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As a child watching TV in the '70s I was always struck by how dramatic car chases were on American shows and how tedious they were on British ones (maybe with The Professionals as the occasional exception, once every series or something).  Dem dang Duke boys were getting airborne a couple of times a week, you couldn't see an episode of the A Team where a Jeep stayed on its wheels for more than a minute and for The Fall Guy the TV studio actually built a truck that could survive a jump and drive on.

 

This was about the only time I remember a British car getting air, I wonder if they really meant it to go as high as it did?  L for Lester with Brian Murphy

 

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I once convinced my dad to 'Do a Dukes of Hazard' over a humped back bridge in Edinburgh (probably in a Horizon).

 

He properly launched it, grounding it badly when he landed.

 

I was the only passenger wearing a seatbelt, my mum, auntie and uncle twatted themselves quite hard on the roof apparently.

 

He got into some trouble for that.

 

Heres that silly Autotrader ad from a couple of years ago.

 

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I've just dredged up another nugget from the right frontal lobe....

 

 

The Long Chase on Southern ITV.   A kid's thriller featuring Simon Turner who looked far too young to be driving the Farina estate that they escaped in - from what I cannot recall - and there was a mysterious black-clad suitably European baddie named Kessell (I think). 

 

All very hazy but I remember that Farina!

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Yes, I remember that.  He wasn't escaping, he was chasing after his dad who had been kidnapped by the baddies for some nefarious purpose.  The baddies had a mk2 Cortina.  Somewhere along the way he picked up this girl, who I think was a young Jan Francis.

The motorcyclist (which I think is how he was billed in the titles) was played by Hilary Minster, the first time I'd encountered Hilary as a male name.  Kessler was one of the other baddies.

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Looks like the Lootenent might have shrunk in the wash here but he's still the 'shitest of TV cops.

 

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'Jack' Frost was a shiter of some dedication, tooling around in an array of fucked old Sierras and at least one Volvo 240.

 

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Yes, I remember that.  He wasn't escaping, he was chasing after his dad who had been kidnapped by the baddies for some nefarious purpose.  The baddies had a mk2 Cortina.  Somewhere along the way he picked up this girl, who I think was a young Jan Francis.

The motorcyclist (which I think is how he was billed in the titles) was played by Hilary Minster, the first time I'd encountered Hilary as a male name.  Kessler was one of the other baddies.

 

I knew you'd know, Eddie!

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I once convinced my dad to 'Do a Dukes of Hazard' over a humped back bridge in Edinburgh (probably in a Horizon).

He properly launched it, grounding it badly when he landed.

I was the only passenger wearing a seatbelt, my mum, auntie and uncle twatted themselves quite hard on the roof apparently.

He got into some trouble for that.

Heres that silly Autotrader ad from a couple of years ago.

https://youtu.be/01SeqlpDHqg

 

The Duke boy's charger and B.A's GMC van were the ultimate vehicles for me as a young lad. That, and the Mini Coopers on the original Italian Job.

 

Hillmanimp's story of the bridge launch brought back memories of being sat in the front of my mother's mk1 Escort with my brother, playing around. He'd have been around 5, and I'm 4 years older than him.

I remember we were testing all the switches. If anyone can visualise the dash on a Mk1 Escort, in the centre of the panel, pretty much bang in front of the passenger, is a small red lamp which is the repeater for the hazard lights.

Anyway, I told my brother I was switching on the hazard lights, and the repeater started blinking in front of him. I can still hear his shrieks of 'SWITCH IT OFF! SWITCH IT OFF!'

After switching them off, and he'd calmed down, I tried to establish what was so upsetting about having the hazard lights switched on. It didn't take long to realise that he'd taken the whole hazard thing a bit too literally. He genuinely thought the car was 'going to do a big jump', just like the General on the Dukes of Hazard.

Funny to think he's grown into an ultra-confident, big bruiser of a fella, who partakes in competitive drift days for shits and giggles.

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And I think Cowley had a P6 in very early episodes too.

Doyle drove a P6 and Bodie had a Dolly Sprint in the first few episodes, Cowley only ever had an SD1 or Granada. The opening credits of the first series did show him driving a Shadow, although I don't think this ever appeared in a show.post-17414-0-77960000-1547292316_thumb.jpeg

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Only just discovered this P6 also appeared in Sweeney2- the second movie.

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Albeit modernised* with reflective plates.

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Ok, here’s a puzzle. Somehwere around 1976, . . . . some waste ground in a red Maxi. The Maxi ended up going over the edge into a quarry, morphing economically into a scrap Lancrab just before it did so. There was also a mysterious character who drove a DS and was known as The Citroen Man.

 

It may also have used the middle bit of Kraftwerk’s Autobahn as its theme music.

 

 

Are you sure this isn't the start of an Autoshite kollekshun posted in the wrong thread? :-)

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Interesting site here on The Professionals cars. It's a bit out of date now but worth a look if you haven't seen it before.

I seem to remember a similar site on The Sweeney cars from a few years ago but can't find it now.

http://www.mark-1.co.uk/Professionals/profcars.htm

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The fall guy

 

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This Jeep in particular it's driver changed my life

 

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The woman invented that look , they're called Daisy Dukes to this day and you managed to find the only picture in existence of Catherine Bach not wearing shorts. 0 out of 10 Must try harder.

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And the only reason I really really want a red C4 Grand Picasso

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I still recall being a primary school and somebody brought in one of those Ford Torino cars, my first question was that it was red instead of blue.

 

No it's the correct colour my pal said, I was sure it was a blue car but he did have the colour TV and we still had a B&W! :mrgreen:

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Not a car, but a TV vehicle from my childhood. I remember trying to make one of these from scraps of wood in my Grandad's shed when I was about 7. The disc wheels were made from a set of wooden drinks coasters which my Gran was throwing away, so I bored holes in the centres with a hand boring-brace and nailed them on. Even painted it red. The wheel / body size proportions were quite unique, but hey ho. For some reason I made an aeroplane too, so played out an aeroplane crash scenario.

The aeroplane didn't survive.

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Then, several years later saw this vehicle on TV, which was rather more sinister and also left an impression on my young brain.

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Nonsense, it is a fairly accurate portrayal of the world as we know it now. Everyone wanders around with things plugged in their ears, enormous televisions with interactive programmes that are dross, media giving slanted views, wars going on that nobody really understands. Ok nobody is actually burning my books yet, but its only a matter of time.

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