Archive for May 25th, 2011

25
May
11

Wizard World Comic Convention and Star Car Central.com in Anaheim 3 day eventorama!

Wizard World Conventions are all over the U.S. and Canada and over the last few years I have sent a few area chapter members out to appear with their movie or TV car, mostly on the East Coast and Canada.  But when Adam West and Burt Ward, the original Batman and Robin make a rare appearance here in nearby Anaheim, well the batsignal goes up, and starcars roll out!   More of the original Bat cast was in attendance as well, Lee Meriweather who was catwoman in the Batman Feature film, Malichi Throne who played the villain “False Face” as well as a host of celebrities and artists from all walks of fandom!

Nateman (That’s me!) and my Natemobile were up near the entrance, and right in front of Batman and Robin! Even though I was a bit lonely without my star car pals, it was a fun time meeting all the batfans and helping to raise money for the “Friends of Angels” Autism Camp.  We are in our eighth year and going strong!

Meanwhile, in the back, the rest of the peanut gallery were putting on their own show, and having fun talking to the press and fans!

Paul agreed to a rare interview about his car.... 🙂

When it comes to any comic con, you never know what “crossgeeking” surprises you  will see. (Crossgeeking means a fanatical pursuit or interest in two divergent areas of traditional geekyness, Such as owning a Herbie the Love bug, and also speaking klingon – copyright Nate Truman 2001! Go ahead and google it!) Here is an example that popped up, a Flux Capacitor in a Magnum P.I. Ferrari!

The fans crowded in to see the star cars we had on display, and lots of interviews for various media outlets, both TV and online sites were constantly quizzing the star car owners in front of the cameras.

The crowds were non stop all day long, and everyone had a great time checking out costumes, artists and celebrities that they got to spend time chatting with in person.  Hey, I got to talk with the 80’s Captain America about the release of the new one. Reb Brown is still in great shape and could pick up the shield!

But you can’t see the cars, so here is a shot of the set up before the doors opened up.

Rockin' the 80's... well Herbie spans several decades!

My A-Team van was on display for Friday only, then we swapped out the van for Brian’s James Bond BMW Saturday and Sunday along with three day attenders Oscar and his Ferrari from Magnum P.I. Paul’s BTTF Delorean, Alex’s KITT from Knight Rider and Brian’s Robo-Herbie. (Also there were two classic “Snake and Mongoose” funny cars! )

Being inside with fans who “get” our cars is always a treat. Plus, the fans are a lot more interesting to talk to and people watch at a comic con too!

Even Kermit the Frog came by to do some interviews!

Lots of dinner’s out and buying stuff we just had to have as well as meeting old friends made for a great weekend of fun fandom!

Look for us in November at the Los Angeles Comic Con, Danny’s BTTF Delorean inside at the San Diego Comic Con!  When this many fans line up to see us, well, we are always glad to share our famous movie and TV cars!

25
May
11

David Hasselhoff calls on StarCarCentral.com for an “instant” car show!


Who can refuse the “HOFF”?  Certainly not StarCarCentral!   Super fan and owner/builder of her own Super Pursuit Mode KITT Knight Rider Car, Jennifer got a call from David’s body guard, and he asked if star cars  could show up for an event that was close to David’s heart – an event for the retirement complex where the Hoff’s dad lives.

Well when you say “the Hoff will be there” that’s all Jenn needed! Star car connections were called in, and Nate (that’s me) Jenn and Charger Steve sent out the call! In record time the “instant car show” was born!

Jenn showed up with her KITT that was a hit with all the Knight Rider fans, Gary brought his Herbie The Love Bug,

Mike had Towmater,

John transformed his Bumblebee Camaro,

Mark scrambled his Adam-12 Patrol car

and Tony with the help of “snowman” got past the troopers in his Bandit Trans am!

To think that when I started starcarcentral, 4 star cars in one place was a huge event! Now 6 show up with just an email and the promise of free food!

David Haselhoff put on a great show and performed with his Dad who was obviously proud of his boy, and everyone enjoyed good food and drinks provided by the facility!

Awards were given out and even though Star Car Central usually asks to NOT get awards, when it’s the Hoff’s show, well, KITT has to win the “People’s Choice” Award! Congrats Jenn!

It was a fun day of food, entertainment, cool cars and the Hoff!  For star car fans, that’s just about as good as it gets!  I don’t need to congratulate Jenn for putting on a great fast and trouble free show, she got her reward – a day with the Hoff and a chance to get her dash signed, and most importantly the photo of him and her sitting on her hood!   KITT is even smiling!

KITT - "Hey, I can't see! Jennifer, is that Michael Knight?"

It wouldn’t be a star car event without at least one of the cars having some sort of trouble, but this time it made for a once of a lifetime event, a Bandit Trans am helping out a KITT trans am, or is it the other way around?  Star Cars showing some Pontiac love for each other!

That’s a different type of “jump” for both of these cars! This may be the only shot of Bandit and KITT “jumping” together!

Now you may be asking,  “Hey, Nate and Alex have KITT cars, and Paul goes to everything with his Back to the Future Delorean, where were they?”  Well you are right, we all would have been out to support Jenn and the Hoff, but we were at another three day show at the time, the Wizard World Comic Con in Anahiem with Adam West and Burt Ward and other cast members of the Batman show!  But that’s another blog….




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