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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Knight Rider Picture Car Reunion!

Mark your calendars! The Knight Rider Historians, in cooperation with the Kruse Automotive & Carriage Museum, are hosting a once-in-a-lifetime event – a screen used K.I.T.T. reunion! Join us on Saturday, April 29th at the Kruse Museum in Auburn, Indiana, where 3 of the remaining 5 original Trans Ams, used as K.I.T.T. in the 1980’s television series “Knight Rider”, will be on display. The last time these 3 cars were together was on the set of “Knight Rider” in California in 1986! Come and mingle with fellow “Knight Rider” fans and learn the detailed histories of each of these cars – how they were procured, how they were used in the series, what happened to them since the show ended, and more.

SPECIAL GUESTS INCLUDE:

-Michael Scheffe, the man hand-picked by “Knight Rider” series creator Glen A. Larson, to build the original K.I.T.T. cars in 1982. Two of the three cars at this event are the cars that Michael ACTUALLY built 35 years ago!

-Ron Martinez, Unit Production Manager of the series. Ron also worked on such classic TV shows as Baretta, Quincy M.E., Airwolf, Little House on the Prairie and Miami Vice. He is one of our favorite people and always has amazing stories to tell!

-Jim Morris, Universal Studios Transportation. Jim has great memories of working on the set and, specifically, with the cars.

EVENT SCHEDULE:
Saturday, April 29, 2017
9AM - 5PM
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9:00 - Meet and Greet/Explore Museum
10:00 - Speaker: Michael Scheffe, Designer of the Original K.I.T.T.
10:30 - K.I.T.T. #1 & #2 Discussion
11:00 - A "Lost" Knight Rider Tour Car Found Down Under - Greg Hackett
11:30 - Lunch (available at the museum's concession stand)/Explore Museum
12:30 - Speaker: Ron Martinez, Unit Production Manager
1:00 - K.I.T.T. #3 Discussion (Includes 40 minute documentary)
1:45 - Speaker: Jim Morris, Universal Studios Transportation
2:15 - The Mysterious Train Derailment - Revealed!
2:45 - Enhanced Viewing of the Pilot - Come watch the very first "Knight Rider" adventure, with the cars identified throughout the broadcast! See the cars on screen, then see the exact same ones in person!
4:00 - Open time to explore the museum/mingle with fans, possible photo ops
5:00 - Event concludes

Our event will be housed in the Kruse Hall, a huge, 30,000 square foot room off the side of the museum. If you have a completed replica, or a nice stock Trans Am, please bring it for display in the hall alongside the original cars!

Beyond housing one of the original K.I.T.T. cars, the Kruse Museum is also home to hundreds of other historical and Hollywood related vehicles, to include a General Lee from “The Dukes of Hazzard”, the van from “The A-Team”, the Batmobile from “Batman Returns”, a Mustang K.I.T.T. from the 2008 “Knight Rider” series, and more! These Hollywood vehicles are all owned by the world famous car customizer, Carl Casper. A separate wing houses an impressive military museum as well. Be sure to take the time to check out the museum’s other offerings!

TICKETS: Please email KnightRiderHistorians@gmail.com to get your tickets! Please also let us know if you plan to bring a car to display, so we can reserve a space for you. Payment can be made via PayPal using this address: KnightRiderHistorians@gmail.com. Please submit your payment as Friends & Family to avoid any fees.

There are plenty of restaurants and hotels only a few minutes from the museum. We recommend the Comfort Suites, 1137 15th St, Auburn, IN 46706. If you are flying, your destination should be the Fort Wayne International Airport, which is only a 30 minute drive from the museum.

We also need some volunteers to pick up our special guests at the airport, and possibly to bring/set up audio/video equipment. Contact us privately if you think you’d be able to help with either of these.

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Welcome Newsweek Readers!

If you are coming to our site due to the Newsweek article that we recently collaborated on, welcome! Please take a moment and join our Facebook page for all kinds of interesting information about Knight Rider: https://www.facebook.com/knight.rider.historians/

We are also hosting a KITT Car Reunion on April 29th at the Kruse Museum in Auburn, Indiana. We are reuniting three of the surviving five Knight Rider cars! Please check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1267539139997967/

Thanks and enjoy!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Original K.I.T.T. #1995


When "Knight Rider" began filming its third season in 1984, the producers built an all-new K.I.T.T. car to be used for insert shots - the car that was usually towed while the actors inside played out their scene. This new car was K.I.T.T. #1995. This is also the ONLY car the show ever had in which the "Auto Roof" feature actually worked. In fact, in this scene from "Knights of the Fast Lane", you can see the mechanism as Jack Gill drives past:

Jack Gill drive #1995 in "Knights of the Fast Lane"

This episode, along with "Knight in Disgrace", are the only two episodes in the third season in which we see #1995 from the exterior. It was used in every third season episode, but viewers mainly saw the inside. This is also one of the few cars to have the 1983+ split rear seat back.

The Interior of #1995

Another interesting detail worth noting, and it will become important later on. #1995 only had the Trans Am-style rear stone guard on its driver's side, and NOT the passenger side!

Stone guard!

No stone guard!

Also, one other detail that is worth pointing out, as it will be important later. Take note of the hole in the passenger side rear trim panel, where the show normally had a trunk pull cable mounted. This shot is from "Ten Wheel Trouble" in season three:

Trunk pull cable hole in "Ten Wheel Trouble"

Fast forward to the summer before the fourth season. Universal Studios had contracted George Barris to build the Super Pursuit Mode car and the Convertible car. For the SPM car, Universal gave Barris one of their already existing cars - 1995 - to convert to the full-time Super Pursuit car with working EBS flaps!

Remember the stone guard discrepancy? Here it is on #1995 again, as the Super Pursuit car:

Stone guard!

No stone guard!

Here's a rare shot of the interior of the Super Pursuit car, from "Knight of the Juggernaut". Check out the trunk cable hole - EXACT same location as what we saw in #1995 in "Ten Wheel Trouble!"

#1995 as the SPM car with the same trunk cable hole

So there you go! #1995, first used as the insert car for all of season three, converted to the full-time, non-transforming Super Pursuit Mode car for season four and, ultimately (and unfortunately) crushed upon the series' conclusion.