Thursday, April 9, 2020

RETRO: Like Steve McQueen, Absolutely!

Car and Driver's long-term 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt edition "Test Mule." (Image source:
As C'mon Sister, Sing It to Me Sheryl...

Although I can say with Absolute 111% certainty My New & Improved winDOUGHS 10 Experience is gonna probably make me have a Coronary! As not only does Lucy’ sound like she’s got a Cold, which I know ain’t a Funny Joke right now but; Freakin’ eh, Ray!

But Y'all probably already have heard enough sniveling 'bout how winDOUGHS 10 is causing Havoc for me, El Correctomundo! Whilst I find it Uber Funny how I went from Ye Past to the Present and presumably Future in thoust span ‘O just over 24hrs – via thou world of Serendipity.

As I’d been talking to “Greg-the-Drummer” Friday evening ‘bout Steve McQueen’s brief interactions with ‘Ol Blue eyes, nee Paul Newman and then SHUHZAMM!

Y’all know what happens here most frequently on thou Isle 'O Nofendersville, where thoust Seas of Synchronicity tirelessly wash over your Humble No Fenders Scribe Tomaso…

And it was an even stronger Dousing ‘O synchronicity, since by shear Blind luck on Saturday, March 21st, the 50th Anniversary of SuperMario’, aka Mario Andretti Defeating that Smug Hollywood Hero, the aforementioned Steve McQueen in the 1970 12 Hours of Sebring, wait for it!

Keep Ah-waiting' for It, Tuh-duh!

Surfin’ Ye Boob Tube’ that very Saturday afternoon, I settled upon Turner Classic Movies (TCM) as the voice On-screen sounded vaguely familiar before the rumble of High Performance engines filled the screen, with just the sound of constantly revving and shifting Narly V-8’s filling Thy living room, wondering What the Hell is this movie?

Even funnier yet, I heard the WUMP! WUMP! WUMP! Before the L-O-U-D Pedal was applied liberally once again before the two vehicles got  into an All-out High speed Chase careening thru Hapless Traffic!

As my Brain finally decided it’s gotta be Bullitt, Righto? Which I found very Surreal now being basically totally Blind and Not being able to Discern what the movie Onscreen was?

Although I was 86% certain it had to be Bullitt when I heard the major explosion at the end of the Narly Chase Scene! And then knew afterwards those WUMPOE' Noises were the two cars, primarily McQueen’s Nasty 1968 390cid V-8 big Block Ford Mustang jumping and landing Hard on the steep streets of San Francisco, after having seen the movie multiple times over the years…

Confirmation came for Mwah briefly after the iconic Chase scene when the Chief Detective muttered what were you doing Frank! When Thee Hero McQueen’s being Chewed Out by his Bosses following the Harrowing Chase!

As I simply had to watch; err listen to the end of the movie now, since I’d had McQueen on Ye Noggin’ the past evening. And was Amused over a few items gleamed at the end of the movie.

The first being how Quaint to hear the Airline in Questione the Bad Guys trying to escape on from San Francisco International Airport being Pan American which they mention in the 1968 Movie, when the Gate Attendant makes the customary Thank You for Flying “Insert Airline Here” Notification after telling passengers they’re ready to board, please have your passports ready.

Secondly, after the movie, the TCM Voice Over Narrator not only mentioned how the movie in whole was filmed primarily in San Francisco to give it more authenticity,.

Yet even more interesting to Mwah was the tidbits presumably 'bout the Movie’s Producer, since he was the only person involved in the trio 'O projects mentioned. Being the unknown & unheard of Phillip D'Antoni who "Green-lighted" Thee famous Car Chase in the Movie - Banking on its Revving Up the Film!

As D'Antoni's instincts not only proved correct, but Dramatically upped the Ante over Car Chases in General! And would incorporate them in further movies including The French Connection, for which it won multiple Oscars including Best Picture for D'Antoni, Best Actor for Gene Hackman and Best Film amongst its total Haul of five.

D'Antoni followed up The French Connection with the film the Seven Ups in 1973, his lone Directing credit before turning to lucratively producing TV Shows for NBC afterwards.

And then the following day Sunday, I did the unthinkable and watched 'N listened to my very first ever RASSCAR Roundy-Round i Racing E-Sports Pro Invitational race at Homestead, Miami on Thy Telie', which I've already serenaded Y'all 'bout. Which e-Gads! I'm watchin' the entire NASCAR Virtual Racing Series right now, since it's the Only Gory Motor Racing easily accessible on Television...

Can You Hear Me Now, IndyCar? Seriously, you need 'lil E' to boost your Virtual Ratings; Oh Never Mind!