AUTOMOTIVE INSPIRATION is… Sharing life’s ride with those around us

Originally published in the Malibu Surfside News

As I’ve mentioned many times in this article over the last five years, I get the pleasure of taking unique people to unique places on my show that we shoot here in town. This past week, I got to do something really fun.

There are many cool automotive places in L.A. many people don’t know about and a good part of our show Fireball Malibu Vlog is to reveal those places and help expand our love of cars. So this week, I grabbed legendary “Leave It To Beaver” actor Tony Dow and his wife Lauren, met up at the new Caffe Luxxe for an amazing cup of joe and headed up PCH to the Murphy Auto Museum in Oxnard.

Now, if you didn’t know about the Murphy, I wouldn’t be surprised. But with our help, you’ll get a chance to peruse some of the coolest nostalgic cars that ever were. Head honcho David Neel runs the place and you can see him easily at a distance as he moves classic cars, muscle cars and even vintage trailers from spot to spot for coming weekend shows.

But the Murphy is different than most car museums, as it’s also an automotive storage facility. As in, if you have a cool car with no place to put it, you can rent some space where they not only keep your car clean, but share your perfect gem in a museum setting.

Other things Tony, Lauren, Ken Vela from WIKD Kustoms, my wife and I caught wind of were the classic Schwinn Bicycles, massive HO Scale Trail Set, tons of walk-in vintage trailers and a back shop where several classics were being worked on. Also, some great art on the walls from automotive designer, friend and confidant Mark Stehrenberger.

I’m very grateful to call David a friend and we’ve done many things together. I get a chance to drive cars from this museum down into Malibu for the car shows here in town, including my own, but also have had the opportunity to experience a massive Vintage Trailer Camp-out in Buellton in September with a great group with over 195 trailers.

But the day at the Murphy also included Tony driving two classic cars, thanks to David. An Avanti and amazing Dodge Fastback. Be sure to check out our show to see what we did, and if you love cool cars, let me know so we can take a spin by visiting

Much appreciation goes to the Murphy and all the docents — like Ken —  who make the place an enjoyable experience. Be sure to check out to see when the shows go off. From Air Cooled Vdubs and Corvairs to Studebakers, this place is a nostalgic car lover’s dream garage.

And if there are any of you celebs out there who want to take a spin with me to one of these cool spots, just reach out. I just took actor Jonathan Banks to The Automobile Driving Museum a week ago, but there’s also the Petersen, The Metropolitan Pit Stop, The English Car Company and many more. All you have to do is ask. Until then, I’ll keep driving.

Ride of the Week: Coffee, Cops and Cool Cars…

My rides take me many places, including all over SoCal to some of the automotive hot-spots which include museums, car collections, car shows and cool secret locations.

But the other day, I got to enjoy a drive down the highway to Caffe Luxxe in Malibu. A newcomer to the Bu, Caffe Luxxe wanted to show its appreciation for our small town by inviting Malibuites and guests for free coffee, representatives from the sheriff’s department to talk with, and cool cars to admire. 

When co-owner Gary Chau and I first met, we hit it off with our philosophies regarding this little town and the positive flow of success. PCH is a vibrant, living breathing thread through the community, and creating a safe and secure lifeline for all inside it was a worthy goal.

So Gary managed to pull Capt. Josh Thai as well as reps from the Malibu City and Chamber of Commerce, and I grabbed some cars from The Automobile Driving Museum (a classic 1951 Packard Police Car and a 1987 Squad Car) and Wikd Kustoms scary ’57 Chevy to create a fun experience.

A crowd gathered outside and in, including actor Tony Dow and his wife, Gary’s incredible coffee team, and a host of Malibu leaders to hear Thai speak of his love for Malibu and keeping PCH safe. Lt. Randy Tuinstra and several other cops were on hand to express their concern for summer safety and what we can all do to make Malibu a fun place to be.

All this at a coffeehouse. But unlike most coffee spots in town, Caffe Luxxe feels like a local’s hangout. Although they could use some tropical plant to give the place some life, the clean design and smiles are abundant from Gary’s team of young coffeeprenuers.

This joe is really different, and don’t get me started on the almond croissants — so good, they’re bad.

Also on hand were filmmakers doing a documentary on PCH, the producer being Michel Shane, the father of Emily Shane, who was killed on PCH. Their purpose was clear: If PCH is to becomes safer, we all have to send a message.

And the message is that laws are not in place for limitation. They’re in place as tools to guarantee a joyful experience to all. It’s very hard to appreciate this town when you fly through it. Relax, enjoy, watch and absorb. This is Malibu and there’s nowhere in the world like it. 

Check out Episode 621 of my show, Fireball Malibu Vlog on Youtube, to catch a recap of Coffee with a Cop. 

AUTOMOTIVE INSPIRATION… Think Coolness, and Coolness Comes

We’re all busy, busy, busy. So busy that we sometimes forget what the original intent of Summer actually means. So, let’s take a ride in the Rescue Boot to remind ourselves of what giving coolness really means.

Malibu is a town of thinkers. Really great thinkers. We think of movies, TV shows, cars, clothes, pup rescues and many other cool things. We’re creativity experts and love what we do.

But, somehow, Summer get earmarked for giving when we should be giving year-round. And many Malibuites do, but as important as it is to do good things, it’s even more important to think good thoughts. That, of course, leads to the doing of good things. And the Rescue Boot is here to help.

We don’t need to rescue each other, we need to rescue ourselves. To be better people for Summer and year-round, we must provide for ourselves the idea of becoming advancing people. An advancing town. A town that loves growth and expansion.

And the only way to do that is to give more of ourselves. I’m not talking about giving money — unless you want to send me a check, I’m cool with that — but I’m talking about reaching out with our minds and saying that “we can.” 

Life is a ride. A ride we all can enjoy and flourish in. But, like airplanes as they fly to Hawaii, they’re pretty much 99 percent off course and have to be pulled back and straightened out constantly so they get to where they’re going. But if you don’t know what you want, you’ll never get there and fly around forever. Not good.

Point? Make a commitment this Summer to give yourself the best gift you can. Convince yourself that whatever dream you may have, know that you can achieve it. And in being your best, you’ll inspire others to do so, too.

My Rescue Boot and it’s critters work as a team as we do here in the Bu. Let’s not be afraid of each other and show other cities how we can work together to make this ride the best it can be and launch into 2018 with the desire for more coolness.

Put on your favorite flip-flops and head out today into an advancing world. A world that you create. And know that the only truth is what you decide and choose in your thoughts. Join The Rescue Boot and kick some life rump. Make the most of the Summer by making your Ride the coolest ever. 


The True Purpose of THE CAR… Here we go again… I’m going to ask you to take a little ride with me as we explore the meaning of the word “Drive.” A very appropriate word indeed which is why it’s this week’s Ride. OK, let’s define the purpose of a car. If is were in Webster’s Dictionary, it would say “Vehicular Contraption used to Transport Coolness.” So true. But, if on the surface level the car is meant for transportation and that’s clear, let’s head a little deeper. If we use cars to move, then everything changes around us. Scenery, Sounds, Smells. Everything. And that can be awesome, but what doesn’t change is you. You are trapped in this box and like it or not, you’re gonna have to stay in it for a bit. Why not use it for something really cool…er? Now you’re saying, “Where is this Fireball going? What’s he talking about?” “Did I forget to change my underwear today?” (Ok, not the last one, but…) There’s a point here, so stay with me. Because you’re basically a captive audience in your car, you actually have some choices. You can listen to music, make a hands-free phone call or you can think. Ah-ha! Thinking is the last thing on people’s minds (Weird, eh?) because it requires you to either flow with the stream of thought (easy-peasy) or actually make a choice as to what you want to think about. Life is made up of choices. And the quality of your choices manifests as things in your life. Driving cars has great potential for thinking as it keeps you in the moment. You do have to pay attention to the act of driving, but instead of grumbling as to why things are not working in your life, next time you go out, consciously decide to solve something. Be persistent and determined that you will solve this issue before you get to where you’re going. Driving has a potential to be good therapy. You get to choose where you want to go and what your experience will be like in getting there. But you have to choose wisely and not just run with the random stream and start worrying about stuff. Learn to let go. Don’t get caught up in problems, but make an effort to solve something. I do this daily which is why I love to drive. I look forward to thinking and solving issues or being creative. By the time I get to where I’m going, I’m jacked to be there even if it’s to go pick up Cashew Milk, Vegan Chorizo and a super-fat bar of chocolate. The true purpose of a car isn’t to just get you someplace. It’s to give you the gift of the present. And we here in Malibu, we get this gift of Beauty daily, even in traffic. But you’ll miss it all if you don’t raise your awareness to what’s around you. Be grateful that although you may be in traffic, the homes, beach and hills are all here to lend a hand in making your world wonderful. Let them do their job and don’t blow them off. Drive cool and watch as your experiences improve. You’ll be glad you did.


AUTOMOTIVE INSPIRATION… The Secret to Car Wealth (First published in The Malibu Surfside News)

Yeah, I knew that headline would get your attention. Anytime someone mentions that they have a secret formula for making money and getting wealthy, people flock like squirrels to fat nuts. It’s the special elixir… the grand poobah… the money-master-secret-blaster all-around lottery locker. (I like that one.)

But come on… There as many formulas to getting wealthy as there are people on the planet and reading another get rich quick article isn’t going to do anyone any good. So, let’s talk cars.

Or maybe money and cars, so that way we can figure out a cool plan for driving awesomeness or at least thinking about it.

OK, wait. Thinking about it? What does that mean? Are you saying, Fireball, that if you think about something, it can become real? Like thinking about an Enzo and suddenly you’re driving one? Or how about thinking about a spaghetti dinner and suddenly, someone throws a noodle at you and it sticks to your forehead? Well, it’s all possible.

Malibu is an amazing town and I love it. But there’s a fundamental reason why. People here know how to think properly. Not everyone, but most Malibuites.

But what does it mean to think properly and how does that apply to the photo for this article? It doesn’t. It’s just a cool photo I took at my show Wheels and Waves and I wanted to share it. But, the “real” reason that successful people congregate here is because they realize that before your dream can come true, you have to see it in your mind first. It has to be clear. Crystal clear.

But that’s not enough. Having a clear picture is good, but add the caffeine to that — or the additional octane — is believing that you can actually have it. This is a tough one for people. They have a good picture — like my photo — but they don’t really think it’s possible. That’s hurdle No. 2.

OK, let’s recap: No. 1 is knowing what you want and No. 2 is believing you can actually have the awesome classic Caddy.

OK, so you do believe it? Really? Well, that’s awesome too and I’ll give you a doughnut with sprinkles later. But the third and final thingamajig is this. Listen closely.

The one thing you can’t do is chip away at it with dought. It’s like planting a seed and digging it up every few days to see if it’s growing. Not good. Chipping away are the doubts, fears, Dr. No’s and butchers who tell you how difficult it’s going to be or that you’re not being realistic. I love that word, “realistic.” Like who in this town has ever been realistic.

The point is, if you don’t get in the way of success, you actually get success. You have to eliminate all the Malibu road signs, bumps, curbs, stop signs and lame excuses. It’s an open road to your dreams. So just drive.

What? No actual Ride of the Week? Are you kidding? Well,… I just took you on one. The rest, is up to you.

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