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Showing posts with label trucking movies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label trucking movies. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Movie Star Truckers: Big Rigs on the Silver Screen

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With all the crazy stuff you see on the road, sometimes it feels like you’re in a movie. Heck, we even know of a few movie star truckers.


We’re taking a similar page today and looking at some fictional truckers (heck, a spaceship and a anthropomorphic robot truck as well).


Furiosa and the War Rig

The world might be nuked to a crisp, but transportation goes on! Well, at least we know there’s one trucker still at it in George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road. Equipped with a well-armed War Rig, Furiosa sets out on a refueling mission-turned-human-trafficking rescue mission and shows us what Post-Apocalyptic trucking looks like.


Maximum Overdrive

When some bad space juju passes over Earth, machines come to life. One of those is a Green Goblin-masked 18-wheeler that is just happy to flatten a few pedestrians in Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive.


Over the Top

In Over the Top, Sylvester Stallone plays a struggling trucker who arm wrestles to make some extra cash. Really a tale of father-son bonding, this movie ends with an epic arm-wrestling match that determines everything.


Every Which Way But Loose

Alright, you got Dirty Harry and an orangutan named Clyde in an 18-wheeler, what’s not to like? Every Which Way But Loose stars Clint Eastwood as a trucker making side cash as a bare-knuckle fighter. Panned by critics, it still turned in $85 million over a $5 million budget, so I’m sure both Eastwood and the Orangutan had little to worry about.


Optimus Prime

Come on, you knew we were going to mention Optimus Prime! He’s the leader of the Transformers, and is LITERALLY a big rig. Starting as a Kenworth K100 cab over truck, Optimus has most recently appeared as both a modified Peterbilt 379 and a custom built Western Star. Talk about your upgrades!


Millennium Falcon

Okay, okay—this is a spaceship and not a tractor trailer—we admit it. But when you think about it, Han and Chewie haul freight, they hate the government, and there’s a whole weird co-driving situation they worked out already. Sounds like space truckers to me!


We’re not sure if orangutans can file fuel taxes, or if Optimus Prime gets offended when you call him a heavy vehicle. But we do know that we have some upcoming deadlines! There is an IFTA deadline on May 2nd, and an HVUT 2290 deadline on August 31st.


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Who is your favorite fictional trucker?


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Thursday, May 22, 2014

ThrowBack Thursday: 1970s Trucking Films

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Happy Thursday Trucking Nation. The week is almost to an end, and it's a holiday weekend coming up, so I know you are excited about that. Before your Memorial Day celebrations kick off, join me for this week's ExpressTruckTax Throwback Thursday!

It's trucking history that never ends, and I really think you will enjoy this trip, we're going back to the 70s. You read it right truckers, we're going back to the decade that launched the trucking industry in to main stream popularity. With a little help from Hollywood, and Jerry Reed, a trucker became a symbol for the new American Outlaw. And what two films brought trucking life to movie theaters around the world?

"Convoy"
Can't you already hear the theme song starting to play? This magical addition to cinema history was debuted in 1978. In this film "Rubber Duck" - along with his fellow truckers "Pig Pen" and "Spider Mike", are entrapped by unscrupulous Sheriff Lyle "Cottonmouth" Wallace using a CB radio. As "Rubber Duck" and his fellow truckers go on the run to New Mexico, they are joined by other truckers to follow their convoy as a show of support. The main truck driven by our hero, Rubber Duck,was a 1977 Mack RS-712LST. There were 2 other Macks used in filming - the '73 Mack RS-797LST and the Mack RS731LST.

"Convoy" Fun Facts:
- The truck used for the shootout scene on the bridge had been damaged so badly, that it broke down right before filming and had to be pushed across the bridge by a bulldozer to finish the scene.
- After Rubber Duck and Pig Pen's trucks crashed through the jail, the grill guard on Rubber Duck's truck is missing. It mysteriously came back for the end of the movie.
- Trucker convoys were created due to the 55 mph speed limit that was enforced on US Highways. As a result, multiple trucks started driving together at a higher speed, thinking that the police speed traps would only be able to pull over one (if any) of the trucks.

scene from Convoy
A scene shot from the beginning of "Convoy". photo credit: berglitruckstop

"Convoy" wasn't the only major motion picture to tell the story of an American Trucker. One other movie brought together a great theme song, and amazing action stunts..."Smokey and The Bandit"!

"Smokey and The Bandit"
The entire nation in 1977 fell for this action comedy where the good guys out run Sheriff Buford T. Justice to win the dare proposed by Big and Little Enos in epic trucker style, and do some pretty awesome car chases in between. Snowman (Jerry Reed) drove his '73 Kenworth W-900A with his trusty dog, Fred to claim trucker glory in the final scene and "do what they say can't be done".
Every year for Thanksgiving when I get together with my family in Tennessee, we watch "Smokey and The Bandit" and my grandfather retells his favorite trucking stories from his trucker days with this ending line, "If I had bandit as my partner, I would have never been pulled over." 

smokey and the bandit truck
                                                                                                                     photo credit: 18wheelbeauties

Well, it's time to leave this 70s throwback, I know it's sad. The 70s were such a great time for trucking in pop culture. I really enjoy seeing Mack and Kenworth trucks from that era. Be sure to come back, you never know where we will go next. For more ThrowBack Thursday excitement, check out more of our special edition blogs:



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