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Easy Rider (1969)

Do you remember the last time you had to sit through a gruelling hour and a half of bad cinema just because it was a movie about cars? Gearheads are often denied the simple pleasures of a good story and compelling performances. Yet, there are tales of glorious cars and legendary drivers littered throughout the history of motorsport. Following are tales of ambition, passion and tragedy, which artfully demonstrate the love of man and machine.

easyrider Easy Rider (1969)

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“They’re not scared of you, they’re scared of what you represent to them.” The recurring theme in Easy Rider is the breakdown of American culture. Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper were the producer and director of the film, respectively. They play two motorcyclists who ride across America and bare themselves to the atrocities of a life without the safety net of social conformity. They befriend a lawyer, played by Jack Nicholson, an alcoholic and victim of his own square-ness. Easy Rider is acclaimed for its raw drama and beautifully photographed scenes, and a heartbreaking ending.

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The Gumball Rally (1976)

Do you remember the last time you had to sit through a gruelling hour and a half of bad cinema just because it was a movie about cars? Gearheads are often denied the simple pleasures of a good story and compelling performances. Yet, there are tales of glorious cars and legendary drivers littered throughout the history of motorsport. Following are tales of ambition, passion and tragedy, which artfully demonstrate the love of man and machine.

gumball-rally-1896 The Gumball Rally (1976)

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Yates’ Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash inspired another movie in 1976. This one features a race from Times Square to the Pacific ocean. Apart from the best muscle cars of the time, Gumball Rally also features an AC Cobra, Chevrolet Corvette, and even a ‘69 Porsche 911 Targa. The Gumball Rally was born out of automotive enthusiasts’ frustration and rebellion against the nationwide 55mph speed limit. For this reason, the rally cars have neither a catalytic converter, nor a law-abiding driver.

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Cannonball (1976)

Do you remember the last time you had to sit through a gruelling hour and a half of bad cinema just because it was a movie about cars? Gearheads are often denied the simple pleasures of a good story and compelling performances. Yet, there are tales of glorious cars and legendary drivers littered throughout the history of motorsport. Following are tales of ambition, passion and tragedy, which artfully demonstrate the love of man and machine.

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Also known as Carquake! this movie is a fictional representation of a cross-country race from Los Angeles to New York City. These races were held illegally each year, a tradition which Brock Yates continued with the Cannonball Run. This one’s an action-packed thriller with a myriad of cars and parallel storylines. Drool over the protagonist’s Dodge Charger, a Chevrolet Corvette, Pontiac Trans Am, Volkswagen Bus, and a brutish Chevy Trailblazer. There’s even a DeTomaso Pantera. But it’s not just speed you need to win the Cannonball. Not when your co- racers are willing to sabotage, dupe, ram and kill their rivals.

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