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05
Dec
10

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE OR TV CAR?

Since the first starcarcentral Television shoot, the question has been asked, what is the all time favorite movie or TV star car?

Many people have posted their top ten or top fifty favorite movie and TV cars.  Some lists are just muscle cars, some crazy hollywood customs, but the question still remains, which car featured on screen, either in a movie or TV show, is the world’s all time favorite vehicle?

Well finally NATE TRUMAN, long time movie car fan and expert and founder of StarCarCentral.com is taking on the challenge to find out who has the bragging rights to the title “Favorite Movie/TV starcar of all time!”

For you to cast your vote, check out the new poll, and vote for or add your favorite! Only one vote per person, and the poll will stay open for ONE YEAR.  Spread the word to other fans of your favorite car and get them to vote or else your favorite may not even make the top twenty!

The poll will be posted all over the net, and you can help! Either send them to the StarCarCentral blog to vote and read about the latest happenings, and news in the world of movie and TV cars, or share the poll yourself on Twitter, Facebook or your own website or blog!

On Face Book it’s http://poll.fm/f/2hyxl

Twitter it’s http://poll.fm/2hyxl

 

Or add the poll to your page with java script

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Scroll down on the right and vote for your favorite movie or TV vehicle!  Let the battle begin for the most beloved 4 wheeled movie star! Since Nate Truman started the  SCC aka StarCarCentral in Hollywood,  groups have organized around the USA and the world. Our last big gathering was at CBS studios, where we had 27 different star cars in one place (only 25 in the photo below!)

27 movie and star cars met at our biggest to date gathering, how many can you name?

Share this, tweet this, facebook it, or direct your fan friends back here to vote only once!  The poll will stay active for ONE YEAR! Then the final answer to which movie or TV car is the worlds favorite movie car will finally be known!  Bragging rights are on the line, so get your fellow fans to vote! If our favorite car isn’t on the list, then add it! Stay tuned, and spread the word!  Only ONE starcar can come out on top!

Can you name all of these TV cars?   Three are not in the poll yet, can you name them?

Anyone know what the PINTO or Porsche is from? Add it to the poll! Don’t split the vote on your favorite car, make sure it hasn’t been listed all ready!

Not all of these cars are in the poll yet, but  you only get one vote, so use it wisely!

Share this, tweet this, facebook it, or direct your fan friends back here to vote only once!  The poll will stay active for ONE YEAR! Then the final answer to which movie or TV car is the worlds favorite movie car will finally be known!  Bragging rights are on the line, so get your fellow fans to vote! If our favorite car isn’t on the list, then add it! Stay tuned, and spread the word!  Only ONE starcar can come out on top!

01
Dec
10

Harley Quinn out of Arkham Asylum tracks down the Batmobile!

Every now and then the Batmobile makes a special appearance, and someone in the crowd walks out of the pages of the comic books and right up to the batsled!  When that happens, How can I not let them sit behind the wheel of the most famous crime fighting car in the world?

On Halloween 2010 a fun church in Burbank puts on a themed party every year, and this time it was superheros!  With a full on stunt show and short live action play at the top of every hour, Batman and Robin slugged it out with the Deviler!   Lots of action and of course the dynamic Duo won the day!  Afterwards the would take photos of the little superheros with the batmobile and the caped crusaders!

Gotham City Police Officer Nate Truman, apprehends Harley Quinn!

 

Somewhere in the night, Dr. Harley Quinsel, aka Harley Quinn, the joker’s crazy but lovable moll strolled out of the crowd!  I can’t say no to someone that is THAT big of a batfan, so I told her to wait and I would get her behind the wheel of the batmobile!  I think her smile was bigger than the Jokers!

Kassandra Gamez was under all that make up and costuming, and she did a great job of portraying Harley!  I hope she goes to a few Comic Cons with that getup, she could win a prize!  Just one of the benefits of driving a batmobile around Los Angeles!    To the batmobile, and Harley can have a ride when ever she wants! (just to tick of the Joker, of course!)

30
Sep
10

South Pasadena Police Show has big starcarcentral.com gathering with the batmobile!autobots too!

One of my “rules” is we help out for charity’s and fire/police events, but usually just once.  We have so many requests that every summer weekend is booked sometimes at several places at once!  But Officer Lee at the South Pasadena police dept. treats us so nice, we come back to this one show, year after year!  The first time was just before I left to go on the very first Fireball Run!   This year, it was Paul and Reba who were raring to leave on their Fireball experience, Paul’s second time, and Reba’s first time out as co-driver!

Oscar opened up his office and had more snacks, drinks and a big screen TV, and most importantly, AIR CONDITIONING!

We even got to see Oscar perform with SEAN CASSIDY! WOW! Oscar is the guy at the piano…. a LONG time ago!

As the Star car Cats usually do, we wandered in groups, some stayed with their cars, others wondered off to look at the car show, and as always I circled and tried to connect with everyone at some point in the day!     Lots of laughs at Oscar’s office (our new annual hangout!) and lots of good food and drink from the SPPD.   Alex even left his car for a while and had a donut with us… next year we will shoot for Jerry to walk away from Herbie, at least to see the car show!

New to this event were Dave and his wife Barb, and Derek Joseph  with their General Lee,  Mark G. brought a police dept. display car, Jason debuted his Autobot Emergency vehicle, and John showed up with his Bumblebee Camaro too!   Jerry’s Herbie as always is perfect, and Alex and His KITT were polished hourly.  Paul set up his tent and tirelessly chatted with fans while the rest of us, Sue, Oscar, Jason, Charlie, Ari, Lou looked for shade and just enjoyed the day.

Gary stuck close to his Highway Patrol cruiser and Mark had to make an early exit to attend a wedding, but a few hung around to let the heat of the day pass and watched movies at Oscars place!

We are a “free form” group and everyone seems to like it that way!

24
Aug
10

“GRIP EXTREME” German TV show profiles Nate Truman and Bob Dullam and “Das” batmobiles!


Matthais was the host, and the the whole crew were top notch and fun to spend a HOT day with driving the batmobile around. They have a fun job!
If anyone speaks German and wants to post a translation, or add subtitles, go for it!
🙂

29
Jul
08

Alfred has help from Meguiars and bat-team!!

Re: Batmobile Show Car Makeover – Pictures & Comments

We didn’t get to the wheels during the day so after Jason re-parked the Batmobile, Ryan, Chris, Maria and GTObsessor got busy removing oxidation and restoring a shine with Hot Rims Mag and Aluminum Polish to the Bat Wheels while Rand applies some more NXT Tech Wax 2.0 using our new G110

After the wheels were polished out Ryan applies Gold Class Endurance High Gloss to complete the look…

While there’s a number of tools on the market to make polishing aluminum easy we wanted to show that with Hot Rims Mag & Aluminum Polish you can still get great results the old fashioned way using what you already own… your hands!

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28
Jul
08

Two days of pro-polishing

A snug fit in the Meguiar’s Batcave!

Anytime you can remove any trim or other components before machine cleaning and polishing it’s a good idea to do so. Here Nick removes the Bat Antenna.

Follow the whole story over on their site!
28
Jul
08

Meguiars super bat polish after a Dark Knight!

After seeing the new Dark Knight movie in IMAX (yes, I reccomend it but not for little kids…) I had to get some of that darkness off of me.  Lucky for me my bat-pal over at Meguiars Mike put together a super League of Detailers to get some grime off of the Gotham Cruiser.

Batmobile Show Car Makeover – Pictures & Comments

The Batmobile arrives! at 7:30am Bat Time!

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19
Jun
08

New Star Car Record! 12

Star Car Association - Batmobile, Herbie, Starsky and Hutch, Delorean and more

star car central

Actually, we had 14, but two of the new Bullit Mustangs had to leave before the photo shoot!  Lou, our “Starsky and Hutch” Torino owner, is mainly responsible for the success of this event, because he offered his house and a great BBQ meal to lure the star cars out of their garages.   We started the day with a car show that benefited the Girls Basketball team, and it was worth it (even worth the bad sunburn I got and am still recovering from) because not only did we have a great turn out of Star Cars, but we found four more at the show with a few leads to new members!

Cars in attendance were:  Starsky and Hutch Torino, Rod Riguez Custom, Back to the Future Delorean, Magnum P.I. Ferrari, Batmobile, not one, not two, but THREE Herbies, the ever popular Star Wars car, and the premier of Charger Steve’s new Smokey and the Bandit Trans am!  Then a beautiful Elenor from Gone in 60 seconds pulls in, and I invited him to park with us and Chuck pulled right in with us!  What a beautiful car! You could eat off of his engine, that was one clean machine!  Once I got finished making sure all the Star Car members who said they were coming were in place (Glad you made it Jerry!) I started looking around, and found a nice Bullit replica, Jesus is putting together a nice car!  Then Dave pulled in with his car and parked with the team, his car has been on the cover of a magazine and he had just come from a Steve McQueen tribute show.   Then I noticed Charlie’s nice green fastback, but he was quick to point out several non “bullit” details on his car: different wheels, chrome was not removed etc.  but as I had been hunting to add a Bullit mustang for a while, to have three of them show up at one show was too much!  Also Jesus and Dave had to leave right after the show, so Charlie graciously pulled his car in for our group photo to represent the new addition!  Even though we have 4 General Lee cars in the group, none of them could make it (Bob tried!) so that was the only car missing from our original first meet (that’s the photo up top from the TV show shot at the magic castle.)

A great photo, great friends and stories, not too hot of a car show, and lots of new members and leads on new star cars, it couldn’t have been better!

Cars now in our sights, Dave said he knew of another Smokey and the bandit, Jason found a Dragula and the Joe Dirt car and we are tracking those down, and Mark (Adam-12) is working on a Squad 51 Emergency! truck!

We still have another 5 cars in the wings, that we will have to add to our next big get together, the black Beauty from the Green hornet, the Blues Brother’s police car (Blake was working at Universal…) The General Lee, tango and cash truck, Seans GhostbustersScooby Doo van (next time, Joe!) , Jason’s KITT from Knight Rider, Mad Max (we missed you Paul!) Gary’s Highway Patrol, Martin’s Christine, Duke’s Mustang… that’s my new goal, to get all of those guys for an even bigger toy collection!

More photos here!

http://s216.photobucket.com/albums/cc226/theuiga/6-15-08%20Star%20Car%20Summer%20Meet/

02
May
08

Star Car inagural event at the Magic Castle

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!

03
Apr
08

Star Car Association Origin Story

The SCA… AKA the Star Car Association is gearing up for our summer season of charity events and special appearances, and I get asked many times, how did I come up with the idea for the group?

batmobile flame

Well when I was tinkering away on my bat-car for years, I never thought about it.  I just wanted to drive the “coolest car in the world” on the streets, and in the early 90’s there weren’t any street legal 66 tv style batmobiles being sold at the auction houses, so I had to make my own.

After it was all finished, I went to a few car shows, and discovered that my car didn’t really fit.

batmobile finished

It wasn’t a hot rod, not a custom, not a ford, not really any category at any car show.  I never wanted trophys (still don’t)  but I DID want a group to hang with at the shows that shared my interests (kinda the point!).   I had kept tabs over the years on the few <strong>Batmobile replica</strong> owners but they are spread out across the country, and getting together was unlikely for many reasons.

Robin the Boy Wonder in the Batmobile

So then I went to plan “B”… look for other Famous Movie and TV cars.  Also a very small group of owners and spread all over, but I figured that would increase my chances.  I searched the internet, posted on KITT Knight Rider build boards, Herbie boards, sent emails to any listing that might be in California, and after much work, I had gotten no where.

batmobile cover charity

Then at Cruisin for a Cure car show, I parked my bat, answered the 6 questions for a few hours (Every star car has about 4-6 questions practically every person asks over and over, that’s a whole topic for another blog) and decided to walk around and see if I could spy another TV-movie star car.  I saw a General Lee from the Dukes of Hazzard drive by, gave them my card, but didn’t get their info, and never heard from them again.  Then I saw a “exterior” KITT (That means no dash or cool steering wheel, just the nose with the light and blacked out tail lights)  left my info on the windshield, but he never got back to me either.  Checked back several times to see if I could catch the owner next to his car but never saw him.  Then it happened!   I was walking down a row of Deloreans and met Dan, proud owner of a Back to the Future Delorean conversion, with flux capacitors and time machine extras!

Back to the Future Delorean!

I told him he should ditch the Delorean owners and come park next to my Bat!  Well, we never parked next to each other that day, but that was the start of the SCA and StarCarCentral.com We were just two guys with similar passions that made us do seemingly strange things to the outside world, but we “got” each other on the spot!

I now had TWO cars in the SCA, with a few leads, my vision of a Star Car Association was one big step closer to a reality!   After all, I had doubled the membership!




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