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February 13, 2006

Muscle Car Rematch

The Sunday Times' Nicholas Rufford and Andrew Frankel arranged a rematch for the famous Steve McQueen car chase in his 1968 film Bullitt. (I remember seeing this film as an eleven year old kid and almost getting car sick watching the incredible chase up and down the hills of San Francisco.)

Their take? The chase was rigged. McQueen's Mustang looked cool, but handled like a barge and had less power than the bad guy's Charger. Ahh, the good old days.

February 13, 2006 at 10:20 PM | Permalink


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Duh. It's been reported for decades that the 440-equipped Charger could run rings around the Mustang. It also needed less beefing up for the jumps. Eventually they had to cut the tire tread down on Bill Hickman's Charger so it would look close. Bill drove the Charger, also the Lemans in The French Connection, and the Bonneville in The 7-Ups.

Posted by: Pete | Feb 22, 2006 10:27:09 AM

If you read the article, it mentions the track they used was damp. That hurst the Mustang since being a lighter car, it won't get as much traction.

Posted by: JeremyR | Feb 22, 2006 4:23:19 PM

That's okay. It's only a movie, and that was the doggonedest thing I had seen up to that time. It seemed to go on forever. My favorite part is when the bad guys lose Bullit and they're driving a little slower and scanning side streets, then, if you watch their rearview mirror, you see the Mustang slide in behind them. Cool.

Posted by: JorgXMcKie | Feb 22, 2006 11:03:59 PM

How to end a date badly: came out of the theater after seeing "Bullett", buckled into my '69 GT Mustang (fastback, hi-po 351, "Black Jade" paint, and wide-ratio tranny as I was time/speed/distance rallying most weekends). Movie theater had a long driveway that curved up and around a NJ shopping mall. Somewhere over 70 mph in 2nd gear, with the "Shelby" exhaust making outrageous sounds (GT was set up lighter and louder than the Mach I), my date said quietly, "Why are we doing this?". I know why I was, but it was also our last date. Sidenote: at speed on a winding road, the Mustang with the lighter 351 engine and the gearing we'd set up could outrun any of the bigblock MOPARs. I could get to the end of the 1/4 mile with a BOSS 429, as I only had about 6 feet of wheel spin, but by then he'd be doing about 20 mph more than I was and be gone! Friends had BOSS 302's and 429's.

Posted by: OldeForce | Feb 23, 2006 1:08:58 AM

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