Video: Silverstone Recreates Classic Bullitt Mustang vs. Charger Chase Scene


Cars from Bullitt

It’s easily regarded as one of the most iconic, influential and impacting car chase sequences in all of Hollywood. It’s been homaged, recreated and revered by countless television and feature films, and for a good reason: 1968’s “Bullitt” – a gritty modern film noir detective drama starring tinsel town’s “King of Cool” Steve McQueen – showcased an 11-minute car chase through the Mission District (and San Pedro peninsula) of San Francisco.

Of course, the cars far outshone their respective drivers; Detective Frank Bullitt piloted a Highland Green 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback GT390 4-speed in pursuit of two Chicago hitmen behind the Rallye wheel of a comletely-new-for-1968 Dodge Charger R/T 440 4-speed. The triple black coupe absolutely dwarfed McQueen’s ponycar both in sheer size and cubic volume, as the beastly RB 440 steadily outpaced the heavy-breathing FE motor.

Of course, we’ve all seen the original and know how it goes, but we Mopar enthusiasts all know who the real winner was of that showdown. Nevertheless, knowing the outcome doesn’t squander our love for the scene and nor does it for many others: Two years ago, the Silverstone Classic Motor Racing Festival faithfully recreated (well, to a small degree – look for the cars in the background) the titular chase. Enjoy!

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Kevin Shaw

Kevin Shaw

Editor-in-Chief – kevin.shaw@shawgroupmedia.com Kevin Shaw is a decade-long powersports and automotive journalist whose love for things that go too fast has led him to launching Mopar Connection Magazine. Almost always found with stained hands and dirt under his fingernails, Kevin has an eye for the technical while keeping a eye out for beautiful photography and a great story. He's also the co-author of "The Chrysler B-Body Restoration Guide."

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