The Ghostbusters’ Ecto-1 goes on tour, spy it at PAX

Throw all the Lamborghinis and Porsches at me you can muster, and I still won’t flinch in this belief: the Ecto-1 is the coolest car on the planet. It’s janky yet jovial, sports my favorite color scheme, and doubles for the storage of the not-quite undead. Looks will never outweight functionality, at least not for this wry four-wheeler.

The Ecto-1 will tour to promote the upcoming Sierra title Ghostbusters: The Video Game and will hit several prime locations, including the Penny Arcade Expo this August ( I fully expect a Destructoid group shot around the vehicle by the time the weekend has wound to a close). Check out the Ecto-1’s hectic schedule:

June 21 – Nightshift New York (Belmont Raceway; New York, NY)
August 9 – Nightshift Pomona (Pomona Fairplex; Pomona, CA)
August 29-31 – Penny Arcade Expo (Seattle Conv. Ctr; Seattle, WA)
Sept. 20 – Nightshift Pleasanton (Alameda Fairgrounds; Pleasanton, CA)
Sept. 27 – Hot Import Nights (Minneapolis Conv. Ctr; Minneapolis, MN)
Oct. 11 – Hot Import Nights (Dallas Conv. Ctr; Dallas, TX)
Oct. 15 – Nov. 1 – Knott’s Scary Farm (Knott’s Berry Farm; Buena Park, CA)
Nov. 19-30 – L.A. Auto Show (L.A. Conv. Ctr; Los Angeles, CA)

Unsurprisingly, a little pimping has been administered to bring the legendary vehicle up to speed. Sony has souped it up with a full line of their Xplod mobile electronics (check the details after the jump if you’re curious about the details). I can’t wait to see it in person — just looking at it makes me want to rewatch the movie.

SIERRA ENTERTAINMENT AND
SONY PICTURES CONSUMER PRODUCTS PRESENT
  THE “GHOSTBUSTERS’ ECTO-1 Tour”
 
Sierra Entertainment Sends the Ghostbusters’ ECTO-1 on Tour
To Some of the Biggest Shows across the U.S., Including
Boost Mobile Nightshift and Hot Import Nights and More

Los Angeles, CA – June 19, 2008 – Sierra Entertainment – a division of Vivendi Games, today announced that one of the most iconic cars in Hollywood history, the Ghostbusters’ ECTO-1, is back and will be busting ghosts in a town near you!  In conjunction with Sony Pictures Consumer Products and the eagerly anticipated Ghostbusters™: The Video Game, Sierra Entertainment is taking the classic caddy on the road to give fans of the franchise a chance to experience this one-of-a-kind machine and the game first hand.
 
“The ECTO-1 is one of the most memorable and loved vehicles of all-time,” says Al Simone, VP of Marketing, Sierra Entertainment.  “Sony has been a fantastic partner to work with and we’re very excited to have a hand in taking ECTO off the screen and out on the road – this way fans can experience a true piece of ghost busting history first hand as they get a taste of Ghostbusters™: The Video Game.”
 
ECTO-1 will be stopping at several destinations across the U.S. throughout the tour, five of which are in partnership with the Boost Mobile Nightshift and Hot Import Nights events.  Additionally, fans will have the chance to get up close and personal with ECTO-1 at Knott’s Scary Farm and the L.A. Auto Show later this year.
 
ECTO-1 Tour Schedule:
 
June 21 – Nightshift New York (Belmont Raceway; New York, NY)
August 9 – Nightshift Pomona (Pomona Fairplex; Pomona, CA)
August 29-31 – Penny Arcade Expo (Seattle Conv. Ctr; Seattle, WA)
Sept. 20 – Nightshift Pleasanton (Alameda Fairgrounds; Pleasanton, CA)
Sept. 27 – Hot Import Nights (Minneapolis Conv. Ctr; Minneapolis, MN)
Oct. 11 – Hot Import Nights (Dallas Conv. Ctr; Dallas, TX)
Oct. 15 – Nov. 1 – Knott’s Scary Farm (Knott’s Berry Farm; Buena Park, CA)
Nov. 19-30 – L.A. Auto Show (L.A. Conv. Ctr; Los Angeles, CA)
 
In light of ECTO-1’s tour to some of the hottest car shows throughout the country, Sony has taken the liberty to update the Ghostbusters’ ride with the latest and greatest Sony Xplod mobile electronics.  ECTO-1 now sports a Sony XAV-W1 double din touch screen A/V center, Xplod XS-GT1625A speakers and an Xplod XS-L10S slim subwoofer – all the essentials to keep ECTO-1’s sound system on par with the rest of the ghost catching equipment found on the Ghostbusters’ primary mode of transportation.
 
Ghostbusters™: The Video Game is planned to release this Fall for the PLAYSTATION®3 and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment systems, the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Games for Windows®, Wii™ home video game system and Nintendo DS™, and is currently rated “RP” (Rating Pending) by the ESRB.  For more information on Ghostbusters™: The Video Game be sure to visit the official game web site located at:  https://www.ghostbustersgame.com.

Colette Bennett