Cinematic Road Trips

Half Movie Magic, Half Real; The Reticulated Nuclear Big Bus


A real life wonder craft, this double decker, 32 tire bus really did exist. Well, sort of. The half imaginary vehicle was made for the film, The Big Bus, a 1970’s disaster spoof.

Nicknamed, “Cyclops” because of it’s giant, two story, wrap around front window and the single ominous spotlight in front. The Big Bus really held the famed, Oriental Lounge on top and that cool looking sci-fi cockpit. Plus, it really did take to the streets!

Unfortunately, some of the other features such as the onboard single lane bowling alley, the swimming pool, the nuclear jet on back, and those automatic enroute tire changers were merely studio shots, film trickery, and props. The majority of the bus space wasn’t really holding it’s 110 passengers at all but, likely empty or used for operations and mechanics of the mega carrier.  The bus also had a second driver operating the rear of the bus via radio.

The Big Bus (1976) IMDB. Paramount Pictures retains all rights.

Even though this wild bus has been destroyed, it’s legacy lives on in the film. Watch this clip for a glimpse into the Big Bus, then get this epic on DVD.

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