Thursday, February 26, 2009


Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you my favorite type of car is the Ford Mustang. But there are several different styles, models, and years that some can almost be like totally different cars than others. But what is my favorite Mustang? The 1967 Shelby GT 500 Mustang is by far my favorite car or Mustang ever. I honestly wouldn't care to have any other car if I had this one. Not Even a Ferrari, a Porsche, or a Lambo.

The 1967 Shelby GT 500 Mustang is most known for its role in the movie Gone in 60 Seconds.
At least that is when I fell in love with it. In the movie the car is not just any other car. Her name is Eleanor. Yes, the car even has a name! Eleanor is what most Mustang enthusiast and just about any car freak will call the 67 Shelby Mustang. She earned the fame well though by taking the spotlight in the movie.

Gone in 60 Seconds not only has my favorite car in it, but it is my favorite movie. It has been ever sense the first time that I saw it. Nicolas Cage plays one of the main roles in the movie. And believe it or not, he is my favorite actor. Angelina Jolie, Robert Duvall, and Giovanni Ribisi also play main roles in this movie.

The movie is basically about a car boosting operation. Which is just a huge organized car theft operation. Memphis Raines (Nicolas Cage) was a retired car thief. He left town to start a new life because he didn't want his mom or brother to get hurt because of him. But his brother Kip (Giovanni Ribisi) followed in his brother's footsteps and started stealing cars, which is exactly what Memphis did not want.

Kip ended up messing up a job for the guy he was stealing cars for, and was in big trouble. Memphis found out about it and he knew he had to help save his brother. Before he knew it he was doing the one thing he swore he would never do again; boosting cars. He got a bunch of old friends together that used to work with him when he stole cars. They called a bunch of people and had people assigned to certain tasks, such as picking locks to cars, and using different techniques to start them with out keys and that kind of stuff.

After he got every one organized, Memphis only had one night to steal 50 cars, or his brother would die. They gave every car a name to be used as a code so they would not give their operation away. The name he gave the 67 Shelby Mustang of course was Eleanor. He saved the Mustang for last because it had a little sentimental value because he had history with this type of car.

They ended up getting the other 49 cars on time. But the mustang was a couple of minutes late, and in terrible condition by time he got it to the loading dock. Memphis had to out run cops in his attempt to get away with the car, and damaged the car pretty good. So the boss of the operation was still going to kill Kip. They took the mustang and crushed it in the ship yard. (This is my least favorite part of the movie).

At the end of the movie the cop that was trying to catch Memphis and lock him up for good, ended up letting him go. They ended up killing the boss before they got to his brother. Eventually Memphis got a surprise, which was an old beat up 67 Mustang. It wasn't near as pretty as the original Eleanor. But with some work it would have potential. But I don't think it could make up for the horrible part where they crush the car.