New 5MINUTE DRIVE Episode! Fireball & The Bride head out to sea…

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In this week’s episode, we grab an SUV from MAZDA, head down to Balboa Island and go Whale Watching! Amazing…

WATCH THIS VIDEO ON WHALE WATCHING & THE MAZDA5 VAN on YOUTUBE!

5MINUTE DRIVE Ep 31 with KABC-TV’s Dave Kunz & his Bullitt Mustang… @ford #mustang #bullitt #SteveMcQueen @ABC7DaveKunz

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Last week, I went out to visit my good friend and fellow car nut DAVE KUNZ. Dave is the Automotive Reporter for KABC-TV here in LA and loves cars. So much so that he’s got this cherry Bullitt Mustang that he built, inspired by the film. Watch and learn how he got it and also pick up an issue of The Malibu Surfside News this week. Full story there too.

We had a great time driving through the “real” Hollywood. Dave’s a great guy and knows all things cars, although he needs some better jokes. 😉 WATCH!

**Today’s Episode is brought to you by The AUTOMOTO Film & Arts Festival.

2013 HYUNDAI VELOSTER First Drive

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Welcome to the future. Kind of…

A car like the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo M/T acts a roadmap for many other cars. It’s a vision car. A Concept that just happened to make it to the road… kind of.  It breaks ground where others are too shy and envisions a future for us all wrapped in a slick and curvaceous package… kind of.

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Car companies use concept cars simply to tell the public where they’re headed with their design trends. They may, or may not go there. But it’s a language that is constantly being redefined… unless they actually do go for it. And some car companies see the value in letting the cat somewhat outta the bag by building cars like the Veloster.

Now, this car isn’t 30 years ahead of its time. It isn’t anti-gravity or mag-lev, but what it is, is enticing. At 24/35mph, it’s right in there with other cars and not all that impressive.  Its starting price at around $18K is comparable and well placed for a new and fun car. It’s 201hp 1.6L Twin-Scroll Turbo is quick and will get you up and running into the curves with anticipation… But, all these things are fairly straight forward…

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What the Veloster really has going for it is DESIGN. It’s one of the most uniquely designed cars out there on the street because it took chances. Chances like having one door on the driver’s side and two on the passenger’s side. Crazy unique sculpture, front and rear, comparable to other manufacturer’s concept cars that you only see at car shows. It’s pretty exciting, although less in the matte grey version as the sculpture isn’t as powerful as the gloss reflection. But it comes in some snappy colors so that you’ll be seen coming…

Inside the Veloster, it’s world is a bit less exciting. Less aggressive in its styling and certainly not concept car level, the interior treatment however is clean and clear yet limited to grey and some blue accents.

The Blue-Link Telematics System is cool and easy to use, seats are comfortable and ergonomics all around are fairly simple, although I think the interior design team had less coffee when they went to work than the exterior guys. Someone needs a pep talk and encouraged to come to work in their PJs.

Envisioning the future is a challenge, as the moment you do it, it becomes dated. So it’s a combination of styling and technology. The 2013 Veloster is a shining example of fearless design, pushing the realm of automotive vision ever forward and getting us to think about what’s possible. As a brand, Hyundai isn’t afraid to explore these options with cars that actually do hit the road. That being said, any car company that spends a bagillion dollars on a concept car is taking a chance, but one that actually drives for the masses is a whole ‘nuther thing.

Now, …if they can just make it in an anti-gravity version…

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Watch: DRIVE Trailer is seriously intense…

Basically a dark version of TRANSPORTER, this tale hits hard with serious car action. Looking forward to this…

DRIVE Book Review… way cool.

I have the pleasure of having many talented friends, but when my buddy Scott Robertson sent me his new book DRIVE, I got very excited. Scott and I went to school together back in the 80’s and he was good then. …He’s GREAT now.

I could tell you a lot of reasons why you should get this book, but it’s better to show you. It’s worth every cent. Scott’s work in the video game industry is especially impressive. And if you want to follow a career in design, he teaches at Art Center College in Pasadena.

Badass, Scott. Way to go.

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Cheers to the little guy…

It’s not that I love small cars. It’s not that I like the fact that small cars dart and weave like go-karts. It’s not that I don’t have to carry a lot of crap. It’s that small cars are always considered the underdog.

I grew up as an underdog. Freckles. Glasses. Target on my chest. Getting picked on and cornered was a daily grind. Something about being different was what scared people. THEY wanted to be different too, but somehow, they were just them. The fact was, we were ALL different. Some accepted what they were earlier than others, some never got it. But, if you were different, you got hassled. So, … I took karate.

It made me feel better. Stronger. More confident. And trust me, with MY face, I needed all the help I could get. But being small stayed with me. To this day. I’m, say, 5’9″ or so. Medium frame. Freckles, glasses, modified target saying “Take your best shot and see what happens.” Not that I’m a badass or anything, in fact, I’m just the opposite. I learned to fight so I wouldn’t have to.

Small. It’s cool. But, seeing as how much I love cars… ANY cars, being small and powerful is a state of mind. Packs a large punch. Like a Habanero. A WaterBug in your pool.. ouch! A rubberband snapped to the inside of your armpit. Or,… a 500hp MINI. Or ANY small car for that matter.

Being small is where large things come from. Appreciate it. Even an Oak Tree was a seed.

Revel in your smallness. Even if you’re tall, YOUR seed was tiny, too.

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