Friday, February 17, 2017

Classic Car Movie Review: Genevieve

Back when I was writing about the 2016 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, I came across a mention of a movie made about one of the cars that would be doing the run. It took me a while to run down a copy, and even longer to get around to watching it, but I’m glad I did.

The movie is called Genevieve, and it’s a 1953 comedy about the rivalry between two friends who own veteran cars that they plan on driving in the Run. The plot is light but amusing enough to entertain a non-car fan.

There are lots of great shots of classic cars in action. While most of the footage goes to the 1904 Darracq (named Genevieve) and the 1905 Spyker driven by the two male protagonists, there are also several cars from the 50s (considered modern at the time), especially an Allard that ends up towing one of the cars when they run into a spot of trouble.

If it shows up on late night telly, it’s worth a watch. You might be able to find it on Turner Classic Movies. You can read more about the history of Genevieve and how the movie influenced the vintage car hobby HERE.