Trekmovie.com has one question before this article begins: Do you like Italian? This weekend you can get your chance to become the owner of the truck where that famous line from Star Trek IV The Voyage Home was spoken. Over Memorial Day weekend the Chevy truck driven by Dr. Gillian Taylor goes for sale at the Volo Auto Museum in Volo, Illinois.
The Star Trek IV Truck, a baby blue1976 Chevy Pickup, is part of the museum’s ‘TV & Hollywood Collection.’ The truck is being sold at Volo’s "Spring Expo and Car Corral," which features hundreds of classic cars, including some from other films such as a Terminator sequel and Spiderman. According to a spokesperson for Volo, the truck currently runs, but smokes and has a cracked engine block that would need to be replaced. The asking price is $5,595. An offer can be made in person or over the phone, starting Saturday morning. More info at the website.
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According to the press release and the Museum’s Director Greg Grams, "My family and I are excited to host this unique event. There aren’t many times a family can come out to a tiny town of only 200 residents, enjoy good food, music and see a phenomenal display of classic and vintage cars plus see some automobiles from famous movies without traveling all the way to Hollywood." The Volo museum is one of the larger auto museums in the country with a huge inventory of classic vehicles, military vehicles as well as the TV and Movie cars. The science fiction genre has been represented at the museum by the Ghostbusters car, KITT, the Batmobile, and an authentic Tucker, featured in the film of the same name. The museum’s Spring Auto Fair and Car Corral is May 24th and 25th from 10 AM to 5 PM. Admission is $9 to the event. More info available at volocars.com
For a science fiction show set three hundred years in the future, the various Star Trek series actually features automobiles quite often. The Original Series episode "Bread and Circuses" features the Jupiter 8 and Kirk famously struggled driving a vintage car in "Piece of the Action." The Animated Series featured a variety of land based vehicles, although not standard automobiles. Deep Space Nine and Enterprise featured cars in many of its time travel episodes and on the holodeck, especially Julian Bashir’s James Bond adventures.
Kirk: Are you afraid of cars?
Spock: Not at all. It’s your driving that alarms me.
The show with the most emphasis on cars was Star Trek Voyager because of Tom Paris’ fascination with North American 20th Century history. The USS Voyager found a 1936 Ford truck in the Delta Quadrant in "The 37s" and both the Doctor and Tom used cars for romance on the holodeck. And the first car chase in Star Trek history actually not the infamous Agro scene in Star Trek Nemesis, but a chase featured in the Voyager episode "Future’s End, Part 2"
Paris works on a virtual Camaro
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And the Trek car tradition will continue. The new Star Trek film is known to feature at least two cars. Young Jim Kirk will be seen driving a Corvette around Iowa, and a futuristic car will feature in a scene at Starfleet Academy.
More on cars and Trek at Memory Alpha.