AficionAUTO and Fireball hit the canyons in the MAZDA MX5 RF…

Great episode with Christopher Rutkowski and I, driving through Malibu in the 2017 MAZDA MX5 RF. Shot this a couple weeks back. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to Christopher’s YT Channel for Movie Car stuff too. It’s awesome.

The CARPOCALYPSE has begun… and it’s Cool

So there I was, coming out of Starbucks and heading to my daily ride when the corner of my eye dragged me to a down and dirty sight.

There in the Malibu Country Mart parking lot stood a 2012 Dodge Charger with some serious modification.

FADE IN: Christopher Rutkowski is a director/producer of cool car content. He loves cars and his passion is to film them not only in movies, but also on his Youtube Channel (theAFICIONAUTO and www.driveTA.com). He is a serious movie car fan and has owned many of them.

But this 2012 Dodge Charger (apocalypse edition) wasn’t just any movie car. It was fully armed with zombie-splattering mods and blunt force mods. Let me explain.

Under the dented, smashed and hammered skin lies a 3.6L Pentastar V6 with 290 horsepower — just enough to cross town and launch zombies into neighborhood yardage.

But the car also includes a defense exoskeleton, front ramming guard, extra large truck steelies, and Mickey Thompson Baja tires with lots of gross leftover zombie parts. 

With real rust, fake rust and rusty rust, the car had an apocalypse wrap convincing enough that zombies would think it’s real (as they can smell fresh paint a mile away) and window cages that allow one to put their wallet in the dash with cash hanging out and no worries that anyone can do anything about it!

“I’ve had this car for about two years now,” Rutkowski started. “I got it in a prop auction online for the TV show ‘Defiance.’ It is the perfect car for me and my business, theAFICIONAUTO. I document and sell movie cars online, so when I was looking for a new business car to replace my ‘Jurassic Park’ Jeep, this was the perfect candidate.

“The show ‘Defiance’ itself wasn’t that popular so it can easily be identified with me and my brand,” he continued. “The fans of the show will love it when they see it. It’s robust and strong for a V6, and the cage keeps it secure and safe.

No one will ever be able to break in and steal my camera gear. It’s also pretty ideal for my dog to hang out in with all the windows open since the gates keep him from escaping.”

Sounds pretty frickin’ awesome to me.

According to Rutkowski, the best part of the car is the wheels matched up with the exoskeleton.

“[It] makes it look like the baddest thing on the road and people get out of your way,” he said.

Except for the zombies. Stupid zombies.

“It’s my daily driver, my camera car and I use it to go to Costco and for TV and film shoots,” Rutkowski said.

I’m pretty sure that taking this car to Costco would scare anyone. If I was in the driver’s seat, I’d just drive it right through the store and scoop up lots of paper towels for zombie cleanup.

The car was also recently the star of a ‘Mad Max’-style car chase in the deserts of California City.

“Just three weeks ago we had the ambitious idea to produce and shoot a large-scale chase scene with this car and many other apocalyptic cars in the desert,” Rutkowski said. “Twelve hours of shooting on the hottest day of the year and surprisingly the engine didn’t fail or overheat once!

“Other than that, everyday is a great story. People surround it at gas stations and parking lots and ask every question under the sun. Surprisingly, many think it’s a proper race car or some kind of dune racer.”

Nope, it’s a zombie killer and people ought to get that right off the bat.

The best thing about driving in Malibu for Rutkowski?

“The roads in the canyons coupled with the best weather in the region. It’s smooth and curvy and the community of auto enthusiasts is so strong here,” he said. “You don’t feel alienated by everyone for having an octane addiction. It’s my motor paradise.”

Well, I can appreciate that fact … and Rutkowski’s passion. But underneath all his kindness and movie-making expertise lies a zombie eradicating monster machine of death.

Oh, and it’d be a great car to have in the event of a mummy attack, too.

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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).