During my freshman year at Georgia Tech, I was astounded to witness the Ramblin’ Wreck parade, an honored Homecoming tradition. Fraternities and other student groups turned automotive junk into bizarre, mechanized art.
As imaginative as those rolling creations were, I’d say the rambling wrecks don’t hold a candle to the vehicles customized by production designer Colin Gibson in “Mad Max: Fury Road.” It opens in theaters tonight and Friday.
As with the two previous “Mad Max” flicks, these vehicles are primed for chasing and fighting in a barren, postapocalyptic landscape. So they’re sporting plenty of bad-ass touches, like the skulls decorating a converted tanker.
Car and Driver magazine offers a comprehensive review of that truck and other lead vehicles. Writer John Pearley Huffman identifies that “War Rig” tanker tractor as “a six-wheel-drive Tatra semi powered by two supercharged V-8s … The semi cab seems to have been extended with the rear half of a late-1940s Chevrolet sedan.”
Huffman notes that a Mack R-series tractor tanker was a key vehicle in “The Road Warrior.” In “Fury Road,” Mack takes a bow with an R-series wrecker.