Most of us would love to travel the world. See the sights, experience the magic, explore new environments, and immerse yourself in cultures more exotic than your own. As a California kid, I was always entranced by stories told in film and television. Having Hollywood just a few miles away from my little suburban town, I was always drawn to the big blockbuster action films. As I grew older and worked my way through my education, I began to appreciate the value of stories that came from other cultures. I began watching more foreign films, reading classic works of literature from all over the world, and desired much more greatly to explore and travel. Sadly, such dreams and aspirations can’t always come to fruition for everyone. But a kid can still dream, can’t he? With Mexico below and the rest of the States to the east, I’ve been to some interesting places. But I often wondered what it’d be like to revisit some of that Hollywood hype and imagine myself traveling the world in classic screen cars.

Imagine whipping the General Lee, The Dukes of Hazzard’s 1969 Dodge Charger, out of the rough country of the fictional Hazzard County, Georgia, and into the Australian metropolis of Sydney; cruising across the Sydney Harbor Bridge and chilling out on Coogee Beach. Pretty cool idea, huh? Especially with Daisy Duke in your passenger seat. Or how about rolling in style? Taking James Bond’s 1964 Aston martin DB5 from Goldfinger for a stroll through Saint-Tropez on the French Riviera. Hopefully you wouldn’t need all those defensive gadgets that come with it, but activating that ejector seat to parachute down onto Pampelonne beach wouldn’t hurt.

I kind of like the idea of taking some of these rides out of their elements and into unexpected ones. Can you imagine driving Smokey & the Bandit’s 1977 Pontiac Trans Am through the streets of Hong Kong, down the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade? Or “flying” Doc Brown’s 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 from Back to the Future through Rio de Janeiro, blasting some bossa nova? Kowalski zoomed his 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T from Denver to San Francisco in Vanishing Point, but how about doing it from Lisbon to the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona? Or revving up the Striped Tomato, the 1975 Ford Gran Torino Starsky and Hutch car around Lagos? Take Hollywood to Nollywood, instead of prancing around in a Peugeot 505.

Of course, I’ve also always wanted to visit Tokyo. Immeasurably rich in culture and history, stylish and exotic, and alluring with its architecture and cuisine. I can’t think of any other way to explore it than with the Batmobile. From the Imperial Palace through Tsukiji Market, there is no other preferred method of transportation. And if I wanted to take a long-distance, cross-country European voyage, it would have to be in Speed Racer’s legendary Mach 5. I’d start in Amsterdam, race over to Brussels and on to Paris, zip down to Zurich, then up to Munich and Prague, whisking to Vienna, across into Budapest and down into Zagreb, then Venice, and ending in Rome. Yeah, a kid can still dream, can’t he? It sure beats tarrying around the Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valleys in a rusted 2006 Toyota Corolla.

 

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