This movie "car search" was passed through my local car club. Kinda neat! I sent them pics of the toys, and they wanted the Buick, Pacer and X-11 in the show. Filming was today. Well that was a long but fun day. I got a ton of pics...I'm sure you'll get bored of them....but wanted to share. Eddie and I left the house at 7am and went and cleaned the already pretty clean 79 Buick....wanted it spotless. Got on I-35 and headed down into Austin. The filming was to take place at the old Ramada Inn on I-35 down in Austin. The movie is supposed to take place in 1980 and the hotel has not been updated since the 80's....so a good choice! The working title is "Computer Chess," and it's about a computer chess tournament in 1980. Here's an article; at the end of that you'll find a couple of links to more information about the film and the filmmaker. http://motoraustin.com/buzz/topic.aspx?topic-id=136 We pulled in just after 8am and were directed to park with the other two cars that had shown up, a gorgeous 67 Olds 442 and a CLEAN 68 El Camino, The movie is supposed to take place in Phoenix, and the premise is a group of chess players are pitted against a group of computer programmers and their new computers, man against machine. The Ramada is called the Southwestern Lodge in the movie...and they had put up fake signs at the enterence to the lobby They were thrilled with the 79 Buick....until Laird showed up with his 79 Pacer wagon and 81 Citation X-11. The main folks in this movie are...well...nerds.....and the director fell in love with the Pacer and X-11.. The 79 Buick went from being a car to be used in many scenes both inside and out to being used in only two external scenes. Laird's cars are THE cars in the film. The first order of business was license plates. They had a ton of vintage 80 plates, from all over. Here they are fitting the X-11 with Arkansas plates And they had to cover up the Texas 2012 inspection and registration stickers...with paint! The Pacer became one of the main character's cars...and was fitted with Arizona plates: I was a little upset with the Texas plate I was given for the Buick! Who you calling fat?!?!?!? But it got better. The Buick's role changed to a programmer from New York, and it was fitted with some spiffy vintage orange New York plates, that I thought looked awesome on the old mafia car! In the first scene the Buick is in, an actor pulls up, gets out, pops the trunk, pulls out a computer, and walks in the lobby. The fun part here is the key kept getting stuck in the lock. I've been meaning to lube that lock...had no idea they'd need to get in the trunk...it took about 5 shots to get it right...whoops! The actor did say that the car was "smooth". Ha! At this point some other cars were showing up. The first scene was to be some contestants pulling up in front of the lobby in the rain (!) and unloading computers and taking them inside. The Elky and 442 guy and myself were all a little flustered about our spotless cars being in a rain scene to start the day. Thankfully the rain scene cars were a Toyota Land Cruiser and a BMW 2002.