A Day on the SANMO Bluffs…

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You really have to take some time and decompress. Life can slowly build up and before you know it, stress sneaks in and lays the smackdown. And that can hurt… so…

Kathie and I like to visit our own town. Areas you’d normally drive right past, we’ll stop, park and just chill through a park. And that’s what we did a few days ago in Santa Monica. Not surprisingly, we found all kinds of cool stuff. Spectacular views, trees, cool houses and happy pups.

Life is meant to be enjoyed and as long as you’re present, you can. And that brings more of the same. Be the thing… and the thing happens more.

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HALLOWEEN WHEELS AND WAVES MALIBU CAR SHOW! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 688

HALLOWEEN WHEELS AND WAVES MALIBU CAR SHOW! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 688 – Fireball’s Halloween Wheels and Waves Malibu Car Show goes off with Tony Dow (Leave it to Beaver), Paul Moyer (NBC) and tons of cool cars. Then, it’s off to the beach and some Inspiration!

Fireball Tim’s WHEELS AND WAVES is an exclusive Celebrity Car Show in Malibu California at the Malibu Country Mart every third Sunday of the Month.

Best things to see from this MALIBU VLOGGER… Malibu is a #beach city in Los Angeles County, #California, situated 30 miles west of Downtown #LosAngeles.

Known for its Mediterranean climate, a 21-mile strip of the Malibu #coast incorporated in 1991 into the City of Malibu.

The area is known for being the home of #Hollywood #moviestars, people in the entertainment industry, and other affluent residents.

As of the 2010 census, the city population was 12,645. Signs around the city proclaim “21 miles of scenic beauty”, referring to the historical 21-mile Malibu coast.

Most Malibu residents live within a few hundred yards of #PacificCoastHighway (State #Route1), which traverses the city, with some residents living up to a mile away from the beach up narrow #canyons.

For many residents of the unincorporated canyon areas, Malibu has the closest commercial centers and are included in the Malibu zip codes.

The city is also bounded by #Topanga to the east, the #SantaMonica Mountains (#Agoura Hills, #Calabasas, and #WoodlandHills) to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the south, and Ventura County to the west.

Nicknamed “the ‘Bu” by surfers and locals, beaches along the Malibu coast include #Surfrider Beach, #Zuma Beach, Malibu Beach, Topanga Beach, #PointDume Beach, County Line, and Dan Blocker Beach. State parks and beaches on the Malibu coast include Malibu Creek State Park, #LeoCarrillo State Beach and Park, Point Mugu State Park, and Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach, with individual beaches: El Pescador, La Piedra and El Matador.

The many parks within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area lie along the ridges above the city along with local parks that include Malibu Bluffs Park, #Trancas Canyon Park, Las Flores Creek Park, and Legacy Park.

SWEDISH CAR PLAYLIST on FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG…

Fireball rarely gets SWEDISH CARS… so in honor of tomorrow’s incoming Vlog (which is a sick Swedish Wagon!), here’s a playlist of the best sexy swedes from the past. DO IT!

And check out today’s RIDE! A 1969 SAAB SONETT!

It’s rare when you get to salivate over a Swedish classic. And if you didn’t know I was talking about a car, this first line would really catch your attention. But, since it is a car — in fact a 1969 Saab Sonett owned by Farhad Fozounmayeh — you’re in for a treat. Welcome to today’s VLOGROCKET.

Overseeing the West Coast ad operations for “Time” magazine and TIME.com, Farhad has a very detailed job. And you’d think that he’d be the kind of guy that would want a detail-oriented car. But this lil’ Swedish wonder is actually very simple.

When we met at the bluffs to shoot the car, I got a chance to see the simplicity of its V4 motor which put out a whopping 60 horsepower. For it’s near original state, the car was relaxed and exuded a type of driving excitement that really just meant pure fun.

We weren’t going to drive fast, race around corners or launch off the line. All we did was putt up PCH to get a photo.

But doing just that in this car was like stepping into an original Corgi toy. It was so simple that you could say, like a kid, “Wow, the doors and bonnet actually open!”

“I’ve had the Sonett for about a year,” Farhad said. “It turned out to be a family heirloom. My dad, who is also a car fanatic, passed it on to me and I look forward to someday giving it to my kids.”

But why this car?

“I love rare and unique cars. This one has an interesting history and has made some history. Only a little more than 600 were ever made for this model year. One of the first cars to have 3-pt seat belts, a roll bar and high back seats to prevent whiplash.”

Yeah, that’s just what I’d want in my toys if I were a kid. Can you see the packaging? “Real life-like roll bar and action seats!” So cool.

This car is so quirky and there are a lot of unique things about it like the hood being the entire front half and having an offset bulge or the “faux hatchback.” Basically, no hatchback but a small door like a cupboard. Funky. You could slide your surfboard in there if it was three feet long. 

“The best part is that it’s the ultimate conversation piece,” Farhad said. “Most vintage or classics people are familiar with … They take a look, have a few comments and move on. With the Sonett model — especially the 67-69 models — most people have never seen or even heard of it.

Ninety five percent of people come up asking, ‘What in the world is this thing?’ The other 5 percent have never seen one and only know about it through magazines or books. Met some good people and have had many fun conversations.”

Farhad has a blast with this bugger on weekend drives in Malibu because, from Oxnard to Santa Monica, (the best order to do it) “It’s hands down, the best strip to cruise on earth.”

I’d agree 100 percent. But there’s one thing I’d add. The joy of driving this car pales in comparison to the joy it brings others as it cruises by. Not knowing what it is stirs up a positive curiosity and desire to hear a story.

And the stories are truly the essence of driving. 

And lastly, although Farhad’s Sonett is simple, his taste in movie cars is a little more technical, being James Bond’s Lotus Turbo Esprit. 

“My dad was a huge Bond fan so I saw all the 007 films growing up. These were the Roger Moore years (my favorite Bond) and he had a couple of different versions of the Esprit through his films (my favorite model was in ‘For Your Eyes Only’).

But they were all great and I loved the design.”

Like I said, it’s the stories. What’s yours?

Congrats, Farhad. You and your super cool Saab are this week’s Ride of the Week!

Do you want to be featured VLOGROCKET? Let him know what you’ve got askfireball@fireballtim.com!

 

BIG WAVES & COOL CARS MALIBU SURFRIDER BEACH! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 645

BIG WAVES & COOL CARS MALIBU SURFRIDER BEACH! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 645 – Fireball takes Kathie and friend Lisa surfing in Malibu at Malibu Surfrider Beach on a big day, surfing and cool cars.

Best things to see from this MALIBU VLOGGER… Malibu Surfrider is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30 miles west of Downtown Los Angeles. Known for its Mediterranean climate, a 21-mile strip of the Malibu Surfrider coast incorporated in 1991 into the City of Malibu.

The area is known for being the home of Hollywood movie stars, people in the entertainment industry, and other affluent residents. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 12,645.

Signs around the city proclaim “21 miles of scenic beauty”, referring to the historical 21-mile Malibu coast spanning from Tuna Canyon west to Point Mugu in Ventura County. 2017 surfing videos

Most Malibu Surfrider residents live within a few hundred yards of Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1), which traverses the city, with some residents living up to a mile away from the beach up narrow canyons.

For many residents of the unincorporated canyon areas, Malibu has the closest commercial centers and are included in the Malibu zip codes. The city is also bounded by Topanga to the east, the Santa Monica Mountains (Agoura Hills, Calabasas, and Woodland Hills) to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the south, and Ventura County to the west. 2017 surfing videos

Nicknamed “the ‘Bu” by surfers and locals, beaches along the Malibu coast include Malibu Surfrider Beach, Zuma Beach, Malibu Beach, Topanga Beach, Point Dume Beach, County Line, and Dan Blocker Beach.

State parks and beaches on the Malibu coast include Malibu Creek State Park, Leo Carrillo State Beach and Park, Point Mugu State Park, and Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach, with individual beaches:

El Pescador, La Piedra and El Matador. The many parks within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area lie along the ridges above the city along with local parks that include Malibu Bluffs Park, Trancas Canyon Park, Las Flores Creek Park, and Legacy Park. 2017 surfing videos

$22 MILLION MEGA MALIBU BEACH PAD! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 639

$22MILLION MEGA MALIBU BEACH PAD! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 639 – Among other Malibu excursions today, Malibu Vlogger Fireball and Kathie check out a $22Million Mega Malibu Beach Pad.

Best things to see from this MALIBU VLOGGER… Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30 miles west of Downtown Los Angeles. Known for its Mediterranean climate, a 21-mile strip of the Malibu coast incorporated in 1991 into the City of Malibu.

The area is known for being the home of Hollywood movie stars, people in the entertainment industry, and other affluent residents. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 12,645.

Signs around the city proclaim “27 miles of scenic beauty”, referring to the historical 27-mile Malibu coast spanning from Tuna Canyon west to Point Mugu in Ventura County.

Most Malibu residents live within a few hundred yards of Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1), which traverses the city, with some residents living up to a mile away from the beach up narrow canyons.

For many residents of the unincorporated canyon areas, Malibu has the closest commercial centers and are included in the Malibu zip codes. The city is also bounded by Topanga to the east, the Santa Monica Mountains (Agoura Hills, Calabasas, and Woodland Hills) to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the south, and Ventura County to the west.

Nicknamed “the ‘Bu” by surfers and locals, beaches along the Malibu coast include Surfrider Beach, Zuma Beach, Malibu Beach, Topanga Beach, Point Dume Beach, County Line, and Dan Blocker Beach.

State parks and beaches on the Malibu coast include Malibu Creek State Park, Leo Carrillo State Beach and Park, Point Mugu State Park, and Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach, with individual beaches:

El Pescador, La Piedra and El Matador. The many parks within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area lie along the ridges above the city along with local parks that include Malibu Bluffs Park, Trancas Canyon Park, Las Flores Creek Park, and Legacy Park.

FIREBALL’S WHEELS AND WAVES CAR SHOW: Wheels and Waves was Voted “One of the Best Things to do in Los Angeles!” Every 3rd Sunday of the month at The Malibu Country Mart

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INSIDE $10.8M MALIBU BEACH PAD! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 626

INSIDE $10.8M MALIBU BEACH PAD! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 626 – After check out the 2017 Lexus RFC with The Grafman, Fireball and Kathie go house hunting and discover a $10.8M Malibu Beach Pad.

Best things to see in MALIBU… Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30 miles west of Downtown Los Angeles. Known for its Mediterranean climate, a 21-mile strip of the Malibu coast incorporated in 1991 into the City of Malibu.

The area is known for being the home of Hollywood movie stars, people in the entertainment industry, and other affluent residents. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 12,645. Signs around the city proclaim “27 miles of scenic beauty”, referring to the historical 27-mile Malibu coast spanning from Tuna Canyon west to Point Mugu in Ventura County.

Most Malibu residents live within a few hundred yards of Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1), which traverses the city, with some residents living up to a mile away from the beach up narrow canyons.

For many residents of the unincorporated canyon areas, Malibu has the closest commercial centers and are included in the Malibu zip codes. The city is also bounded by Topanga to the east, the Santa Monica Mountains (Agoura Hills, Calabasas, and Woodland Hills) to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the south, and Ventura County to the west.

Nicknamed “the ‘Bu” by surfers and locals, beaches along the Malibu coast include Surfrider Beach, Zuma Beach, Malibu Beach, Topanga Beach, Point Dume Beach, County Line, and Dan Blocker Beach.

State parks and beaches on the Malibu coast include Malibu Creek State Park, Leo Carrillo State Beach and Park, Point Mugu State Park, and Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach, with individual beaches: El Pescador, La Piedra and El Matador.

The many parks within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area lie along the ridges above the city along with local parks that include Malibu Bluffs Park, Trancas Canyon Park, Las Flores Creek Park, and Legacy Park. INSIDE $10.8M MALIBU BEACH PAD

Watch! This is the Official FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 600 TRAILER!

Finally, after 600 episodes, Fireball Malibu Vlog has an official TRAILER!

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All about MALIBU… Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30 miles west of Downtown Los Angeles. Known for its Mediterranean climate, a 21-mile strip of the Malibu coast incorporated in 1991 into the City of Malibu. The area is known for being the home of Hollywood movie stars, people in the entertainment industry, and other affluent residents. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 12,645. Signs around the city proclaim “27 miles of scenic beauty”, referring to the historical 27-mile Malibu coast spanning from Tuna Canyon west to Point Mugu in Ventura County.

Most Malibu residents live within a few hundred yards of Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1), which traverses the city, with some residents living up to a mile away from the beach up narrow canyons. For many residents of the unincorporated canyon areas, Malibu has the closest commercial centers and are included in the Malibu zip codes. The city is also bounded by Topanga to the east, the Santa Monica Mountains (Agoura Hills, Calabasas, and Woodland Hills) to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the south, and Ventura County to the west.

Nicknamed “the ‘Bu” by surfers and locals, beaches along the Malibu coast include Surfrider Beach, Zuma Beach, Malibu Beach, Topanga Beach, Point Dume Beach, County Line, and Dan Blocker Beach. State parks and beaches on the Malibu coast include Malibu Creek State Park, Leo Carrillo State Beach and Park, Point Mugu State Park, and Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach, with individual beaches: El Pescador, La Piedra and El Matador. The many parks within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area lie along the ridges above the city along with local parks that include Malibu Bluffs Park, Trancas Canyon Park, Las Flores Creek Park, and Legacy Park.

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BODY PARTS ON THE BEACH! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 590

Fireball and Kathie do another 4 mile Beach Hike in Malibu, find some pretty strange items. Plus, so cool inspiration!

About MALIBUBest things to see in MALIBU… Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30 miles west of Downtown Los Angeles. Known for its Mediterranean climate, a 21-mile strip of the Malibu coast incorporated in 1991 into the City of Malibu.

The area is known for being the home of Hollywood movie stars, people in the entertainment industry, and other affluent residents. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 12,645.

Signs around the city proclaim “27 miles of scenic beauty”, referring to the historical 27-mile Malibu coast spanning from Tuna Canyon west to Point Mugu in Ventura County.

Most Malibu residents live within a few hundred yards of Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1), which traverses the city, with some residents living up to a mile away from the beach up narrow canyons. For many residents of the unincorporated canyon areas, Malibu has the closest commercial centers and are included in the Malibu zip codes.

The city is also bounded by Topanga to the east, the Santa Monica Mountains (Agoura Hills, Calabasas, and Woodland Hills) to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the south, and Ventura County to the west.

Nicknamed “the ‘Bu” by surfers and locals, beaches along the Malibu coast include Surfrider Beach, Zuma Beach, Malibu Beach, Topanga Beach, Point Dume Beach, County Line, and Dan Blocker Beach.

State parks and beaches on the Malibu coast include Malibu Creek State Park, Leo Carrillo State Beach and Park, Point Mugu State Park, and Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach, with individual beaches: El Pescador, La Piedra and El Matador.

The many parks within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area lie along the ridges above the city along with local parks that include Malibu Bluffs Park, Trancas Canyon Park, Las Flores Creek Park, and Legacy Park.

CREEPY ABANDONED MALIBU HOUSE #2! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 583

Fireball and Kathie do another Malibu Urban Hike. More Creepy Abandoned Malibu House, plus a NEW MASSIVE MANSION!

Best things to see in MALIBU… Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30 miles west of Downtown Los Angeles. Known for its Mediterranean climate, a 21-mile strip of the Malibu coast incorporated in 1991 into the City of Malibu. The area is known for being the home of Hollywood movie stars, people in the entertainment industry, and other affluent residents. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 12,645. Signs around the city proclaim “27 miles of scenic beauty”, referring to the historical 27-mile Malibu coast spanning from Tuna Canyon west to Point Mugu in Ventura County.

Most Malibu residents live within a few hundred yards of Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1), which traverses the city, with some residents living up to a mile away from the beach up narrow canyons. For many residents of the unincorporated canyon areas, Malibu has the closest commercial centers and are included in the Malibu zip codes. The city is also bounded by Topanga to the east, the Santa Monica Mountains (Agoura Hills, Calabasas, and Woodland Hills) to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the south, and Ventura County to the west.

Nicknamed “the ‘Bu” by surfers and locals, beaches along the Malibu coast include Surfrider Beach, Zuma Beach, Malibu Beach, Topanga Beach, Point Dume Beach, County Line, and Dan Blocker Beach. State parks and beaches on the Malibu coast include Malibu Creek State Park, Leo Carrillo State Beach and Park, Point Mugu State Park, and Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach, with individual beaches: El Pescador, La Piedra and El Matador. The many parks within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area lie along the ridges above the city along with local parks that include Malibu Bluffs Park, Trancas Canyon Park, Las Flores Creek Park, and Legacy Park.

What’s it like to drive a 1947 FORD 1-TON?

If I haven’t said it before, my job is the coolest job on the planet. 

I spend my days with great people and talkin’ cars. I travel everywhere, shoot my silly show and see some of the most awesome cars this side of Andromeda. 

Today is no different, which is why Malibu’s Mike McKean and his 1947 Ford 1-Ton is this week’s Ride of the Week.

Mike’s been a resident of Malibu for about eight years and is a retired fire captain/paramedic from the Santa Monica Fire Department with a whopping 38-year active career under his belt. 

We all know that firemen are the nicest guys on the planet, right? So meeting up with Mike forced me to keep my grin goin’ for a permanent hour — now it’s stuck.

Mike’s pride and joy is his Fire Engine red 1947 Ford 1-Ton panel truck. 

“I bought it at a Concours Auto Show at Malibu Bluffs Park about 10 years ago,” Mike said. “Stopped at the show kind of by accident while on a Harley ride up the Coast Highway with an old fireman buddy. Saw the truck while in the hospitality tent having a beverage.” 

This would be the love-at-first-sight part, folks.

“I’ve always liked panel trucks since my high school surfing days in the south bay, but never had owned one,” he said. “So, I went outside to look at it and asked the guy who owned it if any trucks like these ever come up for sale? He said ‘Well, this one here is for sale.’ I asked if it ran, and he said ‘Sure, I just drove it down from Ojai this morning!’”  

So Mike had the guy start it up, and it sounded great. The truck has been re-powered with a 283 small block Chevy, automatic transmission, 12-volt electrical system, stereo, CD player and new brake system to boot.

The next thing Mike knew, he was outside giving the dude a cash deposit. 

“My dad had recently passed away,” he continued. “I had a few extra bucks and I knew my dad would have loved it.”

They completed the deal the following Saturday around midday at Neptune’s Net and Mike knew right away he had made an awesome choice. The truck was surrounded by several people taking photos and he felt great driving away with everyone honking and waving as he cruised away down Pacific Coast Highway.

The truck had been restored over the years by a famous motorcycle and auto shop owner named Rusty Kay from the old section of Santa Monica. Rusty had recently passed away and his widow was especially happy to see the truck pass on to someone with a long history of being connected to Santa Monica. 

And that brings up a good point, as in providing homes for stray cars. Maybe there should be a Car Shelter where they get taken care of and fed, in line for the right owner to come in, give them a pet, and drive them home?

“I’ve taken the truck on several surf trips as far as San Onofre and also driven to (and entered) many antique car shows from Camarillo, Pomona, Santa Paula and Westlake Village,” Mike said.

A fairly well-known car collector/restorer in the Torrance/Gardena area checked it out and confirmed that this 1947 1-ton model is probably the last of its kind.

Mike drives it occasionally from north Malibu on the nice days on PCH and he still get a lot of satisfaction from the waves and honks. See how easy it is to just feel good here in Malibu?

The bottom line, folks: If the goal of life really is to just feel good, then we’re 99 percent ahead of everyone else in this country. Choose something cool to fill your life with.

Be like Mike and turn that frown upside down, permanently.

Give goodness and goodness comes, sometimes a whopping 1-ton of it.