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Autodealer's 8 petrolhead movies


We like anything to do with cars here at Autodealer. Here are some films that get our engines revving.

Fast and Furious franchise (2001-2015) - There isn’t much more to be said about the FNF series that hasn’t been said already. The original film has had a profound effect on car culture, worldwide. Many of us grew up with Brian, Dom and the rest of the crew. We developed with them, laughed and cried with them through street racing, drifting, outlandish car chases, violence, romance and everything in-between. If you’re into cars and haven’t seen this iconic collection, I suggest you get into it immediately.

Rush (2013) – There’ve been several epic rivalries in Formula 1 over the years: Prost versus Senna, Schumacher versus Hakkinen and of course, James Hunt versus Niki Lauda. This film deals with the latter rivalry and is brilliant for many reasons. The cinematography, by Ron Howard is fantastic, and the portrayal of Hunt, by Chris Hemsworth and Lauda, by Daniel Brühl, make this a film for everyone to enjoy, especially the competitive car nut.

Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000) - Here we have a film that made everyone instantly want to be a career criminal, specialising in car thievery. Who hasn’t watched this movie and wanted to own the infamous Eleanor, a ’67 Shelby Mustang with a canister of nitrous for good measure? The original film - from 1974 - is also automotive gold, but not in the same way as this millennial remake.

Senna (2010) - In my opinion, Ayrton Senna was - and will most probably remain - the greatest racing driver of all time. So, safe to say, this British documentary that paints a picture of the man behind the helmet, makes my list of petrolhead essentials. We discover the humanitarian side of Senna, his insatiable will to win, the challenges he faced and the sheer tragedy of his death, and how it will forever impact Formula 1 as a sport.

Love the Beast (2009) - If you’ve ever felt a connection with a vehicle that you’ve owned, then this documentary - directed by and starring, Eric Bana - will appeal to you. With cameos by famous petrolheads like Phil McGraw, Jay Leno and Jeremy Clarkson, you’ll be up to your ears in real-world motoring passion. The story that the film follows is of Bana’s relationship with an original Ford Falcon XB hardtop, which he’s owned since the age of fifteen.

Cars (2006) - This animated film follows a world where cars populate the earth. We follow the story of Lightning McQueen, a racing car who finds himself lost in a foreign town where he makes new friends and takes on a journey of self-discovery.

Initial D (2005) - Here we have the film adaptation of the famous animated Japanese series. As the initial suggests, “D” is for drift and this movie is all about a tofu-delivery driver named Takumi Fujiwara who has perfected the art of drifting down Mount Akina. We see the various challenges that he faces when trying to prove why he is the king of the mountain.

Death Proof (2007) - Quentin Tarantino’s grindhouse-style film serves to remind us that even petrolheads like a bit of gore and can appreciate a disturbed wheelman. Kurt Russell plays former Hollywood stuntman, Mike, who modifies his car to withstand head-on collisions, his favourite way to kill. All’s well, until he meets a group of ladies, some of whom are car enthusiasts, who don’t take kindly to his antics.

Article written by Sean Nurse
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