WE THOUGHT WE MIGHT GET 200 PEO­PLE IN­TER­ESTED. IT MUST HAVE BEEN A GOOD IDEA, BE­CAUSE WE HAD ABOUT 3000 PEO­PLE SHOW UP!

Street Machine - - Running Start -

MIKE CHECK

AMONG count­less stage and screen roles over the past 35 years, ac­tor Terry Se­rio has played Aussie rocker Johnny O’keefe in the mini-series Shout! and Bob Hawke and John Howard in Keat­ing! The Mu­si­cal, for which he won a Help­mann award. But Run­ning On Empty was a young Terry’s first ma­jor act­ing gig, and it’s been part of his life ever since. “To this day, I re­ally don’t think the Aus­tralian film in­dus­try ac­tu­ally re­alises what a ‘thing’ Run­ning On Empty was,” says Terry. “The cen­tral char­ac­ters, Mike and Tony and Rebel, they sim­ply loved their rac­ing and their fast cars, and I think that struck a chord with peo­ple. “I’ve been chased through air­ports by peo­ple quot­ing the lines from the film at me,” he laughs. “I’ll be putting my bags on a trol­ley and peo­ple will say: ‘PISSOFF!’ to me and se­cu­rity dudes are like: ‘Whoa – what the hell is go­ing on here?’ “After a decade of this I started think­ing: ‘Wow! This movie – it’s tran­scended gen­er­a­tions.’ It’s the only film I’ve ever done that has that de­gree of what you would call ‘res­o­nance’.”

BLOWN57

THERE were a few cool black Chevs cruis­ing Co­bar, but none were closer to the movie car than this ’57 (right, be­hind Run­ning On Empty star Terry Se­rio), owned by Mark Mclean. “It’s the clos­est to the real one in Aus­tralia,” he claims. “I saw the film as a teenager and I re­mem­ber say­ing: ‘One day, I’m gonna own one of those!’” And it hap­pened: as an adult, Mark has built and mod­i­fied sev­eral ’57s over the years. This one was bought a decade ago to build into a BLOWN57 tribute, right down to the rounded rear whee­larches seen on the movie car. Most other de­tails are cor­rect, too, such as a metal moun­tain pok­ing through the bon­net, the satin paint, the miss­ing front bumper and the de-chroming. The car re­mains streetable, al­though it doesn’t get street driven too much. But with its blown big-block Chev, it’s a reg­u­lar at events like Pow­er­cruise, and has run a 10.6 at Wil­low­bank.

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