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The setup is pretty common in industrial/commercial applications, such as factory floor stairclimber trolleys, but it's unusual to see it in a mundane application like a shopping trolley. It's never caught on with larger vehicles, except as the occasional military gun carriage such as the M2A2 Terra-Star; the Landmaster built for the film is probably unique, and has an interesting history. Unlike the shopping trolley, it's amphibious, the rotating wheel assemblies acting as paddlewheels.
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Returning to Damnation Alley - it was a rather daft film whose silliness included unconvincing giant scorpions and a handy deus ex machina of the Earth's disrupted axial tilt spontaneously recovering. The Landmaster was probably the best thing about it. Roger Zelazny - who wrote the 1967 novel it was based on - disliked it, having approved an earlier script that was rewritten without his knowledge.
The gull swooped by, seemed to hover a moment on unmoving wings.Hell Tanner is the last surviving Hell's Angel and a very modern style of anti-hero protagonist, a multiple criminal, described (quite possibly unreliably) as ...
Hell Tanner flipped his cigar butt at it and scored a lucky hit. The bird uttered a hoarse cry and beat suddenly at the air. It climbed about fifty feet, and whether it shrieked a second time, he would never know.
It was gone.
A single white feather rocked in the violent sky, drifted out over the edge of the cliff, and descended, swinging, toward the ocean. Tanner chuckled through his beard, against the steady roar of the wind and the pounding of the surf. Then he took his feet down from the handlebars, kicked up the stand, and gunned his bike to life.
... the lowest, most reprehensible human being I have ever encountered. You have killed men and raped women. You once gouged out a man's eyes, just for fun. You've been indicted twice for pushing dope, and three times as a pimp. you're a drunk and a degenerate, and I don't think you've had a bath since the day you were born. You and your hoodlums terrorized decent people when they were trying to pull their lives together after the war. You stole from them and you assaulted them, and you extorted money and the necessaries of life with the threat of physical violence.... who is offered parole in exchange for driving across ruined America - a route known as Damnation Alley - to deliver a plague vaccine. How often have we seen such 'criminal offered a deal' scenarios in movies, such as Escape from New York? But it was a relatively fresh device in a 1967 novel. By undertaking this journey, Tanner achieves redemption and even acclaim - and rejects it.
The following spring, on the day of its unveiling in Boston Common, when it was discovered that someone had scrawled obscene words on the statue of Hell Tanner, no one thought to ask the logical candidate why he had done it, and the next day it was too late, because he had cut out without leaving a forwarding address. Several cars were reported stolen that day, and one was never seen again in Boston.It's a variant on the American Monomyth proposed by Robert Jewett and John Shelton Lawrence.
So they re-veiled his statue, bigger than life, astride a great bronze Harley, and they cleaned him up for hoped-for posterity. But coming upon the Common, the winds still break about him, and the heavens still throw garbage.