Hooniverse Asks: What Amazing Auto Age Story Needs a Movie Treatment?

Liz Charmichael
With more than 125 years worth of history behind it, there’s no shock that the automotive industry has more than its share of compelling, audacious and outrageous stories, many of which would make great films. As a matter of fact, it’s shocking how few films have been made  about the industry and its adherents.
Sure, we’ve had Tucker, and that movie about the guy who had his intermittent wiper invention stolen, both of which were great. But there’s still so much more! What about Liz Carmichael and the scam of the century, the Dale? Who wouldn’t be interested in a story about a grifter who disguised himself as a woman—and a pretty manly woman at that—and proceeded to fool a country?
That’s just one great story ripped from the headlines, as the say. And there’s plenty more where that came from. There’s the Edsel and the Mustang, the story of the Model T… Hell, Ford alone could pack theaters! What do you think, are there some untold stories from the auto age that YOU would like to see on the silver screen?
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    1. CraigSu Avatar

      Having once owned a 1970 Opel Kadette Rallye I cringe whenever I see this photo.

  1. Tiberiuswise Avatar

    There used to be a documentary series on The History Channel that would be a great starting point. I can’t find any information about it but it was narrated by Edward Herrmann and every week it went through the history of a particular make, model or important figure. I suspect at least half the episodes could be made into feature films.

    1. GTXcellent Avatar

      Yeah, the memories are fuzzy, but that was way back when they had shows about actual history on The History Channel. I think the name was simply “Automobiles”

    2. CraigSu Avatar

      I remember him mostly for Gilmore Girls and ’90s Dodge commercials.

  2. P161911 Avatar

    The DeLorean saga. To keep Hollywood interested include the legend of Colin Chapman faking his death.

    1. Citric Avatar

      It already has the magic ingredient to make Hollywood care: cocaine.

  3. P161911 Avatar

    Ford vs. Ferrari 1960s.

  4. P161911 Avatar

    The life story of Smokey Yunick story. Already organized into a Hollywood friendly trilogy. http://prodimage.images-bn.com/pimages/9780971146938_p0_v2_s399x595.jpg

    1. dukeisduke Avatar

      I’d like to see that. Also, one on this guy:

      1. GTXcellent Avatar

        Almost all of my reading is biographies (and not just car related) – and this might be one of the very best. So absolutely fascinating, that when my wife and I took a vacation drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, I made her take a detour to Wilkes County.

  5. dukeisduke Avatar

    Liz Carmichael? Yikes. I remember hearing interviews of “her” on a local radio talk show here in Dallas, when “she” was trying to get “her” company off the ground scam up and running.

  6. Maymar Avatar

    The first thing that comes to mind is Carroll Shelby, especially the legend of his LeMans win where he was constantly popping nitro pills just to keep his heart under control.
    But then I don’t know how well you could tell a Hollywood friendly story without some manufactured drama. On the other hand, any good Canadian remembers our Heritage Minute commercials from the 90s, little vignettes of important or iconic people and events. Shelby’s life was full of stuff perfectly suited for that.

    1. CraigSu Avatar

      I think everyone would agree that Carroll Shelby had no difficulties when it came to manufacturing drama.

  7. engineerd Avatar

    If I were a Hollywood producer this would have already been made. It would have been titled “If In Doubt Flat Out”

  8. Kiefmo Avatar

    Couldn’t Liz Carmichael’s story also be called Tucker?
    I’ll show myself out.

    1. smalleyxb122 Avatar

      The Man and His Dream, indeed.

  9. smalleyxb122 Avatar

    It’s already a book. Time to make it a movie.

  10. Tanshanomi Avatar

    The Tuesday Answer:

    In 1973, Triumph workers blockaded the factory from its new owners, Norton Villiers Triumph, to prevent it closing as part of a restructure. Their sit-in lasted almost two years, until the British Government forced NVT to sell the Meriden Workers Co-operative the factory, the design and tooling for the Triumph twin, and the rights to market and sell the motorcycles they produced. The Co-op incurred massive debt while struggling to source components and keep the assembly line rolling. Amid efforts to develop the modern models that would be needed to survive long-term, the co-operative collapsed in August 1983 and the factory was demolished.

    There is drama here on so many levels: historical, personal, technical, financial, political.

  11. tonyola Avatar

    I suggest the story of Ferdinand Porsche’s relationship with Adolf Hitler. Plenty of history and drama there.

  12. marmer Avatar

    A profile of Bill Mitchell could be good. Also the story of the suspicious death in a French prison of Louis Renault, accused of collaborating with the Nazis.

  13. Ross Ballot Avatar
    Ross Ballot

    Maybe not “untold,” but waiting desperately for the Alex Roy film to come to light

  14. Citric Avatar

    The story of the Citroen 2CV. You’ve got Nazis, subterfuge, the French Resistance, hiding things in barns, a hero in Pierre-Jules Boulanger. It could be pretty fantastic.

  15. Rover 1 Avatar
    Rover 1

    The story of Bruce McLaren. Currently being filmed as a documentary by Roger Donaldson of ‘World’s Fastest Indian’ fame.
    And why the company logo isn’t a squidgy Nike tick but a stylised Kiwi.

  16. stigshift Avatar

    Ahh. Jerry Geraldine Dean Carmichael Micheals…

  17. Tiberiuswise Avatar

    I’ve heard talk of an unofficial sea to sea race across America….