Well just a Back to the Future car and a Batmobile wasn’t enough. I wanted MORE star cars!
The first 4 car gathering happened next. Thanks to my magician friend Brian Ochab, the first official event for the Star Car Association or SCA was put together at the famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. The magic castle is an invitation only club for magicians and if you can find someone to invite you, it’s an amazing place, the food is great, and the magic is everywhere!
Through various connections we added two more cars for a television piece on star cars and their owners, for LVTV and it aired nationally. New to the group was Anthony’s “Striped Tomato” Gran Torino from Starsky and Hutch, and Dave Stizenger’s General Lee Charger.
After we all arrived we swapped stories on why and how we put our various star cars together, while getting interviewed for the television show and taking lots of photos. We had a great time doing donuts in the parking lot, shooting off my afterburner and doing burnouts. Really we were 4 big kids playing with our toy cars in an empty parking lot! That “price of their toys” bumper sticker came to mind as we all had big dumb grins on our faces, and climbed into each others cars.
After all the shooting was done, we decided to go get something to eat together, so out drives the Starsky Torino, the General Lee, the Back to the Future Delorian and the batmobile in a row, driving down Hollywood blvd! We turned a few heads, some other observers thought it was for some kind of promotion.
At that time a “first” happened for me. Now when you drive a batmobile replica down the street, you get used to a few things pretty quickly. People honk and scream out their windows, sing the bat theme to me “da da da da da da batman!” ask where is Alfred or Robin. They will slam on their brakes, ask questions while not watching the road, and take photos with cell phones. That’s when you are NOT in Hollywood. So the 4 of us were weaving through rush hour traffic to find a place to eat, and we all had to make a left turn. It was a situation where even though lights would change, there wasn’t a place to go on the other side of the intersection. So Starsky and the general lee turn, and even though the light was changing, I stuck to the Delorian’s bumper so we could stay together. Then it happened! Some guy who couldn’t have cared less I was driving the Batmobile honked at me for GETTING IN HIS WAY as I finished turning! LOL! Since then I have been honked at for being in someones way only one other time…. guess where? Same area, turning into Hollywood and Highland, where they do the Oscars for another interview with the Batmobile for TV guide Channel. (Look for it to air when the 2008 batman the dark knight movie comes out this summer.) It was a great day for me, as my idea of a Star Car Association finally was happening! The photo on the top was taken that day, and for some reason wordpress doesn’t want to let me add a photo today!