Film's best flying cars
Posted by: Cal on 12/06/2014
Forget Google's recent self-driving car tests, because cars that can fly might be making an appearance on our horizons far sooner than expected.
That's if billionaire Elon Musk has anything to do with it. The business tycoon behind the latest Tesla electric car told The Independent in an article published June 8 that he's thought a lot about creating a flying car, and he thinks that it wouldn't be hard. The problem, he said, would be to make a flying car that was safe and quiet and didn't annoy the general public.
I don't know about you, but for me, Mr Musk's comments bring to mind a few of film's most iconic flying car scenes. Perhaps we're not too far away from seeing them in real life?
In any case, here's a look at some of cinema's best flying vehicles. Which one would you rather drive?
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Which 90s kid could forget when Ron Weasley took his father's modified power blue Ford and took it to the skies to rescue Harry Potter from his evil relatives? With an in-built feature dubbed an 'Invisibilty Booster' this flying machine was supposed to be able to fit a whole load of people, pets and luggage, while remaining concealed from any humans who happened to look up into the sky.
However, anybody who has read the books or seen the movies will know all doesn't always quite go to plan with this humble vehicle. In one memorable scene, the trio of Harry, Ron and Hermione accidentally fly the car into the violent tree, the Whomping Willow. Disaster ensues.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Most people know the story of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. A down-on-his-luck inventor finally manages to get a car to fly, but an evil dictator finds out and goes to great efforts to steal the car for himself.
The story then follows many adventures and near misses as the inventor and his friends try to evade capture and triumph over the evil Baron.
Of course, the car itself comes to the rescue in a number of situations. Various versions of the vintage racing car, with its memorable GEN11 number plate, were actually built for filming, and there are now many replicas around the world, too.
Back to the Future
Want a car that doubles as a time machine? Then get your hand on the De Lorean DMC-12 sports car used in the film Back to the Future, invented by Dr Emmett Brown, a bit of a mad scientist type. The magical ride is driven by character Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox.
88 miles-per-hour is the magic number in this film, as it's what activates the car's time machine function. This vehicle doesn't fly straight away, but eventually Dr Brown tinkers with it to give it hover-craft capabilities so it can finally fly and travel through time - now that's what we like to call an all-purpose vehicle. I wonder if it had some awesome all-terrain tyres to match, too?
Thanks to the film's success, not to mention its sequels, the De Lorean DMC-12 has a firm place in popular culture, with mentions frequently popping up in other television shows and movies.
Remember, no matter what kind of car you're driving, even if it's a flying one, you need to take good care of your car tyres! Think of them as your landing equipment. They need to be firmly rooted on the ground with good traction, pressure and tread to drive - or fly - you safely from place to place. Nobody wants a crash landing.