Daily Features

MSCC NOVEMBER 9 FEATURE FRIDAY: WHAT MYSTARCOLLECTORCAR LEARNED ABOUT CARS FROM OLD TV SHOWS AND MOVIES

By on November 8, 2018

 

We at MyStarCollectorCar have found many sources for our interest in the car hobby over the years.

 

Our sizable list includes any film or movie that includes footage with old vehicles in it and we have touched on this topic over the years.

 

We have labeled old TV shows and movies as a way to access some of the best car shows in the known history of the car hobby.

 

 

MyStarCollectorCar believes old TV shows and movies provided accidental car shows that were necessitated because the people behind the production needed to film outdoor scenes.

 

 

The vehicles in the film or TV show are always period-correct because they were filmed during the time frame in which they were actually on the road as daily drivers. The exception to this rule is any older film that looks back to a bygone era and inserts a newer vehicle in a time long before they were even built at the factory.

 

 

 

MyStarCollectorCar calls this mistake the ‘Goodfellas’ flaw because that famous 1990 movie inserted a 1965 Chevy in a 1963 scene and failed to include a Stewie Griffin time machine in their plot line.

 

 

However, our movie years here at MSCC have also been an education over the years so we want to list some of our favorite moments.

 

 

For example, we noticed the sound of a car starter in movies and TV shows from a bygone era because they sounded like a vintage Chrysler starter even when the car was not a Mopar. The Chrysler starters were affectionately nicknamed the “Highland Park Hummingbird” because Highland Park, Michigan was Mopar headquarters for many decades and, more importantly, the unique starter sound was made possible by the gear reduction engineering designed to maximize the starters’ efficiency.

 

 

These starters were initially built for Chrysler products in the early 1960s and enjoyed a long run as a fundamental component of the Mopar powertrains. As well, the famous Mopar starter’s distinctive high-pitched sound will live on forever in old movies and TV shows.

 

 

Another unusual feature of vintage cinema is the sound of an automatic transmission that shifts exactly like a manual transmission. MyStarCollectorCar attributes this puzzling situation to careless production people whose car knowledge was limited by a chronic lack of car guy genes and/or shop classes.

 

 

There was a time when movies required actors to ride close to each other during the filming sequence. It’s clear that older vehicles (pre-war in particular) had less cabin space and forced passengers to invade other passengers’ personal space for any car trip-but there was an even better reason for the close proximity:  vintage camera equipment.

 

 

The cameras from a bygone era provided a less panoramic view through their lenses so movie directors needed their actors to scrunch together to film a scene in an old movie. The close quarters approach was also evident in old TV shows like ‘Car 54 Where Are You’ when certain scenes indicated the actors were in a smaller TV prop version of an early 60s police car so they could be filmed together in an up-close interior vehicle scene.

 

 

Another cinematic trick was fast motion. The film or TV show ran their sequences at higher speeds so the viewer could witness choppy and unrealistic versions of fast velocity. This technique worked well for the Three Stooges-and less well for other productions that wanted people to take their film seriously as a drama. We at MyStarCollectorCar are not rocket scientists, but we did know when old movies and TV shows wanted to pull a fast one on us with fast motion instead of genuine velocity. The results were predictably funny in a situation where Hollywood wanted a drama.

 

 

Our final observation from old movies is pretty simple: James Bond would never be a comfortable fit behind the wheel of an old pickup truck even though it could be argued that many unrestored old trucks are able to lay down a pretty good oil slick and smoke screen. Nevertheless 007 would not look natural in a vehicle that Hollywood specifically uses to define their vision of an unpretentious rural owner.

 

 

Bond may have been as principled as the owner of an old pickup truck in a movie-but he didn’t have a faithful old dog and a failing farm to the best of our knowledge. Plus old pickup trucks and tuxedos are rarely a good mix.

 

BY: Jim Sutherland

 

Jim Sutherland is a veteran automotive writer whose work has been published by many major print and online publications. The list includes Calgary Herald, The Truth About Cars, Red Deer Advocate, RPM Magazine, Edmonton Journal, Montreal Gazette, Windsor Star, Vancouver Province, and Post Media Wheels Section. 

 

print
38465 Total Views 3 Views Today

About admin

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Facebook

Featured Ads

Rear View Mirror

style-imgp8826

JUNE 19, 2014: WHAT WAS THE FLAVOR OF THE WEEK IN DIFFERENT AUTOMOTIVE ERAS?

  It is a secret to nobody that car styles have changed over the years and the changes define the eras.   This unremarkable observation leads directly to this...

June 19, 2014 View more...
july13-65fordimgp0187-001

JUNE 30, 2013 (JULY 2013): ALL IN THE FAMILY-1965 FORD GALAXIE OWNER HAS SOME FATHERLY INFLUENCE

    We spotted Justin Karcha in his 1965 Galaxie during one nasty spring morning just before we drove 90 miles to a car show that was called on...

June 30, 2013 View more...
june2012-49merc3050

JUNE 1, 2012: A 1949 MERCURY TRUCK IS A PATRIOTIC CHOICE FOR ITS CANADIAN OWNER

  Mercury trucks were a unique pickup truck because they were made in Canada for customers north of the 49th parallel.   A Canuck truck if you will, built...

June 1, 2012 View more...

DECEMBER 14, 2017: FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CAR AUCTIONS

  Car auctions have become a TV hit thanks to extensive coverage over the last twenty years so auctions have been turned into show business.   They are run...

December 14, 2009 View more...

Most Viewed

My Star Showcase

ADVERTISE YOUR NEW PRODUCT HERE

  This is a prime piece of advertising real estate because it’s parked in the most dynamic car hobby e-zine in Canada. Go to this contact form and get...

December 7, 2018 View more...

MSCC MARKET REPORT 2019

  MSCC MARKET REPORT 2019   Welcome to the MyStarCollectorCar Market Report.   This will be a regional look at prices for collector vehicles based on actual sales so...

August 3, 2017 View more...

MSCC Products and Services Showcase

These are all great businesses and they support MyStarCollector Car through their advertising  so we can continue to bring you our  insight into the old car hobby 365 days...

July 13, 2016 View more...

MAY 2019 CAR SHOWS AND EVENTS

  MAY 2019 CAR SHOWS AND EVENTS   MAY 2: RED DEER, AB Cruise Night***postponed to May 9th   MAY 2: REGINA, SK AAA Regina 6th Annual Auto Cinema...

September 21, 2015 View more...

More At My Star

FIVE GOOD REASONS WHY SCHOOL IS NEVER OUT AT MYSTARCOLLECTORCAR

  It is not exactly a secret that MyStarCollectorCar has spent the past 10 years learning the ropes as Canada’s go-to online source for the car hobby.   Summer may be upon us-but school is always in session for MyStar because every day of every year is part of the learning curve when it comes See More

MSCC MAY 22 “WHAT’S IT?” WEDNESDAY— THE MID-WEEK PUZZLE WITH TWO CLUES

  This is a look at the headlights of the subject in question.   This distinctive rear glass may be the final step to the answer.     If not, check back below on Thursday…       By: Jerry Sutherland   Jerry Sutherland is a veteran automotive writer with a primary focus on the See More

‘THE WONDER YEARS’: WHEN ‘THE FAMILY CAR’ EPISODE RUNS OVER REALITY

  ‘The Wonder Years’ was a nostalgic half hour comedy series about a kid’s life in the late 1960s and early 1970s that debuted in 1988 and crashed in 1993.   The show’s narrator was the adult version of Kevin Arnold, the kid who grew up in the Sixties.   Many among us can identify See More

Top F-150 Camping Mods | The Haul Get your F-150 Camping Ready

AMERICAN TRUCK   PAOLI, Pa. (May 15th, 2019) – Thanks to the recent growing popularity of overlanding, truck camping has become trendy due to its relaxing nature and simplicity. With that, Justin Dugan from AmericanTrucks recently put together this episode of the Haul titled, “Top F-150 Camping Mods”, with some helpful suggestions to help get See More

Editor’s Picks

FLEX-A-LITE’S COLE QUINNELL EXPLAINS HOW YOUR RIDE CAN BEAT THE HEAT THIS SUMMER

  One of the biggest challenges faced by car guys is summer heat and its effect upon their beloved vehicles. In fact, the summer car show season can turn...

April 24, 2019 View more...

FIVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CHARLESGLEN TOYOTA STEEL DREAMZ CAR SHOW

  The car show season is full of great events thanks to hardworking volunteers and sponsors who step up to support the show.   Many of these shows dedicate...

April 8, 2019 View more...

MSCC FEATURE: HOW THE REYNOLDS-ALBERTA MUSEUM HELPED FIGHT OFF WINTER CABIN FEVER

  I’ve been to the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada many times but I’ve never seen the inside of the museum.   The big draw for me is...

March 13, 2019 View more...

NOVEMBER 23, 2018 FEATURE FIVE FOR FRIDAY: FIVE QUESTIONS WITH EG AUCTION’S TODD SCHWINDT

  EG Auctions has been a player in the western Canadian car hobby for years and they’ve grown to the point where they have expanded into the U.S. market....

November 22, 2018 View more...

Car Shows and Events

FIVE QUESTIONS ABOUT ST ALBERT’S ROCK’N AUGUST

  St. Albert Rock’n August is one of the premiere events of the summer car show in Canada.   This is a massive event and it takes place over...

March 12, 2019
JULY 27, 2019 20th ANNUAL MICHENER ALLEN CLASSIC AND COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION

MICHENER-ALLEN AUCTIONS FEATURE: 1968 FIREBIRD 400 AT THE 20th ANNUAL COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION JULY 27, 2019     The best way to celebrate the 51st birthday of a classic...

June 19, 2017
JUNE 22, 2019 EG AUCTIONS PRESENTS THE 12th ANNUAL PREMIERE COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION AT THE GREY EAGLE CASINO

  COLLECTOR CAR AUCTIONS – CLASSIC CAR AUCTIONS EG Auctions Is Proud To Present: Our 12th Annual Calgary Premier Collector Car Auction at the Grey Eagle Casino! SATURDAY MAIN...

April 21, 2017
MAY 2019 CAR SHOWS AND EVENTS

  MAY 2019 CAR SHOWS AND EVENTS   MAY 2: RED DEER, AB Cruise Night***postponed to May 9th   MAY 2: REGINA, SK AAA Regina 6th Annual Auto Cinema...

September 21, 2015

Ads

Ads responsive