De Tomaso Pantera
The De Tomaso Pantera is a mid-engine sports car produced by Italian automobile manufacturer De Tomaso from 1971 to 1993. Italian for "Panther", the Pantera was the automaker's most popular model, with over 7,000 manufactured over its twenty-year production run; the Pantera was designed by the Italian design firm Ghia's American-born designer Tom Tjaarda and replaced the Mangusta. Unlike the Mangusta, which employed a steel backbone chassis, the Pantera's chassis was of a steel monocoque design, the first instance of De Tomaso using this construction technique; the Pantera logo included a version of Argentina's flag turned on its side with a T-shaped symbol, the brand used by De Tomaso's Argentinian cattle ranching ancestors. The logo has the colours of the Argentinean flag not because of De Tomaso's ancestors but because the company's founder, Alejandro De Tomaso, was born and raised in Argentina; the car debuted in Modena in March 1970 and was presented at the 1970 New York Motor Show a few weeks later.
A year the first production cars were sold, production was increased to three per day. The slat-backed seats which had attracted criticism at the New York Auto Show were replaced by more conventional body-hugging sports seats in the production cars: leg-room was generous but the pedals were off-set and headroom was insufficient for drivers above 6 ft tall. Reflecting its makers' transatlantic ambitions, the Pantera came with an abundance of standard features which appeared exotic in Europe, such as electric windows, air conditioning and "doors that buzz when... open". By the time the Pantera reached production stage, the interior was in most respects well sorted, although resting an arm on the central console could lead to inadvertently activating the poorly located cigarette lighter; the first 1971 Pantera models were powered by a 5.8 L Ford Cleveland V8 engine having a power output of 335 PS. The high torque provided by the Ford engine reduced the need for excessive gear changing at low speeds: this made the car much less demanding to drive in urban conditions than many of the locally built offerings.
The ZF transaxle used in the Mangusta was used for the Pantera: a passenger in an early Pantera recorded that the mechanical noises emanating from the transaxle were more intrusive than the well restrained engine noise. Another Italian car that shares the ZF transaxle is the Maserati Bora launched in 1971 although not yet available for sale. Power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes and rack and pinion steering were all standard equipment on the Pantera; the 1971 Pantera could accelerate to 97 km/h in 5.5 seconds according to Driver. In the summer of 1971, a visitor to the De Tomaso plant at Modena identified two different types of Pantera awaiting shipment, being the European and American versions. From outside, the principal differences were the larger tail lamps on the cars destined for America, along with addition of corner marker lamps; the visitor was impressed by the large number of cars awaiting shipment. The last car was delivered to a customer in 1992. Late in 1971, Ford began importing the Pantera for the American market to be sold through its Lincoln Mercury dealers.
The first 75 cars were European imports and are known for their "push-button" door handles and hand-built Carrozzeria Vignale bodies. A total of 1,007 cars reached the United States that year; as with most Italian cars of the day, rust-proofing was minimal and the quality of fit and finish on these early models was poor with large amounts of body solder being used to cover body panel flaws. Subsequently, Ford increased their involvement in the production of the cars with the introduction of precision stampings for body panels which resulted in improved overall quality. Several modifications were made to the Pantera for the 1972 model year. A new 5.8 L 4 Bolt Main Cleveland Engine, was used with lower compression ratio but with the more aggressive "Cobra Jet" camshaft in an effort to reclaim some of the power lost through the reduction in compression ratio along with a dual point distributor. Many other engine changes were made, including the use of a factory exhaust header; the "Lusso" Pantera L was introduced in August 1972 as a 1972½ model.
For the US market, it featured a large black single front bumper that incorporated a built-in airfoil to reduce front end lift at high speeds, rather than the separate bumperettes still used abroad, as well as the Cleveland engine now having a power output of 266 hp. The "L" model featured many factory upgrades and updates that fixed most of the problems and issues the earlier cars experienced, it was so improved that the 1973 DeTomaso Pantera was Road Test Magazine’s Import car of the year beating offerings from Ferrari, Maserati and Porsche. During 1973 the dashboard was changed, deviating from two separate pods for the gauges to a unified unit with the dials angled towards the driver; the U. S. version of the 1974 Pantera GTS featured optional GTS badging but not the higher compression, solid lifter engine of its European GTS "cousin". Ford stopped having sold around 5,500 cars. De Tomaso continued to build the car in ever-escalating forms of performance and luxury for two decades for sale in the rest of the world.
A small number of cars were imported to the US by gray market importer
Pixar is an American computer animation film studio based in Emeryville, a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios, owned by The Walt Disney Company. Pixar began in 1979 as the Graphics Group, part of the Lucasfilm computer division, before its spin-out as a corporation in 1986, with funding by Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, who became the majority shareholder. Disney purchased Pixar in 2006 at a valuation of $7.4 billion by converting each share of Pixar stock to 2.3 shares of Disney stock, a transaction that resulted in Jobs becoming Disney's largest single shareholder at the time. Pixar is best known for CGI-animated feature films created with RenderMan, Pixar's own implementation of the industry-standard RenderMan image-rendering application programming interface, used to generate high-quality images. Pixar has produced 20 feature films, beginning with Toy Story, the first-ever computer-animated feature film. All of the studio's films have debuted with CinemaScore ratings of at least an "A−," indicating positive receptions with audiences.
The studio has produced dozens of short films. As of August 2018, its feature films have earned $13 billion at the worldwide box office, with an average worldwide gross of $659.7 million per film. Finding Nemo, along with its sequel Finding Dory, as well as Toy Story 3 and Incredibles 2 are among the 50 highest-grossing films of all time, with the latter being the second-highest-grossing animated film of all time with a gross of $1.2 billion. Fifteen of Pixar's films are among the 50 highest-grossing animated films of all time; the studio has earned 19 Academy Awards, 8 Golden Globe Awards, 11 Grammy Awards, among many other awards and acknowledgments. Many of Pixar's films have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature since its inauguration in 2001, with nine winning. Monsters, Inc. Cars, Incredibles 2 are the only three films that were nominated for the award without winning it, while Cars 2, Monsters University, The Good Dinosaur, Finding Dory, Cars 3 were not nominated.
Up and Toy Story 3 were the respective second and third animated films to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, the first being Walt Disney Animation Studios' Beauty and the Beast. Luxo Jr. a character from the studio's 1986 short film of the same name, is the studio's mascot. On September 6, 2009, Pixar executives John Lasseter, Brad Bird, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich were presented with the Golden Lion award for Lifetime Achievement by the Venice Film Festival; the award was given to Lucasfilm's founder George Lucas. Pixar got its start in 1974 when New York Institute of Technology's founder Alexander Schure, the owner of a traditional animation studio, established the Computer Graphics Lab, recruited computer scientists who shared his ambitions about creating the world's first computer-animated film. Edwin Catmull and Malcolm Blanchard were the first to be hired and were soon joined by Alvy Ray Smith and David DiFrancesco some months which were the four original members of the Computer Graphics Lab.
Schure kept pouring money into the computer graphics lab, an estimated $15 million, giving the group everything they desired and driving NYIT into serious financial troubles. The group realized they needed to work in a real film studio in order to reach their goal. Francis Ford Coppola invited Smith to his house for a three-day media conference, where Coppola and George Lucas shared their visions for the future of digital moviemaking; when Lucas approached them and offered them a job at his studio, six employees decided to move over to Lucasfilm. During the following months, they resigned from CGL, found temporary jobs for about a year to avoid making Schure suspicious, before they joined The Graphics Group at Lucasfilm; the Graphics Group, one-third of the Computer Division of Lucasfilm, was launched in 1979 with the hiring of Catmull from NYIT, where he was in charge of the Computer Graphics Lab. He was reunited with Smith, who made the journey from NYIT to Lucasfilm, was made the director of The Graphics Group.
At NYIT, the researchers pioneered many of the CG foundation techniques—in particular the invention of the alpha channel. Years the CGL produced a few frames of an experimental film called The Works. After moving to Lucasfilm, the team worked on creating the precursor to RenderMan, called REYES and developed a number of critical technologies for CG—including "particle effects" and various animation tools. In 1982, the team began working on special effects film sequences with Industrial Magic. After years of research, key milestones such as the Genesis Effect in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and the Stained Glass Knight in Young Sherlock Holmes, the group, which numbered 40 individuals, was spun out as a corporation in February 1986 by Catmull and Smith. Among the 38 remaining employees, there were Malcolm Blanchard, David DiFrancesco, Ralph Guggenheim, Bill Reeves, part of the team since the days of NYIT. Tom Duff an NYIT member, would join Pixar after its formation. With Lucas' 1983 divorce, which coincided with the sudden dropoff in revenues from Star Wars licenses following the release of Return of the Jedi, they knew he would most sell the whole Graphics Group.
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Wilshire Boulevard is one of the principal east-west arterial roads in the Los Angeles area of Southern California, extending 15.83 miles from Ocean Avenue in the city of Santa Monica east to Grand Avenue in the Financial District of downtown Los Angeles. It is one of the major city streets though the city of Beverly Hills. Wilshire Boulevard runs parallel with Santa Monica Boulevard from Santa Monica to the Miracle Mile district, after which it runs a block south of Sixth Street to its terminus. Wilshire Boulevard is densely developed throughout most of its span, connecting Beverly Hills with five of Los Angeles's major business districts to each other. Many of the post-1956 skyscrapers in Los Angeles are located along Wilshire. Aon Center, at one point Los Angeles' largest tower, is at 707 Wilshire Boulevard in downtown Los Angeles. One famous stretch of the boulevard between Fairfax and Highland Avenues is known as the Miracle Mile. Many of Los Angeles' largest museums are located there; the area just to the east of that, between Highland Avenue and Wilton Place, is referred to as the "Park Mile".
Between Westwood and Holmby Hills, several tall glitzy condominium buildings overlook this part of Wilshire, giving it the title of Millionaire's Mile. This section is known as the Wilshire Corridor and Condo Canyon; the Wilshire Corridor, located next to Century City, is one of Los Angeles' busiest districts, contains many high-rise residential towers. The Fox and MGM studios are located in a series of skyscrapers, along with many historic Los Angeles hotels. Wilshire Boulevard is the principal street of Koreatown, the site of many of Los Angeles' oldest buildings, as well as skyscrapers. Koreatown and Mid-Wilshire are among Los Angeles' most densely populated districts. Much of the length of Wilshire Boulevard can be traced back to the indigenous Tongva people who used it to bring back tar from the La Brea pits in today's Miracle Mile section of Wilshire Blvd, back to their settlement on the coast; this road was used by Spanish explorers and settlers, calling it El Camino Viejo. The route that became Wilshire crossed the original pueblo of Los Angeles and five of the original Spanish land grants, or ranchos.
Wilshire was pieced together from various streets over several decades. It began in the 1870s as Nevada Avenue in Santa Monica, in the 1880s as Orange Street between Westlake Park and downtown. Nevada and Orange were renamed as parts of Wilshire; the boulevard was named for Henry Gaylord Wilshire, an Ohio native who made and lost fortunes in real estate and gold mining. In 1895 he began developing 35 acres of a barley field, stretching westward from Westlake Park for an elite residential subdivision, donated to the city a strip of land 120 feet wide by 1,200 feet long for a boulevard, on the conditions that it would be named for him and that railroad lines and commercial or industrial trucking would be banned; the road first appeared on a map under its present name in 1895. A historic apartment building on the corner of Wilshire Blvd. and S. Kenmore Ave. the Gaylord, carries his middle name. The Wilshire Boulevard home of J. Paul Getty was used as the filmset for the 1950 film Sunset Boulevard: it was demolished in 1957.
The Purple and Red subway lines of the Los Angeles Metro run along Wilshire Boulevard from just past the 7th/Figueroa Street station before serving the Westlake/MacArthur Park and Wilshire/Vermont stations, where the Purple Line continues along Wilshire to serve two stations at Normandie Avenue and at Western Avenue in Koreatown, while the Red Line branches off to terminate in North Hollywood. The construction of the future Purple Line extension along Wilshire Boulevard commenced in November 2014; the construction timeline would see the project from the existing Wilshire/Western station to the planned Wilshire/La Cienega station on the corner of Wilshire and La Cienega Boulevard, to be completed by 2023. The second phase got under way on February 23, 2018 from Wilshire/La Cienega to Century City Station. Phase three of the Purple Line extension, when completed, will extend to UCLA and Westwood/VA Hospital, will follow Wilshire Boulevard for most of its route. Phase four to downtown Santa Monica has no funding.
Metro Local Line 20, Metro Rapid Line 720, Santa Monica Transit Line 2 operate along Wilshire Boulevard. Due to the high ridership of line 720, 60-foot NABI articulated buses are used on this route, bus lanes are in place along some segments of the line. All of the boulevard is at least four lanes in width, most of the portion between Hoover Street and Robertson Boulevard has a raised center median; the widest portion is in the business district of central Westwood, where mobs of pedestrians crossing Wilshire at Westwood Boulevard must traverse ten lanes. According to a 1991 study by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation and the nearby intersection of Wilshire and Veteran are among the busiest in Los Angeles; the boulevard's widest portion is in Westwood and Holmby Hills, where it expands to six, eight lanes. The sections of Wilshire Boulevard in the city of Los Angeles are notorious for their giant potholes. Wilshire Boulevard ended at the MacArthur Park lake, but in 1934 a berm was built for it to cross and link up with the existing Orange Street into downtown Los Angeles.
Welton David Becket was an American modern architect who designed many buildings in Los Angeles, California. Becket was born in Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington program in Architecture in 1927 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, he moved to Los Angeles in 1933 and formed a partnership with his University of Washington classmate Walter Wurdeman and Angelean architect Charles F. Plummer, their first major commission was the Pan-Pacific Auditorium in 1935, which won them residential jobs from James Cagney, Robert Montgomery, other film celebrities. Plummer died in 1939; the successor firm Wurdeman and Becket went on to design Bullock's Pasadena and a couple of corporate headquarters. Wurdeman and Becket developed the concept of "total design," whereby their firm would be responsible for master planning, interiors, fixtures, landscaping and menus, silverware and napkins. After Wurdeman's death in 1949, Becket formed Welton Becket and Associates and continued to grow the firm to the extent that it was one of the largest architectural offices in the world by the time of his death in 1969.
In 1987, his firm was acquired by Ellerbe Associates, the merged firm continued as Ellerbe Becket until the end of 2009, when it was acquired by AECOM. It is now known as an AECOM Company. Becket's buildings used unusual facade materials such as ceramic tile and stainless steel grillwork, repetitive geometric patterns, a heavy emphasis on walls clad in natural stone travertine and flagstone. With The Walt Disney Company and the United States Steel Corporation, Becket's firm co-designed Disney's Contemporary Resort, which opened in 1971 at Walt Disney World Resort; the Contemporary was designed as a 14-story steel A-frame with a monorail running through the building. Modular guest rooms were assembled, furnished equipped and their doors locked, on the ground lifted by crane and inserted into the frame. Welton Becket was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1952. Becket's sons, Welton MacDonald Becket & Bruce Becket, are practicing architects, as well as his nephew MacDonald G. Becket and granddaughter Alexandra Becket.
Becket's extensive list of credits includes: Pan-Pacific Auditorium, Los Angeles, 1935 Jones Dog & Cat Hospital, West Hollywood, California, 1938 Manila Jai Alai Building, Philippines, 1939 General Petroleum Building, Los Angeles, 1949 Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, 1953 Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, 1953 Parker Center, Los Angeles, 1955 Capitol Records Building, Los Angeles, Project Designer Lou Naidorf, 1956 Texaco Building on Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, 1957 Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, 1958 Hotel Tryp Habana Libre, Cuba, 1958 The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo, Egypt, 1959 Sheraton Dallas Hotel, Dallas, 1959 100 California Street, San Francisco, 1960 Kaiser Center, Oakland, 1960 Grosmont Center, La Mesa CA, 1961 Christown Mall, Phoenix Arizona, 1961 Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles, 1962 Walt Whitman Shops, Huntington Station, NY, 1962 Southern Cross Hotel, Australia, 1962 U. S. Embassy, Poland, 1963 Cinerama Dome, Los Angeles, 1963 Century City, Los Angeles, 1963 Gateway West Building, Century City, Los Angeles, 1963 Hartford National Bank, Hartford, CT 1963 McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, NV 1963 Phillips Petroleum Building, Bartlesville, OK 1964 Federal Building, Los Angeles, 1964 Los Angeles Music Center, Los Angeles, 1964 General Electric Pavilion, New York City, 1964 Pauley Pavilion at UCLA, Los Angeles, 1965 Santa Monica Shores Apartments, Santa Monica CA, 1967 Gulf Life Tower, Florida, 1967 Xerox Tower, New York, 1967 City Hall, Project Designer Marvin Taff, 1969 Equitable Life Building, Los Angeles, 1969 800 Wilshire, Los Angeles, 1970 PNC Plaza, Louisville, 1971 Beverly Wilshire Hotel expansion, Beverly Hills CA 1971 Disney's Contemporary Resort, Lake Buena Vista, 1971 Worcester Center, Worcester, MA, 1971 Chase Tower, Phoenix, 1972 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, New York, 1972 Regions Center, Birmingham, 1972 Glendale Central Library, Project Designer, Marvin Taff, 1973 100 Summer Street, Boston, 1974 Reunion Tower, Dallas, 1978 One Market Plaza, San Francisco, 1972 Orange Civic Center, Orange, 1963 Park Plaza Mall, Oshkosh, WI, 1970, now City Center a commercial business center for Oshkosh.
Interiors of the new Los Angeles International Airport, 1962 Oral history — Perkins quote Bigfloridacountry.com: Video clip of construction of the Contemporary Resort Bigfloridacountry.com: Contemporary Pictures MacDonald Becket papers, Welton Becket and Associates Welton Becket architectural drawings and photographs Welton Becket at Find a Grave
Cars 2 is a 2011 American computer-animated action-adventure comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures. It is the sequel to 2006's Cars, features the voices of Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, John Turturro, Eddie Izzard. In the film, race car Lightning McQueen and tow truck Mater head to Japan and Europe to compete in the World Grand Prix, but Mater becomes sidetracked with international espionage; the film was directed by John Lasseter, written by Ben Queen, produced by Denise Ream. With Lasseter's exit from Pixar in 2018, it marks the final film directed by him. Cars 2 was released in the United States on June 24, 2011; the film was presented in Disney Digital 3D and IMAX 3D, as well as traditional two-dimensional and IMAX formats. The film was first announced in 2008, alongside Up, Brave, it is the 12th animated film from the studio, it grossed $562 million worldwide. A sequel, Cars 3, was released on June 16, 2017. Finn McMissile, a British spy, infiltrates the world's largest untapped oil reserves owned by a group of lemon cars to rescue a fellow spy.
He witnesses the lemons led by Professor Zündapp, load an electromagnetic pulse emitter, disguised as a camera onto a shipping crate. After being discovered, he fakes his death. Lightning McQueen, now a four-time Piston Cup champion, returns to Radiator Springs. However, Italian formula race car, Francesco Bernoulli, challenges McQueen to the newly created World Grand Prix, led by its creator, Sir Miles Axlerod. McQueen and his best friend Mater — along with Luigi, Guido and Sarge — depart for Tokyo for the first race of the Grand Prix. At a World Grand Prix promotional event, Mater makes a scene after leaking oil and eating a bowl of Wasabi, angering McQueen. While cleaning up, Mater interrupts a fight between American spy, Rod "Torque" Redline and lemons Grem and Acer. Redline passes his information Mater, who Holley mistakes as a spy. Meanwhile, Redline is killed by Professor Zündapp and the other lemons. Zündapp informs his superior, an unknown mastermind. At the first race, three cars are ignited by the camera.
McQueen places second in the race after Bernoulli, due to Mater accidentally giving him bad racing advice while evading Zündapp's henchmen with help from Holley and Finn. McQueen snaps at Mater, abducted by Finn while attempting to return to Radiator Springs. After traveling to Paris to collect more information from Finn's old friend Tomber, they travel to Porto Corsa, where the next race is being held. During the race, Mater infiltrates the criminals' meeting, just as the camera is used on a few more cars, causing a multi-car pileup, while McQueen finishes first. Due to increased fears over Allinol's safety, Axlerod lifts the requirement to use it for the final race. However, when McQueen decides to continue using it, the criminals plot to kill McQueen in the next race in London; this spooks Mater, causing him to blow his cover and allow him and Holley to be captured. Mater and Holley are taken to and tied up inside the clock tower of the Big Ben. Mater learns that the camera did not function on McQueen, but the criminals tell him they planted a bomb in his pits as a backup plan, spurring him to break free and escape.
Finn and Holley realize that the bomb is on Mater's air filter. Mater has arrived at the pits when they tell him this, so he flees down the race course while McQueen chases after him. Finn apprehends Professor Zündapp; the other lemons arrive and outnumber Finn, Mater, McQueen, but they are soon rescued by the arrival of the other Radiator Springs residents. Mater uses evidence he has seen to reveal that Axlerod is the mastermind of the plot who placed the bomb on Mater. Mater forces Axlerod to deactivate the bomb, he and the other lemons are arrested. Mater receives an honorary knighthood from the Queen, while Sarge reveals that he changed McQueen's fuel from Allinol to Fillmore's organic biofuel, explaining why the camera did not work on him. Finn and Holley ask if Mater can join them on another mission, but he declines, participates with the World Grand Prix competitors in a race at Radiator Springs. Much of the cast from the original Cars remained intact for the sequel, but three voice actors of the original film have died since its release.
Joe Ranft died in an automobile accident on August 2005, ten months before Cars was released. The first film was dedicated in memoriam to him. Red appears in this film. George Carlin died of heart failure on June 22, 2008. Paul Newman died of cancer on September 26, 2008. After Newman's death, Lasseter said they would "see how the story goes with Doc Hudson." Doc was written out, with a few references to the character, where he is thought to have died before the events of the movie, as Mater says that he would have been proud for McQueen's Piston Cups, which have been renamed after Doc. In international versions of the film, the character Jeff Gorvette is replaced with race car drivers better known in the specific countries in his dialogue scenes. Mark Winterbottom as Frosty Fernando Alonso as Fernando Alonso Vitaly Petrov as Vitaly Petrov (Russian relea
Herbie: Fully Loaded
Herbie: Fully Loaded is a 2005 American sports-comedy film directed by Angela Robinson and produced by Robert Simonds for Walt Disney Pictures. It stars Lindsay Lohan as the youngest member of an automobile-racing family, Justin Long as her best friend and mechanic, Michael Keaton as her father, Breckin Meyer as her brother, Matt Dillon as a competing racer; the film features cameos by many NASCAR drivers, including Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mark Martin. It is the sixth and final installment of the Herbie franchise, following the television film The Love Bug and the only theatrical Herbie film since Herbie Goes Bananas; this film serves as a direct sequel to the original films and ignores the events from the fifth film The Love Bug. The film was grossed over $144 million worldwide. Maggie Peyton is an aspiring race car driver. Maggie's family includes her brother, Ray Jr. and her father, Ray Sr. who are members of their namesake's racing team. Herbie, a Volkswagen Beetle, is towed to a junkyard after losing several races, Ray Sr. takes Maggie to the junkyard to buy her a car as a college graduation present.
After Maggie selects Herbie, she finds an anonymous note in Herbie's glove box written by Herbie's old owner Jim Douglas which reads: "Please take care of Herbie. Whatever your problem, he'll help you find the answer". Herbie takes her against her will to the garage. Kevin has Maggie take Herbie to a car show to buy parts for Herbie, but when they arrive, Herbie tricks Maggie into disguising herself in a racing suit and helmet and challenging NASCAR champion Trip Murphy to an important race, which Herbie wins by a second; this delights Kevin. However, Ray Sr. who has forbidden her from racing since she was hospitalized after a street racing accident years ago, is concerned. It infuriates Trip, who becomes obsessed with Herbie. Trip organizes a local street-racing competition to lure Herbie back for a rematch, which Maggie and Kevin enter. Herbie defeats the other cars and qualifies for the final match with Trip, but when Trip talks Maggie into racing for pinks, Herbie becomes alarmed over Maggie's desire to win Trip's stock car.
In addition to being hurt by Maggie's earlier assertion that driving in Trip’s car was the best ride of her life, Herbie incorrectly assumes that Maggie will reject him if she wins the other car, is unaware that Trip only agreed to the match so that he could have Herbie scrapped if he got possession of him. Herbie intentionally loses the race against Trip in his Corvette C6 Z06, causing Maggie to be humiliated, Herbie being towed away by Trip, Kevin being disappointed in Maggie, Ray Sr. lecturing Maggie for racing without his permission. However, encouraged by her friend Charisma, Maggie decides to race professionally, she tries to buy Herbie back from Trip. Desperate to save Herbie from destruction, Maggie goes to the derby, runs onto the field while the derby is in progress, pleads with Herbie to help her, wins the derby. Meanwhile, Team Peyton may have to forfeit an upcoming stock-car race due to financial troubles and two crashes by Ray Jr. one of which leaves him with a depth perception problem, rendering him unable to race.
Ray Sr. declines Maggie's offer to drive for the team, but Ray Jr. allows her to take his place and sends the Team Peyton crew to help her and Kevin prepare Herbie for the race. At the race track and Herbie have a heart-to-heart conversation, Trip ominously warns Maggie that the race will be dangerous. Herbie starts the race but he catches up and begins passing the other cars before Maggie makes her first pit stop. While watching the race at home, Ray Sr. decides to watch the race in person. On the track again, Herbie is soon boxed in by some other cars, but Ray Sr. arrives at the track and encourages Maggie over the team radio, Maggie escapes the trap by driving directly over Tony Stewart, in front of her. This damages Herbie's oil system, so Maggie makes another pit stop and Kevin hurriedly extracts a replacement part from a yellow New Beetle, which Herbie has been eyeing amorously throughout the film, owned by Sally, one of Team Peyton's few remaining sponsors, switching it with Herbie's.
The jerry-rigged oil system is fragile, Trip is intent on preventing Herbie from winning. With Maggie and Ray Sr. now working together and Herbie catch up to Trip. Trip tries to damage Herbie by pushing him into the track wall when Maggie tries to pass him, but he is caught off guard and crashes into the wall when she slams on the brakes during his next attempt, causing Trip's car to ricochet off the wall and hit Jeff Gordon's car, flipping his over. Herbie passes Trip's car, now upside down on the track, by climbing onto the catch fence above the wall and riding it all the way to the finish line. After landing back on the track and Herbie win the race. Maggie is congratulated by her father and brother, Trip is hospitalized for trying to tell everyone Herbie's alive as Maggie and Kevin kiss. Ray Sr. warns Herbie and Sally's New Beetle not to stay out too long on their date. Herbie and his love drive off into the night, ending the movie and rolling the credits. Lindsay Lohan as Maggie Peyton, a young auto racer and Herbie's new owner.
Justin Long as Kevin, a mechanic, Maggie's love interest Michael Keaton as Ray Peyton Sr. Maggie and Ray Jr's overprotective father Breckin Meyer as Ray Peyton Jr. Maggie's older b
Terrence Stephen McQueen was an American actor. McQueen was called "The King of Cool", his antihero persona developed at the height of the counterculture of the 1960s made him a top box-office draw of the 1960s and 1970s. McQueen received an Academy Award nomination for his role in The Sand Pebbles, his other popular films include The Cincinnati Kid, Love With the Proper Stranger, The Thomas Crown Affair, The Getaway, Papillon, as well as the all-star ensemble films The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Towering Inferno. In 1974 he became the highest-paid movie star in the world, although he did not act in films again for four years. McQueen was combative with directors and producers, but his popularity placed him in high demand and enabled him to command large salaries. Terrence Stephen McQueen was born on March 24, 1930, at St. Francis Hospital in Beech Grove, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis. McQueen was raised as a Roman Catholic, his father, William McQueen was a stunt pilot for a barnstorming flying circus who left McQueen's mother, Julia Ann, six months after meeting her.
Several biographers have stated. Unable to cope with caring for a small child, she left him with her parents in Slater, Missouri in 1933; as the Great Depression set in shortly thereafter, McQueen and his grandparents moved in with Lillian's brother Claude at his farm in Slater. McQueen expressed having good memories of living on the farm, noting that his great-uncle Claude "was a good man strong fair. I learned a lot from him." Claude gave McQueen a red tricycle on his fourth birthday, a gift that McQueen subsequently credited with sparking his early interest in racing. At the age of eight he was taken to Indianapolis by his mother, who lived there with her new husband. McQueen's departure from his great-uncle's home was marked by a special memento given to him on that occasion. "The day I left the farm", he recalled, "Uncle Claude gave me a personal going-away present—a gold pocket watch, with an inscription inside the case." The inscription read, "To Steve –, a son to me."Dyslexic and deaf due to a childhood ear infection, McQueen did not adjust well to his new life.
His new stepfather beat him to such an extent that at the age of nine, he left home to live on the streets. Soon he was committing acts of petty crime. Unable to control his behavior, his mother sent him back to Slater; when he was 12, Julia wrote to Claude, asking that her son be returned to her again to live in her new home in Los Angeles, California. Julia's second marriage had ended in divorce, she had married a third time. By McQueen's own account, he and his new stepfather "locked horns immediately." McQueen recalls him being "a prime son of a bitch", not averse to using his fists on McQueen and his mother. As McQueen began to rebel again he was sent back to live with Claude for a final time. At age 14 he left Claude's farm without saying goodbye and joined a circus for a short time drifted back to his mother and stepfather in Los Angeles - resuming his life as a gang member and petty criminal. McQueen was caught stealing hubcaps by the police and handed over to his stepfather, who beat him ending the fight by throwing McQueen down a flight of stairs.
McQueen looked up at his stepfather and said, "You lay your stinking hands on me again and I swear, I'll kill you."After the incident McQueen's stepfather persuaded his mother to sign a court order stating that McQueen was incorrigible, remanding him to the California Junior Boys Republic in Chino. Here, McQueen began to mature, he was not popular with the other boys at first: "Say the boys had a chance once a month to load into a bus and go into town to see a movie. And they lost out. Well, you can pretty well guess. I paid my dues with the other fellows quite a few times. I got my lumps, no doubt about it; the other guys in the bungalow had ways of paying you back for interfering with their well-being." McQueen became a role model and was elected to the Boys Council, a group who set the rules and regulations governing the boys' lives. He left the Boys Republic at age 16; when he became famous he returned to talk to the boys and retained a lifelong association. At 16 McQueen left Chino Hills and returned to his mother, now living in Greenwich Village, New York.
He met two sailors from the Merchant Marine and volunteered to serve on a ship bound for the Dominican Republic. Once there he abandoned his new post being employed in a brothel, he worked as a carnival barker and a lumberjack. In 1947 McQueen joined the United States Marine Corps where he was promoted to private first class and assigned to an armored unit, he reverted to his prior rebelliousness and was demoted to private seven times. He took an unauthorized absence by failing to return after a weekend pass expired, staying with a girlfriend for two weeks until the shore patrol caught him, he resisted arrest and spent 41 days in the brig. After this he resolved to focus his energies on self-improvement and embraced the Marines' discipline, he saved the lives of five other Marines during an Arctic exercise, pulling them from a tank before it broke through ice into the sea. He was assigned to the honor guard, responsible for guarding the presidential yacht of US President Harry Truman. McQueen served until 1950, when he was honorably discharged.
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