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STARCARCENTRAL IS EVERYWHERE THIS WEEKEND! WizardCon Anaheim, Torrance, and Rosemead!

Three, count em, THREE events, 5 days of viewing most of the line up of this weekend!

First, you can see Batman and Robin, Adam West and Burt Ward, along with other cast members and tons of stars and cool stuff all three days at the Anaheim WizardCon!  Friday 5-9 pm, Saturday and Sunday all day long! (No Adam and Burt on Sunday, FYI, but the star cars will still be there for you!
Here’s who’s at the Wizard Con all three days this weekend:
NATE with his  street legal tv style BATMOBILE
PAUL with his  Back to the Future Delorean Time Machine!

BRIAN is bringing his fully robotic ROBO HERBIE the love bug, along with his James Bond BMW with roof rockets!
ALEX is F.L.A.G.’s agent with his super car, KITT from Knight Rider.
and OSCAR will have his 308 GTSi Ferrari decked out just like MAGNUM P.I. !

Then on Saturday, while those guys are still at the Anaheim Convention center,
April 30, 2011  Jennifer and her Super Persuit mode car will be appearing at the
85th Anniversary Celebration of the Volunteer Club
Place:  California Mission INN 8417 Mission Drive, Rosemead, CA 91770
Date:  April 30, 2011
Time: 2pm-6pm
Theme – roaring 20s  !!

If you go to this show, you can see:
jenn and her SPM version of KITT from Knight Rider
gary with his Love bug AKA Herbie
John will bring his tricked out Transformer Camaro Bumble Bee
and Mark will be displaying his Adam-12 police cruiser as well!
mike will be showing his “CARS” tribute to “Towmater” too!  There’s even a rumor that the HOFF himself might make and appearance!
There will be food, entertainment, dancers, the car show and a raffle –

That wraps up April, but Sunday is

Sunday May 1, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM PDT
Vic’s Garage
510 Madrid St
Torrance, CA  90503

So on Sunday you can check out the rest of the gang in Torrance!

At this show, scheduled to appear with their movie and TV cars are:

CLIFF with his HERBIE Fully loaded NASCAR Love Bug
GARY with the more classic HERBIE
charlie with his Green Mustang fastback from the Steve McQueen movie, BULLITT
JASON and his one of a kind Transformer cartoon tribute to RATCHET
CHUCK with his award winning ROD RIGUEZ custom rod
JOE with his transformer camaro BUMBLEBEE (SECOND MOVIE)
LOU with his STARSKY and HUTCH Torino.
J RYAN BTTF may be there as well with his Time Machine Delorean!
You would think that would be enough, but then the next weekend another big appearance! So if you are busy this weekend, come see all the great collectibles and toys at Frank and Sons!

MAY 7th FRANK AND SONS SHOW    enjoy too many toys and collectibles  assembled under one roof!
Frank and Son
Star Car Central Show
19649 San Jose Ave.
City of Industry, CA 91748
9:00am to 5:00pm
So if you want to come see the cars all in a pile indoors, this is the one to come to!

PAUL – BTTF Delorean
NATE – 60’s TV style  BATMOBILE
JON – BUMBLEBEE from Transformers
JASON – RATCHET  also a transformer

The more we do, the less I have time to blog and tell our fans about it! So there are the facts!


A new Batmobile in London?

He is the iconic Caped Crusader who has starred in comic books, television series and film franchises for the last 70 years.

Now Batman is making his stage debut in one of the most lavish theatrical productions ever to appear in London, at The O2 arena. Gotham City will be brought to life in Batman Live, with a huge stage lit up by a dazzling display of pyrotechnics and special effects.

Today the villains that Batman and sidekick Robin will face during the show were unveiled as the Joker, Riddler, Penguin, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn and Catwoman. Creative director Anthony Van Laast, who has worked on West End shows and Hollywood movies including the latest Harry Potter, said: “It’s got stunts, it’s got Batman flying, it’s a big lavish spectacular – this is going to be a really good piece of theatre.”

The Dark Knight will be helped by a brand new Batmobile created by Formula One designer Professor Gordon Murray, which will drive on to the stage before skidding to a halt.

A 100ft screen shaped like a bat will act as a backdrop for the special effects, and characters will be able to fly around the set thanks to a grid suspended above the stage. It will also include an action sequence where the Joker tries to escape in a hot air balloon, only to be shot down in flames.

The story of Batman Live follows the young Dick Grayson, a circus performer whose parents are murdered, and how he becomes Batman’s sidekick

It will tour the world for five years!

For more details go to

But batman the musical idea has been around a while, and even was featured in one of the Batman:The animated series episodes!

Take a look! One of my favorite clips!


KNIGHT RIDER FEST 3 Brings together fans of KITT and KARR in VEGAS, BABY!

There are fans of TV shows, and fans of the cool cars on the shows, then there are super fans who do something to bring a fan community together!  Paul Casey had a dream a few years back of getting rows of Knight Rider cars AKA KITTs  (Knight Industries Two Thousand) and KARRs (Knight Automated Roving Robot) as well as cast and crew all in one place for fans of the two Knight Rider Series to get to spend time together.   After many hours of detective work and many more hours of phone calls convincing people he was actually going to pull this fan based event together  it actually happened!     Now in it’s third year Paul has established an annual event for all things Knight Rider!

Owners from around the country, and even Canada and beyond have come with their replica and tribute cars to meet the stunt men, creators, and actors at the last three Knight Rider Festivals.  David Hasselhoff star of the first show has appeared, as well as Justin Bruener, the star of the more recent “Mustang” based Knight Rider show that followed the continuing adventures of the Foundation of Law and Government that the HOFF worked for in the 80’s.  One of my early jobs in Hollywood was being the voice of the KITT at Universal Studios and I joined the speaker panel at the first Festival. Since then representatives from and Knights of the West Coast aka KOTWC have volunteered and brought their talents and cars to every Festival!   Dan, Alex, Nick, Jenn, Matthew, Glen, Nate and even Paul with his Back to the Future Delorean have appeared at the event as the Designer of KITT Michael Shiffe, also worked on the Delorean for the back to the future movies!

This year there were 16 kitts,  2 karrs, 6 mustang kitts (3 of them were the originals from the tv show). Of the 3 screen used kitts, 2 of them were from the pilot episode, the hero and attack mode, and the other one was the gimble kitt, the one that was at the on the rotating platform at the foundation base.

It took many people coming together to make this show a reality and everyone enjoyed getting to know the other owners and cast members and driving down the Las Vegas strip in a parade of 80’s Trans ams with their Knight Rider Red lights flashing!  So is Paul ready to do a fourth? He says “YOU BET!” so mark your calendars for Knight Rider Festival FOUR in February 2012!


T.H.E. Cat 1967 custom Corvette by Gene Winfield Lost?

I have a list of starcars that are M.I.A. and have dropped off the face of the earth. Destroyed? In private collections? What ever happened to them?  One of the rarest is the black 67 custom Corvette used by Robert Loggia in his short lived series T.H.E. Cat!  The car was actually not seen that often, but it was cool enough to make a model kit of the car.

Robert Loggia starred as the title character, Thomas Hewitt Edward Cat. T. H. E. Cat is a forerunner of television characters such as The “A” Team, and The Equalizer, who skirt the edges of the law and bring skills from earlier careers on behalf of those needing more help that the police can offer. Here’s the opening of the show.

Even though it didn’t last too long, for those who saw the show, they remembered his cool Corvette!

The car was modified by Gene Winfield and sported some cool gadgets, but there is just no info on the wearabouts of this car, much less some good photos!  So if you know where T.H.E. Cat’s vette is, let me know!  There was a rumor that after the show was over the vette was sold and totaled  in Southern California.

Just one car on my list of Missing in Action star cars!  If you have a famous movie or TV car you are looking for, let me know!

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