5. White Line Fever (1975)

 

Sam Hummer is a local truck driver from Tucson, Arizona who works for a Tucson-based produce-shipper called “Red River”. His driving partners are Duane Haller and “Pops” Dinwiddie. Eventually Sam’s son, Carrol Jo (hereafter known as “CJ”), is old enough to ride with his father and the two of them then become partners as well. Sam changes the lettering on the trailer of his rig to read “Sam Hummer and Son”.

CJ begins dating Jerri and the two want to be married, but Sam dies and the trucking partnership suddenly ends. As a result, CJ joins the Air Force and is soon sent to Vietnam. While in Vietnam, CJ has a successful career and is deemed a hero, but all he wants to do is return home to Jerri. Jerri spends these years waiting for his return and this is the subject of the film’s theme song “Drifting and Dreaming” by Valerie Carter. The opening sequence shows CJ’s plane arriving from overseas as Jerri and her brother give him a hero’s welcome. We see the two get married and start their life together in humble settings.

 

4. Smokey and The Bandit (1977)

 

Wealthy Texan Big Enos Burdette and his son Little Enos have sponsored a racer in Atlanta’s Southern Classic and want to celebrate in style when he wins, so they are seeking a trucker willing to bootleg Coors Beer to Atlanta for their refreshment. They find local legend Bo “Bandit” Darville at a roadeo at Lakewood Fairgrounds and offer him US$80,000 (equivalent to $341,658 in 2020) to haul 400 cases of Coors from Texarkana (the closest place it could be legally sold at that time) to Atlanta in 28 hours. The Bandit takes the bet on the risky and unprecedented task, and recruits his partner Cledus “Snowman” Snow to drive the truck, while Bandit drives a black Pontiac Trans Am bought on advance from the Burdettes as a “blocker” to divert attention away from the truck and its illegal cargo.

 

3. Duel (1971)

 

David Mann, a middle-aged salesman driving on a business trip, encounters a dilapidated tanker truck in the Mojave Desert. Mann passes the truck but the truck speeds up and roars past him. When Mann overtakes and passes it again, the truck blasts its horn. Mann pulls into a gas station and the truck parks next to him. Mann phones his wife, who is upset with him after an argument the previous night. The station attendant tells Mann he needs a new radiator hose but Mann says he will get it done later and declines the repair.

Back on the road, the truck catches up, passes then blocks Mann’s path each time he attempts to pass. After antagonizing Mann for a while, the driver waves him past, causing Mann to nearly hit an oncoming vehicle. Mann finally passes the truck using an unpaved turnout next to the highway then glances at his rear window and waves as the speed of the truck decreases. The truck then tailgates Mann’s car at increasingly high speed. Mann swerves his car off the road, loses control, and slams his car sideways into a fence across from a diner as the truck continues down the road.

 

2. White Heat (1949)

 

Arthur “Cody” Jarrett is a ruthless, psychotic criminal and leader of the Jarrett gang. Although married to Verna, he is overly attached to his equally crooked and determined mother, “Ma” Jarrett.

Cody and his gang rob a mail train in the Sierra Nevada mountains, killing four members of the train’s crew. While on the lam, Cody has a severe migraine, which Ma nurses him through. Afterward, Ma and Cody have a quick drink and toast, “Top of the world!”, before rejoining the others. The gang splits up.

 

1. The Road Warrior (1981)

 

Following a global war and the collapse of civilization after oil supplies were nearly exhausted, the world is in a state of barbarism. Haunted by the death of his family, former policeman Max Rockatansky now roams the desert wilderness of a post-apocalyptic Australia in a scarred, black, supercharged V-8 Pursuit Special. Scavenging for food and petrol, Max’s only companion is an Australian Cattle Dog. After driving off a gang led by the unhinged biker warrior Wez, and taking petrol from one of their wrecked vehicles, Max finds an apparently abandoned gyrocopter and decides to collect its fuel, but is ambushed by the pilot. Max manages to overpower him and spares his life in return for being led to an oil refinery that the pilot has discovered. When they arrive, Max finds the compound under siege by the Marauders, a motley gang of drivers and motorcyclists of which Wez is a member. The Marauders’ leader, a large masked man called “Lord Humungus”, has his gang attacking the complex daily, believing that the compound contains fuel reserves.