Better Call Saul’s JONATHAN BANKS lands on FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 553!!

JONATHAN BANKS on the VLOG! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 553 – Fireball does another one of his Wheels And Waves Car Shows, this time with special guest Actor from Breaking Bad & Better Call Saul, JONATHAN BANKS!

About Jonathan Banks… Versatile veteran character actor Jonathan Banks was born in Washington D.C in 1947. While growing up he always had an interest in acting and stage work, so decided to pursue a career in entertainment. To this day he is a very accomplished stage actor. While acting in film, he usually plays sinister types or villains. He can be seen in Better Call Saul (2015) as Mike Ehrmantraut.

All Photos: Suzy Demeter

HIKING VLOGS get you where you want to GO!

Every week or so here on the Vlog, we get out into SoCal and attack a trailhead. And since Malibu if full of them, here’s the BEST below in our HIKING VLOG PLAYLIST! If you have a suggestion, then leave it in the COMMENTS! Spot something you like? Hit it…

WHEELS AND WAVES is TOMORROW in full sun!!!

Weather forecast predicts full sun for tomorrow’s WHEELS AND WAVES at The Malibu Country Mart. Our show is a GO and we’re going to have some amazing cars coming out for this one. Be sure to join us and as always, coffee is FREE to the FIRST 100 CARS! (Plus, everyone gets a Hot Wheels, duh.) CLICK HERE FOR THE DETAILS!

See you there!

Who doesn’t want MEGA-HORSEPOWER VLOGS!

Who doesn’t love horsepower? Well, here on the Vlog we get more than most. Where drivers tout their massive machines each week, we get to drive, see and hear thousands of horsepower sometimes daily! And this is the fun part as we get to bring it to you. So… FEEL THE POWA of the Dark Side!

And in case you don’t have a full grasp on what Horsepower really is… let’s consult our friends at Wikipedia. Horsepower (hp) is a unit of measurement of power (the rate at which work is done). There are many different standards and types of horsepower. Two common definitions in use today are the mechanical horsepower (or imperial horsepower), which is approximately 746 watts, and the metric horsepower, which is approximately 735.5 watts.

The term was adopted in the late 18th century by Scottish engineer James Watt to compare the output of steam engines with the power of draft horses. It was later expanded to include the output power of other types of piston engines, as well as turbines, electric motors and other machinery.[1][2] The definition of the unit varied among geographical regions. Most countries now use the SI unit watt for measurement of power. With the implementation of the EU Directive 80/181/EEC on January 1, 2010, the use of horsepower in the EU is permitted only as a supplementary unit.

RIDE OF THE WEEK goes to actor Jonathan Banks for heading to Wheels and Waves!

RIDE OF THE WEEK is Actor Jonathan Banks heading to Wheels and Waves!

It’s amazing how things happen in this town and how cars bring people together. 

Just the other day, a friend and I were getting coffee at a local Bu coffee joint where we ran into actor and professional bad guy, Jonathan Banks from “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul.” And not too prior were we talking about how villains in movies are actually really great people with immense senses of humor and a joy to be around. Case in point are a lot of my stunt friends, who constantly get killed in movies as bad guys. Love ‘em.

Well, here we were talking with Banks, ultimate bad guy who’s been offed so many times in movies and TV that God is having a hard time remembering if he’s passed on or not. And lo and behold, Johnny and his son love cars. So, one ride led to another and he graciously opted to be our guest for this up and coming Wheels and Waves at the Malibu Country Mart on Sunday, Feb. 19.

Now, if you don’t know who Johnny Banks is, crawl out from your rock and let me give you a skinny on his massive tour de TV destruction. I first cast eyes on Banks’ creepiness in “Beverly Hills Cop” against Eddie Murphy. Scary as hell with an inner passion for unraveling your psyche. But his career started way before … back in ‘74 (Hey, I made a rhyme!) Better still, here’s some highlights. 

From “Barnaby Jones” (which my dad wrote for at the time) to “The Waltons,” “Airplane!”, “Lou Grant,” “T.J. Hooker,” “48 Hrs,” “Simon & Simon,” “Jessie” (which was a show my dad created), “Walker, Texas Ranger” with my Uncle Chuck, and a heap of others. Finally landing some small insignificant rolls in two shows you’ve probably never heard of … “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul.” Whaaaa!!!!!?? A total so far of 163 projects and going strong. (Geez … that coffee really works brutha!)

So it’s with great honor (and a little fear) that Mr. Banks will be joining us for this weekend’s Wheels and Waves, barring a maelstrom of rain. Keep your tiny toes crossed, ’cause if it does rain, I’ll be sitting in Starbucks alone and cold. 

If the rain stays away (and it better or I’ll sick Banks on Mother Nature), then Sunday should be an awesome day for amazing cars at Malibu Country Mart.

And one last note to mention is that Starbucks has now stepped up to the plate to cast a latte shadow over the show as our go-to java joint for Wheels and Waves. Not only will they serve up the joe to the first 100 cars, but one of their baristas will be baking us a car cake just for Sunday. 

So, if you plan on attending this weekend’s Wheels and Waves, (car or no car) if it rains I’ll be buying coffee from the inside. If the sun peeks her head and doesn’t run for the hills from our guest, then we’ll be whoopin’ it up with tons of four-wheeled contraptions. See you there!

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This DATSUN F10 CAMPER is FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 551!

DATSUN F10 CAMPER! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 551 – Bouncing around LA, Fireball spots this DATSUN F10 Camper at a local REI Store, then later, hikes the Grotto Trail at Yerba Buena again.

About the F10… The Datsun Cherry (チェリー), known later as the Nissan Cherry, was a series of small cars which formed Nissan’s first front-wheel drive supermini model line.

The Cherry featured the front-engine, front-wheel-drive layout. The Cherry line includes the E10 and F10. Nissan’s direct successor was the Nissan March/Micra. Although the third generation of this platform was renamed March/Micra, the “Cherry” name proved popular in Europe, so it was transferred to the larger Nissan Pulsar line for Europe.

In Japan, the Cherry was exclusive to Nissan Cherry store locations. Originally, before combining with Nissan Motors, the Prince Motor Company plan of development was to mass-produce a front-engine, front-wheel drive car, but after the Prince and Nissan merger of 1966, the Cherry was released in 1970 as Nissan’s first front-wheel drive car. In Asian markets there was also a “Cherry Cab” cabover truck model (C20), which was closely related to the Nissan Sunny—it was also marketed as the “Sunny Cab”.

The second-generation Cherry was known as F-II in Japan and “Datsun F10” in North America. It was Nissan’s first front-wheel-drive model to be sold in North America. Four-wheel independent suspension continued to be used. Sales of the F-II were generally disappointing,[1] and the “Cherry” nameplate was retired in Japan after this generation.

The F10 was fitted with three types of inline four-cylinder Nissan A-series OHV engines: