an iconic screen grab from the 1977 movie, “Smokey and the Bandit”. Burt Reynolds and Sally Field making us car people all dream of what would happen if we took our best girl into the center median of a highway at 100 miles an hour…evading police cars and somehow being the hero because we managed to get a truckload full of Coors beer to Florida. (Remember, this was 1977….Coors wasn’t anywhere East of the Rockies back then!). Also…trust me…trying that with your best girl….NEVER works out. Tried doing a power slide on Valley Circle Blvd. back in my high school days to follow a girlfriend going the other way….tried to impress her. It did not. (guess she was just the wrong girl)!
I’m going to be in Scottsdale later this week to get my fill of the biggest car auction events anywhere! Barrett-Jackson, Russo & Steele, Gooding, and R/M auctions bring out the coolest cars, celebrities and the deep pocketed buyers who spend on the “hot wheels” on the block like we used to spend on Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars when we were kids (and for some of us…older).
B-J has found one of the original Pontiac Firebird TransAms associated with the movie, it’s been restored and will be auctioned on Saturday! I say “associated” because i’m told, while this car WAS one of the 5 cars Pontiac provided for the movie, it was NOT one of the 4 cars actually IN the movie. This was a promo car Universal used to showcase the movie. (For the story on the car, check out TALKING ABOUT CARS 50, click on my Listen page!! it’s after the Ray Evernham interview….which by the way was really fun!)
I’m teaming up with Julian White at Generation Auto TV for an interesting concept. Interviewing car celebrities…sitting IN the actual TransAm up for auction. Think James Cordon of the Late, Late show’s “Car Karaoke” except no singing…and we’re actually not driving in the car at the time. (altho’ the concept would be pretty cool). Sounds like a good time, and i’m eager to try something “completely different”. The interviews would eventually pop up on TALKING ABOUT CARS and on Generation Auto TV’s you tube page, so you could actually SEE a TAC interview in progress!!
The actual “guest” list for our “interview in a car” idea is still shaping up, but keep tabs on us, as we have some fun…TALKING ABOUT CARS!
If you go to Scottsdale, and see us…say hi!!