• Popular Media and the Car

    Popular Media and the Car

    “Get your kicks on Route 66.”
    - Bobby Troup
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The cult of the car has been associated from the beginning with many different forms of popular entertainment, such as music, film, television shows and comic books.

Hollywood not only glamorized the automobile in classic films such as Bullitt and American Graffiti, but also gave us many famous actors and actresses who were keen car enthusiasts, such as Mary Pickford, Gary Cooper, James Dean and Steve McQueen.

California rock 'n' roll artists and groups, such as Jan and Dean and the Beach Boys, continually celebrated in song the teenage rite-of-passage and love affair that came with owning a car.