RENAULT TWIN-Z by Ross Lovegrove…

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This is a wild lil’ beast by Lovegrove. Shows so clearly what one can do with a small package when creativity isn’t stifled and budgetless. Renault is famous for the expansion of ideas and this car is a great example of an art piece.

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COOL CAR Saturday… The Renault DeZir Concept

Looks like a cup of Kool Aid… yum.

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COOL CAR Friday… The Renault Capture Concept

Again, why aren’t we driving things like this now?

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WEEKLY COOL…

Best Dumb Driver of the Week… Don’t ask me how he did this, but it’s worth leaving up as an example of a true accomplishment…

Great stuff revealed this week, and as I cover all things COOL, here’s the HIT LIST… Plus… The news from Hollywood is thus..

Sam Neill Starring In J.J. Abrams’ “Alcatraz”

David Fincher Confirmed for “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea”

“Wrath of the Titans” Greenlit

“Avengers” logo hits…

2012 Mercedes Benz-C-Class-Coupe

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Fireball’s Best EXOTICS of 2011… so far.

Just what is an Exotic Car, anyway? Basically… cars no one thinks they can afford. BUT THEY’RE WRONG! HaHAAAA!!

Anyone can afford an exotic. Now, if you really think about this, you’ll come to the conclusion that there isn’t anything out there that can’t be bought. I mean, do you really want an exotic car? Or, just to DRIVE one?

I mean, imagine the insurance. BING! The fear of someone keying the car. BOING! The tiny dent that ruins the whole exotic car motif. SPLAT! BUT, there are plus,’ too.

The little beanie you get to wear when it’s cold. WOOSH! The front valet parking space at McDonald’s. ZOOM! The fact that some else has to go get the groceries because you spent all your money on the car. Logical… and tasty.

So, …I say go for the beanie. Why not. It’s only money and if you don’t do it, then you’ll be stuck with that BMW or Mercedes that you just bought. All that leather and hi-tech electronics is enough to make one queasy.And, you have to haul all those Senior VPs around, too. And they whine.

WAIT! Here’s another idea. Exotics come in 1/18 scale, too!! You may not be able to drive them, but just about ALL of them will fit in the garage and most people won’t notice. See, I’m lookin’ out for ya. And my ideas are ALWAYS right on target, right?

Feast of the BEST of 2011 …so far. Cha.

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The SECRET Renault Alpine…

I met a good friend of mine and business partner yesterday for a lunch “thing” at Paradise Cove and he brought a car that he just finished putting together. This 1971 Renault Alpine Rally 1600. It’s a sweet tiny ride with 13″ rims, but enough power to get the job done. He said if you switched the Renault Logo and put a Stallion there, it’d be worth a million bucks. But as it is… it’s a worth some cash since you can’t find them anywhere. Maybe 3-4 in the states.

Spent some time going over it, had lunch (Hung out with Cillian Murphy from Batman Begins), then split. As I headed out of the parking lot, I saw my friend (Sal) stopped in a peculiar way at the traffic light. He was out of his car, writing. Some goombah clipped his corner panel in a Toyota truck trying to squeeze around him. Ouch…

But Sal was unnerved. He was gracious, which put the goombah at ease.

A good example of not falling in love with “things” too much. They’re just things and everything can be replaced.

Welcome to Tuesday…

Fireball’s “Cool Designs of the Week!”

Man, it’s been a crazy few days. Lots of cool cars have shown up (All in my driveway…. slight exaggeration, as in the driveway of the mind!) But, there are SO many doodads of coolness out there, it’s really hard to pick what gets the major super duper cool status of being one of of my CDW’s. (See, another acronym… I keep doing that for some reason.)

So, without further do doo… Feast in the pure bitchiness of the soul. Cars of heaven, direct to your door, yo.

1. THE AUDI LOCUS CONCEPT

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Gorgeous, right. I mean, here’s a woman that knows your weakness. Although, most likely a 3D image, this Audi concept evokes style and charm with added sass. Like a woman who knows just how to get into that sweet spot of yours. ‘Course, dangling it first to get your attention until you melt like warm chocolate. Oooooo……

2. WHATEVER IT IS, IT’S GOT A BIG WHEEL CAR

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I like this because as it drives by, I’d jump through the hoop. You know what I’m saying? Any car that comes with it’s own playground can’t be all bad? ‘Course, the rest of it is kinda “whatever.” A clear example of not carrying the theme throughout the vehicle. Kinda reminds me of my Nikes. But they’re red, so that’s different, right?

3. THE AUDI CALAMARO

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A Squid. Clearly influenced by Star Wars, REVENGE OF THE OBI WAN EMPIRE ATTACK OF THE CLONING JEDI SITH LORDS OF LUCAS. Or whatever that last one was called. (I’m pretty sure that was it, though.) This Audi IS cool, and when magnetic levitation, or rotational flying portopotties are invented and perfected, I’m sure you’ll see them in the dealerships for the low low price of $1.5. (Hey, flying portopotties. THAT’S AN IDEA! AWESOME!! SOMEONE WRITE THAT DOWN, QUICK!!!!!!)

4. THE RENAULT TWIZY

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Yup. If I had a Twizy, THIS is what it would look like. I mean, what else CAN you call this thing? And it will go perfect with my TOOTHBRUSH!!

5. BMW LOVOS

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The coolest MAKES NO SENSE WHATSOEVER concept to ever appear ANYWHERE, period. It’s both awesome and ridiculous! Bitchin’ and stupid! Totally radical dood and Dumber than the Dumbest! So, how do you have a contradiction like this and be successful? Well, most celebrities and inventors are walking contradictions, right? Boom. (One thing though that they didn’t take into consideration when they concepted this. …Bird Doo. Go ahead, think about it.)

6. PEUGEOT MOVILLE

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Yes, this time, the boys at Peugeot are on a whole new drug! Wuppeeee!!!! It’s a cross between the movie “Sleeper” and Pikachu. SPIN! SPIN! SPIN!… Barf.

7. BOWLER RAPTOR

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Okay, someone call HPI Racing. Here’s their new model. I’M FIRST!! But I want a flag with Pamela Anderson on it.

8. A JONATHAN PUNTER CONCEPT

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No, I don’t know which direction this goes, either. Maybe straight up? Although, cool in a funky 70’s futuristic sorta way, I don’t like that I can’t pick my nose without the whole world watching. Priorities, man, priorities. But, I can hear the Jetson’s whir, can you??!!!

9. THE BUGATTI STRATOS CONCEPT

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Old is new again. But, I do like this Bu Beast. Even with the CD Cover front wheels and the Ostrich Catcher on the side. Elegant, clean, but only one problem….. IT’S NOT IN MY GARAGE!!!!!!

10. THE HONDA U3X MOBILITY DEVICE

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Ok, everyone on the planet has probably seen this by now. The “Not Wheelchair.” All I want is to pimp this sucker. Can you see it? Black with Flames and a Lime Pinstripe! THAT’S AWESOME!!! If they don’t bring this out soon, I’m gonna hurt someone. That reminds me, did I take my meds today? Wups.

11. MY FERRARI

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Okay, so it’s not really mine, but the CVS is mine. Well,… actually, that’s not mine either, but,… I go there from time to time… and THIS California was parked outside. So, you COULD say it’s mine, right? I mean, all’s fair in Love and Cars? I did, however, find a diecast version in the store. It was cheaper, so… I went for it. Splurged. And the full size Ferrari? It left. …..Now, I suck.

12. MY OFFICIAL ENTRY; THE HELITRUCK

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Done for the “not greenlit film yet” SIX CITIES, this Helicopter, turned cool “Truck of Death” is sure to be a gangbuster success. I’ve gotten calls from Dealerships already placing orders. I’m serious! And the option list is off the chart!! ‘Course, they have to make the movie first ’cause I’m not building this beast for no reason. Unless,… maybe I can set up a PAYPAL account. Any takers?

13. THE GI JOE TRANSPORT OF DEATH

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Here’s a CG version of the cars we built for GI Joe. Although cool, pretty sure we blew up all of them. Bummer, ’cause I really felt this could be the “Station Wagon” of the future. A little wood paneling, reversed rumble seat and you’re good to go.

14. THE HALCYON CONCEPT

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What do you say about a car like this? It’s just plain cool in a sorta, “I didn’t want windows, mirrors, wheels, scoops, antenna, and anything else that made it look like a car. Just wanted it to be… well, a Halcyon. And what IS  a Halcyon? A period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful. Calm.’ And THAT, is where I leave you doods.

AUM… PEACE… Outta here.