Video: World’s Fastest Car Show Recreates Bullitt Chase Scene

Bullitt, the 1968 crime drama starring Steve McQueen, is widely regarded as one of the best car movies of all time. This is primarily because of a nearly 11-minute chase scene involving a fastback Mustang and a Dodge Charger, which criss-crosses San Francisco before culminating in a fiery wreck at the end.

The World’s Fastest Car Show decided to recreate that famous chase scene, albeit with much more modern muscle, and at a much slower pace.

See, getting permits to close off streets and race cars costs a lot of money. So instead, the WFCS decided it’d be cheaper to do a driving tour of the route that McQueen and his Mustang took during that infamous chase. Bullitt buffs probably already know that the scenes were actually filmed across several different parts of San Francisco, and they weren’t always interconnected.

The host goes on to drop all sorts of Bullitt trivia tidbits about the movie during the tour, such as the studio replaced all the privately-owned cars on scene with studio cars, to avoid any damaging lawsuits. The fastback ‘68 Mustang was also heavily modified with stiffer springs and a more powerful engine in order to make those compelling jump shots all the more awesome.

This is definitely a must-watch video for any Bullitt fan, and if you find yourself in San Francisco, it’d be worth taking your own, unguided tour of the chase route.

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Chris Demorro

Christopher DeMorro is a freelance writer and journalist from Connecticut with two passions in life; writing and anything with an engine.
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