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‘Alcatraz’ recreates famous car chase scene

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One of Larry Gareffa's prized Mustangs. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5) One of Larry Gareffa's prized Mustangs. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5)
Larry Gareffa is president of the Mustang Club of Las Vegas. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5) Larry Gareffa is president of the Mustang Club of Las Vegas. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5)
There's no mistaking a Mustang. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5) There's no mistaking a Mustang. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5)
Classic Ford automobiles remain popular. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5) Classic Ford automobiles remain popular. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5)
A peek under the hood. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5) A peek under the hood. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

The hit FOX TV show Alcatraz has updated the famous chase scene from the Steve McQueen film Bullitt.

The film used two 1968 model Ford Mustangs and created a Mustang-buying frenzy in the 60s and 70s.

"That was the biggest (scene) back in the day. That pretty much started it all," Larry Gareffa said.

Gareffa is president of the Mustang Club of Las Vegas. He also owns a 1968 model Mustang, but unlike in the movie- his is a convertible. Gareffa said it was a piece of junk when he got it, and it took him four and a half years to fully restore it.

He and nearly 200 other people make up the classic car club. They believe Mustangs are an American icon and like McQueen showed they can be a lot of fun.

"There's nothing better than jumping into it after a day of work - putting the top down - and just taking off with the music blasting," Barbara Belkoff exclaimed.

At Friendly Ford employees say the Mustang continues to be a big seller, and even though they are similar to the Mustangs of old there are many upgraded features. "It keeps getting better and faster," Randy Block said. "This is a 550 horse power behind me. Next year this car is going to have 650 horsepower. The car in the Bullitt movie had 325 horsepower."

Many believe McQueen himself would have enjoyed the newer models. Mustang drivers say the sports car is a way of life. "It's just the attitude," Belkoff smiles. "Mustang people have a different attitude because there's always something fun about them. People have many memories of these cars throughout the years."

In Bullitt the total scene lasts 10 minutes and 53 seconds. It took three weeks to film.

Block says the scene was the quintessential car chase - one of the very first live action scenes without any special effects until the last moment played out.

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