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Re: The Last of the V8 Interceptors

PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 1:23 am
by Artemis Flow
A bit more on the Interceptor from the vehicles thread

Fury Road Mechanic Cameron Maxwell talks about the Interceptor on Facebook recently

I myself was asked to work on the film as I was known to have had a lot to do with falcon hardtops and mad max replicas and muscle cars in general. So I got the job of handling the "muscle cars" inc the 5 falcon coupes, 2 valiant chargers and the U.S. Charger (plus a couple of others).
I took an active roll in helping choose which cars were bought where possible.
Of the falcon hardtops I personally supplied two of my own (both were built as the bare metal version of the interceptor). One was my drag car which had been substantially modified many years earlier and was unlikely to ever see the road again. The other car was quite rusty and needed extensive repairs to be restored (both 1/4s were dented badly and it had a huge aftermarket sunroof). I won't waffle on about every car here but similar story for many of them.
Plus every possible unused part from the Falcons was removed and taken home to help restore other cars. I can assure you there was almost no savable parts left.
3 of the 5 Falcons survived and returned to Australia. The other 2 were completely destroyed during filming so there was nothing left to come home (though did offer to buy the wrecks).
Virtually any car bought were possible was a rough example to start with, there was several reasons for that. 1)no point wasting money on a prime example just to wreck it 2)the cars needed to look weathered and worn so buying cars that were already rough saved time and looked more authentic. 3)we were conscious that people would be up in arms about destroying classics so we tried to minimize the loss to ensure the fans enjoyed the film more and didn't have to cringe too much at seeing classics destroyed.

Re: The Last of the V8 Interceptors

PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 1:36 am
by z boy
Be very wary of who you believe when they are speaking artemis......

some leopards never change spots and it pays to look into backgrounds at times ;)

Re: The Last of the V8 Interceptors

PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 1:46 am
by Artemis Flow
Well at least he is posting under his real name ...........

Re: The Last of the V8 Interceptors

PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 2:07 am
by Ol' Coyote
I'd love to have that Interceptor from the 2009 press junket. Thought the black mesh on the headlights looked nice. I love it.

Re: The Last of the V8 Interceptors

PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 2:13 am
by rockatansky4073
Ol' Coyote wrote:I'd love to have that Interceptor from the 2009 press junket. Thought the black mesh on the headlights looked nice. I love it.


I liked that too - And was obviously the precursor for the Razorwire headlights on the silver warboy Interceptor.

Re: The Last of the V8 Interceptors

PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 4:18 am
by z boy
Artemis Flow wrote:Well at least he is posting under his real name ...........


because "brut 33" was taken ?

Re: The Last of the V8 Interceptors

PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 8:23 am
by furyroadcars
I can confirm they were definitely Scott's kits that were taken to Namibia in 2003, then shipped back and kept in storage until they were needed in 2009. Only 2 of the 4 kits had been kept, but that's pretty much all that was needed for both the black Interceptors (very good kits too, definitely the best I've used, fitted great and decent quality in thickness as well. I believe I have seen/used every available kit and some are certainly better than others, I'd happily use Scott's again). One extra nose cone was also sourced later through a friend of one of the guys in the workshop which turned out to be one of Gordon's noses, it was just the top half. Scott's flare were molded to make another set for the 3rd car but I believe the molds were destroyed along with most of the others made for the film. I certainly don't have them.

Scott's blower cut out template for the bonnet also had been kept all those years, though unfortunately it was a little water damaged, but it was still sufficient to use which was great. Razor Cola of course needed a larger cut out and the bonnet had to be pinned on as the only way to get it off is to lift it straight up and over the blowers.

We had Scott's rear flares remoulded and modified to suit Razor Cola as they needed to be longer to fit the 37" tyres. The rest of the body kit was hand fabbed steel but Mark Natoli and Paul Nolan who were two of the panel beaters on the crew.

The car seen at the 2009 press release is the same car pictured above from the first trip to Namibia, it amazingly was saved and shipped back, then used in a Commonwealth bank ad a few years back before going back into storage at Canal Rd. The car has been quickly mocked up in Namibia. When the movie was postponed it was shipped back with some of the other equipment and parts. 2 other hardtops were sold off over there. I only had a few days with the car before the press release so it was pretty much just some quick mods and a tidy up. Once back at the Villawood workshop it was stripped back down and redone. That is the same car that is now touring the UK for the release of Fury Road. One seriously well travelled Falcon.

The brief was to make the car look basically like the originals, but more weathered and with some minor changes to show it wasn't supposed to be the same car. The missing rear wing was actually supposed to be a tie in with the video game, sort of a bonus item you had to find, however that was prior to any game development being started, so that idea went out the window, so we were just left with a car with no wing. Though if you look closely you can see the lines in the 1/4s to show where the wing once was.

p.s z boy, if your previous comments were referring to me, you may need to check your facts as I'm not aware of any issues from my past that are hidden or require anyone to look into, particularly in relation to anything Mad Max. I've never hidden from any thing or anyone, I've been a regular contributor to various forums and groups for many years as I'm always happy to help people with info on falcon hardtops, be it information, specs, photos, parts, pre-purchase inspections, etc . As with anyone who puts themselves out on the internet, it always leads to ridicule and rumours, but if you have anything you'd like to clarify your welcome to send me a PM and I can confirm or deny any such rumours. If you were referring to someone else, all cool, have a great day.

Re: The Last of the V8 Interceptors

PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 1:00 pm
by PhilC
Some cool info there, furyroadcars. Was curious how many of the black cars were built for FR so i take it the one touring now then is the only one that survived as the other one was rolled. Amazing in some ways that it's turned out to be that car originally put together back in 03 and the same one as shown in 09. Wonder where it's destined to go after it's promo duties are finished? Hopefully it'll return to Australia. It sure is getting around though if there is only the one. It's been seen at a lot of different events already unless they built more later as promo cars perhaps?

Re: The Last of the V8 Interceptors

PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 1:06 pm
by RedHotRyder
Does anyone know what kind of blower( top one) is on the bare metal interceptor? It's got a different looking case then any other roots blower I've seen.

Re: The Last of the V8 Interceptors

PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 4:04 pm
by MadMatt
What size rims and tires are on that Falcon pic from 09?