Archive for December, 2010

30
Dec
10

Happy Holidays from Nate Truman and all the StarCarCentral.com gang!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!   Lots of big stuff on the StarCarCentral.com To-Do list for 2011, so stay tuned!   Thanks to you for supporting and being a part of the Star Car Central family in 2010!

28
Dec
10

Green Hornet Black Beauty clone almost ready to Fight Crime!

There are a small number of Green Hornet fans around the world who decided to take their fan energies and replicate the TV shows crimefighting car, a 1966 Chrysler Imperial dubbed “The Black Beauty” that Kato and Britt Reid used to take out the bad guys in the short lived series.

One of the two original cars built for the show sits in a Museum in Los Angeles, the other is in private hands so if you want one, you have to build your own.

With the release of the new movie, the Green Hornet is once again in the limelight.  Most fans know that Bruce Lee played Kato on TV, but the Green Hornet reached fame originally on the radio.  That was followed  by a series of movie serials, and then after a long break the TV show was made by the same producers who made the 60’s hit BATMAN show starring Adam West and Burt Ward.

StarCarCentral has been waiting a few years as this clone has been pieced together.  The first parts that kicked off the project were a set of fiberglass pieces that I was afraid were about to be lost for good down in San Diego.   This was a few years back, and I only knew one Green Hornet fan, my big brother!

He has had a long road buying two imperials, selling one off to the new feature film, mechanical and financial disasters, but he has persevered!

Still lots to do, next up is the roof need covering, wheels swapped out. Then lots and lots of interior wiring and details that most people will never notice but when it comes to starcars, it’s all in the details!  The back seat will have  a small closet for the hornet costume and extras like gas guns, and of course lots of rockets and guns!  We are looking forward to seeing Mark’s Beauty on the Star car circuit in 2011!

22
Dec
10

2010 Camarillo Christmas Parade brings out the STAR cars!


You may have seen a police car in your rear view mirror at some point, but I think this is the first time Herbie the Love bug has almost been pulled over by Starsky and Hutch!

Once again Nate Truman’s StarCarCentral.com gang gathered to participate in the Camarillo Christmas parade! We were almost rained out last time, but this time it was practically a trouble free event!

We all lined up in the morning and most everyone found the starting line, Alex and Oscar decided to go to the end of the parade first! Eventually we were all in place ready to start the parade! Sue even came with out her Get Smart Sunbeam to support the SCC! She got to ride in Bumblebee for her efforts!

Alex and Oscar finally found the right end of the parade, and all was fine, until we started up the cars to get moving down the street!  I looked back and saw Lou’s hood of his Starsky and Hutch Torino up, and Alex getting out some jumper cables!

Is Kitt Jumping Starsky and Hutch, or the other way around?

Another first for the day, we have all had to get a jump to start a car at some point, but have you ever seen KITT from Knight Rider and the Torino from Starsky and Hutch helping each other out?

I assumed Lou’s car needed a jump, I went back to check and heard it running, so ran back to my A-Team van as the parade was moving!

With Lou’s car up and running, Jason kept snapping photos, and found a few Cheerleaders who wanted a shot with John’s Bumblebee Camaro!  I think Bumblebee is smiling!

StarCars, Let's ROLL! Alex? ALEX?!?!

So we got the signal to start rolling, and we all start moving out, except Alex in his KITT from Knight Rider!  What? He never, NEVER breaks down.  Alex is always over prepared!  Should we leave KITT and take Alex? Leave Alex behind? Where’s Devon and Bonnie and the big Knight Rider Truck when you need them?

STARCARCENTRAL.COM ROLL OUT!

So the parade moves out, and so do we! Luckily the parade wasn’t moving too fast!  We inched forward, and while we waited to join the main parade, Alex had a talk with KITT and convinced him it would be good to start at this time.  KITT agreed, and joined the line up at the last minute!

Starsky and Hutch being followed by the A-Team?

Everyone lined up based on the age of the show they were from, oldest to newest!

"I love it when a VAN comes together!"

Herbie led the group today,  as the theme was “Christmas through the Decades”!  Even though The Love Bug has been in movies and TV shows spanning 50 years, the first movie  was from the 60’s so Jason was up first!

Herbie Rocks!

We could have had the Batmobile for the 60’s too, but I needed more seats for my kids “aka” Banner holders- so I brought my A-Team van instead!  The 70’s was all Starsky and Hutch,

No ticket for Herbie today! It's Lou!

and the 80’s were represented by The A-Team van, KITT, and Magnum P.I.

Is that Tom Selleck taking a photo of a guy taking a photo?

And bringing up the 2000’s was Bumble Bee from the Transformer movies!

As each car drives by, its fun to watch the faces light up as they recognize some old friends!  Each car has its fans, some people get it wrong (pointing at KITT) “It’s the Batcar!”  and the littlest kids stare blankly at all of us, then point to the end and scream “BUMBLEBEE!  Mom’s it’s bumblebee!”

Magnum P.I. and the A-Team working together? "I pity the fool they are after!"

It’s always fun to bring smiles to fans of our cars and it’s also fun to get together afterward and swap stories too!  A fun Christmas get together at a secret location where another starcar lies in wait to rise from the ashes, and a trip to see the long awaited Black Beauty near by topped off a fun star car day!

Next up, The BLACK BEAUTY!

Bonus MERRY CHRISTMAS PHOTO! WHERE’S JERRY BEEN LATELY?

HE’S BEEN HANGING WITH A DIFFERENT SHORTER CROWD FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON!

"HO, HO, HO? SANTA IS A SCC MEMBER!"

20
Dec
10

2010 Motor4Toys Ferrari’s Lambos and Star cars – together to bring toys to tots!

Tis the season to collect toys for kid and Star Car Owners got in gear to help out!  We participated in three different toy drives in area events, and  we had the biggest  bunch of star cars line up to help on Dec. 5th!

Hundreds of exotic car owners came and dropped off toys, and of course took some time to look at all the big boy toys too!

Old classics, Ferrari’s, Lambo’s and customs all lined up, from cars like the Ford GT40 to a pair of these!

After answering the “five questions” for a while, and dropping off the toys, the guys headed to a TGIF and lined up our own starcar show in the parking lot!

Oscar brought his Miami Vice Ferrari, Herbie was there next to the Back to the Future Delorean, Charlie’s Bullitt Mustang, KITT and Starsky and Hutch finished out the line up.  While the cars waited patiently out in the parking lot the drivers had a great time together inside!  Merry Christmas… more blogs but I have to write my Christmas letter!

19
Dec
10

Jurrasic Park Explorer survives dinosaur attack and finds StarCarCentral.com!

Hey, look what Santa sent the SCC for Christmas!    I think it will look just great next to Ari’s Jurassic park Jeep at maybe, a MONSTER JAM in February?  Stay tuned, just a teaser!    WELCOME STEPHEN!

 

16
Dec
10

“THE CAR” rises from the dead again!

In 1977 Universal Pictures released “THE CAR” which starred a possessed  modified  1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III.  James Brolin was also in it. 🙂

“WWED” What Would EVIL Drive? THE CAR!

In the shadow of “JAWS” this movie was “Jaws with a car” and at the end of the movie, both original modified Lincolns were totaled.  One by rolling, the other was set on fire and shot over a high cliff to it’s doom.  But you can’t keep an evil car down!

So for several years, one fan has been working to resurrect the evil Lincoln, and he’s done it!

Making a full scale replica in steel is nearing completion!

Now all that’s left to do is find a devil worshiping group to curse the car, and it’s ready to go!

The 2 originals were built by Barris Customs for the movie, and above, George finally got reunited with this new SON of THE CAR!   If you want a CAR of your own, thanks to a SCC honorary member – you can get a fiberglass one for your very own! You just have to sell your soul!  And honk 4 times!

Hey, maybe this car was born from the original CAR and another famous TV car?  They say girls like the bad boys! My Mother the car starred Jerry Van Dyke and one of the first cars that was the star of a show!

There are at least two  “1928 Porters” out there, anyone know where we can find the screen used  “Mother”?

At last report, there was a 1928 Porter in Alberta Canada in a private collection, and one in a museum in Tennessee, but we want one that will tour with us in Southern California!

The 1928 Porter was an actual car, made from the parts of other cars from other makers! So if you do your research, you could in theory, put one together from parts of other old cars.

Starcar Trivia: The final death of THE CAR footage, was used to double for KITT in an episode of  Knight Rider shooting off a cliff!  watch it all or go to about 3:10 in to see the shot!

Extra Credit starcarcentral.com points for finding 2 other famous tv cars in the photos above!

16
Dec
10

The Batmobile to Bumblebee gather to meet up with Claudia Wells and John Schneider!

We're on a mission from God! Crossgeeking overkill!

When it comes to famous movie and TV car get togethers, we never know what to expect!  At our last showing of 20 cars John Schneider, star of “Dukes of Hazzard” and “Smallville” stopped by and at the same time, Claudia Wells star of “Back to the Future” and who also appeared on “The Love Bug” TV series also stopped by, and the cameras all came out for some fun “crossgeeking” (tm Nate Truman)

Crossgeeking is when two geeky hobbies or pursuits collide, like the star of “Dukes of Hazzard” posing with the Blues Brothers!  Not to be confused with geekswapping, where fans exchange non matching fan paraphernalia. Such as  “I’ll give you a Batmobile for that Boba Fett doll”

That doesn't look like Mr. T or Howling Mad Murdock!

The A-team Van is waiting on it’s front Grill guard, but that didn’t stop the fans from wanting to jump in and shout “I pity the fool!”  I love it when a VAN comes together!

Smokey and The Bandit trans am, apparently it DOES make me better looking!

The first LA appearance of Tony’s newly restored Smokey and the bandit Trans am.  This car is better than brand new, and was a hit with the fans!

Starcars, ASSEMBLE!  We circled the team and even in spite of the rain outside, we had a great time swapping stories and photos with the fans and celebrities attending the show.

John Schneider as always is so down to earth and as his General Lee appeared in the Car and Driver article with Starcarcentral.com it was nice to see him again as part of the SCC gang!  It was nice to see he didn’t care he came in second to my Batmobile!

Jurassic Park: The Duke's go hunting!

Claudia Wells and John Schneider had fun posing in all of the cars, once we handed them some props, they were ready to start making sequels!

While the girls from Extreme Green weren’t helping with the fans, they spent their time making our cars look even better!

Luis was smart enough to stay with his Punisher Car.  I think Luis stopped breathing!

Well we had 20 cars and lots of crazy moments! So much so that there are too many photos of cars and stars than I can ever put in a blog!    Charger Steve’s Scooby Doo van, Alex and his Kitt, Jenn’s SPM KITT the bumblebees (yes, we had two and they met and chatted with the voice actor for Bumblebee!) and Buckaroo’s ratchet transformer medical van, Lou’s great starsky car, Pauls’ BTTF Delorean, Josephs General Lee, Oscar’s Magnum P.I. Ferrari, Brian’s Herbie the Love bug, and the Extreme Green Team and on and on!     We didn’t break our own  records, but had a great time and most everyone had a great meal afterward!  Thanks to Frank and Sons for a great opportunity for a rare indoor show!  Special thanks to Jay and Peter and Paul and the whole Extreme Green team that were a big help all day long!

OK, one more photo! Alex brought is printer, he had someone take this photo, then printed it out for Claudia Wells to sign the same day!  As the Joker says “Where does he get those wonderful toys?”




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