Places to See Movie Cars

Love movies? Love cars? These are the places where you can see the vehicles that have starred in some classic films. If you live even remotely near any of these destinations, a road trip is definitely in order.

 

Petersen Automotive Museum

 

It only makes sense to visit an automotive museum in Los Angeles to see movie cars. The Petersen Automotive Museum is located on Wilshire Boulevard, right in the city’s Museum Row.

 

While you can see quite a few impressive cars in a building that used to be a department store, the real draw is the movie cars. Petersen swaps out exhibits often, but you can catch the likes of the DeLorean DMC12 from Back to the Future, Herbie the Love Bug, and even the Batmobile from Tim Burton’s Batman movie.

 

Petersen will periodically play a clip behind each movie car, on a big screen. It shows the vehicle in a famous scene, so you get a sense for why it’s so famous and deserves to be there. That alone makes hanging out in the movie cars section worth the time.

 

Admittedly, the movie vehicles area is only a small portion of one of the museum’s floors. But kids will appreciate the second floor Cars discovery area. It features those lovable Pixar creations, and teaches them a thing or two about how automobiles work.

 

Voto Auto Museum

 

You probably don’t think of Illinois when it comes to movie cars, but it actually hosts one of the best collections around. As the name suggests, it’s located in the city of Volo, which is north of Chicago, about halfway to Milwaukee.

 

You get to explore over 33 unique exhibits, with a little something for everyone. Remember the Russian Duck, or car-boat thing from Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull? It’s there. So is the 2014 Subaru Impreza WRX STI form Fast & Furious 7, Batman’s Tumbler, the Flintstones car, and many more.

 

The museum is actually contained in 12 different buildings, so you have plenty to explore. That consumes two city blocks, ensuring you get plenty of exercise, too. If the weather’s nice, park-like outdoor areas make for a great way to unwind after seeing all the cars.

 

Hollywood Cars Museum

 

From the name, you’d expect this to be located at least near Hollywood, or in Southern California at the least. Instead, check this museum out when you hit the Strip in Las Vegas.

 

Inside, you’ll find 30,000 square feet of vehicles that are somehow tied to movies and TV shows. Some of the highlights include Robocop’s ride, the General Lee, K.I.T from Knight Rider, several Fast & Furious cars, and the Coffin Dragster used in The Munsters.

 

There are enough vehicles, that they represent over 100 movies and TV shows. Some zany customized vehicles, like a piano car, are also included just for good measure. All in all, the collection is valued at about $7 million.

 

Rusty’s TV & Movie Car Museum

 

If you’re in the South, head to Jackson, Tennessee to check out Rusty’s TV & Movie Car Museum. While it’s not the largest museum on this list, if you can’t get to the others, this one still delivers some pretty iconic rides.

 

The 25-plus cars include one of the General Lees from the Dukes of Hazard, the AMC Gremlin from Wayne’s World, Lightning McQueen, the Mystery Machine, and one of the Back to the Future DeLoreans.

 

As you might be able to tell, this museum was started by a guy named Rusty. He’s been hard at work, collecting interesting vehicles for almost a quarter of a century. His private collection has reached 35 vehicles, and is still growing.

 

 

Auto Detailing Techniques to Elevate Your Ride to the Next Level

Some people rarely wash their car. You always know who they are, because their ride just doesn’t impress in the least. While you might wash and wax often, likely you’re missing some important details. Those with truly critical eyes will notice, and maybe you have, too.

 

Before you throw in your wash towel, literally, try these tips. They’ll take your auto detailing skills to the next level, and your car with them.

 

Kick the Bucket

 

You’ve probably been told to use two buckets for washing your car. One’s for the soapy water, and one’s to rinse your sponge or whatever you’re using to scrub the car. While that’s better than using just one bucket, some of the dirt from the rinse bucket will transfer to the other, defeating the whole purpose.

 

Better, ditch buckets altogether. Wash different sections of the car, starting from the roof and working your way down. Wet the area down, apply soap to your wash mitt, then clean the area before rinsing it thoroughly. The result will be obvious, and this technique is faster, as well as less tedious.

 

Use the Cleaning Tool

 

Many automotive shops, and even some hardware stores sell these auto detailing tools. They look like a small rubber utility knife, at least in a way.

 

The idea is to use the rubber edge to reach where you normally can’t. One prime area is the panel gaps in the center console. Crumbs, dirt, and even skin cells like to gather there. Sure, you can try vacuuming that out, but that might scratch the plastic or leather. Plus, the cleaning tool is more thorough.

 

Sometimes the kits come with small brushes, too. Use these aids, and your interior will look far better for it.

 

Banish Hair

 

Getting rid of hair, whether it’s from pets or humans, can be tricky. The individual hairs often don’t all come out of carpeting or cloth upholstery, leaving at least some behind. The situation isn’t hopeless, if you have the right tools.

 

Likely, you’re just using a vacuum or your hands to do the dirty work. You’re going in the right direction with a hose, but you need something to loosen the hairs first. A pumice stone or rubber pet comb should do the trick. Even better, you can use them repeatedly, which you can’t do with tape or a sticky roller. Besides, this method yields better results.

 

Move the Seats

 

Surprisingly, people often keep their seats in the same positions, even when cleaning. If you do that, crumbs and other debris will gather under them, just like the floor beneath your fridge.

 

Scooting your seats all the way forward or back will reveal the filth underneath. It’s just another way to be more thorough with your detail efforts.

 

Follow Directions

 

There are many good cleaning products, including soaps and waxes. You might have your preferences, and that’s fine. Ultimately, no matter what you use, always follow the directions printed on the container. Disregarding them can at best not give you the best shine possible, and at worst ruin whatever you apply the product to.

Top Camera Rig Vehicles

When film crews need to take moving shots, they need a vehicle that’s up to the task. In the past, minivans have been default rig vehicles, but they come with numerous shortfalls. Sometimes crews will outfit a truck with a crane and other necessary gear, but that’s often because of a tight budget.

 

These are the vehicles crews use when they have the cash, and want the best.

 

Porsche Cayenne

 

This flashy SUV isn’t just about impressing people at the country club when you pull up. As a large and luxurious vehicle, it can easily handle a camera rig, even a large crane, without getting wobbly, which would mess up a shot. The wide track and heavy curb weight keeps everything firmly planted.

 

Also, the Cayenne is famous for being not only powerful, but also quick. It can keep up with sports cars, so if you need to film a quick chase scene, a vehicle whipping around a track, or whatever else, the SUV can handle the task.

 

Large brakes mean even with all that extra equipment, including a camera and large rig, the vehicle can stop quickly. After all, you don’t want to risk crashing, damaging your gear and possibly injuring anyone riding inside.

 

Speaking of people riding in the Cayenne, Porsche designed the SUV with loads of interior space. Considering you might have the cameraman, director, crane operator, driver, or any number of other people in it, with additional equipment crammed into the cabin, that’s super helpful as well.

Porsche Panamera

 

It might be the most controversial modern Porsche, and the second Porsche on this list, but the Panamera has become a favorite of some camera crews.

 

Chase Car has famously modified the four-door hatchbacks to make them even more practical than the Cayenne. It’s still fast and stable like the other Porsche, but the unique rear layout adds another dimension, and extra utility.

 

With the Cayenne, some crane operators complain that they can’t see well enough out the back. Chase Car builds a bubbled safety glass canopy on the hatch portion of the Panamera. This allows the crane operator to see well all around the car, remedying the problem.

Mini Cooper

 

Another car known for its stability, the Mini Cooper has also won over camera crews. It really shines because of a compact shape, enabling it to squeeze into more confined spaces so you can get that perfect shot not possible with a larger vehicle, such as filing in a parking garage.

 

Minis are also known to be surprisingly quick, as well as agile. That comes in handy if a crew needs to film a subject that’s moving quickly and changing directions often.