What’s it like to drive ta 1968 BULLITT MUSTANG?

What’s it like to drive ta 1968 BULLITT MUSTANG?

There’s a lot of great people in Malibu. And these people do their best to bring good cheer and do it because they are good-natured and love life. And love is the ingredient for all success, as we know here in the Bu.

If you want to be successful, you need to “get into” what you’re doing just like a guy falls in love with a girl. He’ll swing by her house from time to time (without being creepy) and just think about her deeply. Sure, he’ll do other things, but in the back of his mind, he’s all about her.

Now, car guys are that way too. We love our cars and we treat them like gold. Case in point, this week’s Ride of the Week, automotive reporter for KABC-TV and radio host Dave Kunz. Dave’s love for cars started early and one of the films that got him going was “Bullitt.” It became a dream for him to actually snag the 1968 Ford Bullitt Mustang Fastback that Steve McQueen drove in the film. And his love for that car stayed true right up until the day came where his thoughts manifested into speed.

“I bought the car bone stock in 1992 from a guy in Glendale who was the third owner,” said Dave. “It was actually advertised in the old Recycler classified paper. That was essentially the print precursor to Craigslist, for those too young to remember. I always loved Bullitt Mustangs as a kid, and my parents had a ’68 Mustang convertible when I was growing up. But Steve McQueen’s car in the film was much cooler and I always dreamed of having one like it.

And after buying the stock Mustang, Dave set himself on course to building his Bullitt replica. “It now has the 390 cubic inch engine and 4-speed manual transmission from the factory. Everything’s stock, except for the things done to the Mustang in the movie ‘Bullitt.’ Koni shocks, American Racing wheels, etc…I use it for weekend cruising, occasional car shows and road trips here and there. I’ve even driven it to Pebble Beach twice and San Francisco four times.”

Best short story? Dave mentioned that singer Sheryl Crow drove it in the video shoot for her song “Steve McQueen,” and he actually got to stunt drive it a bit (wearing a wig) with Dale Earnhardt Jr. chasing him in a Camaro. She autographed the door jamb afterward.

A perfect example of loving your car. As an automotive reporter for television, Dave gets to test drive lots of vehicles. A cushy job full of passion-producing horsepower. And along with driving comes “where” to drive. Regarding Malibu, Dave simply states, “The roads… Oh, and breakfast at Ollo!”

When you fall in love with something, someone, anything, the power of the universe backs you instantly. It creates people, scenarios and things that are in line with your thoughts. It’s a tendency towards good and leads to more good. Malibu knows this, and so does Dave.

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