Classic film favourites from the 60s have topped the tables in a recent Classic Film Festival poll, with the 1969 hit The Italian Job taking the top spot and the 1968 favourite Bullitt in hot pursuit.
In celebration of the best classic motoring films of all time, over 1700 fans voted for their favourites in six categories: favourite classic motoring movie; favourite classic car in the movies, favourite classic bike in the movies, favourite classic car chase, favourite classic in television and the classic they would most like to see on the big screen.
The Italian Job and Bullitt took first and second place in the favourite classic motoring movie category. The Aston Martin in Goldfinger and Mini in Italian Job were voted favourite classic cars in the movies with the Triumph in The Great Escape and the Harley Davidson in Easy Rider voted favourite classic motorbikes in the movies. The Mini chase in the Italian Job and the Dodge Charger chase in Bullitt were voted first and second in the favourite car or bike chase category. The Jaguar MK2 in Inspector Morse and the Audi Quattro in Ashes to Ashes were the favourite classic vehicles on television, while the E Type Jaguar and Mini Cooper were the most popular requests for classics to star on screen.
The competition poll forms part of the ‘Classic Film Festival’ which is being run by Footman James, specialist vehicle insurance broker and the Footman James Classic Motor Show, which takes place at the NEC Birmingham from 16-18 November.
Classic fans that took part in the poll were automatically entered into a free draw to win a thrilling stunt drive, a weekend break in Birmingham, cinema passes and tickets to the Show.
A selection of the top films in each category will be shown as a Classic Film Festival series at Birmingham’s Electric Cinema, the oldest working cinema in the UK, in the weeks leading up to the
Show in addition to being screened in the Footman James’ Vintage Cinema at the November Show.
The Italian Job tops the table.
Photo courtesy of: Coventry Transport Museum/www.transport-museum.com