Here is an oldie but a goody from the Wonderful World of Disney about the state of car culture back in 1970, Disney’s Dad Can I Borrow the Car
Some awesome footage here. I really dig the way they used to make movies The abstract craziness is just groovy.
Model car kits, slot cars, soap box derby, go-karts, mini bikes – all the cool stuff is in here.
The drivers ed section is awesome – I dig that they were learning on driver simulators with a 3rd pedal. The coolest part was that the kid kept it on the road while the bikini was entering the Porsche – you’ll see…
There is section in the flick that should appeal to all of you dear readers. A shot of the newsstand of the times shows that there used to be a lot more magazines catering to all of the various ways people were enjoying cars. A beachside hill climb, 8 second front engine dragsters (they only show one pass but the footage is pretty cool – there was some steering going on to keep them things going straight). The next scene made me happy, a Porsche 906 and a Scarab cresting the hill on the front straight of my home track, Road America. Hot rod boys, keep your eyes closed while they show the figure 8 racing.
There is a pretty cool segment where they build up a fiberglass show rod like what was popular back in the day. They even take a visit to an indoor arena type car show. They show off some popular cars from the show circuit.
- Dan Woods’ Milk Truck (check out Kustomrama’s article here)
- The 1967 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster winner – The Invader (read Steve Magnante’s article in Hot Rod here)
- The OutHouse Model T
From there they take us through the world of customizing at that time. Painting with all of the crazy ways they were doing it back then. The section on how-to pinstripe was pretty eye-opening.
They even take a dig at the used car industry with the 5 mile or 2 minute warranty. I really dig that Kurt Russel narrated this movie and then went on to star in the movie Used Cars. Also pretty funny how a ’59 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible was considered to be a jalopy back then.
They sure don’t make them like this anymore.