Yes, it’s me. It’s a clip from my interview, done at the Henry Ford, in a discussion of the bubble-top and why it was removed on 11.22.63 prior to the fatal Dallas motorcade.
The “Secret Service man” on the right is actually Nick, the man who owns the gorgeous replica limo. I had a part to play in its being used in ITTC. They taped my interview, then Bob Casey’s (Henry Ford historian) and the crew took the glamour sweep shots of the rebuilt limousine — all done very early in the day, before the Henry Ford was open to the public.
At lunch in the museum, the producer, Bob Erickson, asked me what I would like do do in the afternoon. The choices were to go to the Gerald Ford museum or to try to track down a replica of the Presidential Limousine. After almost choking on my bite of yummy salad I said, “the limo, of course!” And off we went…
I was speechless at my first sight of the car that had been built with the same specs as SS100X and wss in the same configuration that the limo was on 11.22.63. It was exquisite. You can see that for yourself. Close-up, it is truly breathtaking.
As a result of this find, the entire program was revamped to feature this amazing replica limo.
In 2008 I had the opportunity to be involved with the development and production of the DC documentary INSIDE THE TARGET CAR. I wrote about my experiences here:
Ironically, I now realize that the odd coincidence between the original structure of ITTC and the 2004 SPEED channel program, where my essay “SS100X” from CAR CRASH CULTURE (Palgrave/Macmillan 2002) was used as the basis for the screenplay, may have been deliberate. The SPEED channel program was entirely CT. ITTC ended up being a WCR redux.
Was the JFK LIMOUSINE SPEED Channel program the catalyst for ITTC? Was ITTC intended to wipe out is influence? I will let you decide that for yourselves…
Here are links to various sections and outtakes of ITTC:
Here are links to the SPEED Channel JFK LIMOUSINE:
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSBrGhrmX9E
Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrdNEU7ghC8
Part 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwZBI6VMRyQ (I am interviewed in this section)
Part 5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gQpLEzMEoE
Oddly, and curiously enough, when I had the privilege to take a Cinema Production intensive at IFP/MN last week-end, as I described observing the filming of the rebuilt JFK limo at the Henry Ford in Dearborn, the instructor pointed out to me that I already have experience in this area as a result of in my involvement with these productions.
Who knew? 🙂
In 2008 I had the mixed-blessing of being the limo researcher for the Discovery Channel program ‘Inside the Target Car.’ This subsequent article outlines my experiences and the fallout from them: