The 1968 Ford Mustang GT driven by Steve McQueen in the legendary chase scene in the movie “Bullitt” sold on Friday for $3.74 million. Make sure to turn up the volume at 1:24 – you will want to hear that 390-cubic-inch V8 in all its glory.
Although it is essentially an original 1968 Fastback Mustang GT car it did have a bunch of modifications personally commissioned from Steve McQueen for the film. For example, it had a bigger 390 V8 motor swapped in so it could keep up with the more powerful 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 440 in the chase scenes.
I can still remember my Dad telling me fondly about the night he went to the cinema in 1968 to watch the film. So it was no surprise I got a screening of “Bullitt” at age 7 or 8 and from that day on wards I have loved muscle cars. Here’s the link to the infamous 10 minute car chase – The film truly does represent such a different era of film making – long before CGI animation took over.
If you are like me, and have been literally waiting years for the new Ford Bronco, well you are in luck, as our friends at the Blue Oval have released a new teaser video. Of course it is not actually of the new 2020 Ford Bronco but it is Broll of the Ford Bronco R Baja Racer. According to the company, the Bronco R race prototype is designed with the same production model’s body-on-frame architecture to test its capability and durability, while also energizing off-road enthusiasts who eagerly await the return of America’s original sport utility vehicle. At the end of the day, although this truck is on steroids it is our best look yet at what the new Bronco might look like.
The newly unveiled Ford Bronco R racing truck arrives to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Rod Hall’s Baja 1000 victory in 1969. Shelby Hall, Rod’s granddaughter, will run the new one in portions of next week’s Baja 1000.
I stumbled upon an awesome Miami Vice tribute video on Jalopnik and just had to share it as it captures the rawness of the 1980s perfectly. As I was only a kid in the 80s, I was not a participant in the decade of excess but I sure remember the cool cars. The eerie thing now is the “Vice” of the 80s almost seems sort of innocent compared to the bad “Vice” of today but maybe that’s what growing old just makes you think.
In the new full length feature video Turbos and Temples, the boys from Australia’s Mighty Car Mods take an epic road trip in their newly purchased Nissan March Super Turbo. This new film captures all the boys fun in the “Land of the Rising Sun” ending on an incredible high note as they drive the Hakone Skyline to attend Nissan’s Nismo Fest 2018.
The documentary is over three hours long, broken up into two parts which can be watched here.
Back in 2016, Blake Wilkey rose to fame as a result of an insane video titled Urban Assault which went on to become a massive viral sensation. It still stands up today as an epic video and is worth watching if you haven’t seen it. Blake actually had to do some jail time for breaking a long list of driving laws in San Diego where the video was filmed. However, the risk/reward has paid off nicely and Blake is now a social media darling with thousands of followers on Instagram.
After that first video, Blake went on to sell his 700 HP Baja Buggy to a Prince in Dubai. However, that did not end his off-road shenanigans as he has successfully leveraged his popularity by attracting major sponsors who have helped him build a beautiful new Baja buggy. From all accounts, Blake seems to be a very affable, down to earth, fun loving guy so we are not surprised his rise to fame has continued to shine bright.
Earlier this month, in the run up to Las Vegas’s big off road race the Mint 400, Blake Wilkey launched his newest project titled Urban Assault 2.
This new video is 7.5 minutes of Blake driving like a mad man through the streets of Vegas. The cinematography is top notch with lots of cool backgrounds all behind the carnal noise and crazy power of Wilkey’s LS3 powered Baja buggy. Make sure to follow him at @b357wilkey
As winter is around the corner we thought it was time to remind everyone it will only be four months until the summer cars can come back out and play. To keep you thinking positively check out this video montage of Engineered AutomotiveCars n’ Coffee 2017 season closer.
The good weather cannot come soon enough. Only 120 more sleeps 🙂
Kudos to the marketing and PR folks at Toyota USA for creating this cool ad series for their TRD models. The most recent episode sees Canadian veteran off-road racer Andy Bell take his two famous motorcycling friends Jamie Bestwick and Roland Sands across Vietnam behind the wheels of three beautiful Toyota Tacoma, Toyota Tundra and Toyota 4Runner models. Having traveled to Vietnam myself, I can attest that it truly is one of the most beautiful and rugged countries in the world. Vietnam’s back-country really is the perfect test ground for Toyota’s incredible off-road TRD models.
I first learned about America’s fascination with the automobile from the pages of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Set in the Roaring 20’s, the great American novel explores the decadence, idealism and social upheaval of the decade and has been described as the cautionary tale of the American Dream. Cars play a key role in the novel’s plot and are intrinsic as symbols of the wealthy elite of the day. You only have to watch this clip from the 2013 film to get an idea of what types of cars the stars of the day drove.
As a Canadian, I know a bit about the band Rush – that they sold over 40 million records, and that they continue to sell out shows across the world 30 plus years after their peak fame. But to be honest, I wasn’t familiar with their song catalogue – I really only knew their smash hits Tom Sawyer and Closer to the Heart. Recently however, I stumbled upon Red Barchetta, a cool song from their massive album, Moving Pictures.
The song’s lyrics tell a futuristic story where traditional combustion vehicles have been banned by “the Motor Law”. The singer’s uncle has one of these illegal vehicles, a “Red Barchetta” sports car which has been secretly kept in pristine condition for 50+ years. The uncle keeps it hidden at his secret country home which was a former farm. Every Sunday, the nephew sneaks out to this location and goes for a drive in the countryside.
“Before the Motor Law…My uncle preserved for me an old machine..For 50-odd years…To keep it as new has been his dearest dream…A brilliant red Barchetta…And on Sundays I elude the eyes…Tires spitting gravel. I commit my weekly crime.”