Behold… the WILD WOODIE

It’s Woodie Month aaaaaalllll month here at Fireball Publishing to celebrate the new SURF WOODIE Coloring Book coming! And here’s a Fireball Classic from the MINI Days! Cowabunga Dudinskies!!!

This week ON THE VLOG… 2019 Ioniq Hybrid, Scottsdale, Woodies

This week, Fireball and M.C.Ken head to Scottsdale ARIZONA for the Barrett Jackson Automotive Auction courtesy of WRENCH NATION TV. They’ll be Vloggin,’ FB Live-ing and posting amazing cars and fantastic people. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to them as we’ll be talking cars this weekend along with many Automotive Celebs.

Also, BIG THANKS to Hyundai as they’ll be driving the most fuel-efficient car on the planet out to AZ. The 2019 Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid SEL at 57mpg!!

But until then, Fireball will be in the midst of creating his next Coloring Book, SURF WOODIES! He’s on sketch #5 at the moment and will continue until he hits 20! February 1st is the launch of the book, so watch out for the PRESS RELEASE.

If MINI COOPERS got a Woodie… they woodie be THIS…

Wood makes all things cooler… and so, Fireball did a MINI COOPER WOODIE to celebrate the new Woodie Coloring Book that’s coming February 1st.

No, this car will not be in the book, but there WILL be 19 Woodies and 1 WOODIE MAZE!!

Grab a copy of our NEW 2019 CATALOG!!

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Coming this week ON THE VLOG… Woodies, Limited Runs, Petersen

New Years is going to start out with a bang here at Fireball Publishing. Fireball starts the new SURF WOODIE Coloring Book which will be coming out February 1st, he’s got a meeting on Thursday with LIMITED RUNS and the SHELBY CRUISE-IN at the Petersen Museum on Sunday.

Stay tuned!!

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Ride of the Week: Daniel Dews’ Woodie Masterpiece

Ahhh, Christmastime is upon us — a time of cheer, goodwill and giving. 

So, with all of this going on, why are some people so blue? And what can we do here in the ’Bu to cheer them up? I have just the answer.

A woodie. Seriously. No one — and I mean no one — can look at a woodie and be sad. What people fail to realize is that within woodies are secret happy ingredients that penetrate all sadness like ammonia penetrates grease. Like water penetrates my roof. Like chocolate penetrates my desire to not have dessert. It’s foolproof.

So, it’s with sincere gratitude that I present to you a present in the form of Daniel Dews’ 1948 Chevy Fleetmaster woodie. 

There, don’t you already feel amazingly awesome? I can see the hairs standing up where you didn’t have hair before.

And this proves that woodies are magical beasts like unicorns. Only made of wood. And, a few other things, but without the horns. OK, where was I? 

Ah! Dews’ woodie — and why it’s awesome. As a 46-year varnishing vet, Dews spent decades restoring yachts in Marina Del Rey to the point where his finish became unlike anyone else’s.

And if you hit the Malibu Christmas Woodie Parade, you’d have noticed that Dews basically sold his soul to the varnishing devil, because his woodie is epic. 

And although it’s a ’48, it’s got a ’53 straight six motor. But, who cares, ’cause it’s all about the varnish, baby. I mean, you could eat Taquitos and guacamole off the wood, then see yourself smiling as you licked it clean. (Too visual?) Anyway, let’s hear from the master varnisher aka Captain SuperVarnish himself.

“I found this car in San Pedro 11 years ago,” Dews states. “And since the Beach Boys made the woodie famous in their surf music and I was in Hawthorne High School, which was home to the Beach Boys, I grabbed it. I love the beauty of these lovely vehicles. Lovely, lovely pieces of furniture.” 

Only a woodworker would say such a thing. Maybe he forgot to notice it was a car? Maybe he just wanted a driveable house? Maybe we should move on? 

“I enjoy going to car shows,” he continues. “But when I got the car, I went to work immediately on the wood finish. I stripped off the old varnish and sanded the wood down. Then [I] stained all of it by applying 40+ coats of marine varnish. I have close to 750 hours in this finish. Whew!”

I’m pretty sure I would have stopped around coat 12, but not Captain Varnish! 

But only part of the woodie culture is the build. The second half is the feeling behind driving a piece of art. And that, my friends, is what woodies are: art. In every way a car can be.

So, spending a bit of time with the woodie club allowed people to meander like it was an art exhibit in the Louvre. (Imagine, the Louvre having a woodie exhibit!)

Dews’ love for woodies obviously didn’t stop at the build, as he and the Santa Barbara Woodie Club now peruse the coast in search of beach breaks to display, hang and swap stories.

Much like it was back in the day during my time at C-Street in Ventura. Beach tunes, fire pits, nighttime football under headlights and the sound of the surf. Oh, and surfing of course.

Still with me? Still sad? I think not. And that, my friends, is the magic of the woodie and why these pieces of art not only still exist to bring joy, but to cruise PCH in search of present moments in time that harken back to joyous beach moments.

If you ever get down, just think of a woodie and wait for your smile to return. Then, be grateful that there are those out in the world like Captain SuperVarnish who take the time to make SoCal safe and enjoyable. 

Happy holidays, folks!

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2018 MALIBU CHRISTMAS WOODIE PARADE – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 876

2018 MALIBU CHRISTMAS WOODIE PARADE – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 876 – After a drive in the new Jeep Wrangler, Fireball hits the 15th Annual Malibu Christmas Woodie Parade for… what else? Woodies!

SKETCH of the Day… WOULD I, WOULD I, WOODIE???

2019 is gonna be an epic year here at Fireball Publishing and we are just about locked into the book slate. The Corvette Coloring Book is hitting stores December 1st… but the New Year will also bring 12 new books including… wait for it… wait for it WOODIES!! So if you have a Woodie, send me a photo. No guarantees, but you never know.

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SKETCH of the Day! Custom MUSTANG WOODIE WAGON!

A full custom Mustang Woodie Wagon to Color! Ol’ Skool Shooting Brake, this Surfmobile knows how to chill seaside…

SANTA BARBARA WOODIES AT THE BEACH! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 820

SANTA BARBARA WOODIES AT THE BEACH! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 820 – In a 2019 Hyundai Accent, Fireball and Ken head to Santa Barbara to see an amazing array of Chrysler, Ford and Chevrolet Woodies on the Beach. And some wild ones too…

Check out the Woodie Club here…

Ride of the Week: ‘Ruby’ Woodie provides a Smooth Ride down Memory Lane

They say a smile is worth a thousand words.

Well, it seems fitting when you look at the photo accompanying this week’s column. The smile on the driver behind this week’s Ride of the Week says it all.

This is Rick White, aka Ricardo Blanco. White is in the construction industry, operating in sales with Larrabure Framing.

“We frame large multi-family projects,” he begins to explain. “Mostly in DTLA and Irvine, we are a digitizing manufacturer of framing components manufacturing off-site, then assembling and building on site.” 

But in his “non-assembly” time, White has another job: inspiring others with a gangbuster smile while driving his 1950 Ford station wagon woodie named “Ruby.”

White goes on to tell me that “Ruby” was purchased in original condition from her original owner.

“When we rebuilt the engine, we went old school with a flat head, modified with 3/4 cam, aluminum heads, dual carbs, headers and a hot ignition,” he explains. “I bought it about 26 years ago as a family car to raise our two kids, Kyle and Karina, plus dogs Nikki and Buddy.”

Even in 1992, this woodie epitomized coolness.

“This car is a throwback to a friend’s Woodie I used to cruise in Malibu at 14 years old,” White said. “We would come to Malibu with his sticks (surfboards for you non-carvers) and spend the day at the beach.”

For White, the best part of his car is the patina of 26 years of life, cruising to Santa Cruz in the summers, down to Encinitas for the woodie shows in September, and up to Santa Barbara for club meetings and another Woodie show in July.

“‘Ruby’ is a weekend car and a great source of entertainment,” White said.

“One year, my wife, Elaine, the kids and I all headed to Santa Cruz and decided to take Highway 1 through Big Sur. While navigating the curves and the cliffs of Highway 1, I realized that the turning and swaying might be leading towards some car sickness.“But, afraid to say anything, I casually glanced over my shoulder to see the kids happily engaged in their music and videos and not unhappy in the least. That’s when I knew they were totally into the woodie and not the inconveniences of no A/C, stick shift, and a car made from a tree.”

When you hear stories like that, you appreciate the power of the present moment and how a car can add to your life. White gets it and does whatever he can to share the feeling.

“We love the drive through Malibu for the scenery, our Malibu friends and the memories of freedom and summer’s days,” White said. “The woodie lifestyle has kept us together as a family enjoying surfing, the beach, summer nights, and a culture of fresh air and having fun.”

What else could you possibly say to affirm the power of automotive beach life? Big thanks Rick for helping to inspire a culture that embodies so much positivity.

If our society could share that sentiment in this way more often, there’d be a lot less suffering in the world — and a lot more woodies.

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