Cars on Camera: Best Car Movies & TV Shows Part III
Sometimes cars take center stage on TV shows and in the movies. We are fascinated by fast-paced, action scenes or cars that assume a personality. Many of us enjoy watching these shows over and over again because there is something about the automobile that keeps bringing us back. Instead of watching the same old thing on Saturday night, grab the remote and pop in one of these fun shows or movies.
A British television show about cars, Top Gear, was the most widely watched factual TV series in the world. Although it is not currently on the air, it was relaunched in 2002 after the original show in 1977. Top Gear has become a significant show in British pop culture. The show introduced an anonymous test driver known as "The Stig," who has been played by numerous racing drivers over the course of the series. The series is known for its politically incorrect commentary and its visual style and presentation. The most common segments used in the show are "Car Reviews," "Power Laps," "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car," "Cool Wall," "Challenges" and "Races." You can binge-watch the show on BBC America.
Long before Baywatch, David Hasselhoff starred as Michael Knight in the series Knight Rider. As the star of the show, Knight was a lone crime fighter battling the forces of evil with his indestructible, artificially intelligent car, Kitt. The car used in the series was a 1982 customized Pontiac Trans-Am Sports Model, and cost over $100,000 to build. Fans that watched the show in the 80's might remember the intro, "Michael Knight, a lone crusader in a dangerous world. The world of the Knight Rider." As a fondly remembered action-adventure TV show, Knight Rider is a great escape for anyone interested in a fun, not too serious, show about a guy and his car.
One of the famous TV shows in the 80's was The Dukes of Hazzard. It starred a car known as "General Lee" and some good ol' boys named Bo and Luke Duke. Set in the fictional community of Hazzard, Bo, Luke, Cousin Daisy and Uncle Jessie have a running battle with Boss Hogg and Sheriff Coltrane. Boss Hogg is always up to something, so the boys try to put a stop to his schemes. The show aired from 1979 to 1985 for a total of 147 episodes. If you're looking to add a new series to your evening lineup, you will stay busy with The Dukes of Hazzard.
With Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman leading this cast, Days of Thunder is an excellent choice for NASCAR fans and those who love sports action drama. Cole Trickle, played by Cruise, is a hot-tempered racecar driver who gets himself into trouble with just about everyone. A devastating accident causes Cole to be hospitalized, and he begins a romantic relationship with the doctor caring for him. Ultimately, Cole attempts to win his first Daytona 500. Will he do it? Check out Days of Thunder to find out.
In the 1968 American drama Bullitt, Steve McQueen stars as Lieutenant Frank Bullitt, who is in charge of protecting a star witness in a Senate subcommittee hearing on organized crime. The witness is killed by ambush and Bullitt is held responsible. As he begins to investigate the hitmen, Bullitt gets involved in a high-speed muscle car chase on the streets of San Francisco with his 1968 Ford Mustang GT. The scene is regarded as one of the most influential in movie history. Check out Bullitt on your next in-home movie night.
Take a night to enjoy your favorite action-packed car movie or television series to appreciate the unique vehicles that take the stage, and don't forget to take care of your own vehicle by maintaining it regularly. Your car may not be the star of the show, but it plays a pretty important role in your life. Stop into your local AAA Car Care Center for a thorough inspection.