STEADFAST STANLEY Short Film by John Cody Kim… #shortfilm #cartoon #animation #corgi #welshcorgi

Stanley

Great short by Cal Arts student, John Cody Kim. We should all be so fortunate to have a pup.

Stanley the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is left behind in the break of an apocalypse. All he wants to do is get back to his owner…

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!

 

NEW FEATURE! Daily VLOGROCKET heads to Sweden…

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Yes, this is an all new feature… the DAILY VLOGROCKET. Those that have cool rides and have been Vlogged. Check out the first…

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 the 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! http://www.youtube.com/fireballtim

RIDE OF THE WEEK! The 1969 Saab Sonett…

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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 Ride of the Week. 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 as Fireball’s Ride of the Week? Let him know what you’ve got askfireball@fireballtim.com and be sure to watch his show CAR STORIES on YouTube! http://www.youtube.com/fireballtim – See more at: http://www.malibusurfsidenews.com/ride-week-ride-week-heads-sweden#sthash.UiCuXnGl.dpuf

What the HECK is goin’ on for Sunday? A CARtoon…

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While the rest of the country is experiencing actual weather, Malibu is pretty much unchanged, although a lil’ bit rainy today, Sunday. Almost went Paddleboarding yesterday!

Looks like we may hit the Pasadena College Swap Meet today because Kathie is starting a new sculpture and she needs stuff. Plus, I can look for cars. The original Corgis and Dinky’s from the 60’s.

BOOK 2, secretly titled “Fireball Tim’s BIG BOOK of Secret Stuff has actually turned into 2 books. So, by the end of the year Christmas, it looks like two will be launched. One for kids and one for adult kids.

CARS are in abundance this month due to car companies wanting me to check out their coolness. And I’m grateful. It’s a fun way to let you guys know how awesome some of them are and what it would be like to tool them around town. If I can help you make a decision, then let me know. Coming up this week is the KIA OPTIMA, then the FISKER, CADILLAC ATS and onto the PORSCHE 911 CABRIO starting next month.

SIGNINGS being scheduled this week… Goin’ to B&N to set it up, but there’s great stuff coming in Malibu, World Class Motoring in Agoura, Art Center College and more. I want to see you guys face to face, so let’s have some fun.

SHOWS are looking awesome. The show I sold to Pilgrim Productions last year is getting some good interest from the Networks, so I expect great things. And that’s the key, right? The nature of our thoughts result in “like-natured” effects. So, to expect the best must always result in the best. Trick is that you may not know what is best for you. That’s when acceptance comes in.

THINK that 2013 will be the best year yet… and it WILL be. See you guys soon!

A day at the SHOP…

Nicholas Cage Rolls Royce

Why is Nicholas Cage’s million dollar Rolls sitting in the shop? That’s what I thought when I “rolled” in. Well, cuz he has a new movie coming and we’re building two extras. One as a stunt car, and one to…

…BLOW UP.

Ouchy. But that’s what CVS does. Build it, blow it to smithereens.

As I walked the shop, I saw several new cars that Ray brought in from a sale at Paramount. The vans that Tom Cruise drove from “WAR OF THE WORLDS,” several kookie Czeck cars and one of my favorites,… a Ford Saloon. This was the first die-cast that Corgi made. It’s awesome. I want to fully restore her and take her for a spin up PCH.

Oh, and today’s my Mom’s birthday. Family coming over to celebrate. She’s been gone for a short time now and it’s still tough. But we made her a Carrot Cake which she loved. That would have made her happy. …More later.