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1966 Batmobile - Auto News and Events

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1. The Original 1966 Batmobile Web site: www.1966batmobile.comThis neatly laid-out site features more information on Batman and Robin's George Barris-built icon than you can shake a bat-fist at. Not only does it have info on the original Batmobile, it also tracks the replicas that have been built and the message boards are aflame with fanatics tracing where each car is today.

2. American Graffiti Home Page (unofficial): a particularly slick site, but it does go deep into the history and fates of the '32 Ford and '55 Chevy from the classic 1974 film. But why nothing on the '58 Impala that was prominent in the film?

3. Bullitt: chase between a Highland Green Mustang GT and a black Charger 440 in Steve McQueen's 1968 film Bullitt remains the definitive car chase for many. This page-maintained by fanatics Wolfgang Kohrn, David Kunz, and Anthony Bologna-goes into minute detail on every aspect of the film and the cars in it.

4. Death Race 2000: Bartel's Death Race 2000 remains one of the great cheap movies of all time with a wild plot that has racers crossing the country and scoring points for knocking off pedestrians. What's interesting about this page is that it's sort of a scholarly discussion of the film-as if it had merit as a sociological treatise

5. North American General Lee Fan club: This site goes on for page after page of trivia about the stunts and cars used filming The Dukes of Hazzard. It's absolutely obsessive. This must be one of the most active fan clubs ever dedicated to a car.

6. Gone in 60 Seconds, The Unofficial Fan Webpage: Cotrel's tribute to the original 1974 Gone in 60 Seconds includes links and information about the year-2000 remake as well. The original movie remains the only film ever to use a quote from Car Craft on its original poster.

7. Knight Replicas Database: www.knightreplicas.comKnight Rider is one of those shows that, if you were the right age (like, six), seemed to feature the coolest car of all time. For the rest of us, it was an '82 Trans Am. This site tracks replicas of "K.I.T.T." around the country, but doesn't feature much information on production of the series itself.

8. www.lovebugfans.comThis site includes both a list of known existing "Love Bugs" used to film the 1969 film and its subsequent sequels, and a registry for owners who've built replicas and answers to frequently asked questions about the productions.

9. Starsky and Hutch Torinos: www.starskytorino.comDedicated to not only the cars used in making the mid-'70s TV series, but the 1,000 replicas built by Ford during the '76 model year and replicas around the world. It's so comprehensive that makers of this year's big-screen version of Starsky & Hutch actually used this site to find the cars that would appear in the film.

10. Vanishing Point: only does this site celebrate the film and its star, a white '70 Dodge Challenger, it includes rare behind-the-scenes photos of the climactic crash into some bulldozers, too.

Chrysler Takes Flite
According to everything coming fromDaimlerChrysler, the five-door Airflite concept car shown by the company at March's Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland accurately reflects the styling themes that will become the hallmark of the company into the foreseeable future. But the real treat isn't the styling-it's the rear-drive chassis upon which the Airflite is built that will make or break the company.

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