: My Caddy gets the worlds smallest bit part on TV!



hardrockcamaro@mac.c
02-05-06, 01:56 PM
Well, yesterday me and the STS were taking part in the filming of a dramatised documentary for the BBC about the future of oil production.
One of the scenes involved panic buying at a US gas station so rather than fly all the crew over the pond they decided to use a UK gas station and just make a few changes (eg prices and sign terminology) to make it look like a US one, and get a load of American car owners to line up to form the imaginary panic buying queue.


http://homepage.mac.com/hardrockcamaro/.Pictures/bbcgasstation/filming1.jpg



Between a few car clubs we managed to come up with about 40-50 cars.
This is the car park where we all met up before the shoot:

(you can see my STS in the last pic on the right!):


http://homepage.mac.com/hardrockcamaro/.Pictures/bbcgasstation/bbc1.jpg

http://homepage.mac.com/hardrockcamaro/.Pictures/bbcgasstation/bbc2.jpg

http://homepage.mac.com/hardrockcamaro/.Pictures/bbcgasstation/bbc3.jpg



Unfortunately, as my car is RHD, they had to position me a long way back in the queue, so the chance of seeing more than 1 square inch of the Caddy as the main characters come flying past in their trucks and Mustang are pretty slim I suppose!


http://homepage.mac.com/hardrockcamaro/.Pictures/bbcgasstation/bbcqueue.jpg

http://homepage.mac.com/hardrockcamaro/.Pictures/bbcgasstation/bbcqueue2.jpg

http://homepage.mac.com/hardrockcamaro/.Pictures/bbcgasstation/bbcstreet.jpg

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-05-06, 02:03 PM
hah cool!

FSU_Noles
02-05-06, 03:56 PM
So did everyone remove their front plates as well?

Spyder
02-07-06, 11:57 PM
Right on...that is very cool that it was able to be planned and worked out alright like that!

70eldo
02-08-06, 03:01 AM
That is cool! Through the Cadillac Club Netherlands there's been some calls for photo/film shoots too. I almost participated with my 70 Eldorado once, but it turned out to be on a day where I couldn't show up.

I never knew Cadillac made RHD versions of the STS (former series).

Yeah, how about the license plates????

hardrockcamaro@mac.c
02-08-06, 04:15 AM
The cars at the head of the queue (mostly professionally supplied models) had authentic plates from the area (Minnesota mostly).

The cars in the queue were so close to each other that you can't really see the plates.

There are other clues as well, the fact that UK cars have side repeaters and so on.

Night Wolf
02-08-06, 07:05 AM
Wow.... lots of very cool cars and trucks there...

I bet they must be pretty rare for the average person in the UK..... nothing really says get the hell outta my way more then a Trans Am WS6 :) I could just imagine lots of people with their smaller cars, then that coming up.... its something I would do :).

Atleast most those vehicles are V8's... just how we like them! :)

Seems pretty cool though.... the whole rushing for gas and US setting is strange tho, but... still pretty neat they got everyone with US cars together :).

Kev
02-08-06, 08:21 AM
You see, this is just one reason why I don't get too excited about what is presented in docu-dramas or anything on TV.
Where is the reality here? They are presenting a "documentary" on fuel shortages in the US and it's all made up! It's all fake!
It's not in the US! They're lying to us! IT'S ALL JUST A BIG FAT PHONY LIE!!
NOTHING IS REAL!!! AHH! AHH! AAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!! :banghead:



Whew! Thanks, I feel better now...


Hey hardrockcamaro@mac.c, that's pretty cool guy! :thumbsup:

70eldo
02-08-06, 09:06 AM
You see, this is just one reason why I don't get too excited about what is presented in docu-dramas or anything on TV.
Where is the reality here? They are presenting a "documentary" on fuel shortages in the US and it's all made up! It's all fake!
It's not in the US! They're lying to us! IT'S ALL JUST A BIG FAT PHONY LIE!!
NOTHING IS REAL!!! AHH! AHH! AAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!! :banghead:

Starwars was not REALLY set on those planets, but merely filmed in the Maroccan dessert and other places on earth (or digitally enhanced studio)... :rolleyes: :p

Kev
02-08-06, 11:44 AM
Starwars was not REALLY set on those planets, but merely filmed in the Maroccan dessert and other places on earth (or digitally enhanced studio)... :rolleyes: :pYes but, Star Trek, now that was real! Or was it Galaxy Quest......... oh... I get so confused .......... :ill:

hardrockcamaro@mac.c
02-09-06, 11:54 AM
Yeah American cars are pretty rare over here, mainly because they were never sold officially over here and therefore the ones that do exist were either brought over by a private individual, or by a specialist car importer (there's maybe half a dozen such dealers) or were brought over by US Servicemen serving in bases over here.

There are a few exceptions though:

1) The 1998-2002 Cadillac STS.
This was sold here by Cadillac UK in RHD format. It was a bit of a sales flop so Cadillac UK kinda dissolved. For example, in 2000-2002 they sold a total of about 170 cars.

2) The 1998-2002 Chevrolet Camaro
Only available in LHD which put a lot of buyers off, even though it was the fastest car you could buy for the money.

3) Chevrolet Corvette C5 (and now C6?)
Only in LHD which out buyers off, plus they jacked the price up to about $75,000 USD for a plain jane C5.

4) Chevrolet Blazer (RHD)
I forget which years (1998 - 2002 maybe?), but again it was short lived.


Other US cars originally designed for the US market but sold officially over here are the Chrysler Neon (RHD), Ford Explorer (RHD), Chrysler PT Cruiser (RHD), the full Jeep range (RHD), late shape Ford Probe (RHD).

Success has been mixed. Jeeps sell fairly well as do PT Cruisers. Neons sold ok too. The Probe was a poor seller. None of these sell as well as cars originally designed for the European market however (eg Ford Focus, Mondeo which I believe you guys called Contour etc).



If you're looking at cars people have imported privately, the V8s sell the best. If, for example, you bought a V6 third gen Camaro, you'd have difficulty trying to sell it on as the market is mainly real America/American Car enthusiasts who want V8s.

hardrockcamaro@mac.c
02-09-06, 12:05 PM
On a side note, the red Dodge RAM in the pic is a real beast.

It's the SRT-10 model (the Viper enigned one) BUT it has a Paxton Novi2000 blower on there and produces around 800hp at the crank!


The orange Saleen Mustang is a genuine Saleen.
In fact, it belongs to a real good friend of mine and that is also supercharged. It's one of only 2 orange hard top Saleens made in 1996, and was in fact given to the head of Team Saleen racing and he had it supercharged. It was brought to the UK by a specialist car importer.

70eldo
02-10-06, 04:07 AM
Yup, Chrysler always had better Euro-suited cars...