Video: Those Crazy Aussies: Muscle Cars and Octane Island

 

Continuing on with the theme of Muscle Car enthusiasm from around the world, today, we head down under to Australia, where automotive enthusiasm runs almost as rampant as it does in the good ol’ USA. In addition to recognizable American Muscle Cars, Australians have a whole lineup of their own domestic Australian Muscle cars – which we never got in the states – from such auto manufacturers as Chrylser, Ford, Holden, and Leyland.

Down under, there is a large chain of automotive part and accessories stores known as Supercheap Auto. Similar to O’Reilly Auto and Pep Boys here in in the states, Supercheap Auto is heavily involved in Australian motorsports – notably the Bathurst 1000 race and the V8 Supercar series.

They are also known for their line of insane cinematic commercials that more closely resemble feature films than television commercials. We found a current Supercheap commercial, and this time they feature Australian Muscle Cars.

Case in point, their new “Octane Island” advert – to use the Aussie lingo – which features helicopters, trophy trucks, motorcycles, supercars, touring cars, abandoned buildings and, most importantly, Muscle Cars. The video also features well-known American actor Danny Trejo as the ringmaster of this automotive circus.

Under the premise of recruits being taught to master every type of performance vehicle on the abandoned island, the video follows a quartet of drivers bombing around in a trio of 1200-horsepower, Roots-blown Muscle Cars (which we are guessing come from Australia’s insane burnout contest circuit) and one nitrous-gulping, wheel-yanking Mercury Comet drag car, all emblazoned with various oil-company’s livery (it is a commercial, after all).

Killer cinematography of gratuitous tire destruction by insanely overpowered Muscle Cars coupled with an awesome soundtrack, definitely got our morning started off on the right foot, and has furthered our desire to take a vacation to the land down under and experience their Muscle Car culture (and their car culture in general) in-person.

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Greg Acosta

Greg has spent fifteen years and counting in automotive publishing, with most of his work having a very technical focus. Always interested in how things work, he enjoys sharing his passion for automotive technology with the reader.
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