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.
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.
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!
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.
Who is your favorite fictional trucker?
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