Insane Datsun 240Z of Destruction – FMV258

FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 258. Fireball heads to Ventura Cars & Coffee, spots some serious Datsun Love. Then reveals a crazy week. SHARE Today’s Vlog!

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DAILY EBLAST with lots of Cool Car Design Extras!…


ABOUT: Automotive-Hollywood Vlog Series FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG chronicles the awesome daily CAR LIFE of Hollywood Car Design Legend Fireball Tim Lawrence and his Bride (Mascot Builder-Sculptor & Surfer) Kathie Lawrence in celebrity haven, MALIBU, Ca. Amazing CARS, Celebrity Interviews, Car Shows, Car Design, Hollywood, Travel, Surfing, Sand and a Healthy Beach Lifestyle. Yes, all at once.

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Today’s Best Car Designs… Thunderbirds, Ford, Lexus

Vlogged Cars of 2017…

Yea, it’s a partial 2017 list as I’ve driven a lot. But you get the idea as it’s #OnlyInMalibu that we see such amazing coolness. Want to be featured in 2018? Hit me up…

BIG THANKS to those of you who reached out to me with the cars below! The Murphy Auto Museum, Chuck Schauwecker, Joe Magliato, Obi-Shawn, Mercedes Benz of Thousand Oaks, Team Barris, The English Car Company, Mark Truman and many others.

Designer of the Day… RON COBB

Got to work with Ron on CATS & DOGS…

Ron Cobb (born 1937) is an American cartoonist, artist, writer, film designer, and film director.

By the age of 18, with no formal training in graphic illustration, Cobb was working as an animation “inbetweener” artist for Disney Studios in Burbank, California.

He progressed to becoming a breakdown artist on the animation feature Sleeping Beauty (1959). (This was the last Disney film to have cels inked by hand.)

After Sleeping Beauty was completed in 1957, Disney laid off Cobb and he spent the next three years in various jobs — mail carrier, assembler in a door factory, sign painter’s assistant — until he was drafted in 1960 into the US Army.

For the next two years he delivered classified documents around San Francisco, then, after signing up for an extra year to avoid assignment to the infantry, was sent to Vietnam in 1963 as a draughtsman for the Signal Corps.

On his discharge, Cobb began freelancing as an artist. He began to contribute to the Los Angeles Free Press in 1965.

Edited and published by Art Kunkin, the Los Angeles Free Press was one of the first of the underground newspapers of the 1960s, noted for its radical politics.

Cobb’s editorial/political cartoons were a celebrated feature of the Freep, and appeared regularly throughout member newspapers of the Underground Press Syndicate.

However, although he was regarded as one of the finest political cartoonists of the mid-1960s to early 1970s, Cobb made very little money from the cartoons and was always looking for work elsewhere.

Among other projects, Cobb designed the cover for Jefferson Airplane‘s 1967 album, After Bathing at Baxter’s.

He also contributed design work for the cult film, Dark Star (1973) (he drew the original design for the exterior of the Dark Star spaceship on a Pancake House napkin).

In 1981, Colorvision, a large-format, full-colour monograph appeared, including much of his design work for the films Star Wars (1977), Alien (1979), and Conan the Barbarian (1982), the first feature for which he received the credit of Production Designer.

Cobb has also contributed production design to the films The Last Starfighter (1984), Leviathan (1989), Total Recall (1990), True Lies (1994), The Sixth Day (2000), Cats & Dogs (2001), Southland Tales (2006), and the Australian feature Garbo, which he directed. Cobb contributed the initial story for Night Skies, an earlier, darker version of E.T.. Steven Spielberg offered him the opportunity to direct this scarier sequel to Close Encounters of the Third Kind until problems arose over special effects that required a major rewrite.

While Cobb was in Spain working on Conan the Barbarian, Spielberg supervised the rewrite into the more personal E.T. and ended up directing it himself. Cobb later received some net profit participation.

Cobb also co-wrote with his wife, Robin Love, one of the (1985–1987) Twilight Zone episodes.

Among the most famous film props signed by Cobb are two of the swords he designed for the 1982 film Conan the Barbarian (the “Father’s Sword” and the “Atlantean Sword”).

Cobb’s original drawings of the swords are nowadays used, in cinema merchandising, to mass-produce and sell replicas.



What are WHIPSNAPS? Just the best dang photos of the coolest cars on the planet. Done.



SECRET MALIBU PEAK! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 584… Fireball and Kathie head up a no named trail to a Secret Malibu Peak. Find a Picnic table and a spectacular view. Later, they stand on the edge of paradise. Awesome final INSPIRATIONS from Fireball.

Some cool info on THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS… The Santa Monica Mountains is a coastal mountain range in Southern California, paralleling the Pacific Ocean. It is part of the Transverse Ranges.[1] Because of its proximity to densely populated regions, it is one of the most visited natural areas in California. Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is located in this mountain range.

The range extends approximately 40 miles (64 km) east-west from the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles to Point Mugu in Ventura County. The western mountains, separating the Conejo Valley from Malibu, suddenly end at Mugu Peak[2] as the rugged, nearly impassible shoreline gives way to tidal lagoons and coastal sand dunes of the alluvial Oxnard Plain. The mountain range contributed to the isolation of this vast coastal plain before regular transportation routes reached western Ventura County. The eastern mountains form a barrier between the San Fernando Valley and the Los Angeles Basin, separating “the Valley” on the north and west-central Los Angeles on the south. The Santa Monica Mountains are parallel to Santa Susana Mountains, which are located directly north of the mountains across the San Fernando Valley.

The range is of moderate height, with no particularly craggy or prominent peaks outside the Sandstone Peak and Boney Mountains area. While often rugged and wild, the range hosts a substantial amount of human activity and development. Houses, roads, businesses, and recreational centers are dotted throughout the Santa Monica Mountains.

A number of creeks in the Santa Monica Mountains are part of the Los Angeles River watershed. Beginning at the western end of the San Fernando Valley the river runs to the north of the mountains. After passing between the range and the Verdugo Mountains it flows south around Elysian Park defining the easternmost extent of the mountains.

Today’s Wacky State is ILLINOIS!

About ILLINOIS from Wiki…

Illinois is a state in the midwestern region of the United States, achieving statehood in 1818. It is the 6th most populous state and 25th largest state in terms of land area, and is noted as a microcosm of the entire country.[7] The word “Illinois” comes from a French rendering of a native Algonquin word. With Chicago in the northeast, small industrial cities and great agricultural productivity in central and northern Illinois, and natural resources like coal, timber, and petroleum in the south, Illinois has a diverse economic base and is a major transportation hub. The Port of Chicago connects the state to other global ports from the Great Lakes, via the Saint Lawrence Seaway, to the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River, via the Illinois Waterway. For decades, O’Hare International Airport has been ranked as one of the world’s busiest airports. Illinois has long had a reputation as a bellwether both in social and cultural terms[7] and politics.

Although today the state’s largest population center is around Chicago in the northern part of the state, the state’s European population grew first in the west, with French Canadian colonists who settled along the Mississippi River in the 17th and 18th century, and gave the area the names, “Pais des Illinois” or Illinois Country a region that was known as part of New France. After the American Revolutionary War established the United States, American settlers began arriving crossing the Appalachians barrier range in the 1810s via the gaps of the Allegheny to boat building centers in Pittsburgh, from Cumberland, Maryland via the Cumberland Narrows pass to outfit in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, from North Carolina and Virginia via the Cumberland Gap to Kentucky and Tennessee, all on the Ohio River.

With the War of 1812 Illinois growth slowed as both Native Americans and Canadian forces often raided the American Frontier. After the war’s end, the federal government re-established forts such as Fort Dearborn (in 1816—now the site is within Chicago) and army patrols west of the Mississippi diminished the threat from Amerindian raids, so settlers were able to move into all of Illinois from the eastern and southern emigrant trails.

Mineral finds and timber stands also had spurred immigration—by the 1810s, the Eastern U.S. had exhausted most timber stands close to the established cities creating a hard felt first energy crisis by the late 1790s, and after 1818 the industrial revolution was being fueled by new canals such as the Lehigh Canal feeding the furnaces of the rapidly industrializing east coast. In the same year of 1818, Illinois achieved statehood and its growth, as yet untroubled by the speed of as yet unrefined railway technology, would be fueled by the new religion of industrialized forward thinking.

After construction of the Erie Canal with increasing traffic and trade through the Great Lakes, Chicago was founded in the 1830s on the banks of the Chicago River, at one of the few natural harbors on southern Lake Michigan.[8] John Deere‘s invention of the self-scouring steel plow turned Illinois’ rich prairie into some of the world’s most productive and valuable farmlands, attracting new immigrant farmers from Germany and Sweden. Railroads arose and matured in the 1840s, and soon carried immigrants to new homes in Illinois, as well as being a resource to ship their commodity crops out to markets. Railroads freed most of the land of Illinois and other mid-western states from the tyranny of water transport; no longer was a location near a river or canal a need to ship bulk goods.

By 1900, the growth of industrial jobs in the northern cities and coal mining in the central and southern areas attracted a new group of immigrants, from Eastern and Southern Europe. Illinois was an important manufacturing center during both world wars. The Great Migration from the South established a large community of African Americans in Chicago, who created the city’s famous jazz and blues cultures.[9][10]

Three U.S. presidents have been elected while living in Illinois: Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and Barack Obama. Additionally, Ronald Reagan, whose political career was based in California, was the only U.S. president born and raised in Illinois. Today, Illinois honors Lincoln with its official state slogan, Land of Lincoln, which has been displayed on its license plates since 1954.[11][12] The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is located in the state capital of Springfield, and the Barack Obama Presidential Center will be completed in Chicago by 2020.

What’s it like to drive a 1954 JAGUAR XK120 M ROADSTER?

Every now and then, I get a ride in something truly spectacular. So when Jerry Berger’s son Jeff reached out to me about his dad and his car, I knew that this was going to be a fun jaunt. Enter an amazing 1954 Jag with only 39,000 original miles.

Retired, Jerry Berger has been successful enough to now do what he loves. And part of that is driving this amazing classic Jag around our little town. With no seat belts, I have to admit that it was a little hairy when we first took off from his on-the-beach pad, but after a minute or so, my smile kicked in and bugs started to set up shop in my teeth. I didn’t care because I was suddenly transported back in time to the day when motoring was an actual experience.

Back then, cars were meant to motor and the sheer love of driving without having any particular destination. Just fun to be out in the sun with your friends. And as we headed north through Malibu, Jerry began telling me some specs.

It started with a 3,442 CC DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine with Twin 2” SU Sand-Cast Carburetors. Estimated 220HP at 5,500 RPM with a 4-Speed Manual Gearbox and 4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes. Lots of other things, but I have to admit that I found it hard to listen to all of it while we passed the beauty that is Malibu. By Jerry didn’t mind and continued on.

“I bought the car in 1976,” he remembered.  “I was driving to Malibu through Pacific Palisades and I saw it in a driveway. I immediately pulled over and knocked on the door and made a deal to buy it. Then sold my 1958 Porsche Speedster to pay for it.

“I have loved this car since I purchased my first one in college.  Then, when I got married in 1966, I bought my second one and have always had a love for the design and just had to have one more. When I saw it, I pulled out all the stops to purchase it.” An amazing story about a lost love found, I’d say. Something we can all relate to for sure.

To Jerry, the best part of the car is the design. “To me, the car screams ‘rolling art.’ They predate the XKE… and the design is simply amazing.”

Primarily, Jerry uses the car for Sunday drives, but also takes it to various Coffee & Car events in Malibu and the Valley. “To me, cars are like art that people hang on the walls, except I keep mine in the garage and covered. But obviously the ocean view up PCH is my favorite part about Malibu. But the Mulholland portion between Kanan and Las Virgines reminds me how much braking, handling and steering technology has changed in 60 years. The car is like driving a Mack truck, but well worth it.”

And his best short story, as if all that weren’t enough? “I’d have to say that it was the time you and I took it out. It was a perfect day despite the drizzle and I really enjoyed the company and the impromptu photo shoot in front of Pepperdine with all the flags commemorating 9/11.”

To have someone say that a drive with me is their best short story humbles me in a way I can barely mention. Thank you Jerry… for the gift of the ride.

And for a little icing? Jerry’s favorite car in film is the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”  “One of a few cars I regret not keeping/having in my collection.” Something tells me that that will change.

If you want to see Jerry and I drive up the coast, just head to my website and type in Jerry’s name in the search. We had a blast and I swear that we went back in time… just a bit.

What’s it like to drive a 380HP FERRARI 355GTS?

In the movie world, Stunt people are considered “the extreme;” willing to risk life and limb just to get the shot. Fortunately, stuntwoman Diane Peterson has not only made a career in doing the best stunts for film and TV without breaking every bone, she has managed to collect an award-winning Ferrari that’s as immaculate.

Not only is Diana a thrill seeker, having done stunts for “Titanic,” “Batman Forever” and “Last Action Hero,” but as a Malibu realtor and chairwoman on the board of the Ferrari Club of America Southwest Chapter and as the national membership chairwoman for the Ferrari Club of America she spends her time crusining PCH in beautiful machinery selling beautiful houses. Case in point, her 1998 Ferrari 355GTS. As a 6-speed V8 with 380-horsepower, this elegant red slip-streamer was one of Ferrari’s most successful designs and Diane’s full joy. 

Diane is the original owner of this car and ordered it from the dealer when she was living in Dallas working on “Walker Texas Ranger.” The car arrived on the day before Thanksgiving in 1997. 

“I love Ferraris and always wanted one, especially the 355,” Diane said. “The design is so beautiful. It’s fast and I really like to shift gears.”

She shows her Ferrari on many occasions and recently won the Platinum Award at the Concorso Ferrari in Pasadena this past May. She also tracks and rallies the car. The 355 is a five-time Platinum winner at the Annual International Ferrari Club of America Meet and a five-time Coppa Bella Machina winner. That means “beautiful machine,” and every single item has to work on your car as it did when it came from the factory. That’s a lot to ask for.

“As an added bonus, if anybody buys a house from me, they get a ride in my Ferrari,” Diane said. 

Deal. Although I must have been lucky the other day when I shot the car. She immediately asked my if I had to be anywhere soon and I said, “Heck no.” So she floored it and we shot up PCH to Point Dume like only a Ferrari could.

Best story? Diane once did a car chase in Hawaii for “Magnum P.I.” where a woman steals his car. Lucky for her, she was the woman. She spent 10 days driving a Ferrari and lounging on the sands, not in a cell. Bummer.

Claim to fame? Diane got five speeding tickets in three days competing in Gumball Rally. Come on, only five? Seems like this car would get a ticket parked in the Ralph’s parking lot. 

But as a lover of Malibu, Diane is very passionate. 

“Malibu is a slice of heaven for me. I love the beach, the sound of the waves and the small town, cozy vibe. I truly feel blessed to live in paradise and have a cool Ferrari to cruise around in.” Living the dream, as her website says —

And Diane’s favorite movie car chase? “Against All Odds.” Ferrari vs. Porsche on Sunset Blvd. is one of her favorites. Mostly because the Ferrari wins, duh.

Congratulations, Diane! You’re Malibu’s Ride of the Week! 

Keep living the dream, baby.