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Ra Sungod from Ra Sungod racing in Colorado, USA has checked-in and passed inspection for the Pop Culture Carvana diecast racing tournament!
Ra Sungod is sponsoring the red Chevy Camaro IROC Z28 known as Thunderhawk from the animated television series from the 80's called M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand), which fought the criminal organization known as V.E.N.O.M. (Vicious Evil Network Of Mayhem).
POP CULTURE FUN FACT: After its initial launch in 1985, the franchise spawned a variety of products, including four series of action figures, an animated television series, video games and comics.
Mr. Darq from Dubious Diecast in Oklahoma, USA has checked-in and passed inspection for the Pop Culture Carvana diecast racing tournament!
Mr. Darq will be sponsoring the black #2 Ford GT40 from the 2019 movie called Ford v Ferrari. Even though Christian Bale went to race school to learn how to drive, Mr. Darq is no stranger to racing at the Rim with 5 entries into previous tournaments hosted at the Pacific Rim Speedway.
POP CULTURE FUN FACT: Ford v Ferrari stunt coordinator Robert Nagle sent Bale to Bob Bondurant’s race school. Bondurant himself, 86, drove Shelby’s race cars to a win at the 1964 24 Hours of Le Mans and was a close friend of Miles. Bale would wrap up at race school and afterward talked “for five hours with Bob,” says Nagle. Bale, who learned on 180-hp, open-wheel Formula Mazdas, was calm under pressure from Nagle: “I’d hound Christian [on track] and he didn’t bobble once. When I pressure people like that I can usually see when they stop driving their car and start watching me in their mirrors. I have to say that he’s hands down the best actor I’ve ever trained.”
Triple B from Cheap Thrills Racing in Illinois, USA has checked-in and passed inspection for the Pop Culture Carvana diecast racing tournament!
Triple B is sponsoring the red Ferrari 308 GTS as seen in the 80's television series called Magnum P.I. Now Triple B is no stranger to the Rim, and the lap times he turned in this Ferrari turned some heads during warm-ups. So we're sure he's got plenty of eyes watching which group this Ferrari ends up in round one.
POP CULTURE FUN FACT: Hawaii Five-O, one of CBS's most popular television series went off the air in 1980, the same year that Magnum P.I. debuted. Unwilling to let its Hawaiian Production facilities lay dormant, CBS executives decided that Thomas Magnum should be solving cases in Hawaii, and made use of many old Hawaii Five-O sound stages.
UPDATE: The roster has been updated with all the cars I have received so far. Almost all of them are in my possession with only a small few left to arrive.
CutRocker from from CutRock 'R Racing in Australia has checked-in and passed inspection for the Pop Culture Carvana diecast racing tournament!
CutRocker is sponsoring Pauly's car, which is a yellow Chrysler VG Valiant Hardtop from the 2003 Australian comedy film called Fat Pizza. While inspecting Pauly's car, we found a possum in the air filter. The possum had made a pretty substantial nest, so we have no idea if CutRocker is going to be able to get everything out of the intake before race day.
POP CULTURE FUN FACT: The serial killer featured in the film is based on a reference to a famous Australian serial killer named Ivan Milat. Also, the character David Cockerfield is a parody of real-life magician David Copperfield.
Seth & Richie Gecko from Dogtown Racing in Arizona, USA have checked-in and passed inspection for the Pop Culture Carvana diecast racing tournament!
Seth & Richie are sponsoring the brown 1968 Mercury Cougar XR-7 from the 1996 film called From Dusk Till Dawn. When our team looked inside the interior of the car, we found a lot of blood stains on the upholstery, but the blood stains were green. So it didn't phase us one bit since we are already used to dealing with the Kaiju Blue.
POP CULTURE FUN FACT: Salma Hayek has a real fear of snakes and had always refused to be near them. Naturally when she read the script, she knew her phobia would prevent her from taking the part. Robert Rodriguez conned her into thinking that Madonna was ready to nab the part instead so Hayek spent two months with therapists to overcome her fear.
Doc from Doc's Speed Shop in Missouri, USA has checked-in and passed inspection for the Pop Culture Carvana diecast racing tournament!
Doc is sponsoring the white 1995 Volkswagen Jetta A3 (Type 1H) from the 2001 film called The Fast and the Furious. Now rumor has it that Doc bought the car at the Barret-Jackson in the 2016 Scottsdale auction as lot# 7002 after being released from the impound where it ended up filled with bullet holes from Johnny Tran and his cousin Lance.
POP CULTURE FUN FACT: During the race against Johnny Tran's Honda S2000, the car that Chad Lindberg was in was cut up for a MicRig but was not actually a Jetta and rather a Nissan 240. Originally, Jesse was intended to drive a BMW M3 (E36) or Audi A4/S4 (B5), which would highlight his "techie guy" status. However, since the producers couldn't find an example of these cars modified to an extent to impress director Rob Cohen, Jetta ended up being his car.
Uncle Elvis from Uncle Evlis Racing in Georgia, USA has checked-in and passed inspection for the Pop Culture Carvana diecast racing tournament!
Unlce Elvis will be sponsoring the white circa 1979-1980 Chevrolet Camaro that was featured in the Hardee's Road Runner Race Team television commercials in the '80s.
POP CULTURE FUN FACT: Not much is known about Stacey and Ernie who appear in several Road Runner stockcar race team Hardee's commercials in the '80s other than these two lame-o's seeking to capitalize on Smokey and the Bandit popularity were employed to endorse burgers across several Hardee's commercials.
Chief from Code 3 Motorsports in Kentucky, USA has checked-in and passed inspection for the Pop Culture Carvana diecast racing tournament!
Chief will be sponsoring the red W Motors Lykan Hypersport from the 2015 movie called Furious 7. The Lykan Hypersport was seen jumping off the Etihad Towers in the UAE during the film.
POP CULTURE FUN FACT: The film featured the on-screen destruction of a Lykan HyperSport by W Motors, valued at $3.4 million, though the actual cars destroyed were less expensive models made for the film rather than one of the seven actual production HyperSports. Of the ten produced for the film, one was returned to W Motors and is displayed in their showroom. The other nine were destroyed during the course of filming.
The Gray Wizard from Golden Owl Racing in California, USA has checked-in for the Pop Culture Carvana diecast racing tournament!
The Gray Wizard is sponsoring the yellow Dodge B300 Tradesman van as seen in the 1977 film called The Van. The film shows stereotypical teenage boys whose social lives revolve around getting high, drag racing, and pursuing girls so we expect this van to run well on the Rim
POP CULTURE FUN FACT: Legendary car customizer George Barris was commissioned to build two Dodge B300 extended-length Tradesman vans, with one being the primary picture car, and a backup that was used for all stunt driving scenes. An additional van, the antagonist's "Van Killer", was built by Barris as well, while the vans in the "van show" sequence were all various local Southern California customs.
SpyDude from Aces High Racing in Arizona, USA has checked-in and passed inspection for the Pop Culture Carvana diecast racing tournament!
SpyDude is sponsoring the Batmobile from the live action 1960's television series called Batman. Even though Adam West spent a lot of time behind the wheel of this Batmobile, we have no doubt that SpyDude will punch the afterburners for the win!
POP CULTURE FUN FACT: The 1966 television Batmobile was built by George Barris from a Lincoln Futura concept car. The original Batmobile from the 1960s TV series was auctioned on January 19, 2013, at the Barrett-Jackson auction house in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was sold for $4.2 million.
Johhnie Walker from Numbskull Racing in Michigan, USA has checked-in and passed inspection for the Pop Culture Carvana diecast racing tournament!
Johhnie Walker is sponsoring the red 1985 Buick Wildcat concept car that appeared in the 1993 film called The Demolition Man. While inspecting the Wildcat, we quickly learned that the car has a mind of its own and would produce a violation ticket everytime someone nearby would curse. We had way too much fun trying to see how fast we could get it to spit out violation tickets.
POP CULTURE FUN FACT: The film suffered repeated delays, and the original 72-day production schedule ran to 112 days. Sylvester Stallone was out for a week due to injury. Heavy rains in Los Angeles delayed filming. A soundstage was also damaged in a fire. The production went through five assistant directors, and many crew had to leave to work on other projects. It was like the film was god damned cursed (violation ticket appears).