Hardcastle and McCormick

Hardcastle and McCormick   ( Volkswagen Coyote X ) 1971

Hardcastle and McCormick   ( Volkswagen Coyote X ) 1971

Hardcastle and McCormick

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Hardcastle and McCormick

Hardcastle and McCormick is an American action/drama television series from Stephen J. Cannell Productions, shown on ABC from 1983 through 1986. The series stars Brian Keith as Judge Milton C. Hardcastle and Daniel Hugh Kelly as ex-con and race car driver Mark ‘Skid’ McCormick.

Drive!
Push it to the floor till the engine screams.
Drive!
Drivin’ like the demon that drives your dreams.

You’re on a hard road, nobody cares
If you hit the breaks.
You gotta think fast, keep it in gear,
One slip is all it takes.
You gotta keep your wheels on the straight and narrow,
If you wanna survive.

Drive!
Push it to the floor till the engine screams.
Drive!
Drivin’ like the demon that drives your dreams.
Drive!

CAST

Tony Mordente … (16 episodes, 1983-1986)
Bruce Kessler … (7 episodes, 1983-1985)
Kim Manners … (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Ron Satlof … (5 episodes, 1983-1985)
Arnold Laven … (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Richard Compton … (2 episodes, 1983)
Guy Magar … (2 episodes, 1983)
Roger Young … (2 episodes, 1983)
Michael J. Kane … (2 episodes, 1985-1986)

Running time 60 minutes per episode
Production company Stephen J. Cannell Productions
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Release
Original network ABC
Picture format Color
Audio format Mono
Original release September 18, 1983 –
May 5, 1986

Originally the concept was to have Hardcastle to hunt down all the criminals he prosecuted but were released due to technicalities. In order to keep the A.C.L.U. off of their backs, the producers decided to compromise and have him go after them for current offenses only.

Judge Hardcastle’s nickname was ‘Hardcase’.

The car that McCormick drove, the Coyote X, was built from custom molds based on the McLaren M6GT.The original Coyote X was molded, modified and assembled by Mike Fennel. The nose, windshield doors and lower body (minus the ventral intakes) are faithful representations of the McLaren; the cut down rear deck, however, was a custom component that became a feature on many Manta Montage kits with damaged or removed rear windows. The most noticeable differences between the Coyotes and Mantas are the wheel wells, roll pan height and shape, and the fact that the Coyote has a one piece front clip that terminates about an inch before and surrounding the windshield.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Milton C. ‘Hardcase’ Hardcastle, an eccentric judge notorious for being strict with the law in both his duties and towards defendants, is retiring. With file drawers filled with 200 criminals who escaped conviction due to legal technicalities, the judge, inspired by his childhood hero the Lone Ranger, desires to make the criminals answer for their crimes anyway. Mark McCormick is a smart-mouthed, streetwise car thief. He faces a long incarceration for his latest theft, a prototype sports car called the Coyote X, designed by his murdered best friend. Together the judge and the car thief strike a deal: Hardcastle helps McCormick catch the murderer; McCormick agrees to be released and work as the judge’s agent. In addition, McCormick is allowed to keep the Coyote, which proves to be an excellent pursuit vehicle for their needs.

Season 1 (1983–84)
1/2 “Rolling Thunder”

3 “Man in a Glass House”

4 “The Crystal Duck”

5 “Goin’ Nowhere Fast”

 

QUIZ 1

The second Coyote car made for the series was built from what other car model ?

QUIZ 2

The stunt car used in the 3 seasons was reconfigured for which other tv program

A. Ferrari
B. DeLorean DMC-12 
C. Lamborghini
D. Dodge Charger

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B. DeLorean DMC-12 

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A. Knight Rider 2000
B. The Dukes of Hazzard
C. Charlie’s Angles
D. Starsky and Hutch

Press for Answer

A. Knight Rider 2000

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QUIZ 1

The second Coyote car made for the series was built from what other car model ?

A. Ferrari
B. DeLorean DMC-12 
C. Lamborghini
D. Dodge Charger


The first Coyote was built from a Manta Montage kit car; the second (used later in the series) was built from a DeLorean DMC-12. Reportedly the car was changed because the two men had a difficult time getting in and out of, as well as sitting in, the kit car.

QUIZ 2

The stunt car used in the 3 seasons was reconfigured for which other tv program

A. Knight Rider 2000
B. The Dukes of Hazzard
C. Charlie’s Angles
D. Starsky and Hutch

The stunt/skid car (used in all three seasons) was reconfigured for the Knight Rider 2000 television pilot,then consequently turned into Jay Ohrberg’s show car “Taz-Mobile”.In April 2011, the stunt/skid car was sold and shipped to Dallas, Texas, where it was rebodied back to its former Coyote configuration, retaining as many of the original Coyote pieces as possible

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