SKETCH of the Day… MoPOWWAAAA…..

We’ve been getting a LOT of input about what Car Books we should do for 2019. One of them includes MOPAR. Give a “hell, yea” in the comments if you’d like to start coloring some Dodge Villains.



DEFIANCE DODGE CHARGER! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 658 – After cruising to Tony Dow’s house to snag his Corvair for an overhaul, Fireball spots cool cars in Malibu including the Mad Max looking Defiance Dodge Charger from the Syfy TV Show.

Defiance is an American science fiction western drama television series developed by Rockne S. O’Bannon, Kevin Murphy, and Michael Taylor.

The series is produced by Universal Cable Productions, in transmedia collaboration with Trion Worlds who have released an MMORPG video game of the same name that is tied into the series world and mythology.

The show takes place in a post-apocalyptic future on a radically transformed Earth containing new species, some having arrived from space, many others the result of haphazard contamination by Votan terraforming technology which has transformed native flora and fauna in unforeseen ways.

The story begins in the year 2046. Earth has been radically transformed by terraforming, causing changes in topography, the extinction of plant and animal species, and the emergence of new species.

The coastline of Antarctica became a Cancun styled tourist destination. The series follows Joshua Nolan (Grant Bowler) and his adopted Irathient daughter Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas), who have put down roots in Defiance, a city-state community where humans and several extraterrestrial races, collectively known as Votans, coexist over the partially re-built ruins of St. Louis.

The show follows Nolan, his adopted alien daughter Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas), and the town’s new mayor, Amanda Rosewater (Julie Benz) in addition to an ensemble of actors portraying different characters in the growing town.

The series was broadcast in the United States on the cable channel Syfy and in various international markets. It premiered on April 15, 2013, in the United States and that same week in most countries that picked up the series.

Defiance was renewed for a 13 episode third season on September 25, 2014, which premiered on June 12, 2015.

On October 16, 2015, the show was cancelled by Syfy citing financial reasons after having completed its third season.

However, the companion video game continues to be supported; on March 1, 2016, Trion Worlds announced a major update for the game, promoted as season four of Defiance.

What’s it like to drive the GENERAL LEE CHARGER?

When I reached out to some friends to find a unique car for this last weekend’s Wheels and Waves car show, I got a host of suggestions. We wanted something that would be fun for people to see, and we had a lot of ideas. 

But through that process, and knowing that this is Hollywood, the idea of a film car solidified.

A friend suggested that one of the most iconic movie cars ever is the General Lee from “The Dukes of Hazzard.” And knowing a lot about that car due to the fact that I interviewed the creator of the show on my show, it seemed a fitting car for a tiny Hollywood town. So, I was put in touch with Dave Joseph, owner of, a business for representing and framing museum-quality fine art.

Dave and Steven Joseph are father and son co-owners of a nearly perfect 1969 Dodge Charger General Lee. Steven is 29 years old and started watching “The Dukes of Hazzard” re-runs in 1997, when he was 10. He started collecting Dukes memorabilia and convinced his dad to build (or find) a completed 1969 440 Charger General Lee.

According to Dave, the first one was purchased from a guy in Tennessee and was a “bucket of bolts.” It had to be returned. 

“After a year passed and we were no longer gun-shy, we found a builder in San Diego and gave him a deposit to build us a perfect General Lee,” Dave said.

“He was behind on getting his cars built for others, and was having difficulties. We got the car incomplete about halfway to go and invested a lot if time and money to get it to where it is today. We love it so much and have made many friends going to Starcar Central events (our club) and shows that we wouldn’t sell it for a million dollars.”

Most General Lee cars are variations on the original, although the originals were spray canned with orange paint and crashed not too long after. To find or create one as a perceived perfect version is pretty rare. 

But Dave goes on with more cool info: “My boys Derek and Steven, are special needs and very loving guys. As a family, we have bonded when we do events as we did at the Hollywood Christmas Parade this last holiday. Steven was smiling like a Cheshire Cat, waving at onlookers lining Hollywood Boulevard and the Red Carpet. 

“Halfway through the parade, the Dixie horn blared. ‘Dad you’re too heavy on the Dixie horn,’ said Steven. I had to replace the compressor as I had blown it out by sounding off too much. But it was worth it to see the smiling and laughing faces while we passed by.” 

In regards to the Confederate flag, Dave hasn’t gotten one bad vibe or comment in 11 years. And being a point of contention for some with the flag, we can in this town especially see that this car is simply a film character and no different than any other. And underneath that skin lies a classic that just about any car guy would dream of having.

Big thanks to Dave for visiting us and bringing his hero car. 

This begs the question, What is your favorite movie car? Leave me a comment on my website and we may bring it to the next show!

1966 Cruiser FORD GALAXIE 500 – FMV309

FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 309! Malibu Cars & Coffee goes off with great cars including a ’66 Galaxie & Dodge Charger. Then it’s Malibu SIte Serra Retreat! SHARE Today’s Vlog!


Fireball drives the 2013 DODGE CHARGER SRT…


Some luxury sedans feel a bit like rolling couches. Some, heavy and sluggish, some light and eager. But when I got into the 2013 DODGE CHARGER SRT, I was struck by how it felt like I just put on a Muscle Suit. Everything was bulked up, although didn’t actually seem heavy.

The SRT is like a Gladiator. It’s wearing a tuxedo when it’s clean, but it wants to get dirty and drive. It wants to perform. Like a Gladiator in the original Colosseum in Rome, they awaited the fight with focused and impending energy, like how the Charger sits in a parking lot waiting for you to get back to business. But once you’re n, it says… “Let’s do this thing.”


Now, not everyone is looking for such a car. Not everyone wants to be Iron Man, but those looking for a Muscle Car that can double to the Oscars and give you an “I won” sort of attitude, then this is the car for you.

This SRT was fitted with a 370hp & 395lb-ft Hemi V8, so pulling all your friends for a night on the town makes what seems like a colossal feat… child’s play. You begin to wonder if there is anything this beast can’t do. The doors, trunk and hood slam with conviction like a vault. The thickness of the steering wheel and seats convince you that it’s time for a protein shake and an hour on the cycle. If you’re gonna take on this car, then you need to get lean and mean. And this is why cops love it… Or love to chase it.


My money is on a drastic improvement in these model for the coming years. A 2015-16 all new version should be just what it already is… lean and mean. But, does it beg an original 2 door coupe version still? I’d bet my last buck.

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My Daily Sketch… THE ADMIRAL


This piece was part of a series taking regular movie cars and tuning them pimp style. A step up if the boys of Hazzard County suddenly built a SEMA car… Cool.

Fireball’s Design Review 2012 DODGE CHARGER SRT8!

Typically, Muscle Cars are pretty self-explanatory. Which is why when Dodge asked me to take a look at the 2012 SRT8 Charger, I expected all the things that come with a Muscle car. You know… power, handling, doodads.

But since I do design reviews, horsepower is always expected along with all those other things. What I didn’t expect was how it was handled.

Everything in the Charger is beefed up. Not just the motor and overall design, but the small things are handled in a beefy way. Everything just seems to be slightly oversized. From the door handles to the steering wheel… Beefy, as in a Dad you bear hugged but could never quite get your hands around as a kid. The big brother you wrestled with but never got hurt doing. The Uncle who protected you that one time from the bully trying to take your ice cream. Just the stare was awesome…

The Charger is that sweet big guy who’s all love, but could pound thunder if he wanted to. Imagine Michael Clarke Duncan as a car. He’d take you to the Zoo, the office, up the coast to buy you fish n’ chips, smiling, girthy and always ready. But has the confidence to not have to push it…

Don’t we all want that? The seats are big and burly, yet not cartoony or tight. They’re comfortable and safe and will get you to Vegas fully rested and ready. The IP (Dash) if full of buttons and swing-digglies that do all the things you need, but are well placed, easy and again… beefy. I liked this thing.

People get out of the way, not because you’re obnoxious, but because there’s an aura about it that says “My job in the war was to protect.” And you can feel it. It’s a tank that’s got a jovial quality,  promising to pull off every task.

Gas mileage is not so good, but as I said, he’s a big guy and big guys eat a lot. 14/23. But if you feel like that’s your thing, then the 2012 Charger is the man for you.

This model tested is about $50K, but once again, it protects and serves as the cops put it. It’s why they’re choosing this beast to get the job done. And I for one am glad.

I wasn’t too keen on the Charger becoming a 4-door, but after a week tooling this puppy, the lounge feel makes you comfortable, safe and if you really need it, fast. Really fast…

The SRT8 is the big brother you’d want. Just don’t piss him off.

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Awesome FAST FIVE Dodge Charger Commercial…

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