1962 FERRARI GTO to top $45 Million AT AUCTION…

This 1962 FERRARI GTO is expected to top a whopping $45M at the Monterey RM Sotheby’s Auction, as there were only 36 made and it won the Italian GT 9 out of 10 times. Just recently, another one sold for a world record $38M. Anyone interested in going in havsies?

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Dr. Fabulous’ 1962 Jaguar Mark 2…

The hardest thing to do in Hollywood is pitch an idea to someone who does not have the same passion as you do about a given subject.

Example: pitching a car show to someone who isn’t into cars. They won’t get it.

Seems like an easy thing to resolve though, right? Just find someone who has a similar passion and go for the pitch! Yeah, if life could be that easy.

When it comes to selling cars or, in this case, being a car broker like my next Ride of the Week, it helps to have a passion for the subject. Case in point? My good friend Greg Gill, otherwise known as “Dr. Fabulous.” As a kid growing up in the South, Greg revered images of cars sparkling against the backdrop of the California coastline, beckoning him. Soon, he made his way to the West Coast and our Sunshine State to immerse himself in its glorious car splendor.

“I get to meet and work with truly interesting people,” starts Gill. “And their equally interesting cars!”

And interesting is certainly what Greg has his mitts on at the moment.

“This particular ride is a 1962 Jaguar Mark 2: finished in white, with red leather interior, chromed wire wheels and red-lines,” he explained. “It has the original, venerable in-line 3.8 liter six-cylinder engine. First delivered with a U.S. spec and automatic transmission, it has been retrofitted with a later model synchromesh transmission, including electric overdrive.

“This drive-line makes the car especially enjoyable while cruising PCH. It’s smooth and lovely, but when you head into the canyons, it’s a superlative curve carver!”

I mean, who gets to do this? Drive an amazing classic ’62 Jag through some of the most beautiful canyons in the world. Oh wait, that’s us Malibuites!

The exterior work of this incredible Jag was done about 20 years ago, with interior restoration having been completed in the past six years.

“We are especially pleased with the wood refinishing,” continues Greg. “This includes the beautifully integrated picnic trays, the smell of fine wood, leather and Wilton wool carpets — immediately familiar to lovers of British cars.”

But for Greg, the best part of this Jaguar from a driver’s standpoint is that it is rock-solid dependable.

“It always starts, never overheats and is comfortable,” he said. “The surfaces and switches are lovely to the touch, from a time long ago when luxury was functional. It also bears mentioning that appreciation from people along the road is palatable. The Jag never fails to elicit bright smiles and thumbs up — a stylish British charmer!”

Grey Poupon, anyone?

Of course, English cars have gotten a bad rap over the years as being undependable. But done right, any car can not only be dependable, but, as Greg calls it, a charmer.

And as a broker of amazing cars, Greg has had a chance to see, smell and touch some of the most amazing classics the world has ever known. Seems like a dream job to me … but I think he already knows that.

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COOL 1962 CHEVY PICKUP CAMPER TRUCK! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 665 – Fireball heads to the Murphy Auto Museum to drive cool cars, snags a 1962 Chevy Pickup Camper Truck! But what makes this truck so cool? It’s got something that most of them didn’t…

The C/K was Chevrolet and GMC’s full -size pickup truck line from 1960 until 2000 in the United States, from 1965 to 1999 in Canada, from 1964 to 2001 in Brazil, and from 1975 to 1982 in Chile.

The first Chevrolet pickup truck was introduced in 1924, though in-house designs did not appear until 1930. “C” indicated two-wheel drive and “K” indicated four-wheel drive.

The aging C/K light-duty pickup truck was replaced with the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra names in 1999 in the United States and Canada, and 2001 in Brazil; the Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD heavy-duty pickup trucks followed.

Until this time, the names Silverado and Sierra were used to identify the trim level of the C/K trucks.

For the first Chevrolet C Series, made from 1911 to 1913, see Chevrolet Series C Classic Six (the first Chevy).

The 1960, 1961, and 1962 models used torsion bar front suspensions, with trailing arm suspension rears.

Trim lines were base and “Custom.” Engines included the base GMC 305 in3 V6 for the GMC version, 135 hp (101 kW) 236 in3 (3.9 L) and 150 hp (112 kW) 261 in3 (4.3 L) straight-6s, and a 283 in3 (4.6 L) V8 with 185 hp (119 kW).


1962 AIRSTREAM GLOBETROTTER VINTAGE TRAILER – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 617 – Fireball and Kathie head north to The Murphy Auto Museum in a Jeep Wagoneer and the 2017 Chevy Bolt. Learn about the 1962 Airstream Globetrotter Vintage Trailer and drive a Rat Hot Rod! Whew!

From WIKI… AIRSTREAM is an American brand of luxury trailers (“caravans” in British English) which are easily recognized by the distinctive shape of their rounded, polished aluminum coachwork.

This body shape dates back to the 1930s and is based on designs created by Hawley Bowlus, who had earlier overseen construction of Charles Lindbergh’s aircraft, the Spirit of St. Louis.

Airstream trailers and recreational vehicles are manufactured in Jackson Center, Ohio, USA. The company, a division of Thor Industries, now employs more than 600 people, and is the oldest in the industry.

The company was created by Wally Byam, a lawyer by training, who began building trailers out of Masonite in his backyard in Los Angeles during the late 1920s. Byam published a magazine selling “how-to” kits to customers wishing to build their own trailers.

After helping market Hawley Bowlus’ trailer, Byam acquired the struggling Bowlus Company. In 1936, Byam introduced the “Airstream Clipper”, which was essentially a rebadged 1935 Bowlus, with the door relocated from the front to the side.

The design cut down on wind resistance and thus improved fuel efficiency. It was the first of the now familiar sausage-shaped, silver aluminum Airstream trailers. The first Airstream, called the “Clipper” in 1936, was named after the first trans-Atlantic seaplane.

It slept four, carried its own water supply, was fitted with electric lights and cost $1,200. Of more than 400 travel trailer builders operating in 1936, Airstream was the sole survivor of the Depression.

During World War II, travel became a luxury most could not afford and non-military industries faced an acute aluminum shortage. When World War II ended, the economy boomed, and people’s attention once again turned towards leisure travel.

Byam’s company went back into production in 1948. In July 1952, a new facility in Jackson Center, Ohio, was established. 1979 saw the last #Airstreams to be manufactured in California.

In 1974, Airstream began manufacturing a Class A motorhome, badged “Argosy”.[1] They began as painted 20- and 24-foot (6.1 and 7.3 m) models, and were followed in 1979 by the first examples of the Classic model motorhome, with an unpainted aluminum body much like the trailers.


A day filled with activities as Fireball drops his son at LAX, then heads to the home of Actor TONY DOW (#LeaveItToBeaver) for lunch, then comes upon an accident on PCH in Malibu.

From WIKI… Tony Lee Dow (born April 13, 1945) is an American film producer, director, sculptor, and television actor.

Dow is best known for his role in the television sitcom Leave It to Beaver, which ran in primetime from 1957 to 1963. Dow played Wally Cleaver, the elder son of June (played by Barbara Billingsley) and Ward Cleaver (played by Hugh Beaumont) and the brother of Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver (played by Jerry Mathers).

Dow is best known for his role in the television sitcom Leave It to Beaver, which ran in primetime from 1957 to 1963. Dow played Wally Cleaver, the elder son of June (played by Barbara Billingsley) and Ward Cleaver (played by Hugh Beaumont) and the brother of Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver (played by Jerry Mathers).

Dow was born in Hollywood, California, to John Stevens Dow, Jr. (1908–1987), a designer and general contractor, and Muriel Virginia Dow (née Montrose) (May 27, 1906 – April 30, 2001), a stunt woman in early Westerns and Clara Bow’s movie double in Hollywood. In his youth, Dow was a Junior Olympics diving champion. He won the role of Wally Cleaver in a casting call with almost no previous acting experience.

Dow acted in the series until it ended in 1963. After that, he appeared in the television series My Three Sons, Dr. Kildare, Mr. Novak (five episodes in three different roles), The Greatest Show on Earth, and Never Too Young. From 1965 to 1968, he served in the National Guard, interrupting his acting career. On his return to acting, he was a guest star in the television series Adam-12, Love American Style, Knight Rider, Square Pegs, The Mod Squad, The Hardy Boys, and Emergency!.

During the 1970s, Dow continued acting while working in the construction industry and studying journalism and filmmaking.

In 1987, he was honored by the Young Artist Foundation with its Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award for his role as Wally Cleaver.

Dow’s most recent screen appearance was in the 2003 film Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star.

He has been married to his wife, Lauren, since 1980. They have one child and two grandchildren.


WHEELS AND WAVES MALIBU CAR SHOW – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 829 – Fireball’s Wheels and Waves Malibu Car Show is in a new Location, so they do it… then take off in Tony Dow’s 1962 Corvair for a joyride to Ventura. Also featured is Johnny’s Martinez’s ’29 Ford!


THINK COOL… GET COOL – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 811 – After returning the 1962 Cadillac Coupe deVille back to the Murphy and hitting the Leo Carrillo beach in Malibu, Fireball reveals some inspiring words on successful thinking. And this is how you do it, peeps. Just be cool. WATCH BELOW!


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ORIGINAL 1968 BULLITT MUSTANG JUMPS THROUGH MALIBU – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 809 – After picking up a 1962 Pink Cadillac from The Murphy Museum, Fireball joins Actor Michael Spellman for a jump through Malibu in the original 1968 Bullitt Mustang.


BEVERLY HILLBILLIES TRUCK DISCOVERED! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 733 – Fireball heads into Hollywood for a Batman ’66 Launch Party, spots the Beverly Hillbillies 1921 Oldsmobile Model 46 Roadster… and the Bottle from “I Dream of Jeanie.”

The Beverly Hillbillies is an American sitcom originally broadcast on CBS from 1962 to 1971.

The show had an ensemble cast featuring Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, and Max Baer Jr. as the Clampetts, a poor backwoods family who move to posh Beverly Hills, California, after striking oil on their land.

The show was produced by Filmways and was created by writer Paul Henning.

It was followed by two other Henning-inspired “country cousin” series on CBS: Petticoat Junction, and its spin-off Green Acres, which reversed the rags-to-riches, country-to-city model of The Beverly Hillbillies.

The Beverly Hillbillies ranked among the top 20 most-watched programs on television for eight of its nine seasons, twice ranking as the number one series of the year, with a number of episodes that remain among the most-watched television episodes in history.

It accumulated seven Emmy nominations during its run.

The series remains in syndicated reruns, and its ongoing popularity spawned a 1993 film remake by 20th Century Fox.


STAR WARS R2-D2 HITS MALIBU WHEELS AND WAVES – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 721 – Fireball’s Christmas Edition of Wheels and Waves welcomes amazing Cars, Celebs, Santa and STAR WARS R2-D2!

R2-D2 is a fictional robot character in the Star Wars franchise created by George Lucas, who appears in the original trilogy, the prequel trilogy, the sequel trilogy, and Rogue One.

A small astromech droid, R2-D2 is a major character and appears in all Star Wars films to date.

Throughout the course of the films, he is a friend to Padmé Amidala, Anakin Skywalker, Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker, and Obi-Wan Kenobi in various points in the saga.

English actor Kenny Baker played R2-D2 in all three original Star Wars films, and received billing credit for the character in the prequel trilogy, where Baker’s role was reduced, as R2-D2 was portrayed mainly by radio controlled props and CGI models.

In the sequel trilogy, Baker was credited as consultant for The Force Awakens; however, Jimmy Vee also co-performed the character in some scenes.

Vee later took over the role beginning in The Last Jedi.

R2-D2’s sounds and vocal effects were created by Ben Burtt.

R2-D2 was designed in artwork by Ralph McQuarrie, co-developed by John Stears and built by Tony Dyson.

George Lucas’s creation of R2-D2 was influenced by Akira Kurosawa’s 1958 feature film The Hidden Fortress (USA release 1962), particularly Tahei and Matashichi, the two comic relief characters that serve as sidekicks to General Makabe. Lucas and artist Ralph McQuarrie also drew inspiration from the robots Huey, Dewey, and Louie from Douglas Trumbull’s 1972 film Silent Running.

The name derives from when Lucas was making one of his earlier films, American Graffiti. Sound editor Walter Murch states that he is responsible for the utterance which sparked the name for the droid.

Murch asked for Reel 2, Dialog Track 2, in the abbreviated form “R-2-D-2”. Lucas, who was in the room and had dozed off while working on the script for Star Wars, momentarily woke when he heard the request and, after asking for clarification, stated that it was a “great name” before going back to writing his script.

R2-D2 stands for Second Generation Robotic Droid Series-2, according to a Star Wars encyclopedia published after the release of the film Star Wars.

Tony Dyson, owner of the special effects studio The White Horse Toy Company, was commissioned to fabricate the design, making four units operated by remote control.

Two were used by Baker, and two were stunt double models made for the scene where the droid was shot from the swamp onto the shore on Dagobah.