It's a question which stirs up deep emotions in most automotive enthusiasts. No, it's not Porsche versus Ferrari, Senna versus Schumacher or Jeep against Land Rover. The question that causes serious debate boils down to one sentence – what is the best movie car chase of all time? SPEED is going to count down the greatest that Hollywood has to offer during a two-hour special running Thanksgiving day. The show is a platform to show-off the channel's newest contest, the return of the SPEED Dream Ride in the form of the SPEED Dream Ride 2.
The SPEED Dream Ride 2 is a sweepstakes-style contest with an excellent grand prize. Five winners and their guests will get to experience the VIP treatment at Infineon Raceway, in Sonoma, California. While at the track, winners will get to ride shotgun with Mario Andretti in a two-seat Indy car, Kyle Petty in a NASCAR stock car, Jason Pridmore on a two-up MotoGP sportbike and get sideways with Tanner Foust on a drifting course. If riding riding in cars gets boring, the winners can take turns crushing cars behind the wheel of the Gravedigger monster truck. They'll also get seat time in a handful of exotics courtesy of World Class Driving. Appetite whetted? You can enter this contest starting on Thanksgiving Day by heading to SpeedDreamRide.com.
The TV show, called Hollywood's Hottest Car Chases, may just serve as a backdrop for the announcement of the dream ride contest, but we think it's a topic that can't be discussed enough. To get you ready for the show, we've placed three chase clips after the the jump along with the full press release for the SPEED Dream Ride 2 contest.
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We picked three clips. The first is obvious while the other two should be mentioned more often.
We want to start you off with one of, if not the, best chase scenes of all time. It's from "Ronin":
Like the man behind the wheel, the opening chase from "Quantum of Solace" is very cool. Even though it's sad to see such a car get abused like that, the action-packed clip has us restarting it again and again:
From the movie "Short Time", we have a car chase chock full of action and a disregard for self-preservation. It's a lesser known film but the chase scene is excellent:
ANDRETTI, PETTY, BRITTON, FOUST AND GRAVEDIGGER HIGHLIGHT LIST OF NAMES TIED TO ONE-OF-A-KIND CONSUMER SWEEPSTAKES
NEW LEXUS LFA – 552-HORSEPOWER SUPERCAR – MAKES APPEARANCE IN 'SPEED DREAM RIDE 2' GARAGE
Gene Hackman, as Det. 'Popeye' Doyle, commandeering a civilian's 1971 Pontiac Le Mans in The French Connection, Steve McQueen's Lt. Frank Bullitt wheeling a 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 CID Fastback through the streets of San Francisco in Bullitt ... the famed 'Eleanor' in both versions of Gone in 60 Seconds ... or maybe Matt Damon performing automotive gymnastics with a Mini Cooper through the streets of Paris in The Bourne Identity. Whichever scene is your favorite, great movie car chases get our adrenaline pumping and set arguments raging as each generation makes a case for their favorite celluloid pursuit.
On Thanksgiving Day, SPEED continues the debate with a two-hour, high-powered special entitled Hollywood's Hottest Car Chases, kicking off "SPEED Dream Ride 2," a holiday programming and promotional event, highlighted by a national consumer "Dream Ride" sweepstakes with a chance to win an extraordinary VIP experience at Infineon Raceway that only SPEED can deliver.
Five winners and their guests will spend three days at the famed track in Sonoma, Calif., riding along with Mario Andretti (in a two-seater IndyCar), Kyle Petty (in a NASCAR stock car), Jason Pridmore (on a two-up MotoGP sportbike) and Tanner Foust (on a Drifting course) ... and if riding shotgun isn't enough to jack up your adrenaline, winners will take turns crushing cars behind the wheel of the menacing black and green Monster Truck known as "Gravedigger" and touring the beautiful Northern California countryside piloting a collection of Super Cars supplied by World Class Driving.
Several other "surprise" guests from the worlds of racing and entertainment will make appearances throughout the three-day experience.
"SPEED Dream Ride 2," presented by Prestone and supported by sponsorships from Zales, Progressive Insurance and Lexus, whose new 552-horsepower LFA supercar will make an appearance in the "SPEED Dream Ride 2" garage.
The campaign is supported by www.speeddreamride.com, an Internet micro-site hosted by the network Web site www.SPEED.com (Keyword: "Dream Ride"). The micro-site, which opens Nov. 1, will offer sweepstakes entry beginning Thanksgiving Day, "SPEED Dream Ride 2" video teasers and promotional content, as well as prize information and program schedules.