In 1954, Alan Trustman spent the summer in San Francisco and discovered how to get airborne in his little Ford car. A Harvard Law student, he had come to California from his native Boston for a summer job and while he was not particularly interested in cars or driving, he was nevertheless delighted to discover that by careening down the city’s streets with sufficient speed, he could make the Ford take flight as he bombed through the intersections. Youthful enthusiasm quickly took over and soon Trustman and his friends were having contests to see who could get the most air as they drove the hills of San Francisco. It was an experience that would eventually inspire one of the most iconic sequences in cinema history.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/02/27/a-legend-in-the-rear-view-bullitt-screenwriter-alan-trustman