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Highway Patrol: Let the Car by the Star
When most television shows were filming in backlots and studios, Highway Patrol set a new standard by filming in actual rural roads in California. The popular show starring Broderick Crawford aired between 1955 and 1959. Filmed in black and white, the classic cop show pioneered the cop show genre and became a favorite in over 70 different countries.
The main character, Dan Mathews, was a part of the California Highway Patrol. He could always be found either reclining on or driving in his two-door 1955 Buick Century. The car which was modeled to look exactly like the real CHP cars. Interestingly, the CHP wanted to have a show that resembled Dragnet, which featured the local Los Angeles Police Department.
The Buick Skylark and the Film You Need to Know
The Sundance Film Festival, one of the largest film festivals in the world, allows independent filmmakers to show their creations in front of a powerful audience. In 2011, a low-budget pre-apocalyptic film by the name of Bellflower stunned viewers. The little-known film was produced for under $20,000. Despite the incredibly low budget, the film received a nomination for the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award (The Blair Witch Project won this award in 1999).
Flame-Throwers and an End of the World Gang
1965 Buick Skylark
The 1965 Buick Skylark was just one of the many models of the Skylark badge to be produced by Buick from 1953 to 1998. The long run of this successful model can be attributed to the fact that it changed with the times. Over the years, the Skylark went from convertible to compact to mid-sized back to compact, and finally grew again in size. As tastes and technology changed, so did the Skylark.
1955 Buick Roadmaster Series 70
Just one of the many classic Buicks to become a favorite among classic car lovers is the 1955 Buick Roadmaster Series 70. It has endeared itself into hearts big and small, and has even won the attention of famous owners. Jay Leno, a popular nighttime talk show host, owns one beautifully restored 1955 Roadmaster, and has for quite some time. Let’s take a closer look at this beauty.
1970 Buick GSX
After much anticipation, General Motors finally lifted its self-imposed ban on engines bigger than 400 cid, and the result was worth celebrating. New muscle cars were introduced with bigger engines and more power than ever before. The 1970 Buick GSX was one such model, and a much coveted one, at that. Several things about this car made it special at the time, and some of these same things help keep the car at the forefront of the minds of muscle car collectors and restorers to this day.
Classic Buick Wildcat
During the 1950s midsize cars were largely boxlike for want of a better description, and these classics are extremely cool in their own right so we are not taking anything away from them.
The Buick Riviera
The Buick division of General Motors is one of the most important automotive manufacturing concerns that the world has ever known. The company dates all the way back to 1899 when it was known as the Buick Auto-Vim and Power Company. David Dunbar Buick incorporated the company as the Buick Motor Company four years later and the rest, as they say, is history.
As optimistic as David Dunbar Buick may have been when he started out in the automotive business even he would probably find it hard to believe that his surname would be gracing quality American motor vehicles for well over 100 years.
A Must Visit: The Sloan Museum Buick Gallery
If you are fan of baseball you are certainly going to want to visit the Baseball All Of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Getting to the roots of the beast and experiencing all that history in one place is an extraordinary experience.
Classic Buick fans can have the same type of experience by visiting the Buick Gallery that is a part of the Sloan Museum in Flint, Michigan.
Web Resource For Classic Buick Fans
There’s nothing like going to an event that is going to attract a lot of classic Buick fans. This is why we are going to be making an effort to keep you informed about all the best classic car shows and classic car cruises that take place in the United States and Canada.
However, now that we live in the age of information you can tap into a virtual world of classic car fans through the portal into cyberspace that your computer and monitor provide. With this in mind you may want to take note of a very useful resource for classic Buick fans called FossilCars.com.
The Buick Club Of America
If you are into classic Buicks you probably have a lot of specialized knowledge about these particular vehicles. The average person who winds up sitting next to you at the local watering hole is probably not going to have anywhere near as much information about these cars as you do. It’s likely that some of what you say about collectible Buicks will sound like Greek to the uninitiated.