We've made no secret of the fact that we love some movies purely for their cars, and particularly for their car stunts. The orange-and-white Corvette above proves that this fascination for jumping, crashing, and barrel-rolling cars is hardly unique to the green-screen era; it's been in the blood of car enthusiasts for decades.
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I remember seeing Joie at the local stadium where I grew up. The announcer would scream "Joie, Joie, JOIE!!! CHITWOOD!!!!!" when the cars came out at the start of the show. The most memorable thing about it was that one of the cars wasn't going fast enough when he started up the ramp to jump the cars side-by-side, and he didn't quite make it to the other ramp.
I think that's where the phrase "That's not gonna buff out" came from.....
The Joie Chitwood Thrill show was part of the Eastern States Exposition here in Western Massachusetts until the end. I usually realize they aren't around anymore when I am walking around the fair, and don't hear the carnival barkers promoting the show.