In a Classic Film Festival poll, run online by Footman James on their own website and the Footman James Classic Motor Show website, there were no real surprises in the final results after all votes from the 1730 entries were counted.
Possibly drawn in by a chance to get themselves entered into a free draw to win a thrilling stunt drive, a weekend break in Birmingham, cinema passes and tickets to the Show, the fans voted in the following categories:
A selection of the top films in each category will be shown as a Classic Film Festival series at Birmingham’s Electric Cinema, the oldest working cinema in the UK, in the weeks leading up to the Footman James Classic Motor Show in addition to being screened in the Footman James’ Vintage Cinema at the Show, that runs from 16th to 18th November at the Birmingham NEC.
Let’s have a look at the results:
No real shock in The 1969 classic “The Italian Job” being top of the pile (I hope it wasn’t the ‘remake’ they were voting for!) closely followed by Steve Mcqeen’s “Bullitt”, but no room for “Senna”? Maybe too soon? “Le Mans” was 3rd with honourable mentions for “Herbie” in 6th, and “Back to the Future” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” in joint 9th..
But what is “Ghostbusters” doing in 7th?
Well, hello Mr Bond: Good to see you at Number One with the Aston Martin from “Goldfinger”. There’s the “Italian Job” Mini in 2nd, the “Bullitt” Mustang in 3rd, Herbie’s Beetle in 4th with the DeLorean of “Back to the Future” and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in 7th.
Is this getting a bit repetitive? Even the “Ghostbusters” Ectol is in 8th. Thank God for the Batmobile in 10th!
Even this one is a bit obvious as Steve McQueen’s Triumph in “The Grear Escape” romps home ahead of “Easy Rider’s” Harley Davidson (The Chopper from the same film came 8th)
Personally I’m chuffed that Quadrophenia’s Vespa and Lambretta were in here, resting nicely with Marlon Brando’s 1950 6T Triumph TB in “The Wild One.”
(Yawn) “Italian Job” at No 1, “Bullitt” at 2 AND 3, but then I wake up.
“Ronin” at 4, “French Connection” at 5 (One of my personal favourites) and “Blues Brothers” at 9th – now there’s a car chase! Mind you, I hope it’s not the “Blues Brothers 2000” debacle that destroyed 103 cars in one film, only 9 less than “GI Joe.”
Here’s where the respondents show their age. I think I’ll just list them in order because to me they are all classics.
Jaguar MK 2 (Inspector Morse), Audi Quattro (Ashes to Ashes), Dodge Charger (Dukes of Hazzard), Ford Cortina (The Sweeney), Mini, (Mr Bean), Batmobile, A-Team van, Reliant Van (Only Fools and Horses), Bentley (The Avengers) Volvo P1800 (The Saint), Capri (The Professionals).
But no Noddy car?
Full results can be seen on the Footman James website, along with another category to do with cars that they wanted to see featured. www.footmanjames.co.uk