For some fans of great trucking movies, 1975’s White Line Fever starring Jan-Michael Vincent as Carrol Jo Hummer, might not rise to the same level as Smokey & The Bandit or Convoy. Still it has all the bits and pieces to make it a classic of the genre:
- a heroic leading man as brash as he is handsome with a sweet love interest (Kay Lenz as Jerri)
- great trucks
- a supportive band of helpful fellow truckers
- chase scenes
- trouble with the law
- numerous behaviors the FMCSA certainly would frown on today
- a dramatic climax
Starring with Vincent was a 1974 (some say ’73) Ford WT9000 COE lovingly dubbed the “Blue Mule”, which is said to have been powered by a NTC 400 hp Cummins with a 10-speed.
Here is Vincent’s and the “Blue Mule’s” big scene when he extracts his revenge on the corrupt Glass House company that has exploited drivers. Buckle up, it’s a bumpy ride as Carrol Jo smashes the company’s giant “GH” sign.