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Car lovers gather for Wheels and Waves

A Chevy Chevelle (left) and a Chevy Impala were among the 1960s era muscle cars on display Feb. 19 at Wheels and Waves, held at Malibu Country Mart. Photos by Suzy Demeter/22nd Century Media
Actor Jonathan Banks (center) poses with Ken Vela (left) and Wheels and Waves host Fireball Tim Lawrence.
Wheels and Waves attendee Ken Vela stands next to his 1956 Porsche Speedster as a stream of nitrous oxide sprays from the car’s Pegasus emblem.
Maureen Magnuson poses by her track roadster, which her late husband, Jerry, built and designed.
Muscle cars, rare models and custom specialty cars are displayed at Malibu Country Mart during Wheels and Waves on Feb. 19.
Suzy Demeter, Freelance Reporter
8:44 am PST February 28, 2017

Star power and horsepower collided Sunday, Feb. 19, when actor Jonathan Banks swung by Malibu Country Mart for Wheels and Waves, Malibu’s monthly car show.

Banks’ son, Claudio, arrived in his cool 2016 Corvette Z06, boasting 650 horsepower and 650 torque. 

A break in the area’s stormy weather allowed for a jubilant gathering of car owners and enthusiasts. The show featured a unique blend of muscle cars, custom-made specialty cars and extremely rare cars. 

Maureen Magnuson, owner of a custom-built bright red track roadster, described her late husband Jerry’s passion in building the vehicle, a project that took him one year and seven months. 

“It was a project that my husband wanted to do,” she said. “I encouraged him and it was his dream to do a track roadster.”  

Ken Vela brought his 1956 Porsche Speedster. 

“I was trying to make it as period correct as possible,” said Vela, of building his car.  

He had an old Bolex hand crank film camera mounted on the roll bar. Demonstrating a boost of power for engine performance, a stream of nitrous oxide sprayed from the snout of the Pegasus emblem located near the front wheels of the Porsche.

Greg Gill, from The Automobile Driving Museum, brought along a rare beauty: a silver, 1989 Porsche Carrera Speedster. These cars were built for only one year, and only 814 of them exist.  

“Its value has gone through the roof,” Gill said.

Michael Axon, of The English Car Company, pointed out the three windshield wipers on his E Type 1968 Jaguar 4.2. He said it was a regulation requirement around 1967-1968.  

The presence of Jonathan Banks, an accomplished stage actor and veteran film actor portraying mostly sinister character roles spanning from “Beverly Hills Cop” to “Better Call Saul” added to the camaraderie and collective interest in the cars.

Malibu resident Fireball Tim Lawrence, the host of the monthly car show, noted that the event showcases unique examples of vehicles.

“That’s the mix of personalities,” he said.

Lawrence handed out cards for free coffee to the first 100 attendees, provided courtesy of The Automobile Driving Museum and The English Car Company through Starbucks. 

Wheels and Waves is held every third Sunday of the month from 7-9 a.m. at The Malibu Country Mart. 

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