JAMES Bond's Aston Martin DB5 has been voted the greatest movie car ever in a new poll. The iconic motor was first seen in the 1964 Goldfinger film, and has appeared in seven Bond movies to date, most recently in Spectre. It comes equipped with a host of gadgetry including a bullet-proof rear windscreen, in-built machine guns, tyre slashers – and an ejector seat. Conducted by OnePoll.com for Hyundai, the survey asked 2,000 adults to list their favourite big screen motors. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang finished second in the poll, followed by Doc Brown's DeLorean from the Back to the Future trilogy. Herbie, the star of five movies so far, came fourth and the Batmobile, known as the Tumbler, from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight flicks finished fifth. Other popular vehicles include James Bond's Lotus Esprit S1 which featured in The Spy Who Loved Me and Greased Lightning from 1978’s Grease. Charlie’s getaway Minis from the original 1969 The Italian Job secured eighth … [Read more...] about These are the 40 greatest motors cars of all time – from James Bond classics to Fast and Furious icons
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Before the Dodge Chargers were dragging safes through Rio in improbable bank heists, before the orange Toyota Supra, before living your life a quarter-mile at a time, before Dom and Letty and Brian, there was just Stephan Papadakis, his friends, and Los Angeles. They weren’t interested in bar hopping or clubbing or what everyone else their age was doing. They were interested in cars, deserted streets and going fast. They liked to race, and there wasn’t an easier place or time for it than LA in the early 1990s. These were the Rodney King years, when crime, racial tension and police brutality were at a boiling point. Out of that atmosphere, Papadakis would rise to become a legend in drag racing history, shattering front-wheel drive records in his little yellow Hondas, proving that these underestimated tuner cars had real performance potential. Today, Papadakis runs a successful race shop that bears his name, but his ascent into legalized motorsports had beginnings in … [Read more...] about How LA’s Underground Street Racing Scene and The Fast And The Furious Grew Up
Fans of the Fast & Furious franchise have what to look forward to. Not only with the upcoming ninth installment of the namesake series, but with a forthcoming spinoff, too. Titled “Hobbs and Shaw” (at least tentatively), the new movie will focus on those two characters: Luke Hobbs (played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (played by Jason Statham). But they won’t be the only big names to feature. The latest word from Hollywood, as reported by USA Today, has it that Idris Elba has signed on to play the villain in the movie. And Venessa Kirby will feature as Shaw’s sister. Best known for his portrayal as the mythical gatekeeper Heimdall in the Thor movies, as hero Stacker Pentecost in Pacific Rim, as Russel “Stringer” Bell in The Wire television series, an as Luther in the eponymous British show, Elba knows his way around cars like the ones central to the FF series. He worked at Ford’s plant in Dagenham while his … [Read more...] about The Stars Align For Fast And Furious Spinoff ‘Hobbs & Shaw’
I totally understand why they made a Need For Speed movie, I just will never understand why they didn’t bother to make a good Need For Speed movie. This movie so openly rips off the Fast And The Furious franchise I wouldn’t be surprised to learn the script started as a parody. (Welcome back to Jalopnik Movie Club, where we take a look at cars in movies and movies about cars, and you write in with all of your hot takes. This week, we’re reviewing Need For Speed, a movie about how inadequate the prison system is at reforming repeat criminals!) Need For Speed is a 2014 action street racing movie that has no confidence in itself. Despite starring Michael Keaton, at-the-time-white-hot Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, rising star Remi Malek, and artist Kid Cudi of all people, the movie manages to lack any charisma and none of the characters are remotely interesting. The story focuses on Aaron Paul’s character, Tobey, who runs a small mechanic’s shop with a … [Read more...] about Need For Speed Is Like Someone Tried To Remake Fast And Furious Without Ever Actually Seeing It
17 years after The Fast and the Furious hit theaters and showed the Japanese tuner scene to many Americans for the first time, prices of the rides portrayed continue to rise. This according to ClassicCars.com, to which I can only say, duh! If you think about it, this is pointing out the obvious to the Nth degree. Of course the prices of Japanese cars are continuing to rise, and it’s not down to a “car” movie franchise that turned into a caper movie franchise with cars tacked on as little more than props. Japanese cars, especially anything rare or odd (Mazda Cosmos and Toyota 2000 GTs are two good examples) are rising in price – everything is going up in price, it’s called inflation. Born Yesterday ClassicCars.com says that F & F’s use of Nissans, Mazdas, and Toyotas, and showing them in the same light as established collectible cars like a Ferrari 355 or 1970 Dodge Charger exposed young viewers to an “edgier and more accessible aspect of … [Read more...] about 17 Years Later: Did Fast and the Furious Boost The Appeal of Japanese Cars?
The Fast and The Furious roared into theaters 17 years ago and it helped to increase interest in Japanese sport cars as well as the tuner movement in the United States. While the movie was released nearly two decades ago, ClassicCars.com says the film continues to have an impact on prices of Japanese cars such as the Mazda RX-7 and Toyota Supra. That’s an important fact as the company notes people who were teenagers when the movie originally came out are now starting to collect cars. Starting with the Mazda RX-7, ClassicCars notes a 1993 model originally cost around $33,000. That’s roughly $57,360 with inflation factored in and buyers can expect to pay around that much for a used RX-7. News of the Toyota Supra revival has sparked renewed interest in its predecessor and the company notes Mark IV models have seen “explosive growth in value.” While the car cost around $50,000 when new, the average used model now goes for around $70,000. Acura killed the Integra … [Read more...] about The Fast And The Furious Movies Continue To Push Up Prices Of Japanese Sport Cars
The Transporter’s stunt choreography and car chases were so good it launched the career of Jason Statham, and conned me into buying a BMW as a teenager. I’m not sure which was a more significant contribution to the culture. You be the judge. (Welcome back to Jalopnik Movie Club, where we take a look at cars in movies and movies about cars, and you write in with all of your hot takes. This week, we’re reviewing The Transporter, a movie about how it’s cool if you illegally transport stuff unless it’s a container full of people and you’re not the main character.) I grew up steeped in what I like to consider the action movie renaissance, with great movies like The Bourne Identity, The Matrix, Hero, The Boondock Saints, Mission Impossible, GoldenEye, Ronin, Charlie’s Angels, Rush Hour, The Fast And The Furious, Blade, Kill Bill and many more. Yeah, the ‘80s had Die Hard, Robocop, Aliens, The Terminator and scores more, but it was the … [Read more...] about The Transporter Is Like Fast And Furious All Grown Up
The Fast and The Furious roared into theaters nearly 17 years ago and it has spawned seven different sequels and a live show. While some would debate whether or not the movie was worthy of such a massive franchise, Mitsubishi Motors UK has created a one-off L200 which will play a starring role in the Fast & Furious Live arena tour which kicks off later this month. Described as a “radically reworked” version of the L200, the double-cab pickup has been equipped with an external roll cage which “wraps around the wheel arches, front bumpers and custom-fabricated, laser-cut metalwork.” The truck’s bodywork has been customized to give its unique suspension as much travel as possible. Other unique features include a two-tone livery with orange accents, a side-exiting exhaust and massive rear wheels which measure 15×15 inches. Interior changes are relatively minor but Mitsubishi says the cabin has carbon fiber bucket seats and four-point racing harnesses. … [Read more...] about Mitsubishi Made This L200 Pickup For Fast And Furious Live
Here at Jalopnik, we get a lot of press releases, marketing pitches, spam and emails. Most of them I half-heartedly archive, but one caught my eye today: a pitch with the subject line “David Leitch to direct Fast & Furious spin-off starring Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham.” And I got very excited because I initially and very quickly read that as “David Lynch to direct Fast & Furious spin-off starring Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham.” Alas, that is not the case. I am here to report that unfortunately, and against Hollywood’s better judgment, the Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive director is not in fact helming a Fast & Furious spinoff. And that sucks, because I believe that should happen. Anyway, EW reports that David Leitch, who directed Atomic Blonde (which I liked) and is doing Deadpool 2, is making a spin-off of the car franchise starring characters Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, played by Johnson and Statham, respectively. This is … [Read more...] about What Would David Lynch’s Fast And Furious Look Like?
When Paul Walker died a year ago in a car accident, many wondered whether the Fast and Furious movie franchise he launched with Vin Diesel could survive his loss. The answer appears to be a resounding yes. Hollywood magic and some stand-in help from Walker's younger brother allowed the seventh installment, now officially named Furious 7, to be completed, and in less than a week, we'll get our first real look at Paul Walker's final outing as Brian O'Connor. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below READ MORE: Fast & Furious 7 to use CGI Paul WalkerThe trailer for Furious 7 will premiere on November 1 at 12 PM Pacific / 3PM Eastern. In addition to the film's title being an obvious nod to its being the seventh installment in the saga, the wordplay also points at the story's key players. The official image above, you'll notice, is of the seven main characters we've followed over the last two films in particular. Think The Magnificent Seven, with thousands more horsepower at their … [Read more...] about Fast and Furious 7 officially named Furious 7, trailer drops Nov 1