Carbon Fiber Ball Joints and Trophies


The Round Six Gearheads sat down with and got back to their roots with an unscripted, candid discussion on the state of the Street Machine of the Year (SMOTY) award. More than just a simple opinion fest, the guys share insight on the state of the art, the need for a renaissance, and the stale nature of trends. The conversation goes deep for a bit, and explores the what and why of how a car can command your attention, and then levels out neatly with an idea for a tortilla machine to be standard in all continental breakfast lines.

That and carbon fiber ball joints, of course. But not in the breakfast line. Mankind should know his limits, after all.




  • The current state of build trends
  • How everything went Pro-Touring
  • The “required mods” list, or so it seems
  • The politics of dancing into the Top Five
  • Carbon fiber ball joints
  • Old trends we miss… and a few we don’t
  • Waxing nostalgic with tongue firmly in cheek
  • Offering constructive criticism to bring excitement to the SMOTY award
  • Burning out on a build style
  • “Jumping the shark” on a build style
  • The act of throwing money at a car versus having a plan
  • When a build becomes satire
  • Other trends that are suffering from “same-as” burnout
  • The pricing-out of the common man
  • The importance of pie-in-the-sky builds as inspiration
  • When a car is “too nice” to drive
  • Terribly inappropriate SEMA Show call-backs
  • The hot rod illuninati/”aluminati”
  • The birth of a secret society
  • When a certain build just “does it” for you
  • That point where a high-end build breeds contempt
  • The differences in creativity:
    Designing from scratch VS junkyard trawling
  • Engineering a home-built solution to a high-end design challenge
  • Bringing tweed back
  • Alex and Brian go all Star Wars. Again.
  • Birth of the “Ratborghini.”
  • Why Peter Jackson won’t be directing the Round Six Biopic

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  1. Barry Klassen
    May 6, 2018 at 2:15 pm — Reply

    Fully agree with most of the stuff you guys said. Almost every award winner shows up on a trailer, and leaves on a trailer, no matter what category. The most ignored award is the “Ya gotta drive em” award. This area always seems to be tucked way back in the the corner some where. Some clowns are so desperate to win any award that they even park their trailer queens there. I picked up the long distance award in Del Mar a couple years ago. Drove 2000 miles to get there. Even drove through a blizzard to get there. No body gives a shit. They all just talk about the guy with his VISA build that never goes more than 100 yards to and from his Featherlite cocoon. To each his own they say, but if you can’t take your car on a decent road trip, buy a Picasso, at least that will appreciate hanging up in your pristine epoxy floor garage with a big screen tv and leather recliners.

    • May 6, 2018 at 4:55 pm — Reply

      Hey Barry, thank you for chiming in, and thanks for listening! We truly appreciate that!
      I couldn’t agree more on the lack of involvement with the “Ya Gotta Drive ‘Em” award. That alone would make for great commentary on just where the whole thing is at, presently. When it comes down to needing that validation of a trophy, chances are that the car wasn’t built for any of the right reasons. Used to be, this was a “build it because you want to, and it’s what you like” hobby, but has turned into big business and a popularity contest. When a huge-dollar car owner has to try and take glory from some guy who actually drives and enjoys his build, it’s a sad day for us all.
      And don’t get me wrong; like we said in the episode, we’re never ones to throw hate on a big-dollar build. After all, they serve the purpose of inspiring on a number of levels. Hearing someone complain, nonstop about those cars at a show just makes it a grind to be there.
      We are in desperate need of a wake-up call to reignite the fun, and it’s up to all of us participating in it to see that happen.
      Big thanks for your comment and thoughts, and hope that you’ll continue to hang out with us as we go!

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