> > > Aloha, Henry
> > Story of a cross country run.. in a primer, flip front-end, tunnel-ram,
> > motor '55 Chevy. The car was built by Jerry Ruth (?) ..who was runnin
> > cars back then.
> > Same car was used later in American Graffiti .. and it should have
> > that lil yellow coupe into the weeds.
> > I'll have to watch it again.. it was one of Lucas' first films.
> > -Gray Eagle
Saw your note re TLB. I've told this story a couple of times and maybe
you've seen it, but it might be interesting for a cultist:
I was working for Petersen Publishing at the time the film was being
made and a couple of us got invited to a kickoff party at Universal
Studios in L.A. (Universal City, actually). It was held on the "European
city" set of Mission Impossible. We got a vague rundown of the
story...apparently that's all they worked from, as it turned out. The
interesting thing for us was that the Wheatleys had built the '55 Chev.
They were just a couple of Jr. Stock racers, so we thought it was great
that they were being recognized in some way.
It was avery low key affair, with no apparent focus other than to get
some prepublicity for the flick. Warren Oates showed up, driving a
1.6-liter Mercury Capri of early '70s vintage. He was juiced and left
after some obligatory mingling, tossing an empty beer can from his car
as he motored away. He had never had lead, as far as I know, so why was
he so blase or out of it? Stage fright? In the script, incidentally, his
part was called "GTO."
This was the period of just let it happen and we'll see what turns out,
and I'm told many scenes were shot over with different varaiations, so
the thing could be ultimatedly edited into some kind of coherent
package, depending on how it turned out. Maybe this was the inspiration
for the Blair Witch Project?
> A.B. Shuman<
> OK, now maybe the movie makes sense to me ..... NOT! Cool cars though.
> The Drag Strip scenes were the only part that floated my boat.
> "Live Free Or Die"
You're just JEALOUS because the voices only talk to me!
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