Post-apocalyptic driving and kabooming

If there is a zombie apocalypse / alien invasion / nuclear war, you’ll be running around all Mad Max-style, right?

That means the Bad Guys will also be cruising the interstates, unless you really believe they’ll be walking around or riding bicycles.

So real survivalist prepper types need to think about (a) the best way to armor up their Subaru, (b) where they can possibly fill up after the apocalypse and (c) the best ways to blow up enemy Subaru’s who may be in after your stash of petro / teriyaki beef jerky / bullets / DVD collection of all 4.92 bazillion episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

How can you blow up a car, especially an armored car?

In the movies, cars just go boom when you shoot them in the gas tank. This is nonsense, as anybody who’s watched Mythbusters or shot up a car would know.

The good British people at Top Gear took this all the way and experimented in the most awesome way possible: automobile skeet shooting.

That’s right. We’re talking about yelling “pull” and blowing away a car that’s flying through the air.

This is seven separate kinds of awesome.

Top Gear  should receive tax subsidies from the U.S., paid for by levying a tax on 90 percent of the stupid reality shows being created by Hollywood, and that way, we’d get less Snooki and more of this sort of thing.

This is Guy Bergstrom the writer, not the Guy Bergstrom in Stockholm or the guy in Minnesota who sells real estate or whatever. Separate guys. Kthxbai.

Guy Bergstrom. Photo by Suhyoon Cho.

Reformed journalist. Scribbler of speeches and whatnot. Wrote a thriller that won some award (PNWA 2013). Represented by Jill Marr of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

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Filed under 1 Survival Sunday, Gear, guns and such, Zombie apocalypse

6 responses to “Post-apocalyptic driving and kabooming

  1. juliabarrett

    I’m going to pour sugar in the gas tank. Or maybe drop a few Payday Bars…


  2. Agreed about this being a better kind of reality television!

    Somewhat tangential, but in discussing the sociological perspective of “Mad Max” with my husband (because we do that), it became very interesting to put ourselves in that situation: post-apocalyptic (or Australia, take your pick), running out of water and gasoline…. What -would- we do? I realize that the film is really meant to be mostly a testosterone rush, and we’re not supposed to think too hard on it, but the character study is an intriguing one. (“Battle Royale” is another favorite character study film of mine; it’s interesting to see all of the different reactions of the students to their plight of kill-or-be-killed.)

    Anyway, yes. We need more critical examination of this sort for our entertainment, rather than more Kardashians or whatever.


    • Guy

      You’re onto something. With a regular movie, it’s too easy to think, “Don’t go in the creepy house!” (or whatever), because the hero can return to the regular world.

      Zombie movies / Mad Max apocalypses, you’ve got no choice. There is no regular world. What are you gonna do?

      A more interesting question, primal and visceral and important.


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