Author(s): Aaron Gold
'Ello, there. It will come as no surprise that yours truly is a big fan of cars. Over the years I've got together facts and figures on all the greatest motors and stuck them in this 'ere scrapbook - one car for every year since they made FAB1, the greatest car of all time. Course I would say that, bein' its driver an' all, but it's not every car that can shoot criminals and swim 'appily along in the Mediterranean. They made FAB1 in 1965, and since then there 'ave been some real beauties, like the Lamborghini Countach, Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe and Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. You gotta love 'em - specially when I tell you all the history and technical stuff what's gone into 'em.
The original 1965 series charted International Rescue's efforts to save the planet from the likes of Hood, and had a chic, utopian view of the future where super machines burst forth from luxury island dwellings. It was the most successful of the Andersons' 'supermarionation' productions that also include Fireball XL5, Stingray and Joe 90. The popularity of Thunderbirds is due to the stunning sets and vehicles and also to the characters that have transcended the confines of children's television to become iconic - Lady Penelope, Brains and Parker, although secondary characters to the Tracy Brothers' heroics, are very much the stars of the show.