Cars On Screen
As part of their Classic Motor Show, classic car specialists Footman James are asking for film buffs and lovers of all things retro to vote for their favourite classic motoring movies.
The standards are vague, but it's understood that they're looking for the sorts of films in which to utter their names alone is enough to create images of motoring finesse or fury.
The poll looks to identify the all-time best classic motoring films. Participants will be able to vote in six categories: favourite classic motoring movie; favourite classic car in the movies, favourite classic bike in the movies, favourite classic car chase, favourite classic in television and the classic they would most like to see on the big screen.
You can cast your votes on the Footman James Classic Motor Show website. Those who partake will be automatically entered into a free draw to win a thrilling stunt drive, a weekend break in Birmingham, cinema passes and tickets to the Show.
Moreover, a selection of the most popular films in each category will be shown in the weeks leading up to the show as part of a Classic Film Festival series at the oldest working cinema in the UK, Birmingham's Electric Cinema.
You can more or less depend on a screening of The Italian Job, then.
Says Footman James's managing director Andy Fairchild: “The Classic Film Festival ties in with this year’s show theme of ‘What’s the Story’ as some of the most iconic cars and motorcycles have come from the Big Screen.
“Most people remember the Bond cars more than the film plots and how would the Ghostbusters have managed to save the day without their trusty Ectomobile? And who didn’t fancy themselves emulating Steve McQueen on the Triumph in The Great Escape?
“Many classic enthusiasts were inspired by the cars and bikes in movies before being old enough to drive or ride them and these much loved and much viewed films continue to inspire and unite generations through an interest in classics.
“It is stories like these that we want to celebrate at this year’s event.”
The 2012 Footman James Classic Motor Show takes place at the NEC Birmingham from 16-18 November.
You can take part in their Classic Film Fest Poll on their website.