Now that we’ve all had a couple of weeks to revel in George Miller’s latest vision of post-apocalyptic car culture, what would you drive in the world of Mad Max? It’s easy to get carried away with the possibilities, so let me lay down some ground rules:
- Society collapsed in the late seventies, but manufacturing practices survived long enough to make a few new cars into the early 8o’s (Fury Road features a Humvee and a Perentti kit car, both c. 1984). No newer vehicles or technologies are allowed.
- Military hardware is almost nowhere. Perhaps it was all blown up in the war? All we know is that the most military-grade vehicles we see in the wasteland are a M.A.N. 8x8 Missile Truck and a stripped down HMMWV chassis. One of these is owned by the only exporter of water, and the other by the only manufacturer of gasoline. You can’t have one.
- It can’t be stock. In fact, it has to have some kind of grandiose modification that makes it unsafe and a hazard to everyone within 100 feet, especially if a Charlize Theron is nearby.
- Share a picture of your inspiration, but don’t share any of the actual movie cars. Make your own death trap.