Ranked: Our Top 10 Cars in Movies

Behind every great action film is a great action-packed car. We aren’t talking any car either; we’re talking a car that influences a generation and inspires a car culture. There’s tons of cars that could have made the list, but we chose our top 10!

  1. James Bond – Goldfinger

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James Bond has had tricked out rides in all his movies, but the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 that was driven in Goldfinger and Thunderball takes the cake. Without modifications, the Aston Marin DB5 is already a masterpiece. But the special Bond effects added is what really made this car the one of the greatest movie cars of all time. The added gadgets include a ram bumper, machine guns, ejector seat, smoke screen, oil-slick sprayer, and more! This Bond car may have even started the revolution of navigation systems, with the most interesting feature – the map screen.

  1. Smokey and the Bandit

After a 1977 Pontiac Trans Am was shown sliding around corners, leaping over broken bridges, and evading Sheriff Buford T. Justice for hundreds of miles, it became one of the most sought-out vehicles of the 1970’s. After Smokey and the Bandit debuted, sales jumped by about 30,000 cars from 1977 to 1978, and by another 24,000 for 1979. Fans were amazed by the Starlight Black Special Edition paint job, the T-Top roof; the car was also quicker and had better handling than the Corvette of the same generation

  1. American Graffiti

Before George Lucas reached fame with his blockbuster hit Star Wars, he filmed American Graffiti. This film was a reflection of his memories of the car culture in California in the 1960’s. The film included A-list stars, but it’s the cars we are most impressed by. The brash Canary yellow ’32 Ford that was used became the most recognized Deuce Coupe in the world.

  1. Back to the Future

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The 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 that was used in Back to Future has become a cult classic. The DMC-12 was a stainless steel stunner was designed by the legendary Giorgetto Giugiaro. The futuristic look combined with movie magic gave the DeLorean its legendary status.

  1. Bullit

Steve McQueen could have made any vehicle look cool, that’s why the 1968 Mustang GT 390 used in Bullit became an instant car classic. Well that, and the fact that it’s a sweet machine! The movie’s chase scenes on the streets of San Francisco, tailing a 1968 Dodge Charger, are some of the best ever recorded on film.

  1. Vanishing Point

One of the most impressive pony cars to come out of the muscle boom in the 1960’s and 1970’s was the 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T – especially the Hemi model.

  1. Batman Begins

The Batmobile is one of the most recognized movie cars. The tough militaristic Batmobile Tumbler that made its debut in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises is the most visually and technically significant Batmobile since the George Barris-designed 1960s version.

  1. The Fast and the Furious

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The Dodge Charger has been making appearances in TV and movies for decades. In 2000, the Dodge Charger made an appearance as a menacing black street-racing machine for Vin Diesel in The Fast and the Furious. The Charger was decked out with a wicked stance, huge rear tires, and a monstrous engine and supercharger sticking out from the hood.

  1. Blues Brothers

The 1974 Dodge Monaco used in the Blues Brothers was used to perform outrageous stunts, such as jumping over an open drawbridge, flipping backwards in midair, and even flying for brief periods of time. This Monaco could do everything, except light a cigarette.

  1. Jurassic Park

If there were Dinosaurs chasing you, what vehicle would you use? Well, thanks to Jurassic Park, you would use a Jeep Wrangler. The 1992 Jeep Wrangler Sahara used in Jurassic Park was the perfect vehicle to tackle the terrain, transport stolen embryos, and escape a dinosaur chase.

Whats your favorite movie car?

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year in Pittsburgh!

With the holiday season approaching, we’re already buzzing with excitement. We made our list and checked it twice of holiday happenings around the ‘Burgh!

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The Sunken Garden at Phipps Conservatory, December 2013

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Every holiday season, Phipps Conservatory has a wonderful Winder Light Garden that uses flowers and evergreens to bring in the holiday spirit. The theme this year is “Winter Wonderland,” based off the famous song written by our own Pennsylvania-native Dick Smith. The garden translates his lyrics into visuals using lights, decorations, and seasonal plants. The Winter Wonderland will be running every evening 5-11pm from November 28th through January 11th.

Carnegie Museum of Art

The Carnegie Museum of Art has a holiday tradition of displaying decorative Christmas trees in the Hall of Architecture. From handcrafted ornaments to incredible collections, the Carnegie Museum of Arts is a must!

Skating at the PPG Plaza

Located in the heart of Downtown, the PPG Plaza is a winter staple. The rink is lightened by a giant Christmas tree in the middle of the PPG Plaza. So grab a pal, lace up, and take a few laps around the ice.

The Nutcracker

There’s nothing that gets you in the holiday spirit quite like the classic ballet, The Nutcracker. The Nutcracker is a Christmas tradition that combines the magic of Christmas and the art of ballet. The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater performs this magical story, while bringing a Pittsburgh element into the world of The Nutcracker. The performance will be at the Benedum Center throughout December.

Fifth Avenue Place

Throughout the holiday season, Fifth Avenue is one of Pittsburgh’s most festive destinations. They host various events and actives for the whole family. Activities range from craft shows, to musical performances, and even a chance to hop on the Holly Trolley on the weekends!

Spirits of Giving From Around the World

See the holidays come alive during PPG Place’s “Spirits of Giving From Around the World” exhibit. This holiday display of life-size Santas and original paintings captures a whole world of Christmas traditions. The exhibit comes alive with a collection of original paintings, each depicting holiday celebrations around the world.

Miniature Railroad & Village

The Miniature Railroad & Village features hundreds of wonderfully realistic animated scenes that illustrate how people lived, worked, and played in our region during an era spanning the 1880s to the late 1930s.

Highmark First Night

To ring in the New Year, stop by Highmark First Night Pittsburgh. First Night is a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. It is an arts-focused, family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. It’s the largest single-day celebration in the region, offering 150 events at nearly 50 indoor and outdoor locations within the 14-block Cultural District, attracting nearly 50,000 visitors each year.

What’s your favorite Pittsburgh holiday tradition?

How to Make the Most Out of Your Road Trip

  1. Make a SET plan, not a rigid one

Most road trippers are on a set time limit, so it is in your best interest to plan out which city you’ll sleep in each night before setting off. We recommend planning your driving time to eight hours or less per day.

  1. Don’t research your stops beforehand

The whole point of a road trip is to explore new things! When you don’t know what to expect at a stop, you cant be let down by what you discover. When you’re not in a rush to visit the most touristy locations, you leave the door open for the little discoveries, which are the city’s true gems.

  1. Bring an actual map and a Sharpie!

We get it, every new car comes equipped with navigation, or you have your tom-tom mounted on the dashboard. But it’s more of an adventure to plan out your route on a map that you can keep afterward for memories.

  1. Pack light!

Picking up souvenirs is always a must when on a road trip! You would hate to leave the year’s supply of syrup you got in Vermont behind, since you just HAD to bring that extra suitcase full of shoes that you never wore!

  1. Get a gas card

You’re going to be buying a lot of gas, which can turn into a lot of fuel perks, cash back, and discounted groceries!

  1. Carry cash for tolls

Toll roads can pop up in the most unexpected places, and the fees may be higher than you would expect! Keep your middle console loaded with dollars and coins! It’s cheaper to pay the toll than it is the ticket!

  1. Ask a local where to eat

Sure you want to stop at all the restaurants you saw on on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, but your best advice on where to dine will be from a local. They will recommend a tastier, cheaper dinner with better ambiance than a TV show could ever suggest.

  1. Bring a spare car key

This one is self explanatory. You don’t want to be stuck on the side of the road with your years supply of syrup because you locked your keys in the car.

  1. Follow those strange billboards you’ve been seeing

You know, the ones that say “Free Chocolate Samples This Way” or “Second-Friendliest Yarn Store in The Universe.” You never know what you’ll find!

  1. Take pictures

And lots of them! We don’t mean Instagram ones, we’re talking the Polaroid kind! Road trip pictures are the best kind for scrap books and bulletin boards! Take a photo in every city you stop in and then pin it on the map you saved! How’s that for a Pinterest idea!

Reasons Why Driving a Van Is Awesome

In a day and age of sleek SUVs, stylish sedans, and sporty crossovers, vans are typically last on a person’s list of favorite cars, if even on the list at all. It’s a shame no one gives these passenger-hauling vehicles a chance—we actually think driving a van is awesome.

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The 2015 Kia Sedona

  • You make friends quickly: People always need things hauled and transported, and will frequently come knocking on your door and buying you thank-you gifts in return.
  • You will see a reduction in road rage: Other drivers are less likely to cut you off because they think you have kid in the back.
  • You get a free pass if you take up two parking spots: So if parking isn’t you’re thing, no one will ever have to know.
  • Pick Your Poison: With all those cup holders, you’ll have room for as many coffees, energy drinks, or water bottles your heart desires.
  • You improve your driving skills without realizing it: After parallel parking a van, you could practically parallel park a sedan blindfolded.
  • Not as iconic as the Jeep wave, but van drivers look out for other van drivers: If you need to pull out into traffic, our money is on another van being the first one to wave you on.

And now that we have you thinking, may we suggest the Dodge Grand Caravan, Kia Sedona, or Chrysler Town and Country?

Guilty: Embarrassing Car Moments That Happen to Everyone

No one is perfect; we all make mistakes and have imperfections. But when caught, those mistakes can be quite embarrassing! Here’s a list of embarrassing car moments that can happen to anyone!

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  1. Leaving your turn signal on, for miles and miles after that right-hand turn.
  1. Cutting someone off in traffic by accident. The mirrors aren’t lying, objects in mirror ARE closer than they appear.
  1. Not realizing the light has turned green. You may have been to busy daydreaming, but don’t worry, the blaring horns behind you should get your attention back on the road.
  1. Messing up while parallel parking, multiple times. You might have mastered it during your driving test, but remember, you parked in between cones, not cars.
  1. Realizing you left your morning coffee on top of your car. By that incident, it shows you really needed that coffee.
  1. Getting caught dancing and singing to your favorite Beyonce song. Just make sure when you dance and sing at the top of your lungs, keep your cool at stoplights.

Which one of these embarrassing car moments have happened to you!?

Toys for Tots Is Back!

While you’re busy planning a Thanksgiving meal, making a holiday gift list, and planning get-togethers with family and loved ones, please set some time aside to drop off a new, unwrapped toy or two for children ages 0-12 at any Jim Shorkey location in North Huntingdon or Uniontown as part of the US Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program. We are accepting donations until December 15. We are hoping to make this year’s haul even more successful than last year’s! Thanks so much for your generosity this season, and we look forward to making a child’s Christmas a little brighter this year!

For more information on the US Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program, check out their website here.

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Tips for Making the Most Out of Your Test Drive

More and more, people are researching vehicles they’re interested in online, browsing online inventory, and even beginning the financing process before even entering our dealership. However, no matter how technologically advanced our lives become, there is one aspect of the car-buying experience that cannot be replicated online: the test drive.

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And most drivers are so excited to get behind the wheel of the car they’ve spent days, weeks, or months researching, that commonsense usually goes out the window. Well here at Jim Shorkey, we want you to make an informed, logical decision, so here are some tips to making the most of our test drive, whether your shopping for a new or used vehicle!

  • Schedule an Appointment. Admittedly, it can get a little hectic in the showroom, and we want to make sure you do not waste your time. Schedule an appointment with us, and we can have a car or cars ready for you to step into within minutes of arriving. You can find our contact information here.
  • Get to Know the Vehicle. Prior to getting behind the wheel, your sales associate will walk around the vehicle and talk about it with you. Pay close attention to make sure the features on the vehicle are the ones you are specifically looking for. If something’s missing from the vehicle (or there’s something extra), don’t be shy when asking about it.
  • Familiarize Yourself with the Captain’s Chair. Before you drive off, make sure you know where the headlight and windshield wiper controls are located, make note of how easy it is to access radio and climate controls, and check out the size of the glove compartment and center console storage areas. Glance in the mirrors and make sure your lines of sight are optimal.
  • Make Adjustments Before You Go. Adjust your seat, steering wheel, mirrors, and sometimes even the foot pedals before you drive off the lot. The last thing you want to be doing is trying to make adjustments on the fly in the middle of traffic.
  • Turn Off the Radio. Although a quality sound system is important to many shoppers, save testing out this feature until you have sufficient time behind the wheel. You’ll want the cabin environment to be as quiet as possible so you can better hear the engine, the smoothness of gear change,s and wind noise.
  • Parking and Turning Radius. How easy is it to maneuver your vehicle into a tight parking spot? As you wrap up your test drive, find a place to parallel park the vehicle and test out its turning radius.
  • Test Comparable Models the Same Day. If you plan on driving multiple vehicles before making your final decision, do your best to test drive each of the vehicles in the same day. This way, you’ll be able to easily compare each vehicle you drive so you can make an educated decision on which you’ll ultimately purchase or lease.