Convoy Trailer (1978)

“We got a big ol’ Convoy!…”

I saw this movie at a drive-in when I was a kid and was completely enamored of the CB radio. A year later my family had one installed in our Oldsmobile and I would spend hours listening to radio chatter. Let me tell you something, late 1970s CB radio is no place for a young kid. I learned a lot, much I am still trying to forget.

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6 thoughts on “Convoy Trailer (1978)

  1. JoeSki says:

    I LOVED this movie as a kid…loved it!!!! My older Brother had a cb in our apartment in the late 70’s…I was too amazed by it…just listening to all of these people talkign away was jsut the coolest back then…of course it wouldn’t be appreciated today because of all of the internet chat rooms etc…but back then Wow! it was like a window to a whole new world…thanks for the memories…

  2. I loved this movie as a kid too…I remember that I saw it with my whole family after we’d queued to see Grease and couldn’t get in because the line was too long!…Convoy was showing on the second screen…and was a great consolation prize!

  3. We had CBs in our cars in the 80s as teenagers. A group of us would “break” each other, then meet up at a local parking lot and raise hell. My handle was “hard rock”. Is that lame or what? :)

  4. Badwolf says:

    Since you are retro-fans, allow me to let you guys in on a little secret – there is STILL a cadre of CBers out there (I have a CB in both my company car and in my 4Runner and have one to install in the minivan). But the best thing is – there’s little in the way of BS chatter – it’s mostly open airwaves – you can really communicate with these things now. In addition, while power outputs were “closely monitored” by the FCC back in the 1970’s, I don’t think they care anymore. My friend was able to find one, and now we can communicate while on the road – really cool.

  5. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Good, but oddly paced movie.
    Certainly un-Peckinpah-ish, until Oates’ wild showcase at the end.
    It certainly grew on me, though, over time.

    Had a very short-range CB radio during the Smokey and the Dukes and The Bear craze.
    Mostly got bored taxi drivers.
    My best friend lived next door and had a more powerful one. Every night we’d watch some of the aformentioned shows in our respective homes.
    But afterward, while I’d try to watch Real People and other non-CB shows with my dad, he’d turn his set on and start chatting – right through our TV signal.
    I felt bad about it, both for my screwed-up TV viewing experience and cutting his fun by letting him in on it.
    His dad was a truck driver, so I got how important it was for him.
    (but just let me hear what Sarah Purcell has to say, dagnabbit!)
    Fun times.
    10-4

  6. Dudley88 says:

    I loved the movie, but I was never able to fully partake in the CB craze. I wanted a CB radio more than anything, but never got one–probably because even a car model cost around $200 at the time. Occasionally, I’d turn on one of the cheap walkie-talkies that I got for Christmas in 1974 and hear some chatter. Then I got a “base station” one Christmas, which was really more of a toy–I rarely picked anything up on it. My mom thought there was no point in getting a real CB while we had a perfectly good (stationary) telephone.
    Then I received the Breaker 19 board game, a CB trucking game, that I loved. I’m surprised that I haven’t found any mention of it in the articles on this site!

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