After a key plot point of Mad Max 2 (ne' The Road Warrior) made it in to a discussion I was having with a fellow Oppo-naut about the morality of hooning the automatic FR-S he's rented for a three day trip along the central California Pacific Coast because obviously a major plot point of Mad Max 2 gets brought up, that's why. Name any discussion about driving the central section of US-101 where a major plot point of Mad Max or Mad Max 2 wouldn't get mentioned because you can't. The best you could do is maybe a situation where maybe only the technical differences between an MFP Pursuit and a standard MFP Interceptor would come up but that's as close you can get. But I digress.

I mentioned the discussion on Oppo (before I got sidetracked by myself) because it was roughly half an hour later that it dawned of me that it's exactly 45 days until Mad Max: Fury Road opens in the US, and that's obviously what led to my epiphany of joy some 30 minutes on. So anyone that was rolling their eyes and mumbling "he's rambling again" while thinking they might save time by just leaving "TL;DR" in the comments of my posts can go suck a rock. Sometimes there's a method to my madness, but then again sometimes I should cut my losses and delete everything I've written, replacing it with "TL;SW" then everybody wins.

In celebration of the upcoming Fury Road debut I'll be writing something more substantial about the first two films, touching on some of the themes that both movies explore as well as examining the ongoing narrative running through both films and how closely it adheres to the progression of the hero's journey, the best known example of the monomyth concept, the idea that the myths of all civilizations come from this single myth. I will set out to show that beyond the seemingly gratuitous violence of the Mad Max films is a powerful centuries old mythos shared in the narratives of figures such as Buddha om the far east, Jesus and Moses in Israel, and Prometheus of the Greeks.


More in the spirit of Opponaut (and less boringly than the comparative study in the paragraph above) I am also planning a post on the cars of Mad Max with pictures of vehicles from both films along with information on what original makes and models the cars began as. I have some pretty good, detailed information on a good portion of the vehicles in both films although some of the cars in Mad Max 2 were so heavily modified then wrecked very shortly afterwards that any information remaining is the vague memories of on location crew members. Maybe the mighty car knowledge of Oppo and Jalopnik collectively can solve any of the total mysteries that no crew member has recalled in the almost 35 years since filming on Mad Max began.

Until then, I'll leave you with the actual auto show replicas of both the MFP Interceptor Max drove in the chase of the Nightrider in a stolen Pursuit Special (built from a 1972 Holden Monaro) and the signature car of the first 2 films, Max's black Supercharged Pursuit Special (more popularly known as "the last of the V8 Interceptors" even though it's only referred to as such in Mad Max 2) . Enjoy the pics (just try not to think about all the glorious Aussie RWD V8's that gave their lives for our entertainment.


Bonus pic: MFP Pursuit call sign Big Bopper closes in on Nightrider's stolen Pursuit Special


Wez and his "special friend" Golden Youth chase Max in his well worn Supercharged Pursuit Special/V8 Interceptor.

*Edited to correctly show the Nightrider's Pursuit Special was built from a 1972 Holden Monaro