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Re: Locations ?

Post by kitt1 » Tue Jun 17, 2008 3:27 pm

Joe,
Can you get VIRTUAL EARTH shots of the desert area from the opening credits and list the name of the location with possible directions from LA?

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Re: Locations ?

Post by Joe Huth » Tue Jun 17, 2008 6:28 pm

Hey Mark,

It's hard to pinpoint exactly where the credits were shot - the only reference is the mountains in the background. The problem is, the flats are so large and, well, flat, that it's hard to tell how far away from the mountains they are.

Rough coordinates for the intro would be:

40° 49′ 38.35″ N, 113° 48′ 14.18″ W

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Re: Locations ?

Post by kitt1 » Tue Jun 17, 2008 7:58 pm

Geeze Joe, Every new car commercial that isn't filmed at Sepulveda Dam is shot on that same piece of desert that the opening credits of KNIGHT RIDER were shot at. I'm not smart enough to read coordinates. Got a ballpark of where it is for us non technical guys?

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Re: Locations ?

Post by Joe Huth » Tue Jun 17, 2008 9:05 pm

The location is approximately 45 minutes east of West Wendover, NV....here's a map:

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Does this help at all?? :D

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Re: Locations ?

Post by 1982 » Wed Jun 18, 2008 2:34 am

Joe, remember posting this pick awhile back?
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Do these look familiar?

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Both are at El Mirage Dry Lake.

34°38′52.10″N 117°36′34.47″W

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Post by scottab21 » Wed Jun 18, 2008 8:13 am

Nice.. It would be nice to see that place in real life. Now, anyone know where the other "ending" desert scenes were shot? "one man can make a difference".... :kitt: :karr:

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Re: Locations ?

Post by Showpro1 » Thu Jun 19, 2008 1:48 am

I think its great to have some of the actual locations revealed & that gives me an idea, maybe I could visit a few
of these places a day or so before this years car show at Saugus Speedway.

That way I could take some pics to share later in September.

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Re: Locations ?

Post by Joe Huth » Thu Jun 19, 2008 8:08 pm

I've just found some locations from "The Final Verdict":

33°43'28.93"N, 118°16'28.96"W
Ending Turbo Boost/Limo flips over
57 Berth, San Pedro, CA


33°44'7.98"N, 118°16'49.80"W
Marty's Apartment
921 S. Beacon St, San Pedro, CA

Also, during the ending chase, you can see the Vincent Thomas Bridge in the background, but I haven't nailed down which streets they are on yet.

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Re: Locations ?

Post by kitt1 » Fri Jun 20, 2008 2:28 pm

Found this on Marty's Apartment, 921 S. Beacon St, San Pedro, CA

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Harbor View House
(formerly the ARMY and NAVY Y.M.C.A.)

http://www.sanpedrochamber.com/champint/hrbrvhs.htm

Also found this...

San Pedro Boat Works, Inc.
Berth 44 & 57
San Pedro, CA 90731
Phone: 310-832-7203
Map: Google Yahoo

SIC: 3732
Sales: $10-25 Million
Employees: 50 - 99
Industry:
Manufacturing
Transportation Equipment
Boat building and repairing

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Unfortunatly no pics of Berth 57.

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Re: Locations ?

Post by Joe Huth » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:30 pm

kitt1 wrote:OK Joe, Here's a challenge for you. See if you can get someone at the FAA to run a check on the "N" registration number and locate the whereabouts of the KNIGHT INDUSTRIES corporate jet.

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Well Mark, I just tried to look up the N registration numbers on the FAA's website...for the jet in the Pilot, the planes in "A Plush Ride" and the helicopter in "Just My Bill" - none of them were listed in their registry. Oh well! Nice thought though!

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Re: Locations ?

Post by MikeBKnight » Sat Jun 21, 2008 7:34 pm

I would *love* to visit that site where the opening theme was shot there in the desert :)

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Re: Locations ?

Post by one_man » Sun Jun 22, 2008 2:38 am

My visit to Jackson lake!

This weekend, I finally got a chance to visit a 'lake' scene, which is a rural scenery
that appeared frequently in Knight Rider (in the beginning of some episodes, or
when Michael was traveling between cities). I found this lake using Google Earth.

It's called Jackson Lake in the Big Pines Recreation Area of the Angeles National Forest.
Google Earth: Latitude: 34°23'29.42"N, Longitude: 117°43'29.61"W

http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/angeles/maps/br ... _pines.pdf

I also found other KR-scenes that were filmed along the "Big Pines Highway", will post later.

this lake is seen in the following episodes:

[ S1-1B-07 ] No Big Thing (First seen)
[ S1-2A-10 ] The Final Verdict (Opening credits)
[ S1-2B-14 ] Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

[ S3-1A-02 ] The Ice Bandits
[ S3-1A-03 ] Knight of the Fast Lane
[ S3-3B-20 ] Knight Strike
[ S3-3B-21 ] Circus Knights

[ S4-1B-04 ] Burial Ground
[ S4-2B-14 ] Deadly Knightshade

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Re: Locations ?

Post by Knight Rider Archive » Sun Jun 22, 2008 5:30 am

Very nice find, one_man! It's hardly changed at all!

It also appeared via stock footage at the beginning of "Knight of the Juggernaut".

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Re: Locations ?

Post by kitt1 » Sun Jun 22, 2008 8:12 am

one_man ,
Great find! I look forwrd to more locations and photos from you.

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Re: Locations ?

Post by one_man » Sun Jun 22, 2008 6:22 pm

Knight Rider Archive wrote:Very nice find, one_man! It's hardly changed at all!
It also appeared via stock footage at the beginning of "Knight of the Juggernaut".


Thanks for adding the info. That will make it 10 episodes where the lake scene appeared.

Here is another view of the lake (KR scene on the upper left corner).
I was not able to take pictures from the same perspective (bird's eye view).
But you can see it with Google Earth (covered by snow, though).

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Re: Locations ?

Post by kitt1 » Tue Jun 24, 2008 3:25 pm

Hey! Let's keep this going.

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Re: Locations ?

Post by Joe Huth » Thu Jun 26, 2008 2:16 pm

Well, I just discovered another location...this one was a doozy to figure out, despite all the identifiers in the background. It's the Turbo Boost from "Diamonds Aren't a Girl's Best Friend". This one:

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All my searches for Burbank Faith Center came up blank (I found one in Sunland, CA, but it was a dead end). Then I noticed this in the chase scene before the TB:

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See the sign circled in red and the brown building on the far left? The sign also appears, from the other side, here:

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And the building on the far left:

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Bingo! Bischoff's Taxidermy. I Googled that and found their website:

http://www.bischoffs.net/cart/

In the description on the main page, they state they had three locations since it opened...one on Sunset Blvd, one on San Fernando Rd and their current location on Magnolia Blvd. Without the exact address, it would take quite a while to manually scroll through Google Earth to find the location. So, I emailed Bischoff's and included some screenshots from "Diamonds". Here's the response I got:

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Hi Joe,

We used to be located at 449 San Fernando Blvd., Burbank as seen in the pictures you sent. The old building is still there.
If you come to the area, our new location is just around the corner at
Magnolia and First St. Give us a call and we would love to show you our huge Taxidermied Animal Collection we have available for use as Movie props.

Thanks for the pic's - "I Love Knight Rider"

Mary
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Bingo Bingo! So, alas, here's the location:

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And here's KITT's path:
KITT chases the car down E. Santa Clarita Ave, turns left on to S. San Fernando Blvd, then turbo boosts at the intersection of S. San Fernando Blvd and Verdugo Ave:

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Lat: 34°10'43.20"N
Long: 118°18'20.51"W

I love this stuff!!

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Post by one_man » Fri Jun 27, 2008 3:26 am

Excellent! Here is a snapshot using Google street view:
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Re: Locations ?

Post by one_man » Fri Jun 27, 2008 4:53 am

This is a continuing post of my tour to the "Big Pines" forest.

Latitude: 34°22'43.98"N, Longitude: 117°41'26.05"W
There are a lot of footages filmed around this location.
It is 3 miles east of the Jackson lake (see my post above).

# Big Pine Information Station

A. appeared in "No Big Thing"
C. appeared in "Silent Knight"
E. appeared in "Silent Knight" and "Knight of the Drones"
B,D,F: corresponding views today

You can see a small pine above letter 'C', which has grown up (above letter 'D') after 25 years!
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# Table Mountain
A. appeared in "No Big Thing" etc.
the area in red rectangle corresponds to C.
C. appeared in "Silent Knight" etc.
red circle: 'Table Mountain'
==> this is the critical cue leading to all the findings at Big Pines
E. appeared in "Silent Knight" etc.
facing the Angeles Crest highway
'Chilao' 'Glendale' can be spotted on the guidepost
B,D,F: corresponding views today
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Table Mountain
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# Bird's eye view at the tridentate intersection
1. Big Pine Information Station
A. C. E. refers to the locations in the "Table Mountain" figure above
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More locations on Big Pines Highway, to be continued ...

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Post by Crumbling Down » Fri Jun 27, 2008 12:38 pm

Wow you guys are awesome for doing this! I belt it felt pretty neat to be able to stand where the camera man from the show stood some 23 years ago! I like how in the one picture where is shows the lodge, in the picture with kitt driving past you can see a little evergreen tree maybe 1' 1/2' tall and in the recent pictures you can see how its grown.
Booonnnnnzzzzaaaaaiii!!!!!!!! As michael turbo boosts to score the extra point. His face is so funny when he yells this and when he hits turbo boost his eyes get huge and he flies back into the seat

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Post by neps » Fri Jun 27, 2008 1:54 pm

Just want to chime in and say how amazing this thread is! Throughly enjoyable!

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Post by Joe Huth » Sat Jun 28, 2008 11:07 am

one_man wrote:Excellent! Here is a snapshot using Google street view:
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And here's the intersection by the old Biscoff's store, then and now:

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Post by Sue » Sat Jun 28, 2008 9:24 pm

Okay, Knight 2:13 “Diamonds aren’t a girls best friend.” At time code 05:19. I’m gonna need help with the screen grabs on account of my computers DVD player having issues. This is from Griffith Park’s Travel Town. I ended up getting disoriented and took photos of several trains. Luckily one of them was the right one.
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Also the street near by in the park you can see throughout Knight 3:21 “Circus Knight” when Michael is driving in KITT.
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Post by Joe Huth » Sun Jun 29, 2008 7:52 am

Great find, Sue! Here's that train in the episode:

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And a few other trains seen in that episode at the same location:

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Now, here's a challenge (MAYBE!). Can you find the location of Lauren's apartment building? It was also used as Karen's apartment building in "KITTnap".

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Notice the one picture above shows "Universal Park" on the building...my searches still came up blank. In KITTnap, you can see two important clues to help identify the location. In this first picture, notice the black building in the background:

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That's Universal's black tower at Universal Plaza on the right and the Sheraton on the left. Here's a satellite view of those two buildings today:
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In this screenshot, you can see a sidestreet, Bluffside Drive:

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And here's a satellite view of the only Bluffside Drive I could find that would be in range of Universal Plaza and the Sheraton:

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Unfortunately, it seems that the building has been torn down...but I could be mistaken. Can anyone confirm/deny?

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