The Trans­porter

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

Fri­day 14 July @10.45pm, Film4

Much like the cars in the 2002 film, The Trans­porter is just on the cusp of clas­sic recog­ni­tion. Although it’s not known for its scin­til­lat­ing di­a­logue, there’s enough ac­tion, car chases, and gen­eral chaos to keep you en­ter­tained. Ja­son Statham plays Frank Martin, a for­mer Spe­cial Forces op­er­a­tive based in the French Mediter­ranean, and who spe­cialises in the trans­porta­tion of peo­ple and il­licit goods. He’s forced to go on the run af­ter he vi­o­lates his own code, by ac­tu­ally look­ing at one of his pack­ages. Martin uses a 1995 BMW 750i in the film – which in real life only ever came with an au­to­matic gear­box. In the film, a six-speed man­ual gear­box from a BMW 850CSi was in­stalled, which ap­par­ently made the in­cred­i­ble stunt scenes eas­ier to make. In­ci­den­tally, Statham, an ex-Bri­tish Na­tional Div­ing Team mem­ber, per­formed many of these stunts him­self. Watch out for a flam­ing Ford Scor­pio, a smok­ing Re­nault 5, and a screech­ing Saab 900. Mur­ray scul­lion

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