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Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome – Bigfoot Vehicle

May 30, 2015

With the long-awaited release of Mad Max: Fury Road a couple of weeks ago,             I thought it might be timely to scan and post these pics I took of a vehicle which featured in the previous film in the series – 1985’s Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.

Known as ‘Bigfoot’, it was driven in the movie by the Ironbar Bassey character (played by legendary rocker Angry Anderson – frontman with popular 80s Aussie     band Rose Tattoo) and featured heavily in the final chase sequence. Although it     was virtually destroyed in a head-on collision with Max’s Camel Wagon in the movie, the vehicle was painstakingly reconstructed for promotional purposes.

I took these shots in 1986 when the buggy was put on permanent display in the carpark of the West Terrace Focus Video store here in Adelaide South Australia (presumably to draw attention to the VHS release of the film). It was here for many years and even ended up on the roof of the store at one stage until it was relocated 600 km north of Adelaide and used as a tourist attraction in the outback Opal mining town of Andamooka in the 1990s.

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Greg Moss is a film school graduate with a background in directing music videos     and is currently seeking representation as a screenwriter. He likes creative people, feeding the cat and watching genre movies. Greg can also be heard on the Blu-ray commentary track for the 1980 sci-fi thriller Saturn 3, out now from Scream Factory.


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  1. Pretty cool Greg, thanks for sharing the pics.

    Aint it grand, living in a world with a new Mad Max movie? After so many years its like a Twilight Zone experience. Next thing you know there’ll be a new Star Wars movie and a new Blade Runner movie and… Weird! I can hear that Twilight Zone music in my head and Serling’s narration “You have entered a strange dimension…”


    • gregory moss permalink

      Hey no worries Ian! Yeah – it is pretty grand being around for the latest Mad Max (loved your review by the way). I do hope we get to see Miller doing more of them. 🙂


  2. Very cool! 🙂 I never did see Beyond Thunderdome. After Fury Road, which was freaking amazing, I’m going to be refreshing my memory of the first two & watching Beyond Thunderdome ASAP. 🙂


    • gregory moss permalink

      Great! I’d be very interested to hear your thoughts! For me Thunderdome is lesser of the three originals – but it still has some amazing sequences. And hey – it has Tina Turner as the main villain! What’s not to love about that! 🙂


      • I was so disappointed with Thunderdome. It was like a mainstream Max while the earlier two had been subversive and hardcore. The series became a victim of its own success and killed by ‘going Hollywood’ (a pop song in the charts for goodness sake). Haven’t seen Thunderdome in twenty years. Maybe I should give it a shot.


      • gregory moss permalink

        A friend of mine recently saw the three back-to-back and said there is a definite progression to Max’s character over the course the three films. Perhaps this might be the best way to revisit Thunderdome (in context). Having said that – I haven’t seen the original trilogy for some time now. May have to revisit them on Blu-ray!


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