Fireball launches more JURASSIC Ford Explorer Concept Art

In the summer of 1992, the world was captivated by the groundbreaking film JURASSIC PARK, where prehistoric creatures roamed a high-tech island sanctuary. A notable feature of the movie was the iconic Ford Explorer vehicles, specially modified for the film to navigate the perilous terrain of Isla Nublar. And today, Fireball’s got MUGS, TEES and NEW CANVAS VARIATIONS in the Garage!

The journey of these vehicles began at the Ford Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan. Here, skilled engineers and technicians undertook the task of transforming ordinary Ford Explorers into the rugged tour vehicles that would ferry visitors through the fictional Jurassic Park. The modifications were extensive, incorporating a distinctive green and yellow paint scheme, custom roof racks, and specially designed tail lights. Inside, the Explorers were outfitted with bespoke interiors, including state-of-the-art dashboard displays that simulated the tour experience for the film’s characters.

The cost of creating these modified vehicles was significant, reflecting the meticulous detail required to bring Michael Crichton’s vision to life on screen. Each Explorer underwent meticulous craftsmanship and testing to ensure they not only looked the part but could withstand the demands of filming in a tropical environment.

Speaking of filming, the lush landscapes of “Jurassic Park” were not confined to a single location. While the fictional Isla Nublar was brought to life primarily through extensive sets and groundbreaking CGI, key scenes involving the Ford Explorers were filmed on the breathtaking island of Kauai, Hawaii. The rugged terrain and verdant jungles provided the perfect backdrop, enhancing the sense of adventure and danger as the vehicles navigated the island’s treacherous paths.

From assembly line to silver screen, the journey of the Jurassic Park Ford Explorers exemplifies the fusion of automotive engineering and cinematic magic. These vehicles not only became an integral part of the film’s visual identity but also left an indelible mark on popular culture. Decades later, they continue to evoke nostalgia and wonder, reminding us of the enduring allure of Jurassic Park and the craftsmanship that brought its world to life. And the Saga continues…

Jurassic Park Ford Explorer Concept Art by Fireball Tim

The TV Show History of FORD and CHARLIES ANGELS…

In the glamorous world of 1970s television, product placement was becoming increasingly prevalent as advertisers sought innovative ways to capture consumer attention. One notable example of this strategy was Ford Motor Company’s sponsorship of the hit TV show CHARLIES ANGELS, which aired from 1976 to 1981. The show, with its blend of action, intrigue, and three iconic female leads, became a cultural phenomenon and a significant platform for Ford to showcase its automobiles.

Ford’s decision to feature prominently in “Charlies Angels” was strategic. The company aimed to leverage the show’s popularity to enhance brand visibility and appeal to a wide audience. Among the Ford vehicles prominently featured were the 1977 Ford Mustang Cobra II and the Ford Pinto, both of which became synonymous with the show’s stylish and adventurous spirit.

The 1977 Ford Mustang Cobra II, with its sporty design and distinct Cobra branding, perfectly aligned with the show’s dynamic and fashionable image. Which has an all-new FIREBALL SKETCH in the Garage with Farrah! The car was showcased in various episodes, often driven by the Angels themselves during high-speed chases and thrilling escapades. This exposure not only bolstered the Mustang’s reputation as a performance vehicle but also solidified its status as a symbol of 1970s cool.

Similarly, the Ford Pinto, known for its compact size and economical pricing, also benefited from its appearances on “Charlies Angels.” While less glamorous than the Mustang, the Pinto’s presence on the show highlighted its practicality and reliability, appealing to a broader demographic of potential buyers.

The impact of the sponsorship on Ford’s sales was significant. The exposure on a popular prime-time television show helped elevate the Mustang Cobra II and the Ford Pinto into cultural icons of their time. Viewers were drawn to the cars featured on the show, inspired by the excitement and allure associated with the Angels’ adventures.

Sales data from the late 1970s reflect a noticeable uptick in interest and purchases of both the Mustang Cobra II and the Ford Pinto, attributed in part to their visibility on “Charlie’s Angels.” Ford’s savvy marketing strategy paid off handsomely, as the company successfully capitalized on the show’s massive viewership to drive showroom traffic and boost overall sales figures.

Beyond immediate financial gains, Ford’s association with “Charlies Angels” contributed to enhancing the brand’s image as innovative and forward-thinking. By aligning with a pop culture phenomenon, Ford demonstrated its ability to connect with consumers on a deeper level, associating its vehicles with the excitement and glamour of television’s golden age.

This was a masterstroke of advertising ingenuity. By showcasing the 1977 Ford Mustang Cobra II and Ford Pinto on one of the decade’s most-watched television shows, Ford not only increased sales but also cemented its place in pop culture history. The enduring legacy of this partnership highlights the enduring power of strategic product placement and its ability to shape consumer perceptions and preferences.

Charlies Angels Ford Mustang Cobra 2 Concept Art by Fireball Tim Charlies Angels Ford Pinto Concept Art by Fireball Tim

Fireball’s #2 1935 FORD PICKUP Concept Art Continues Series

Few vehicles evoke the sense of nostalgia and rugged charm quite like the 1935 FORD PICKUP TRUCK. With its iconic design and timeless appeal, this classic has not only captured the hearts of collectors and enthusiasts but has also become an object of admiration for celebrities, musicians, and artists alike. Today, Fireball launches #2 in the Canvas Series… AVAILABLE NOW!

Originally introduced during the heart of the Great Depression, the 1935 Ford Pickup Truck was a symbol of American resilience and ingenuity. Its sturdy construction and dependable performance made it a favorite among farmers, tradesmen, and everyday folks looking for a reliable workhorse. But it was the truck’s unmistakable style that truly set it apart.

Featuring sleek lines, bold curves, and chrome accents, the 1935 Ford exuded an aura of strength and sophistication. Its distinctive grille and rounded fenders became instantly recognizable, earning it a place in the pantheon of automotive icons. Over the years, this timeless design has inspired countless artists and designers, influencing everything from fashion to furniture.

But perhaps the most enduring testament to the 1935 Ford Pickup Truck’s enduring appeal lies in its popularity among celebrities and musicians. From Hollywood legends to rock stars, a diverse array of personalities have been drawn to the truck’s unique blend of nostalgia and functionality. Whether cruising down Sunset Boulevard or hauling gear to a gig, the 1935 Ford Pickup Truck has been a symbol of style and substance for generations.

In the world of entertainment, the truck has made frequent appearances in period-correct films, lending an air of authenticity to cinematic portrayals of bygone eras. Its timeless design language serves as a visual shorthand for an idyllic past, evoking feelings of nostalgia and sentimentality. Meanwhile, custom truck enthusiasts have embraced the 1935 Ford Pickup Truck as a canvas for their creativity, transforming it into works of art that pay homage to its storied history.

The 1935 Ford Pickup Truck stands as a testament to the enduring power of great design. Its timeless aesthetic and legendary performance have earned it a place in the hearts of enthusiasts and admirers around the world. Whether gracing the silver screen or cruising down the open road, this classic truck continues to inspire and captivate all who encounter it.

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1935 Ford Pickup Truck Concept Art by Fireball Tim

1930 Ford Pickup Truck Concept Art by Fireball Tim

Fireball launches first FORD PICKUP TRUCK Concept Art SERIES

In the annals of automotive history, few vehicles stand as prominently as the 1930 FORD PICKUP TRUCK. This rugged yet stylish machine has etched its name in the annals of American culture, embodying the spirit of resilience and innovation during the tumultuous era of the Great Depression. And now, Fireball has this NUMBER ONE Print available in the Garage and will be cycling through the years.

Functionality was at the forefront of the 1930 Ford pickup’s design. With its sturdy steel frame and reliable engine, it was built to endure the harshest conditions of both urban streets and rural landscapes. Its utilitarian bed provided ample space for hauling goods, making it an indispensable tool for farmers, tradesmen, and small business owners alike. Its affordability also made it accessible to a wide range of consumers, further solidifying its place in the hearts of the American working class.

But it wasn’t just its functionality that made the 1930 Ford pickup a cultural icon—it was also its timeless aesthetic. With its distinctive grille, rounded fenders, and iconic Ford logo emblazoned on the front, the truck exuded a sense of rugged charm that captured the imagination of the masses. Its classic design has stood the test of time, inspiring generations of automotive enthusiasts and collectors.

Beyond its practicality and aesthetic appeal, the 1930 Ford pickup truck has also left an indelible mark on popular culture, particularly in the realms of film and art. Its rugged allure has made it a favorite among filmmakers looking to evoke a sense of nostalgia or Americana. From classic westerns to contemporary dramas, the 1930 Ford pickup has played a supporting role in countless cinematic masterpieces.

Artists have also been drawn to the timeless beauty of the vintage truck. Its simple yet elegant lines have served as inspiration for painters seeking to capture the essence of a bygone era. And Fireball’s piece is reminiscent of an iconic Peter Max Pallette. Whether depicted against a backdrop of rolling hills or parked outside a quaint country diner, the 1930 Ford pickup has become a symbol of a simpler time—a reminder of the resilience and ingenuity of the American spirit.

In the annals of automotive history, the 1930 Ford pickup truck stands as a testament to the enduring power of innovation, design, and cultural significance. Its functionality, aesthetic appeal, and ubiquitous presence in popular culture have cemented its status as one of the most iconic vintage trucks of all time. And as artists continue to immortalize its timeless beauty on canvas, it will remain a cherished symbol of a bygone era for generations to come.

1930 Ford Pickup Truck Concept Art by Fireball Tim

BONUS SKETCH!! ’77 Vette, ’38 Ford and a Marvel Superhero!

Socal is the hotbed for COOL CARS and today’s BONUS SKETCH Concept Art is a 1977 CORVETTE right outta the Official MIKE ZARNOCK Coloring Book! You know Mike… he’s the World’s Authority on all things Hot Wheels, so check him out if you’re a Collector!

Plus, spotted this ’38 Ford Pickup with a really cool Custom Bed! Not a bad idea for sure, and makes me think how to expand on it. Also ran into Marvel’s CLARK GREGG! He’s famous as Agent Coulson in a ton of Marvel films including THOR and AGENTS of S.H.I.E.L.D. which I did some cars for a while back. Super cool guy and we had a fun talk!

Hope you guys had an awesome weekend? THIS WEEK… coolness begins with some VINTAGE CLASSIC tomorrow! Stay tuned for a ride INTO THE GARAGE!

1977 Corvette Concept Art 1930 Ford Truck Concept Art Actor Clark Gregg and Fireball Tim Rockford Files Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Concept Art Mug

Fireball breaks free FOUR new FORD CANVAS CAR ART SKETCHES

I’m very grateful to be able to do a lot of commissions for people and their CARS. And we LOVE our cars. So today… I wanted to bust out some FORDS that have come through the Fireball Circuit and visualize doing more. Every time I go to an All-Ford Show, I see a tremendous amount of passion. So here’s 4 all-new CAR ART PRINTS!

Although Ford Guys and Gals love to razz CHEVY & MOPAR, the truth is that we (as CAR PEOPLE), respect all who love cars and it’s the one place where no one cares what you look like, what your religious beliefs are or what you had for Breakfast. The GREAT RULE is to treat people how you want to be treated. GIVE KINDNESS… GET KINDNESS. And show us pictures of your GrandKids!

I firmly believe that if you got the Taliban to go to a CAR SHOW, they’d stop thinking about killing people and start smiling more and making better lives. The GAME IS WON when we all CHOOSE JOY over trying to always be RIGHT. And that’s what CAR PEOPLE do. Making conscious choices about how you can have a better life… BRINGS A BETTER LIFE. Respect to FORD… and ALL CAR peeps.

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DID YOU KNOW?? The only car that Jim Morrison, (Legendary Doors Singer) ever owned was a 1967 FORD MUSTANG Shelby GT 500!

Ford Mustang Shelby GT Car Art available in the Fireball Tim Garage online

Ford Mustang mach 1 Car Art available in the Fireball Tim Garage online

1929 Ford Pickup Truck Car Art available in the Fireball Tim Garage online

1950 Ford Woody Wagon Car Art available in the Fireball Tim Garage online

All difficulties can be resolved with a ROCKFORD “J” TURN…

When I was a kid, it wasn’t uncommon for celebrities to pop in from time to time to our home and many were very close. From CHUCK NORRIS to Hockey Legend BOBBY HULL to SciFi writer HARLAN ELLISON and more. It was normal for our house was filled with creative people in the film industry.

But before I was born, my folks did a lot of work in the 50’s and 60’s also. And as an example, my Dad was James Garner’s BEST MAN at his wedding! Jim married Lois Clarke in 1956 before he was a big star and they were all actors at the PLAYER’S RING THEATER in Hollywood. Much later, Jim started getting bigger roles and my Dad land tons of writing gigs. Jim and Lois were married for 58 years.

But one of Jim’s biggest roles was as Jim Rockford in THE ROCKFORD FILES which ran from 1974-80. And in it, he created “THE J-TURN.” I often thought that this was a great metaphor for escape, getting yourself out of a sticky situation or the idea that “THERE’S ALWAYS A WAY.” So today’s SKETCH is dedicated to Jim and all the many years he entertained us. And yes… “There’s always a way to find an answer to any problem.” Just hit the gas and go…

Check out what we have IN THE GARAGE!

MANIACS GARAGE ’49 Ford “BORN49AIN” threatens a War of Gods

So grateful to be able to do this piece for MANIACS GARAGE out of Tucson AZ. Super cool shop. (Hit ’em up on IG here…) An you may have seen their car at SEMA?

The “BORN49AIN” is an amazing build and an awesome concept. Although on the outside it’s a “slightly modified” and a chilled 1949 FORD, on the inside… it’s all business sporting a beastly BMW Powerplant!! And now… IT’S IN THE FIREBALL GARAGE!

Check out some of their cool stuff and let me know if you think we should expand this Art onto other items? And as always, 10% goes to DOG RESCUES!

Cool CUSTOM 1972 FORD COURIER Mini Truck is BEST OF SHOW…

You don’t see this Mini Trucks all that often anymore unless you’re at a show. But Fireball’s stint at MOONEYES revealed this ’72 FORD COURIER in California Paint! Check it out!

When all else fails… SHORTY FORD PINTO!!

Just when you thought you’ve seen everything, along comes a turbo’d, 1400lb SHORTY PINTO for today’s BEST OF SHOW… that is so short, you’d swear it was a Diecast. Take a peek!