• Aug 30, 2010
The Redster by Fireball Tim Lawrence – Click above for high-res image gallery

Any time Hollywood's current go-to car guy, Fireball Tim Lawrence, is involved in a project, you know it's going to be a rolling masterpiece. So when AutoTrader Classic invited us to see Fireball's latest creation ahead of its public debut at the SEMA show in November, we jumped at the chance. Make the jump for yourself to get up close and personal with The Redster.



Photos copyright ©2010 Frank Filipponio / AOL

When we arrived at the premier, we were surprised to find so many stars in attendance. In fact, we'd say there was a better turnout at Cinema Vehicle Services than the weekend's other big Hollywood shindig, the Emmy's. But to be fair, we're a bit biased, and the stars at Tim's party were of the four-wheeled variety, not the well-heeled type from Variety (Frank will be here all week, ladies and germs, tip your waitresses – Ed.).


The guest list included the following A-listers.

The featured vehicle was a 1951 Chevrolet 3100 dubbed the Redster. From 10 feet away it looked like a nice but underwhelming restoration. As we got closer, however, the Redster's secrets were revealed. Subtle, ghosted AutoTrader Classic logos abound, joined by pinstriping courtesy of Jeff Styles and gigantic Kurv Wheels wrapped in Kumho rubber band tires on the outside. But the real surprise was under the hood.



While the Redster is powered by a fairly conventional, hot-rodded, small-block Chevy V8 assisted by a Nano Nitrous setup, it's the HH2 Hydrolectric Systems low pressure hydrogen induction system that's the primary party piece. For a very low investment, HH2 claims significantly improved fuel economy and emissions. At least those were the claims plastered all over the two other cars they brought along to show off the technology.

Knowing that Sony was involved in the project, we weren't surprised by the final revelation about the Redster: At the touch of a button, the pickup's hard bed-cover rose and five Sony Vaio touchscreen displays unfolded, creating an interactive kiosk for folks to surf the AutoTrader Classic website or to learn more about the other project sponsors. One of the screens was playing the four-episode mini-series documenting the build of the vehicle, which will be airing on TV or at the Fireball Tim website in the near future. But for now you can see our own high-res gallery of the Redster and friends by checking out the gallery below.



Photos copyright ©2010 Frank Filipponio / AOL


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      • 4 Years Ago
      There are a dozen vehicles in that room that I would take before even looking at that truck.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They may as well have put those stupid DUB labels on the sides and the grill... the rims and monitors ruin it...
      • 4 Years Ago
      If your going to ruin a truck, please use a 1980's chevy. Stay away from the classics.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I usually don't like chrome wheels, but these are pretty sweet. Nice truck minus the LCDs. I know it's an Autotrader display truck but if it wasn't the LCDs would need to go.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I thought the same thing, until I noticed they were touchscreen computers. As a rolling display, they actually *gasp* serve a function.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll pass on the truck, give me the Torino in the background... the red one, with the white stripe. :o)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Those rims belong on a donked out Chevy Impala. Totally destroys the look of the truck.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This should be titled, "How to ruin a great classic truck with oversized rims." among other things.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Big chrome wheels are so low class.
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