FOLLOW THAT CAR!

If you’re running fleet vehicles, adrenalin-fuelled car chases must be the stuff of nightmares. But cinematically they’re as iconic as they are popular and a part of movie folklore  Among a plethora of choices, which sets the standard for all others to follow, equal or surpass?  Who could forget the incredible scenes from The Italian Job in 1969? A gold bullion robbery carried out by some Michael Caine-led geezers using Mini Coopers. Despite making good their escape by going ‘off-road’ in the centre of Turin, perhaps Charlie Croker would have welcomed some fleet tracking solutions

Italian job 1969

Italian job 1969

. One of the most iconic car-chases in cinema history has to be Popeye Doyle’s pursuit of a desperate villain in The French Connection in 1971. Commandeering a Pontiac Le Mans, Doyle tracks an elevated train across Brooklyn in a horn-blaringly memorable pursuit.

Car chase

Car chase

After Ryan O’Neal slowly took a Mercedes to pieces in The Driver back in 1978, this film set the bar extremely high with several, intense chase scenes. The tagline proudly announced, ‘He’ll get you away faster than anyone else on wheels.’ Another absolute classic of the genre is Steve McQueen’s 1968 film, Bullitt. His V8 Ford Mustang GT fastback burnt up the streets of San Francisco in a scintillating tyre-screecher which is regarded as one of the most influential in movie history. It’s one for the petrol heads to seek out, and with a chase which lasted over 10 minutes, this may well be the standard bearer. And credit where credit’s due. The Bond franchise has served up some great chases and some serious vehicular stunts and delights.

An Aston Martin DB5 with an ejector seat in Goldfinger and that wonderful corkscrew jump in an AMC Hornet in pursuit of Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun. Then there was the submersible Lotus Esprit S1 in The Spy Who Loved Me and the invisible Aston Martin V12 Vanquish from Die Another Day. But did Q ever consider investing in commercial vehicle tracking? And the Blues Brothers en-route to Chicago while being pursued by the police? Why not?

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