2015 Ford Mustang GT: The Perfect Ride for Furious 7?
June 19, 2015
In 1977, I was seven. My father was a freelance writer for various car magazines. One day he drives home in a black and gold Pontiac Firebird Formula, which he was road-testing for Street Racer magazine (see photos below), and says, "Come on son, we're going to the movies."
The movie was "Smokey and the Bandit."
Of course I loved the movie, but the ride home was the clincher. I remember walking out to the car and saying something like, "Dad, we have the same car as the Bandit." Then my dad, who was in his early 30s, did burnouts the whole ride home, just like the Bandit. My seven-year-old mind was blown.
That day, that movie, and that ride home are burned in my soul. Scarred me for life and it's certainly why my father and I own a black and gold 1976 Trans Am today.
The modern version of all this has proven difficult for me. First of all, Smokey and the Bandit was rated PG. Sure it was probably a bit racy at moments for a seven-year-old, but those moments were more suggestive than anything. And while the language was certainly profane, there are no F-bombs. Regardless, it was the 70s, so it was cool and my father will tell you he didn't even really think about it back then. Different times.
Today's car movies, however, are all PG-13, including "Need for Speed" and "Furious 7". And it's hard for me to take my daughters, now 12 and 10, to a movie with that much violence, gratuitous sex and scantily-clad booty. It's just too much. I won't do it.
And doing burnouts the whole way home from a screening of "The SpongeBob Movie", while cool, isn't exactly the experience I'm talking about.
Too bad. Our orange long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT would be the perfect ride for such a father-daughter outing.
Maybe someday. I hear there's a "Smokey and the Bandit" remake in the works. Maybe The Bandit will go Mustang this time around.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 9,168 miles