CBS Studio Center - TMPCC Car Show
and Fireworks Festival

Show Business Meets July 4th in Grand Style

The star of this year’s CBS Studios-TMPCC car show was Rick Dore Kustoms’ built “Aquarius,” commissioned and owned by Metallica guitarist James Hetfield. This gorgeous car brings to mind the custom coach work of French craftsmen in the Art Deco age. Only this masterpiece was built in the 21st century by the American artists at Dore’s shop. Completely hand crafted, the aluminum body evokes fluidity and motion and a lost grandeur in automotive style. It’s not a Mopar, but since it’s a complete custom it’s really not an “Anything.” Except stunningly beautiful, it was more than worthy of the President’s Award at this year’s show.

July Fourth is America’s birthday. Sure, you can celebrate by hanging out in the backyard, grill some hot dogs and then join the neighborhood fireworks show in the street. Great way to spend the day, no argument here. But, if you are in the Los Angeles area on the fourth, you have another true Americana option available. You can attend the CBS Studio Center – Television Motion Picture Car Club Fourth of July Fireworks Festival and car show.

Held on the back lot of CBS Studios in Studio City, California - this event has a little of everything. Car show, music concert, lots of kid friendly activities, good food and libations available. And at the end of the evening, at 9:00 PM, you get to view what has been called one of the best fireworks shows in all of Los Angeles.

Last year, Editor-Publisher Richard Kratz, and Senior Editor Alex Rogeo were honored to join the TMPCC. Alex has a theatrical resume that includes stage musicals, video work and television. Richard worked as a SAG actor when he was a child. Fun—if useless—fact, Richard is the answer to a trivia question by being the only actor that appeared in both the movie The Singing Nun and the TV show The Flying Nun. More fun facts, Alex, along with several other ladies like Cleo Shelby, Cherielynn Westrich of Overhaulin’ fame and many others, are in an exclusive club-within-a-club themselves as female members of the TMPCC—fine company if you ask us. Anyway, this all meant that this year we got to enter the MoparMax Maulin’ Magnum into the show. Alex and Richard were further invited to participate as judges and helped pick the top ten winners as well as Best of Show. The show is open to all makes and models, and the variety of vehicles in the show is wonderful.

We can vouch for the high fun factor of this show and we can definitely testify to the amazing fireworks display—it was synchronized to music and seemed to last forever. But of course, we’re most interested in the Mopars and the HEMIs in attendance. So check out a few of our favorites from the show.