Wel­come

Top Gear (UK) - - CONTENTS - Char­lie Turner ED­I­TOR-IN-CHIEF @TopGearEdi­tor / ed­i­tor@bbc­topgear­magazine.com

Ask peo­ple about their first car mem­ory, and you tend to get a rose-tinted rec­ol­lec­tion of an early life spent in the back of the family car. If you’re from my gen­er­a­tion, the pass­ing of time will have cho­sen to redact the added fris­son of parental map-read­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity due to lack of sat­nav (in­evitable ar­gu­ment), velour seat­ing (se­ri­ously, who thought that was a suit­able fab­ric?) and a to­tal lack of air­con. It was mis­er­able, and nor­mally lack­ing in ex­cite­ment, but some­how the petrol­head mind­set is pre-con­di­tioned to re­mem­ber it fondly.

With the re­al­ity be­ing such a pas­sive, re­mote and un­com­fort­able ex­is­tence, cars came to life on our TV screens and in the movies we watched. I still re­mem­ber be­ing glued to the screen when the Gen­eral Lee kicked up red dust as it drifted round a tree in the open­ing ti­tle se­quence of The Dukes of Haz­zard, and the rite of passage that was watch­ing The

Blues Broth­ers with my dad and brother. Cars did things on screen that made them ex­cit­ing, made me want to know more about them. In short, they were my he­roes, not the ac­tors. As we dis­cussed the idea for this is­sue here at TGHQ, how movie car su­per­stars changed through the gen­er­a­tions, we re­alised that the pas­sion for them was in­fec­tious. So, wel­come to the TG Guide to the Great­est Movie Cars of All Time... also fea­tur­ing some truly woe­fully mis­judged ones as well. We hope it sparks as much de­bate with you as it did here in the office.

In the 50 years since Frank Bul­litt smoked his ’68 High­land Green Ford Mus­tang 390 GT Fast­back through the streets of San Fran­cisco, that car has built a sta­tus that few can ri­val (helped in no small part by Mc­Queen do­ing the driv­ing him­self). The eq­uity in that mo­ment has spawned gen­er­a­tions of lim­ited-se­ries Stangs. We sent Jack Rix to San Fran­cisco to meet the lat­est trib­ute, then hooked him up with the orig­i­nal star of that film, re­stored to cel­e­brate its his­tory and patina by a man whose early car mem­o­ries out­rank most, given they were cre­ated in the pas­sen­ger seat of THE car Mc­Queen drove.

Else­where in the is­sue, the pur­veyor of more mem­o­rable movie star cars than most, As­ton Martin, grants us ex­clu­sive ac­cess to its lat­est Q branch project – the Cygnet V8 – on page 98. In an­other ex­clu­sive, on page 11 we man­age to di­vert the stun­ning Porsche 911 Singer DLS to a dis­used ware­house for long enough to pore over its ev­ery de­tail with the ob­ses­sive ge­nius who cre­ated it, Rob Dick­in­son. Both cars are equally de­serv­ing of their mo­ment of on­screen star­dom for very dif­fer­ent rea­sons. I’m off to watch The Blues Broth­ers again... pass the pop­corn.

En­joy the is­sue,

070 Bul­litt’s Mus­tang

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