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Old 10-18-2017, 10:26 AM   #1
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So, I bought Spielberg's Amazing Stories on DVD thinking that there was a Car Wars episode (or Car Wars like) in the series, but there isn't.

Do any of you old timers remember remember the many anthology shows from the mid-80s, and specifically do you remember an episode where there was a story set in a Car Wars like world?

I'm sorry if I've asked this before. I know there was that show with Jacko ... but I thought there was another show that had a Car Wars like stand alone episode.
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Old 10-18-2017, 02:41 PM   #2
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I just did a search of the episode summaries for both the 1985 Twilight Zone and Tales From The Darkside for "car" with nothing relevant coming up. Are you certain it is an 80s show?
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Old 10-18-2017, 08:08 PM   #3
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You know, I'm thinking it was that show with Jacko, the Aussie Energizer guy. I just remember one evening during a CW session (before we got set up) there was a promo on, and my friends told me to look. They said it was Car Wars on TV.

It's not a big deal. I actually tried searching, and came up with the same thing you did.

Sorry if I asked this before on this forum. Thanks for the reply.
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Old 10-18-2017, 08:54 PM   #4
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Try "The Highwayman" from 1987-88, only lasting 9 episodes.

Sam J. Jones was the lead.
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Old 10-18-2017, 08:59 PM   #5
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Blue Ghost,

The television series was "The Highwayman." The two-hour pilot movie aired on NBC in the U.S. in 1987, starring Sam "Flash Gordon" Jones and Claudia "Babylon 5" Christian. The series aired on NBC in the U.S. in 1988 featuring Sam Jones, Jacko, Jane "V" Badler, and Tim "Star Trek: Voyager" Russ.

Sam Jones is on Twitter. He would like to hear from fans of The Highwayman.

The Highwayman tractor-trailer was purchased by a tattoo company in Texas. The truck is used as a mobile tattoo studio.
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Old 10-18-2017, 09:35 PM   #6
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I just remember one evening during a CW session (before we got set up) there was a promo on, and my friends told me to look. They said it was Car Wars on TV.
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You reminded me of a show named Viper. I thought it came out at the same time as Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in 1993, but IMDB says it was 1994.

The commercial for Viper really played up a Car Wars mood with a high-tech James Bond style vehicle based on a Dodge Viper, but I don't think I cared to watch more than the first episode.

I then came across The Highwayman searching IMDB, but the posts above beat me to it. However, that appears to be an actual one season series rather than an episode of an anthology.


What other shows were focused on a super-vehicle gimmick, and was that a recipe for success or bad writing?

Knight Rider and Air Wolf spring to mind immediately.

For some reason, I thought about this Saturday morning series from the '70's named Ark II (had to look it up, I'm no encyclopedia).

I guess once the vehicle becomes the size of a ship then that significantly expands the genre, e.g. Star Trek, Love Boat.
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Old 10-18-2017, 11:49 PM   #7
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Thanks for the replies. I remember the clip had some dude standing next to a car with a van in the background, and one of the two fired a blue laser. Maybe it was for a different show.

Not a big deal. Thanks for the replies.

Maybe someday we'll have a Car Wars TV series or movie.
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Old 10-19-2017, 10:04 AM   #8
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Blue Ghost,

The television series was "The Highwayman." The two-hour pilot movie aired on NBC in the U.S. in 1987, starring Sam "Flash Gordon" Jones and Claudia "Babylon 5" Christian. The series aired on NBC in the U.S. in 1988 featuring Sam Jones, Jacko, Jane "V" Badler, and Tim "Star Trek: Voyager" Russ.

Sam Jones is on Twitter. He would like to hear from fans of The Highwayman.

The Highwayman tractor-trailer was purchased by a tattoo company in Texas. The truck i used as a mobile tattoo studio.
LOVED that show! Even bought a bootleg DVD of all the episodes a few years ago, since two of them were preempted locally. :-)

What's his twitter handle? Would love to reach out to him!
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Old 10-19-2017, 10:06 AM   #9
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Not the one you're talking about, but curious if any of you remember Badlands - twenty something... Was George Miller's attempt at a Mad Max television show - even had Toecutter in the pilot episode. :-)

Had that on VHS for a LONG time! They were after water instead of gas.

WAITAMINUTE! It was a precursor to Fury Road!!!
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Old 10-19-2017, 04:22 PM   #10
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I'm still trying to find out the name of a car-combat-themed TV show I kept catching the last five minutes of on late-night TV in the early '90s.

It was filmed in a gravel pit; it involved "teams" using Max-Max-ified dune buggies and off-road-style motorcycle-sidecars firing paintballs at each other; it was very much "pro wrestling with cars", as it seems every episode ended with some sort of stunt (usually one of buggies being Reynolds-Ramped into a building filled with pyro).

I could never find out the name of the show, as the TV listings in the local rag didn't cover that period of time, nor did the cable guide....
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