This dood has Green Hornet’s SINISTER BLACK BEAUTY…

Yes, another cool car has miraculously appeared on my radar once again. Although you’d never see this one in a dealership, the nostalgic memories of some of you from the ’60s will be well served.

For the last year, I’ve conversed with my friend Mark Truman about his current build that has lasted over 11 years. Why 11 years? Well, because this is not the kind of build that you rush. It requires TV research, and close inspection of details that pop up over time.

What is the car? Green Hornet’s Black Beauty. Or what was originally a 1966 Chrysler Imperial four-door Crown Hardtop. Whoosh!

As a retired telecom special services employee with GTE/Verizon for 35 years, Mark finally has the time to tinker, blinker and build what he loves. His brother, Nate, shares the same passion for movie cars, so Mark decided to build the Black Beauty at his home. But this build needed major research.

He found a Chrysler that was 20.3 feet long, 5480 pounds and with a 440w Edelbrock 4Barrel Motor that would be perfect. The body and interior were good, but would need to be heavily modified to match the TV series’ night cruiser Black Beauty.

“I bought it in 2004,” began Mark. “From a band and drove it home from Monterey, California. The Black Beauty conversion began in my driveway and has lasted for an astounding 11 years.”

But why was this the car for Mark? I’m glad you asked. 

“This is the type [of] car used in the 1966 series ‘The Green Hornet,’” he explained. “[The] original build was by Dean Jeffries in Hollywood, and there were two cars created for the show. Both have survived and are in private hands. So if I wanted one, I had to build it myself.”

Mark and I got together several times to shoot the car for my Vlog Show, but every time, the Beauty was stubborn and temperamental. But eventually, Mark got her into Malibu and we cruised from Point Mugu Rock and had a blast.

I couldn’t believe I was driving the Green Hornet’s car donning a Kato mask. Yes, I actually wore the mask, although my fighting skills weren’t really what they used to be, so I just smiled a lot instead. 

Mark’s favorite part was actually mine, too: the overall length and sinister look of the car. Anyone around would look at it and wonder if their safety was at risk. 

I say we build 100 of these and send them to drive in our enemies’ cities. Just their presence would calm things down. And if it didn’t, at least they would think they’re cool long enough to stop causing trouble. 

Mark uses the car primarily for shows that support youth and police activities, so although the car is black and sinister, it’s got a good heart just like Mark.

And finally, I asked Mark for his best short story with the car and he gave it to me as we wrapped driving. 

“I have a high school age grandson who really enjoys when I pick him up in the Beauty,” Mark said. “All his friends think he is really cool that his grandfather has ‘that cool car.’ When he was questioning why he was going to school, I reminded him that I wouldn’t be able to pick him up in front of his friends if he left.

I hope that helped his decision to stay. 

“But I also really like watching people spot the car as I pass them. At first, they look confused, then break out into ‘10-year-old’ grins when they recognize it. It’s just cool.”

And what about driving in Malibu? 

“Malibu is a unique subculture in SoCal,” he said. “It’s really amazing to drive along the beach and see a high-end car parked alongside the road with a surfboard strapped to it. It is just the same when folks come across my car stopped alongside the road and try to figure out what it is.”

And that was just what they did the whole time we drove for the show. I’d like to offer a big thanks to Mark and his passion for the Beauty. It’s people like him who make me do what I do, and his giving nature made our drive a solid memory.

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$263K 2017 MERCEDES S65 AMG CABRIOLET! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 646 – Fireball heads to Silverstar Mercedes Benz to drive the $263K Mercedes S65 AMG Coupe. Gets donuts.

About the MERC from WIKI… The Mercedes-Benz S-Class, (Mercedes AMG S65 Cabriolet) formerly known as Sonderklasse (German for “special class”, abbreviated as “S-Klasse”), is a series of luxury flagship vehicles produced by the German automaker Mercedes-Benz, (Mercedes AMG S65 Cabriolet) division of German company Daimler AG.

The S-Class designation for top-of-the-line Mercedes-Benz models was officially introduced in 1972 with the W116, and has remained in use ever since.

The S-Class (Mercedes AMG S65 Cabriolet) has debuted many of the company’s latest innovations, including drivetrain technologies, interior features, and safety systems (such as the first seatbelt pretensioners).

The S-Class has ranked as the world’s best-selling luxury sedan,[3] and its latest generation, the W222 S-Class, premiered in 2013.

As in previous iterations, the W221 S-Class is sold in standard and long-wheelbase versions; I4, V6, V8, V12, diesel and hybrid powertrains are offered. All models built in Mexico or sold in the United States are only available in long wheelbase.

In automotive terms, Sonderklasse refers to “a specially outfitted car.” Although used colloquially for decades, following its official application in 1972, six generations of officially named S-Klasse sedans have been produced.

Previous two-door coupe models of the S-Class were known as SEC and later S-Coupe. In 1998 the S-Class coupe was spun off in a separate line as the CL-Class, however as of June 2014, it has been re-designated as the S-Class Coupé (Mercedes AMG S65 Cabriolet) for the 2015 model year, doing away with the CL-Class.

In 2016, the S-Class Cabriolet, internally named A217, was introduced with three variants: the S 550 Cabriolet, the Mercedes-AMG S 63 Cabriolet with 4Matic, and the Mercedes AMG S65 Cabriolet. The Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet, based on the S 65 Cabriolet, was announced in 2016.

Competing models include the BMW 7 Series, Audi A8, Jaguar XJ, Lexus LS, and the Maserati Quattroporte. 2017 MERCEDES S65 AMG CABRIOLET


BIG WAVES & COOL CARS MALIBU SURFRIDER BEACH! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 645 – Fireball takes Kathie and friend Lisa surfing in Malibu at Malibu Surfrider Beach on a big day, surfing and cool cars.

Best things to see from this MALIBU VLOGGER… Malibu Surfrider is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30 miles west of Downtown Los Angeles. Known for its Mediterranean climate, a 21-mile strip of the Malibu Surfrider coast incorporated in 1991 into the City of Malibu.

The area is known for being the home of Hollywood movie stars, people in the entertainment industry, and other affluent residents. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 12,645.

Signs around the city proclaim “21 miles of scenic beauty”, referring to the historical 21-mile Malibu coast spanning from Tuna Canyon west to Point Mugu in Ventura County. 2017 surfing videos

Most Malibu Surfrider residents live within a few hundred yards of Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1), which traverses the city, with some residents living up to a mile away from the beach up narrow canyons.

For many residents of the unincorporated canyon areas, Malibu has the closest commercial centers and are included in the Malibu zip codes. The city is also bounded by Topanga to the east, the Santa Monica Mountains (Agoura Hills, Calabasas, and Woodland Hills) to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the south, and Ventura County to the west. 2017 surfing videos

Nicknamed “the ‘Bu” by surfers and locals, beaches along the Malibu coast include Malibu Surfrider Beach, Zuma Beach, Malibu Beach, Topanga Beach, Point Dume Beach, County Line, and Dan Blocker Beach.

State parks and beaches on the Malibu coast include Malibu Creek State Park, Leo Carrillo State Beach and Park, Point Mugu State Park, and Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach, with individual beaches:

El Pescador, La Piedra and El Matador. The many parks within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area lie along the ridges above the city along with local parks that include Malibu Bluffs Park, Trancas Canyon Park, Las Flores Creek Park, and Legacy Park. 2017 surfing videos

Coming up ON THE VLOG! $169K 2018 MERCEDES AMG GT CAB…

In just a few days, I’ll be getting my hands on a new 2018 MERCEDES AMG GT CABRIOLET thanks to Silverstar Mercedes Benz of Thousand Oaks. Just a quick spin, but should be a great Vlog episode. Stay tuned!


MASSIVE 2017 NISSAN TITAN XD HITS MALIBU! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 644 – After heading to the beach… twice, Fireball reveals the massive 2017 Nissan Titan XD at the Fireball Pad.

About the NISSAN TITAN from WIKI… The #NissanTitan is a full-size pickup truck manufactured in the United States for the North American market by Nissan. It was named for the Titans of Greek mythology.

Development of the Nissan Titan began in September 1999, with design work under Diane Allen. Giovanny Arroba’s TA60 exterior was chosen in late 2000, with a final production freeze in July 2001.

The design language of the future truck was previewed by the 2001 Alpha T concept shown at the 2001 Detroit Auto Show, which had previously developed through November 2000.

Production on the Nissan Titan began on September 21, 2003 and sales on December 1, 2003. The Titan used Nissan’s new full-size F-Alpha platform.

This new platform was shared with the Nissan Armada and Infiniti QX56 SUVs, with all three manufactured in Canton, Mississippi, United States. The first generation Nissan Titan continued without a major redesign through 2015.

All Nissan Titan came standard with a 32-valve, 5.6-liter engine, VK56DE, which generates 317 hp (236 kW) (305 hp or 227 kW on 2004–2006 models) and 385 lb·ft (522 N·m) of torque.

The first generation Titan came equipped with a fully boxed ladder frame and was available in either rear-wheel drive or a shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive system coupled with a five-speed RE505A automatic transmission.

An automatic brake-limited slip (ABLS) system was available on all Titans. The first generation was available as a King Cab (extended cab) or a crew cab with a full-sized back seat, with no regular cab being offered.

The King Cab featured a 6-foot-7-inch (2.01 m) bed, while the crew cab had a 5-foot-7-inch (1.70 m) bed. In 2008, a longer wheelbase model was offered with either an 8-foot-3-inch (2.51 m) bed on the King Cab or a 7-foot-3-inch (2.21 m) bed on the crew cab.

There were originally four trim levels available: the S, SV, Pro-4x, SE and LE. The SE and LE trim were eventually replaced by the luxury SL trim.

The S was the base model, the SV a mid-level model with more features, the PRO-4X was the off-road-oriented version, and the top level SL was offered with features like 20-inch alloy wheels as standard equipment. 2017 Nissan Titan XD


WORLD’S MOST UNIQUE CAR #CIGAR BOX! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 88 – Fireball hits the Malibu Arts Festival and spots the World’s Most #UniqueCigarBox!

Get one here!

About CIGARS from WIKI… Cigar #tobacco is grown in significant quantities primarily in Central America and the islands of the Caribbean, including Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Panama, and Puerto Rico;

…it is also produced in the Eastern United States, the Mediterranean countries of Italy and Spain (in the Canary Islands), and in Indonesia and the Philippines of Southeast Asia. unique cigar box

The origins of cigar smoking are still unknown. A Guatamalan ceramic pot dating back to the tenth century features a Mayan smoking tobacco leaves tied together with a string. Sikar, the Maya term for smoking, may have inspired the name cigar.

A unique cigar box is a box container for cigar packaging. Traditionally cigar boxes have been made of wood, cardboard or paper. Spanish cedar has been described as the “best” kind of wood for cigar boxes because of its beautiful grain, fine texture, and pleasant odor.

Eucalyptus and yellow poplar have been popular substitutes that were sometimes stained and scented to resemble it. Other typical woods for #cigarboxes include mahogany, elm, and white oak; less-popular are basswood, Circassian walnut, and rosewood.

There are several types of unique cigar boxes, differing both in construction and purpose.

Cabinet selection, slid-lid or hinged lid, typically storing 25 or 50 cigars 8-9-8, round-sided box with three layers, counting 8, 9 and 8 cigars respectively. Flat top or 13-topper, two layers with 12 on bottom and 13 on top

Boxes of box-pressed cigars, stored two layers with same number of cigars.

Unique Cigar boxes, labels, and bands are considered a subject of art, with businesses specializing in them and books printed on their design, meaning, and significance. As a result, cigar boxes and their corresponding labels can be considered collectible items.