David Hasselhoff spotted driving KITT from Knight Rider

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David Hasselhoff and KITT from Knight Rider

Knight Rider stars David Hasselhoff and KITT reunited in Manchester See gallery

The two stars of the hit TV show Knight Rider have been reunited after a 26 year absence – in Manchester of all places.

 

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David Hasselhoff and KITT from Knight Rider in Manchester

David Hasselhoff – AKA Michael Knight – was pictured driving KITT as he prepares for the role of Captain Hook in the panto Peter Pan at the Opera House in Manchester.

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David Hasselhoff playing Captain Hook

And what better way to drum up publicity than to wheel out the car that made him famous?

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David Hasselhoff and KITT from Knight Rider

KITT was Hoff’s crime-fighting, artificially intelligent Pontiac Trans Am from the hit TV series Knight Rider that ran from 1982 to 1986.

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David Hasselhoff and KITT from Knight Rider

In the show, Knight and KITT proved to be a formidable crime-fighting duo, with the sultry-voiced car saving his bacon every episode.

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David Hasselhoff and KITT parking ticket

Unfortunately, the Hoffmeister can’t beat the law in Manchester: KITT has received a parking ticket and no clever-talking, self-driving, armed car can get out of that.

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David Hasselhoff and KITT from Knight Rider

For the kids out there, Knight Rider was 80s TV gold. The plot goes something like this: after being near-fatally shot, Michael Knight, Hoff, makes a full recovery thanks to a billionaire with too much money and high-placed morals that seems him travel across the US cleaning up the streets with his crime fighting pet project, Knight and KITT, the world’s most advanced car.

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David Hasselhoff and KITT from Knight Rider

KITT’s most famous attribute was a red bank of red LED lights on the front bumper that enabled the car to ‘see’. KITT was more than just a computer, though, with a personality and the ability to interact with humans. Say the wrong thing, and KITT would sulk.

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David Hasselhoff and KITT from Knight Rider

KITT makes James Bond’s cars look like a Reliant Robin. It could sneak silently up on criminals thanks to a stealth mode, had a ‘super pursuit’ mode that enabled top speeds of more than 300mph (450+ kph!) and included such weaponry as a flame thrower and tear gas launcher.

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David Hasselhoff and KITT from Knight Rider

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David Hasselhoff and KITT from Knight Rider