(07-12-2019) – It’s always circled on my calendar! Dave and Ester Elkouby’s The “Hollywood Show”, full of celebrities we remember from the classic TV days and plenty of unheard car stories to mine! The most recent one was no different!
So many cool celebs, I arrived with my top 10 wish list, and away I went! The top three on that list? Stars from the original “Lost in Space!” I found Bill Mumy (Will Robinson) to be quite the car guy, admittedly Angela Cartwright (Penny Robinson) wasn’t a car gal at all, but she was fun verbally jousting in our discussions about their dating life….(did you know Bill and Angela dated after “Lost” was over?). Marta Kristen was a sweet lady, and in Part 2 of our podcast (TAC 153 coming up next week) she will add her fun stories and some interesting revelations about former TV Robin, Burt Ward!
Here in Part 1, Bill talks about driving cars around the set …around 12 years of age, hoping the statue of limitations has passed on some fun things he and Mark Goddard did, like what Goddard did with a 50 lb bag of peanuts in the shell, and did I mention Bill Mumy and Angela Cartwright DATED?? Am I the only person on this planet who didn’t know this??
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(07-10-2019) – Three movies from the 80s that boasted quite the lineup of cars! The 35th anniversary of “Ghostbusters” was celebrated at the Sony Studios lot in Culver City recently with a “Ghostbusters Fan Fest”!
Fans of the movie had a chance to rub elbows with some of the stars including Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and even singer Ray Parker Jr who immortalized the movie’s theme song in a video! Bill Murray didn’t make it, and sadly Harold Ramis passed away in 2014. Aykroyd was super busy, so much so that Randy did what’s known in the biz as a “walk and talk”…..so 123 seconds with Dan are in this podcast! Dan talked about how they decided on the 1959 Cadillac Ambulance for Ecto 1, and those Dodge St. Regis’ for. Blue Brothers, and HOW MANY they bought for that crazy crash scene in Chicago?
Fans were out in force getting a chanced to get autographs and check out all the Ghostbuster vehicles from the new all female ghostbusters Ecto….
…to Ghostbuster vehicles we’re really not sure where they came from…..
Randy also caught up with his pal Jennifer Runyon (or as she calls herself “Christmas Cindy” from when she subbed for Susan Olsen during one of the Brady Bunch TV movies) and Steven Tash. Both were credited as being students in the movie, so not very large parts, but Tash was also in the movie “Christine” as the bully who drove that cool 67 Camaro which was mangled (and him under it dying) when the ‘58 Plymouth reeked some revenge in a warehouse.
Sadly Jennifer’s interview had some technical issues, mostly a background band playing “Ghostbusters” tracks louder than her answers. Interesting notes that Jennifer and her husband are into horses, one ran at the Preakness, her mom used to own a Mustang and she loved her Jeep Wrangler but had to give it up after some creep recognized her and tried to chase her through Laurel Canyon while she was in it. That’s the downside of show biz!
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(06-29-2019) – Walking into the new Lions Drag Strip Museum in Wilmington, California is like walking into a bit of a time warp. The cars, just as they were back in 1955, are at the starting line. The “Christmas tree” is lit, people are in the stands (painted on a wall), and the diorama takes you back! It’s just like the way Rick Lorenzen visualized it when he bought the property for his trucking company many years ago. Lorenzen grew up in Wilmington when…
…the track began operating, even racing one of his beloved Willys down the strip as a teen. Rick tells us the story behind the museum’s start on our Talking About Cars podcast #150. We also hear from well known “starter” Larry Sutton, about his take on the track including how he came to own the drag strip record for riding…..in a porta-
Potty! We also hear from former announcer and race car guru Sid Waterman about his thoughts about the Museum.
The Museum includes a city diorama including a movie theater facade, “Back to the Future” clock tower, Helms Bakery facade (complete with trucks
And even a Willys Dealership complete with some 15 Willys cars including Rick’s very first Willys from 1942. The Museum is open to private tours only. Go to LionsDragStripMuseum.com for more information!
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(06-23-2019) – With a name like “KC Jones”, Kenneth Charles Jones has a thing with incorporating railroad themes with his dragsters. While mc’ing this 2019 LAPD, LAFD “Saving Lives” car show in Woodland Hills, CA. “Hot Rod” Bob Beck and I saw the eye-popping wheels brought by Jones, a Van Nuys native who grew up in the 60s era.
Jones races in the NHRA’s exhibition class, featuring a car that looks like a locomotive, does wheelies down the raceway, and “jet cars” that look like train engines. Kind of a cross between Tom Cruise in Top Gun meets Doc Brown in Back to the Future 3.
There is also a Peterbilt powered by a jet engine as well. Check out the podcast!
(06-15-2019) – It was one of the most iconic “Wheel Standers” out there when it made it’s debut in late 1964-early ‘65. The first Plymouth Barracuda’s with the enormous picture window in the back seemed perfect for a drag racer in the mind of the late George Hurst. Wheelies were King and putting a Hemi that everyone could see while it races down the quarter mile on two wheels was a mind blower! There were several versions as years went by….’65, ‘66, ‘67 and of course the ‘68 which is what Mike Mantel drives and owns along with the original “Little Red Wagon” Dodge A100….AND, Mantel has plans for an updated version of the “HUG” using the recent Dodge Challenger body (considering the “Cuda” died after the 1974 models.)
While at the recent “Nitro Revival” at Irwindale Speedway with occasional TAC co-host “Hot Rod” Bob Beck (Great American Auto Scene/GAAS), I caught up with Mike and original “HUG” driver “Wild Bill” Shrewsberry who gave me some background on their automotive journeys and why “Wild Bill” came out to California originally to run Pontiacs then got a call from George Hurst himself. Mike also talks about that segment on CNBC’s “Jay Leno’s Garage” where Jay had a harrowing ride in the ‘69 “HUG” that looked a bit more scary than it actually appeared on TV.
Then we listen in with Steve Gibbs as he honors some classic names from the short history of the “San Gabriel Raceway” from the 50’s and 60’s, including “TV Tommy” Ivo, the former child star and race car fanatic.
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(06-08-2019) – LA’s “Petersen Auto Museum” has a new exhibit entitled “Hollywood Dream Machines”. It includes cars from “Back to the Future”, the VW “Herbie” movies, Blade Runner 2047, Terminator, iRobot, “Mad Max” and more! Worth a look if you are in the LA area, and worth a listen is TAC 147 as the above Hollywood Art Directors, car designers, and auto suppliers for the movie industry sat down for a media day panel discussion with Movie Critic Scott Mantz about how certain cars came to be (the KITT Firebird, the Back to the Future DeLorean), how some cars worked while others didn’t for their brands, and the future of some movie franchises when it comes to adding vehicles.
It was a fun soirée behind the curtain of the movie industry and great for you trivia buffs who might have never known how close Doc Brown came to being a time traveler in a Frigidaire as opposed to a DeLorean.
It’s pretty incredible to see the exhibit cars upclose as well….there’s even a “Terminator” exoskeleton there…..a bit creepy if you ask me.
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(06-01-2019) – How often do the worlds of classic cars and….pro golf cross paths? Rarely. So when Diamond Bar (Ca.) High alum Kevin Na won the “Schwab Challenge” by 4 strokes not only did he get prize money and a trophy, but….a 1973 Dodge “Challenger”, rebuilt by none other than Steve Strope of Simi Valley’s Pure Vision. the “1973” was because that’s when Schwab began his business. But Na didn’t keep the car, nope, he gave it…to his CADDY! How cool is that?
Back at KNX 1070 Newsradio in Los Angeles, podcast host (and KNX sports guy) Randy Kerdoon thought, it would be cool to have that caddy (Kenny Harms) on the Talking About Cars podcast. Then he realized….and why NOT? Thanks to the staff at the PGA, and Randy’s use of social media, contact was made and Kenny gave his story!
Ron Hurwitz and Derek Scouler are big fans of police vehicles. For years Ron has had a 1969 Dodge Polara CHP cruiser, and has been an advocate for the department. Derek owns a ‘69 Polara, in all black, that looks like a CHP undercover vehicle. They join Randy to explain how you can be a Police car collector while doing it the right way so your car can avoid the crusher! That, and why Derek like’s Kojak’s Buick!!!
(05-25-2019) – What makes car collecting a hobby is about what you love. If Camaros and Mustangs are your thing, GREAT! But there are some of us out there, who love the orphans, the unusual, the odd. Dieter Obeji and Donna Culwell are great examples. TAC hosts Randy Kerdoon and Bob Beck found them at a recent “All GM” show in Woodland Hills, California. Dieter owns a battalion of ambulance and hearses, including this 1939 LaSalle that looks like a church from the inside, and out!
Such attention to detail, and to think he found it in a warehouse in Compton where it sat…..for decades. It appears to be from Utah, but more about that in the podcast.
Donna Culwell found her 1970 Cadillac in the back of a used car lot in New York State. Why an ambulance? She explains in the podcast, (and no, it doesn’t have anything to do with watching too much “Emergency” or “Mother, Jugs & Speed” growing up. )
Bogi’s idea of rebuilding a classic car/truck with an all female team, is spreading. Women in Southern California are giving it a try on a worn 1955 GMC pickup at the Automobile Driving Museum. Like the team that built Bogi’s Chevy “Montage” many of these woman have no experience in car repair. They like the bonding, and the shared team goals. They come from all walks of life, one is a Hollywood make up artist, another being the wife of an auto podcast announcer (Peggy Beck is top right in the white shirt). Listen to their stories as well on TAC 145. (We caught up with them at the Classic Auto Show at the OC Fairgrounds this past March).
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(05-20-2019) – Another in our run of “Playmate of the Year car stories!” So far i’ve talked with 1968’s Victoria Vetri (Angela Dorian) about her ‘68 AMX (and the guy who now owns it and restored it to it’s pink luster, Mark Melvin) and 2013’s Raquel Pomplun about her ‘13 Jaguar F Type, and thanks to 1979 PMOY Monique St. Pierre, we get the story of her 1980 Porsche 928 and when it disappeared from her driveway! (No, it wasn’t stolen)
I caught up with Monique and October 2003 playmate of the month Audra Lynn at a private bash in Holmby Hills. It was a Party for those who used to work at the Playboy Mansion before the new owners took over once Hugh Hefner passed away last September at the age of 91.
Ms. Lynn actually came up to me, noticing my “Mopars at the Mansion” black t-shirt I bought….yes, bought back in 2008 when “Mopar Collector Guide’s” Robert Wolf talked folks at the Mansion to let a bunch of cool Mopars park on the lawn at Holmby Hills. Audra began to tell me of her and boyfriend’s Dodge Challengers (she has a Hellcat, and he has a Demon), and how they chase each other around south Florida. Turns out they have THREE, one all wheel drive model they leave in Iowa for the winter!
I caught up with John DeRoy at Fireball Tims “Wheels and Waves” in Malibu! John has not one but TWO London Taxi’s (yes from London)! It began as a hobby, but now he rents them out for weddings, which, means we get WEDDING Car Stories!! No extra charge. To listen, CLICK BELOW and please share/retweet, rate us on iTunes and give us a review!!
(05-17-2019) – Hanging out with cool car people and fellow podcasters and TV Show hosts, on TAC often get us invites to return the favor and join them on their shows! But honestly, that official invitation seldom arrives. One of the few exceptions are “Cars Yeah” TV and podcast host Mark Greene! Soon after he returned home to the state of Washington, Mark called both myself and my occasional co-host Bob Beck, of GAAS, and had us both on separate shows! (Listen by clicking the links below)
Now Normally having a dynamic duo like us on their show would be the same as a long running TV show “jumping the shark”, but in reality we were both honored to be a part Mark’s cool show! Thanks Mark!!