DO THIS IN THE 2017 HYUNDAI IONIQ EV – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 654 – The 2017 Hyundai Ionic EV arrives and Fireball grabs the crew for some watering hole and leaping goodness at Malibu Creek State Park.

From WIKI… The 2017 HYUNDAI IONIQ EV is a Compact five-door hatchback manufactured and marketed by Hyundai in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric variants. The nameplate Ioniq is a portmanteau of ion and unique.

The 2017 HYUNDAI IONIQ EV debuted in South Korea in January 2016. with the three variants debuting at 2016 Geneva and New York auto shows.

The 2017 HYUNDAI IONIQ EV variant launched in its home market in February 2016, followed by the electric model in July 2016. During its first one-year period in the market, global sales of the 2017 HYUNDAI IONIQ EV nameplate totaled 31,165 units, consisting of 24,350 conventional hybrids, 6,797 units of the pure electric variant, and 18 plug-in hybrids.

At the 2017 Washington Auto Show, Hyundai announced the hybrid and 2017 HYUNDAI IONIQ EV versions would go on sale in North America by April 1, 2017.

The plug-in hybrid version will follow in September, 2017. Each 2017 HYUNDAI IONIQ EV variant will be sold in all 50 states, but it will not be available in all Hyundai dealerships.

As of late 2016, the model year 2017 HYUNDAI IONIQ EV became the EPA’s most efficient vehicle — including all model years and all fuel types — with a rated fuel economy of 136 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent

The 2017 HYUNDAI IONIQ EV is one of Hyundai’s entries into the expanding hybrid car market competing with the Toyota Prius.

Sharing the same powertrain with the Kia Niro hybrid crossover, the Ioniq is powered by a 1.6-liter Kappa four cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine with 40% thermal efficiency capable of delivering 78 kW (105 hp) and an estimated 109 lb·ft (148 N·m) of torque.

This engine has been specifically tailored to the hybrid application and is combined with a shifting six-speed dual-clutch transmission. Like many hybrids and electric cars, neither the 2017 HYUNDAI IONIQ EV nor Electric are suitable for towing a trailer.


RESTORED 1963 CHEVROLET C-10 STEPSIDE PICKUP! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 653 – A fun day in Malibu lands Fireball and Kathie at niece Alexa’s Birthday, the Pepperdine Ponds, the Beach and a spotting of this fully restored 1963 Chevrolet C-10 Stepside Pickup Truck!

From WIKI… The C/K was Chevrolet and GMC’s full -size pickup truck line from 1960 until 1998 in the United States, from 1965 to 1999 in Canada, from 1964 to 2001 in Brazil, and from 1975 to 1982 in Chile.

The first Chevrolet C-10 pickup truck was introduced in 1924, though in-house designs did not appear until 1930. “C” indicated two-wheel drive and “K” indicated four-wheel drive.

The aging C/K light-duty pickup truck was replaced with the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra names in 1999 in the United States and Canada, and 2001 in Brazil; the Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD heavy-duty pickup trucks followed.

Until this time, the names Silverado and Sierra were used to identify the trim level of the C/K trucks.

The 1960 model year introduced a new body style of light pick-up truck that featured many firsts.

Most important of these were a drop-center ladder frame, allowing the cab to sit lower, and independent front suspension, giving an almost car-like ride in a truck. Also new for 1960 was a new designation system for trucks made by GM.

Gone were the 3100, 3200, and 3600 designations for short 1/2, long 1/2 and 3/4-ton models. Instead, a new scheme assigned a 10, 20, or 30 for 1/2, 3/4, and 1-ton models.

Since 1957, trucks were available from the factory as four-wheel drive, and the new class scheme would make this known. A C (conventional) in front of the series number indicates two-wheel rear drive while a K denotes four-wheel drive.

Actual badging on Chevrolet trucks carried the series name system from the previous generation in 1960 and 1961: the 10, 20, 30, and 40 series (C and K) were badged as “Apaches”, 50 and 60 series trucks were badged as “Vikings”, and the largest 70 and 80 series models were marked “Spartans”.

In 1960, C/K trucks were available in smooth “Fleetside” or fendered “Stepside” versions. GMC called these “Wide-Side” and “Fenderside.”

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1963 CADILLAC DE VILLE! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 652 – Among hitting the Farmer’s Market and cool cars, Fireball and Kathie spot this 1963 Cadillac DeVille, or should we say Cadillac DeRUST?

From WIKI… The 1963 Cadillac De Ville was originally a trim level and later a separate model produced by Cadillac. The first car to bear the name was the 1949 Coupe de Ville, a prestige trim level of the Series 62 luxury coupe.

The last model to be formally known as a DeVille was the 2005 Cadillac DeVille, a full-size sedan, the largest car in the Cadillac model range at the time. The next year, the DeVille was officially renamed DTS.

In overall terms 1963 Cadillac De Ville was essentially the same as the previous year. Exterior changes imparted a bolder and longer look. Hoods and deck lids were redesigned.

The front fenders projected 4.625 inches further forward than in 1962 while the tailfins were trimmed down somewhat to provide a lower profile. Body-side sculpturing was entirely eliminated.

The slightly V-shaped radiator grille was taller and now incorporated outer extensions that swept below the flush-fender dual headlamps. Smaller circular front parking lamps were mounted in those extensions.

A 1963 Cadillac De Ville signature script was incorporated above the lower beltline molding near the rear of the body. A total of 143 options including bucket seats with wool, leather, or nylon upholstery fabrics and wood veneer facings on dash, doors, and seatbacks, set an all-time record for interior appointment choices.

Standard equipment was the same as the previous year. The engine was entirely changed, though the displacement and output remained the same, 390 cu in and 325 hp.


1963 CHEVY CORVAIR FROM FORREST GUMP! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 651 – Fireball, Wes and Ken head to the Murphy Auto Museum for a Corvair Show… spot the 1963 Chevy Corvair from Forrest Gump!

From WIKI… The Chevrolet Corvair is a compact automobile manufactured and marketed by Chevrolet for model years 1960–1969 over two generations.

As the only American-designed, mass-produced passenger car to use a rear-mounted air-cooled engine, the Corvair model range included a two-door coupe, convertible, four-door sedan, and four-door station wagon body styles, as well as passenger van, commercial van, and pickup truck variants.

The Corvair competed with imported cars such as the original Volkswagen Beetle as well as the Ford Falcon, Plymouth Valiant, Studebaker Lark and the Rambler American.

The Corvair’s legacy was affected by controversy surrounding its handling, scrutinized in Ralph Nader’s Unsafe at Any Speed, along with the then GM’s top management resorting to unethical measures to handle the issue, as well as a 1972 Texas A&M University safety commission report for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration which found that the 1960–1963 Corvair possessed no greater potential for loss of control in extreme situations than its contemporaries.

The name “Corvair” is a portmanteau of Corvette and Bel Air. The name was first applied in 1954 to a Corvette-based concept with a hardtop fastback-styled roof.

The 1960 Corvair 569 and 769 series four-door sedans were conceived as economy cars offering few amenities to keep the price competitive, with the 500 (standard model) selling for under $2,000.

Powered by the Turbo Air 6 engine 80 hp (60 kW; 81 PS) and three-speed manual or optional extra cost two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission, the Corvair was designed to have comparable acceleration to the six-cylinder full-size Chevrolet Biscayne.

The Corvair’s unique design included the “Quadri-Flex” independent suspension and “Unipack Power Team” of engine, transmission and rear axle combined into a single unit. Similar to designs of European cars such as Porsche, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and others, “Quadri-Flex” used coil springs at all four wheels with independent rear suspension arms incorporated at the rear.

Exploring the world — one cool car at a time…

The other day, I was asked why I love cars so much.

And it took a while for me to think about it.

I’m not a collector, although I’ve had many cars. I’m not professional racer, although I can keep up with many who are. I am a car designer and have worked for many companies over the years, but still, design wasn’t the true essence of love for me.

When I was a kid, just about every weekend my parents would put all five of us in a 1973 Chrysler Imperial Station Wagon. One of us was allowed to sit shotgun, while the rest (including my mom) sat in the back. Most times we knew where we were going, but other times it was a surprise.

We did this a lot and loved it — I mean really loved it. And on certain weekends and birthdays, one of the kids even got to pick his or her favorite place to go.

We’d feed the ducks at a pond, go to Westwood to see a movie and have dinner or head to a nursery to buy plants and play hide-and-seek among the begonias. We’d even hit Bob’s Big Boy in Torrance for the double.

Now, this was in the early ’70s and that station wagon took us everywhere.

Over time, I built up a love for the journey. It almost didn’t matter what kind of car, just that we were together as a family, and headed somewhere cool.

Over the years, when my son was growing up, we did something similar. We called them “hat trick trips,” and we would go three places in one day. My wife Kathie and I took him everywhere and he got the same experience I got.

Day camp, two-week camp, camping, cities and foods.

Today, my life is an explosion of the same ideals and excursions. I have a TV show called Fireball Malibu Vlog where we take viewers on journeys, just like I did when I was young.

Only now, each week (or sometimes daily thanks to El Segundo’s Automobile Driving Museum or The Murphy Auto Museum in Oxnard), I’ll drive a cool classic car or truck.

I may drive a brand new car from the 12 cars companies I have deals with or maybe a $350K Mercedes GWagon from Silverstar Mercedes in Thousand Oaks. I even drive friend’s hot rods, rat rods, customs, muscle cars and exotics.

We go to car shows, car museums, shops, custom builders, beaches, restaurants, theme parks, lakes, streams and more. You never know where we’ll be going next. And with millions of viewers, people seem to be enjoying the ride.

I never imagined that my love for cars would take me so many places. And after all this time, I can finally say my love of cars isn’t about owning them, fixing them up or even driving them.

It’s about life’s journey. If you’ll allow it, these vehicular contraptions will take you places to expand your mind, increase the love in your heart and rock your world.

I’m grateful to be living my dream and sharing it with those who want to watch. My copilots are you guys, and my job is to get us to a destination unknown.

But the beauty, sights and sounds along the way are just as important as the destination — sometimes more so.

Thank you for allowing me to take you all in my digital station wagon. I never knew I could fit so many people in this thing.