Weekend Trivia ~ Saturday

midnightsmum (Z4, ON)March 22, 2014

Oh dear, late again - my apologies. I was going to have this ready to go last light, then I had some technical difficulties - well, you know, here we are!!

So I thought of a great multiple choice question: Famous TV Cars!! Sounds like fun, and there were some shows that were defined, not by the actors, but by the vehicles. Others we think of in the same breath. That is to say, some of these will be easy, others not so much! Shall we begin? I will give you three lists - your mission is to match them back together!!

The Car:

1977 Pontiac Firebird Esprit
1962 Volkswagon Beetle
1955 Ford Lincoln Futura Concept Car
1975 Ford Gran Torino
'61 Corvette - mostly
1966 Chrysler Imperial
1977 Ferrari 308 GTS
1982 Customized Pontiac Trans Am
1957 Ford Thunderbird
1972 Ferrari Daytona Spider / 1986 Ferrari Testarossa
1969 Dodge Charger
1983 GMC G-15

The Show:

Batman & Robin
Knight Rider
Magnum P.I.
The Rockford Files
Miami Vice
The Love Bug
Starsky & Hutch
The Dukes of Hazard
The A-Team
Route 66
The Green Hornet
Vega$

The Driver(s):

Jim Rockford
Starsky or Hutch
Burt Ward
Thomas Magnum
Jim Douglas
Sonny Crocket
Dan Tanna
Bo & Luke
Michael Arthur Long
Bruce Lee - yes, that Bruce Lee
B.A., Hannibal, Faceman or Howling Mad
Tod or Buzz

An even dozen sounds about right. I'll be back with clues, if you smart guys need them!!

Nancy.

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cyn427(z7aN. VA)

Chuck and John will know the ones I don't! Great question and brings back fun memories of some great shoes! Loved Rockford, watched Knight Rider with John when he was a wee lad.

I will work on these. Just glanced quickly.

No worries about being late-I didn't get up until 8 after going to bed at 9:00-11 hours. Wow.

I am going to try to talk Chuck into riding out into the country today to look at a house with 10 acres that is for sale. How much fun would the pups have if they had that much space to explore?!

Cynthia

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 10:59AM
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thinman(Z5 MI)

Ooh, I think I can get somewhere with this one. I'm a car guy from way back and I think I've seen most of these.

I will commence matching.

TM

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 11:06AM
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midnightsmum (Z4, ON)

Aah, TM, I thought this might be up your gasoline alley!! Cynthia, the pups would be ecstatic, wouldn't they?? And you would have lots of space to garden, too ;-)
I had such a crush on Dan Tanna back in the day - doing the research for this question actually made me realize that I had been wrong about his car - I thought it was a red Mustang. Memory is a funny thing!!

Nancy.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 11:42AM
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midnightsmum (Z4, ON)


Some cars had nick-names - this is the "Striped Tomato", so named by one of the stars of the series.

Nancy.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 11:52AM
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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

Lol, I slept in too, I know a few of these and I'm sure DH will know the ones I don't so I'll be back.....later.

Annette

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 12:12PM
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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

I think we've got it, one or two by process of elimination tho :). I printed this out, put a number beside each car, show, and driver and crossed them off as we went. Will post our answers later.

Annette

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 12:51PM
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midnightsmum (Z4, ON)

Few things define an individual better than the car they drive and nothing better defines a movie or TV series than the car the lead character drives. For years people from all walks of life were known by their cars and that recognition spilled over into TV shows and movies in a big way.

Throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s cars played a big part in just about every TV series and film - to the point that audiences would see the car and immediately associate it with a particular (entertainment) brand. Sometimes the car was just an iconic mode of transportation meant to show the societal class of the person driving it - like Fred SanfordâÂÂs beat up 1951 Ford truck in Sanford & Son or Colt Seaversâ early 1980s model GMC pickup truck in the Fall Guy. Other times, the automobile overshadowed its lead actor, becoming a focal point of attention well after the show or movie it appeared in had stopped being popular. Our entries are all of the above - a real mix.
Jim Rockford was such a low-key kind of guy, at least till the chips were down - just like his car!

Nancy.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 2:22PM
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mnwsgal 4 MN(4)

Okay, not a car gal. If you asked me "What kind of car was it?" My answer would have been "Blue."

Today after having owned a few I pay more attention to the make. I used to be amazed when the guys I was with could identify the make, model and year of a passing vehicle. Still am.

Two quesses:
The Love Bug. Volkswagen Beetle
Starsky and Hutch. Pontiac Firebird. I wanted to say Transam but think
the show was before '82

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 5:04PM
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mnwsgal 4 MN(4)

Ha, ha, even seeing the car I got it wrong. I should have said "Red."

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 5:20PM
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midnightsmum (Z4, ON)

Bobbie- lol. When I was a travel agent I sold travel insurance to families going South, to cover if someone got hurt or sick. Of course, we needed full names and dates of birth for the children. Almost to a one, the men struggled with this question - then I would ask them what engine was in their first car - you can guess the rest!! Striped Tomato it was!


sa - mokin'!!

Nancy.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 5:46PM
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cyn427(z7aN. VA)

Since most may know these, here are mine and Chuck's:
1977 Pontiac Firebird-Rockford-Jim Rockford
1962VW Beetle-Lovebug-Jim Douglas
1955 Lincoln Futura Concept car-Green Hornet-Bruce Lee
1975 Gran Torino-Starskey and Hutch-S&H
1961 Corvette-Rt66-Todd or Buzz
1966 Chrysler Imperial-Batman-Burt Ward
1977 Ferrari 308-Magnum PI-Thomas Magnum (not his car though)
1982 customized Pontiac Trans Am-Knight Rider-Michael Long
1957 Ford T-bird- Vega$-Dan Tanna
1972 Ferrari Daytona Spider/Testarossa-Miami Vice-Sonny Crockett (best tv pilot ever with the scene of the car heading down the road at night to the Phil Collins tune, In the Air Tonight
1969 Dodge Charger-Dukes of Hazard-Bo and Duke (one of John's favorites along with Knight Rider
1985 Gmc G-15-A-Team-b.a., Hannibal, et al

Cynthia (and Charles, the car expert)

ps. The house and property were nice-in horse country. The pups would be in heaven and I would be busy turning grass into gardens! We'll see.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 6:07PM
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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

Here's mine....

1.... The Rockford Files...Jim Rockford
2.... The love Bug...Jim Douglas
3.... Batman and Robin...Burt Ward
4.... Starsky and Hutch...Starsky or Hutch
5.... Route 66...Tod or Buzz
6....The Green Hornet...Bruce Lee
7.... Magnum P.I....Thomas Magnum
8.... Knight Rider...Michael Long
9.... Vega$....Dan Tanna
10.. Miami Vice...Sonny Crocket
11.. The Dukes of Hazard...Bo & Luke
12.. The A-Team...Ba, Hannibal, Faceman or Howling Mad

Annette

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 6:37PM
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midnightsmum (Z4, ON)

Annette - 2 out of 3 ain't bad - you forgot an all important component. Cyn, 10 out of 12 is a passing grade.

Nancy.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 6:42PM
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cyn427(z7aN. VA)

Annette, the Batmobile vs the Green Hornet were the ones we weren't sure of on the list.

Cynthia

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 6:44PM
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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

I was too lazy to write in the car just numbered them 1 -12 LOL.

Annette

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 6:59PM
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thinman(Z5 MI)

Guess it's time to show our cards, huh? Here are mine. I did have to guess at a couple.

1977 Pontiac Firebird Esprit ... Rockford ... Jim Rockford
1962 Volkswagon Beetle ... Love Bug ... Jim Douglas
1955 Ford Lincoln Futura Concept Car ... Green Hornet ... Bruce Lee
1975 Ford Gran Torino ... Starsky ... S or H
'61 Corvette - mostly ... Route 66 ... Tod or Buz
1966 Chrysler Imperial ... Batman ... Burt Ward
Ferrari 308 GTS and Testarossa ... Magnum PI ... Thomas Magnum
1982 Customized Pontiac Trans Am ... Knight Rider ... Michael Long
1957 Ford Thunderbird ... Vega$ ... Dan Tanna
1972 Ferrari Daytona ⦠Miami Vice ... Sonny Crockett
1969 Dodge Charger ... Dukes of Hazzard ... Bo & Luke
1983 GMC G-15 ... A-Team ... B. A et. Al.

TM

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 8:12PM
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cyn427(z7aN. VA)

Okay switch Batman to the Futura and the Green Hornet to the Chrysler Imperial and TM and I should be perfect! :)

Cynthia

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 9:10PM
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midnightsmum (Z4, ON)

There you go, Cyn - you may be right - or as Billy Joel says, I may be crazy - but I'm just the kind of lunatic you're looking for - c'mon Annette - Mustang up!! Bobbie, are you in??

Nancy - who thinks her answer will be a long one, with lots of pictures!!

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 11:35PM
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mnwsgal 4 MN(4)

Nah, I'm done as have no idea which goes with which. Final answer
Love Bug and Volkswagen Beetle go together.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2014 at 12:07AM
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midnightsmum (Z4, ON)

Well, you are perfect Cynthia, and if TM is on your coattails, he is too!! Bobbie - red is good - lol.

For Cyn and TM:

For Annette and Bobbie:

Thanks to all for playing; instead of a bunch of cutting and pasting I'm going to give you the link below. It's fun and has movie cars in it too. Kind of sad at the end, cause the author laments the loss of the iconic car mascots. I watch one series, Supernatural, where the car is seen as the metaphorical home for the 2 heroes - it is a 1967 black Impala that had belonged to their father. Like the brothers, it has come back from the dead a few times. They were going to use a Mustang, but the Impala is muscle car that blends, but as the writer says, if it pulled up to you at a traffic light, you'd lock your doors. And the trunk is big enough to hold a body!!

See you all next week.

Nancy.

Here is a link that might be useful: 25 most Iconic Vehicles

    Bookmark   March 23, 2014 at 12:42PM
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cyn427(z7aN. VA)

How fun! I learned to drive in a 1965 Chevrolet Impala convertible-navy blue with white top, round tail lights, such a cool car. I loved it. Linked a photo (not ours)-don't remember it being quite so long, but it looked just like this one with white walls (!), bench front seat, etc. boy, did I enjoy driving that. Lots of trips to the shore in it. My dad eventually sold it to my cousin for $100 without even asking me if I would like it! Still irritated about that! Ha.

Thanks for the cars! ;). Off to check out your link!

Cynthia

    Bookmark   March 23, 2014 at 1:19PM
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mnwsgal 4 MN(4)

Interesting read and thanks for the stars. I think you gave them to me for humor, certainly not for knowledge.

The first car I remember being aware of was the first convertible Mustang. One of my h.s. freshman classmates had a red one which I coveted and still think of often, the car, not the classmate, well, okay, the classmate a little.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2014 at 4:34PM
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midnightsmum (Z4, ON)

My Grade 11 Physics teacher had a 66 green mustang - he used it to 'teach' about acceleration - in the parking lot - lol.

Nancy.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2014 at 4:51PM
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thinman(Z5 MI)

Fun, fun, fun stuff, Nancy. It made me think back to probably the greatest car chase in movies -- Steve McQueen driving the Mustang fastback in the movie Bullitt.

In my first year teaching physics I had a '64 Impala convertible and one snowy winter day we took it out beside the school and did some skidding to a stop so we could measure the coefficient of friction between the tires and the snow. Measured the speed and distance and went inside and fired up our slide rules. Fun stuff. I think your physics teacher and I would have got along very well.

Thanks for the cool trivia.

TM

    Bookmark   March 24, 2014 at 6:27PM
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