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Old March 6 2013, 10:45 PM   #1
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Captain Kirk's fliwer

KIRK: Wheels, Mister Spock.
SPOCK: A fliwer, Captain.
KIRK: Key in the ignition. Turn the ignition on. And nothing happens. Where's the starter? There's the starter. Yes!
SPOCK: Interesting.
KIRK: (pushing the gear lever and making grinding noises) Oops! Gears.
SPOCK: Yes. Oh. I believe they had a device known as a clutch. Clutch, Captain. Perhaps one of those pedals on the floor.
KIRK: (puts it quietly into gear) I kind of like this. I'm going to get one myself.





Trekcore just posted new rare photos for March
and this one really blew me away

I'm still speechless.

There has been another one (Kirk standing with one leg on the vehicle) I've desperately tried for years to get a hold of, but the one Trekcore posted is even better and absolutely fantastic.

The only thing that's apparently not so great is the background. Maybe some Trek BBS members with photoshopping skills might want to do something with this great shot.

Kirk riding through the streets of 23rd Century San Francisco?

Kirk riding through the desert of Altair IV?

Well, you get the idea. Many thanks to Trekcore for making this shot available, enjoy!

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Old March 6 2013, 11:13 PM   #2
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Re: Captain Kirk's fliwer

The word you want is "flivver" with two Vs, not "fliwer" with a W.
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Old March 6 2013, 11:14 PM   #3
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Yes, that is Gene Winfield's creation "Reactor"

Seen as the Jupiter 8 in "Bread and Circuses"


and also in Bewitched and on Batman as Catwoman's Kitty Car
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Old March 6 2013, 11:40 PM   #4
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@ ItsGreen

Thousand thanks for these pictures.

"What's the difference between Catwoman and Captain Kirk?

Captain Kirk adds to the "Reactor's" cool and great look!"

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Old March 7 2013, 12:14 AM   #5
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Re: Captain Kirk's fliwer

Robert Comsol wrote: View Post
The only thing that's apparently not so great is the background. Maybe some Trek BBS members with photoshopping skills might want to do something with this great shot.
This photo has already been Photoshopped because it's been colorized--the original is in black and white. You can tell because the rear glass behind Shatner's head has been inadvertently yellowed.

Time-Life took a series of photos of Gene Winfield standing next to Shatner and/or the Reactor when it was used on "Bread and Circuses." A few of the pictures have been released. Many more have not.
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Old March 7 2013, 02:18 AM   #6
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I want a fliwer! I will fly it to Wulcan to see their nuclear wessels!
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Old March 7 2013, 03:23 AM   #7
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See! Now that scene of young Kirk driving off the cliff makes perfect sense now!
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Old March 7 2013, 05:27 AM   #8
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Here's a site with a bit more background on the car.

It still looks cool, in that retro-futuristic way.
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Old March 7 2013, 07:59 AM   #9
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Such a waste that they never thought to rent such a car, take off the wheels and use it as a 2-man shuttle or something.
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Old March 7 2013, 08:29 AM   #10
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^ Well, if it would have necessitated a trip through rear-projection city, to me it's just as well that they didn't go there.
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Old March 7 2013, 04:00 PM   #11
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Frontier added this photo in his March "Rare Photos" selection. I asked on that thread if there was any more info on this and am happy to see the response here. Thanks for the additional info.
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Old March 7 2013, 05:32 PM   #12
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scotpens wrote: View Post
Here's a site with a bit more background on the car.

It still looks cool, in that retro-futuristic way.
Wonderful, more pictures. I note that the main base is from a French Citroen ID-19 that made an appearance as a future taxi cab in "Back to the Future II".

Apparently, this car most definitely comes from the future.

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Old March 11 2013, 08:46 AM   #13
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Re: Captain Kirk's fliwer

Great thread! Lots of info on a subject I've been curious about.

The pic of Shatner in costume sitting in the car is a little jarring because that kind of thing never happened on ST. The characters were seen riding in a surface vehicle only twice in TOS, in "A Piece of the Action" and "Patterns of Force." It wouldn't happen again until ST-IV.
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Old March 11 2013, 04:54 PM   #14
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ZapBrannigan wrote: View Post
Great thread! Lots of info on a subject I've been curious about.

The pic of Shatner in costume sitting in the car is a little jarring because that kind of thing never happened on ST. The characters were seen riding in a surface vehicle only twice in TOS, in "A Piece of the Action" and "Patterns of Force." It wouldn't happen again until ST-IV.
I don't recall them being in a vehicle in "Patterns Of Force." I do recall them in a ground vehicle in TAS' "Jihad."
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Old March 12 2013, 01:13 AM   #15
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I don't recall them being in a vehicle in "Patterns Of Force." I do recall them in a ground vehicle in TAS' "Jihad."

I have affection for TAS but don't consider it canon.

The car scene in "Patterns of Force" is when Kirk, Spock, Isak, and Daras arrive at the Nazi HQ building posing as documentarians. If I recall correctly, it's strongly implied that Kirk and Spock were in the car. I could be wrong; the DVD is at home.
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