QOTD: What's the Best Car Movie (or Auto Industry Flick) You've Ever Seen?
Today’s an easy one: what, in your opinion, is the best car movie ever made?
We’ll even let you choose your own yardstick. Your selection can be a film that’s totally based in the car genre or it could simply have a phenomenal car chase at some point during its running time. Maybe it’s a unique take on the industry, or some sort of documentary based on real life events.
You know I’m going to toss Days of Thunder out there for consideration, if for nothing else than the beach scene where the two lads lay waste to a couple of rental cars. I remember watching this flick as a 10-year old, sitting on the hood of dad’s old Chevy Blazer at B&L Drive-In Theatre in Boyd’s Cove, Newfoundland. Being an impressionable young boy, it’s arguable my infatuation with cars was cemented in that gravel parking lot.
More recently, the documentary A Faster Horse provided the world with what I think is one of the best conversations about managing a team ever put to the small screen. Dave Pericak, then chief engineer of the Mustang, talked with a filmmaker about the importance of letting one’s team do their work and flourish, rather than micromanaging the place. It’s an incredible and beautifully delivered train of thought, and I encourage you to watch this clip.
Not the best car movie ever made but a worthy watch, McLaren. Documentary telling the story of Bruce McLaren. On Netflix currently I believe.
Maybe because it's fresh in my mind after having watched it last week... Tucker: A Man and His Dream
Yes Zacman Vanishing Point and the 90s remake were both epic. I love that scene in the remake when the Challenger and black '68 Charger cop car are playing chicken in the Arizona desert. Truly great filmmaking. Also Days of Thunder. Opening scenes and Cole's first test at Charlotte great sound and camera work!
The Wraith Death car on the freeway If you're into cheesy movies.