Five stars: equipment and trucks in the movies

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Almost everyone loves a good movie, €”and we probably all have our favorite movie stars. But sometimes the star of the show isn't a famous actor. Check out our list of five movies where the real stars were trucks and heavy equipment you're more likely to find at a Ritchie Bros. auction than a Hollywood studio, €”then add your favorites in the comments below.

#1 Transformers.

A classic red-and-blue Peterbilt 379

A classic red-and-blue Peterbilt 379 played the starring role of Optimus Prime, the fearless leader of the Autobots, in the first three Transformers movies (2007, 2009, 2011). In the fourth installment, Transformers: Age of Distinction, set for release in 2014, Optimus Prime will be played by the shiny red-and-blue Western Star truck pictured above.

In Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), we were introduced to the Constructicons: evil Decepticons intent on destroying the Autobots and their allies. On the team: a Caterpillar 992G wheel loader (Scrapper), a massive Kobelco CK2500 crawler crane (Hightower), a Caterpillar 773B rock truck (Long Haul), a Mack concrete mixer truck (Mixmaster), a Komatsu HD465-7 articulated dump truck (Overload), a Caterpillar D9 dozer (Rampage) and a Terex O&K RH400 hydraulic mining excavator (Scavenger).1

And if that isn't enough awesomeness in one robot, the seven machines combine to form the ultimate machine, €”Devastator:


#2 Bond. James Bond.

James Bond is well known for his high-end cars, but he's no stranger to construction equipment and trucks. In 1989's License to Kill, Bond got behind the wheel of a Kenworth transport truck. In 2006's Casino Royale he gave chase in a New Holland W190 wheel loader. And in 2012 he was back, driving a Caterpillar 320 D L hydraulic excavator. On top of a train, of course:

#3 Smokey and the Bandit.

A classic from 1977, Smokey and the Bandit starred newcomer Burt Reynolds (the Bandit), Jerry Reed (his sidekick, Snowman, who always wore a Caterpillar equipment cap), Jackie Gleason (Smokey Bear), a Trans Am €”and a Kenworth W900 truck tractor with a distinctive mural on the side of the trailer:

The movie 'Smokey and the Bandit' featured a Kenworth W900 truck tractor

#4 Convoy.

A 1978 action movie about trucking, truckers and CB radio, Convoy starred Kris Kristofferson (known by the handle '€˜Rubber duck') and Ali MacGraw. She drove a Jaguar E-type; he drove a Mack transport truck. Four trucks were used in the making of the movie, but a 1977 Mack RS-712LST was used for the film's promo photos.2

A Mack transport truck leads the convoy

#5 Killdozer.

In Killdozer, a cult horror film from 1974, a Caterpillar D9 dozer is taken over by some kind of unearthly spirit and goes on a deadly rampage. We're not making this stuff up.

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