I don’t think my generation realizes that PBS has a lot of silent hits, and it’s something I even forget from time to time. Last night, while flipping through channels, I ran into the PBS program “American Masters” which featured the band The Doors and, specifically, its lead singer and poet Jim Morrison. This program exclusively used vintage footage, and is the case with any film from bygone days, the car-spotting was great. But, what utterly shocked me was Morrison’s wheels of choice: a dark-blue 1967 Shelby GT500. Totally boss!
There was some great footage of Morrison driving the car, plus some footage taken from inside the Shelby as other cars drove by. Many passing the Shelby were giving Morrison the “thumbs up,” probably before they even realized it was him, and that was when the car was new! Some of the other cool cars that passed Morrison’s Shelby included a Chevy “Deuce” with a straight axle, an early Mustang 2+2 fastback and a ’66 Cadillac convertible, among others.
I didn’t catch the whole program, but what I saw was excellent, from the story of the tortured artist to the scenery his story was set against. I’ll be watching for this re-run.