That black car is Mr. Vengeance’s 1967 Camaro. It took seven years to build, with all of the blood, sweat, and tears you’d imagine. It’s famous around the web. It also looks exactly like the “new” Bumblebee from Transformers 4
They seem to have made an almost carbon copy of Mr Vengeance’s Camaro. This isn’t exactly surprising, because if you search “Restomod Camaro” on Google Image Search, the first two results are Mr. Vengeance’s car.
What is the Vengeance Camaro? It has an Art & Morrison Corvette frame, a 7.0 liter LS7 V8, one-of-a-kind 19 inch wheels, a Moser rear end, Wilwood brakes, a 22-gallon fuel cell, body modifications by Hellion Kustoms, a black “bumblebee” stripe, and real carbon fiber trim. It has been called the “ultimate restomod,” blending classic styling with modern performance and custom trends.
Mr Vengeance says: “I don’t know what to think of this..
part of me is flattered they would outright copy my car to make for one of my favorite toy characters of all time..
then part of me is kind of mad that they just outright took my hard work and put a yellow stripe on the nose.. even the execution is horrible on the copy of my ideas..
The worst thing would be for every little kid calling my car Bumblebee and others making bootleg Bumblebee clones.. that would suck.
The influence is obvious, but what Paramount can do about it is unclear. Mr. Vengeance is right, there are going to be little kids recognizing this ’67 car as Bumblebee from the movie, as well as from the inevitable toys, ads, and whatever else pours out into pop culture from TF4. If Paramount acknowledges that the Bumblebee started out as a picture of Mr. Vengeance’s car on their mechanic’s shop wall then what?P
A simple thank you and a pubic recognition might be all Mr. Vengeance wants. The question is if that’s possible