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Southfield grad brings ‘Green Hornet’s’ Black Beauty to Detroit auto show

January 13, 2011
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The North American International Auto Show serves as a homecoming of sorts for Farmington Hills native Matthew Ford. Now living in Los Angeles, the Southfield Christian High School graduate arrived in certain style – driving Black Beauty – known best for its role in Sony Picture’s upcoming release, The Green Hornet.

With a long history that spans radio and TV, a re-envisioned and comedic version of The Green Hornet hits metro Detroit theaters in 3D Friday, Jan. 14. It stars Seth Rogen and Jay Chou as the unlikely crime-fighting team The Green Hornet Britt Reid and Kato. Michel Gondry directs.

The car, a highly stylized 1964 Chrysler Imperial, is on display throughout the auto show, open to the public Jan. 15-23, at Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd. It’s ready to wow Detroit audiences with its hood-mounted machine guns, bumper-loaded stinger missiles, grill-mounted flamethrower and anti-riot spikes.

As for Ford, he’s been charged with escorting the vehicle to the Motor City and around the country. His story was featured on Hometownlife.com. According to the Observer & Eccentric newspapers, reporter Jay Grossman shared:

Ford recently headed to California to get involved in the movie industry. He’s amazed at all the buzz the car is receiving.

“People are really excited about the movie,” he said. “It’s appealing to a broad demographic, which is great. You have an older generation who remember the show from the ’60s … and then you have a much older generation who remember it from the ’30s when it was on the radio here in Detroit.”

Black Beauty will be on display throughout the entire auto show in the Oakland Concourse near the Joe Louis statue.

Will you see the film or visit Black Beauty at the auto show? Tell us what you think of both of them. Leave us a comment below.

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