Everyone seems to have their own list of cars who are the pinnacle of stardom. I've got my own list, and my own justification.
Yes, I'm writing another article that doesn't have anything to do with Formula 1. But everyone has sort of gone quiet over the break. Anything that does seem to be happening is simple media rich slogging or hilarious attempts at Christmas greetings. So let's put a pin in Qualified until January and have a bit of fun.
I could almost categorically say that my interest in cars was catalysed by the box. Movies and TV had me drooling over automotive before I even knew I had the opportunity to drive. But I keep reading these hot lists of the screen and feeling like they've missed the point a bit. So here it is: my stereotype and not so stereotype list of car stars.
Aston Martin V8 Vantage - The Living Daylights
I mean, yes, the Aston Martin DB5 is undoubtedly the coolest vehicle to ever appear in a Bond film. But the V8 Vantage, alike to the DBS which appears in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, is largely forgotten. Here's the thing though, it is a personal favourite of mine. Being the only Aston Martin convertible to appear in a Bond film ever and the fantastic British racing green the car got featured in during the film makes it something really special. Something very British but still ridiculously good looking and laid back.
Ferrari Testarossa - Miami Vice
American TV today is a bit hit and miss, with that in mind as well it seems that a series is getting cancelled every day at the moment. But it wasn't always like that. Once upon a time, TV in America defined a full culture. There were a couple of shows that really embraced that style leading attitude, but the most prominent for me anyway was Miami Vice. After appearing in Miami Vice for 6 seasons the Ferrari Testarossa was the car to be seen in. It was a signature for icons like Dr. Dre and Michael Jordan in the 90s. It was also owned by stars such as Elton John, Rod Stewart, Mike Tyson and infamously Jordan Belfort and O.J. Simpson. Either way, this car for me holds a whole heap of history and still sits as a pinnacle in the late model Ferrari range.
Land Rover Defender - Every Action Film Of All Time
This.... this god damn car. I'd love to pin it down to the feature in just one action movie but you can't. It's featured in James Bond twice, Mission Impossible three times, The Expendables, The Fate of the Furious, Our Kind of Traitor, The Mummy, American Assassin, Sahara and Taken. This car, despite being one of the most sought after vehicles since it's cease of production last year, has got to win the award for longevity in action films because I reckon I've missed at least an addition 200-300 films in the above list. It's still considered one of the toughest trucks ever to be made and somewhat a cultural icon.
Lykan HyperSport - Furious 7
Yeahp, I've included a car that I remember for being jumped between three buildings. Also because prior to the Fast & Furious franchise I'd never actually heard of it. There's a good reason for that. It's a UAE based manufacturer named W Motors. It's also been released in extremely limited numbers and at a ridiculous price tag. Suiting I suppose then that Vin Diesel decided the best course of action was to have the car sitting in some Oligarch's tower in Dubai before having himself and Paul Walker (as said above) jump it between three buildings.
Jaguar C-X75 - SPECTRE
This car is so stupidly amazing that it's sticking point is also the thing that makes it most desirable. It never actually made it onto the streets. The design language of the C-X75, a concept built for a motor show which was later engineered into David Bautista's villian's 007 vehicle, lives on in vehicles like the Jaguar F-Type and XES (and later the SVO project versions of those cars). Sadly though this hyper car never got produced and it's the one car I still wish I was driving. Maybe at auction, maybe one day.
Ferrari 308 - Magnum P.I.
It has to make this list. I've been recently watching the rebooted Magnum P.I. which I'm enjoying just as much as the original. But Robin Master's Ferrari 308 which accompanied Thomas Magnum for 8-9 years was the real star of the show. It even had it's own scene in the opening credits. I feel like to not include this car would be totally untrue to myself.
Rolls-Royce FAB1 - Thunderbirds
This car is somewhat of a special mention. I spent my entire childhood getting up on Saturday mornings to watch Thunderbirds. So despite that this car, isn't actually a car, I thought it deserved it's own special space on this list. Especially with more gadgets than Q had ever packed into any Aston Martin, or Lotus or BMW that Bond drove.
I think it's worth mentioning here that I loved Gone in 60 Seconds and all of the Fast & Furious films for that matter. But this list really could go on for pages, and I figured that was a nice place to leave it. I do want to hear additions to this list though. So head down to the comments and say something along the lines of - "Marcus you blithering idiot, you forgot....". I'd love to hear them to be honest - and films are one of those things that are universal. Everyone has a favourite and everyone has an opinion.
Otherwise everyone, Merry Christmas from the land down under and a subsequent Happy New Year.