Dr. Fabulous’ 1962 Jaguar Mark 2…

The hardest thing to do in Hollywood is pitch an idea to someone who does not have the same passion as you do about a given subject.

Example: pitching a car show to someone who isn’t into cars. They won’t get it.

Seems like an easy thing to resolve though, right? Just find someone who has a similar passion and go for the pitch! Yeah, if life could be that easy.

When it comes to selling cars or, in this case, being a car broker like my next Ride of the Week, it helps to have a passion for the subject. Case in point? My good friend Greg Gill, otherwise known as “Dr. Fabulous.” As a kid growing up in the South, Greg revered images of cars sparkling against the backdrop of the California coastline, beckoning him. Soon, he made his way to the West Coast and our Sunshine State to immerse himself in its glorious car splendor.

“I get to meet and work with truly interesting people,” starts Gill. “And their equally interesting cars!”

And interesting is certainly what Greg has his mitts on at the moment.

“This particular ride is a 1962 Jaguar Mark 2: finished in white, with red leather interior, chromed wire wheels and red-lines,” he explained. “It has the original, venerable in-line 3.8 liter six-cylinder engine. First delivered with a U.S. spec and automatic transmission, it has been retrofitted with a later model synchromesh transmission, including electric overdrive.

“This drive-line makes the car especially enjoyable while cruising PCH. It’s smooth and lovely, but when you head into the canyons, it’s a superlative curve carver!”

I mean, who gets to do this? Drive an amazing classic ’62 Jag through some of the most beautiful canyons in the world. Oh wait, that’s us Malibuites!

The exterior work of this incredible Jag was done about 20 years ago, with interior restoration having been completed in the past six years.

“We are especially pleased with the wood refinishing,” continues Greg. “This includes the beautifully integrated picnic trays, the smell of fine wood, leather and Wilton wool carpets — immediately familiar to lovers of British cars.”

But for Greg, the best part of this Jaguar from a driver’s standpoint is that it is rock-solid dependable.

“It always starts, never overheats and is comfortable,” he said. “The surfaces and switches are lovely to the touch, from a time long ago when luxury was functional. It also bears mentioning that appreciation from people along the road is palatable. The Jag never fails to elicit bright smiles and thumbs up — a stylish British charmer!”

Grey Poupon, anyone?

Of course, English cars have gotten a bad rap over the years as being undependable. But done right, any car can not only be dependable, but, as Greg calls it, a charmer.

And as a broker of amazing cars, Greg has had a chance to see, smell and touch some of the most amazing classics the world has ever known. Seems like a dream job to me … but I think he already knows that.

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Celebrity Guest for Fireball’s December Wheels and Waves is R2-D2!!!

That’s right! Our Celebrity Guest for Christmas Wheels and Waves is none other than the little droid we all love, R2-D2 from STAR WARS THE LAST JEDI!!!

Come get your photo take with R2 and Santa at the same time, get FREE COFFEE and HOT WHEELS!!

HOW TO WRAP A CAR AT WRAPCON! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 649

HOW TO WRAP A CAR AT WRAPCON! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 649 – Fireball and buddy Greg Gill head to WRAPCON and learn how to wrap a car convention! Plus, some cool interviews with designer Bryan Thompson and The Wrap Institute.

Wrap advertising or a vehicle wrap describe the marketing practice of completely or partially covering (wrapping a vehicle in an advertisement or livery. The result of this process is essentially a mobile billboard.

Wrap advertising can be achieved by painting a vehicle’s outer surface, but an increasingly ubiquitous practice in the 21st century involves the use of large vinyl sheets as “decals”.

The vinyl sheets can later be removed with relative ease, drastically reducing the costs associated with changing advertisements. While vehicles with large, flat surfaces (such as buses and light-rail carriages) are often used, automobiles can also serve as hosts for wrap advertising, despite consisting of more curved surfaces.

Wrap advertising is also used in the magazine and publishing industries.

Until the age of the automobile, train companies were the largest industry to paint company names and logos for distinction on their locomotives and railcars.

The first attempts at using the plastic in commercial applications failed as a result of being too fragile. In 1926, Semon invented the vinyl still used today by introducing additives to PVC that made it flexible and easier to process.

The first commercial advertisement vehicle wrap is thought to have been created for Pepsi Co in 1993, which used vinyl to wrap a bus promoting its Crystal Pepsi product.

It wasn’t long before bus wrap advertising was everywhere and the new form of vehicle graphics trickled down to smaller businesses and consumers. Wrapping whole vehicles was still challenging.

1960 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 596

Fireball and buddy Greg Gill snag a 1960 Pontiac Bonnevile for a photoshoot, then Fireball and Kathie do an unboxing from Add-A-Rest!

About the BONNEVILLE from Wiki… The Pontiac Bonneville was a full-sized automobile (mid-size car from 1982 to 1986) which was built by Pontiac from 1957 to 2005. It was introduced as a limited production performance convertible during the 1957 model year.

The Bonneville (known as the Parisienne in Canada until 1981), and its platform partner, the Grand Ville, are some of the largest Pontiacs ever built; in station wagon body styles they reached just over 19 feet (5.8 m) long, and were also some of the heaviest cars produced at the time (2.5 short tons, 5,000 lb or 2,300 kg).

In its third year, the 1959 Bonneville became a full top-line series with the addition of the four-door hardtop sedan and Safari station wagon body styles. The Bonneville played an important part that year in the introduction of two of Pontiac’s greatest marketing inspirations — the split grille and the Wide Track slogan.

The latter was not just ad copy, either, as Pontiac pushed its wheels further out toward the fenders than anyone else and created what were considered to be the best-cornering full-size cars in the industry.

Both the grille design and the Wide Track phrase remained part of Pontiac’s image up to its termination. A “Safe-T-Track” differential, used to minimize wheel spin, was an option beginning in 1959.

LONG LOST 1938 LINCOLN ZEPHYR FOUND! – FMV572

LONG LOST 1938 LINCOLN ZEPHYR FOUND! – FMV572
Fireball heads to the home of Greg Gill who has discovered a long, lost (custom build for the Ford Family) 1938 LINCOLN ZEPHYR once owned by Edsel Ford. Then, nonsensical fun in the 2017 TOYOTA MIRAI Hydrogen Car in Malibu.

About the LINCOLN ZEPHYR from Wiki… The Lincoln-Zephyr was the lower-priced line of mid-size Lincoln luxury cars from 1936 until 1940. The Lincoln-Zephyr and Mercury, introduced in 1939, bridged the wide gap between Ford’s V-8 De Luxe line and the exclusive Lincoln K-series cars. This served a purpose similar to Cadillac’s smaller LaSalle “companion car”, the Chrysler Airstream, and Packard’s entry level Packard One-Twenty.

The car was conceived by Edsel Ford[3] and designed by Eugene Turenne Gregorie. The Zephyr’s V-12 engine was unique in its class, with the LaSalle having a V8 and the Chrysler and Packard straight 8s.

Introduced on November 2, 1935,[3] as a 1936 model, the Lincoln-Zephyr was extremely modern with a low raked windscreen, integrated fenders, and streamlined aerodynamic design, which influenced the name “zephyr”, derived from the Greek word zephyrus, or the god of the west wind. It was one of the first successful streamlined cars after the Chrysler Airflow’s market resistance. In fact, the Lincoln-Zephyr actually had a lower coefficient of drag than the Airflow, due in part to the prow-like front grille on the Zephyr. The Lincoln-Zephyr succeeded in reigniting sales at Lincoln dealerships in the late 1930s, and from 1941 model year, all Lincolns were Zephyr-based[4] and the Lincoln-Zephyr marque was phased out. Annual production for any year model was not large, but accounted for a large portion of the Lincoln brand’s sales. In its first year, 15,000 were sold, accounting for 80% of Lincoln’s total sales.

Production of all American cars halted in 1942 as the country entered World War II, with Lincoln producing the last Lincoln Zephyr on February 10.[5] After the war, most makers restarted production of their prewar lines, and Lincoln was no exception. The Zephyr name, however, was no longer used after 1942, with the cars simply called Lincolns.

The idea of a smaller and more modern luxury car to fill the gap in Lincoln’s traditional lineup was revisited in the 1950 Lincoln Lido (The Lido was the same size as other two-door Lincolns, though[6]), 1977 Lincoln Versailles, 1982 Continental, and 2000 Lincoln LS. The Zephyr name was resurrected in 2006 for the car’s spiritual successor, the Zephyr, which was quickly renamed the MKZ for 2007.

Does SANTA DRIVE A ’57 CHEVY? – FMV501

Today’s episode of Fireball Malibu Vlog! After a Championship Soccer Game with Fireball Alexa, Fireball heads to the Automobile Driving Museum’s Hot Wheels Event to see none other than Santa Claus roll up in a 1957 Chevy! WATCH!

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Automobile Driving Museum 1920-1930 Cars Edition – FMV255

Fireball grabs buddies John Grafman & Ken Vela and heads to The Automobile Driving Museum for cars from 1920-1930. Then drives in a ’32 Packard. SHARE Today’s Vlog!

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