“CHiPs” WRECKS: Ramming And Flipping And Burning

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We’re waiting with bated breath for the Warner Brothers big screen remake of “CHiPs”. In the meantime, here’s another look at a first-season classic episode.

The first season of “CHiPs” had a lot of vehicles meeting their ends. It’s a little hard to watch now, as many of these cars are black- and blue-plate California cars, with no rust.

Today, they’d be fixable and maybe a little collectible, but back then, they were just old cars, a dime a dozen.

The first crash is the van that’s the top image for this piece – the Dodge A100 van that was flipped over a ramp, after it led our heroes Ponch and Jon on a chase…

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…because the driver was distracted by snakes! Maybe the current funding cuts we’re seeing in the University of California school system were also happening then, with budget-grade snake cage locks.

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Back on the highway, there’s an early-’60s Ford Falcon that’s getting a little hot under the hood…

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…VERY hot! Though the smoke is actually blowing away from the owner, it’s still worthy of an acting-class faint.

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There’s a bitey dog in back, and we can see from Jon’s attempt to lure it out that this Falcon was in not-so-bad shape.

The headliner and dash were presentable…

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…the rear seat upholstery was decent…

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…and the side panels were aged but intact.

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No matter: that Falcon was doomed for one of those patented “CHiPs” car explosions. Nice Cougar passing by.

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Over in the suburbs, a Torino Squire was backing into a yellow Galaxie parked across the street…

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…as it beat it out of there on its extremely soft suspension.

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Another scene had a Country Squire stopping hard for a Ford LTD that was eluding the dynamic duo…

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…which lit its tires as it proceeded up the garage ramps.

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From the looks of it, that LTD was in fine shape…

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…until it met with that ever-present and apparently very sturdy yellow Galaxie.

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Lastly, we see a Mustang being cut off by a Thunderbird. From its interior roll cage and blast bar underneath, chances are high this car is going to roll.

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Yep, down the hill we go. From the dented roof, we can see that the crew might have already rolled it a few times to get the best shot.

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The blast bar does its job in launching the rear up and over…

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…and the Mustang lands with a full body collapse…

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…followed by the inevitable fire.

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Yep, this one’s joining the blue Falcon in “CHiPs” stunt-car heaven.

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