Top 10 Scary as Hell Films featuring Automobiles – with Video

Via: TFLtruck.com

Here are the Top 10 scary and creepy truck and car movies counted down. Halloween is almost upon us, and there is no better time to watch these classic scary movies that involve trucks. The movies listed here are Rated R. They are not for kids or the faint of heart.

FREEWAY

This 1996 little gem fell off the radar but, it’s a cult classic. One of the first big roles for Reese Witherspoon, this is a rather unusual take on “Little Red Ridding Hood.” Freeway covers many sadistic areas of life from the believable to the fantastic. Many of the pivotal scenes take place in cars (and a trailer). Mix a better-than-you-might-think story together with the title and you have a horrific flick good enough for all hallows eve.

JOY RIDE

This 2001 Paul Walker suspense/horror flick had shades of “Duel” and “The Hitcher” intertwined with modern, fun dialogue. A cruel CB joke (seriously, who uses CB now-a-days?) goes awry leaving deathly consequences. There are some great scenes mixed with sadistic stuff, and some great one liners from Steve Zahn. Look folks, don’t ever mess with truckers!

HIGHWAYMEN

There’s lots of great car action in this 2003 Jim Caviezel flick, but it has a weak plot and lacks a concise story. I wasn’t pleased with the bad-guy’s car (’72 El Dorado grandma–mobile), but loved Caviezel’s beefed up 1968 Plymouth Barracuda. He’s seeking to stop the Caddilac murderer who preys on women (including Caviezel’s film wife).The half man half machine bad-guy is like a character out of David Cronenberg’s Crash and his car is supposed to reflect his personality. This is kind of scary at times with a few creepy scenes. All in all, it’s fairly entertaining.

THE WRAITH

This teeny-bopper child of the 80’s (1986 to be exact), was more of a Dodge commercial than a true horror film. The real star of the movie was the Wraith’s car, a copy of the 1984 Dodge M4S prototype (sorry Charlie Sheen). With the exception of a Corvette driven by the main bad-guy, almost every other car was a Dodge. All in all, it did provide some spooky-ish moments (to some) and encompassed a decent back-from-the-dead revenge movie. 

MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE

Not only is this 1986 movie based on a Stephen King story, but the man himself opted to direct it. Yes sir, Stephen King donned a director’s cap for this one and only picture. Homicidal machines hunting humans… Hmmm, not the best place to make a directorial debut. I suppose it’s just as well. He did pull together a rocking soundtrack (AC/DC) and that’s just about it. Many didn’t like it very much; your mileage may vary..

THE CAR

For no apparent reason, a highly modified, black car terrorizes a small town. Uh, that’s about it… the whole premise in a nutshell. There are a few scenes that I consider “gem” moments in the film. I LOVE the fact that the CAR goes after a bicyclist on a bridge near the opening of the film. The Sheriff is played by James Brolin. His deputies cry a lot in the film; I guess that’s what guys did in the 70’s (this movie came out in 1977). The vehicle itself is a modified Lincoln Continental Mark III modified by the “master” George Barris. This film goes well with popcorn, late at night.

THE HITCHER

This movie caught me by surprise in 1986. Rutger Hauer plays a creepy as hell hitch-hiker and C. Thomas Howell is seriously put through the ringer by him. This is a road movie in a sense and vehicles are used to kill; thus, it makes it onto our list. Check out the way Hauer’s character dispatches Jenifer Jason Leigh’s character! Very cool flick to watch with a plate of French Fries!

JEEPERS CREEPERS

Don’t yell, “aint’ no car movie!” yet. I know that this 2001 film has a bat-like cannibal hillbilly as the main bad guy. Despite his fluttering about in the last 3rd of the film, the bad guy drove one hell of a nasty truck for a good portion of the film. Check out the beefed up 1940s panel van with the license reading: “BEATNGU.” This is a fairly scary movie with some intense and disturbing scenes – just the thing for Halloween!

DUEL

For those of you who forgot that Steven Spielberg got his start in horror (remember Jaws?), this was his first big step into mainstream film, way back in 1971. With a very limited budget and a tiny cast, Spielberg manages to create a taught, scary film. There’s just enough action to make up for long, still shots and little music. This is one of the most menacing looking trucks I’ve ever seen in film. By the way, this flick (released for television in the US and theaters everywhere else) proves that Dennis Weaver can play more than just a cowboy. He’s real good in Duel. 

CHRISTINE

Not only is this one of Stephen King’s masterpieces, it is one of the best examples of horror transcending time and proving relevant years later. Christine was a red 1958 Plymouth Fury, which looked like the type of ride the Devil would cruise in. Christine came out at an auspicious time. 1983 came out a year after The Thing, one of the goriest, scariest films ever. John Carpenter directed both – what a match-up, King and Carpenter. Great flick for October 31st!

Check out TFLtruck’s Nathan Adlen as he hosts a Top 10 Best Videos for a Car-lover’s Halloween!

Ferrari celebrates 70 years in Maranello, Italy [Via Corsa Magazine]

September is the month for world wide celebrations commemorating the 70th anniversary of the sports car manufacturer Ferrari. Rallies were organized around Europe in early September with events in Korea and the United Kingdom to be held later this month. But the big blowout and the event to top all events was the Ferrari Gala dinner and performance on September 9th and the Concours on September 10th in Maranello, Italy. Stay tuned for more as our Matt Stone was there as was my wife and I!

An amazing Ferrari 500 TRC up close as Ferrari celebrates their 70th anniversary in Maranello, Italy on September 9th and 10th

What’s the Best Performance Car and SUV of the Year? Watch the AVA Videos

The Automotive Video Association (AVA) represents nearly 500 million viewers per year throughout the automotive universe. These members come from around the United States and all of these individuals are involved in every aspect of automotive journalistic production. The members are: Nik Miles (OurAutoExpert.com) – Northwest, Roman Mica (The Fastlane Car) – Midwest, Alex Dykes (AlexOnAutos) – Northern Cal, Kyle Lindsey (Saabkyle04) – North Carolina, Sofyan Bey (Redline Reviews) – DC, Jason Fenske (Engineering Explained) – Idaho and Matt Maranowski (Matt Maran Motoring) – Pennsylvania.

Here is an abridged release from the AVA:

The Automotive Video Association (AVA), which represents nearly 500 million unique viewers per year, today announced the list of finalists for the first-ever AVA Awards. The AVA award program will be hosted Saturday, September 23rd, 2017, and held at the Resort of the Mountain in Welches, Oregon. Titled “The Mountain Run,” the AVA selected High Performance as the vehicle category for 2017 pitting some of the world’s most incredible cars and SUV’s up against one another in an all-out battle for driving supremacy. The Finalists are:

Performance Car

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody
Nissan GT-R Nismo
McLaren 570S Spider
Rolls-Royce Black Badge Ghost
Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster
BMW M550i xDrive
Lexus LC 500
Honda Civic Type-R
Performance SUV

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
Audi SQ5
Volvo XC60 T8
Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe

 

2017 Hot Rod Rock and Rumble car show at PPIR Starts this Friday, September 30th!

 

Come one, come all, come on you rockers!

The Autowerkz.TV crew hopes to see you at the 2017 Hot Rod Rock and Rumble car show at the Pikes Peak International Raceway 2017 Hot Rod Rock and Rumble car show at the Pikes Peak (PPIR), located near Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs. Vintage hot rods, racecars and rockabilly bands will be on hand along with vendors, great food and a dance party on Friday, September 29th!

The address is: 16650 Midway Ranch Rd, Fountain, CO 80817

For more information, go to http://www.HOTRODROCK.com

We hope to see you there!

Rockabilly Bliss: Hot Rod Rock and Rumble at the Pikes Peak International Raceway

This is the place to be on September 29th and 30th for all of you hot rod lovers!

The Autowerkz.TV crew hopes to see you at the 2017 Hot Rod Rock and Rumble car show at the Pikes Peak International Raceway (PPIR), located near Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs. Vintage hot rods, racecars and rockabilly bands will be on hand along with vendors, great food and a dance party on Friday, September 29th!

The address is: 16650 Midway Ranch Rd, Fountain, CO 80817

For more information, go to http://www.HOTRODROCK.com

We hope to see you there!

Autowerkz.TV on the Road: Top Film Crew Hauler – the 2017 Toyota Highlander

 

The Autowerkz.TV crew just finished a mega road trip that encompassed Hot August Nights, Concorso Italiano, racing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and a multitude of interviews. Being on the road with a camera crew, producers and on-air talent isn’t an adventure to be taken lightly.

Check out our Autowerkz.TV page (here).

Toyota was kind enough to loan us a 2017 Toyota Highlander for a support vehicle while we covered the action at Car Week in Monterey, CA. We worried that the Highlander was a mistake compared to the Sienna minivan we initially wanted; however, we needn’t have worried. In many ways, the 2017 Toyota Highlander was ideal for our needs.

We used its all-wheel drive system more than once, specifically when we shot near the beach. It never struggled on the sand. The four of us were driven in total comfort as our model had the rear captain’s chairs and a very quiet interior. The leather was plush and the interior assembly quality was top notch. We felt like we were in a Lexus.

Most importantly,  with max cargo space of 83.7 ft,³ (all-three rows folded) and our utilized space of 42.3 ft,³ we had enough room for several cameras, lights, tripods, sound equipment and more. We usually kept the third row folded flat, but could add a fifth passenger with some creative packing. Very utilitarian.

Regarding the V6, according to Toyota: 3.5-Liter V6 Double Overhead Cam (DOHC) 24-Valve direct-injection Atkinson-cycle-capable engine with VVT-iW (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent Wide) intake and VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing with intelligence) exhaust; 295 hp @ 6660 rpm, 263 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm. We averaged about 20 mpg as the traffic during Car Week was thick.

This power is connected an eight-speed automatic transmission which worked great but clunked a bit in traffic.

All in all, our days spent with the 2017 Toyota Highlander were excellent. It never looked out of place, no matter how highfalutin the location. We thank Toyota and look forward to driving a new Highlander in the near future.

Here are a few bits of social media that featured our ride!

Nissan Electrifies – Celebrating 70 Years of Nissan’s Electric Cars

Nissan’s EV success story began in 1947 – exactly 70 years ago – with the launch of the Tama. This pioneering four-seat EV was available as a passenger car and a van and offered customers a range of 65 kilometers on a full charge. It was initially developed by the Tokyo Electro Automobile Co. Ltd, which later became part of Nissan.

Since the debut of the Tama in 1947, Nissan has established a rich heritage in zero-emission technology as the world leader in EVs. It pioneered the EV revolution with the launch of world’s first mass-market 100% electric passenger car, the Nissan LEAF, in 2010. The new second-generation LEAF will make its world premiere on September 6.

Five Activities to Enjoy during Car Week in Monterey [Via Corsa]

On the Way to Monterey

The premier slate of car enthusiasts’ events is quickly approaching: the infamous Monterey Car Week is upon us! Beginning August 11th, over one hundred thousand people descend upon gorgeous northern California to the largest Concours, rallies and events in the car enthusiasm. Visitors see unbelievable one-off cars, new concept cars, and famous celebrities all while basking under the sumptuous California sun. Here’s a who’s who guide of what you should attend during the festivities:

Top 5 Slate of Events

  1. Pebble Beach Concours – Known as the “World’s Concours d’Elegance,” this spectacle on August 20th is said to the be one of the premier automotive Concours in, you guessed it, the world. In just over two weeks, the multitude and extravagance of truly otherworldly classics will descend upon Pebble Beach Golf Course in Monterey. Automotive classics will compete in 27 classes, and honor the past and look to the future of the automotive culture as a whole.
  2. Concorso Italiano – On August 19th, yet again Concorso Italiano will pull out all the stops with the likes of the 1967 Alfa Romeo GTV, 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso, Ferrari 330 GT 2 + 2, Lamborghini LP-640 Murcielago Roadster, 1961 Maserati 3500 GT, and other ethereal Italian spectacles that will grace the Black Horse Golf Course (an aptly named course for this event). For big-time Italian automotive fans, this will surely be the event to attend, especially honoring the 70th Anniversary of Ferrari as well as the 50thAnniversary of the Maserati Ghibili. To book your visit to Concorso Italiano, visit concorso.com.
  3. Legends of the Autobahn – On August 18th at the Nicklaus Club-Monterey, the German automotive aficionado will find their haven at Legends of the Autobahn. This Concours features and celebrates the innovation behind German automotive engineering. Members from Audi Club North America, Mercedes-Benz Club of America and BMW Car Club of America bring their cars from around the country for the opportunity to be crowned “Best in Show or “Best in Class” with over 400 cars registered for the event.
Strolling through downtown Carmel, Calif., you’ll be able to see the likes of this 1967 Iso Grifo. Make sure and have dinner in Carmel and walk through the downtown area one evening during the week

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4. Strolling Carmel-by-the-Sea – All these structured events take months of planning and registration to come to reality. For those more spontaneous visitors to Monterey Car Week, truly one of the things to behold is just cruising down Ocean Ave. in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The area also holds a Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours in the downtown area on Tuesday 15th, but it is a treat each night to comb through the downtown Carmel area. Each night, droves of one-off foreign and domestic classics and hyper cars venture through the city, one after the other.   5.Exotics on Cannery Row – Friday August 18th features one other pristine event, which is free to the public – Exotics on Cannery Row. This event will feature over 300 exotic and foreign hyper cars with over 19,000 enthusiasts in attendance. Located off of Cannery Row in Monterey, Calif., this event pits enthusiasts in an absolute breathtaking scenery, accompanied by absolutely sublime foreign exotic cars.

Paving the Way

Much of the events of Monterey Car Week occur during the weekend of August 18th – 20th. But there will be so many small and pop-up events happening throughout the time there, beginning on August 11th. Be sure to get to your slate of events early, as traffic is bumper to bumper with other like-minded enthusiasts doing the same – trying to get from one event to the next. Hope you enjoy your time at Monterey 2017!

Updates for the 2017 Concorso Italiano – taking place on Saturday, Aug 19th 2017

Once again, Autowerkz.TV will cover the 2017 Concorso Italiano. One of the largest gatherings of classic Italian automobiles, the Concorso Italiano is one of the gems of the Monterey Car Week. The event takes place on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Black Horse Golf Course in Monterey Bay California.

This year is an exciting year for Lamborghini lovers around the world as we celebrate 50 years ago when Lamborghini introduced vertically opening doors for the first time on the Marzal prototype, star of many auto shows and driven by Prince Rainier of Monaco, with Princess Grace at his side, to open the Monte Carlo Grand Prix in 1967. Also, 30 years ago, in 1987, Lamborghini was purchased by Chrysler and Lamborghini began design of the 3.5 liter V12 engine for the French Formula 1 team Larrousse.

Roger Wiersema and Michael Palmieri, Co-Chief Judges for the Lamborghini Club America (LCA), coordinated by Andrew Romanowski, President of LCA, will lead the LCA judging effort with the support of an experienced and highly talented team of judges covering approximately five classes of vintages and types. LCA judging is open to all Lamborghinis and will be judged using the LCA judging instructions and scoring sheet available at the LCA website.

Winners are eligible to receive a beautiful LCA Award trophy and Concorso audience recognition as they drive across the Concorso stage to receive their award.  If you are not already registered for Concorso, please visit our website and register today.  After you have registered for Concorso, please let the LCA judges know if you plan to have your car judged at:  concoursjudging@lamborghiniclubamerica.com. There is no LCA judging registration fee but there will be a limit to the number of cars in each LCA judging class, so Lamborghini owners who want their cars judged at Concorso by LCA are strongly urged to let the LCA judges know so you are put on the top of the list and avoid being shut out. Registration will be at the LCA tent at Concorso on Saturday August 19th, between 9:00am and 9:30am.

HOT BREAKFAST!

CI Club members receive the ultimate VIP experience as the best Concorso Italiano has to offer, including the ONLY place at the event to have a sit down hot breakfast and early admission to the event.

Come early and watch the final exhibited vehicles set up while enjoying your morning coffee, a hot breakfast and access to the exclusive bar available only to CI Club members. Of course, the delicious lunch to enjoy while overlooking the event, as well as complimentary admission the Friday Evening reception to mingle with fellow VIP enthusiasts while watching the final preparations for the Concorso.

Only a few tickets to the CI Club are still available, so if you are exhibiting your car you can upgrade your admission, or for attendees, choose the CI Club option to sign up for this special opportunity available only to club members.

Al Fresco Lunch – deadline fast approaching

This feature at Concorso Italiano has quickly become a fan favorite as an alternative to the food pavilion dining option.  This is an advanced purchase option only and the tickets for this option will be available only for one more week until August 11, or until sold out!

Our exclusive Al Fresco luncheon is sponsored by Grundy Insurance for you to enjoy while you are celebrating all things Italian with us. There will be an exciting menu of delectable food available for you dine on, such as Chicken Forestier and penne pasta with a lusciously creamy sauce, accompanied by garden-fresh mixed greens and a lovely dish of skillfully sautéed vegetables.

Relax and enjoy your day with us as you dine on the delectable foods expertly cooked for your palate by The Flying Artichoke, paired with the exquisite wine that has been brought to you by Esser wines.

Tickets are selling fast, so enjoy a delicious lunch and enjoy it al fresco!

Click here to purchase: Al Fresco Luncheon

Finally:

For 2017, the famous Concorso Italiano Fashion show developed by Katrina Couch and Bettina McBee, will once again provide an inviting selection of women, men’s and children’s fashions ranging from the exquisite and unique to casual, fun to fancy and some spectacular jewelry to catch your eye. Plan early to have a seat at the stage to enjoy the exciting music and fashion presentation that is sure to please!

TFLtruck Shows the Bollinger B1 Electric Off-Road Truck to the World

The Bollinger B1 Electric Off-Road Truck debuted in New York on July 27th, 2017 – yesterday. Our friend at The Fast Lane Truck (TFLtruck.com) were at the event and covered the whole debut live. While the sound is horrible the first few moments, and the image quality is mediocre, we still get to see this revolutionary off-road, electric vehicle first!

Check out the video below and (I recommend) start it at about 10:00 minutes in. You’ll thank me later!