What’s Your #Fave80sCar?

So, several bloggers and podcast folk have stuck their collective heads together and decided to talk about 1980s pop culture cars and vehicles via the #Fave80sCar hashtag on twitter. The brain-child of 80s Reboot Overdrive features a cross-section of like-minded geeks waxing nostalgic about stand-out or personal favourite vehicles that blew us away in movies, TV and games from the 1980s.

Check out the cross-over blogs from Realweegiemidge, Return to the ’80s Part I Part II, 80s Reboot Blog and the 80s Reeboot Overdrive Podcast!

It was hard limiting myself but as I didn’t want inflict “War & Peace: 1980s Car Edition” upon you here are my top five vehicles in no particular order. Feel free to drop me a list of your favourites via my fast paced Twitter Account or main Facebook Page. Enjoy.

B is for Batmobile

#Fave80sCar Batman 1989 Batmobile

The hype for Batman (1989) was through the roof, I was at college so myself and a few mates hit our local ABC Cinema and sat down to watch a new kind of superhero movie. Dark, twisted, action packed and heaps of fun. The casting was spot on, the sets and effects were exemplary, the music was inspired and the new Batmobile was awesome. Built specifically for the movie the car was constructed using a Chevrolet Impala chassis, Chevy V8 engine and modified 1970 Corvette body. Movie merchandise included action figures, die-cast vehicles and the cool missile launching Batmobile toy by ToyBiz.

#Fave80sCar Batman 1989 ToyBiz Batmobile

E is for ECTO-1

#Fave80sCar Ghostbusters ECTO-1
Winter 1984 and I went to watch Ghostbusters with my parents. They were a little shocked by the sprinkling of colourful metaphors from the offset of the movie but I’m glad I got to enjoy this ride at the cinema. Funny, scary, tongue-in-cheek comedy horror featuring the outstanding ECTO-1. Created by Steven Dane, ECTO-1 and ECTO-1A are a Miller-Meteor Futura Ambulance/Hearse Combination mounted on a 1959 Cadillac Fleetwood Professional Chassis. Kenner would go on to release ECTO-1 as part of The Real Ghostbusters toys and action figures line.

#Fave80sCar Kenner Real Ghostbusters ECTO-1

K is for KITT

#Fave80sCar Knight Rider KITT

Knight Rider, a shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist.” As a teenager in the 1980s this was the THE car you wanted to be seen cruising the streets in. Cool and fast with an array of weapons and gadgets which including “Turbo Boost” and a frickin “Laser”, K.I.T.T. (Knight Industries Two Thousand) is a fictional computer that controls the high-tech Knight 2000, a black Pontiac Firebird Trans Am T-top. The voice for KITT was provided by actor William Daniels. ERTL produced several diecast KITT models in various sizes including this large 1/16 scale version.

#Fave80sCar ERTL Knight Rider KITT Knight 2000
A is for Aliens APC

#Fave80sCar Aliens APC

The school holidays of 1986 were in full swing, my mates decided we should try and sneak in underage to watch Aliens (Cert 18) as we were all fans of Alien. We put on our “oldest” clothing and strutted in with deep voices “Four tickets to Aliens please.” which led to instant success. In retrospect, it was the middle of the day and the screening was empty so the cinema were probably glad we turned up. I’ll never forget the scene with the Facehugger that launches at the side of the stasis tank causing me and my friends to shout “whoah!” simultaneously.

Back to cars… Aliens is my favourite movie, it blew me away at the time and it still does to this day. The APC (Armoured Personnel Carrier) is a heavy duty bit of kit that takes some serious punishment from acid, fire and rugged surface driving before finally giving up the ghost. Gutted we never got to see what kind of punishment the weaponry could have dished out to the pesky Xenomorph infestation on LV-426.  The APC is based on a four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, 635 hp Hunslet Air Towing Tractor, acquired from British Airways at London Heathrow Airport.

#Fave80sCar Aliens APC

A is (also) for Airwolf

#Fave80sCar Airwolf

Okay, so this defo isn’t a car but as kick-ass helicopters go this one is top of my list with Blue Thunder running a close second. With a killer main theme by Sylvester Levay, this high-octane cold war action show really grabbed my interest in the 1980s. Airwolf was derived from a Bell 222, a twin-turboshaft helicopter produced for the civilian market.

I bought the Crash Smash! Airwolf game for the ZX Spectrum and several years later picked up the large and small ERTL diecast vehicles. It was without doubt a mean machine.

#Fave80sCar ERTL Airwolf

That’s my top picks but there are so many more I could have included including Back to the Future DeLorean, A-Team Van, Street Hawk, Automan’s Car, The General Lee, ThunderCats Thundertank, Transformers, MASK, Tron Light Cycle, Christine, Mad Max 2, Spy Hunter, Magnum’s Ferrari, Fall Guy Truck and Miami Vice. Iconic cars as far as the eye can see, the 1980s officially rocked!

#Fave80sCar 1980s Blog Podcast Crossover Event, November 17 2016

Retro Ridez by Jason Cadwell

A great series of cute pop culture vehicles by the mysterious artist Jason Cadwell aka JayDraws. I say mysterious as, bar a Flickr account, I can’t find much info on this talented artist. Some of the work is familiar to me but not usually credited to this artist. These caricatures of famous Retro Ridez, paired with their equally famous drivers, were just too good to pass up.

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Retro Ridez by Jason Cadwell aka JayDraws - Batman BatmobileRetro Ridez by Jason Cadwell aka JayDraws - Ghostbusters ECTO-1

Retro Ridez by Jason Cadwell aka JayDraws - Back to the Future DeLoreanRetro Ridez by Jason Cadwell aka JayDraws -  Herbie

Retro Ridez by Jason Cadwell aka JayDraws - Starsky & HutchRetro Ridez by Jason Cadwell aka JayDraws - A-Team

Retro Ridez by Jason Cadwell aka JayDraws - Wayne's WorldRetro Ridez by Jason Cadwell aka JayDraws - Scooby Doo Mystery Machine

Retro Ridez by Jason Cadwell aka JayDraws - The Blues BrothersRetro Ridez by Jason Cadwell aka JayDraws - Mr Bean

Retro Ridez by Jason Cadwell aka JayDraws - ElvisRetro Ridez by Jason Cadwell aka JayDraws - Speed Racer

Batman Chevy Camaro by Halo

How would you like to get your hands on a 2011 Chevy Camaro with a custom Batman paint job by the artist Halo? Well you can, if the price is right. This custom paint job took over 200 hours to complete but really transforms this car in to something unique.

Batman Chevy Camaro by Halo

“This is the second car I ever painted.  The goal of this was to learn patience, and to meet one of my bucket list goals.  I always wanted a Batmobile ever since the first movies came out…. the camaros reminded me of one and so I said fu*k it, bought one and seven days later stripped it down.  Since then it has been in conventions, magazines and countless other car shows.  Its my everyday driver and I’m proud of this one”

And so you should be. Influence is drawn from Batman movies, games and comics from different eras creating a flowing overall design to the artwork.

You can check out Halo’s custom tattoo work done at Black Lotus studio, artwork and other projects here.

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Batman Chevy Camaro by Halo

Batman Chevy Camaro by Halo

The Ultimate Batcave Home Theatre.

Elite Home Theatre Systems (Elite HTS) created this Batman Batcave home theatre for a client in Greenwich, Connecticut.

“The $2.5 million theatre has been quite an ambitious project with a few delays along the way. However, we are sure the final theatre will be amazing and worth the wait.”

Here is a shot of the rear of the theatre which features a stainless steel elevator, a fireplace and luxury seating. There are also a total of 4 life sized Bat Suits placed throughout the theatre.

By pulling on the Shakespeare statue, the bookcases slide open to reveal a life sized Tumbler Batmobile and an “escape tunnel” as shown in the images below. The metal screen cover also slides open to reveal the screen. The cave has the Art Deco feel of Gotham City, within the cosy confines of Wayne Manor.

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Chinese Mechanic Builds Scrap Metal Batmoblie

Li Weilei, a serious Batman fan and four of his friends spent two months and 70,000 yuan (US$11,207) creating the vehicle out of scrap metal. It might be a bit rough about the edges but certainly looks the part.

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Scrap Metal Batmobile

Li, who has worked as prop maker in movies and television, has been renting the replica Tumbler Batmobile to local businesses that use it to attract customers. Currently transported on the back of a truck as it has no engine or steering capability (no working missile launchers or harpoons either).

The talented men have already created dozens of other models up for rent, including a full-sized replica of an aircraft and huge life size Transformers.

Scrap Metal Batmobile

Listen to the reporter in this BBC clip mention Optimus Prime while showing an image of Megatron. Don’t send a ‘norm’ to do a geeks job!

Batmobile, DeLorean and a Transformer. The Race!

What if Batman, Marty McFly and Optimus Prime decided to see who was boss of the toy cupboard?

This high octane stop motion animation by Counter656 decides their fate, toy car racing never seemed so much fun.

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Batmobile, DeLorean and a Transformer. The Race!Batmobile, DeLorean and a Transformer. The Race!

The music, sound effects and added special effects are spot on. Truly nostalgic. Something Hollywood seems to forget on a regular basis – “If it ain’t broken don’t fix it!”. A few liberties taken with weapons and abilities but these are toys so I’m not complaining. Not going to say who wins but I was pleasantly surprised. Enjoy…..