What exactly is “starcarcentral.com”? that’s a question I get all the time. Well, basically it’s a moving event/charity/party I have been putting on since 2003!
This video was shot at the Monster Jam truck show, where the star car owners met the fans, then took to the mud in the arena at Anaheim Stadium! Special thanks to Charger Steve (he’s in the cowboy hat and was too busy to pose with his Smokey and the Bandit Trans Am or General Lee that day) and to all the great guys and gals who came out to the party! We appear as an attraction at many charity events around So. Cal., on TV shows and videos, commercials and the freeways! Check this blog and starcarcentral.com international on facebook for updates on future appearances. Contact me at email@example.com if you want to join up!
Starcar fans are all around the world, and starcarcentral.com is trying to keep up with all of our members and chapters so you can find the famous movie and TV car events near you!
One of the most active groups outside of Nate Truman’s Hollywood division is run by Dee up in the upper left corner of the USA! He has even started a “starcar Concourse”. After searching for star cars all over the U.S. Dee and Nate found several owners and they all started hanging out together up north! So heres the info on their upcoming event!
Its time for the big 5th Annual ‘Star Car Concourse Classic” show at the Americas Car Museum.
The show is always the last Saturday in August, this year the 27th, and is held at the LeMay Museum’s Marymount location in the Tacoma/Spanaway area. This will be a ‘sanctioned’ AMCA event, hosted by the International Movie & TV Vehicle Owners Association and madmaxcars.com. The larger event, the LeMay/Americas Car Museum’s “Openhouse” that we are featured at, is a VERY COOL annual event even if it were not for the moviecars contribution, so it is well worth the trip. You can find the basic details on our events page here: http://www.madmaxcars.com/events.shtml
Then out in the middle of the USA Michael Knight has a great group that is now doing Comic cons and features one of the two original Monkeemobiles! Here’s a few shots of them sharing the star cars with fans of all shapes and sizes at a recent con!
"Robin, you seem.... Different?"
Original Ghostbuster Ernie Hudson showed up to see and sign the Ghostbuster tribute car (Hey, before you point out it’s not the right body style, not everyone can find a 1959 Mercury Meteor Ambulance, ok? )
Ghostbuster Ernie Hudson and SCC chapter leader Mike Knight!
Everyone had a great time chatting up Ernie about his time as a ghostbuster, and he even signed their car!
"To StarCarCentral.com, thanks for the cool car... what? I don't get to keep it?"
Like I mentioned before, They also have one of the two Monkeemobiles from the old TV series, and it showed up at a live Monkee show!
Well what did you expect them to be rolling in?
Meanwhile, over in Europe, France specifically, Claude has been hosting a great star car get together each year, and it keeps getting bigger each time!
And an article in the french mag “La Vie de l’Auto” The N°1 for the collectors in France! :)
Thanks to guys like Michael, Dee, and Claude – fan boys and girls around the US and the world have opportunities to see and get up close to their favorite movie and TV cars!
Where ever there are two or more starcars gathered in the SCC name, you are sure to have a party with some fun loving people! So to all those who are lovers of cool creations for the screen,
thanks for being part of the star car movement in your neck of the woods! TO THE BATMOBILE! Transformers, ROLL OUT! If you see a star car, or better yet, a bunch of them together,
Make sure you say “HI” and tell them you saw them here first!
Batman, aka Bruce Wayne, aka the Dark Knight, is the world-renowned DC comics superhero who is notable for having no superpowers…but a lot of money. So if any superhero can make a hydrogen-powered supercar, it’s Batman.
This new batmobile designed for the new stage show of batman, was designed by a real-life superstar, Formula 1 race car designer Gordon Murray. Murray, who is also behind the hyper-exotic car brand McLaren, was drafted to design a 21st Batmobile for the “Batman Live” show taking place on stages across Europe. The Batmobile that Murray has designed comes with plenty of Bat-gadgets that have a 21st century twist. For example the forward-mounted lasers and “virtual wheels” that would “lift” the Batmobile off of the ground using an electric field.
While compact laser weapons and hoverfields are still a ways into the future, the hydrogen fuel cell system is a reality in today’s world. Multiple manufacturers are testing hydrogen-powered vehicles, from Germany to Japan, so these vehicles do exist. The problem is, they aren’t affordable or practical yet. However, money is no object for Batman’s alter-ego, Bruce Wayne, so he could easily affordable all the whiz-bang gadgets and the hydrogen fuel cell.
Batfans, this is NOT the new batmobile for the next dark knight film, so settle down.
it’s just the Batmobile for the Batman Live World Arena Tour. This new design is supposed to project Formula One design elements as they might exist in 15-20 years, including what he calls “breathable” carbon fiber.
I DO DIG THE BAT ON THE BACK!
Now it seems the Caped Crusader is now fighting pollution as well as crime.
The latest version of the Batmobile swaps traditional jet power for electric propulsion generated by a hydrogen fuel cell and lithium-ion battery pack.
Murray penned the McLaren F1 in the early ’90s that for a decade was the world’s fastest production car, while he’s currently producing a tiny city car called the T25.
“It was a clean sheet of paper from a design point of view,” says Murray. “I drew on my early experience as a child reading comics and watching the Batmobile grow as a character in the comics.
“I wanted to have a bit of fun with the wheels, so [the car] includes what I call ‘virtual wheels’, which interact with gravity to lift the car off the ground.”
In addition to the LED-illuminated wheels, the Batman Live levitating Batmobile features laser-beam generators in the nose, a carbonfibre body that “breathes” and a carbon-ceramic afterburner – which presumably produces zero emissions.
The jetfighter-meets-F1-car creation has more in common with Batmobiles from the 1990s Batman films, starring Michael Keaton as the Dark Knight, rather than the 1960s TV series version, which was based on a 1950s Ford concept car called the Lincoln Futura.
Murray’s Batmobile includes room for both members of the Dynamic Duo, Batman and Robin, with the cockpit accessed via a sliding split canopy.
The multi-million-dollar Batman Live production will tour Europe and North America after its UK and Ireland dates.
So, for all my batmo-builder pals out there, here’s the starting sheet, someone is gonna build it anyway, so I might as well help out! That hydrogen fuel idea is a good one!
Gentlemen, start your engines, and welders! Who's first?
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!
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!
Three, count em, THREE events, 5 days of viewing most of the line up of starcarcentral.com 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!
APRIL 29-30 – MAY 1st ANAHEIM COMIC CON WIZARD CON http://www.wizardworld.com/home-anaheim.html
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
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
MAY 1 REVVED UP FOR KIDS EDELBROCK SHOW
Sunday May 1, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM PDT
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)
VIC with his BLUES BROTHERS car
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!
OSCAR – MAGNUM P.I. Ferrari
PAUL – BTTF Delorean
NATE – 60’s TV style BATMOBILE
BRIAN – JAMES BOND BMW
JON – BUMBLEBEE from Transformers
JASON – RATCHET also a transformer
JERRY – HERBIE THE LOVE BUG
ALEX – KITT KNIGHT RIDER
The more we do, the less I have time to blog and tell our fans about it! So there are the facts!
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 byFormula 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
Everyone knows the coolest set of batwheels is the original TV style crimes stopping machine featured in the 60’s TV series. (Yes, I am biased, but I am also right!) But everything eventually needs to be redesigned and updated, right? So a website dedicated to car design put out a contest to see what artist thought the next Batmobile should look like!
As seen in a previous post, the batmobile has had a lot of different looks. With the third Dark Knight movie in the works there is also a lot of internet chatter about what the next batmobile will look like in the next installment, after the Tumbler was destroyed in the last movie. Here are a few ideas artists have come up with for the future set of wheels for the worlds greatest detective! These are all submissions to a contest for a new batmobile design. If you want to read more about the contest, you can go HERE but if you just want to see the cool designs, read on!
Let me know which one you want to be Batman’s next Crime stopping transportation! Click on the smaller photos if you want to take a closer look!
Each design is a unique look at form and function for a man with a quest that requires both elements to be incorporated into his “daily driver”!
There were many submissions but only one could be the winner. See if you can pick out what was chosen! Here’s a hint, it has design elements from the most famous incarnation of the batmobile!
So you made it to the end, and now you want to know the winner? Well, I did give you two pretty big hints! First, I said it looked like the most famous batmobile, which of course is the TV series classic!
Then, I also posted the winning design bigger than all the rest at the top of the blog! :) Hey, you still had fun looking at cool car designs no matter what. TO THE BATMOBILE!!!!