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pderocco:
Do you ever wonder that, when watching a TV ad and see an interesting looking road? I have this "hobby" of trying to identify the location where various ads, usually car ads, are shot. It's a real time sink, but quite addictive. I've been able to identify roads in Los Angeles (they're the most common), San Francisco, Vancouver BC, Portland OR, Seattle, Detroit, NYC, Houston, Miami. Many are rural, often coastal. Some are tunnels and bridges. So here are a few ads that have me stumped. Maybe someone else can sleuth these out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkCTsBoMfqM At one point, you can see a sign for Bear Divide Picnic Area, which is at the end of Little Tujunga Rd north of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, so that suggests that everything else was shot in this area. I've driven all the mountain roads in the area more times than I can count, but I can't place the bridge that appears at 0:06, or most of the other roads.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kdVkUta8TI This old Nissan ad has lots of Los Angeles locations, but what about the desert scenes? They remind me of Lancaster or Victorville, but the mountains are all wrong. It must be somewhere in the southwest US, though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-CJDiCh_X8 Where's the bridge at 8:15?

If you have some ads or other clips with interesting roads, post them, and maybe I can get some other people addicted to this too.

Max Rockatansky:
The first commercial has a lot of CA 2/Angeles Crest in there.  The bridge is likely one on CA 2. 

1995hoo:
The bridge at 8:15 of the last one looks like it may be the Alex Fraser Bridge in Delta, BC. Itís fairly common for car ads to be filmed in Canada, and Iíve seen several ads that were fairly readily identifiable as the Vancouver area, so I wouldnít be surprised to learn thatís the bridge in question.

Mr. Mattť:

--- Quote from: 1995hoo on June 20, 2022, 10:40:13 AM ---The bridge at 8:15 of the last one looks like it may be the Alex Fraser Bridge in Delta, BC. Itís fairly common for car ads to be filmed in Canada, and Iíve seen several ads that were fairly readily identifiable as the Vancouver area, so I wouldnít be surprised to learn thatís the bridge in question.

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Don't be surprised, it probably is. There's a little kmpost in the center barrier that was present in the past that matches the ad.

pderocco:

--- Quote from: 1995hoo on June 20, 2022, 10:40:13 AM ---The bridge at 8:15 of the last one looks like it may be the Alex Fraser Bridge in Delta, BC. Itís fairly common for car ads to be filmed in Canada, and Iíve seen several ads that were fairly readily identifiable as the Vancouver area, so I wouldnít be surprised to learn thatís the bridge in question.

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Yes, that's it. I've never driven it, but I've seen it in Google Earth 3D, so it looked familiar. I should have poked around that area, because there were other scenes I recognized from Vancouver, including the entrance to the Waterfront Rd tunnel at 7:59, which is visible here: https://goo.gl/maps/NihkWVrPAPv4iHAW8.

I've wondered why there are so many Vancouver BC ads. Could it simply be that there's a major ad agency based there? Of course, it is a beautiful city, with beautiful surroundings.

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