Project: K.I.T.T. Blog
Here is a slideshow of KITT's engine and transmission being installed. A special shout out and thank you to Troy, Joel, Myron and Rudie at Hub Auto! I couldn't do this without you guys! I was not able to be there for the install but Troy's wife Kerri took all of these pictures for me. Thanks Kerri!
We entered KARR in the local car show in Aberdeen yesterday. They estimated there were between 7,000 and 8,000 people in attendance. KARR was a hit and I got to talk a lot about Project: K.I.T.T!
KARR was his usual mouthy self and randomly muttered his classic lines. One gentleman was talking to me about the Fiero when KARR asked, "Now, may I take you somewhere for food?" and the guy laughed and said "Sure, I would like a Big Mac, a large fry and a Coke". We continued to talk when KARR interjected, "I have no eggs. Perhaps you can direct me to a chicken." The guy chuckled and said, "Your car may talk, but it's not very bright. Big Macs don't need eggs." We both laughed to which KARR replied, "There, did you hear. He is becoming abusive." I thought the guy was going to pee his pants he laughed so hard!
There were a ton of kids that loved KARR and took a lot of pictures and videos. One little boy with a disposable camera used the entire camera taking pictures of KARR!
There were also a couple of young women that asked if they could sit in KARR and have their picture taken. I was shocked, but agreed. :)
The show was a lot of fun, and I cannot wait until the day KITT is able to make an appearance...who knows, maybe KITT and KARR will face off!
I took a ton of pictures at Southern Knights Atlanta, so advance warning: this post is very image-intensive.
These were the signs directing us to the convention:
Friday evening, August 5th, was a meet and greet, but we lucked out and got a sneak peek at some of the replicas and the Knight Rider Historians' screen-used KITT.
Here are some pictures of the screen-used KITT:
While we were outside, Danny Nasif arrived with his F.L.A.G. Mobile Command Unit semi replica.
Here's Danny talking to Michael Scheffe, the man who designed KITT, about the design of the F.L.A.G. semi and his plans for his replica.
My turn to talk with Michael Scheffe. He was talking about how the design of the '82 Firebird is timeless and about Glen Larson's reasons for choosing that particular car for KITT's body.
This is Joe Huth of the Knight Rider Historians checking out the interior of Danny's semi.
Later that evening we went to Olive Garden for dinner.
Here is the crew of The Three Hour Tour.
(These are such things from which songs are made...)
Saturday, August 6th was the convention. Here we are with our name badges.
Here is Scott Edmondson's collection of Knight Rider props, including Jack Sessums's miniature of KITT used in a few episodes of Knight Rider, and the chemical analyzer featured in the 3rd and 4th seasons.
"One man can make a difference" sign at the convention:
Mark Puette had a table of his collectibles for sale. I picked up a couple of patches and another KNIGHT plate (that got scratched on the plane trip home). Grr.
Alessandro Zagni of ZA Elettronica had a set of his season 1/2 electronics at the convention. This guy is amazing, and these electronics do everything! I am definitely going to wait for his season 3/4 set!
The Knight Rider Historians, Joe Huth and AJ Palmgren, brought their collection of screen-used props, scripts, and memorabilia to the convention.
This is the Knight Rider Historians' replica of the blind-drive seat in KITT.
Some of the items on this table were actually out of the screen-used KITT, for example, the fog lights and spark plugs. You can also see the blind-drive steering wheel and some license plates used in the series.
This "rock" was found inside the fender of the screen-used KITT. KITT smashed through a lot of walls on Knight Rider... :)
Back to the actual convention... Mark Puette kicked off Southern Knights Atlanta by introducing the first guest speaker...
Alessandro Zagni from ZA Elettronica from Italy.
These four gentlemen were ZA Elettronica's first US customers.
Next up were the Knight Rider Historians, Joe Huth and AJ Palmgren. They told us about their screen-used KITT and gave a private screening of the documentary about their car.
We took a short break, and I took a few more pictures of the Knight Rider Historians' collection.
Next, Michael Scheffe, the man who designed KITT, took the stage.
After Michael Scheffe's presentation we took a lunch break, and I took more pictures.
Here is another poster from the Knight Rider Historians' collection.
More pictures of Scott Edmondson's collection.
Nick Nugent had a 12" figure on display. He also sold some of his artwork. I picked up 8x10 artwork of KITT, KARR, and KITT's schematics.
More pictures from the Knight Rider Historians' collection.
Here we are posing at the convention.
One more picture of the chemical analyzer. It is pretty awesome.
After lunch, Ann Turkel took the stage. Ann appeared in the Knight Rider episodes Soul Survivor, Goliath Returns, and Knight in Retreat.
Our last speaker was Jack Gill, who was the stunt coordinator and blind driver throughout the series.
Here Jack Gill is talking about the blind-drive seat. He said the Knight Rider Historians' blind-drive seat was spot-on.
After the speakers were finished with their presentations we all got autographs. Our friend Julie brought her hatch trim for the celebrities to sign.
Meeting Jack Gill:
Meeting Ann Turkel (and her dog Tess):
Michael Scheffe took time to study my Project: K.I.T.T. logo before writing a special message for me.
This is Jack Gill seeing and validating the screen-used KITT.
Jack said, "There is no doubt about it, I was in this car." Pretty sweet!
Under the hood of the screen-used KITT (now declassified!)
Marc Brown's KITT replica. The paint job on Marc's car is amazing! This is a great example of how I want my KITT's paint to look.
Back to the screen-used KITT.
We got to sit in the real KITT!
Danny and I with the F.L.A.G. semi.
The real KITT with the F.L.A.G. semi.
Proof that KITT still has it after 30 years.
These are skid marks from the real KITT with his 30-year-old Eagle GT tires.
Joe and AJ had a lot of fun showing off in the real KITT.
The real KITT, with an inferior production-line copy of the real KARR. ;)
It's a really nice KARR replica. Sara had a lot of fun looking at it and talking to Jack Gill about KARR.
We had a blast at Southern Knights Atlanta 2016!
The Knight Rider Historians, Joe Huth & AJ Palmgren, brought a screen used KITT from the series Knight Rider. This car was also used as one of two display cars for Universal Studios. This was better than a dream come true for me. I always wanted to drive KITT, which I will be able to do with my replica, but to actually see, touch and sit in the real KITT was just too cool! Thank you Joe and AJ for making this possible! You guys rock!
This is our friend Julie. Julie has loved KITT since she was four years old. In 1999, she made a special trip to Universal Studies to see KITT, but was told he was no longer on display (he was removed in 1998). She was pretty bummed! Fast forward to Southern Knights Atlanta 2016. The Knight Rider Historians, Joe Huth & AJ Palmgren, brought a screen used KITT from the Knight Rider series that was also used as one of the two display cars at Universal Studios. Julie missed seeing KITT in 1999, but she got to ride in him in 2016! Way to go, Julie!
The Knight Rider Historians, Joe Huth & AJ Palmgren, brought a blind drive seat (used for making KITT drive on his own in the series) with them. In this video Eric Wang is trying the blind drive seat on for size! Fits like a glove, Eric!
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