Recreating the famous chase scene from Bullitt has become almost an art form in its own right. We've seen it done in a music video, with scale models and even in commercials. There are few films that are as defined by a single scene as the 1968 classic. Even if you don't know a single beat of the plot, the Highland Green Ford Mustang racing a Dodge Charger through the hilly streets of San Francisco is famous. It's so well known that the Silverstone Classic has created a homage to promote its celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Mustang at this year's event in July.

Filmed around the famous UK circuit, the short film generally gets the key points of the scene right. It even has a green Volkswagen Beetle that keeps reappearing, as in the movie. Unfortunately, its Steve McQueen stand-in looks a little too old for the role. While the video shortens the chase considerably, it's still great to see these '60s behemoths leaning and sliding around the track. Scroll down for a touch of nostalgia thanks to one of the greatest scenes ever in cinema – we've got both the recreation and the original chase seen from the movie waiting for you.





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      Brodz
      • 7 Months Ago
      That's when men were men. You'd be crappin' ya dacks now driving those old boats at speed down San Francisco hills. Look at that suspension travel.
      N.O.
      • 7 Months Ago
      The Charger looks seriously badass!
      KS
      • 7 Months Ago
      Timeless Mustang, wow. Dodge so, so.
        Jakob Smith
        • 7 Months Ago
        @KS
        You know how much that Mustang had to be upgraded to be able to keep up with that STOCK Charger?
          bullitt2605
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Jakob Smith
          It's actually true they put narrower tires and did some other things to slow the Charger down but it would still walk away from the Mustang in the straights. Here is some of the other things they did. "Two identical Mustangs and two matching Chargers were used in the Bullitt chase sequence. So that the four-speed Mustang could run more easily with the brawnier four-speed 440 Magnum Charger, Hollywood engineer Max Balchowsky installed a racing cam on both Fords, milled the heads, and modified the ignition and carburetion systems. Additionally, Balchowsky bulked up the suspensions of all four cars for improved strength, handling, and control. One Mustang and one Charger were fitted with a full roll cage."
          SquareFour
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Jakob Smith
          The Chargers were modified too (suspensions, mostly), just not as extensively because they were last minute replacements for the Galaxies originally provided by Ford, which proved too heavy to handle the jumps on the hills. They didn't have time for additional welds and etc. Most of the mods the Mustang received had to do with safety and stability. None of the mods had anything to do with "keeping up" with anything other than McQueen's expectations and the stunts the filmmakers wanted.
          Finklestein
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Jakob Smith
          Mustang needing mods to keep up with a dodge...that's cute
          KS
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Jakob Smith
          No I don't Jakob but McQueen chose the Mustang not the Dodge. That's good enough for me.
      Daryl Lict
      • 7 Months Ago
      Hubcaps, where were the endless hubcaps flying off the Charger at every turn and the endless shifting on the Mustang... WHERE??? :-)
      Street King
      • 7 Months Ago
      I'll give them an E for Effort.
      Louisoe Robbins
      • 7 Months Ago
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      Eric
      • 7 Months Ago
      Bill Hickman, FTW.
      J P
      • 7 Months Ago
      That was underwhelming.
      evilleo22
      • 7 Months Ago
      Well, the CGI crash was lame, and it was neat to see these two American lead sleds fly around UK streets. But can you say body roll on the R/T? LOL.
        John Shoe
        • 7 Months Ago
        @evilleo22
        CGI "crash" certainly beats destroying a real 1968 Charger R/T . RE : Body Roll : The original Charger was shod with miniscule 14x6" wheels ; its tyres were shaved to 'racing depth' ; its steering ratio was upgraded to the 20:1 "NASCAR" gear (versus the 24:1 standard ratio) , and ; reinforcement welds / brackets were added to the Torsion Bars' crossmember . Bill Hickman was the pilot of the Charger . A stuntman by trade , and a real loose cannon in practise . He purchased the two 1968 Chargers at Glendale Dodge (Glendale , California) ; one was a real R/T , with the standard 375hp 440 , optional 4-speed trans , and standard 3.54 gear Dana 60 ; power disc brakes were specified as well . It was UU1 Blue . The 2nd car was a Y2 Yellow 318-powered 'base' Charger . Hickman's resume also includes 'French Connection' (1971) where he also played the role of a detective ; and , 'The Seven-Ups' (1973) , wherein he pushes a 1973 Pontiac Grandville to its limits .
      rnelsonclan
      • 7 Months Ago
      KS, The bad guys always drive Chargers. Steve got the Mustang, dents and all to look like a car a cop could afford. Check the history on the movie. Charger mauled the mustang, even after extensive cam, head, carb and exhaust upgrades to the Mustang. Mustang looks like a taxi compared to the brute Charger.
      Lewis
      • 7 Months Ago
      I do love me some old iron!
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