There was an unexpected bonus to my trip to Austin this past week to drive the 2015 Chrysler 300. I also had the opportunity to pilot the 2015 Ram Promaster City, which might not seem all that exciting at first until I tell you that Ram arranged for us to get behind the wheel on the grounds of Troublemaker Studios.
Troublemaker is owned and operated by Robert Rodriguez, a filmmaker I have appreciated since I first saw Desperado back in the 90’s. The studio lot was littered with props from many of his recent projects, including Planet Terror, Death Proof, and Spy Kids. In fact, Ram set up an obstacle course for the Promaster City – kind of an autocross of sorts – using many of the props and set pieces that were just lying around.
It was also cool to see the studio itself, which was used as the location for many of the outdoor scenes in Planet Terror, and which had an industrial, semi-apocalyptic feel to it thanks to all the metal strewn about the property.
Here’s a few pictures of some of the cooler cars hanging out at Troublemaker.
This is El Wray’s tow truck from Planet Terror. There were at least four versions of the wrecker scattered about, in various states of repair.
Another shot of the Challenger from Death Proof. I’m not a huge fan of that movie, but the scene where Zoe Bell is hanging on to the hood while being chased by the film’s villain is incredibly intense.