I WAS disappointed that the ĎCop Cars in Pop Cultureí article didnít mention the cars from the forerunner of all Aussie Cop shows, Homicide.
From Studebaker Larks in early years through to the VH Valiants, XP Falcons and HT Holdens among others.
Being only three-years-old when Homicide started in 1964, I didnít start watching it until I was in my teens. So I was excited when Crawfords started releasing the Homicide DVDs including the early years, and Iím currently watching Season 10 (circa 1970).
You get a laugh from the opening credits if youíre keeping your eyes on the cars because you pick up some mistakes.
The credits show an HK Kingswood drive up and do a U-turn, parking in front of an HK divvy van. The vanís still there as Alwyn Kurts pops out of the front passenger side. Next, Leonard Teale hops out of the rear passenger side of what has suddenly become an XR Falcon. Then, Norman Yemm hops out of the rear driverís-side door, and thereís still no sign of the HK divvy van.
Finally, George Mallaby hops out of the driverís door of an XR Falcon, and they all meet beside the HK Kingswood (that has mysteriously returned) and walk up the stairs.
Thereís one episode that sticks in my mind, from the time they were using XP Falcons. The squad was chasing an escapee through the bush, and you couldíve sworn you were watching an ad for Ford, as the XP displays itís superior toughness over the bush tracks, compared to the earlier flimsy XKs and XLs.
And in Season 10 Iíve seen Jack Thompson driving an XW GT Falcon, and a RHD 1969 Ford Mustang Convertible owned by a playboy whoís a target for murder. Wow.
Canít wait to start Season 11!
ED Nice to see someone happy in their work...hope you like the photos!