Period TV shows and movies remain popular with viewers, but have you ever wondered how they get their hands on so many classic cars?
Atlanta Magazine has the answer as they recently talked to Y’allywood Film Cars which specializes in providing vehicles to film and television studios. While the name probably doesn’t ring a bell, you should be familiar with some of their cars as they’ve been featured in everything from Catch Me If You Can to Stranger Things.
Speaking of the Netflix hit, Y’allywood Film Cars played in an important role in season three of Stranger Things as founder Beth Aylward revealed they had about 70 cars on the set for a Starcourt Mall scene and “maybe 90 percent [of them] were ours.”
Of course, the company started much smaller than that. Back in 2002, Aylward was working as an extra in Los Angeles and purchased a 1961 Rambler American convertible. The car was featured in American Dreams and there she talked to other owners and discovered the need for classic cars in the movie industry.
She eventually moved to Atlanta, Georgia and met up with classic car collector Jeana Lopeman on the set of AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire. Lopeman suggested Aylward start a Facebook group where owners of classic cars could connect and share information about upcoming shoots. The group eventually became Y’allywood Film Cars which has now has nearly 200 members including some who own up to 25 different vehicles.
The vast network allows them to connect television and film studios with an assortment of different vehicles including everything from classic muscle cars to modern vehicles like the Tesla Model S.
The whole story is worth a read and you can check out Y’allywood Film Cars’ collection on their website.