As much as I like the original movie Bullitt, and as much as I liked my own dark green ’67 Mustang (before it rusted in half), I am more than a little disappointed in the latest news from Ford. I see little of interest in the news that Ford will deliver it’s second Bullitt model in the fall of 2008.
- it’s a paint job
- it uses off-the-shelf performance parts to add all of (approx.) 19 HP. You can buy these same parts at the dealer… and much more from the aftermarket.
- there isn’t any engineering involved
- the originally planned 350 HP 4.6 or the 400 HP 5.4 all fell by the budget wayside. The upcoming all-new BOSS V-8 has been delayed and delayed – the dated modular engines have fallen seriously behind.
- The original 2001 Bullitt special edition Mustang had more work invested in it.
So what do you have left?
A car to be seen in…. by those who care about such things. It doesn’t do anything for driving enthusiasts.
The London Times Online revisits the infamous Bullitt vs Charger contest in the Bullitt film. And provides a nostalgic look back at the legend of Steve McQueen.
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Was the famous Mustang-Charger duel in Bullitt “fixed”? Could the Mustang have actually caught up to a car with more power and torque? The Sunday Times in the UK considers the question: http://driving.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,26789-2034362,00.html
This is also a picture gallery provided with the article. http://driving.timesonline.co.uk/TGD/slideshow/0,,5-780,00.html How many of you know where/when the pictures were taken? Clue: not on the streets of San Francisco…
PictonHeads reports on a survey taken in Britain of favorite movie drivers and finds that James Bond (as in Sir Sean Connery – as if there were any other) has overtaken Steve McQueen as Bullitt for the first place.
The rest of the picks are surprising… and you have to wonder about the Brits for some of the choices they’ve made (Mr T?). You can also join the discussion and add your own comments.
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A museum sheds light on a hard-driving star and his car
McQueen, his famous Mustang are the focus of L.A. museum’s exhibit
Steve McQueen, the actor, racecar driver and discerning collector, is having what many of his peers would consider a career year, appearing on television; in books, theaters and music videos; and in several forms of advertising. Not bad for someone who has been dead for 25 years.
McQueen, who was 50 when he died of lung cancer in 1980, recently seemed to come back to life, appearing in computer-generated action sequences for “The Legend Lives,” the advertising campaign that introduced the 2005 Ford Mustang. In a scene reminiscent of the players’ arrival in “Field of Dreams,” the baseball fantasy movie, a digital Steve McQueen emerges from a cornfield to slip behind the wheel of a new Mustang, which he pushes to its limits on a racetrack carved through the rows.
McQueen’s relationship to the Mustang was forged in “Bullitt,” the 1968 crime thriller best remembered for a heroic 9-minute, 42-second chase scene in which McQueen and villains in a Dodge Charger take turns chasing each other through the streets of San Francisco.
The McQueen persona is appearing not only in television commercials, but in cultural attractions, too. An exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, “Steve McQueen: The Legend and the Cars,” attempts to connect many of the vehicles from his screen performances with those that served his personal passion for speed. The show, which opened over the weekend, runs through Jan. 22.
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Austin’s own Alamo Drafthouse is running a Bullitt Road Rally in – of course – San Francisco.
One of my favorite movies… and it’s got mistakes!
Link – Detroit News: McQueen, Mustang Ride Again
Steve McQueen has been digitally recreated for a drive in a new 2005 Mustang GT. A “race track” was created in a cornfield for the commercial, which will debut on television in November.
The fiull video can be found on my site under the Ford section. Ford’s other performance videos, including “The One”, “Petunia”, and “Performance Trilogy” are also available for viewing here.
International Mustang Bullitt Owners Club