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Mad Max fans' convoy ends with arrests

SAN ANTONIO -- Eleven "Mad Max" fans were arrested after alarming motorists as they made their way to a movie marathon in a theatrical convoy in which they surrounded a tanker truck armed with fake machine guns.

As the group was headed to San Antonio from nearby Boerne Saturday morning, police received several calls from motorists who reported a "militia" surrounding a tanker truck, a police report states.

Police charged nine people with obstruction of a highway and two others with possession of prohibited knives in addition to obstruction of a highway.

One of the organizers of the convoy, Chris Fenner, said the arrests were unfair. He said he didn't know why anyone would have confused the costumed crew recreating a scene from "Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior" -- set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland -- with a real threat.

About 25 people participated in the convoy and more than twice that number were expected to attend the movie marathon, which was canceled after the arrests.


30 Responses:

  1. ammonoid says:

    How can they write an article like that and not include pics!

  2. No pictures. How is this allowed to happen?

  3. New pics! Just added! And thanks to <lj user="SFSlim">Roadwarusa

    • jwz says:

      Now that's just sad.

      • The Mad Max Miata is particularly sad, it's true.

      • transgress says:

        'oh god hunny the neighbors are on lsd again'

        i wouldnt think militia or madmax, id probably be thinking 'is that guy in the shiny little red sports car shaking a rake at me? wth!'

        The story however, humored me.

        • roninspoon says:

          According to this it's a "polecam." There's also a better shot of the Miata, which has been "mad maxed." It would seem this implies one removes teh hood, places a decal on teh side, and then applies several coats of turtle wax. it also appears that they had at least one Falcon mocked up as the interceptor. Sadly, they don't appear to have any pics of them getting frisked in full costume by the cops.

    • ammonoid says:

      Ok now thats just sad. I imagined something like Rogue, only many.j

      Whats that, a mazda miata? You can't make a road warrior out of a miata.

      • artlung says:

        You could make a road warrior vehicle with a miata, but please, make the shiny red paint go away, add some feathers and leather and gut the thing first though!

        Like, postnuclearize the thing already!

        • ammonoid says:

          No. The post-apocalypse will be ruled by 70s era cars.

          • baconmonkey says:

            would a fule-injected, computer controlled car survive an EMP?

            • basal_surge says:

              I don't think so. Close in to an EMP, about the only internal combustion vehicles that would survive would be those that rely on non electrical ignition (So, say, 1920's to 1950's era diesel tractors, particularly single cylinder hotbulb/hotwire/compression-ignition types like the english Field Marshal, Imperial or the german Lanz Bulldogs.) and fairly primitive mechanical-crankstart-magneto ignition vehicles, although these may need rewiring the magneto coils and possibly other wiring repairs before they'd run. Most cars since the 1950's would probably need a fairly significant rewiring, and anything with circuit board controlled ignition systems (or any other such modern electronics) would need an extensive refit.

          • mattbot says:

            The post-apocalypse IS ruled by Toyota Tacomas.

      • lars_larsen says:

        Of course the miata is stupid. I mean, when you're wandering a post-apocalyptic desert wasteland killing people for small amounts of gasoline you NEED the most fuel inefficient muscle car you can find!

      • ilcylic says:

        Sure you could. That guy just didn't. :)


  4. sixty4k says:

    some pre event details (with a few pictures):

    and pics:

    tthey did a 101 run in 2004... who knew?

  5. kyronfive says:

    Only in Texas would costumed dorks dressed like Mel Gibson be mistaken for "militia."

  6. lars_larsen says:

    Makes me want to buy a dirtbike and a shotgun.

  7. jkonrath says:

    The new GTO travesty sold in the US is basically a Holden Monaro, and there were at least a couple of old Holden vehicles in the Mad Max films. (See also http://www.madmaxmovies.com/cars/madmax/)

    If I had infinite funds, a fun little project would be to buy one of those new GTOs, install a blower through the hood, strip off the paint and hit it with some black primer, and do another round or two of low-teching. At least it would look better than a fucking Miata.

    • gths says:

      Yeah. Mad Max's car was basically a 70s Ford Falcon coupe with bits added on.

      The major domestic motor race in Australia is these days contested by two models of cars: modified versions of Holden Commodore V8s and Ford Falcon V8s.

      The race is held at Bathurst on a public road track that goes up a hill and down again. All the sane people stay on the flat where all the pits and that are, whilst all the revheads camp up on the hill into their rival Holden and Ford camps and the scene is somewhat reminiscent to Mad Max. Those guys make NASCAR fans look like opera devotees.

      Last year the authorities had a crackdown on people bringing couches up the hill. Previously the revheads would sit on them in comfort to watch the race, drinking Vic Bitter, and then at the end of the day the couches would be stackeds and set on fire.

  8. glocka says:

    "obstruction of a highway" for going 75-80 mpg - sounds really funny.

  9. korgmeister says:

    Arrested for possession of prohibited knives? In Texas?

    I can just imagine that:

    COP: In a sissy-ass car like that, you'd better have a big fucking gun.
    DRIVER: Er, no, but I have knives...
    COP: That's it! I'm hauling your faggoty ass to jail now!