MALIBU Best shots of the Week…

The BEST IN MALIBU this week…

We’ve done a lot this week here in town and the rain have caused much beauty in the BEACHLIFE community. This weekend is Wheels and Waves at The Malibu Country Mart so we should have a blast. Hope to see you guys there!

Some neat history of Malibu from Wiki…

Malibu was originally settled by the Chumash, Native Americans whose territory extended loosely from the San Joaquin Valley to San Luis Obispo to Malibu, as well as several islands off the southern coast of California. They named it “Humaliwo”[16] or “the surf sounds loudly”. The city’s name derives from this, as the “Hu” syllable is not stressed.

Explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo is believed to have moored at Malibu Lagoon, at the mouth of Malibu Creek, to obtain fresh water in 1542. The Spanish presence returned with the California mission system, and the area was part of Rancho Topanga Malibu Sequit—a 13,000-acre (53 km2) land grant—in 1802. That ranch passed intact to Frederick Hastings Rindge in 1891. He and his widow, May K. Rindge, guarded their privacy zealously by hiring guards to evict all trespassers and fighting a lengthy court battle to prevent the building of a Southern Pacific railroad line through the ranch. Interstate Commerce Commission regulations would not support a railroad condemning property in order to build tracks that paralleled an existing line, so Frederick H. Rindge decided to build his own railroad through his property first. He died, and May K. Rindge followed through with the plans, building a line starting just inside the ranch’s property eastern boundary at Las Flores Canyon, and running 15 miles westward, past Pt. Dume.[17][18][19][20]

Few roads even entered the area before 1929, when the state won another court case and built what is now known as the Pacific Coast Highway. By then May Rindge was forced to subdivide her property and begin selling and leasing lots. The Rindge house, known as the Adamson House[21] (a National Register of Historic Places site and California Historical Landmark), is now part of Malibu Creek State Park and is situated between Malibu Lagoon State Beach[22] and Surfrider Beach, beside the Malibu Pier[23] that was used to provide transportation to/from the ranch, including construction materials for the Rindge railroad, and to tie up the family’s yacht.[20][24]

In 1926, in an effort to avoid selling land to stave off insolvency, May K. Rindge created a small ceramic tile factory. At its height, Malibu Potteries employed over 100 workers, and produced decorative tiles which furnish many Los Angeles-area public buildings and Beverly Hills residences. The factory, located one-half mile east of the pier, was ravaged by a fire in 1931.[25] Although the factory partially reopened in 1932, it could not recover from the effects of the Great Depression and a steep downturn in Southern California construction projects. A distinct hybrid of Moorish and Arts and crafts designs, Malibu tile is considered highly collectible. Fine examples of the tiles may be seen at the Adamson House and Serra Retreat, a fifty-room mansion that was started in the 1920s as the main Rindge home on a hill overlooking the lagoon. The unfinished building was sold to the Franciscan Order in 1942[26] and is operated as a retreat facility,[27] Serra Retreat. It burned in the 1970 fire and was rebuilt using many of the original tiles.

Most of the Big Rock Drive area was purchased in 1936 by William Randolph Hearst, who considered building an estate on the property. He sold the lower half of his holdings there in 1944 to Art Jones. Jones was one of the prominent early realtors in Malibu, starting with the initial leases of Rindge land in Malibu Colony. He was also the owner/part-owner of the Malibu Inn, Malibu Trading Post and the Big Rock Beach Cafe (which is now Moonshadows restaurant). Philiip McAnany owned 80 acres (32 ha) in the upper Big Rock area, which he had purchased in 1919, and had two cabins there, one of which burned in a brush fire that swept through the area in 1959, and the other in the 1993 Malibu fire. McAnany Way is named after him.

I’ve started a new VLOG… and here it is. FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG: 1

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Some of you asked for it, and here it is. The Official Launch of the FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG. Not sure I can pull it off daily, but along with 5MINUTE DRIVE & CAR STORIES, here’s a Day-In-The-Life smack dab in the middle of the Bu. Hope you enjoy it and PLEASE SHARE if you do! Thx!!

What’s happening @ THE FIREBALL PAD this week…

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Ok, so what’s up at the pad this week? Pop a Squat and I’ll tell ya…

• Wednesday I’m getting abducted by aliens and transported to a planet of car people. THE ENTIRE PLANET LOVES CARS. WUPEE! Wait… that’s not right. Wednesday is April Fool’s Day. DANG!

• I’ve been driving the 2015 Chrysler 200 all week with a review coming, but Wednesday brings in the all new 2016 CHRYSLER 300! (I hope it’s not an April Fool’s Joke.) Why? Well, because I’m headed on Thursday to a PreScreening of FURIOUS7 and since this is being put on by Dodge and at the Motor Trend offices in El Segundo, it had to be Mopar.

• Friday is my Birthday, so there’s that. I’m gonna do SQUAT!

• Saturday, I’m headed AGAIN to see FURIOUS7 for MY BIRTHDAY! (Did I mention it was my 50th Birthday?) And if you’re so inclined and happen to be in Culver City, we’ll be hitting (most likely) a 3pm show at the Pacific Culver Stadium 12. Check back on the blog to confirm the showtime at the end of the week. Hope to see you there!

• Kathie (my Bride) is currently working on a Mascot Costume for the Shenandoa University in Virginia. I designed this puppy (he’s not a puppy, but a Hornet. Whatever) and it’s coming along nicely. Watch her site here for details.

• Sunday brings Easter and I’d like to wish all of you guys the VERY BEST EASTER EVER!!! I love all of you truly and send you prosperity and love for this year. PLUS… lots and lots of Cadbury Chocolate Eggs.

COMING UP ON 5MINUTE DRIVE!!! The Bride and I rock a Mazda to go Whale Watching… EPISODE 44 and some all new CAR STORIES coming soon!

INCOMING!!!! The 2015 Fiat Abarth arrives @ The Fireball Pad… Plus, Blimps, Keanu & an Enzo…

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The week is starting out with a bang as this lil’ speedster (2015 FIAT ABARTH) is arriving at THE FIREBALL PAD today here in Malibu. I’ll be spending a week carving canyons and doing what you do in a pocket rocket like this. Look out for me comin’ thru! But what’s happening the rest of the week??

TOMORROW… An exclusive CHRYSLER EVENT in Culver City will reveal some create things that the brand is doing with future cars. I’ll be meeting and talking with the President Al Gardner to see what’s up. I think a HellCat Fiat should be the topic of discussion, eh?

5MINUTE DRIVE Part 2 of my Goodyear Blimp ride with Actor DENISE CROSBY is coming soon (editing now!), PLUS a trip to Keanu Reeves’ shop to get a closer look at his ARCH MOTORCYCLES. Badass Bikes a cometh!!

And if all goes well, a drive in an ENZO FERRARI over the weekend, courtesy of FastToysClub and then a visit to SUPERCAR SUNDAY. Join me!!

This weekend’s MALIBU CARS & COFFEE will be sporting an ENZO…

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According to incomer Scott Martin, he’ll be bringing in an ENZO FERRARI to this weekend’s Malibu Cars & Coffee… It’ll make for a good Car Story, eh?