Oddly I do believe I saw this one first. Must have been one of Dad's VHS rentals. I didn't understand much but I remember the scene where Goose is burned alive and Max visits him in the hospital and his charred hand drops out of the sheet. Presumably he's still alive. We don't see him but Max is horrified and he's tells everyone else "I don't know what that thing is but it's not Goose!" I found that quite disturbing.
The second movie I probably actually saw second but it was the one that stuck with me most. I believe George Miller said that the first movie was really just practice for the second. I think for a while I actually became confused whether they movies were actually sequels or just similar unrelated movies. Due to the U.S. title being The Road Warrior instead of Mad Max 2.
The first one has no budget but some of the chase scenes are spectacular and probably were extremely dangerous.
The Mad Max movies inspired a fleet of imitators and tabletop games and such like Autoduel and Car Wars. I actually wonder if they were more inspired by the first movie than the second because some of the games had a working society where you get parts to rebuild your cars.
I read somewhere that Mad Max had limited distribution in the US so filmmakers gave the sequel the new title "Road Warrior". I remember this led to a lot of confusion about the third movie "beyond Thunderdome" because a lot of people still didnt know that the first one existed.
the first movie really shows what could be done on no budget.
Apparently, Goose was originally going to be Lord Humongous in the Road Warrior, but I leave that for when you review the second one.