Behind the Scenes of The Remake of the Bullitt
Chase in 2019
by Gas Monkey Garage - commercial aired July 8th, 2019, updated July 13th, 2019
courtesy Anthony Bolgona and Frank Panacci, jr.
The weather on the set was a crisp sunny typical
San Francisco day. Patrol officers from San Francisco Motorcycle division
were setting up barricades to close off the streets and reroute traffic.
The set was alive with energy during the filming of the chase this second time around. I was thrilled to have experienced it the first time years ago, and even more overjoyed to see it being filmed again this time.
We were reminiscing back when Chad’s dad was on
location with Frank’s dad Office Frank Panacci Sr., and how I had wondered
onto the set not knowing at the time who Steve McQueen was when I approached
him as he was coming out of his dressing room trailer.
Filming began for the Gas Monkey crew in the City
of Brisbane, where the chase ended.
It was filmed backwards so that they had
enough film in the can in case the car did not survive the Taylor Street
Practice runs with the Challenger and
Mustang took place along the same route on Guadalupe Canyon Road.
With the help of Stunt Coordinator Rocky Capella
and his team, they drove the cars to support the visual and to bring safety
onto the set.
Most of the crew on the set are much younger and had not seen a 1968 Charge up close and personal…. We have a buzz kill….if it doesn’t fall on the cutting room floor. Richard Rawlings was caught up on Frank’s car. (To be continued)
Chris Foorsberg is the stunt driver in the Remake
by Gas Monkey Garage. Seems he did very well and kept the one car without
any crash alive for the film team, which was extremely important. You can
sense that he would have driven even harder, but the 3 days only of filming
and the mechanical fitness of the car was a hold back for anyone on the set.
I think without the beard, a wig and some visagist artwork the appearance would have been closer, but that was not the target. The Car Chase and how they did it back in 1968 was everyones driving force on site including Chris, Chad, Richard and the rest of the gang.
Congratulations. Well done.
Chad had his Steeda McQueen Edition #001 on site. They did extensive driving at nearby racetracks and on the streets, whenever possible.
Chad enjoyed the SE very much as Steeda reports. Visible in his many grins.
Everything worked out as planned ahead aside from a few mechanical things that could be solved with the Gas Monkeys team and with R Mustangs Garage on Bryant Street in San Francisco.
Chad McQueen behind the wheel with close-ups
In the Remake after the Charger is chased down the Guadeloupe Canyon Street, Chad is shown at the whell overtaking the car in a transition and heading towards a brighter future - in Memory of Steve McQueen.
No crash scene at the end. The myth continues.