GIANT FLYING CREATURE ATTACKS THE VLOG! – FMV571

GIANT FLYING CREATURE ATTACKS THE VLOG! – FMV571

Okay, so it didn’t actually attack the Vlog, but just hung out hoping to be fed by Kathie and ends up being our Mascot. Just another day in Malibu… plus, PACKAGE & BOX OPENING!!

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What’s it like to drive a 1957 DODGE CUSTOM ROYAL LANCER?

What’s it like to drive a 1957 DODGE ROYAL LANCER?

Shooting a daily Vlog Show can be a challenge sometimes as not all days are filled with car shows, premieres or cool activities. But fortunately for me, I live here in the Bu, where there’s a wealth of amazing cars that are revealed as you poke around town.

Now, there’s no way to know what you’ll come across, but if I need some quick content to wrap up my show, I just drive through town and always spot something cool. Case in point: Justin Silvers’ 1957 Dodge Royal Lancer.

There’s a few hot spots in town that I can peruse in about 10 minutes and one of them includes Malibu Car Wash in Malibu Country Mart. Justin started MCW about 26 years ago in 1990. That’s a lot of washes. A handy array of car coolness where owners get their dirty rides gleaming again. And owner Justin Silvers and his team do a great job at keeping these puppies glossy and ready for the Oscars — a Car Wash to the Stars, you could say.

So I frequently scoot by and do some snappy drive-bys. But this past week, I stopped in as Justin had an amazing classic, just washed and ready for a photo shoot. So I did my thing and asked him where he managed to wrangle this beauty?

“I sell motor yachts and cars,” Justin began to explain. “But this 1957 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer had a factory installed D500 Hemi and dual 4 Barrel Carburators which pumped it to 315hp from the factory. It has an original torque flight push button transmission, too. So, I bought the car for my father as a birthday present and have been restoring it for the last three years.” 

But there’s more. 

“I purchased the car on the East Coast and had it shipped it to California.” 

The reason he bought it? Here was the diddy.

“My dad had this car in high school and it brings back lots of great memories for him and his twin brother.” Justin went on further. “The best part of the car in my opinion is the Hemi and the rear tail fins.” 

An amazing touch and a clear sister to Hollywood’s “Christine,” having come out the same year as a Plymouth Fury. 

“The car will be used by my father to drive in Palm Springs and take to car shows.” 

A very cool gift indeed for a car guy. His original high school ride. If my son did the same for me … it’d be a 1981 Lemon Yellow Volkswagen Dasher. Not a cool car at the time by any means and it even had four doors. But I kicked the crap outta that car, drew a Van Halen logo on the back with a sharpie and let ‘er rip. It’s where I learned to drift a front-wheel drive and wrangled my first tickets. So proud.

And finally, why Malibu for Justin? 

“I love driving here in town to see the beautiful scenery and to visit with good friends that I have grown to know and love for the last 26 years.” 

Simple. Either you get it or you don’t. 

If you don’t, there’s always the Valley and it’s calling to you. Big thanks, Justin, for the introduction to Della (my name for Christine’s sister). She’s a sweetheart and will be your dad’s new squeeze. But if I head to Palm Springs, I’ll be expecting a ride …

What’s it like to drive a 1971 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T?

I’ve always considered convertible muscle cars to be “relaxed” cruisers. 

While a muscle car generally consists of horsepower, speed, aggression and ego, the convertible has all those things – but with its top down. 

And with that one thing, it chooses to chill and just enjoy the scenery. That’s why Jeff Berger is this week’s Ride of the Week.

Jeff originally reached out to me to do his dad’s amazing Jaguar (which we did), but when he mentioned that he had a ‘71 Dodge Challenger R/T Convertible, my grin turned into a shape resembling tight Japanese soup bowl. I knew at that point, that the only thing that could bring my lips back to their original shape was a ride in that red beast.

Like slick oil spewed from a James Bond car, I scooted down to Jeff’s pad on PCH to get a ride in that 340 4Barrel. Right off the bat, when he pulled the car out his garage, I knew that it was time for some muscle meditation. We were going to head north (with his girlfriend) and experience Pacific Coast Highway, top open. As a DJ manager and event promoter, I knew that Jeff’s excited personality was going to make for a good conversation.

“The car has all the original factory options except the 8-track player,” he revved. “Equipped with the 340cu in – 5573 cc – V8 – 4 bbl  275hp engine and weighs 3,210 pounds with a  110-inch wheelbase, 191.3 inches in length and 76.3 inches in width. It’s a big, heavy, sexy roaring beast.” 

That it was. We drooled through town and up the Pepperdine hill.

“I think we acquired the car in the mid ‘80s,” he said. “My father’s good friend from UCLA was the owner. At the time, the car had been sitting in a storage unit for years with approximately 390,000 miles. The vehicle was in amazing survivor condition and he had all the original manuals and service records.” 

So I asked Jeff to go on, eager to hear more as the wind whipped my red hair into an exploded slinky. 

“I’ve always been a fan of muscle cars,” he said. “Their shape, the stance and how they just look ‘fast’ standing still. And, of course, the sound of the engine when you fire it up.”

There’s something about a muscle car for sure. Your ability to launch off the line and send your guts into a “Nasa Holding Pattern.” But the elevated consciousness of the convertible says, “You can, but let’s cruise and just be a visual badass instead.” We did.

To Jeff, the best part of the car is either view from the front or the side. They both scream “sleek” and “get outta my way.”  And the Challenger’s “power bulge” hood with the R/T letters and cotter pins really emphasize those points. Like a bodybuilder walking up to you and saying, “Hey little man, have you seen my guns anywhere? Oh, there they are, attached to my elbows.”

Primarily for Jeff, this ‘71 is a “cruiser” for sunny Sunday drives up PCH or the Rock Store. And of course attending any Cars and Coffee events.

“I’ve been pulled over several times because police officers wanted to check out the car,” he continued as we drove back after the photo shoot. “After the initial ‘flashing red lights/heart in your throat’ moment subsided, it turned out that these were die-hard car guys and it was the first or second time they had the chance to get up close and personal with a vehicle like this.” 

The only cops on the planet that will literally stop you for coolness.  

And what does Jeff love most about our lil’ town of cars? 

“It’s a toss-up between the stunning views, the looks/smiles/thumbs up you get at the red lights and parking lots or the random conversations you engage in with all types of people and personalities of all ages,” he said.

Ah yes, we are all “Car People” struggling to tell stories of our rides, which is why this article is oh so important. 

Leave it to Beaver TONY DOW Malibu CARSHOW! – FMV570

Photo Thumbnail: Scott Martin

Fireball’s WHEELS AND WAVES goes off at The Malibu Country Mart with Celebrity Guest TONY DOW from Leave it to Beaver. An amazing array of Art Center Designers show up including Freeman Thomas (Ford), Frank Saucedo (GM) and Derek Jenkins (LUCID).

About Tony Dow from WIKI… Tony Lee Dow (born April 13, 1945) is an American film producer, director, sculptor, and television actor.

Dow was born in Hollywood, California, to John Stevens Dow, Jr. (1908–1987), a designer and general contractor, and Muriel Virginia Dow (née Montrose) (May 27, 1906 – April 30, 2001), a stunt woman in early Westerns and Clara Bow’s movie double in Hollywood. In his youth, Dow was a Junior Olympics diving champion. He won the role of Wally Cleaver in a casting call with almost no previous acting experience.

Dow acted in the series until it ended in 1963. After that, he appeared in the television series My Three Sons, Dr. Kildare, Mr. Novak (five episodes in three different roles), The Greatest Show on Earth, and Never Too Young. From 1965 to 1968, he served in the National Guard, interrupting his acting career. On his return to acting, he was a guest star in the television series Adam-12, Love American Style, Knight Rider, Square Pegs, The Mod Squad, The Hardy Boys, and Emergency!.[3]

During the 1970s, Dow continued acting while working in the construction industry and studying journalism and filmmaking.[4]

In 1987, he was honored by the Young Artist Foundation with its Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award for his role as Wally Cleaver.[5]

Dow’s most recent screen appearance was in the 2003 film Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star.[3]

He has been married to his wife, Lauren, since 1980. They have one child and two grandchildren.

Dow is best known for his role in the television sitcom Leave It to Beaver, which ran in primetime from 1957 to 1963. Dow played Wally Cleaver, the elder son of June (played by Barbara Billingsley) and Ward Cleaver (played by Hugh Beaumont) and the brother of Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver (played by Jerry Mathers).

WHEELS AND WAVES Photoset from The Grafman…

All Photos: John Grafman

Team Art Center… L2R is Car Designer Shlomo Fattal and friend, ACCD Instructor Richard Pietruska, Ford Designer Freeman Thomas, Celebrity Guests Tony and Lauren Dow, GM Designer Frank Saucedo, Greg Gill from The Greg Gill Company, Ken Vela of WIKD Kustoms, Host Fireball and Trackmaster Products Daniel Vehse.