Last week, we mentioned that the suddenly disappearing windshield glass was one of the things that could take us right out of an otherwise good movie. We asked you to come up with the things that blow action movies for car fans and BoldRide readers did not disappoint:
Carlton Burgess has a problem with what happens to cars in a whole lot of movies. First on his list: the car that suddenly changes wheels halfway through a scene.
Try any of the early Herbie movies and you will find the car changed wheels inexplicably. The high speed shots were done using wide profile tires and rims and the stunts were often done with skinny, narrow ones.
That Extra Two Inches of Gas Pedal
Whenever we’re hot to blow someone off at a stoplight, you can bet your ass we’ve got the gas pedal mashed right to the mat. But, as Carlton Burgess points out, in the movies, anybody drag racing has a different technique:
But one very annoying niggle in car movies is the director’s need to glam up drag races by showing you a picture of the drivers foot pressing down the last 3/4 of the throttle mid-race. As if anyone in the middle of a drag race isn’t already flat-out! Who would drive a drag race with only 1/4 throttle?
The Bullitt Effect
You can’t ignore that Bullitt has one of the greatest chase sequences in film. But it’s also got more inconsistencies, errors and continuity gaffes in that four minutes than most films have in two hours. Dom Miliano explains:
First, count the number of hubcaps that come off the Charger.
How many times do they pass the same green VW on the hills? Either it was an incredibly popular car and color or someone faster than Steve McQueen was driving it, because it is in a lot of shots.
Next, the Mustang’s dents seem to appear and disappear.
Keep ‘em comin’, folks. We’ll do more as you send them.