Ever want to own David Hasselhoff’s KITT from Knight Rider? Now here’s your chance, sort of

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Remember the Knight Rider series in the 1980s, with pre-Baywatch David Hasselhoff – or as we like to call him, “Da Hoff”?

While Da Hoff was billed as the star of the series, everyone knows the REAL star was KITT, the black Firebird that seemed to have every high tech gadget known to man.

And now Hasselhoff has put up his own personal version of KITT up for auction (well, let’s clarify that – a fan, Jennifer Catano, built it from the ground up and then gave it to the actor as a gift).

Ergo, while it’s not one of the original cars you saw in the series, it was Da Hoff’s, nonetheless. And it is a virtual double for the original KITT, with one exception: it doesn’t have the famous – or infamous, depending on your perspective – Turbo Boost that the real KITT had.

But it does have everything else you’d expect from KITT, including scissor doors, yoke steering wheel, all the cool exterior lighting you’d come to expect and a custom digital dashboard.

Oh, and we can’t forget to mention that the car carries a custom soundboard that has over 4,000 sound clips from the show – you know, the various things KITT said in its hokey British accent.

Still, the likely price tag isn’t really all that out of reach – certainly not Barrett-Jackson out of reach, for sure.

The auction for the 1986 Pontiac is starting at only $15,000, with an estimated selling price expected to fetch somewhere between $30,000 and $50,000.

Talk about a collector’s car, not to mention a conversation piece.

Click here to see the auction link at Julien’s Live of Beverly Hills.

Oh, and while you’re at it, check out some of the other goodies up for bidding, like Lot 450 – an oversized lifeguard figure model of Da Hoff, starting at just $10k. Just think, you can get Da Hoff’s car and then a lifelike model of him to sit next to you in the passenger seat!

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Hunter and Jett Lawrence walk a delicate balance between winning races and favoring the fans

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ANAHEIM, California – Hunter and Jett Lawrence are two of the most popular riders on the Monster Energy Supercross circuit, with fan bases that established and grew immediately when they came to America to ride for HRC Honda. Connecting with those fans came naturally for the charming Australian brothers, but it has not come without cost.

“It’s cool they’re there and it’s one of the things we try to do is give the fan that interaction,” Hunter told NBC Sports during Supercross Media Sessions ahead of the 2023 season. “It’s why we do ride days, meet-and-greets, press conferences  – all that stuff, because it’s exciting for them. We are trying to bridge the gap so they get personal interaction. Because that’s all they’re after. It’s all about getting that fan to think, ‘I know that guy. I didn’t meet him, but I get him. I get his humor.’ ”

There is no artifice in either brother. Their fan appeal is directly attributable to who they are at their core. And it’s that very genuineness that has throngs of fans standing outside their hauler, waiting for just a moment of their time.

“It’s about being yourself – talking to people,” Hunter said. “It’s not like I turn it on or turn it off; it’s just about being yourself. This is who we are, this is who you get and this is how it will be. You can’t portray something you’re not. If you keep saying you’re an orange, but apples keep popping out, it’s only a matter of time [until they figure it out].”

The key word is ‘throngs’, however. One person wanting just a few moments of time is incidental. Dozens are an entirely different matter.

“It’s tough in Supercross because it’s such a long day,” Hunter said. “The recovery side of it’s tough to do everything. We get stuck outside the grid; we can’t be there for like 10 minutes. We’re stuck there for like an hour. It gets overwhelming at times.

“You feel bad because you want to sign everything, but you’re still here for a job. Every race day is like that. We do the best we can, but there are so many people who wait out front. They’re screaming for you. Even when we’re coming off the sessions, they’re already yelling before you put your bike on the stands. You don’t even get time to take you helmet off.”

It can be a double-edged sword. Personality is only one part of the equation. A much bigger part of the brothers’ fan appeal comes because of their success. Hunter finished second in the last two Supercross 250 West title battles and third in the past two Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships.

Jett won the last three titles he competed for, including last year’s 250 East Supercross Championship and the last two Motocross contests.

“I think they expect me to have nothing else to do on a Saturday and that I have unlimited energy,” Jett said. “But, I’m trying to recover for the next race.”

It’s a matter of timing. Jett has gained a reputation last year for handing out hundreds of donuts before the races during Red Bull fan appreciation sessions. And after the race, once the business at hand has been settled, Jett is equally available to the fans.

“After the race it’s fine; I’ll stay behind.” Jett said. “My job is done on the racing side of things, but until that last moto is done, my main thing is dirt bikes. The fans come along with it. The fans are part of the job, but main job at hand is the racing side of things. After the race, I’ll stay there for an hour or so. It’s a lot calmer.”