Fireball heads north out of Malibu to The Murphy Automotive Museum to see a Volkswagen Bug Show. Finds Camper Vans too…

The Volkswagen Beetle from WIKIPEDIA… Officially the Volkswagen Type 1, informally in Germany the Käfer (German, “beetle”) and in the English-speaking world the Bug – is a two-door, four passenger, rear-engine economy car manufactured and marketed by German automaker Volkswagen (VW) from 1938 until 2003.

The need for this kind of car, and its functional objectives, was formulated by the leader of Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, who wanted a cheap, simple car to be mass-produced for his country’s new road network.

Hitler contracted Ferdinand Porsche in 1934 to design and build it.[12] Porsche and his team took until 1938 to finalise the design. The influence on Porsche’s design of other contemporary cars, such as the Tatra V570 and the work of Josef Ganz remains a subject of dispute.

The result was one of the first rear-engined cars since the Brass Era. With 21,529,464 produced,[13] the Beetle is the longest-running and most-manufactured car of a single platform ever made.

Although designed in the 1930s, the Beetle was only produced in significant numbers from 1945 on (mass production had been put on hold during the Second World War) when the model was internally designated the Volkswagen Type 1, and marketed simply as the Volkswagen (or “People’s Car”).

Later models were designated Volkswagen 1200, 1300, 1500, 1302 or 1303, the former three indicating engine displacement, the latter two derived from the type number.

The model became widely known in its home country as the Käfer (German for “beetle”) and was later marketed as such in Germany,[4] and as the Volkswagen in other countries. For example, in France it was known as the Coccinelle (French for ladybug).

The original 25 hp Beetle was designed for a top speed around 100 km/h (62 mph), which would be a viable speed on the Reichsautobahn system. As Autobahn speeds increased in the postwar years, its output was boosted to 36, then 40 hp, the configuration that lasted through 1966 and became the “classic” Volkswagen motor.

The Beetle ultimately gave rise to variants, including the Karmann Ghia, Type 2 and external coachbuilders. The Beetle marked a significant trend, led by Volkswagen, Fiat, and Renault, whereby the rear-engine, rear-wheel drive layout increased from 2.6 percent of continental Western Europe’s car production in 1946 to 26.6 percent in 1956.

The 1948 Citroën 2CV and other European models marked a later trend to front-wheel drive in the European small car market, a trend that would come to dominate that market.

In 1974, Volkswagen’s own front-wheel drive Golf model succeeded the Beetle. In 1994, Volkswagen unveiled the Concept One, a “retro”-themed concept car with a resemblance to the original Beetle, and in 1998 introduced the “New Beetle”, built on the contemporary Golf platform with styling recalling the original Type 1. It remained in production through 2010, being succeeded in 2011 by the more aggressively styled Beetle.

In the 1999 Car of the Century competition, to determine the world’s most influential car in the 20th century, the Type 1 came fourth, after the Ford Model T, the Mini, and the Citroën DS.

Badass 1969 VW TRACK CAR!! – FMV493

Fireball Malibu Vlog 493 does Wheels and Waves, only to announce something BIG! Fireball spots this ‘1969 VW Track Car then build Mailboxes. Whaaaaaa…?? Plus some great inspiring words. SHARE Today’s Vlog!


DRIVING THE FUTURE is… #PolishSupercar #ZombieKiller #VW #BMW #Gotham


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DRIVING THE FUTURE is… #VWBug #Lexus #AlfaRomeo #Ford #Datsun #HollywoodHeroine


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Some great Youtube stuff today, starting with the trailer for the upcoming E.T. film ECO, then a kid does a ridiculous impersonation of ELVIS, amazing STUNT CYCLISTS, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 International Trailer, HOUSE OF CARS 2 Trailer, Beatbox VW E-Mobility and the best Chanel N0.5 Commercial you’ll ever see. Do it…

Slick VW AYOREO Concept… from Norway?


Kind of…

Norwegian Industrial Design student Erik Sætre, (currently in an exchange year at the UK’s Coventry University,) did this concept study of an EV Volkswagen called the Ayoreo. It’s pretty slick and shows a unique direction if it were to be adopted by VW. I doubt that, though. But I like the crispness…

VW-Ayoreo1 VW-Ayoreo3   VW-Ayoreo-6   VW1

WATCH! CARSHORTS Episode 3 features MINI vs. a THING?

What kind of THING? Watch and see…

Fireball’s BEST DESIGNS of the WEEK

They keep rollin’ ’em out and we keep rollin’ ’em into our garages. Why? ‘Cause they’re cool, especially the Green Rabbit. Funky Cool. And that, my friends, is DESIGN.

We’re all different, yet all the same. Cars are cars, but a Green Rabbit is… well, actually… it’s just ridiculous. I mean, it’s a Rabbit and it’s green. Did this come out on St. Patrick’s Day for some reason? Can someone explain this to me? Okay, think about this for a jiff….

Let’s do a Rabbit and paint it as green as possible. Not normal green… but GREEN. I’m sayin’ right here, right now, that this Rabbit is greener than the Prius, just ’cause it’s so green.

Okay, I’m done saying green now. Feast…

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What’s goin’ on in AutoHollywood…

Itsa mix. Cool conepts are really starting to show up now as we head into the show season. SEMA, LA Auto Show, San Fran, San Diego, CES and so much more. Plus, Holiday Movies are coming up quick.

Take a look…

Fireball Tim’s Cool Designs for the Holidays!

It’s the Holidays, and coolness abounds. Snappy designs and ideas from the best, and not so best, around. So, as I down my peppermint chocolate cookies and slurp my apple cream cider, I pose this contemplative effort. (Like, I have no idea what I just said…) Whatever…

Adios 2009! Welcome 2010! We don’t have flying cars. We don’t teleport our asses around the globe. And we don’t eat square Star Trek food. BUT, we do have G3 phones. We DO have bluetooth contraptions hangin’ on our noggens and WE DO…

…have bitchin’ rides. Bring it, Fireball.


Just frikkin’ cool. I mean, yea, the reindeer will be really pissed, but so what. Take the year off boys. Ima deliverin’ on my own. And I’m gonna buzz the pyramids at MACH 3. …Ho., yo.

…Funny. “Land Rover.” And… it’s a sleigh. That flies. I’m just sayin.’


No, not designed by James Cameron. Although, he coulda had it in the movie. Audi is poised to create future car badness with this and the ETRON. Although, I think they’re going to too many movies. Their next car is their wind-powered SUV called the RAMBLOW.


Certainly my choice in hybrid rides. Part BUG, part CRUSTACEAN. Butter powered and some serious pedestrian killers. Lemon slice anyone?


Want it. Gonna have it. Gonna use it. “You’re the disease, and I’m the cure.” “I am da LAW.” “Feelin’ lucky, punk?” All good lines, but this cars says… “Take your best shot and see what happens.”


This ride belongs to my buddy, Tony Michalski. He wanted to convey why cars are like women. Specifically, Italian women. And this dynamo is all Italian. So, I pose the question to ya’ll. “How are cars like women?” Ok, I’ll start….

On second thought, …my wife’s gonna read this. Peace out.


What the heck? If someone can design this… then I should be driving it. Or… flying it. Maybe it’s a sub? No, wait. I KNOW! It’s an MRI Machine! …With wheels, duh.


MINI. Only bigger than a MINI. And no doors. Well, there IS doors, but they come off. And you can store them in your other MINI. Oh, and there’s 9 billion options for this ride. Including Snow Boards that replace the tires. And it has 16 cup holders for slushies. Only,… 4 seats. But you can store the extra cup holders in your Clubman… which will go in the other MINI. Wait… now I’m lost.


John Sahs designed the CUBE. And he’s my buddy in Tokyo. So, that’s cool. And this MB is cool. And it’s his. So, that makes John my new best friend. HEY JOHN! DESIGN ME AN OCTAGONAL MERCEDES! Or maybe a HEX HONDA. Or would you believe a TRIANGULAR TESLA. NO WAIT! A SQUARE SAAB!

Ok, I’ll handle that one…


GM is buggin’ out and dropping SAAB. You don’t do that to Swedish Babes. (Guess the Chinese doods didn’t want that along with getting a Hummer?) Anyway, references aside,  slam a Saab and cruise it accordingly and what do you get? Big pimpin.’


Options. Cocoa holders. Park, Reverse and Lick. Exhaust serves marshmallows.

Merry Christmas, people. LOVE TO THE WORLD!

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