The helicopter(s)-chasing-a-car (or chasing a motorbike or other ground vehicle) trope is by now fairly well established in both live-action and animated television series and movies. See, for example:
- The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
- Streethawk: Vegas Run (1985)
- California Crisis (1986)
- Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)
- Rat Race (2001)
There is an obvious similarity to the crop-duster scene in North by Northwest (1959), but I suspect the helicopter(s)-chasing-a-car trope predates even that. The earliest example I have seen is in:
Did that indeed mark the emergence of the trope, or did it feature in earlier films or TV series?