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!!

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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.

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