Forty years ago today, on September 26, 1982 Knight Rider debuted on NBC. As much as I hate to admit it, the show played a seminal role in my love for cars. The reason I hate to admit it is because, well, the show was objectively ridiculous. The screenshot above is from a first season episode in which Michael and KITT enter an alternative fuel race to root out a saboteur. It was a funny episode because the race included an “electric” Porsche, a “solar” Mustang, a “propane-powered” Datsun 200SX as the Japanese entry, and a not-so-subtle jab at that other jumping car show in the form of a “moonshine-powered” orange Charger (which gets blown up, naturally). Despite its terrible writing, what could be cooler to a grade school kid than a talking Firebird Trans-Am that could fly through the air, reach 200 mph, and be your best friend?
What TV series or movie fueled your love for cars?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What will happen to classics after the EV revolution?”
According to the comments most readers believe that classics will live on with a conversion to a new form of propulsion. Fred Langille‘s alcohol, daniel‘s hybridization, or Lakdasa‘s full-on battery electrics. A few remained hopeful regarding an actual fuel, like JJ with carbon-neutral synthetic petrol hydrogen fuel cells or Socarboy with hydrogen. Jonathan P‘s lament almost had us in tears. But the winner this week was Michael Jue, who plans to hold onto hope till the bitter end.
In 2035, when ICEs are gone and EVs are the only cars in the showroom, I’ll buy a used RZ34 Nismo on Bring A Trailer to go with my by-then 32 year old Z33 and 67 year old Datsun Roadster to look at them in my garage and wax eloquently, “I remember when….” followed by “Get off my lawn!”.
Omedetou, your comment has earned you a set of decals from the JNC Shop!