Monday, February 27, 2017

AUTOS: London Motor Museum - KITT'

OOOOOOHHHHH David Hasselhoff! And his Black Beauty Knight Rider Sidekick! Michael, who are you calling a Sidekick? You're right KITT' (The Tomaso Collection)

The vehicle pictured above may/may not still be on display. As these pictures were taken during last Summer; August, 2016...

Wasn't Knight Rider the TV Show that made David Hasselhof famous? Before he left KITT 2000 in the Malibu parking lot to don  swim trunks for his "Day Job" on the beach...

Ah, here we G-O again REVHEADZ', another trek down memory lane, especially since I had ZERO clue that a second Knight Rider television series had come 'N apparently gone some eight years ago! During the 2008-09 fall season.

As surely Y'all know 'bout Der Hoff', nee TV Hunk David Michael Hasselhoff, Ja Volt! Who although began his Hollywood Star rise as "Dr. Snappy-Pantz' Foster" on The Young and Restless, came to national prominence as Crime Fighter Michael Knight in Knight Rider from 1982-86 - before dashing off for Life Guarding duties in Baywatch, which propelled the stardom of Pamela Anderson; but I digress...

As this story's 'bout the car, affectionately known simply as KITT', or formally as Knight Rider Industries Two Thousand, based upon an '82 third generation Pontiac Firebird Trans Am with Artificial Intelligence enabling KITT to basically drive itself and almost impervious to destruction.

Yet somehow, when I hear the name Trans Am, and exclude the once stellar SCCA Pro Racing series, especially the "Factory Wars" era of the 1990's. Inevitably, I always immediately think of another famous Trans Am driven by Burt Reynolds in Smokey and The Bandit, which is another story topic entirely...

Entertainingly, the last I've seen of The Hoff' was during a past episode of Fast 'N Loud, where they magically tracked down Hasselhoff in his Dressing Room for a concert in Sweden, or was it Switzerland, Ja-Ja? As they were trying to meet him for Somme-thun-ruther'

Oh yeah, that's right, they built a Knight Rider KITT 2000
1982-ish Pontiac Trans Am replica, along with getting David Hasselhoff to attend a birthday party during a two hour season finale episode complete with really Cheesy KITT voiceovers, and think they even got pulled over by ChiP's Hunkster erik Estrada on their way to the party...

As I've also watched the Fast 'N Loud crew build a 1977-ish Bandit mobile with the comedic affects of tracking down Mr. Reynolds for his autograph.

As the episode was replete with a Keystone Coppers' chase scene with past Gas Monkey Garage employee, and now star of Misfit Garage Tom Smith's entertaining 'N fairly well done Buford T. Justice impersonation. Although Nobody can out due the late, great Jackie Gleason!

As interestingly, and fairly typical in the Movie Cars realm, there's now apparently more KITT 2000's on static museum duty, prowlin' the roads and in private collections than supposedly survived the TV Show's production of 22/23, for which supposedly only five survived. So who knows what KITT 2000's are real, eh?

Meanwhile, Y'all cannot fault the base platform selection for KITT's successor, aka KITT 3000, a 2008 ford Shelby GT-500KR...

(Photo Courtesy of Clarity Pictures)

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