The iconic ECTO-1 is back!
About the event:
Making its debut way back in 1984 when Ghostbusters first hit screens, Ecto-1 has since become one of the most recognisable cars in the world. There's been a few variants of the vehicle over the years but we've opted for the original, giving visitors a chance to experience the classic design up close in all its glory! To complete the experience we're hiring a team of Ghostbusters for you to meet and take photos with! To keep everyone safe, we will strictly be following the social distancing guidelines provided by the UK government. We encourage everyone taking part to social distance and wear a face mask. As with every year, the activity will be absolutely free to take part in.
For the first time ever, we're bringing the Ecto-1 to Old Market Square! The spooktacular car will be on display for visitors from 10.00am - 6.30pm along side our heroic team of Ghostbusters. Please note that due to the event being postponed, the time and location may change.
1. The original design for the car was meant be much more sinister looking
During original design concepts for Ecto-1, the crew had ideas to make it black with purple-and-white strobe lights giving it an ethereal, purple glow. On top of that, it was also supposed to have supernatural powers including inter-dimensional travel and the power to completely dematerialise. Apparently the the plans were scrapped after it was pointed out how much the vehicle would be filmed during the night (not ideal in low light!).
2. Ecto-1 accidentally caused a few crashes in New York
Shortly after the original film was released in 1984, Ecto-1 was driven around the city of New York with the driver wearing an authentic Ghostbuster costumer. Other drivers were so distracted that they lost control of their own car trying to get a glimpse... oops!
3. The Vehicle Designer was poorly credited in the film
Stephen Dane was the man tasked with overseeing the full design and development of the Ecto-1 as well as other important props for the original film. Despite his impressive work, Stephen sadly received very little credit. Not only was his name misspelled (Steven Dane) on the film credits but he was also only listed as a “Hardware Consultant.”
4. Ecto-1 was revived by fans
After filming and promotion was complete, Universal Studio's simply left the original Ecto-1 to collect dust in a studio backlot (can you imagine!?). This of course outraged fans and resulted in a petition for the car to be restored to its former glory. The good news is that it worked and the vehicle was restored to near perfect condition.
Facts sourced from 'The Drive' and 'Yahoo! news'