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Car-maggeddon Tournament Round 1, Battle 10: The War Rig from Mad Max: Fury Road vs. the Green Goblin from Maximum Overdrive (1986)!

Welcome to Post-Apocalyptic Media’s Car-maggeddon Tournament, where we’ve pitted popular vehicles from various wastelands against one another in a battle to the death! 

There are 20 vehicles of different shapes and sizes. Who will win and be crowned the Wasteland Winner?  

Note: These vehicles are from movies only and one vehicle per movie. (And no space ships or aircraft)

 

How will Car-maggeddon work? Each Saturday, we will pitch two vehicles against one another based on six criteria (listed below)! 

Reliability/Functionality

Does the car have a tendency to break down? To lose parts? Can you sleep in it? 

Offense

Does the vehicle have any weapons or other ways to take out the competition? 

Defense

What armor (if any) does it have? How hard would it be for a zombie to get inside it or for someone to take out the driver from outside?  

Speed 

Can it outrun any threats, or does it just trundle along? 

Power

Can it ram its way out of anything holding it back? 

Aesthetics

This is basically a tie-breaker. In the battle, which vehicle has a higher “coolness factor” or matches best the wasteland look?


Check out the roaster below to see upcoming battles! Once every battle is complete in Round 1, the winners will move on to round 2.

Round 1, Battle 10:

The final battle for Round 1 pumps the adrenaline to the MAX! It’s the War Rig from Mad Max: Fury Road vs. the Green Goblin from Maximum Overdrive (1986)!

Of course, we didn’t forget about the War Rig in this tournament! And what better vehicle to pair it with than the menacing Green Goblin from Maximum Overdrive

Do I really need to explain Mad Mad: Fury Road? It set the bar high for future post-apocalyptic movies with a 97% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Not only that, but its well-developed female characters, fantastic lead villain, and mind-blowing stunts earned it many accolades and rave reviews. The War Rig, need I remind you, is a custom-built 78 foot long 18-wheeler based on a Tatra T815, an all-wheel-drive truck from the Czech Republic. Check out this article for more in-depth details.  

Maximum Overdrive is an adaptation of a Stephen King short story called “Trucks.” Starring Emilio Estevez, it’s set in a world where the tail of a passing comet gives all machines life and a will of their own. Of course, these machines are hell-bent on taking out their human oppressors.

The Green Goblin is a black Western Star 4800 transport truck sporting a giant Green Goblin mask on its grille.

Both trucks steal the screen in their respective movies, so let’s see who wins the battle of fury vs menace? 

(For this battle, let’s say you coaxed the Green Goblin to your side with offers of diesel. It is now your only friend.)  

 

The Vehicles:

Both trucks are very practical for wasteland use. You can use it to haul other vehicles. You can use the tank on the War Rig to transport water, fuel, or other liquids, and the Green Golbin has space to transport people or items. Being transport trucks, they have large, comfy seats and a sleeper compartment in the back. Perfect for hunkering down.

Yet, the War Rig has much better off-road capabilities (it can survive a sandstorm, remember).



In terms of defense and offense, the Green Goblin really has no hope. It’s just a regular transport truck with a weird goblin head on the front versus a rolling death machine (I don’t think I need to list off all of the War Rig’s capabilities). Take a look at it. It would turn the Green Goblin into green goo even if no one were operating from the added turrets. 

The Green Goblin couldn’t even escape if the War Rig set its sights on the Western Star. The Goblin only has a standard two-stroke Detroit diesel engine, which on top of “turning fuel into noise,” is nothing compared to the 600hp Deutz engine (used in Dakar racing) that powers the War Rig. 

The poor Green Goblin can’t even ram anything as well as Furiosa’s ride. Sure, a transport truck isn’t easy to stop – which was why Emilio and company are trapped inside the gas station for the entirety of the movie – but the War Rig is longer, heavier, and stronger. If the Goblin is a Great White shark in the post-apocalyptic ocean, the War Rig is a Kraken. And that’s even without considering the immense ramming grille on the front. 

In terms of looks … again, do I need to list off how bad-ass the War Rig is? Just the name is commanding. There’s also the built-in rifle stock in the passenger seat, the awesome sketch on the driver door of a skeleton arm, the mobile forts, the skulls on the front … I’ll stop before I feel compelled to watch the movie yet again. 


As such, it should be no surprise that the War Rig has sent the Green Goblin to Valhalla!

 

WINNER, Round 1, Battle 10: the War Rig from Mad Max: Fury Road!

Congratulations to all our Round One Winners!

 

When the tournament returns on June 26th, we’ll start off with seeing who would win between Mad Max’s Pursuit Special or the Escalade from Zombieland! Let us know in the comments, on our Facebook group, or on Twitter who you think will win! Throw in the hashtag #car-maggeddon

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Check out the other battles here:

Battle 1: Mad Max’s Pursuit Special vs. the Mustang from Cherry 2000

Battle 2: The Bus from Dawn of the Dead vs. the Tank from Tank Girl

Battle 3: Snowpeircer vs. Judge Dredd’s Law Master

Battle 4: The Mercury Marquis from Stake Land vs. Tallahassee’s Escalade from Zombieland

Battle 5: The Landmaster from Damnation Alley vs. the Panel Wagon from Hell Comes to Frogtown 

Battle 6: The Cannibals’ Truck from The Road vs. the “Scoop” from Soylent Green

Battle 7: The Duke’s Cadillac from Escape from New York vs. the Bentley from Doomsday

Battle 8: The Medusa from Bellflower vs. Frankenstein’s Monster from Death Race

Battle 9: Bill the Mule from The Postman vs. the Boat from Waterworld

T. S. Beier is obsessed with science fiction, the ruins of industry, and Fallout. She is the author of What Branches Grow, a post-apocalyptic novel (which was a Top 5 Finalist in the 2020 Kindle Book Awards) and the upcoming Burnt Ship Trilogy (space opera). She is a book reviewer, editor, freelance writer, and co-owner of Rising Action Publishing Co. She currently lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband, two feral children, a one-eyed pug, and a Shepherd-Mastiff.

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