Topic: The Homer is apparently at Fox Studios today

And LTDScott is giving the Simpsons staff rides in it.

And Matt Groening signed the LR corner.

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So jealous.

So happy for the Porcubimmer guys.













We demand a full report, Scott.

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Re: The Homer is apparently at Fox Studios today

Now that is way cool.  I wonder if it will find its way into an episode.

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bshorey wrote:

I wonder if it will find its way into an episode.

Maybe the next reality cross-over ep.

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therood wrote:

And Matt Groening signed the LR corner.

That'll make any future change to the theme a bit awkward.

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Re: The Homer is apparently at Fox Studios today

He should have signed somewhere less prone to being damaged .

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mharrell wrote:
therood wrote:

And Matt Groening signed the LR corner.

That'll make any future change to the theme a bit awkward.

Yeah, the next theme should be chosen to allow removing that fender/fin for mounting on the wall.

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Re: The Homer is apparently at Fox Studios today

holy shit, scott. lol

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AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: The Homer is apparently at Fox Studios today

Way cool !

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Such a great day, we got to meet Al Jean and Jim Brooks (he wouldn't stop asking questions too) .  Check your local Fox News for possible coverage!

Re: The Homer is apparently at Fox Studios today

very cool

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Today was indeed a day I won't soon forget!

It started shortly after we finished our last race. After our car became a hit on the internet, Matt Groening's people contacted us and said that he loved the car and wanted to see it in person. The car unfortunately suffered some front end damage during the last race, and my personal life took a hit (my dad passed away and my mom came close), so we had to postpone the visit until we got the car fixed and got my life in order.

Finally today was the day when we took the car to the Fox Studios. The public is never allowed into the Fox Studios, and they said they have turned down other real race car drivers and their cars for PR opportunities. Going through all the procedures and guidelines they set up for our visit, it was clear that this was a rare invite. Matt and his people really went out of their way to get us there. They actually blocked off a whole block in front of the Gracie Films bungalow for us. When we pulled up in the car there were dozens of spectators and multiple camera crews waiting for us. Totally surreal. Apparently they had sent out a studio wide email inviting people to see "The Homer" for real.

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We met Matt Groening, James L Brooks, Al Jean, David Cohen (former Simpsons writer and creator of Futurama), and a bunch of other Simpsons staffers. Matt said it was a "dream come true" to see The Homer in the flesh. All of them were really enthusiastic about it and loved the car, despite being quite Lemons caliber when you see it up close. Unfortunately none of the voice actors were there at the time. James Brooks took a particular interest in it and was asking lots of questions about how fast the car is, what the race is, how well we did, etc., and was genuinely excited for us when we told him we finished in 5th place in our last race.

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We took a ton of photos with the car and the Simpsons crew, then were interviewed by several media outlets (AP, Fox, E!, others) asking about the car, what racing we do, etc. Matt signed the rear quarter panel of our car, along with a sign board that we intend to keep mounted in the back seat of the car, and some other memorabilia for us.

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I took Matt, James, Al, David, and several other staffers for rides in the car. Basically I was told not to engage in any "exhibitions of speed," so I carefully drove them around a block of the studio. But with every lap I took, security and other people cleared a safe path for me, so I upper my speed a bit and layed down a little rubber. I may have gotten a little sideways around a corner with a Fox camera man riding shotgun smile

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The Simpsons crew had to go back to work, but we lingered to talk to people and the press and take some more photos.

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We talked a bit more with The Simpsons PR person who set this all up, and she told us that when the video of our car hit the internet, she got two emails about it - one from Matt proclaiming how cool our car was and that he wanted to see it in person, and the other from Fox's lawyers saying they intended to send us a cease and desist letter. Luckily Matt's enthusiasm won out! She also mentioned that when we decide to get rid of the car, we should give them first dibs. I was half inclined to ask how much they'd be willing to pay!

After that we got a tour of the studio grounds. We saw a couple of celebrities on the set of "New Girl" - Zoe Deschanel and the guy who plays Winston whose name escapes me. They let us on set. Here's the bar set from New Girl.

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We saw a couple of other sets (NYC street where they've filmed a bunch of stuff), and they let us into the sound room. Pretty incredible.

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Someone working there has good taste in cars, too.

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It was an incredible day, and I'm still stunned that our crap can has received all the positive attention it has. We probably won't be racing for a while, so we're going to milk its popularity for all it's worth over the next few months smile

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Awesome!! Thanks for the photos and the writeup.

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Simply AWESOME!

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Re: The Homer is apparently at Fox Studios today

VERY cool.

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Re: The Homer is apparently at Fox Studios today

Holy Crap.  That is really cool.  I'm so glad that Matt Groenig won out over the lawyers; they will cease and desist at the drop of a hat it seems.  (Which would be hilarious for a show that spends half its screen time lampooning other people's intellectual property.)

Congrats.

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In a way we're a tiny bit sad that they didn't send us a cease and desist, because we would have replied that they could eat our shorts smile

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Re: The Homer is apparently at Fox Studios today

Great writeup, Scott. We'll have to talk sometime soon for the Hoons.

dculberson wrote:

Holy Crap.  That is really cool.  I'm so glad that Matt Groenig won out over the lawyers; they will cease and desist at the drop of a hat it seems.  (Which would be hilarious for a show that spends half its screen time lampooning other people's intellectual property.)

Congrats.

They wouldn't have been the first SoCal E30 team to get a Cease-and-Desist notice. In-N-Out Burger sent POS Racing one for their parody livery. As far as I know, they ran a couple more races with the Spin-N-Out theme before it was mothballed for a year or so.

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Just Frickin'  Awesome!  No Cease & Desist! Just Admiration.

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Re: The Homer is apparently at Fox Studios today

That is really awesome!  So glad they took it for what it is, and didn't go the lawyer route.  Very jealous, looks like a great time!

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Wish I could have been there, but I am so, so incredibly proud to be a part of this completely retarded team of sick, yet brilliant minds. Well deserved Scott, and I'm glad you guys had fun. Can't wait to molest the autograph at the next race.

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fuckin killin it, porcubimmer team!

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Re: The Homer is apparently at Fox Studios today

Of course, Matt had to sign the corner of the car that was rearended by that Jeep that jumped up on the trailer when Scott was towing it to or from a race.

As a big Simpsons fan, it was a real honor to get to meet everyone.  Definitely a proud day for all of us

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That is really, really awesome.

Great work guys!

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So, when are you guys going to be featured in an episode?  I'm sure that the Fox people got you to sign over all sorts of stuff in that paperwork.

Job well done to everyone involved,   Obviously the Planet Express ship wasn't good enough to get their attention...

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