BLACK AIR: The Buick Grand National Documentary (2012)


(70 min.; video; color; sound; 2012)


It was a strange and curious misfit.


Though born a Buick, the Grand National was clearly something else. It was

too quick and too brutish to carry that stodgy name.


There was something inside the car trying to get out.


Its straight-line 0-60mph acceleration was extraordinary. Nothing in the mid-1980s could match it. Not Corvette. Not Lamborghini. Not Ferrari. But, in spite of this talent, the car was little more than a curiosity, a sidebar in debates about the performance elite of the day. Its roots as a Buick Regal, a conventional, mass-produced personal luxury car, marked it as an outsider, something too ordinary

for serious discussion.

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PRESS & MEDIA (selected; as of September 2013):

"What Possessed Me To Make A Buick Grand National Documentary" (Jalopnik)

Live Q&A at the Jalopnik Film Festival (Jalopnik)

Watch BLACK AIR (Edmunds)

Movie Review: BLACK AIR: The Buick Grand National Documentary (Autoblog)

Review of BLACK AIR: The Buick Grand National Documentary (

"Watch The Trailer For The Documentary Every Car Lover Needs To See" (Jalopnik)

“Preview of Buick Grand National documentary to screen at BPG” (Hemmings)

Andrew with Dennis Pittsenbarger on Hot Rod Radio

“Buick Regal Grand National Documentary to Debut August 4” (Automobile)

“Producer explores the Buick Grand National in Black Air documentary” (Autoweek)


The video to the left is the first 5 minutes of BLACK AIR.