1921 BEVERLY HILLBILLIES TRUCK DISCOVERED! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 733

BEVERLY HILLBILLIES TRUCK DISCOVERED! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 733 – Fireball heads into Hollywood for a Batman ’66 Launch Party, spots the Beverly Hillbillies 1921 Oldsmobile Model 46 Roadster… and the Bottle from “I Dream of Jeanie.”

The Beverly Hillbillies is an American sitcom originally broadcast on CBS from 1962 to 1971.

The show had an ensemble cast featuring Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, and Max Baer Jr. as the Clampetts, a poor backwoods family who move to posh Beverly Hills, California, after striking oil on their land.

The show was produced by Filmways and was created by writer Paul Henning.

It was followed by two other Henning-inspired “country cousin” series on CBS: Petticoat Junction, and its spin-off Green Acres, which reversed the rags-to-riches, country-to-city model of The Beverly Hillbillies.

The Beverly Hillbillies ranked among the top 20 most-watched programs on television for eight of its nine seasons, twice ranking as the number one series of the year, with a number of episodes that remain among the most-watched television episodes in history.

It accumulated seven Emmy nominations during its run.

The series remains in syndicated reruns, and its ongoing popularity spawned a 1993 film remake by 20th Century Fox.

STAR WARS R2-D2 HITS MALIBU WHEELS AND WAVES – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 721

STAR WARS R2-D2 HITS MALIBU WHEELS AND WAVES – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 721 – Fireball’s Christmas Edition of Wheels and Waves welcomes amazing Cars, Celebs, Santa and STAR WARS R2-D2!

R2-D2 is a fictional robot character in the Star Wars franchise created by George Lucas, who appears in the original trilogy, the prequel trilogy, the sequel trilogy, and Rogue One.

A small astromech droid, R2-D2 is a major character and appears in all Star Wars films to date.

Throughout the course of the films, he is a friend to Padmé Amidala, Anakin Skywalker, Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker, and Obi-Wan Kenobi in various points in the saga.

English actor Kenny Baker played R2-D2 in all three original Star Wars films, and received billing credit for the character in the prequel trilogy, where Baker’s role was reduced, as R2-D2 was portrayed mainly by radio controlled props and CGI models.

In the sequel trilogy, Baker was credited as consultant for The Force Awakens; however, Jimmy Vee also co-performed the character in some scenes.

Vee later took over the role beginning in The Last Jedi.

R2-D2’s sounds and vocal effects were created by Ben Burtt.

R2-D2 was designed in artwork by Ralph McQuarrie, co-developed by John Stears and built by Tony Dyson.

George Lucas’s creation of R2-D2 was influenced by Akira Kurosawa’s 1958 feature film The Hidden Fortress (USA release 1962), particularly Tahei and Matashichi, the two comic relief characters that serve as sidekicks to General Makabe. Lucas and artist Ralph McQuarrie also drew inspiration from the robots Huey, Dewey, and Louie from Douglas Trumbull’s 1972 film Silent Running.

The name derives from when Lucas was making one of his earlier films, American Graffiti. Sound editor Walter Murch states that he is responsible for the utterance which sparked the name for the droid.

Murch asked for Reel 2, Dialog Track 2, in the abbreviated form “R-2-D-2”. Lucas, who was in the room and had dozed off while working on the script for Star Wars, momentarily woke when he heard the request and, after asking for clarification, stated that it was a “great name” before going back to writing his script.

R2-D2 stands for Second Generation Robotic Droid Series-2, according to a Star Wars encyclopedia published after the release of the film Star Wars.

Tony Dyson, owner of the special effects studio The White Horse Toy Company, was commissioned to fabricate the design, making four units operated by remote control.

Two were used by Baker, and two were stunt double models made for the scene where the droid was shot from the swamp onto the shore on Dagobah.

TODAY’S VLOG! FERRARI CAR SHOW AT CAFFE LUXXE MALIBU – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 707

FERRARI CAR SHOW AT CAFFE LUXXE MALIBU – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 707 – Fireball hosts this Ferrari Car Show at Caffe Luxxe in Malibu with about 30 Stallions from The Ferrari Club of America and Actor Tony Dow from “Leave it to Beaver.”

Ferrari is an Italian sports car manufacturer based in Maranello.

Founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1939 out of Alfa Romeo’s race division as Auto Avio Costruzioni, the company built its first car in 1940.

However, the company’s inception as an auto manufacturer is usually recognized in 1947, when the first Ferrari-badged car was completed.

In 2014, Ferrari was rated the world’s most powerful brand by Brand Finance. In May 2012 the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO became the most expensive car in history, selling in a private transaction for US$38.1 million to American communications magnate Craig McCaw.

Fiat S.p.A. acquired 50 percent of Ferrari in 1969 and expanded its stake to 90 percent in 1988.

In October 2014 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced its intentions to separate Ferrari S.p.A. from FCA; as of the announcement FCA owned 90 percent of Ferrari.

The separation began in October 2015 with a restructuring that established Ferrari N.V. (a company incorporated in the Netherlands) as the new holding company of the Ferrari group and the subsequent sale by FCA of 10 percent of the shares in an IPO and concurrent listing of common shares on the New York Stock Exchange.

Through the remaining steps of the separation, FCA’s interest in Ferrari’s business was distributed to shareholders of FCA, with 10 percent continuing to be owned by Piero Ferrari.

The spin-off was completed on 3 January 2016. Throughout its history, the company has been noted for its continued participation in racing, especially in Formula One, where it is the most successful racing team, holding the most constructors championships (16) and having produced the highest number of winning drivers (15).

Ferrari road cars are generally seen as a symbol of speed, luxury and wealth.

WATCH! TONY DOW CHEVROLET CORVAIR RESTORATION – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 670

TONY DOW CHEVROLET CORVAIR RESTORATION – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 670 – Fireball heads to Actor (Leave it to Beaver) Tony Dow’s house in the hills of Topanga to see the finished 1962 Chevrolet Corvair from WIKD KUSTOMS. www.wikdkustoms.com

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

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).

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!.

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

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

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

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

CHIP FOOSE 1963 CADILLAC ELDORADO – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 660

CHIP FOOSE 1963 CADILLAC ELDORADO – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 660

Fireball heads to the Automobile Driving Museum for some cool Hot Wheels Cars, spots a Chip Foose 1963 Cadillac Eldorado. Later, drive the 2017 Mazda Miata RF with Christopher Rutkowski (The AFICIONAUTO).

From WIKI… Chip Foose (born October 13, 1963) is an American automobile designer and the star of Velocity’s reality television series Overhaulin’.

The nameplate Eldorado is a contraction of two Spanish words that translate as “the gilded (i.e., golden) one” — and also refers to El Dorado, the mythical South American “Lost City of Gold” that fascinated Spanish explorers.

In 1963 Eldorado Biarritz joined the Cadillac Sixty Special and the Cadillac Series 75 as the only Cadillac models with Fleetwood bodies and immediately acquired Fleetwood crests on its rear quarters and Fleetwood rocker panel moldings.

The 1963 Eldorado was also the first Fleetwood bodied convertible since the Cadillac Series 75 stopped offering four- and two-door convertible body styles and production of the Cadillac Series 90 (V16) ceased in 1941.

In overall terms the 1963 Cadillac 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.

The Eldorado also had a rectangular grid pattern rear decorative grille. 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 (6.4 l) and 325 hp (242 kW).

1963 CADILLAC DE VILLE! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 652

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.

PINK JEEP DRIVEN BY ELVIS IN BLUE HAWAII! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 638

PINK JEEP WILLY’S DRIVEN BY ELVIS! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 638 – Fireball heads south for Donut Derelicts, Lamborghinis, The Lyon Air Museum and a Pink Jeep driven by Elvis!

All from WIKI… Blue Hawaii is a 1961 American musical romantic comedy film set in the state of Hawaii and starring Elvis Presley. The screenplay by Hal Kanter was nominated by the Writers Guild of America in 1962 in the category of Best Written American Musical.

The movie opened at no. 2 in box office receipts for that week and despite mixed reviews from critics, finished as the 10th top-grossing movie of 1961 and 14th for 1962 on the Variety national box office survey, earning $5 million.

The film won a fourth place prize Laurel Award in the category of Top Musical of 1961.

The Willys MB (commonly known as a Jeep or jeep, formally as the U.S. Army Truck, 1/4 ton, 4×4) and the Ford GPW are four-wheel drive utility vehicles that were manufactured during World War II.

Produced from 1941 to 1945, it evolved post-war into the civilian Jeep CJ, and inspired both an entire category of recreational 4WDs and several generations of military light utility vehicles.

Elvis Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as the “King of Rock and Roll” or simply “the King”.

Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, and relocated to Memphis, Tennessee with his family when he was 13 years old. His music career began there in 1954, when he recorded a song with producer Sam Phillips at Sun Records.

Accompanied by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, Presley was an early popularizer of rockabilly, an uptempo, backbeat-driven fusion of country music and rhythm and blues. RCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, who managed the singer for more than two decades.

Presley’s first RCA single, “Heartbreak Hotel”, was released in January 1956 and became a number-one hit in the United States. He was regarded as the leading figure of rock and roll after a series of successful network television appearances and chart-topping records.

His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences across color lines that coincided with the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, made him enormously popular—and controversial.

LEAVE IT TO BEAVER TONY DOW DRIVES A 1964 AVANTE! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 632

TONY DOW DRIVES A 1964 AVANTE! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 632 – Fireball picks up buddy Tony Dow and whisks he, his wife Lauren, Kathie and Ken to The Murphy Auto Museum to drive a 1964 Avante!

The Murphy Auto Museum, located in Oxnard, California, is a collection of over 90 beautiful vintage automobiles and Americana housed inside a 30,000 square foot facility. Our unique collection spans from 1903 to present day.

We are also home to one of the largest H/O scale train layouts, with many scale miles of track. Enjoy watching passenger and freight trains as they wind their way through cities, towns and the countryside.

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

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).

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!.

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

The StudebakerAvanti is a personal luxury coupe manufactured and marketed by Studebaker Corporation between June 1962 and December 1963. The automaker marketed the Avanti as “America’s Only 4 Passenger High-Performance Personal Car.”

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CLASSIC 1985 JEEP GRAND WAGONEER! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 615

CLASSIC 1985 JEEP GRAND WAGONEER! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 615 – Fireball and Kathie drive a classic 1985 Jeep Grand Wagoneer for the day. Lose to a skateboarder.

From WIKI… The Jeep Wagoneer is the first luxury 4×4, sold and produced for Jeep through numerous marques from 1963 to 1991.

A “sport utility vehicle” (SUV) for decades before the term was even coined, the 4WD Wagoneer saw only minor mechanical changes during its 28-year plus production run, the third longest in U.S. automotive history.

Introduced in November 1962 (1963 model year) as a successor to the Willys Jeep Station Wagon that had been built since the end of World War II, the Wagoneer pioneered the sport utility vehicle concept. In spite of its pickup truck chassis and boxy shape it was more carlike than any 4×4 on the market.

Compared with offerings from General Motors, International Harvester, and Land Rover — which were producing utilitarian work-oriented vehicles with spartan truck-like interiors — the Wagoneer’s luxury set it apart.

Based on the Jeep SJ platform, the revolutionary Wagoneer sported an advanced overhead cam straight-six engine, and offered features unheard of at the time in any other mainstream 4WD vehicle, such as an independent front suspension, power steering, and automatic transmission.

The Wagoneer made its debut seven years before Land Rover launched its Range Rover in Great Britain, and 24 years before that upscale marque appeared in the United States. It was replaced by the smaller Jeep Grand Cherokee.

An improved handling package was introduced in 1985 that incorporated a revised front sway bar, gas filled shock absorbers, and lower friction rear springs. A total of 17,814 Grand Wagoneers were built for 1985.

In 1984, AMC replaced the SJ-body Cherokee with the new, smaller and more fuel-efficient unibody Jeep Cherokee (XJ), but high demand prompted the company to keep the old SJ-body Wagoneer in production.

The Wagoneer Limited was renamed the “Grand Wagoneer” and, in mid-1984, Jeep introduced a less expensive version of the Grand Wagoneer named the Wagoneer Custom without the simulated woodgrain exterior.

Wheels were steel with hubcaps, and standard equipment was pared down. It had part-time four-wheel drive. Despite its lower price (US$15,995, about $3,000 less than the “Grand”), sales were poor.

RIP… SIR ROGER MOORE leaves us

Sad news today from the family of SIR ROGER MOORE. He has passed at 89.

A fantastic Bond in film, Moore was truly the only bond that I felt had a clear sense of humor. And that humor, mixed with action sequences like the above made him a star. We will miss him greatly miss him as a true inspiration.

Sir Roger George Moore (October 1927 – 23 May 2017) was an English actor. He played the British secret agent James Bond in seven feature films between 1973 and 1985. He is also known for playing Simon Templar in the television series The Saint between 1962 and 1969.

Moore took over the role of Bond from Sean Connery in 1972, and made his first appearance as 007 in Live and Let Die (1973). The longest serving Bond to date, Moore portrayed the spy in six more films:

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983), and A View to a Kill (1985). Appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1991, Moore was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 for “services to charity”.

In 2008, the French government appointed Moore a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and the same year he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.