Schwinn Grape Crush Bike Concept Art in the Fireball Tim Garage

In the dynamic world of cycling, few names resonate with enthusiasts quite like Schwinn. Renowned for their innovation, quality, and style, Schwinn bicycles became an emblem of freedom and adventure, particularly in the 1960s and 70s. What propelled Schwinn to the zenith of success during this era? The answer lies not only in their commitment to engineering excellence but also in their daring embrace of unique colors, names, and designs that captured the spirit of the times.

Today, Fireball busts out the GRAPE CRUSH SCHWINN inflamed with coolness for those that rode this purple demon on wheels. Check the WHAT’S IN THE GARAGE!!

One of Schwinn’s most iconic creations from this period was the Orange Krate. Introduced in 1968 as part of their Sting-Ray series, the Orange Krate immediately captivated the imagination of young riders across America. Its vibrant hue, reminiscent of a summer sunset, was a bold departure from traditional bike colors. But it wasn’t just the color that made the Orange Krate stand out; it was the entire package. With its sleek design, high-rise handlebars, and unmistakable “banana” seat, the Orange Krate exuded coolness in every pedal stroke.

Following the success of the Orange Krate, Schwinn continued to push the boundaries of creativity with their color palette. In 1971, they unveiled the Grape Krate, a striking bike finished in a deep, luscious purple – aptly named Grape Crush. This audacious color choice not only turned heads but also solidified Schwinn’s reputation as a trendsetter in the industry. Suddenly, cycling wasn’t just about transportation; it was a form of self-expression, a way to make a statement.

But Schwinn’s innovation didn’t stop at colors alone. They also introduced imaginative names that added personality to their bikes. Models like the Lemon Peeler, Apple Krate, and Cotton Picker became household names, each evoking a sense of nostalgia and adventure. These names didn’t just describe the bikes; they imbued them with character, transforming them from mere modes of transportation into cherished companions on the open road.

Beyond colors and names, Schwinn’s designs were ahead of their time. From the sleek lines of their road bikes to the rugged durability of their mountain bikes, Schwinn consistently delivered products that exceeded expectations. Whether cruising along the boardwalk or tearing through dirt trails, riders trusted Schwinn to provide a superior riding experience.

Schwinn’s success in the 60s and 70s can be attributed to more than just their engineering prowess. It was their willingness to embrace bold colors, imaginative names, and innovative designs that set them apart from the competition. Today, as vintage Schwinn bikes continue to command attention at auctions and in collectors’ garages, their legacy lives on as a testament to the power of creativity in cycling.

Let’s ride…


The BUELLTON Vintage Trailer Show revealed a lot of cool stuff that I’ll be posting over the next week. But today… it’s the BIKES. Specifically, SCHWINNS.

I had several as a kid and many of these remind me. Currently have a yellow ’72 at the Museum. What did you have??

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Fireball Garage gives the Perfect Gift of COOL CARS…

Got someone’s BIRTHDAY rollin’ up? Well, give them THE PERFECT GIFT of COOL CARS!! Or Bikes… Or Planes… or something UNIQUE!

The Fireball Tim Garage is full of HUNDREDS of hand-drawn SKETCHES from the Master of Movie Cars to match that perfect gift for someone you love. Dads, Moms, Uncles, Aunts, Mother-In-Laws… unless they are yelling at you right now, in which case we recommend a shovel…

Otherwise, peruse the Garage and solve the problem by finding that UNIQUE GIFT ITEM that comes from the HEART and SOUL of CAR CULTURE. And if you don’t see what you’re looking for, REACH OUT for a Custom Piece!

Today’s BEST OF SHOW?? A sick MASSIVE Chrysler-Powered HOT ROD!!

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AUTOMOTIVE INSPIRATION is… Sharing life’s ride with those around us

Originally published in the Malibu Surfside News

As I’ve mentioned many times in this article over the last five years, I get the pleasure of taking unique people to unique places on my show that we shoot here in town. This past week, I got to do something really fun.

There are many cool automotive places in L.A. many people don’t know about and a good part of our show Fireball Malibu Vlog is to reveal those places and help expand our love of cars. So this week, I grabbed legendary “Leave It To Beaver” actor Tony Dow and his wife Lauren, met up at the new Caffe Luxxe for an amazing cup of joe and headed up PCH to the Murphy Auto Museum in Oxnard.

Now, if you didn’t know about the Murphy, I wouldn’t be surprised. But with our help, you’ll get a chance to peruse some of the coolest nostalgic cars that ever were. Head honcho David Neel runs the place and you can see him easily at a distance as he moves classic cars, muscle cars and even vintage trailers from spot to spot for coming weekend shows.

But the Murphy is different than most car museums, as it’s also an automotive storage facility. As in, if you have a cool car with no place to put it, you can rent some space where they not only keep your car clean, but share your perfect gem in a museum setting.

Other things Tony, Lauren, Ken Vela from WIKD Kustoms, my wife and I caught wind of were the classic Schwinn Bicycles, massive HO Scale Trail Set, tons of walk-in vintage trailers and a back shop where several classics were being worked on. Also, some great art on the walls from automotive designer, friend and confidant Mark Stehrenberger.

I’m very grateful to call David a friend and we’ve done many things together. I get a chance to drive cars from this museum down into Malibu for the car shows here in town, including my own, but also have had the opportunity to experience a massive Vintage Trailer Camp-out in Buellton in September with a great group with over 195 trailers.

But the day at the Murphy also included Tony driving two classic cars, thanks to David. An Avanti and amazing Dodge Fastback. Be sure to check out our show to see what we did, and if you love cool cars, let me know so we can take a spin by visiting

Much appreciation goes to the Murphy and all the docents — like Ken —  who make the place an enjoyable experience. Be sure to check out to see when the shows go off. From Air Cooled Vdubs and Corvairs to Studebakers, this place is a nostalgic car lover’s dream garage.

And if there are any of you celebs out there who want to take a spin with me to one of these cool spots, just reach out. I just took actor Jonathan Banks to The Automobile Driving Museum a week ago, but there’s also the Petersen, The Metropolitan Pit Stop, The English Car Company and many more. All you have to do is ask. Until then, I’ll keep driving.

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