Ride of the Week… A DATE WITH CHRISTINE!!

Pretty much everyone on the planet knows of Christine, the 1957 Plymouth Fury who terrorized a small town with her jealous, flaming rage and left havoc in her rearview mirror.

But, I’ll bet you didn’t know that Christine is a very different lady on the weekends? Much more subdued on the jealousy angle than most might think, yet she seems to cause a bit of mayhem wherever she goes.

I got a chance to interview her and take a spin (shotgun of course) and speak with this evil harlet of the silver screen on her likes and dislikes, and what she does around Halloween in the ’Bu. And of course, why she loves Malibu (in a slightly dark, sinister and comical way).

On the outside, while Christine sits still parked at the Country Mart, fans gather and take pictures. But one thing that Christine loves most is that the moment she moves, everyone around her scatters like bugs. Sitting still, she’s an innocent classic, but the moment her tires roll, her movie character comes to life and people really freak. I got to see this first-hand.

“With the slightest roll, I can move everything and everyone out of my way,” Christine said. “It’s a plus when I need to pull out of tight places. People think I’m going to burst into flames and chase them. It’s funny … yet, I might. All depends on how annoying they are. I don’t mind selfies, but don’t sit on my hood or I’ll give you a free ride to the morgue!”

Yeah, that was a little unnerving for a first sit down with Hollywood’s favorite evil car, but I cautiously went with it.

Once on the road up PCH as the sun began to set, I started to wonder what I had gotten myself into. But the interview just kept rolling with some of Christine’s likes.

“I like Tesla and think it’s about time for self-driving cars,” she said. “I’ve been doing this since 1983 and it’s why John Carpenter tapped me for the role in the movie. The tech is there and I’m proof. But I just had to get him over my arrest record. I’ve been towed more times than I can count! But sitting on the side of the road in the dark seems to scare people, and I tend to do it in lots of creepy places. I just like the darkness … and, during Halloween, it gets much, much darker.”

We rolled into Pavilions at Point Dume and as the car wound through the parking lot, we got a combination of smiles accompanied by moms grabbing their children and running.

“If I pass someone in a parking lot and then suddenly stop, they scatter like I’m gonna back up and eat them with my trunk,” Christine said. “I might!! But I have to shop also and don’t need a bunch of people trapped in my trunk while I do it. What kind of sense would that make!”

Yeah, I wasn’t really sure how to respond to that, so I just smiled and prayed that I’d make it back home and not end up as a real Fireball. But Christine’s dislikes were far more interesting.

“I don’t like passengers that leave trash on my dashboard or eat in my seats,” she said. “They do that … and I’ll turn them into a charred McNugget, and have. You won’t be seeing them any time soon, except maybe during Halloween as a ghost or goblin,” she said, with a smirk on her polished chrome bumper.

Pretty sure she was kidding. I think.

“I don’t like drivers on PCH who pull U-turns on the bridge, make left turns in the middle of the highway with their butts sticking out or speeders,” she continued. “If I catch you, I won’t be giving you a ticket, but a one-way trip to St. Peter without your car.”

Carpenter will attest to that, as some of his crew would randomly disappear during the shoot.

“I have no recollection of that,” said Christine. “Maybe they just didn’t like working with a star like me. I can be a bit of a bear in my trailer when I haven’t had enough oil.”

On Malibu, Christine’s favorite spots are corner lots in the dark, long driveways of random people’s houses and overgrown backyards.

My time with Christine revealed a lot of things. Mainly, I saw my life flash before my eyes and thanked God I got back. But, also, she revealed to me her inner charm and evil, funny humor regarding everything from Starbucks to zombies. She’s a Zombie Uberist on weekends and likes the fact that they don’t talk much, but tend to leave a few parts behind in the backseat. Not like she can do anything about it, as they are already dead. She’s building up a collection though.

This Halloween, Christine will be cruising up and down PCH, doing her best to scare as many people as possible. Her record is 2,100 and she plans on beating that to a pulp. For some reason, I believe her … and will be on high alert.

Thanks Christine for taking the time to cruise with Fireball! I’m very grateful not to have become a McNugget. And I won’t be pulling any U-turns anytime soon!

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What’s it like to drive a 1957 DODGE CUSTOM ROYAL LANCER?

What’s it like to drive a 1957 DODGE ROYAL LANCER?

Shooting a daily Vlog Show can be a challenge sometimes as not all days are filled with car shows, premieres or cool activities. But fortunately for me, I live here in the Bu, where there’s a wealth of amazing cars that are revealed as you poke around town.

Now, there’s no way to know what you’ll come across, but if I need some quick content to wrap up my show, I just drive through town and always spot something cool. Case in point: Justin Silvers’ 1957 Dodge Royal Lancer.

There’s a few hot spots in town that I can peruse in about 10 minutes and one of them includes Malibu Car Wash in Malibu Country Mart. Justin started MCW about 26 years ago in 1990. That’s a lot of washes. A handy array of car coolness where owners get their dirty rides gleaming again. And owner Justin Silvers and his team do a great job at keeping these puppies glossy and ready for the Oscars — a Car Wash to the Stars, you could say.

So I frequently scoot by and do some snappy drive-bys. But this past week, I stopped in as Justin had an amazing classic, just washed and ready for a photo shoot. So I did my thing and asked him where he managed to wrangle this beauty?

“I sell motor yachts and cars,” Justin began to explain. “But this 1957 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer had a factory installed D500 Hemi and dual 4 Barrel Carburators which pumped it to 315hp from the factory. It has an original torque flight push button transmission, too. So, I bought the car for my father as a birthday present and have been restoring it for the last three years.” 

But there’s more. 

“I purchased the car on the East Coast and had it shipped it to California.” 

The reason he bought it? Here was the diddy.

“My dad had this car in high school and it brings back lots of great memories for him and his twin brother.” Justin went on further. “The best part of the car in my opinion is the Hemi and the rear tail fins.” 

An amazing touch and a clear sister to Hollywood’s “Christine,” having come out the same year as a Plymouth Fury. 

“The car will be used by my father to drive in Palm Springs and take to car shows.” 

A very cool gift indeed for a car guy. His original high school ride. If my son did the same for me … it’d be a 1981 Lemon Yellow Volkswagen Dasher. Not a cool car at the time by any means and it even had four doors. But I kicked the crap outta that car, drew a Van Halen logo on the back with a sharpie and let ‘er rip. It’s where I learned to drift a front-wheel drive and wrangled my first tickets. So proud.

And finally, why Malibu for Justin? 

“I love driving here in town to see the beautiful scenery and to visit with good friends that I have grown to know and love for the last 26 years.” 

Simple. Either you get it or you don’t. 

If you don’t, there’s always the Valley and it’s calling to you. Big thanks, Justin, for the introduction to Della (my name for Christine’s sister). She’s a sweetheart and will be your dad’s new squeeze. But if I head to Palm Springs, I’ll be expecting a ride …

A Malibu Horror Queen Christine sits waiting… Today’s VLOGROCKET

In every town in LA, cars sit on the side of the road wanting new homes. You see them everywhere you go. For sale, for trade, for … free. But, in our little town of Malibu, Hollywood’s diamond in the rough, we get a different kind of experience. 

The other day, as I was scootin’ PCH and the corner of my eyeball snagged a blip of red wrapping a metal body. Something I hadn’t seen in years. It was a 1957 Plymouth Fury that although could be a plenty in SoCal’s custom car culture, this one version in particular was a cut above the rest. She was a duplicate of the car used in the film “Christine.” And although she would be instantly recognizable in an Auto Museum or at one of my car shows, Christine lay dormant, wanting and waiting for a new owner.

Now, this is not a pitch to have someone go buy this car, as it’s not mine. But in case you would like to have it, it’s at the Malibu Auto Spa (unofficial plug). But the interesting thing about this car is that it literally felt like Marilyn Monroe sitting at a bus stop. You instantly recognize her, but can’t quite believe she would be sitting alone without a crowd around her. But there she was, Christine. All alone, blanketed by orange cones like she was waiting for John Carpenter to yell out her name for the next scene.

And that got me thinking. Car culture is as old as the car itself. And each year, a flourish of cars are created as hot rods, classics, customs and tuners of every shape and size. The kinds of cars that rarely are used for anything other than car shows. Take the SEMA Show for example. Every year these cars get built and most of them would never be daily drivers. Thousands of cars each year for the last 30-40 years (30 at least, as that’s how many I’ve attended). And literally, most of them are never seen again unless they end up in a museum. They disappear into garages, store houses, warehouses and cargo containers leaving for other countries. Literally what would amount to millions of custom rides all over the planet.

Almost an unimaginable concept that affirms that historical car culture is alive and well and will be for years. So, for those of you afraid that autonomous cars will be taking over and no one will want to drive anymore, I say Bah Humbug!

Christine may be sitting idle, wanting and waiting. But her new home, wherever it may be, will be a place where love abounds. So as you pass her on PCH next week, give a wink and a smile and know that even though she’s a true Horror Queen, and may be a little distorted, she’s most likely just misunderstood and needs some love. But if you do decide to buy her, be cautious. She’s a little creepy in the trust department. Not for the owner with a wandering eye if you know what I mean. So be warned!

Was that the EVIL CHRISTINE? – FMV509

Today’s episode of Fireball Malibu Vlog! Fireball & Kathie go funny Christmas Shopping, spots CHRISTINE, then off to Fox Studios to see a preview of 4 upcoming films. LOGAN, ALIEN: COVENANT, WAR OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and more. Then… some inspiration.