GreenLight offers two historically famous 1:18 Scale 1980 Trans Ams
Indianapolis, IN (March 2, 2011) The newest wave of 1:18 GreenLight Exclusives pays homage to the two great places that as automobile lovers we gather the fuel for our passion; the race track and the movie screen. Both cars in the release are a 1:18 1980 Pontiac Trans Am, and though pulled from the same original casting they occupy two separate and distinctive origins within entertainment history.
In motorsport there is a safety or “Pace Car” that is used to limit the speed of the competing cars on a racetrack for a caution period. During this period competitors are not allowed to pass the Pace Car. The officials at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have been selecting a Pace Car and its driver for the Indy 500 each year the race has been held. For the 1980 Indy 500 Race a distinctive 1980 Pontiac Turbo-Trans Am was the official Pace Car. Powered by a turbocharged 4.9L V-8 engine, the Turbo-Trans Am needed only minor modifications to bring it up to Pace Car specs. The 1980 Trans Am was piloted by 1950 Indy 500 winner Johnnie Parsons, Sr. GreenLight recreates this machine on 1:18 scale with all details 100% accurate from the flaming chicken on the hood to the monster engine under the hood!
For the second 1:18 1980 Trans Am in the release, GreenLight references a classic vehicle in automobile cinematography. Smokey and the Bandit II debuted in the United States on August 15, 1980. It was the sequel to the 1977 film Smokey and the Bandit, which starred Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed, Jackie Gleason, Jackie Gleason and Dom DeLuise. The story centers on Bo "Bandit" Darville (Burt Reynolds) a now washed-up has-been living in the past. It has been years since Bandit and Cledus "Snowman" Snow (Jerry Reed) made their famous 28-hour run to Texas for a few cases of Coors. It is not till Big Enos and Little Enos make them an offer on another cross-country run that Cledus seeks the help of Frog (Sally Field) to encourage the Bandit to sober up and regain his fitness. The job involves transporting an elephant from Florida to Texas and once again, Sheriff Buford T. Justice played by Jackie Gleason is in hot pursuit to apprehend Bandit in the name of the law. Frog abandons her second attempt at wedding Buford T. Justice's son Junior to help and buys Bandit a 1980 Turbo Trans Am powered by the Turbo 301; his iconic get-a-way car.
Both 1:18 die-cast replicas have feature full metal body and chassis, detailed graphics, custom license plates, opening doors, hood and trunk, fabric seatbelts and are officially licensed by automotive manufacture and respective entertainment affiliation. Their release is scheduled for March 2011 and will be available through official GreenLight hobby shops and wholesale dealers.