Exploring the world — one cool car at a time…

The other day, I was asked why I love cars so much.

And it took a while for me to think about it.

I’m not a collector, although I’ve had many cars. I’m not professional racer, although I can keep up with many who are. I am a car designer and have worked for many companies over the years, but still, design wasn’t the true essence of love for me.

When I was a kid, just about every weekend my parents would put all five of us in a 1973 Chrysler Imperial Station Wagon. One of us was allowed to sit shotgun, while the rest (including my mom) sat in the back. Most times we knew where we were going, but other times it was a surprise.

We did this a lot and loved it — I mean really loved it. And on certain weekends and birthdays, one of the kids even got to pick his or her favorite place to go.

We’d feed the ducks at a pond, go to Westwood to see a movie and have dinner or head to a nursery to buy plants and play hide-and-seek among the begonias. We’d even hit Bob’s Big Boy in Torrance for the double.

Now, this was in the early ’70s and that station wagon took us everywhere.

Over time, I built up a love for the journey. It almost didn’t matter what kind of car, just that we were together as a family, and headed somewhere cool.

Over the years, when my son was growing up, we did something similar. We called them “hat trick trips,” and we would go three places in one day. My wife Kathie and I took him everywhere and he got the same experience I got.

Day camp, two-week camp, camping, cities and foods.

Today, my life is an explosion of the same ideals and excursions. I have a TV show called Fireball Malibu Vlog where we take viewers on journeys, just like I did when I was young.

Only now, each week (or sometimes daily thanks to El Segundo’s Automobile Driving Museum or The Murphy Auto Museum in Oxnard), I’ll drive a cool classic car or truck.

I may drive a brand new car from the 12 cars companies I have deals with or maybe a $350K Mercedes GWagon from Silverstar Mercedes in Thousand Oaks. I even drive friend’s hot rods, rat rods, customs, muscle cars and exotics.

We go to car shows, car museums, shops, custom builders, beaches, restaurants, theme parks, lakes, streams and more. You never know where we’ll be going next. And with millions of viewers, people seem to be enjoying the ride.

I never imagined that my love for cars would take me so many places. And after all this time, I can finally say my love of cars isn’t about owning them, fixing them up or even driving them.

It’s about life’s journey. If you’ll allow it, these vehicular contraptions will take you places to expand your mind, increase the love in your heart and rock your world.

I’m grateful to be living my dream and sharing it with those who want to watch. My copilots are you guys, and my job is to get us to a destination unknown.

But the beauty, sights and sounds along the way are just as important as the destination — sometimes more so.

Thank you for allowing me to take you all in my digital station wagon. I never knew I could fit so many people in this thing.

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