Why the Pacer was Perfect for Wayne’s World
In 1992, the AMC Pacer made one of its most famous movie appearances. While the car had appeared in a few episodes of Remington Steele and the Rockford Files, it had not earned a spot as a memorable movie car until Garth drove the car. While it may not be a “star” like Bandit or the Back to the Future car, the AMC Pacer developed a little bit of cool that it did not have before that movie was released. If you really think about cars that have made major appearances in movies, you might be able to select a few other models that could fill the same role. Could you imagine Bandit being a Camaro? Couldn’t the Back to the Future car be a Corvette? They could. But the AMC Pacer in Wayne’s World could not be replaced, it really is a perfect car for Garth Algar. Here are a few reasons why:
The car is not cool and it does not care: Garth Algar, the car’s owner, has the same traits. He is not a cool guy, if the cool guy is a good-looking, physically fit, football-player type. It is impossible to see a cool guy in an AMC Pacer.
The car has flames: The flames add just that little bit of personality. Garth is a quiet guy, but his long blonde hair suggests that there might be a little bit more behind his soft-spoken gentleness.
The car has some secrets: There is more than meets the eye with the blue Pacer. From the licorice hiding in the bubble light to the impressive stereo system, this Pacer might be a bit odd looking on the outside, but has some useful features on the inside. Again, this is representative of Garth, the owner. He also occasionally surprises the viewers with his quips.
The blue color is subtle and comfortable: Even though Garth Algar never really seems completely at ease, it is easy to imagine him driving a denim-blue car. It is hard to picture Garth wearing anything but faded jeans, which are about the same color as the Pacer he drives.
The AMC Pacer will never be a truly cool car, but by being featured in Wayne’s World in 1992, the car take a few steps up, moving ahead of other uncool cars. With Garth Algar and Wayne Campbell not being embarrassed about driving one, they made it ok for others, especially metalheads like them, to sit behind the wheel of a partially customized AMC Pacer.