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Dennis McCarthy: Off-Road Dodge Charger and Furious 7

Phillip Roberts 24. April 2015 Hottest news, Magazine, People, Videos & Movie Reviews No Comments
Furious 7 1970 Dodge Charger Off Road

Have you ever wondered who builds all the star-cars for film car chases? Let me introduce you to Mr. Dennis McCarthy, the man behind the Fast and Furious franchise from Tokyo Drift right up to the latest Furious 7.

Aficionados  were lucky enough to be invited to interview  Dennis McCarthy prior to the release of  Furious 7 to talk about the two `specials` that jumped out of an aeroplane at 30.000 ft. One of these cars is a magnificent 1970 Dodge Charger RT Off-Roader, specially built for this scene in Furious 7.

Dennis talks about his passion for building cars, the detailed work and the challenges in building them. Everyone has their favourite car in any car movie. The Fast and Furious series has brought fame back to the unsung hero that the Dodge Charger truly is, right from the first film. No wonder Dennis’ dream project is to build the best Charger once again. It will be used in the franchise, fulfilling all his desires.

So what is going on behind the scenes where the star-cars are being built? Watch the video down below to find out.


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About Phillip Roberts

As a little boy my Dad always told me stories about the glorious days of automotive pioneering and days when classics were common. This has influenced me in such an effect I have become a helpless petrol-head...

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…my driving license was still on it's way when I had bought my first petrol-smelling Italian stallion... No, it wasn't a Ferrari... It was Fiat Regata, twin choke Weber 1.5 in neat condition with bad attitude. It wasn't in any way quick by today's standards nor was it a good handler. More like an SUV actually. It was so high that my girlfriend at the time, (a little taller than a bucket,) almost needed a ladder to get into it. However, it was a good car till the first winter came and I wrecked it.

My next car was a BMW E30 1987 2.4d. It is still my all-time favorite. It just had a black metallic paint job done when I bought it and shiny chrome bumpers. As Steel Panther would say say, "that car was bitchin'." I had nice Alpina alloys that I kept getting nicked for. Apparently they were not marked in my documents so each time the police caught me I got a fine.

After about a dozen fines in 3 months I said `sod it` and had BMW amend my documents. This one wasn't really quick off the mark but once it was up to speed you could throw it into any corner and it would come out still alive and pointing the right way. I sold it eventually because I didn't have the time to get it back to original condition and I later found out that the guy I sold it to wrecked it couple of months after. What a shame.

I also had a BMW E46. I liked the look of it but it was useless. It had so many problems one day I wished someone would run into me so I could get rid of it and get some money back. Guess what... a week later a Spanish fellow in a borrowed company Skoda ran up the boot and parked on my back seat. My girlfriend got a panic attack and became so furious she would have beaten him up if I`d let her. However, I had successfully gotten rid of the car.

So this is the story of my beginnings. There are two things that I love other than music and my family. Writing and cars. Why not combine them? I figured there may be more people like me and so I wanted to participate in this amazing opportunity for everyone to share their knowledge, experience and passion, and build something unique while doing it.

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