The Automotive Brief

As an automotive enthusiast, I created and managed a website entitled, "The Automotive Brief" for several years. After removing the site from the web, I decided to post a few items within this website. 

Not long ago, the editors at posted their Top 10 vehicles in movies and television shows. Apparently, they update their list each year as the new television seasons begin. In order from 1 to 10, here are their picks for 2010: 

1. KITT (Knight Rider), 2. General Lee (Dukes of Hazzard), 3. Mystery Machine (Scooby Doo - Cartoon), 4. Ferrari 308 (Magnum P.I.), 5. Batmobile (Batman), 5. Gran Torino (Starsky and Hutch), 7. El Camino (My Name is Earl), 8. A-Team Van (A-Team), 9. Mach 5 (Speed racer), and 10. Maseratti Quattroporte (Entourage).

Although the editors are on target with majority of the vehicles, the rankings are slightly off and the other vehicles (i.e. Mystery Machine, El Camino, and Quattroporte) will not make our list. Of course, some readers will disagree with this list and/or it's rankings. One thing is for sure, this list spans over four (4) decades and includes vehicles that any automotive enthusiast can appreciate. 

Below is the Automotive Brief's Top 20 Automobiles from Movies and Television:


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Speed Racer. The Mach 5 

Speed Racer's Mach 5 is a timeless automotive design. Whether defeating Snake Oiler or taking Trixie to a picnic, the Mach 5 is a functional race car. Ahead of it's time with several buttons on the steering wheel, the Mach 5 will continue to be a favorite for generations to come.


 Batman. Batmobile.

The 1966 Batmobile


 Smokey & the Bandit. Band 1

Any vehicle that can boost manufacturer sales 400% definitely deserves a place on this list. From the T-Top to the honeycomb wheels, this Trans Am is an all-american favorite for out-running the law and meeting pretty women.


 Gone in 60 Seconds. Eleanor.

As a child, I did not care for the exterior design of this car. I recognized its power and what it meant to the industry. It was not until I saw this movie, that I fell in love with this car.

5.   Knight Rider. K.I.T.T. (Knight Industries Two-Thousand)
6.   Miami Vice. Ferrari Daytona Spyder (left) and Ferrari Testarossa (right)
7.   The A Team. 
8.   Transformers. 
9.   The Spy Who Loved Me. 

Michael Clayton. Mercedes-Benz S550

Released in theaters approximately the same time Mercedes-Benz introduced the new model to the market, this design became an instant classic. The lead character, Michael Clayton,  drove a S550 in the movie. Although the car was not involved in a high speed chase, it fell victim to a carbomb. Fortunately, its syphisticated wiring kept the car from exploding until the attorney vacated.

11.   Casino Royale. 
12.   The Dukes of Hazzard.
13.   Starsky & Hutch. 
14.   Speed Racer. 
15.   The Bourne Supremacy.
16.   Click.
17.   Mr. Destiny. 

 Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Ferrari 250 GT

Introducing the American Teenage Boy Dream. Popularity, pretty girl, best friend, no school, nice weather, and a sleek, high-end convertible. Who could ask for more? One notable scene from this movie is when the parking lot attendants take this car for a joy ride. As the car soars mid-air over a hill, the Star Wars theme plays while the attendants faces display "pure" jubilee.


Krush Groove. 1985 Cadillac Eldorado 

The Cadillac Eldorado is an American classic. Briefly shown in the movie, Joseph Simmons exits the Eldorado as he visits his brother's apartment complex. His vehicle exit is almost as exciting as the Duke Brothers exiting the General Lee.

20.   Ghostbusters. 

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September 2016:

This month, I highlight a few bills focusing on the automotive industry.  

August 2016:

Suprise! Guess who is on the cover of Compliance Today? See my interview to learn more about me. 

July/August 2016:

Here is another article that reviews decision making from an  automotive enthusiast's perspective. Enjoy!

June 2016:

As an automotive enthusiast, I am excited to announce the publication of the "SPY Car Act: Navigating the automotive industry". This is my first article to incorporate my professional career and personal hobby. Enjoy!

February 2016:

In this month's article, "To close for comfort: Employees as patients", the authors discuss scenarios that health care facilities can expect to encounter when allowing patients and family members receive care at their facilities.

January 2016:

Happy New Year! This month, we conclude our Compliance 101 series with the seventh essential element. In addition, read my article, Everyday Ethics: It's Child's Play in the January/February issue of Ethikos!

December 2015:

As we approach another year, many compliance and ethics professionals are including certification among their 2016 objectives. This month's article provides recommendations for preparing for a certification exam.

November 2015:

When it comes to training, perspectives vary among participants.  To close the gap, include participants early in the development phase to improve the experience. This article provides perspectives from 4 professionals representing compliance, marketing, training, and medicine.   

October 2015:

Corporate Compliance & Ethics Week is one month away.  This article provides tips to assist compliance professionals develop their strategy for celebrating the week.  

September 2015:

There are a couple of new articles for this month. First, there is my perspective of using marketing principles to enable compliance and ethics program awareness. Next, there is the sixth installment of the Compliance 101 series. Read both articles in the Publications section. 

August 2015:

Corporate Compliance & Ethics Week is quickly approaching. For compliance professionals seeking tips for a successful week, this article is a great place to start!  Read this article in the Publications section. 

July 2015:

See the fifth installment of the Compliance 101 series. Read this article and the previous articles in the Publications section. 

May 2015:

See the fourth installment of the Compliance 101 series. Read this article and the previous articles in the Publications section. 

April 2015:

The Health Care Compliance Association's Annual Compliance Institute is moments away. Many compliance professionals will take a certification exam.

This month's issue of Compliance Today includes an article encouraging encore certification candidates to take the exam again.

March 2015:

This month's Compliance & Ethics Professional includes article, "Guest or pest: Lessons from The Wolf" written by Walter E. Johnson. Click on the publications tab to read the full article.

February 2015:

The February 2015 edition of  Compliance & Ethics Professional features article entitled, "Corporate hoarders: Implementing  a record retention and destruction program" written by Walter E. Johnson. Click on the publications tab to read the full article.

January 2015:

Happy New Year!

This year begins with the third installment of the Compliance 101 series. Read this article and the previous articles in the Publications section. 

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