11
Mar
14

TWO SHOWS THIS WEEKED! SAN DIEGO SCC CARS ON DISPLAY!

Just a quick update, a few of our LA cars will be WAY down south for two shows this weekend. If you live in the Temecula, San Diego, Oceanside areas and wanted to meet some of the Star Car Central gang, here’s your chance!  (Otherwise there is always Charger Steve’s Wild Ride’s and classic Car showdown in August!)

 

FIRST SHOW: Friday, March 14th/15th (Friday & Saturday) – “El Centro Air Show”

EL CENTRO, CA STAR CARS!!!
Event Title: El Centro Airshow  and Food Fest
Date: March 14 (Food Fest-evening Event) AND March 15 (All day Airshow )
Call time: 3pm for Food Fest, 7 am for Airshow  (to get us in the gates before the public lines up!)
Duration of event: Food fest is 4-5 hours. The Airshow  opens on Saturday at 9 am. We conclude about 3:30pm-4:30pm
Address: El Centro Naval Aviation FieldNaval Air Facility El Centro, El Centro, CA 92243

NOTE: REQUIREMENTS FOR GETTING ON BASE:

Must be a US citizen OR have a passport
Must have a valid picture ID

  • JERRY – HERBIE THE LOVE BUG
  • OBI SHAWN – STAR WARS H WING

SECOND SHOW: OCEANSIDE, CA!

March 15th (Saturday) – “South O Elementary Bike and Car Show”

9am – 3pm
1806 S. Horne St.
Oceanside, CA 92054

This is a Hot Rod, Rat Rod, Custom Car and Bike Show.

Last year, they had over 200 participants & just about 6000 people through the door. This year they are anticipating 300 cars & about 60 to 80 bikes.  They also have 3 Top Fuel Dragsters from the Cackle Car Association coming.

Click here for show flyer.

  • ARI – JURASSIC PARK
  • TYLER – BANDIT
  •  JUSTIN – PEE WEE HERMAN BIKE
04
Feb
14

New Bluesmobile joins Nate Truman’s StarCarCentral.com movie and TV lineup!

Too many StarCar happenings to keep up, but here’s a new member for 2014!
John G. shot me over a few shots of his “Bluesmobile”. We are always looking for new accurate movie and TV star cars to join in the fun! For those who need to brush up on the “Bluesmobile” here’s some info!

Wiki states -
The Bluesmobile is a 1974 Dodge Monaco sedan that was prominently featured in the 1980 film, The Blues Brothers. In the film, it is described as a used Mount Prospect police car that replaced a Cadillac, which Elwood Blues traded for a microphone. The Bluesmobile was equipped with the “440 Magnum” squad car package that was offered by Dodge for the Monaco. Its license plate was an Illinois plate reading, “BDR 529″, a tribute to the Black Diamond Riders motorcycle club of Toronto, Canada at 529 Jarvis Street.[1] Dan Aykroyd, co-writer of the film, stated that he chose the 440 Dodge Monaco because he considered it to be the hottest car used by police during the 1970s.[2]

In describing the car to his brother, Jake, Elwood said, “It’s got a cop motor, a 440-cubic-inch plant. It’s got cop tires, cop suspension, cop shocks. It’s a model made before catalytic converters so it’ll run good on regular gas.” The Bluesmobile has the ability to perform seemingly impossible stunts, such as jumping over an open drawbridge, flipping backwards in midair and even “flying” for very brief periods of time.
Jake and Elwood with the Bluesmobile

It's not a Bluesmobile, without the giant speaker!

It’s not a Bluesmobile, without the giant speaker!


"On a mission from God"

“On a mission from God”


The film used 13 different cars to depict the Bluesmobile, all of which were former police cars purchased from the California Highway Patrol, and were mocked up to look like ex-Mount Prospect, Illinois patrol cars. Some were formatted for speed, and others in jumps or high-performance maneuvers, depending on the scene. One was designed simply to fall apart upon its arrival at the Daley Center. A mechanic took several months to rig the car for that scene. The production kept a 24-hour body shop open for repairing the multiple cars used in the film.[3]

At the time of the film’s release, it held the world record for the most cars destroyed in one film until it was surpassed by its own sequel.[3]

08
Jan
14

Knight Rider’s KITT meets Dawn, Star cars at their best!


Here’s a link to my star car pal Jim, who write a short blog about KITT who has a special day with a fan.
Enjoy!

http://jimsuva.typepad.com/blog/2013/11/kitt-and-dawn.html

18
Nov
13

Nate Truman’s StarCarCentral.com gang at the Long Beach Comic Con Nov. 23 2013!

November 23 (Saturday) - “Long Beach Comic/Horror Con”

Just a quick post to let all the star car fans know that we will have a big group on display this Saturday in Long Beach!

Come on down and get your photos with the star cars, meet the SCC team members and enjoy a great comic-con!

Lots of great places to eat near by, and cool comic fans and creators everywhere you turn! 

 Show starts at 10 am, 
http://www.longbeachcc.com/

What’s the show about? Go to this link
http://www.longbeachcomiccon.com/

 
We will be out in front of the main entrance to the Long Beach Convention Center.  

  • NATE – JURASSIC PARK EXPLORER!
  • EVAN – MACH 5
  • OSCAR-  MAGNUM PI FERRARI
  • JASON – TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLE VAN
  • MARTIN – CHRISTINE
  • ARI – JURASSIC PARK JEEP
  • GARY G – HIGHWAY PATROL
  • PAUL – BACK TO THE FUTURE DELOREAN
  • BRYAN – ECTO-1! YEAH BABY!
  • ALEX – KITT FROM KNIGHT RIDER
  • OBISHAWN – STAR WARS
  • FLOR – POLICE ISETTA
06
Oct
13

Yasushi Shiroi’s Japanese Star Car from “Ultra Seven”

Sometimes it takes a new friend to remind you of an old one! A star car pal is traveling to Japan, and his new hobby is making short videos about movie and TV star cars and their owners.

As I have been in the “star car” game since the 70′s he figured if there was a movie or TV car in Japan, I would know about it. Only one car came to mind, and that was Yasushi Shiroi’s Ultra Seven build. I found his car by trolling for Batmobiles and the Green Hornet’s Black Beauty info and his car was built on a Chrysler Imperial. He also said his car was as famous as the Batmobile!
As far as I can tell there is only one page on the internet about his car,and one fan posted a few photos in the passing decade since we first shared our affection for TV star cars. Searching deeper I found one video of him driving his car, and a few photos from Japanese car shows. That’s not enough!

So I want to feature our “star car pal” in Japan in a blog! If you have contact info, or know Yasushi Shiroi, please send me the info, or send him this blog!

GO TO ABOUT 5:30 TO SEE THE CAR, BUT THIS SHOW IS AWESOME FUN!

Here are his words, describing his Ultra Seven car:finished side
This is the story of the most famous Imperial in Japan and the efforts of Yasushi Shiroi to recreate an exact replica of the original, which was destroyed.

In 1967, a very popular television series named “Ultra-Seven” debuted on Japanese TV. Ultra-Seven is the story of a spaceman (Ultra-Seven) who fights evil aggressors as a member of the Earth Defense Force. The car that the EDF used for battle and VIP transport was named “POINTER”. This car is as famous in Japan as the Batmobile is in America.

Most people never knew that POINTER was based on a heavily modified 1957 Imperial. This was due to the small TV screens of the time and the extensive modifications to the original, not to mention that 57 Imperials were very rare in Japan.

The original POINTER was not in great shape during the series and, in fact, did not run. During filming it was pushed around by the TV crew. The TV series only ran 1 year and after the series was cancelled, POINTER was given to a kindergarten. After that, no one knows what became of her. It is presumed she was scrapped and crushed.
In Japan, a car over 10 years old must pass a very extensive, and expensive, safety inspection. Because of this, most cars are removed from service before they are 10 years old.

The original builder who worked in a repair shop in Yokohama. The builder told him that he built the car from a design of Toru Narita, a famous Japanese artist. The design concept was the car which could be used in both of the sky and the land. To create the illusion of flight, both rear fenders were extensively modified into a big horizontal wings and a vertical fin. The front of the car was also heavily modified. Below the fenders are small holes which were laser cannons.
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Yasushi Shiroi dreamed of recreating Pointer. He had watched Ultra-Seven as a child and never forgotten the magnificent machine. By 1985 he had a job and was still single. This was fortunate because this was a very expensive process. He wanted it done right but could not find a 1957 Imperial so he began with a Japanese car which had a similar side profile.

In Japan, remodeling a car involves very strict laws and it is very difficult to alter the basis structure of the car. Even so, modifying the Japanese car was very time consuming and expensive and Yasushi often “lived only on drinking water for a week before payday.” As work progressed, his version of POINTER was smaller than the original. The car came out very well and Yasushi was satisfied at first, but as time passed he wanted to make a “real” POINTER based on an Imperial.

In 1991, a classic car show was held in Tokyo and Yasushi went to look for a 57 or 58 Imperial. While many Imperials of this vintage survive in America, no one thought that any would have survived 40 years in Japan. After a 3 month search a 58 Imperial was located and obtained. Yasushi became the leader of a group who wanted to recreate the original. As leader, the burden of work fell to him and, again, he drank a lot of water to survive as the project took on a life of its own.

A year later it was finished. The original car was followed faithfully based on the TV series. Many new parts were fabricated and, of course, Japanese law had to be followed. Fortunately the original

The original craftsman remembered the original car had single headlights instead of duals but the main structure of the 58 appeared to be the same as the original 57.

During the project, many surprising things were discovered such as how similar the 40 year old transmission is to modern transmissions, a testament to the quality of the original Imperial. When the transmission failed, they were able to able to get it repaired.
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In 1992 the car was first shown at the classic car show in Yokahama and was in many Japanese car magazines and the subject of much attention. People became aware that POINTER was based on an Imperial. At least one person became angry because of the changes to a “Classic”. For that reason, Yasushi became concerned about showing people photographs of the “Imperial”.

In 1995, the car was exhibited at a show in Tokyo and Yasushi met a young woman who worked for the exhibition. They are now married. Her photo is in the following photograph along with Yasushi. Both are in authentic costume of the Ultra-Seven series.”

OK back to me, Nate Truman talking!
We emailed back and forth, translating our emails, and a lot got lost in translation. I found I couldn’t use “colloquialisms” as those tended to be translated into gibberish. (Like “Coke adds life” translated into “Coke brings your ancestors back from the dead!”)
So hopefully I can reconnect with Yasushi somehow, and we can make a video of him and his famous TV car, and make the distance between our two worlds get a little smaller in the process. Great job Yasushi!

UPDATE! HE STILL HAD THE SAME EMAIL AS 13 OR SO YEARS AGO, AND WE ARE MOVING FORWARD WITH GETTING HIS STORY ON VIDEO! LOVE THE INTERNET!

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02
Oct
13

NATE TRUMAN’S STARCAR CENTRAL JOINS THE 10-4 PARADE DOWN HOLLYWOOD BLVD. THIS FRIDAY!

Hollywood show salutes law enforcement

with 10-4 Day

dramas have long been a staple of Hollywood, produced for big screens and small

screens alike. Many who have pursued a career in law enforcement attribute their interest to the

early influence of television shows like Highway Patrol, Adam-12, Starsky & Hutch, Chips andcountless others where the good guys always get the bad guys. Each October 4 (10-4, radio

code for “affirmative”), Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge’s office hosts an event called

“10-4 Day,” which unites stars of past police dramas with iconic police cars, all to promote a

message of public safety and pay tribute to local law enforcement.

The event stars cars like a 1955 Buick Century, sprayed in a livery identical to the cruiser driven

by Broderick Crawford in the series Highway Patrol; Kawasaki KZ-1000P motorcycles as ridden

by the stars of CHiPs; a replica of the Ford Torino (known as the “Striped Tomato”) from Starsky

& Hutch; and even a replica of KITT, the sentient 1982 Pontiac Trans Am driven by David Hasselhoff in the series Knight Rider. Celebrities expected at this year’s event include Paul Michael Glaser (Detective David Starsky, from Starsky & Hutch), Erik Estrada (Officer Frank “Ponch” Poncharello, from CHiPs) and Martin Milner (Officer Pete Malloy, from Adam-12).
The cars depart from Los Angeles Fire Department Station 27, located at 1327 North Cole Avenue in Hollywood, then head down Hollywood Boulevard “Code 3′′ (with lights and sirens)

before parking in front of Broderick Crawford’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (across from the El Capitan Theater). Speeches are given, and the cars are parked for roughly half an hour, allowing ample time for photo opportunities.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the event, which has grown in both size and scope since its origination. Those owning vintage police cars are encouraged to participate, and those who grew up watching police shows won’t want to miss the chance to see their favorite actors in the flesh. The event is free to the public
October 4 (Friday) – “The Tenth Annual 10-4 Day Parade”

Friday, October 4, 2013
12:00 p.m.Classic Police Car Line-up
1:05 p.m. Parade
1:15 p.m. Ceremony
1:30 p.m. participants’ barbecue – LAFD Fire Museum

Parade begins at LAFD Fire Museum, 1327 N. Cole Avenue Ceremony at Broderick Crawford’s Star, 6901 Hollywood Boulevard

Member’s of Nate Truman’s StarCarCentral.com will be on hand and will include the following cars:

GARY GOLTZ – HIGHWAY PATROL
NATE – TV style BATMOBILE
MARK G – ADAM 12 cruiser
FLOWER – ISETTA POLICE CAR
OSCAR – MAGNUM P.I. Ferrari
LOU – STARSKY GRAN TORINO
MARK SAN DIEGO – GREEN HORNET
JASON – TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLE VAN
MARK – FIRETRUCK
DIANE – ROSCO POLICE CAR

COME ON DOWN, WE’LL SEE YOU ON HOLLYWOOD BLVD!

29
Aug
13

ROCKFORD FILES cast and crew party 2013

Rockford Files Cast And Crew Party 2013

Rockford Files Cast And Crew Party 2013

Written by Jim Suva

Pictures by Joe Gunderson, AJ Palmgren, Rob Kleinle

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Logo By Darin James Bristow

This years Rockford Files Cast and Crew Party 2013 was held at Galpin Ford in North Hills, California on Saturday June 22nd.  We gathered in Community Room,on the second floor. The Party started at 8:30 am with a meet and greet.  Coffee and danish were available for those attending.  Sheri Aldrich was kind enough to man our registration table and greet everyone as they came in.  Special namestags with our logo on them, were given to each our guests and speakers.

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Some of those who attended this years party included our first real life Private Investigator, Chris Farmer from Arizona.  Chris became a PI because of The Rockford  Files.  Others came from New Jersey, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, Minnesota, Alabama, Illinois, California and from Germany.   In fact, Patrick Schnurr and his father Albert from Germany, won the farthest distant traveledprize.  The prize was the 1/64th scale Rockford Files Hotbird, from Hot Wheels and two Rockford caps.

This year we did something different. We had guest speakers to talk about their experience working on The Rockford Files and with James Garner.  By the feedback I have received, it was a big success.  Everyone attending got to hear all the stories,  so that no one missed any.

Roydon Clark – Stuntman.  Roy is James Garner’s stunt double, since “Maverick” in the 1950′s through a number of TV shows and movies. On Rockford, Roy was the second unit director and stunt coordinator.  Roy told some great stories about working with Jim over the years.

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Robert Zilliox – Set Decorator 1975 through the Rockford Movies.  Bob told stories about how he started in the business and was promoted on The Rockford Files to Set Decorator.  He said Jim told him that he did not want anything used more than once on Rockford.

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Milt Kogan – Actor and a real medical Doctor.  Milt has appeared in numerous TV and movies, plus 3 different Rockford’s  “No Cut Contract”, “The Empty Frame” as Aaron Keel, Angel’s brother-in-law.

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Steve Reich and Steve Hofmann from Film Vehicle Services – Steve R. and his
partner Steve H. were in charge of finding and working on the Firebirds for the
Rockford Movies of the 1990′s.  They talked about the finding of the Firebirds and the help GM gave them in locating parts for their transformation into Rockford Firebirds.

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Dennis Burkley – Actor.  Dennis has been in many TV shows over the years.  He
mainly played Bikers, tuff guys and was also in Murphy’s Romance.  Dennis is
one of nicest guys you ever want to meet.  He also talked about working with Jim.

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Chester Grimes – Personnel friend of James Garner and Actor.  Chester worked on a couple of episodes of Rockford and appeared in a couple of the Rockford movies.  Chester was also Jim’s driver for a few years.  He brought his own unquie stories
to the party.

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Diane Adler- Film Editor.  Diane came and was suppose to answer questions.  Unfortunately, we ran out of time.  But Diane did take pictures and sign autographs for the fans.

Pat McKinney brought some of his Rockford Files Collection, along with his
Screen used 1978 Firebird Formula 400. Of course the Firebird (the star that it is) arrived a little late, but came in on a flat bed truck.  Pat did not want anything to happen to it on the way to and from Galpin Ford.

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Glenn Gamer and Michael Mundy brought their Firebirds to the party too.  Below are a few pictures of their cars.  Glenn’s Firebird is from Neveda and is a 1978.  Michael’s is the red 1979  Firebird.

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We took breaks between speakers, so that fans could meet, talk, get pictures and autographs.

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Of course, it was time for the Guess Speakers to catch up with their Rockford Family from the show.

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Before we left Galpin Ford,  everyone signed a banner for Pat McKinney.  Pat
had the banner made with his on money and will be proudly displayed in his
garage.

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Part of the party of course was held in the parking lot, because of one special Firebird.  Pat enjoys talking about his Firebirds with his fellow fans.

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Here are some of my favorite pictures of most of the guests by Pat’s Firebird.

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We broke for lunch around 1 pm.   Those interested in going to see Pat’s 76 andhis 77 Firebird sound car, were welcome to come back to Pat’s house at 3 pm.  In fact a number of people showed up.  Including a stunt man that Sue Kessler knew, Bob Herron.  Bob worked on Rockford in a few episodes.  He also work as a stunt double for Ross Martin on The Wild Wild West.  He was also the first stunt man to drive the original 1966 Batmobile on Batman.  He has some wonderful stories totell about working on the different movies and TV shows.

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A few people went down to Paradise Cove on Sunday morning, to see whereRockford lived.  This was organized by Sheri Aldrich and included Richard Piet, Tim Koch, Glenn and  Kathy Gamer.

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We would like to thank our speakers for giving up their time, to share their stories with the fans of a great TV show and it’s star James Garner.  None of these peoplewere paid to participate.  All funds raised were used toward the cost of this event. We do not make any money, in fact we usually do not even cover the cost.

Plans are all ready in the works for next years 40th Anniversary of The Rockford Files.

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This article is dedicated to Dennis Burkley.  Even though Dennis was not feeling well the day of our Rockford Files Party,  he still attended, spoke, took pictures with and autographed items for the fans.  He was truly a wonderful guy!  We will miss you very much Dennis!!!

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