I’m sure everyone has had a nickname for their car at one point or another. I know my cousin has nicknamed nearly every car he’s ever own (little shout out to CJ). But who could forget Frank the Tank and The Red Dragon from the hit comedy movie Old School. So with that. On Screen Cars presents: The Red Dragon.
There isn’t a lot to be said for the car in the movie. It’s red 1977 Pontiac Trans AM, 2nd generation car. Black interior. Flat roof. Under the hood, it looks like a small block Chevrolet possibility a 350. It’s possible someone changed out the factory Oldsmobile plant out or “faked” a Trans Am. But let’s not forget to mention it’s the same model year as the original Smokey and the Bandit Trans Am. However it’s not painted black with gold accents, no t-tops or any of the other traits of a Special Edition (SE) Trans Am. But I felt it deserved mention. Heck Greenlight Collectibles thought it deserved a 1/64 replica (you can find it here). But what is special about Frank’s car?
Well I believe Franks’ car represents his life as a single man. Frank in the movie is newly married. He’s having a hard time adjusting to married life. They’re getting settled in and they have a house. Which by the way is a real house. I found a interesting site that has the filming location info. But anyways that’s where the car kinda comes in. He’s got it out in the drive way working on it. Then here comes the BS! I love it though!
His wife comes out to see what he’s doing. The car is smoking and making some rough noises.
He says “I took the restrictor plate off to give the red dragon a little more juice, but keep that on the down low, she’s not exactly street legal.” Hold on. Restrictor plate? Isn’t that something they used in NASCAR? Yep you bet ya. Restrictor plates were installed on carburetors on NASCAR race cars to help hold the car back from achieving unsafe speeds thus reducing crashes. Frank I’m sorry I don’t think your car has a restrictor plate.
But it makes a great line for car guys to laugh about. You can watch the whole scene in the clip above. Gotta love hearing Whitesnake in the background. But outside of all that Frank’s car is just another F-Body. By the way. Frank isn’t the only guy to call his Trans Am a Red Dragon. The Red Dragon BS makes for a great story. It makes it feel real. If you haven’t seen Old School I would advise to pick it up on Amazon. Old School [Blu-ray] It is hilarious! So next time you’re out with your buddies in the shop tell’m “Hey I’m gonna take the restrictor plate off, you with me?” Till then. Drive safe and sober! Bye!