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1997 CHEVROLET TAHOEThe Chevrolet Tahoe (and its rebadged version GMC Yukon) is a full-size SUV from General Motors.

Chevrolet and GMC sold two different-sized SUVs under their Blazer/Jimmy model names through the early 1990s.

This situation changed when GMC rebadged the full-size Jimmy as the Yukon in 1991.

Chevrolet waited until 1994 to rebadge the redesigned mid-size S-10 Blazer as the Blazer, renaming the full-size Blazer as the Tahoe.

The name Tahoe refers to the rugged and scenic area surrounding Lake Tahoe in the western United States.

The name Yukon refers to the Yukon territory of northern Canada. For the 1995 model year, the Tahoe and Yukon gained a new 4-door model slotting in size between the 2-door models and the longer wheelbase and higher passenger capacity to up to 9 nine passengers like the Chevrolet Suburban and newly named Yukon XL.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has praised the Tahoe as one of the best of its class.

The Tahoe is sold in North America, the Middle East (except Israel), Chile, and Russia as a right-hand vehicle. The Yukon and Yukon Denali is sold in United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East (except Israel) in RHD.

The 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon currently serve as a part of General Motors’ full-size SUV family. Lengthened wheelbase models are available for both as the Suburban for Chevrolet and Yukon XL for GMC.

A luxury Denali model joined the Yukon lineup in 1998.

As of 2002, a Denali version of the Yukon XL has also been available as the Yukon XL Denali.

The Cadillac Escalade is closely related to the Denali models of the Yukon. As of February 2014, the 2014 Tahoe was the top-ranked Affordable Large SUV in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings.


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The new GMC Yukon was introduced in 1991 for the 1992 model year, while GM had continued to produce the Chevrolet K5 Blazer until 1994.

All were 2-door models through 1994. The Chevrolet K5 Blazer was discontinued after the 1994 model year.

The Chevrolet Tahoe was introduced in 1995 for the 1995 model year with the addition of an all-new 4-door version.

The Tahoe was Motor Trend magazine’s Truck of the Year for 1996.

It is named from Lake Tahoe on the California-Nevada border in the United States.

The Tahoe/Yukon were shorter than the Suburban on which they were based, but shared that vehicle’s GMT400 platform.

This was a true truck chassis, and was based on that used in the Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup truck.

Both two-door and four-door models were produced in rear- and four-wheel drive.

The two-door weighs roughly 4,500 lb (2,041 kg) while the four-door weighs approximately 5,500 lb (2,495 kg).

“AutoTrac” full-time all-wheel drive and a programmable Homelink transmitter were added for 1998.

The upscale Denali trim line to the Yukon was introduced in 1999 as these vehicles became popular with wealthy families.


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This week’s VLOGROCKET goes to Barbara Fish’s stunning Red ’67!

Man, these Vlogrockets just keep getting better. This time, I rode up to north Malibu to the beautiful pad of Barbara Fish and her husband, Sal. They’re fantastic people with a super passion for cars and here’s why it’s this week’s Rocket.

Off I went when I heard that this gal Barbara had a smokin’ hot 1967 326 Firebird Convertible (one of my faves). And the thought of meeting new people here in town, especially if they’ve been here longer than my 30-year stint, got me juiced like a dragster. 

When I arrived, I could see down the driveway the glistening shell of the red bird against Barb’s banana and palm trees. The perfect shot was about to happen, and I was pretty sure that nothing could happen to make it better… until, I met Barbara. 

She came out with an outfit that looked like it was made for the car. My shot just went up a notch for sure. And then, Sal told me he used to be the publisher of HOT ROD Magazine. That’s when I nearly hit the ground, teeth first. But that will be another story because this here article is all about the Barb.

Retired college professor from Pierce College in Los Angeles, Fish bought this beautiful car on day one back in 1967. An Automatic V-8; 326 and now still with the original body, top and interior, but with an upgraded transmission and wheels.

“I bought it new in 1967 from a dealer in Fort Wayne, Indiana,” Barbara starts to tell me. “Interesting side note: The dealer was a friend of mine. When I called him to get a price, I mentioned I had a Triumph to trade in for which he gave me a good price. When I drove into the lot to pick up my new car, he noticed it was a Triumph Herald, not the TR3 he had assumed. Though disappointed, he honored the trade-in price.” 

Whoa, a car dealer who actually keeps his word. Pretty sure that’s when I soiled my shorts. Sorry for the visual. 

But the Barb goes on. 

“In l967, it was a unique statement, especially for a young, single, third-grade teacher,” she said. “In fact, one of my student’s father was always waiting for me after school trying to buy it.” 

But there was no way Barb was going give this redhead up. Her favorite part? The color and the convertible top, obviously. Red is her thing. Her primary use is to visualize the “Thelma & Louise” thing (minus the “jump into death” part). Just feeling young and carefree.

But the best story was yet to come. 

“The day my Mother and I were driving through Kanan (probably back in the 80s) when we were terrified by a high-speed vehicle passing us on a curve and double yellow line,” Fish said. “The irony was that this ‘speed demon’ got a short distance ahead and was stopped at the tunnel for some construction. As we approached behind him snickering while waiting, the guy gets out of his car, saunters back to us, leans one elbow on my car door, and apologizes for frightening us. Those steely blue, sparkling eyes were so familiar. Yep, you guessed it: It was Steve McQueen. Needless to say, my anger turned into admiration — a moment I will never forget.”

Wait, did she just say that Steve McQueen blessed her car? Hold on, I’m calling the Petersen Museum and telling them to save a spot. 

“The second best story is when my soon-to-become husband, Sal Fish, helped me load up the car in front of my Sausalito duplex and followed me in his truck carrying all of my worldly belongings,” Barb continued. “I was relocating to Southern California (Malibu) to start a new life as a soon-to-be-married woman. Oh, the things you do for love.” 

That’s the perfect story around Valentine’s Day.

And what does Barb love about living and driving in Malibu? The “Thumbs Up and Smiles” when someone appreciates her vintage vehicle, she claims. 

That’s not an exaggeration, either, because that’s exactly what I was compelled to do when I arrived. They gave me a tour of the house, showed me some cars and talked Malibu and all I could do was hope that she didn’t notice that my left eye never stopped looking at that car.

One last thing that Barb mentioned was her favorite road. 

“It’s got to be Route 66,” she said. “In 1968, my Mother and Maltese Terrier accompanied my relocation from the Hoosier State to San Francisco where I secured a new teaching assignment. It was a thrill to see the sites on such a famous stretch of highway. Life was good. Little did I know that four years later it would become even better. I met Sal and moved to Malibu, which has been my home for 44 years and still counting.”

What an awesome story, Barb. We should all be so fortunate to live a wonderful life like that. Oh wait… we all live in Malibu, so we do. Thanks for reminding us.

And that, folks, is why cars are our thing. They take us on life’s journey to bliss and back. And if we’re lucky and close our eyes real tight, we may all be passed by the Steve McQueen’s of the world and say “thanks.” I for one, can’t wait. 

Until next time, lovers of caritos.

Today’s VLOGROCKET is Peter Ireland’s nearly new ’49 FIRE TRUCK!

Ah, hidden Malibu gems. They’re everywhere, and for today’s Vlogrocket, I came upon a nearly brand new classic old 1949 Dodge Fire Truck owned by Peter Ireland. 

Yea, you heard that right, kids.

Up on north Pacific Coast Highway is the Nature Trust of the Santa Monica Mountains and the old Malibu Riding and Tennis Club. 

Virtually abandoned now, Ireland is the president of the trust. He spends his days caring for the grounds and planning cool events and keeping the place busy. It’s a great gig because the huge piece of land is just awesome.

As I drove up in the lush green playground, in the distance I spotted this flash of something red. Sure enough, it was Ireland’s ‘49 Fire Truck. The red beauty came from the Lake Parsippany Fire Department in New Jersey with 35,000 original miles – and that makes sense, as most fire trucks don’t put a lot of miles on their tires.

It was a Dodge B series, five windows “Pilot House” cab, flathead six-cylinder engine and a single throat down draft carburetor, Standard Boyer Fire Apparatus with a three-speed on the floor stick shift. 

“I found her 10 years ago on Ebay,” revs Ireland. “She was begging to snowbird it to Malibu to get away from those cold ‘nor-easter’ winters.” 

Don’t we all.

 “Having been through every major fire in Malibu since 1981, I know the value of having a fire truck, pumping apparatus, fire hose and water supply at the ready when you need it,” Ireland said. “Plus, it was cheaper than buying a swimming pool pump that you can’t drive and doesn’t have a siren.” 

What an awesome idea. You live in a town where Fires can get nasty, so you buy a fire truck and poke those puppies out with your own water rocket. Right now, I can hear little circuits going off in my head like squirrels having a nut powwow.

 Oh, but there’s more, baby. 

“The ‘Pilot House’ cab sets you up nice and high so you can see the whole world in front of you,” smiles Ireland in a gleeful kid-like grin. “But the sweetest part is the slow winding centrifugal siren made by the old Sterling Siren Fire Alarm Co. To crank her up, you got to stand on a big spring-loaded floor pedal, being careful not to mix it up with the brake or clutch pedal. After about a minute she’s singing better than Pavarotti.” 

Give me images of Ireland standing on the back of the truck during a smoke-out, hose in one hand like Ahnuld and singing Pav’s notes of love.

 So what does Ireland use it for when there are no fires?  

“Peace of mind, mostly,” he said. “It’s my form of Zen.” 

Yea, I can relate – although, my Zen is a 570 McLaren on Piuma. Just saying.

Then Ireland starts in with a quick diddy.  

“Some years back, there was a beach related helicopter air-evacuation on PCH right in front of the ranch,” he said. “The County Fire Department had to close down Pacific Coast Highway to land the chopper. I could see everything from our parking lot without being in the way of any rescue work. After all the emergency response work was complete and the various response teams were starting to disperse, I fired up the old Dodge fire truck, stepped on the siren pedal and coasted into our parking lot above and overlooking PCH. At least the old fire truck brought smiles to the faces of those who were called to serve on that day.” 

Yea, that’s nothin’ but awesome, Ireland. Sounds like that brand new classic spends time bringing joy in between times of serious flame eruptions. Just one look at her and the grin gets stuck in the upright position.   

“I feel very lucky to be in Malibu,” Ireland said.

There are few vehicles that have the power that a fire engine does. Not Horsepower, but the power to elicit joy. I don’t care how old you are, a Fire Truck makes you feel like a kid and few of us actually find a way to make that permanent. But Ireland has, and I thank him for sharing it with me. Just need to figure out a way to make my garage a bit bigger now as I have eyes on buying a Ladder Truck. Anyone want to drive the rear for me? Shout out.

 And finally, Ireland’s favorite movie car? The 1952 Jag XK 120 roadster his father drove in the original 1955 version of “The Fast and the Furious,” opposite Dorothy Malone (yes, there was an original). 

“This was Roger Corman’s first AIP production,” Ireland said. “My father also co-directed it. This beautiful XK 120 Jag got more camera time than any other car in film that I can remember. Since part of it was filmed during the actual ‘Pebble Beach Road Races,’ there are some absolutely classic shots of vintage race cars during the actual road race. The film open at what may be the only existent film footage of the original “Saddle Peak Lodge.” My father tapped jazz great ‘Chet Baker Quartet’ to do the music.”