Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Tribute recreation of the "California Kid" was at SEMA

Tribute built to look like the 1934 Ford by Pete Chapouris of Pete and Jake fame... has the details of how and why is obvious
the car was made famous in 1973 when Martin Sheen (Charlie Sheen's dad) drove the cops into submission in a movie named "California Kid" (good movie, but slow)
The story takes place in 1958, and involves a town, Clarksburg, California, with a famous speed trap, in which a disturbed Sheriff Roy Childress (Vic Morrow), whose wife and daughter were killed by a speeder, turns bad, with a habit of deliberately punishing speeders by pushing their cars off the mountain highway in his 1957 Plymouth Belvedere.

Challenging the sheriff, who tries to run him off the road. McCord is ready, knowing his car's limits for the curve, and the sherriff is a victim of his own obsession, going too fast to make the deadly turn. He drives off the cliff, while McCord manages to stop. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_California_Kid
Read all about the car: http://auto.howstuffworks.com/the-california-kid-hot-rod.htm

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