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Wagon Wednesday: Wagonmasters Film Trailer

Scott Ith June 20, 2012 Hoonivercinema, Wagon Wednesday 12 Comments
(Picture only slightly related to film)

The car that was once the quintessential image of the American Dream is all but dead – at least for most people.” – Wagonmasters website

For every type, make, model, and style of car, there is a following.  Part of the station wagon’s following is the Documentary Film Program at Wake Forrest University.  They are working on a new film devoted to wagons, their impact on our society, and their fans.

Hit the jump for the trailer.

Some readers know that, personally, I have no shortage of love for station wagons.  Despite a decent sized following of wagon fan-boys, the last two or three decades have not been kind to them.  They have fallen out of favor.  I blame the now-ubiquitous SUVs, which clog up every lane of every street.  But, a core group of fans who dare to be different are keeping the station wagon alive.  Some of them will be featured in this upcoming film. 

There is no release date mentioned on the Wagonmasters website, but there have been a couple of work-in-progress screenings of the film.  I, for one, am very excited to see it.

Can there really ever be enough wagons?

  • This olelongrooffan heartily endorses this film and concept.

  • JeffM

    Some of the best old classics are wagons, from the wood-laden 40s and 50s models to the wide and angular 60s ones. I wish more than just the European brands embraced the body style today.
    (Oh, and BTW it is Forest, not Forrest. Former city resident.)

  • Nice colour combo, the building and the cars.

    • Thanks! That photo turned out better than I could have hoped for.


    I always wondered why, in this age of high-strength steel and computer controls, why they don't produce wagons? Drop the third seat in the rear and what's the difference between them and any other car? Utility..room, less weight than a hulking SUV behemoth….what's the deal???

  • "The wagon (dramatic pause) is exclusively American."

    Spoken like a typical American. Thanks, I hope your finger breaks through the paper. Bowling shirts, retro glasses and interesting facial hair (dramatic pause) are exclusively gibroni.

    <img src="http://allcarcentral.com/Rolls_Royce/Rolls_Royce_Estate_Car_1934_Ventura_Show_2009_Rick_Feibusch_2009.jpg&quot; width=600>

    Aside from that, I'm all for this film.

    • Irishzombieman

      "Thanks, I hope your finger breaks through the paper. "

      HA HA HA!
      That statement about American exclusivity hit my ear sideways also, and I sorta hope it was taken out of context for the sake of making the trailer. Too often I've seen well-produced documentaries go bad because they're based on completely absurd and unsubstantiated claims that fit the film maker's idea of a theme. I'd love to see this movie, but will be sorely disappointed if it's a story of lost Americana instead of a celebration of America's fading wagon culture.

  • Irishzombieman

    Amazing what a good movie trailer can do to a person's brain. . . .

  • 1slowvw

    I'm only in my mid 20's so I don't want to come off as overly nostalgic. That being said some of my earliest memories are from sitting facing backwards in the back seat of my parents station wagons. They did in fact crack in the end and give into the minivan for a few years until my mother wanting a wagon again was freed from her the ivan and got her V70 T5 wagon.
    My wife and I owned a B3 passat wagon soon after we were married, yes the ones with the weird lack of a grill, and it was without a doubt the best car I've ever had in my ownership. Right now I'm sad to say that I'm Wagonless, this I am sure is only temporary as the immense practicality and character will no doubt always draw me back.
    There is simply something about a wagon that I intrinsically link with fun, maybe it's the memories of long road trips making silly faces at the cars behind us, or maybe I'm still a little bit shocked that the T5 wagon could just walk by the 200kph barrier. Either way I'll keep preaching the merrits of the wagon to anyone who'll listen.

  • Sjalabais

    My guess is that the wagon is coming back. It's hip to be square, and old wagons jump pricewise. Soon there will be a SUV in every size from every brand, people get bored and the manufacturing pendulum swings back: "So cool, a low SUV!", "It's a wagon, child".

  • Wagonmasters

    You guys should check out our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/TheWagonMasterFilmMakers lots of great wagon enthusiasts!
    And plenty of mini webisodes on our Web site: http://wagonmastersthemovie.com/

  • Wagonmasters

    We would also LOVE to see any photos you have of old wagons: wagonmastersmovie@gmail.com