Question: Universal Studios Backlot Tour Cars?


Yesterday on Jalopnik, they had a story about Hollywood’s Hidden Parking Lot.  It was really a pretty cool read, and it got me thinking back to when I was about 13 years old.  I remember taking a family trip to Florida, and going on the “Universal Studios Backlot Tour”.   (It is a very vague memory so bare with me.)  I think I was on a trolley sort of thing, and I remember driving by a big parking lot that had a bunch of old movie cars in it.  The only part of the tour that I actually remember was the row of faded & damaged blue 1939 Plymouth coupe’s that were from the Roger Rabbit movie.  With a quick search of Google, I actually found an old picture of them.  Gosh I would love to have one of them.  Even the one with the missing roof!  Like most cars from 39-41, they just have great lines.

My question to you is:  Does anybody know if these cars are still there?  Got pictures? What else is there with them?  Bonus Points if you can find them on Google Earth! (I tried and failed.)

Photo by Jeff Lange, Found on:

Help This Guy Find His Stolen VW in SoCal!

The automotive community these days is tighter than ever, which means that it is tough for criminals to get away with car related crime.  Today’s mission for car enthusiasts nationwide is to find this guys VW GTI! He went out to a restaurant to have some delicious chicken wings and watch some football, and ended the night staring at an empty parking spot where he left his much loved GTI.

The owner (HipHopDub) says:

“I was at buffalo wild wings on citrus and workman in west Covina watching football with a friend of mine. We left and I realized I didn’t have my keys so I went back to the table we were sitting at and looked around. We didn’t find anything and I spoke w the managers. They said no one turned in any keys. So I had my friend drive me home to grab a spare key. When we returned, my car was gone. I was bummed w the idea of having to replace a vw switchblade key because of how expensive they are…. But I never thought that someone would actually steal my car…. I took a picture of my car in the parking lot while I was leaving, never thought it would be the last time I saw it.

It’s a 2004 reflex silver gti. Black roof. Vw roofvrack crossbars. Lowered on 17″ arrietas. No tint, no front plates. License plate is 5HRS162. If anyone sees it, please call the cops right away. I’ve had that car brand new from 6 years ago. Not just another car to me. I’m devastated right now. Police report filed. car was parked outside of restaurants outdoor camera’s line of sight. management will check inside videotapes tomorrow.

I hope they find it. i dont care of its stripped, i just want it back. 🙁 ”

Readers in SoCal & Surrounding Areas > Keep your eyes peeled on the streets for this car, and possibly on Craigslist for it’s parts.  If you see it, call the police and get the scum of the earth thrown in the slammer.

Fingers crossed for a safe return!

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Tilt-Shift Drift Video: Awesome, But I Don’t Get It.

I don’t have a clue of how this is done, but this is apparently a real drift event filmed through a tilt shift camera.  I think it is absolutely awesome, but I don’t have any clue of how it works, which bothers me.  That being said, watch it, enjoy it, and then could somebody please explain to me what the heck tilt-shift photography is?  I read the wikipedia, and I can’t wrap my head around it.  Now all I can think of is the fast talking micro machines guy.

Junkyards: The Resting Place of Failed Invention

Junkyards are the final resting place of failed invention.  For those of you that frequent junkyards, I certainly do not need to tell you about the types of brilliance that can be found behind their prison-like chain link fences.  See, junkyards aren’t just about crashed cars; their awesomeness is far deeper than that.  Obviously there are a plethora of cars that are so horrifically crashed that they instill the fear of driving into you that you will never forget.  Then you see rows of burned-out motorhomes.  In tough economic times, as if by magic, those rows seem to grow.  Coincidence?  Hmmmm.  Around the outskirts of most junkyards is where you typically find the really old stuff.  Everything from old cars and trucks to farm equipment and machinery.  But we aren’t talking about any of that today.  We are talking about inventions.

These inspirational inventions in junkyards are almost always unfinished projects that were likely fueled by acetylene, oxygen, a bit of argon, and most of all, alcohol.  We all know that if you take two great things, and put them together, you obviously multiple the greatness and get something twice as nice.  Right?  Well, junkyards prove this because the merging of great things just so happens to be the most common invention found. Take this “Willy’s-Jeep-Nissan-Plow-Tow-Offroad-Truck” from the 80’s for example.  It features an 86 Nissan D720 up top, and what I believe is a vastly shorter Willy’s Jeep chassis and suspension below.  It’s a win from every angle.

Now, you are probably asking: What about the projects with less than 4 wheels though?  Do those end up here too? Ofcourse they do!  The junkyards don’t discriminate when it comes to great inventions.  Here we have this “Lawnmower-Scooter-Moped-Trike” for a 3 wheeled example.  I have always thought that my lawnmower had too many wheels.  Sadly, the previous owner of this super mower trike didn’t put it into production so that we all could reap the huge benefits of the rotational weight savings.

Oddly enough while at a swap meet over the weekend I spotted an invention that is strangely similar, yet equally genius.  Naturally there were a lot of comments like “Geeze, my (husband, wife, mother, son, grandmother, etc) could really use this thing!”  So was it purchased?   You’re darn right it was!  Sadly, I don’t know the purchase price.  We can only imagine that an invention of that caliber must go for top dollar.  Will it be a failed invention found in the junkyard someday? Who knows.

For those of you that don’t find yourselves loafing through the ever glistening, questionably non-freezing mud of your local salvage yards, I would like recommend letting down your hair and taking a stroll through.  It is a bizarre world out there, and the salvage yards are hiding the physical proof of it.  After all, it is the resting place of failed invention.

RPOTD: Alien Spacecraft? Nah, Just a Vette Extreme Close Up.

Random Picture Of The Day

After yesterday’s Trans Am picture, I figured a bright red Corvette would be a nice follow-up.  From this view, it kind of looks like something that should be flying through the air over Area 51.  Luckily for us, it is not an extraterrestrial  space ship full of curious beings from another galaxy, its a beautiful muscle car.  Remember how nice summer was? ……mmmmm…..warmth.