SKETCH of the Day… Corvette TIME MACHINE!

Sometimes you just gotta think outta the box… outta the norm. It’s 2019… and although the DeLorean was cool in BTTF, if they made another sequel, it would be time to get serious.

So… let the “I”s have it.

Fireball SKETCH of the Day… 1964 Corvette Convertible

The all-new VETTE Coloring Book is out just in time for Christmas! Get a copy for the Corvette Lover in your life!!

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Fireball Publishing launches CORVETTE Coloring Book – PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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December 2, 2018

Fireball Publishing launches Hollywood-Inspired CORVETTE COLORING BOOK, “VETTE”

MALIBU, CA. – Fireball Publishing has virtually exploded out of the COLORVERSE from Hollywood Car Designer Fireball Tim and wife Kathie Lawrence, making a massive dent in the Coloring Book Market. Although 2018 only brought 7 only books to market and culminated in this month’s launch of the gorgeous Fireball Tim VETTE Coloring Book, 2019 promises to hit even harder.

Hollywood-Inspired, the VETTE Coloring Book depicts 19 stunning and wild Corvette Concept illustrations for kids of all ages and 1 Corvette Maze. Available on Amazon and Car Museums across the planet (the Petersen, Galpin and many others), it seems that car enthusiasts who enjoy the muscle of the Vette will be able to share that love with their kids through this book for Christmas. VETTE is also available wholesale to all Custom shops, Dealerships and Museums.

“Nothing exists in the market today, allowing clients to have their own personal Promotional Coloring Book,” says Fireball. “It simply didn’t exist until now.”

The VETTE COLORING BOOK joins a line of incredible automotive coloring books which include MUSTANGS, CUSTOM CARS, VINTAGE TRAILERS, THE BIG BOOK OF WACKY STATES and 12 more books coming in 2019. Fireball’s highly creative design style and Fireball Publishing’s unique program of Fully-Custom Branded books for Museums and Stores includes clients like the VOLO Museum in Chicago and many other Car Museums nationwide. 2019 will bring WOODIES, CAMAROS, VDUBS, RAT RODS, CHALLENGERS and 7 other unmatched Car Coloring Books. They are simply the most imaginative car books every created in the Coloring Book Market. All books are available on Amazon here.

“These are some of the most create Coloring Books I’ve ever seen,” says Actor/Sculptor Tony Dow. “Worthy of any big-budget Hollywood Film.”

ABOUT FIREBALL PUBLISHING GROUP…

FPG was spearheaded by Fireball Tim in January of 2018, off the heels of over 35 years in the film industry as a car designer on 400+ Hollywood Movies. From Batman to Gone in 60 Seconds to Jurassic Park. Now this Hollywood Design Couple has blasted into the Coloring Book market along with Fireball’s Vlog Show (Fireball Malibu Vlog), hitting 30M homes and over 870 episodes. http://www.fireballtim.com

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FIREBALL PUBLISHING’S CORVETTE COLORING BOOK LAUNCHES DEC 1ST for Christmas!!

As Fireball films at the LA Auto Show today for his next Vlog, our all-new CUSTOM CORVETTE Coloring Book is being prepped to hit stores (& Amazon) Dec 1st and is chock-fulla insane VETTES! (Seriously… they’re nuts.)
 
Soon to be available at The Petersen Museum and others, get your Holiday Corvette Gift Shopping done early with Fireball Books!  The VETTE world will never be the same.
 

Fireball Custom CORVETTE Coloring Book on Track for December!

Fireball is pumping out more CUSTOM SKETCHES for the all-new CORVETTE Coloring Book “VETTE” which arrives early December for the Holidays. Do you need a CUSTOM BOOK for your Club, Museum or Show? Let us create your ultimate Car Coloring Book! askfireball@fireballtim.com

Fireball announces release of CORVETTE COLORING BOOK December 1st!!!

It’s official! On the heels of our new SHARKS Coloring Book coming November 1st, we’re launching our CORVETTES Coloring Book just in time for Christmas! Woo Hoo!

It’ll be 20 pages of Vette Goodness throughout history, and as you know since Fireball has designed over 400 vehicles for movies and TV, there will be some seriously wild Vettes in this book! Kid’s are gonna go HOGWILD!!!

Be sure to download the Catalog which includes MUSTNAGS, VINTAGE TRAILERS and a heap of Sealife Books… but that pales in comparison to our 2019 Slate. You’ll see WOODIES, SURF, HOT RODS, CHALLENGERS, CLASSICS, VINTAGE and MORE! Like I said… HOGWILD!!

And don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the show to not only see Fireball do the work itself, but for the Best Dang Automotive Beachlife Vlog Show on the Planet!

Ride of the Week… Rolling through Malibu in a CORVETTE GRAND SPORT

Originally posted in THE MALIBU SURFSIDE NEWS… Papers available in Malibu

I’m pretty sure I’ve created a monster. Yep, a Godzilla-sized monster. But, with a pleasant and huge smile.

My car show, Wheels and Waves, is quickly becoming a Malibu icon — not because of what I’m doing, but because of you. And you, and you … and don’t forget you. It’s you guys who are driving this thing forward and I’m grateful just to be along for the ride.

And speaking of rides, today’s Ride of the Week lands at the feet of Doug and Marissa Campbell.

As public relations, media and sales professionals for Hillbank Motor Sports, Superformance and Shelby Legendary Cars, these two not only have gas for blood, but have managed to acquire a Malibu level of enjoyment out of them.

I met these guys at the last show and I knew the car they were driving thanks to Jay Leno. But, let’s let Doug introduce us, shall we?

“Today, my wife, Marissa, and I are in a GM Corvette Grand Sport by Superformance,” he begins to explain. “The car was originally built for the Lingenfelter Booth at SEMA in 2016 and is one of our demonstrator cars. It is a continuation of the five original 1963 Corvette Grand Sport race cars.”

So, this means it’s fast. Like, Lingenfelter fast.

“These cars are built new from the ground up to 1963 Corvette Grand Sport Specs,” Doug continues. “The front suspension is modified a bit from 1963 to provide for better driveability, and the cars come with Wilwood power disc brakes.

“You can order the car with a number of options and this one has a lot – power steering, power windows, central locking, touring interior, and air conditioning.

Power is supplied by a GM Performance LS3 with Borla 8 Stack Electronic Fuel Injection as well as some Lingenfelter modifications putting out 525HP through a Tremec T56 six-speed transmission.

This particular car with all the power options and the touring interior weighs in at 2,900 pounds.”

OK, hold on. Did I just die, go to heaven and drive a brand new 1963 Corvette back to Malibu?

But then, Doug hits me again.

“We built the car in 2016 for the SEMA show,” he said. “It is manufactured by Superformance, which is headquartered in Irvine, California, where we have a showroom with about 70 cars including all varieties of Cobras, Daytona Coupes, GT40s, and of course Corvette Grand Sports.

This particular car serves as one of our demonstrator/press cars.”

Wait, press car? Doug tells us why.

“It’s so iconic, and different from any other Corvette you will see on the road,” he said. “Also, the fact that it is licensed by GM and the body is off the original mold from 1963 is very cool.

It gives you the real feel of a 1963 Grand Sport with great build quality and a much better driving experience than the original car. For me, it is the perfect marriage of old and new.”

According to these guys, the best part of this car is the sound. And trust me, I’ve heard it.

“The LS3 pumps out some incredible noises through the side pipes,” Doug said. “I have been driving this car for over two years now and the sound it makes will never, ever get old. Second to that is the view over the hood.

On a Grand Sport, it’s very unique to the five race cars and is a constant reminder that you are driving something very rare and special.

“I am lucky enough to get to drive it to shows on the weekend, which was the case last Sunday when my wife Marissa and I got to drive it up from our home in Newport Beach to Malibu for the Wheels and Waves at The Mart show.”

Hey, wait, pretty sure I’ve been to that show and it’s awesome.

Doug said he loves taking it to shows as he’ll typically run into two types of people: those who know the car well, and those who don’t

“One of my favorite things to do is share what I know about the cars with people and keep that incredible history alive,” he said.

But, of course, Ride of the Week is famous for its best story. And for these guys, it’s a doozie.

Recently, they shot an episode of ‘Jay Leno’s Garage’ for his YouTube channel.

“It was the first time I really had an opportunity to spend time with Jay and it was really cool to see how impressed he was with the car,” Doug said. “The one thing he mentioned over and over again was his disbelief that we were able to get GM to license the car.

“After he did a drive in the car with the owner of Superformance, Lance Stander, we had to take the car back into the studio to shoot some interior shots and video. This was at the end of the day and most people had left.

I was ready to drive the car back out and realized I was essentially alone in Jay’s garage, surrounded by some of the most incredible automobiles and motorcycles I had ever seen.

I hopped in the Grand Sport and drove out the entire length of the garage and all I could think was, ‘I’m driving the Grand Sport that Jay just drove through Jay Leno’s garage. Don’t do a burnout!’”

Well, as cool as Jay’s Garage is (I’ve been there), it’s nothing like mine. I have hundreds of cars. Of course, they are 1/64th scale and still in the package, but I can take them out any time.

Anyway, what do Doug and Marissa see in Malibu? He told me, and now I’m going to tell you.

“PCH through Malibu is some of the most beautiful coastline there is and such a great place to drive,” Doug said. “One of my other passions is surfing, so I love the fact that driving through Malibu combines my passions for both cars and surfing.

You see everything on the road from vintage trucks to the latest supercars, and while all that is going on … you can see people enjoying some pretty awesome waves. For me, it doesn’t get much better than that!”

Want to be featured in Ride of the Week? Send Fireball an email at askfireball@fireballtim.com.

Ride of the Week: Amladi’s Little Red 50th Anniversary CORVETTE…

The article first came out in the Malibu Surfside News.

The absolute best part about Ride of the Week is the amazing people hidden in the tiny corners of paradise right here in Malibu.

And these days, I realize that there are more than meet the eye, as Malibu is concretely a car town.

So there I was, minding my own business and blending up a juice when I got an email from entrepreneur and retired banker Shyam Amladi. A frequent reader of this here article, Amladi is a proud owner of a 50th anniversary 2003 limited edition Corvette convertible.

And as an owner of a LA-based IT infrastructure company, and also part of an advisory group that helps raise capital for mid-size companies in the US and Asia, it’s essential that Shyam get around to meetings in something cool. With a 5.7 L, 8-cylinder engine with torque of 360 ft-lbs and 350 hp, that’s pretty easy.

“I bought it for my wife, Kalyani, in 2003 for her birthday,” Amladi began. “We believe it’s an American icon and have always admired two GM products: Cadillac and Corvette. When Corvette crossed the 50th mark, we thought it was time to grab one.

“It has a rich history and heritage and after several fruitless efforts to bring a true sports car to the American market (including a massive crash of the first prototype at GM’s Milford proving grounds in 1952), GM’s tireless and brilliant engineer Ed Cole redoubled his efforts and finally succeeded in combining elements of the venerable ‘Stovebolt Six,’ GM’s truck motor and Jaguar XK120, raising the hp from 115 to 150 and launching the first Corvette in January 1953.”

Yeah, this guy knows his ’Vettes.

“Emotionally, it stands for all things positive about America — resilience, vigor and [a] ‘be there first’ attitude,” Amladi explains. “Mechanically, Corvette is a delight to drive. Over the years, Corvette has continued to improve its performance and complexity.”

Further, Amladi said Corvette and GM are very conscious of EPA considerations and also work to ensure the car doesn’t guzzle gas.

“We also like the fact that the anniversary edition came with a specially designed 50th anniversary red, and its fiber-glass body has stood the test of time over the 15 years we have owned it,” he adds.

The Amladis primarily use the car for leisure, pleasure and, at times, for work.

“One of the priceless pleasures in owning a Corvette and living in SoCal is that most of the days you can put the top down and drive it along the beach and up the mountains — I mean low-grade mountains,” he said.

But he’s also got two short stories that I think you guys will enjoy.

“Prior to moving to Malibu in 2007, we were longtime residents of Chicago and still love its rich tapestry and people and its sparkling clean lake, except when old man winter takes over the city for five months of the year,”  Amladi said.

“But for the four years we lived in Chicago after we bought the Corvette, it was less of a car and more of an artifact in the garage. When do you a drive a convertible in a city like Chicago? When it’s not buried in snow, it’s raining or threatening to rain, or the wind will practically blow you away.”

As a result, they put less than 3,000 miles on her.

And the second story is more of an ongoing one. Because of the car’s low seats, it’s a chore to get in and out of the car, Amladi said. So it now also doubles as a daily exercise routine! 

And what about Malibu, our lil’ corner of paradiso?

“What’s not to love?” Amladi quips. “Spectacular scenery … clear, cloudless skies (once the marine layer lifts) and open roads. Once you get past the urban part of PCH, that is.”

Big thanks for your time, guys. It’s always a joy to see people taking pleasure in driving — serving as an inspiration to us all in connecting the beautiful dots of our town and sharing the experience.

Want to be featured in Ride of the Week? Send Fireball an email at askfireball@fireballtim.com.

BARBIE PINK CORVETTE AND STARSKY TORINO – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 794

BARBIE CORVETTE AND STARSKY TORINO – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 794 – Fireball and Ken head to a Car Show in Simi Valley, spot the Starsky Gran Torino & Barbie Pink Corvette.

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