Batcave. Batcave. Batcaveee. Ever wonder where the site of the original Batcave is? I came across a video by Youtuber: Spa Guy that solves that riddle. According to the video the cave is located in Hollywood California, not far form the famous sign overlooking the city. Not a big surprise given most of the show was shot in the Hollywood area. After doing some research, I've discovered the cave is actually a man made tunnel. The Bronson Cave tunnel as it's refereed to now was dug by the Union Rock Company in the early 1900s. Despite it's appearance on screen, it's only about 50ft long and barely wide enough for a car. Clever use of props and camera angles gave viewers the illusion the cave was much bigger than it is. Looking at some of the pictures now. It's hard to imagine that the big honking Ford Futura made it through! I would have been a nervous George Barris, watching my creation squeeze it's way out. If you would like more information on how to get to the cave or the park check out Hikespeak. Sounds like a fun hike and adventure. See you next time, same bat channel, same bat time!
Katy Perry and On Screen Car fans, heads up on her latest video "The One That Got Away" now on YouTube. The song talks about an older lady looking back on a young love she lost in the past. She was once happy and evolved with this young artist and things were going great. Things take a turn for the worst and she loses him in a car crash following a fight. The lady is very well off and knows no matter what she does she's can't bring him back. The song itself mentions a Mustang. This is where On Screen Cars.com comes in.
Summer after high school when we first met
We make out in your Mustang to Radiohead
And on my 18th Birthday
We got matching tattoos...
The video in addition to the lovely Katy Perry there's a Mustang sighting or two. If you watch the video closely you'll see two different Mustangs. The one shown the most is a 1966 model with 289 badges. The second is a 1967 - 1968 model (an email from our friend Jim confirms it's a 1968 model). Both are black and appear very similar. However they are not the same. One of the dead give-aways is the longer nose and different wheels. The first Mustang has factory wheels while the second has aftermarket American Racing Torq Thrust D wheels (Jim points out these are US MAG wheels). I can't give credit on identifying these vehicles on my own. I'm not a Mustang expert. But a great article on spotting the differences on early Mustangs is on About.com (great read). I have the video embedded below. Till next time keep your love in check and don't let them be .."The One That Got Away."
Nov. 12th 2011
After posting this article I got an exciting email from Jim Foster. Jim is the president of the Valley Mustang Club. He is also the owner the second Mustang used in the video! Jim shared with me the background of his car which he named "DABEAST". Jim said he was contacted by a prop company specializing in cars, called Mr Vintage Machine. The prop company was contracted by the producers to find a Mustang to use in the production. Mr. Vintage contacted Jim as the president of the Valley Mustang Club and Jim offered his car for the production. Believe it or not but this Mustang has it's original 289 V8 with over 500k miles on it! You can read the full story over at the car's profile page over at motortopia.com. Thanks for all your help Jim.
This week we're dissecting the trailer for the new sci-fi movie block buster "In Time!" What are we dissecting for? On Screen Cars of course. This trailer is loaded with a number of vehicles from the movie. I took the liberty of snapshoting as many of them as I could. I believe have I identified them well. If there are any corrections let me know! Here's a brief summary of the movie for those of you that haven't seem the film.
"When Will Salas is falsely accused of murder, he must figure out a way, with the help of a beautiful hostage, to bring down a system where time is money -- literally -- enabling the wealthy to live forever while the poor, like Will, have to beg, borrow, and steal enough minutes to make it through another day." -InTimeMovie @ YouTube.
Interesting enough? Check out the full trailer at the bottom of the post.
1972 Dodge Challenger - Enforcement Vehicle - Interesting grill and visor light bar.
This weekend teen action movie Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief debuted. My wife and I, plus some friends went and saw it. It's a must see if you're into Greek Mythology or a fan of the book series. There was a lot of sword battles and action. Not to mention a fair amount of On Screen Cars! Today I wanted to share one of the car findings from the film. Be forewarned! The text below contains some spoilers for those who have not seen the movie! Don't say I didn't warn ya!
During the movie the main character, Percy Jackson and friends travel across country to collect items to aid them in their quest. The team uses different vehicles along the way. One of them being a red and white, 1966 Ford F100 Pickup Truck. The truck was used at first to help take out Medusa. Whom according to Greek Mythology has the ability to turn people to stone. The team later uses the truck to drive to Nashville, then Las Vegas. I don't want to give away too many details.
Again the truck is a 1966 Ford F100. Ford produced this body style between 1961 and 1966. This era is the 4th Generation of the Ford F-Series Pickup. The front grill designs vary from year to year. The unique 1966 grill makes it really easy to determine the year of the truck. Not to mention the Twin I-Beam emblem logo as well. The Twin I-Beam suspension was only available for this body style between 1965 and 1966. The wheels are after-market. It has the stance of a 4x4 truck. But I don't see any hub locks. The two tone, red and white combination looks great on these trucks.
If you follow the story line the truck was driven at least a 1000 miles across the country by non-experienced drivers without any problems. I'm not saying that isn't possible. But with a vehicle that old and a trip that long without a hitch is a merit in itself. When you're using well maintained equipment, I guess anything is possible. Till Next time! Keep on trucking and watch out for Greek Myths! We'll keep bringing more On Screen Cars!