Even a couple of 1940s cars cruising the streets back then too, saw a 1930s
car parked on the street.
Bill Hickman is the driver of the Charger and was one of Hollywoods best
stunt drivers at the time. Steve McQueen kept messing up and ended up not
doing all of his driving just the closeup. McQueen admitted that he was
probably Hollywoods worst stunt drivers while giving Hickman top honors. By
the way the Charger was an all stock 440 and the mustang was a 390 with
ported heads and other mods yet the Charger was said to still run circles
around the Mustang. The Charger had to slow down to have the Mustang keep
Todays cars are a lot better built than those, but those cars have a hell of
a lot more character. Even the scenery of the old cars crusing the streets
back then seem to have more character and color. Todays cars are just boring
right down to the dull metallic finishes. Those cars remind me of WW2
fighter planes, not very fuel efficient, and little ruff around the edges
but cool and they got the job done.
I have driven a 69 390 Mustang with a Fo' on the Flo' and I thought it was
quick as hell, although I didn't have the oportunity to really wind it out.
I spoke to someone who owned a 69 440 Dodge RT and he said it would hit
160mph. And that was with only Fo' speeds. I personally owned a 69 Ply.
RoadRunner with a 383 with an auto trans and got it up to about 115mph. Sure
it kept climbing but I didnt want to go any faster, it had about 100k miles
or more on it at the time and the steering gearbox was a bit loose at the
car began to float like a boat.
I never buy film DVD's. Concert DVD's, yes, but not films.
Bullitt is the exception. Let me tell you that listening to the car chase on
my sound system is quite an experience.
I just hope that some movie director decides to do a remake so we can watch
it in HD and listen to it in high quality audio.
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