Followers of our AutoShopper thread Classic Car Cultist may remember a little piece we did on the Buick Grand National GNX. And most importantly, that Buick decided to build the Grand National after a series of NASCAR wins in the early 1980s. As fate would have it, then, it should come as no surprise that the Grand National documentary Black Air (aka the most significant automotive film of 2012) will be teased on the National Trail Raceway, formerly called the Grand National, on August 4 in Hebron, Ohio.
But this isn’t some flash and bang, short-lived set of unrevealing images-type teaser. Instead, the film’s director, Andrew Filippone, Jr., will showcase the first 20 minutes of the feature-length version of Black Air.
Think of it as a sip from the fountain of life.
Best of all, the BPG Nationals will actually honor the Grand National this year with a “Class of 1987” badge attached to the event. The Grand National’s G-Body platform was also the base for the then-current Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Oldsmobile Cutlass, and Pontiac Grand Prix. So, fans of 1987 won’t have to exclusively reminisce on all things Buick.
Inside Line picked up the scoop from the director himself: “These cars were limited in so many ways – styling, pedigree, chassis, cubic inches – and yet they transcended all of that,” said Filippone. “In spite of all the obstacles, all the unfortunate circumstances, they rose.”
To be completely honest, we have no idea what Filippone means either – but his quote sure sounds nice. And in the end, perhaps esoteric ancient logics are exactly the kind of theme we want for a Grand National documentary.
Check out the video below for a trailer of Black Air, and remember: the Grand National was the last true muscle car to grace the highways and byways of American motoring.
Don’t get the wrong idea. The Camaros, Challengers, and Mustangs of today are great machines, but they also emphasize traits which were formerly characteristic of European performance.
The Grand National burned rubber, binged on gasoline, handled like a tug boat, and carried the ominous presence of a super villain.
In short, Black Air is definitely a must see. And the film’s 20 minute debut can be had in just a few short weeks. That is, if you’re in the Hebron, Ohio area. As for the rest of us, the documentary is set for release on December 11.