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Nov
08
Jim Rockford Firebird, Rockford Files

Though they were nowhere near as flashy as the typical “star car,” the no-nonsense Pontiac Firebirds that James Garner drove on The Rockford Files are among the best-loved TV/movie vehicles of all time.

Jim Rockford is the only TV detective with a driving move named for him. The late James Garner, who played Jim Rockford, didn’t invent the reverse 180-degree “J-turn,” but he used it so often in The Rockford Files television series that the maneuver is forever associated with the character. To execute a “Rockford,” Jim Rockford would drive about 35 mph in reverse, then let off the gas, turn the steering wheel sharply, and pull on the emergency brake. The car’s front end would swing around 180 degrees, and Rockford would be off—now driving forward.

May
05
Rockford Files

This model kit image was faked, but it’s a nice composition of James Garner and his Firebird . . . although his ’Bird wasn’t canary yellow. That’s Garner on the right with the 1977 Firebird that was actually used on the show.

Not open to debate is this: The Rockford Files is the finest cop/detective show in television history. I am not open to the notion that some other show deserves top or equal billing. Think otherwise? Write your own blog. Seriously, the show made plaid jackets seem cool. Such is the power of Rockford.

Mar
29
James Garner, Favorite Indy Pace Cars

James Garner

It’s called The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, and with as many as 300,000 people in attendance, it likely qualifies as one of the greatest events in professional sports. First run in 1911, the Indianapolis 500 is part of the “triple crown” of auto racing, which also includes the Monaco Gran Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Jul
30

The Cars of American Graffiti

American Graffiti is a classic coming-of-age comedy film that follows its cast through one end-of-summer night in 1962. This was technically the early Sixties, but culturally, 1962 can be considered the end of the Fifties era. Change was coming quickly, both for America itself and the main characters of American Graffiti. The plot of the movie centers around recent high-school graduates Steve Bolander (Ron Howard) and Curt Henderson (Richard Dreyfuss), who are set to enjoy one last night in their hometown before boarding an eastbound flight to college the next morning. Although the era was ending, this movie celebrates the Fifties in full flower.

May
29
Cars of Hogan's Heroes

Set in a prisoner-of-war camp, Hogan’s Heroes would seem an unlikely program in which to find interesting vehicles, but there were several cars and trucks featured on the hit sitcom that merit consideration.

Hogan’s Heroes, the zany WWII-themed sitcom that ran on CBS from 1965 to 1971, isn’t in the same league as shows like Batman, The Munsters, or The Beverly Hillbillies when it comes to memorable “star cars.” However, while chronicling the havoc wreaked on the Nazi war machine by the fictional U.S. Colonel Hogan (Bob Crane) and his Allied crew in a German prisoner-of-war camp, Hogan’s Heroes nevertheless paraded some interesting vehicles. Check out the cars of Hogan’s Heroes.

Jan
03
1987 Dodge Daytona Shelby Z

1987 Dodge Daytona Shelby Z

What price, performance? That’s the question sporty-car shoppers were forced to ask themselves when considering the purchase of a 1987 Dodge Daytona. And by price, I’m not talking about money.

Aug
13
The Cars of Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood

Brad Pitt plays stuntman Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood.

Advertised as Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood is the story of a middle-aged actor and his longtime stuntman and personal friend set around the time of the Manson murders.

May
29
 12 Classic Celebrity Car Commercials

This TV commercial features the unlikely pairing of Ruth Gordon and the Subaru BRAT.

Good news, Matthew McConaughey fans–Tinseltown’s improbable product pitchman is back for another round of Lincoln commercials. The enigmatic star of such films as Mud and Dallas Buyers Club has returned to help the luxury carmaker roll out the new Nautilus midsize crossover.

Feb
25
2018 Nissan Kicks SR

2018 Nissan Kicks SR in Gun Metallic and Monarch Orange Metallic two-tone (a $150 option)

2018 Nissan Kicks SR2015 Audi Q5

Class: Subcompact Crossover

Miles Driven: 382

Fuel Used: 12.7 gallons

Jul
31
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL in Red Diamond

2015 Audi Q52018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL 1.5T S-AWC

Class: Compact Crossover

Miles driven: 636

Fuel used: 26.4 gallons