorn Chevy Vega photographed by reader Gary Sinar. (Share yours)

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