QOTD: How Do You Spot Cars When Watching a Movie?

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Earlier this week I streamed the "Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F." As a movie, it's fine -- it's a nice mix of humor, nostalgia/fan service, and car chases.

It's also the type of movie that makes for good car spotting, if you look closely.


This is particularly true relatively early in the movie when Axel Foley's (Eddie Murphy) investigation of a crime takes him to an impound yard. This being Beverly Hills, we got a shot of Axel surrounded by a bunch of high-priced exotic cars.

That said, there's some interesting iron in the background, and Foley tools around Beverly Hills in a beat-up old Ford Bronco from the '90s.

A lot of movies make for great car spotting, especially action movies that involve chase scenes. So I wanted to ask you folks how, when a movie gives you the opportunity, how are you spotting cars?

Are you pausing the DVR, rewinding, really checking things out? Or do you catch a glimpse of something and just know what make and model it is?

Or do you not care? Sure, you may be a car enthusiast but maybe you're too focused on the plot/story/acting to care about the vehicles being shown? Or maybe you just don't notice?

You know what to do. Sound off below.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Aja8888 Aja8888 5 days ago
    Cars? I watch to see the females. LOL!
  • Arthur Dailey Arthur Dailey 4 days ago
    You want to see lots of vintage autos? Then watch It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. I watch it just so that I can list off all of the cars make/model/year etc. Also enjoy watching the original Magnum. Of course the Ferraris are iconic. In half the episodes it seems the 'bad guys' are driving Ford Fairmonts. And there are few things more laugh inducing than watching a chase scene between a Lincoln Town Car and a Cadillac Fleetwood. Yes they did have one.
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    • Arthur Dailey Arthur Dailey 4 days ago
      However according to reports, Wayne Knight is a "fantastic" tennis player and he can climb trees "like a ring-tailed lemur".
  • Varezhka Saving sedans in US or globally? Right now around half of the global sedan sales is in China, just under a quarter in North America, and the remaining quarter distributed around the rest of the world. So for a sedan to stay around they must sell well in both China and North America (BMW, Mercedes, Toyota, Honda) or just extremely well in China (VW/Audi and Nissan). For everyone else, the writing is on the wall. There’s also a niche of subcompact sedans in SE Asia and India but I believe those are being replaced by SUVs too.
  • Kcflyer it's not a ford, it's not a mustang. just like the ford gt is not a ford but multimatic gt or mustang wouldn't roll off the tongue
  • Kcflyer it's simple , most are too stupid to find china on a map , much less understand the evil of communism. which is, i guess, better then openly pushing to embrace communism/socialism......cough...dnc....cough
  • Kcflyer stop comparing to cars made in europe or other parts of asia to chinese cars those are not putting money directly in pockets of communist dictators who are actively trying to destroy the u.s.
  • The Oracle Not interested at this time. Any will be BEV only and I’m not ready for one of those.
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