Design Details for BACK TO TH FUTURE 2 UNCOVERED!!!!

Great work from my friend Andy Probert and Tim Flattery here. These sketches have been buried for a long time. Below, you can see the buck of the Police Car sitting in the desert at Gene Winfield’s shop. Still there…

Ride of the Week… What is the Best Character in Movies?

Here in Malibu, we are inundated with cars and movies.

On virtually every corner of this town, we can name a film that was shot there, a memorable scene or a moment in Hollywood history. It’s an amazing place.

And although you may not know it, Hollywood has been successful for one simple reason: it shows us the hero’s journey.

Now, not all of the journeys have been successfully portrayed, but most are and it is enough to keep Tinseltown going. It’s kind of like a surfer chasing that perfect wave. They may run across a few less-than perfect ones, but it’s not about those. It’s about the Holy Grail of waves — the one which makes you feel alive.

Hollywood works in this way, and many films have been very successful in doing this. And to my delight, they’ve used cars not only in the films, but as the actual hero as well.

Here, you will see a shot I took of the “Back to the Future” DeLorean from the third film. And although it’s the story of Marty McFly and his journey, it’s also the story of the DeLorean and how it became Marty’s trusty steed, never failing him (although, it didn’t start a few times).

Cars in film have been a staple since the beginning. In fact, the first actual movie car appeared in a Laurel and Hardy film. It got squished like an accordion and had to be built that way. But car people gravitate to certain brands, types and scenes.

If you’re a muscle car aficionado, then you’ll be interested in seeing a movie with muscle cars. It’s pretty simple really.

But there’s a more complex action going on here. If you reverse engineer a few Hollywood success stories, you’ll see why they’ve been successful. And you’ll notice that virtually every Hollywood property that has been long running has had cars in droves.

Let’s take a look.

Example No. 1 is James Bond. Jimmy’s movies have virtually all been successful, which is why this year will launch his 25th film. And the reason is that there are consistent compartmentalized components. Jimmy never changes and always falls within what he naturally would do.

And he wouldn’t wear a cowboy hat. But the key integral components of the films never change. Jimmy himself, exotic locations, gadgets, girls and cars.

Example No. 2 is Fast and Furious. Although virtually the same, cars are the main ingredient here. Everything else comes secondary.

Example No. 3 is Star Wars. OK, now you sitting there and saying “Wait, there’s no cars in those films, Fireball!” To which I would respond, “Hold on a tick, lil’ compadre!” George Lucas is a huge car guy and has filled his films with automotive reference.

Case in point is Luke’s Landspeeder and many other automotive design languages. Even the new upcoming Solo movie has a Landspeeder car chase. So there.

Example No. 4 is Back to the Future, and actually many others. My point is, the hero’s journey is a person facing insurmountable odds to overcome and prevail. And it’s clear to Hollywood that he or she needs a cool car to do that.

And who am I to argue?

Batman, Jurassic Park and Marvel films all incorporate vehicles of some sort. And as a result, butts land in the chairs in droves. Films have even been done without actors at all and just cars.

It makes one wonder. What films could have been more successful had they added some kind of vehicular contraption? Hollywood, are you listening?

I may not be a lot of things, but what I am is the King of Car Culture. And I say that humbly, because, as such, it’s my job to share the stories of those who love cars. And filmmakers better listen up, because if adding a cool car into your flick is that powerful, then I’ll help you put the butts in the chairs, including my own.

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A THROWBACK episode from an entirely different series, Fireball reveals an up close and personal look with the BACK TO THE FUTURE 3 DELOREAN TIME MACHINE!

Today’s Action Vids… GRAVITY (Behind the Scenes), BACK TO THE FUTURE, VAN HALEN TEEN, KUNG FURY


Ok, let’s get a little Wacky. Some incredible footage of GRAVITY Behind the Scenes, head BACK TO THE FUTURE again, a teen VAN HALEN Jammer and the trailer for the crazy KUNG FURY. Done.

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Today’s Episode… Fireball heads BACK IN TIME in a Delorean


I’ve been a lot of places, but when you drive in a DeLorean… there’s really only one place to go. And that’s through time. So, for today’s episode, let’s poke through the timesphere and discover coolness. Click the vid or watch HERE.

LEGO will Release BACK TO THE FUTURE Time Machine LEGO Sets…

Cool. Now, if they could only produce actual LEGO Time Machines so we could go…


BACK TO THE FUTURE Behind the Scenes of the Hoverboard Test!

This is great stuff to see how “movie magic” got accomplished for Back to the Future 2. Like you guys didn’t already know how they did that. But the cool thing is that this is happening all over town, every day. Studios are working on the next big thing right in front of you. You just have to keep your eyes peeled to see us driving cool cars for the next big flick. ‘Cause we are… even today. 😉

Back to the Future… GEEKED

Ok, so this movie came out in the 80’s. But they’re still making toys like these legos. Ah, love it. Get ’em for yer kids and then watch all three movies together on a Sunday. And have Pie.


Movie Cars of the Day: BACK TO THE FUTURE 2

No, not the Delorean… which everyone knows. The other cars that people rarely mention. The Edsel HoverCar, Police Bikes and Hover Police Car. Here’s some shots I took hanging out with Gene Winfield at his shop in the Mojave. The shells for the Cop Car.

Most of these were designed by Tim Flattery. And like most movie cars, they end up in museums, private collections or what I call the Blockbuster Graveyard. But there were a lot of cars in BTTF2. Would be cool to gather them all up into one place for a car show?


Big thanks to Desi DosSantos for lettin’ us ride in this cool car! Check out the PRESS RELEASE, too!

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