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14
Feb
11

STARCARCENTRAL.COM BACK AT MONSTER JAM FOR TWO WEEKENDS!

Thanks to Monster Jam Fan Charger Steve, it’s now been three years that Nate Truman’s  star car central gang and Steve’s San Diego star car owners  have appeared with the monster truck drivers at Monster Jam events!   Both in San Diego and Anaheim, and this year for the first time at Dodger Stadium!

Monster Jam 2011 Charger Steve leads the way around Anaheim Stadium with Nate Truman's StarCarCentral movie cars.

Charger Steve's Mystery Machine!

On Feb 12 10 famous movie and tv cars took a lap around Anaheim stadium and enjoyed the show, and this weekend on the 19th, EIGHTEEN star cars are in the line up to appear!  (Let’s hope for no rain!)

STEPHEN BOGGS  JURASSIC PARK MONSTER TRUCK!
ARI AND HIS JURASSIC PARK JEEP

NATE TRUMAN AND THE BATMOBILE
Paul  WITH THE BTTF DELOREAN
JASON BUCKARRO WITH TRANSFORMER RATCHET

JON WITH HIS TRANSFORMER CAMARO BUMBLEBEE

OSCAR   WITH THE MAGNUM P.I. FERRARI
LOU  WITH THE  STARSKY AND HUTCH TORINO
CLIFF AND   JUSTICE WITH THEIR  NASCAR HERBIE THE LOVE BUG
brian  WITH HIS JAMES BOND BMW WITH NEW ROCKETS
Sue KESSLER AND HER GET SMART MACHINE GUN WIELDING SUNBEAM
ALEX  AND SON  WITH KITT FROM KNIGHT RIDER

PAUL MILLER AND HIS MAD MAX INTERCEPTOR

PLUS FROM CHARGER STEVE’S SAN DIEGO CHAPTER JOINING IN THE FUN WILL BE THE BLUES BROTHERS 2000

MIKE TOWMATER TRIBUTE TOWTRUCK

STEVES GENERAL LEE FROM DUKES OF HAZZARD

TONY’S SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT TRANS AM

AND OBI SHAWN AND YODA WILL BE THERE IN HIS  STAR WARS CAR “H-WING”

Your ticket to Monster Jam includes entry into the drivers area where the star cars will be on display!

Come say you are a fan of the blog and meet the owners – and get a photo with your favorite movie or TV car!    Pray for no rain on Saturday and we will see you at DODGER STADIUM at 2:00 pm! Then stay for the show, we will take a lap inside the stadium as part of the pre-show around 5-6 pm! Cheer on your favorite car!  NITRO BURNING FLAME THROWING CRASHES!!!  And that’s just you trying to get into the parking lot!  Come say “HI” and we will see you there!

For fans of FACEBOOK, Starcarcentral.com International now has it’s own page to see all the photos from members at the event!

09
Feb
11

Can you design the next batmobile urban assault vehicle?

Here’s a challenge for all the builders that want a chance to design something along the lines of a functional batmobile, or futuristic version of today’s HUMMER.

If you ever wanted to design a super car loaded with as many weapons and tools as you could imagine (think your own personal Batmobile), now is finally your chance. Not only do you get an opportunity to design the craziest vehicle you can dream up and see it built in real life, but you can also win up to $7,500 in prize money from the Pentagon’s research branch, DARPA.

There are a few simple rules that you do have to keep in mind though:

  • The vehicle has to use “tubular steel chassis with existing GM LS3 V8 powertrain,” which is the steel frame pictured below.
  • Has to carry up to five passengers, including up to three people lying down.
  • It’s got to carry up to 1,200 lbs and tow up to 4,000 lbs

As long as you follow the three rules above, you can get as creative as you want with your design. Thinking of stealing some ideas from the Transformers movie? How about jet propulsion and speedboat ability? Go for it. DARPA is open to all suggestions. Submissions are to be in before March 3, 2011.

body 300x75 Ever Wanted to Design a Military Supercar?

To find out more information and submit your designs, click here.

I have a chassy ready to go, but I don’t think it will seat 5 people even if they are lying down!

27
Jan
11

Expendable Movie Truck is Expendable, apparently! Sly Stallone sold it!

the custom-built truck that Sylvester Stallone drove in “The Expendables” was just auctioned off for $132,000.

The 1955 truck – which was customized by West Coast Customs, the shop previously featured on TLC’s series of the same name – reportedly includes hidden compartments designed “to hold movie weapons” as well as a new Ford 347cid Edelbrock engine and race seats.  Jet Li was in the back and Sly at the wheel for a great chase scene where the truck was destroyed by the bad guys.

“The Expendables” sequel is tentatively set to begin filming before the summer. One can only assume that the truck won’t make an appearance in the film now that it’s been sold.

Sly had 3 identical trucks made for The Expendables… so it’s not completely clear which one he sold.

1. High-end. Engine, interior, body, etc. As good as it gets. Just to look good sitting there.
2. The stunt truck… looked the same…
3. It ran… looked the same… but was the beater.

So lets assume it was the truck pictured above, and not the other screen used truck below!
They charge more for bullet holes, or less?   Sly is a fan of customs, you may remember a pretty cool lead sled in “COBRA” and there are a few replicas floating around of that car now.

05
Jan
11

Batmobile History through the years!

Thanks to BATMOBILEHISTORY.COM

My netpal Bill has done a great service to all the batfans, he has documented and collected everything ever built or called a “Batmobile” in the comics, movies and TV and put them in order!   I want to thank Bill so below is his home page write up of his quest! Years ago Bill  gave me credit years ago for some info on the 66 batmobile and I managed to send him a few batmobiles he didn’t know about yet, I don’t think that’s possible now!!  So if you think you can send him something he DOESN’T know about the batmobile, check out his site or read his write up below about why he did it!

Batman first appeared in May of 1939 in Detective Comics #27, and although the first true Batmobile did not appear for another two years, it has become one of the Dark Knight’s best known weapons.

The Batmobile made its career debut in Batman #5, then appeared on a comic cover for the first time for Batman #20. Because of different artists’ interpretations of what the car should be, it changed size, shape, and features frequently. Later, as the car was marketed beyond the comics, more forms appeared based on practical or aesthetic considerations. In the 1960s, the first full size, fully operational Batmobile was built for the TV show Batman, and had to face financial and functional questions. A few years later the design of this car would be modified for use in the Superfriends cartoon series, with the unique considerations of making a car that could be easily drawn repeatedly for animation. Then, nearly three decades after the TV series, Batman returned to live action with Warner Brothers Batman movies. At about the same time, Batman: The Animated series came out, with a whole new take on the design of Batman and his universe. All of this was on top of the natural evolution of the car over 60+ years, taking into account new technological features like the jet engine and the computer.

I started collecting data on the Batmobiles a few years ago while trying to research a model project I was working on (you can visit my scale model site here). I discovered that there were very few reference guides to the Batmobile, and none of them covered the complete history of the car. Many focused only on a single generation (such as the Futura Batmobile), or they covered a particular genre (TV, cartoons, movies, etc.). As I collected information from all of these sources, I decided to put together my own history of the Batmobile.

Before I started this project, I had no idea how convoluted the history of the Batmobile could be. Over the last decade I have learned more about the car, the creators behind it, and Batman in general than I ever expected. Still, there’s a lot that I haven’t learned yet. If you know of anything that belongs here, or if you have any information on an existing entry, send me an e-mail at spencer1984@yahoo.com.”

You can also send any cool Batmobile art or designs to me at info@starcarcentral.com

01
Jan
11

LAPD hand out the toys, and StarCarCentral hands out the smiles!

We participate as a group in several Toy’s for Tots type car shows, but where do those toys go? They get handed out, rain or shine, to needy families!  This year they lined up in the pouring rain to have some fun sledding on trucked in snow, see some cool star cars and get toys!

Transform! Into a giant Umbrella!

December 18th from 5pm-9pm LAPD Pacific Station in West LA hosted their annual Xmas Toy give away “Winter Wonderland” for 3,000 low income kids and their families.  This year they had great sponsors such as Frito Lay, Nestle, StarcarCentral.com  etc. donating and providing treats for the kids.

The toys were all ready, and the people were lined up around the block, even in the rain!

Rain out side the tent, SNOW inside!

Three StarCarCentral.com members showed up to help make the event special, Paul with his Back to the Future Delorean, Jon with his Transformers Bumblebee, and Buckaroo with his Transfomer Ratchet van!

Normally the doors are open on the Delorean, but... it was a bit wet!

Paul and Jon ended the year at a party with their cars out front – bonus points to both of them for finishing out the year strong!    Now I promised all the SCC members some time off for repairs so January is OFF LIMITS so all the owners can repair, rest and recuperate until February for Monster Jam in a new location, Dodger stadium!   So I will be fixing KITT and the A-Team van, and scheduling NO events in January. Well, there is the grand national Roadster show in Pomona on the 28-30th, and I just learned of a special museum of cars that is only open on Friday Jan 7th….. soooooo

Have a safe New Years, and start making those resolutions! See you 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!"

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?”

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!)

28
Nov
10

Holy Batmobile! Batman and Robin teach bible school?

Just off Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks California, a few lucky kids got a surprise visit from their favorite superheros, Batman and Robin!   Arriving in their batmobile they greeted all the kids attending a short bible school with the theme of HEROES!

When a starcar like the batmobile makes an appearance, Nate Truman and his Starcarcentral.com reporters are always on the scene!   Nate was spotted greeting Batman and Robin, trying out the zip line and visiting the cardboard Gotham city inside!   You just never know when a superhero will stop by and teach a few moral lessons and crime fighting techniques!   Even with record temperatures, Batman and Robin posed with all the children and a few big kids as well!    Before long the caped crusaders had to go back on patrol, and they disappeared down Ventura Blvd.     Thanks for putting smiles on all those kid’s faces, batman!

 




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