Classic cars and motorcycles in movies. Besides the actors, these can be very important movie stars. They must of course fit into the story. Fit in time.
The way in which filmmakers acquire their attributes varies
The matter is clear for the 'serious' filmmakers. There are a number of 'brokers' who have a portfolio full of classics. They may have a number of them themselves, but just the classic they need can be yours. That is why the brokerage database is a collection of addresses of classic m / f owners and their usually proud possession.
For Dutch and Flemish films these are not Bugattis and Ferraris, but the classics that belonged to the street scene in the time in which the film is set. And because 'the street scene' usually has a fairly broad perspective, the choice applies 'as long as the year of construction is roughly correct'. Car Casting Holland is one such company that has been working hard in this sector for about twenty years. Book A classic is another well-known player.
The role of the classic can be simple
It can be parked alone or in a row in the setting where, for example, a Kreidler moped is on the sidewalk. But the classic can also be seen while driving. Often the owner may send m / f himself. If a situation is right, then the classic can of course also be driven by the actor or actors.
Check the insurance
It makes sense to check beforehand what your insurance policy says about these kinds of things.
The aforementioned casting agencies also simply get their players from 'the trade'. And then it doesn't even have to be for the movie. Dutch Lion Motors, for example, supplied the motorcycles for the inauguration of Willem Alexander plus motorcycles for 'Soldier of Orange'.
It is now quiet in film land
But once we've gotten out of the Coronavirus, things will probably get going again. This also applies to the smaller productions. In addition, budgets are often tight, very tight. That is why the makers often want to seek direct contact with the classic owners. That can lead to a fantastic fun adventure or a pleasant day. But under insurance terms, the risk is considerably higher.
Special movie cars
For 'big' productions, the hired extras can be supplemented with classics purchased by the filmmakers themselves. Think of the Ascona (s) who for some people were the real protagonists in the New Kids movies. As before in The Dukes of Hazard, the production of those films did not make it with just one borrowed or rented copy.
Only the use of 'Generals' with the Dukes of Hazard was considerably greater than the use of Asconas with the New Kids. The Flodder family also used their 'own' cars, whereby the red BX reappeared a while ago and was offered for sale.
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And that brings us to the 2015 film Paradise
Before that a call had also been made for suitable transport and there was one Citroën TA the protagonist. But after the first reports about the film, we have not heard anything more about it. We are mildly curious how that adventure ended.
We place the photos from our archive in a blessed memory.