Fireball drives the $220K G65 Mercedes – FMV249

After getting stuck between a Camaro and a hard place, Fireball heads to Silverstar Mercedes Benz to drive the 600hp $220K G65 Mercedes Benz. SHARE Today’s Vlog!

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THE SMOKING TIRE MATT FARAH ON THE VLOG! – FMV578

THE SMOKING TIRE MATT FARAH ON THE VLOG! FMV578 Fireball heads to a Top Secret Car Show in #Malibu, hangs out with #BETTERCALLSAUL #JonathanBanks and The Smoking Tire Matt Farah. Then, hits the #ColonyBeach.

About Matt… Matthew “Matt” Farah is an American journalist, actor and presenter. He has been a host on video-sharing website YouTube series The Smoking Tire and for /DRIVE, as well as NBCSN. For one video only, Farah hosted Matt Farah on Cars, a temporary and cancelled replacement for Chris Harris on Cars. Farah was born in New York City on December 1, 1981 as Matthew Farah. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography. He has lived in locations, such as: New Jersey, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Los Angeles, California.Farah hosts an automotive video review website where he regularly has a podcast (http://www.thesmokingtire.com/), as well as his YouTube channel The Smoking Tire[1][2], and various shows on YouTube channel /DRIVE, including /TUNED.[3] His most popular content from The Smoking Tire Youtube channel are his “One Takes”, which is a video series in which Matt records brief and often unprepared review of a wide variety of cars sourced from fans, friends, mechanic shops, or vehicle manufactures.

ALL HOT WHEELS CAR SHOW! – FMV577

ALL HOT WHEELS CAR SHOW! – FMV577 – Fireball heads to The Automobile Driving Museum’s All Hot Wheels Car Show to hang out with kiddies and cool cars.

About Hot Wheels from Wiki… Hot Wheels is a brand of 1:64, 1:43, 1:18 and 1:50 scale die-cast toy cars introduced by American toy maker Mattel in 1968. It was the primary competitor of Matchbox until 1997, when Mattel bought Tyco Toys, then-owner of Matchbox.

Many automobile manufacturers have licensed Hot Wheels to make scale models of their cars, allowing the use of original design blueprints and detailing. Although Hot Wheels were originally intended for children and young adults, they have become popular with adult collectors, for whom limited edition models are now made available.

Hot Wheels were conceived to be more like “tricked out” cars, as compared to Matchbox cars which were more city or “real life” cars.[1] There were sixteen castings released in 1968, eleven of them designed by Harry Bentley Bradley.[2] The first one produced was a dark blue Custom Camaro. Bradley was from the car industry and had designed the body for the (full-sized) Dodge Deora concept car and the Custom Fleetside, (based on his own customized 1968 Chevrolet C-10 Fleetside).

In 1968 the first production line of Hot Wheels Cars is known as The Original Sweet 16, which is the first of the Red Line Series, meaning the tires have a red pin stripe on their sides.

As it turned out, the Hot Wheels brand was a staggering success. The series “re-wrote the book” for small die-cast car models from 1968 onwards, forcing the competition at Matchbox and elsewhere to completely rethink their concepts, and to scamper to try to recover lost ground. Harry Bentley Bradley did not think that would be the case and had quit Mattel to go back to the car industry. When the company asked him back, he recommended a good friend, Ira Gilford. Gilford, who had just left Chrysler, quickly accepted the job of designing the next Hot Wheels models. Some of Hot Wheels’ greatest cars, such as the Twin Mill and Splittin’ Image, came from Ira Gilford’s drawing board.[2]

The success of the 1968 line was solidified and consolidated with the 1969 releases, with which Hot Wheels effectively established itself as the hottest brand of small toy car models in the USA. The Splittin’ Image, Torero, Turbofire, and Twin Mill were part of the “Show & Go” series and are the very first original in-house designs by Hot Wheels.

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.

What’s it like to drive a CLASSIC FORD BRONCO?

Man, they just keep on rolling. 

When I originally decided to do this article, I never imagined that I’d be doing it almost four years later at 52 cars a year. That’s over 200 vehicles I’ve done since then, and the Car Peeps just keep coming. It’s awesome. 

And today, it’s Case No. ER249j7. OK that’s not a real case but this guy is an attorney and I want to sound official.

Which brings us to David Olan, a Malibu attorney, surfer and official 1968 Ford Bronco buster. I saw Olan at Malibu Living for an event and he reminded me of his cool Bronco on Latigo. So we set a time and I sauntered over in my Viper. A 650-horsepower Monster to see another Monster.  

But once I got there, I was greeted by another long-time Malibute: Alan Armstrong, who will be another ride of the week.

But Olan’s dark blue Bronco was sitting quietly, waiting to be launched and he began to give me some stats as we drove the car up the bluff for the shoot. 

“It’s got a 351 Winsor V8, power steering and brakes, aftermarket automatic transmission, New Bucket seats, stereo, roll cage, bumpers, running boards (or whatever you called them).” 

For Olan, all he cares about is getting this car to and from the beach. Not a tough job since he lives at Latigo Point. But there are other beaches too, of course. 

He’s had this vehicle since about September 2015 and actually got it from Armstrong, who actually lives across the street from Olan. Sounds like attorney efficiency. 

But Olan loves his Bronco because it’s American, vintage, a convertible and a great surf car. 

Olan then shared his thoughts on the best part of the car. 

“Hearty and cool, runs great and the engine sounds [awesome],” Olan said. 

Since David pretty much only uses this car for scootin’ the Bu and surf trips up and down, it’s awesomeness is strictly shared on a need-to-know basis. And you, my fine free surfheads, need to know.

“People are always commenting on it,” Olan said. “After you did the photo shoot for the Surfside [News], I drove it to Trancas to look for waves. I went to the Vintage Market and a guy with a hot fitness model comes up and excitedly says that the car would be perfect for his photo shoot. I figured he was just a poser, but gave him my number so he could call me. And he did. I told him to come over and he showed up with a full-on entourage and they did a photo shoot with a model and came back the next day when I was gone. Took the car up to Westward with Alan, got some great pics with the model in a bikini standing on the surfboard with the rack.” 

Yes, that’s awesome on an epic level.

“I love the openness of driving the Bronco and being able to look around and ‘feel’ Malibu,” Olan continued. “The soft breezes, smell of the ocean air and beautiful mountains and beaches. Sitting up high on the road, looking at all the people and their cars while they stare, point, wave and honk at me — I get a lot of thumbs up when I drive this.”

Hate to bring this up again — actually I don’t — but Malibu is all about the love. The beauty, food, cars and people. It’s Paradise Found, 24/7. And it’s people like Olan who have managed to snag a cool vehicular contraption to squiddle his way up and down the coast in search of waves. Oh, and if you find yourself in a jam, Olan’s the man to get you out of it. Visit www.OlanLaw.com

His favorite roads? PCH, Bird View through Point Dume and Corral Canyon. Sounds like a hat trick to me.

Want to be featured as my next Ride of the Week? Shoot an email to askfireball@fireballtim.com.

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