Let us continue with this last instalment.
The Mini is a part of the British automotive heritage and it even came in second place in an international award ceremony, Car of the Century (the winner was Ford’s Model T, if anyone’s asking). In the comedy TV series Mr. Bean, it essentially revolves around the daily life of the show’s leading character Mr. Bean who is played by Rowan Atkinson.
My favourite scene where he used the Mini was when Mr. Bean tried to leave a multi-storey carpark through the entrance barrier and he forced a blue Reliant Regal van to back-up and the Regal eventually toppled. Mr. Bean would perform all sorts of crazy acts with his car and my favourite feature on the car is the padlocked driver’s door.
Originally the original car was an orange 1969 British Motor Corporation Mini Mk. II. It suffered a crash after the first episode’s film shoot. From then onwards, the British Leyland Mini 1000 was extensively used in the Mr. Bean franchise.
Starsky and Hutch was a crime thriller series in the 1970s. The two main police characters in the show were David Michael Starsky (played by Paul Michael Glaser) and Kenneth “Hutch” Hutchison (played by David Soul). The car that they used as their official police run-about was a 1974 Ford Gran Torino. One of the main reasons why I liked this show is the camaraderie between the two main characters. At times they can get at each others throats but level-headedness calms them down and they would eventually get the bad guys.
Almost everyone would have a favourite car from the movies or TV shows. And what is your favourite?