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Blata

Blata.

Blata is a vehicle seen in  the film.

Vehicles History

Like go-karts, the first minibikes were made by enthusiasts from spare parts found in their garages. They were first popularly used as "pit bikes", for drag racers to travel in the pits during races in the late 1950s. They were very useful for this purpose, as they could maneuver very well in the tight pit roads, fit in about the same space as a small bicycle in a trailer or pickup, and they were faster than most previous forms of transportation. As racers brought them home and used them around their neighborhoods, many children liked the idea of having a mini motorcycle and started building their own. A market for minibikes developed and many cottage and major industries developed to meet the demand. Minibike companies include Arctic-Cat, Rupp, Taco, Heath, Gilson, and Fox, many of which also made other power toys such as go-karts, trikes and choppers. The peak of the minibike/go-kart era was from the late 1960s to the early 1970s in America. Many of the brands, foremost Rupp, have gained a cult-following of enthusiasts and owners.

Early minibike power train

These early minibikes usually had of a power train with a small four-stroke, horizontal crankshaft, flathead engine. The transmission usually was of a crank-mounted centrifugal clutch and chain drive to a rear sprocket. As the minibike and the mini-powersports field grew, Comet introduced a continuously variable transmission, much like a snowmobile's, called the Torque-a-Verter, which automatically adjusts gear ratios, resulting in better top speed and acceleration.

In The Film

Rides the blata

Wray, on the Blata.

The Blata is owned by Tony. It was kept in the trunk of Dakota's car. Wray uses it to escape with the others.

Sources

Planet Terror
Grindhouse Planet Terror - Death Proof
Fake Trailers Machete - Hobo with a Shotgun - Werewolf Women Of The S.S. - Don't - Thanksgiving
Main Characters Cherry Darling - El Wray - Dr. Dakota Block - Dr. William Block - Abby - Crazy Babysitter Twins - Lt. Muldoon - J.T. Hague - Sheriff Hague - Tammy Visan - Joe - Earl McGraw - Skip - Tony Block - Rusty
Locations The Bone Shack - Skip's Go-Go-Go Club - Hospital - Military Base - Police Station - Block Family Home - McGraw Home - Tulum
Music Planet Terror (soundtrack)
Galleries Planet Terror Gallery - Fan Art - Posters
Items Red Apple cigarettes - Great White Bites - "My Friends" - All Or Nothing Box - To Do List - DC2
Terms/Concepts Grindhouse - Amputation - Dismemberment - Useless Talents - Wray's Wreckage - Sickos - Movie References - Women in Cages
Vehicles AM General HMMWV - AM General M-939 - Blata - Cadillac DeVille Convertible - Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado - Chevrolet Bel Air - Chevrolet C/K-Series - Chevrolet Impala - Custom Made Dominator - Ford Crown Victoria - International Harvester R-Series - Lincoln Town Car Stretch Limousine - Mercedes-Benz SEL - Toyota Celica - Volvo 240

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