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KITT Cruises Into Manchester

Published on September 29th 2005.

The Knight Industries Two Thousand (KITT) paid a fleeting visit to Manchester on Wednesday to thrill the locals, at least the ones who are old enough to remember Knight Rider anyway….

Parked outside the students union, bemused students, too young to remember what an icon the car was in the 80s, walked past without as much as a second glance thinking the car was just some dated looking Pontiac Firebird.

We knew better though and we were straight in there, getting behind the wheel of one of the most famous car’s from TV history.

KITT managed to escape the 80s clutches of David Hasselhoff for one day only as he came to Manchester as part of the Black Box University tour.

Well before the Hoff became the victim of numerous internet downloads – click here for some examples – and before he donned a pair of swimming trunks to hang around with large breasted lifeguards, David made his name in Knight Rider, fighting crime and evil doers including a very evil identical twin brother called Garth Knight (basically the Hoff with a weird moustache).

The Hoff went down in TV folk law ever since the show, but you’ve got to wonder about a bloke who’s best (and only) mate is a car with a camp voice.

KITT arrived courtesy of owner Vinnie who bought the car from a US owner three years ago. Apparently, the car in the show never had all the flashing lights that seemed to be there for the sake of it working at all, the voice wasn’t even there in the 80s, it was all done in post-production. But superfan Vinnie Canakiah has spent the last couple of years kitting KITT out complete with flashing lights, including the red flashy thing on the front of the car, and getting him talking – although this is done by pre-recorded messages, not by having a small man sat under the dashboard, which would have been funny but highly impractical.

In an a turn of events more dramatic than any of the Knight Rider shows, KITT has recently been kidnapped by the insurance people at Norwich Union who have installed a tracking device on the dashboard to track the location of the car as well as the time of the day the car is driven. This apparently means that insurance premiums can be worked out on a ‘Pay As You Drive’ basis, meaning cheaper insurance for the lucky KITT if he didnt drive around as much. Far from being a futuristic invention from Devon’s (the Hoff’s boss in Knight Rider for all you kids out there) brainbox, this is something that’s available to all of us - click here for more.

Unfortunately for KITT, with all the chasing villains and driving off into the sunset bit at the end of every episode, he's unlikely to save much money!

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