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21st Sep '17 6:03:00 AM DeepRed
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* Organized crime often uses this method to eliminate the inconvenient. Car bombs were used so frequently by Ohio racketeers they were nicknamed 'Youngstown tune-ups.'

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* Organized crime often uses this method to eliminate the inconvenient. Car During the 1950s and 1960s, car bombs were used so frequently by Ohio racketeers they were nicknamed 'Youngstown '[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youngstown,_Ohio Youngstown]] tune-ups.'



* During the 1950s and 1960s, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youngstown,_Ohio Youngstown, Ohio]] had so many gangland car bombings that they were commonly known as "Youngstown tune-ups".
1st Sep '17 3:56:08 PM nombretomado
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** ''AllMyChildren'' did something similar when investigative journalist Edmund Grey was tailing a corrupt politician, shocking his wife and his other loved ones when he walked into his own funeral and revealed that the politician himself must have died in the explosion. Apparently the man didn't trust his own lackeys to do the job right and decided to plant the bomb himself.

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** ''AllMyChildren'' ''Series/AllMyChildren'' did something similar when investigative journalist Edmund Grey was tailing a corrupt politician, shocking his wife and his other loved ones when he walked into his own funeral and revealed that the politician himself must have died in the explosion. Apparently the man didn't trust his own lackeys to do the job right and decided to plant the bomb himself.
2nd Aug '17 7:20:55 PM Delphi
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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'': An early mission has you booby-trapping a guy's car.

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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'': An early mission has you booby-trapping a guy's car. For added irony, he just came out of a resturant called Ernie's Eat Till You Explode.
16th Jun '17 7:28:45 AM DeepRed
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*During the 1950s and 1960s, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youngstown,_Ohio Youngstown, Ohio]] had so many gangland car bombings that they were commonly known as "Youngstown tune-ups".
11th Jun '17 2:55:37 AM greshnak
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* In the ''Jingle Bell Glock'' episode of ''Series/LethalWeapon2016'', Hannah the meddling journalist gets outed in a carsplosion, courtesy of Eddy Flores from the town's drug ring. The show's detectives pose it could have been remote controlled.
26th May '17 5:34:03 PM JackG
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* ''The Specialist'' by Gayle Rivers. Rivers is hired to kill a Basque terrorist and [[FalseFlagOperation make it look like the work of Spanish extremists]]. He decides a car bomb is best, but the terrorist has a bodyguard who always inspects the car and starts the engine beforehand. So Rivers studies the model and makes a shaped-charge designed to [[UndersideRide fit underneath the car without being seen]], set off by radio detonation. After sliding underneath a long line of cars to get to the target vehicle without being seen, he plants the device and leaves, only to have the Spanish extremists he's trying to frame show up and blatantly stuff explosives inside the vehicle where the bodyguard is bound to notice. Fortunately the bomb goes off prematurely, removing the evidence of River's more professional attempt.

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* ''The Specialist'' by Gayle Rivers. Rivers is hired to kill a Basque terrorist and [[FalseFlagOperation make it look like the work of Spanish extremists]]. He decides a car bomb is best, but the terrorist has a bodyguard who always inspects the car and starts the engine beforehand. So Rivers studies the model and makes a shaped-charge designed to [[UndersideRide fit underneath the car without being seen]], set off by radio detonation. After sliding underneath a long line of cars to get to the target vehicle without being seen, observed, he plants the device and leaves, only to have the Spanish extremists he's trying to frame show up and blatantly stuff explosives inside the vehicle where the bodyguard is bound to notice. Fortunately the bomb goes off prematurely, removing the evidence of River's more professional attempt.
26th May '17 5:31:48 PM JackG
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* ''The Specialist'' by Gayle Rivers. Rivers is hired to kill a Basque terrorist and [[FalseFlagOperation make it look like the work of Spanish extremists]]. He decides a car bomb is best, but the terrorist has a bodyguard who always inspects the car and starts the engine beforehand. So Rivers studies the model and makes a shaped-charge designed to [[UndersideRide fit underneath the car without being seen]], set off by radio detonation. After sliding underneath a long line of cars to get to the target vehicle without being seen, he plants the device and leaves, only to have the Spanish extremists he's trying to frame show up and blatantly stuff explosives inside the vehicle where the bodyguard is bound to notice. Fortunately the bomb goes off prematurely, removing the evidence of River's more professional attempt.
26th May '17 5:18:03 PM JackG
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* In the 1990's Australian series ''Embassy'', a terrorist tries to kill the Australian ambassador by putting a grenade (minus pin, with the lever held down with tape) in the fuel tank of his official car. When the petrol dissolves the glue on the tape, the safety lever flies free and sets off the grenade. It's effective for random terrorism but not assassination, as shown when the car explodes while it's parked on the embassy grounds, not while the ambassador is in it.
21st May '17 2:10:09 PM HighCrate
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There is an interesting case of TheLawOfConservationOfDetail attached to this trope. In normal circumstances, little to no screentime is devoted to a character walking to their car or starting it. Hence, whenever this ''does'' happen -- especially if you see a close-up of the key -- the more GenreSavvy viewer probably has a [[OhCrap distinctly uneasy feeling in his stomach]]. Wait for it... three... two... one... [[IncrediblyLamePun ignition!]] Another dead giveaway is if the car is a gift from someone the recipient [[BigBadFriend really shouldn't trust]].

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There is an interesting case of TheLawOfConservationOfDetail attached to this trope. In normal circumstances, little to no screentime is devoted to a character walking to their car or starting it. Hence, whenever this ''does'' happen -- especially if you see a close-up of the key -- the more GenreSavvy viewer probably has a [[OhCrap distinctly uneasy feeling in his stomach]]. Wait for it... three... two... one... [[IncrediblyLamePun ignition!]] Another dead giveaway is if the car is a gift from someone the recipient [[BigBadFriend really shouldn't trust]].
16th May '17 1:25:57 PM Yandie666
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* Protagonist Rafaella in Creator/JackieCollins's ''Literature/RockStar'' loses her father at a young age to this trope.

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* Protagonist Rafaella in Creator/JackieCollins's ''Literature/RockStar'' ''RockStar'' loses her father at a young age to this trope.
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