garethj Posted March 16, 2017 Share Posted March 16, 2017 After the earlier thread about FAB1 I thought I'd give some forum space to the cars of another Gerry Anderson show, UFO. If you think that what's wrong with society today is there aren't enough silver catsuits and purple wigs, you're in the right thread. It was made in 1969 but set in 1980 and whilst they missed the fact that Petula Clark would be advertising Talbot Sunbeams they did suggest that aliens would be invading earth and kidnapping humans for body parts, so at least they got that bit right. The good guys were members of SHADO, Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organization, which is probably more difficult to join than it is to get off Virgin Media's mailing list. Want to see the title sequence? Woah, what's that brown beauty in there? Phooarrr, it's fantastic! And Ford thought the Sierra would be a bit too curvy in 1983? What's it look like from the back? I think I love it even more. What's it like inside? High tech communications too? A brown and cream handset tells me everything I need to know. And because this was a Gerry Anderson show, there were miniature versions to film too ok, maybe not too convincing right now but in 1970 most of us didn't even have a colour TV set, it had a tiny screen and was positioned in the far corner of the room. 1080P? Forget it. They were designed by Derek Meddings who had done most of the production design for Gerry Anderson's shows, if you get the chance to buy his book 21st Century Visions then jump on it. The special effects team was already well practised in making models for filming, but to produce a real car they gave it to Alan Mann Racing who the year before had built Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as well as their normal stuff of racing Fords. The Ford connection was a bit handy as the UFO cars were based on Ford Zephyr running gear but with a 1600 Cortina engine. UFO cars? Yes, because as well as Straker's car above, Colonel Foster had this lilac stunnah Christ, NCAP would knock off a star for pedestrian safety there, but it's still got gullwing doors so I could forgive it almost anything. Enough of my ramblings, have some magazine scans from a few years ago and actually learn stuff other than my opinion. Jim Bergerac, Squire_Dawson, flat4alfa and 20 others 23 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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