Bullitt Ford Mustang

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The Thunderbolt Hotel is where the body was found. It was originally called the Thunderbird Hotel but for some reason changed to Thunderbolt before the movie was filmed there (well, that’s very interesting isn’t it?). The Hotel has had a few down-grades since and isn’t quite as cool as it once was. I have taken the liberty of parking Frank Bullitt’s Mustang outside the hotel but as any film buff will know, Frank was driven to the hotel in his girlfriends Porsche. This happened post car chase so I guess the Mustang was in for repairs. Well I assume that, my HG Holden doesn’t go so well after I’ve raced it over the hills of Wellington of an afternoon. It’s like a recreation, except it’s Wellington not San Fransisco, my car is a white sedan not a green fastback (GM not Ford shock horror!), I stick to the road rules and I don’t look like Steve McQueen … otherwise.

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Tri Five Chevrolet

1955-1957 were watershed years for Chevrolet, and the cars of these three years (in particular the 150, 210, Bel Air, and Nomad) became known as the Tri-Five. In terms of styling, and mechanically, these cars were revolutionary in their day and they spawned a cult following. They remain some of the most popular cars for collectors and enthusiasts. A popular view is that the styling increasingly chased the Cadillac market with the exaggerated tail-fins and chrome bumpers. If asked which is the better looking car, the 55, 56 or 57, it’s hard to answer but for me, maybe the 55 two door hard-top or the 56 Bel Air convertible. OK, choosing two is cheating but hey, what can you do?

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1955 Chevrolet Corvette


The TWA Flight Centre was designed by Aaro Saarinen and opened in 1962. Over time, the ever increasing numbers of passengers became too much and, along with the airline’s demise in fortunes, the terminal was eventually closed. In 2019 it re-opened as a hotel, and having stayed there in early 2020, I can say it is exceptional. Next time you visit New York, enter or exit the city via JFK and treat yourself to a night or two. Now I think about it, forget New York and just stay at the hotel for two weeks, it has everything you need: although you don’t need much, just a good coffee or pinot while you sit day after day, gawping at the architecture. I’d like to tell you we cruised up to the TWA in this little red Corvette, but I don’t think you’d believe me. But then, we might have.

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Chevrolet Bel-Air

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You know, I had a pedal car when I was a kid – a kind of station wagon thing for crying out loud. The folks meant well, bless them. Thinking about it, they had a station wagon and I guess they figured … I mean, if they were rock stars, I’d have wanted a matching guitar but a station wagon? Would it have been so hard to pick that little Chevy-like car, sitting right there, next to the station wagon? Would it? Well now I’m a grown up and my middle-aged butt won’t fit in the little Chevy-like car – don’t worry I tried and came to the conclusion that a print on the wall is infinitely more dignified. Sometimes you just have to let go, and sometimes you buy a print.

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