The year was 1961 and Elvis Presley, The King of Rock and Roll, hit the big screen with Blue Hawaii, the first of three movies he made in Hawaii.
The girl, the car, the beautiful island scenery made Blue Hawaii the 10th top-grossing movie of 1961. And one that definitely moved many a young man or woman to want to own their very own classic red British motorcar.
The beautiful red roadster which opens the film is a 1960 MGA 1600 MkI. In this clip, a 1961 Hawaii registration and safety sticker can be seen on the passenger side of the windscreen. Elvis liked the car so much that he bought it. It now resides in Graceland at his car museum with his motorcycles, Cadillacs, Stutzs and other vehicles.
In the film Elvis plays Chad Gates, who returns home to Hawaii after his discharge from the U.S. Army. After several years of strict military life, Chad only wants to hang loose and surf all day. He lands a job as a tour guide at the same company where his girlfriend, Maile Duval (Joan Blackman), also works.
Chad Gates: You sure kept them both in good shape.
Maile Duval: Both?
Chad Gates: Hmm hmm. Your body and my car.
Speaking of classic British automobiles, visit the 25th Annual All British Car Day on Sunday, May 28th from 9:00 to noon at Kapiolani Park. The car show, hosted by the British Car Club of Hawaii, is the largest event in Hawaii featuring classic automobiles from a former era. The event is free and open to the public. More information about the event at http://britishcarclubhawaii.org/ .