Fireball on AOL’s “You’ve Got…”

Cool… Hollywood Car Coolness, now on AOL…

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AOL’s “You’ve Got…” BEHIND THE SCENES…

Wow, what an awesome experience with a great group of people. This team from AOL were super pros, coming to the shop for the new “You’ve Got… Famous Cars” episode. Now, it airs this Thursday on the homepage of AOL, so be sure to check it out. But I’ll embed it here, too. We had a good time, and even our publicist Mikey was causin’ trouble with the camera!

BIG THANKS to the AOL team and all the hard work! Sure to be a bitchin’ episode…

Fireball Weapon atop THOR S.H.I.E.L.D. Vehicle…

Yea, I love TOP SECRET stuff. For the past couple weeks I’ve been designing some hardware (a SOUND gun, to be specific) for this new ACURA TL. Two of the cars were delivered to the shop to be built as THOR SHIELD VEHICLES. Fabricators, Franks Collins and Mark Nazure from CVS went to work on fabricating the car and the gun I designed to fit atop. And these boys know their stuff… 2 cars in one week.

Below are several iterations of the gun and the final build that Frank did. Mark handled lighting and interior mods.  The client chose the simplest design and that’s good. Even the SpeederBike Troopers dig it. …Although he’s pointing to the price. The gun adds a bit much to the list of mods…

You’ll see two of these cars floating around to promote the film.

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KABC-TV’s Dave Kunz features Fireball and Movie Car Coolness…


Glad I didn’t slobber or pick my nose. Although, then it may have gone up on YouTube, too? Thanks a bunch, Dave!

REDSTER Build Episode 3…

Here’s Episode 3 of the build. Truck just left today for AutoTrader Classics in Atlanta. Then, back here for SEMA in November. Hope he doesn’t end up like Lightning McQueen…

The REDSTER Build Episode 2…

The REDSTER Build Episode 1

EPISODE 1 of 5! Be sure to check back every Monday for a new episode! Yea, gonna be cool. And if you’re goin’ to SEMA, you’ll see it in the flesh!

Fireball gets Flintstoned…

Hanging out at the shop reveals some interesting things. First, you have to move cars. In. Out. Here. There. It’s a pain… unless, they Flintstonemobiles! In one of THESE cars, you can make like a tree and leave!

And then second… there’s the candy machine. I got it rigged. Cha.

BIG DAY….

Yea, big day on the MOVIE CAR front. My buddy, Fly, and his cohort Pat Devereux from TOP GEAR Magazine came by the shop to shoot some stuff for an upcoming issue. They be awesome… (Hope I didn’t break the camera.)

Also, first trailer for Disney’s SORCERER’S APPRENTICE featuring a beauty Rolls Royce built by CVS. Sweet ride that morphs into something else. Looks like a good flick. I’m wiped.

Fly&Fireball

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Day at the SHOP…

Hangover Mercedes

So, I guess the movie HANGOVER is doing well. That’s a good thing for us. It’s tough to create cars for movies and have the movie tank like a P51 in flames, but it happens all the time. KNIGHT RIDER, MYSTERY MEN, etc… BAM! CRASH! KAPLOW!

But when a movie does well, then it feels good. Everyone’s work is rewarded. The shop here employs a lot of talented craftsmen. About 40 right now, but 100 when we’re rockin.’ Mechanics, painters, fiberglass doods. Motorcycle Rick, in our graphics department is awesome, Bob and Oscar in the front office constantly on the phones with the studios. (Doin’ 24 Season 8 now.) Fun stuff.

But what’s cool is the fact that the shop itself is like a living breathing creature. Cars are moving in and out all day. I come in one day a week and there’s all new stuff to see. Like going to Disneyland once a week and there’s an all new ride. Cars below are from THE FLINTSTONES, STREET TUNER CHALLENGE, CHARLIE’S ANGELS, GET SMART, FAST & FURIOUS 4. Next week, there will be all new stuff.

It’s a blessing to do what you love. People waste a lot of time not taking action in that arena. Life is short and you MUST get out there and enjoy it. If you’re in a job that you don’t like, just ask the question, “What DO I like?” And then let that stew. Then, when it comes, AND IT WILL, get into action. One step a day is all it takes to make your dreams a reality. And stop blaming others for why you don’t have what you want. It’s you. And since it’s you, only YOU can fix it.

And get to working on that car in your garage. It’s cool and needs to be finished. I’m just sayin.’