Bullitt’s Epic Car Chase Recreated in Celebration

14 May, 2014

No classic film is complete without a thrilling car chase to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.

And it’s still hard to beat the high-octane, adrenaline pumping pursuit from the classic 1968 movie Bullitt.

With Hollywood legend Steve McQueen behind the wheel of a Highland Green coloured Ford Mustang GT, playing US police officer Lieutenant Frank Bullitt, there are few to this day that rival it for excitement and sheer action. 

Now - as a special homage to the Oscar-winning original, and to celebrate the Mustang's forthcoming 50th birthday - a modern day recreation is all set to become an instant YouTube sensation.

It was shot in Britain at the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit, as opposed to the hilly streets of San Francisco, but stays true to the visual style and events of the chaos seen in the movie.

It starts with the McQueen character and two hitmen bad guys in an intimidating black Dodge Charger R/T on the streets of a sleepy Silverstone village.

The plot then switches to the Silverstone Circuit where the action gathers pace and reaches a spectacular conclusion with the Mustang forcing the Charger off the track resulting in a fiery explosion.

There's even a mysterious green VW Beetle in several of the shots!

Both the sixties muscle cars featured in the online tribute will be on display to the public at the Silverstone Classic from 25-27 July - the venue where the iconic Mustang will be celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The Mustang and Charger will be part of huge displays over the weekend, including a special Saturday on-track parade organised together with the Mustang Owners Club, which has chosen the Classic for its official golden anniversary celebrations.

A number of other Mustangs that have starred on the big screen will also be on show at the event; such as the ones from Gone in 60 Seconds and American Gangster, while television presenter Mike Brewer will be attending in his recently restored 1967 Mustang Fastback.

Tickets for this summer's edition of the World's Biggest Classic Motor Racing Festival must be purchased in advance.