Star Wars Cars

by Baba

As a kid growing up I would have loved to have piloted the Millennium Falcon. And as an adult sci-fi fan, not a day goes by when I dont mentally deliberate the pros and cons of my favourite fictional spaceships. Some guys take it further and pimp their cars to resemble their favourite vehicles. Star Wars fans in particular have a wide range of vessels and also styles that they can mimic. Whether its decals, paintwork or a fully fledged custom build then sci-fi fans are the people to wow the automotive world. Now, Id jump at the chance to own an electric car but would have to give great thought into pimping it out. I’d need at least a couple of laser ports and a bespoke paint job.

There are few interests that inspire such passion. Aside from sport, it is sci-fi that attracts such a devoted audience that an amazing minority go on to produce some remarkable feats of engineering and artwork.  Fancy an X-Wing inspired car, a Jawa Sandcrawler or Darth Vader on your bonnet? Well, youve got it!

Shawn Crosby first started applying his Star Wars designs to motorbikes but then, in 2000 he moved on to his first full-size car. This car he dubbed the H-Wing. As any good Rebel supporter knows you need a good Astromech droid on board and Shawn has even provided a full size Artoo unit!

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The custom paint job is a staple of the pimping world. In June 2008, this gorgeously airbrushed six-wheel van was shown at the Summer Madness Uprising 21 Custom Truck Show in Bakersfield, California.


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In full regalia this pilot stands by her carbon scored and neatly decaled ‘ship’.


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This Chevy Cobalt, featured on eBay in 2009, has airbrushed scenes from A New Hope and Attack of the Clones.


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Hustlebeast painted this impressive Darth Vader on the bonnet of a Honda. It would have probably looked better if he had used the red lightsabre and made it look less like he was aiming at his groin. Nice number plate too by the way.


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Ah, the Millennium Falcon. I love how this guy has a dish on the bonnet and painted a wing mirror to look like the cockpit.


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In Essex, England, this Chevrolet PT Cruiser (love how apposite the name is) has been daubed with an interesting range of scenes.


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Weve all seen publicity stunts that aim to raise awareness of a new film or product. Back in 1977, 20th Century Fox offered this unique Toyota Celica as the grand prize in a competition.


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Black and white are the colours of the Imperial Stormtroopers. If you want to show your allegiance to the Empire and dont want to mod your car then why not wear a trooper’s helmet and take your monochrome Lotus Exige for a spin?


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Picture the scene: its 2006 in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. Dusty sand is carried on the breeze and patterns the ground. The sound of a high torque engine throbs and a shadow falls across your body. You turn and a Jawa Sandcrawler (built on the body of a road car) towering over you.


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And finally…

Theres nothing going to freak me out more when waiting at lights with this car in front of me. I’d want to keep putting my foot down as we make the jump into hyperspace!


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When guest blogger, Greg Coltman, isnt writing hes most often found making lightsabre and laser fire sounds.

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