Last updated on December 18, 2017 at 11:48 am
Hot Movies and Cool Cars for Memorial Day
For many of us at Plymouth Rock Assurance, Memorial Day weekend signals the official start of summer. It is the first weekend that many in the area open their pools, visit the shore, and clean off the grill. It is also the unofficial kick-off to the summer movie season. Even though a few big budget films like Star Trek Into Darkness and Iron Man 3 launched earlier this month, Memorial Day weekend has been famous for summer movie spectacles.
This got us talking around the office about summer movies and cool cars. In honor of a great tradition of cool cars in movies, we highlighted some of our all time favorite cars featured on the silver screen.
- Any car driven by Steve McQueen is a must for a list like this. From the Ford Mustang GT fastbacks he drove in Bullitt to the dune buggy in The Thomas Crowne Affair, McQueen made everything on two or four wheels look cool.
- We can’t talk about cars without mentioning Bond, James Bond. He has had cool cars since before we even knew cars were cool. Minus a few exceptions from the late 70’s and 80’s, Bond’s wheels always made us jealous with their fancy gadgets or pure cool power. Hello Aston Martin DB9.
- What do a Dodge Tradesman ambulance, a Ferrari 308 GTS, Lamborghini Countach, a rocket powered Subaru GL, and a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow have in common? If you guessed Cannonball Run then you are a true car connoisseur.
- Burt Reynolds has the distinction of appearing on this list twice. The 1977 Pontiac Trans Am he drove in Smokey and the Bandit will go down as one of the best cars ever to rev up its engine on film.
- For this next one we have to go back – Back to the Future that is, and drool over the silvery goodness that is Doc and Marty’s DeLorean DMC-12. We fell in love with the car of the future that didn’t make it out of the 80’s.
- The Dodge Charger is such a cool film car that it has starred in both TV and film. It was the infamous General Lee on The Dukes of Hazard (both TV and film) as well as the cult hit Dirty Mary Crazy Larry. Perhaps its most famous on screen moment comes in 2000’s Fast and Furious when Vin Diesel finds redemption behind his father’s classic 1970’s Dodge Charger.
- Perhaps the most iconic four wheels every to drive across both the big and small screen wasn’t a production car at all. The Batmobile has had many incarnations including the free-wheeling convertible of the Adam West TV days, the dark brooding coffin-like cockpit of the Tim Burton movies, and finally the hulking tank of the latest films in the Dark Knight saga. Film goers have always loved the Batmobile. This classic icon of one of our favorite film anti-heroes has elicited reactions on screen for the last -four decades.
Happy Memorial Day Everyone! Enjoy the movies!