Tiny Doom’s Top 5 Fictional Vehicles

If it weren’t for my friends and the lovely neighborhood nights we have, I would never have any post ideas, seriously.  I’m not sure how we got on the topic, but I do remember that we were sitting around TRM’s table having a “neighborhood night” and we started to discuss favorite fictional vehicles.

Of course there are many, many to choose from, including different versions and variations.  For the sake of this list my definition of vehicle is “a thing used for transporting people or goods.”  Also, I really wanted to think beyond the first things to jump into your head.  Just about everyone likes the Batmobile (pick your version), The Millennium Falcon, or The Enterprise (again, pick your version).  So you won’t find any of those my list, which is not to say I didn’t throw some obvious choices out there, obvious to me at least.  So here goes, in no particular order, Tiny Doom’s Top 5 Fictional Vehicles.

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War Rig (Mad Max: Fury Road)

I’ve written about my love for Fury Road before, so it’s not really a surprise that the vehicle at center of the film would be a fav.  What I love about the war rig is that it is clearly an extension of Furiosa herself…unstoppable, reliable, and protective.  Furiosa customized it herself, from the skeleton  arm painted on the driver’s side door to the kill switches which let no one but Furiosa drive.  Most importantly The War Rig represents freedom, literally moving its human cargo along the roads until independence is earned by ramming through and running over authority and patriarchy.

 

67Impala’67 Chevy Impala (Supernatural)  

The Impala is Dean’s Baby, his first and only car. She’s black and shiny, and chock full of weapons for hunting monsters.  She’s been Sam and Dean’s home when they didn’t have one, which is most of their lives.  The Impala is pretty much a character on the show in her own right (check out “Baby”, ep. 4, season 11).  Besides the fact that it’s hard to resist a growly beast of a car that can fit a body in the trunk, I think I feel such a kindred spirit here because I too tend toward anthropomorphism (yeah, I talk to my car) and had my own first car (The Turtle) for 20 years before it was time for something new, since I don’t have Dean’s mechanics skills.  The new ride is great, but you never forget your first.

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V8 Interceptor/Pursuit Special (Mad Max, Mad Max 2: Road Warrior)

Yeah, another Mad Mad vehicle, and probably the most “obvious” one on this list.  But I also sort of feel like it’s the progenitor of some of the other iconic vehicles on this list.  The interceptor starts its life as Max’s police vehicle and later becomes his home, his weapon for revenge, and the thing that gives him purpose as the world falls down around him.  It’s both a symbol of his past, and one could argue, a physical representation of Max’s own mental state.

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Iron Man Armor (Iron Man, Marvel movie versions)

It’s red and gold, it’s sleek and shiny, and it makes the wearer strong, fast, and while not nigh indestructible, it can certainly take a lickin’.  The first Iron Man movie remains my favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, largely because of how much it surprised me.  And seriously, I love the aesthetics of the Iron Man armor.  I even love all the clicking and whirring sounds it makes! It’s hard to pick a favorite, maybe the Mark III, again because it was the first that really caught my eye.  From a functionality standpoint the “suitcase armor” from Iron Man 2 just delights me.  It’s a good idea too, I mean how awkward is it to be caught by a supervillian without your hero pants even on?

 

 

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Blaine the Mono– (The Waste Lands and Wizard and Glass, Dark Tower Book Series by Stephen King)-  I’ve always liked monorails. They seem so futuristic and way better than our current subway system. I rode a monorail in Las Vegas and it was very polite, always reminding you to be sure you have all your belongings and to check that you are getting off at the right stop. This is not Blaine.  Blaine the Mono is a sentient monorail who is a pain and goes insane and that’s the truth (yes, my rhyming is intentional here).  He tries to kill the main character and his traveling companions, but not before challenging them to a riddling contest.  He’s pretty much the exact opposite of my platonic ideal for a monorail or any mode of transportation for that matter, and I can’t wait for self-driving cars!  But this is probably what makes Blaine interesting to me. 

 

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HONORABLE MENTION:

Eleanor,1967 Shelby Mustang GT500– (Gone in 60 Seconds)
Apparently 1967 was a good years for cars.  While this one doesn’t make it on to my list, I know it’s my Dad’s “holy grail.”  In fact, I believe there is a verbal contract in play that if I ever win the lottery I have to buy this for him.

 

 

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Jurassic Park Tour Vehicles– (Jurassic Park)

Look at these things.  They are so ugly they spin back around to awesome.  Plus, they run on a track, like a monorail.  Also, super safe.  Lex and Tim still survived even though a T-Rex stomped on it, chewed on it, and eventually dropped it in a tree.  If I had one of these, I would strap the Fashion Raptors in and offer to drive it in every parade.

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28 comments

  1. itsthegoog

    I still love and worry that you chose Blaine. He is a homicidal and suicidal A.I. that’s thousands of years old, bored, and obsessed with riddles. He’d be fun for a little while, then doom.

  2. Gary

    All fine choices, but I have to go with (no particular order) The Mystery Machine, Doc Browns DeLorean, Professor Pat Pending’s Convert-A-Car (Wacky Racers Cartoon), Wonder Woman’s Invisible Jet and Herbie the Love Bug.

  3. comicazimike

    Great post, TD! I’ve also had similar discussions; good stuff!
    And you’re right. Of course Gary picked Herbie 😉
    I would love to ride/drive several of these, notably Iron Man’s armor, the DeLorean and WW’s invisible plane, and the ’67 Impala (I love muscle cars!). If I may toss a few selections into the ring?
    The T.A.R.D.I.S., which may seem obvious but still cool to me.
    Less obvious are a couple of lesser known sci-fi entries. The first being the Terrarium from Kim Stanley Robinson’s novel 2312. A Terrarium is essentially a hollowed out asteroid made into an ecosystem used for travel through the solar system.
    The other, and likely my favorite, is the Gay Deceiver. It’s the modified air car from Heinlein’s novel The Number of the Beast. The car is equipped with the “continua” device which operates on the geometry of that universe; three spatial dimensions and three temporal dimensions. The continua device can travel on all six of these and traverses all fictional realms.
    I would also add Silver Surfer’s surfboard and Santa’s sleigh.
    Thanks😃

  4. comicazimike

    What’s funny about Santa’s sleigh? Oh wait! You said fictional vehicles. My bad. Santa’s real.

  5. Garth McMurray

    My real dream car is a ’68 Ford Mustang like the one in Bullit. I’ve wanted one since I was a kid.
    My top 5 fictional vehicles would probably be:
    1. The Millennium Falcon. Tough to park, but great for long road trips.
    2. James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 with all the gadgets from Q installed (gun barrels, bullet shield, oil slick, etc.)
    3. Another James Bond car the “Wet Nellie”, a Lotus Esprit S1 sports car converted into a capable submarine. Take it to the beach, then take a trip underwater to a nice island.
    4. “Lola”, Agent Coulson’s ’62 Chevrolet Corvette with S.H.I.E.L.D. VTOL tech capable of flying, guns, flamethrowers, etc.
    5. “Heart of Gold”, the spaceship in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy novels. Sure, the Infinite Improbability Drive can be unpredictable, but it’s a fun ride.

  6. Bree Herne (@breeherne)

    1. Baby 67 Chevy Impala. — Supernatural. The Metalicar. Until the end of Season 1 it had 327 Engine and a Four Barrel carburetor. After it was rebuilt by dean the first time it now has a 502, with a 600 double pumper carb. Seriously, it went from a scary car to a panty dropper in 3 episodes.

    2. Eleanor,1967 Shelby Mustang GT500– (Gone in 60 Seconds) its a fucking shelby. It had F 428 Engine block, and racing transmission. *faint*

    3. War Rig (Mad Max: Fury Road) is a 78 foot 18 wheeler based on a Tatra T815, an all-wheel drive truck manufactured in Czech Republic. It has undergone heavy modification. The originally placed cab was moved from over the engine to the middle of the chassis. A custom front was fabricated and additional passenger space was added to the back of the cab, built from a widened 1947-48 Chevrolet Fleetmaster Sedan. Its pure bad ass. and 78 feet is longer than any legal American rig on the road today. (53 feet in case you are wondering)

    4. The Deliverator — Hiro Protagonists Car in Snow Crash. This car has enough potential energy packed into its batteries to fire a pound of bacon into the Asteroid Belt. You want to talk contact patches? The Deliverator’s car has big sticky tires with contact patches the size of a fat lady’s thighs. The Deliverator is in touch with the road, starts like a bad day, stops on a peseta.As he scrunches to a stop, the electromechanical hatch on the flank of his car is already opening to reveal his empty pizza slots, the door clicking and folding back in on itself like the wing of a beetle. The slots are waiting. Waiting for hot pizza.

    5. The mini — Bourne Identiry 1990’s Rover Mini Sprite, striped down, basic tiny car. Harks back to Minis racing pedigreee. While not sexy, or bad ass, it holds it own. Basically its a shit box that takes a pounding that most fancy ass cars couldnt handle. And thats why I love it

  7. Bree Herne (@breeherne)

    Honorable Mention:
    I would put it at #4 if I had to stick to cars that actually exist

    Black Beauty, Training Day. Alonzo’s car is a 1979 Chevy Monte Carlo, with some modifications: it has Dayton wire wheels with bullet caps; a Grant steering wheel; Flowmaster exhaust; and hydraulics. Added to this, the car is outfitted with a sunroof, which that era’s Monte Carlos never had. It also has a 502 with a 600 double pumper. Its also very reminisanct of the 1984 Monte Carlo I drove in High school. But my high school ride was shit brown and only had a V6.

  8. The Red Menace

    So, at first I thought I had nothing to say here, and then I realized that there is a dearth of sea-going vessels listed here.And then I got a little weird with it.

    1. The Nautilus, especially as drawn by Kevin O’Neill in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. So art deco and beautiful.

    2. Phineas Fogg’s balloon. It sounds relaxing, though of course it really wasn’t.

    3. Slushious. A hover car made from a slurpee machine. Clearly amazing. http://smekday.com/excerptfromthetr.html

    4. Ghost train. http://paranatural.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/ch4pg70train.png

    5. Starman’s cosmic rod. Under the loose definition of vehicle it totally counts.

    • tinydoom

      Oooo…fun list! I will admit I am much more partial to land vehicles due to my curse of the “ocean illness” as Little J once called it. It’s so horrible I can’t even be whimsical about it.

  9. tinydoom

    Good question. I’m willing to give it a go. Plus I don’t get motion sick if I am driving 🙂

  10. Travis Trudell

    I will have to go with:
    1: Doc Brown’s Delorian- A classic
    2: K.I.T.T.- because a talking car that sounds like the principle from Boy meets World is the coolest
    3: The Gadget-Mobile- I almost went with one of the vehicles from M.A.S.K. but the Gadget mobile covers all of the bases. Go Go Gadget submarine!!
    4: The Highwayman’s rig: I don’t know if everyone remembers this truck but for a brief time in my life I was destined to be a post-apocalyptic truckdriver like The Highwayman. It had a cool car in the back and the nose of the truck detached and became a helicopter. Check it:

    5: The Navigator: Round, round, get around, I get around. Yea! If you havent seen flight of the navigator, then I am sorry for you.

    Honorable mention:
    The Explorers space ship made from a mofified Tilt -a-whirl cart.
    Heart of Gold from Hitchikers guide to the galaxy
    And Dave the life size human spaceship that was Eddie Murphy. something about an Eddie Murphy ship is appealing to me.
    also The ZZ Top car. just because.

    • tinydoom

      The Navigator! Amazing choice! I am also surprised it took this long for K.I.T.T to show up. I watched The Explorers a LOT when I was a tinier Tiny Doom.

      • Travis Trudell

        Time Travel, space flight, Pee-Wee Herman-esques robotic Co-pilot. Ehat’s not to love.
        Also I think if the mivie is as crazy as I thinknit’s going to be then Daniel Radcliffe in “Swiss Army Man” will make my vehicles list.

  11. tonymcmillen

    1. Pee-Wee’s Bicycle.
    2. Batmobile (Tim Burton’s first movie)
    3. Turtle Van
    4. Orion’s Astro-Harness (for the sheer Kirbyness of it)
    5. The vampire’s skateboard from A Girl Walks Home at Night because she looks so cool riding on it.

    • tinydoom

      These lists are just so good! And I have got to see A Girl Walks Home at Night. It’s been on the must watch list for too long.

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