By Michele Brittany, a West Coast Bleeding Cool Correspondent
I love cars, so I was excited to see the cars exhibit on the convention center’s promenade had returned for the Long Beach Comic Expo on Saturday, May 31.
Several cars were already set up an hour prior to the expo opening, including the tour park jeeps from Jurassic Park plus the infamous shaving cream can, the Batmobile, the Ferrari from Magnum, P.I, and one of the coolest time machines ever, the DeLorean from Back to the Future. (An aside: I passed a wolf pack of cars on the highway on the way to the expo. I wondered why there was such a cluster of cars only to discover that the DeLorean was in the center of the pack of a bunch of lookie loos! I was amazed that the DeLorean was actually highway safe.)
New this year was a rendition of the sleek Mach 5 from Speed Racer. The Saturn SKY with maroon interior may not have had the pointed aerodynamic front end, but the car was still a fun interpretation of the racecar.
Also new in the line up was the Bluesmobile from The Blues Brothers. A 1974 Dodge Monaco was used in the movie and I’ll be honest, I’m not sure if that was what was on display at the expo. I overheard some attendees trying to figure out where they had seen the car, so it was not the most immediately recognizable car. I know I had to pause and sift through my memory for a few minutes before I got to the 1980 movie. The Blues Brothers concert poster in the window, however, dispelled any doubt.
If past con experience can be relied upon, the cars are only displayed on Saturday. I noticed that the display garnered quite a lot of attention, however by mid afternoon, the cars were gone.
All photos taken by Michele Brittany
Michele Brittany is an independent popular culture scholar and semi-professional photographer currently editing an upcoming anthology on the influence of James Bond on popular culture. She regularly posts reviews and analysis on the spy/espionage genre on her blog, Spyfi & Superspies.