I BOUGHT ONE...

CON­TRIBUT­ING EDI­TOR PAT DEV­EREUX THOUGHT ALL HIS BUL­LITT FAN­TASIES HAD COME TRUE... HE WAS WRONG

Top Gear (Malaysia) - - Mcqueen’s Mustang -

You’ve heard the phrase ‘never meet your he­roes’, right? The idea be­ing that you’ll only be dis­ap­pointed when you do, as noth­ing and no one can live up to the hype. Well, that was ex­actly the case with my Mus­tang.

Af­ter years of watch­ing Bul­litt in the UK, when I fi­nally got my hands on my very own ex­act replica of Steve’s car I thought all my Christ­mases and birth­days had come at once. Un­til I drove it.

Bad is an un­der­state­ment. Ap­palling would be more like it. The steer­ing had more play in it than Shake­speare, the brakes just sim­ply didn’t and the chas­sis gen­er­ated less grip than a curl­ing iron.

I got out of it af­ter the first drive shak­ing my head, my pas­sen­ger just shak­ing. How on earth did McQueen get it to do those jumps, re­verse burnouts and slides with­out rolling the car into a ball in ev­ery take? Us­ing the in­dus­try’s best stunt driv­ers and hav­ing sev­eral iden­ti­cal heav­ily chas­sis-tuned cars to use and abuse, that’s how.

Over the next cou­ple of years, I tried ev­ery­thing I could think of to make mine bet­ter. Wheels, tyres, shocks, disc brakes, etc. But the fact re­mained that ev­ery time I took the car out, it tried to kill me.

So, de­spite its fan­tas­tic bur­bling V8 and traf­fic-stop­ping looks, it had to go. When the next Bul­litt hero wor­ship­per came to col­lect it, he said: “I bet you’ll be sad to see this go.”

“Yeah...” I lied.

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