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On 10/6/2019 at 12:35 PM, Timewaster said:

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Yet I never owned a Capri.

Or a MK2 Escort for that matter.

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On 10/6/2019 at 12:43 PM, ETCHY said:

Yep the Professionals was cool. Do you remember the Dolly Sprint, TR7 & SD1 used in the early ones?

 

On 10/6/2019 at 1:03 PM, AndyW201 said:

Yes, I remember the Dolly sprint, and I'm sure Bodie was driving around in a brown Rover P6 in the early episodes (pretty sure it was also Frank Haskins' Rover in the Sweeney). Cowley's car was a pre-launch SD1 in the early episodes and I remember a Zakspeed X-pack kitted MK2 Capri featuring too. 

Info on the Professionals car pool can be found here, including my addition to the Dolly Sprint which I sent in a good 10-15 years ago

 

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Does anyone else remember Hacket in Target driving a Renault 15 or possibly 17? The only clips I can find are of him binning an Escort with no brakes and some generic70's cop show Cortinas and Granadas, although the 2 5 Series they often used were a bit ahead of their time.d of their time.

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On 10/6/2019 at 12:13 PM, brownnova said:

I bloody loved Kitt from Knight Rider

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Yep, growing up in the 80s I loved Kitt on Knight Rider. 'Turbo Boost'. :mrgreen:

I've been watching old episodes of Columbo over the past few years (channel 5 USA) and it's interesting to see the cars featured. Of course there's the lieutenant's PooJoe convertible but then the villans drive some interesting motors, more often often European cars over the Yank landyachts.

Eg: the Citroen SM driven by Patrick McGooghan's character in the 1975 episode 'Identity Crisis':

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Good one with columbo. There’s often unusual stuff floating around in the background but my faves are the Ferrari Daytona’s in the early 70s episodes- usually driven by murderers or the victim. Usually shorthand for money being a motive.

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Just one more thing, mam; Columbo is also unusual because of the long production run (68 to sometime in the 90s IIRC) so the background chod and the changing tastes of ageing industrialists, scheming mistresses and bad tempered oil tycoons are there to see.

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On 10/7/2019 at 9:56 PM, MiniMort said:

Gonna play the ol’ Uno Switch card on you and take a look at some prime shite on offer in gameshows of yesteryear:

I can recall Bruce's Price is Shi... Right giving away some right dodgy motors back in the late 90s. My level of sad bastard anorak interest in this area descended to the point that I invested an entire evening once to watching old shows on YouTube to see what was given away.

Like most shows of the time the rump of the prizes were made up of the larger offerings of Korean brands:

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But sometimes they gave away something a little more, errr, interesting

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The Sweeney was cool. I like playing the guess which car will be trashed game -usually some ropey older motor. Just looking at the motors parked on the street in London at the time is fun, there's some absolute gems.

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13 hours ago, HMC said:

 

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I believe that’s Rathgar Avenue in Ealing, where it joins Culmington Road.  My grandparents lived about 200 yards away at the time.

Part of the wall in the background was rebuilt a few years ago and a gate put in, but it hasn’t changed too much:

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There was often filming going on in the area, partly due to the proximity of Ealing Studios (by then BBC owned but also rented out to others).

It added an extra dimension to the Sweeney, Professionals etc when the car chases sometimes went past our house. Happy days.

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In the early 70's Range Rovers often appeared in programmes if the hero had to go into the countryside , John Steed had one to match his Broadspeed XJ-C.

But the most important use of a Rangie was to crash through a gate...

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Steed in his very early but visually updated car 

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Lord Brett Sinclair trying to catch a plane.

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Callan terrorising an S-Type driver, don't worry many gates and fences were also destroyed.

Of course some people got it wrong, Gambit not crashing through a fence , presumably as brand new car at the time of filming BL specified only Steed's car could be used for stunts.

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1 hour ago, Avensis Verso said:

Mentioning Columbo there was a Sunbeam Arrow in one episode, for anybody who doesnt know this was a Hillman Hunter, never did well in the states, shipped over in kit form, they also did the same for the Avenger  Plymouth  Cricket

Actually a Plymouth Cricket also featured in Columbo, more prominently - it belonged to a secretary who tried to blackmail the murderer (which didn’t end well for anyone, obvs, including the poor Cricket I believe).

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2 hours ago, NorfolkNWeigh said:

In the early 70's Range Rovers often appeared in programmes if the hero had to go into the countryside , John Steed had one to match his Broadspeed XJ-C.

But the most important use of a Rangie was to crash through a gate...

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Steed in his very early but visually updated car 

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Lord Brett Sinclair trying to catch a plane.

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Callan terrorising an S-Type driver, don't worry many gates and fences were also destroyed.

Of course some people got it wrong, Gambit not crashing through a fence , presumably as brand new car at the time of filming BL specified only Steed's car could be used for stunts.

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Good shout for Calllan' s Range Rover. That sequence was on YouTube it's well worth a watch.

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On 10/9/2019 at 7:29 PM, JeeExEll said:

The Triumph Stag from the 1971 film Straw Dogs always sticks in my mind.

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It was very early example, the reg number being very close to early cars used for advertising. 

There were various differences between the Mk1 and Mk2 Stag, one of which was the lack of chrome sill covers as can be seen here.

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And here.

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And here.

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And here.

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Mk1s all had body coloured rear panel, whereas some Mk2s had a black rear light panel.

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Also, there's some other shite about the Mk1 having wheeltrims, not alloys.  And the Mk1s didn't have a body side stripe.  Something like that anyway.

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Erm, I 'm having trouble focusing on the sill covers.

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