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Car guy movies: Baby Driver

24 July, 2017

We’re drawn to any movie featuring fast cars and a good chase scene. When it’s matched to a soundtrack like that of Baby Driver, we’re sold.

Relative newcomer and opposite of Vin Diesel, Ansel Elgort, plays Baby, a hearing impaired getaway driver gradually paying off a debt to a Kevin Spacey’s character, Doc.

Cast alongside Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Lily James and Flea from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, the story itself ticks along nicely and keeps the audience guessing, but of course we’re in it for the driving scenes. And for that reason alone, it’s worth a watch. 

Baby Driver is in cinemas now and we’d suggest getting out to see it.

You can check out the trailer here:

And full opening scene here:

Taipan – surpassing interest

“It’s merely a passing interest,” insists Selby — despite owning three variants of the classic VW Beetle, including an unusual VW van that was sold as a body kit for a Subaru. In his defence he points to a 1961 Ford Thunderbird, a car that he converted to right-hand drive. However, on the VW side of the ledger, since he opened Allison Autos in Whanganui 27 years ago, Selby has built 15 VW-powered Formula First cars, followed by a beach buggy, restored a derelict Karmann Ghia, and hot-rodded a common or garden Beetle into something that has to be seen to be believed. As speed is not something generally associated with classic VWs, though, Selby is still waiting for this particular modification to catch on amongst the hot rod faithful.

Travelling companion

It’s easy to see why the Morris Minor Traveller was one of the best-loved variants of the Morris Minor. Introduced in 1953, it was equipped with the same independent torsion bar front suspension, drum brakes, and rack and pinion steering as its saloon sibling but, with their foldable rear seat increasing versatility, many Travellers were used as trade vehicles, says Derek Goddard. Derek and Gail Goddard, the owners of this superbly restored example, have run Morris Minors since before they were married in 1974.
“Our honeymoon vehicle was a blue Morris Minor van — it was a rust bucket,” says Derek.