Posts from ‘Entertainment’

Jul
05
Columbo's Peugeot, Columbo's car

Columbo’s car got a fair amount of screen time. Do you know the make and model of the rumpled detective’s convertible?

by Jack Stewart

For most of Seventies, NBC broadcast a group of mysteries under the umbrella title of The NBC Mystery Movie. Starting in 1971, the original series rotated Columbo, McMillan and Wife, and McCloud in the same weekly time slot. At the peak of the series, there were NBC Mystery Movies on both Sunday and Wednesday evenings. The three original mysteries were the most popular (Columbo in particular), but there were 14 shows associated with the series before it ended in 1977: Columbo, McCloud, McMillan and Wife, Banacek, Snoop Sisters, Cool Million, Hec Ramsey, Madigan, Faraday and Company, Tenafly, Amy Prentiss, McCoy, Lanigan’s Rabbi, and Quincy, M.E. A few of the shows prominently featured interesting cars. Here are our favorites:

 

Jun
16
Adam 12 TV Show, Cars of Adam 12

The TV police patrol team of Malloy and Reed enjoyed the services of several different cars during the run of Adam 12.

If you’re a car guy of a certain age, chances are you have fond memories of the original Adam 12 TV series. The half-hour police drama ran between 1968 and 1975, following veteran LAPD patrol officer Pete Malloy (played by Martin Milner) and junior partner Jim Reed (played by Kent McCord) as they went about their job to protect and serve the citizens of Los Angeles. Cars of Adam 12.

Jun
15
Scene from Uncle Buck

As seen in the 1989 theatrical release “Uncle Buck,” this beat-up Mercury looked out of place in this upscale Chicago suburb.

by Jack Stewart

The popular 1989 John Hughes film Uncle Buck has inspired its second TV spinoff this season on ABC. (There was a little remembered TV spinoff in 1990.) Proving the universal appeal of Uncle Buck, there was also a Bollywood movie version titled Uncle Bun.

May
05
Munsters Koach with cast, What Was The Munsters Car

The Munster Koach

By Jack Stewart

Abnormal was the norm for TV shows in the Sixties. The airwaves were full of Martians (My Favorite Martian), witches (Bewitched), genies (I Dream of Jeannie), costumed super heroes (Batman, The Green Hornet), and lovable mountain folk in luxury environs (The Beverly Hillbillies). Amidst this sea of wackiness, the dueling creep-show families of The Munsters and The Addams Family fit right in. However, The Munsters gets bonus points in our book for giving the family car a starring role. While the Addams’ 1930 Packard touring car was rarely seen, the Munster Koach was a regular costar. The wild stretched-wheelbase, Model-T hot rod/hearse hybrid made its debut in episode four (Rock-A-Bye Munster), when Lily goes to a used-car lot to buy a car for husband Herman’s birthday (she arrives in a 1937 Cadillac limo, by the way). She likes both a T-bucket hot rod and a 1920s hearse (a rare and expensive Cunningham V8), and asks to have a customizer combine the two.

Jan
14
Damnation Alley Landmaster, Cool Trucks From Bad Movies

Damnation Alley Landmaster

What does it say about a movie if the best thing about it was a custom truck?

Sep
09
Martin Milner on Route 66, Martin Milner Obituary

“Route 66” stars Martin Milner (right), and George Maharis and, of course, their Corvette.

On the surface they may seem like slivers of a 50-year Hollywood career, but the two starring roles that Martin Milner landed in the 1960s put him in the car-buff-television hall of fame. Mr. Milner, who died September 6 at age 83 in California, sought adventure across America in a Corvette from 1960 to 1964 on Route 66, then protected and served Angelenos with a succession of Los Angeles Police Department “black-and-whites” between 1968 and 1975 on Adam-12.

Apr
10
1970 Ford Escort RS1600

1970 Ford Escort RS1600

The seventh installment of the ludicrous, ludicrously lucrative Fast and Furious movies hit the theaters last week, and it’s making mounds of money as you read this. As expected, Furious 7 is gleefully ridiculous—a live-action cartoon fantasy of awesome cars, glowering tough guys, bone-crunching fist fights, over-the-top stunts, wanton mayhem and destruction, leering shots of scantily clad babes, AND enough tear-jerking melodrama to shame the cheesiest soap opera. (Note that we’re not counting the movie’s ending among those melodramatic moments—Furious 7 closes with an understated, genuinely touching tribute to deceased star Paul Walker.)

Dec
31
Andy-Granatelli, Andy Granatelli obituary

Andy Granatelli, who died December 29, was a larger than life figure in the business and racing worlds.

In a colorful life that came to an end on December 29, Andy Granatelli thoroughly blended a passion for cars with the promotional savvy of a master showman. It was a combination that made him one of the most memorable characters in racing—and marketing—in the last 50 years.

Dec
26
whimachs

Ed Herrmann’s Big White Machine started life as a Ford Model A.

The name Ed Herrmann is far more likely to resonate with hardcore baseball fans possessed of long memories than it is to strike a chord with car buffs. The former catcher, who died December 22, played 11 seasons for five teams. The left-hand-hitting backstop was a lifetime .240 hitter with 80 career home runs and 320 runs batted in. In 1974, he was an American League All-Star.

But at his first and longest big-league stop in Chicago, Ed “Hoggy” Herrmann was involved in an odd bit of automotive lore: the Big White Machine.

Nov
11
Dodge Material Campaign

“Collectible Automobile” editor-in-Chief John Biel thought this ad looked familiar.

Art can imitate life, life can imitate art, and sometimes advertising can imitate them both.