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2013 PRESS RELEASES
Downtown Burbank Car Classic to Feature the World’s Most Spectacular Celebrity Vehicles
Downtown Burbank Car Classic Salutes SoCal Automotive Culture
Preview of Celebrity Vehicles
Elvis Presley, who had a passion for both guns and cars, shot this Pantera with his personal firearm during a temperamental outburst when he lost patience because the car would not start. The two bullet holes on the steering wheel rim and one in the floor pan were never repaired and today serve as reminders of his occasional fits of rage. Elvis bought this Pantera on the used car market for $2,400 in 1974 for then-girlfriend, actress Linda Thompson. Although its mid-engine configuration qualified it for “exotic car” status, the De Tomaso Pantera cost far less than a comparable Ferrari or Lamborghini because of its relatively inexpensive, but no less potent Ford engine. Courtesy of The Margie and Robert E. Petersen Collection
This 1946 Ford was customized for the 1978 musical Grease, the biggest grossing movie musical of all time. Featured in the film’s final scene in which Danny (John Travolta) and Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) ride off into the clouds, the car was transformed from a stock two-door sedan into a convertible by renowned Hollywood customizer George Barris. Its enormous fins, clear plastic hood, and wild paint scheme distinguish it as one of the most striking fantasy vehicles ever featured in a movie about teenage life during the 1950s. Courtesy of The Margie and Robert E. Petersen Collection
This Honda S2000 is driven in the opening sequence of the 2003 Universal film, 2 Fast 2 Furious, a movie that offers a glimpse into the lifestyle and excesses of some modern day tuner car aficionados. Painted a custom shade of pink, the roadster was equipped with a special ground effects kit and 18-inch rims for the scene in which it jumps a bridge. A Paxton supercharger was fitted to increase its horsepower rating from 240 to 340. Courtesy of The Margie and Robert E. Petersen Collection
The General Lee, as seen in the original The Dukes of Hazzard TV series and 2005 movie of the same name. Courtesy of Warner Bros.
Scooby Doo Mystery Machine, as seen in 2002’s Scooby-Doo and 2004’s Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. Courtesy of Warner Bros.
The Batman Tumbler, as seen in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. Courtesy of Warner Bros.
Thanks to everyone for helping to make the 2nd Annual Downtown Burbank Car Classic an outstanding success. It was a great day filled with impressive cars and some of the most famous custom vehicles ever built. We look forward to seeing you in 2014!
Congratulations to the following 2013 Award winners: