Throwing Back a few Torts with Chris Jacobs


Episode twenty-five is a reunion of sorts on a few levels, as the Gearheads take a few minutes to catch up with a friend of the podcast, Chris Jacobs. An actor-turned television host, he’s most well-known in our industry and hobby from his work on Overhaulin’ with another good friend of the show, Chip Foose, as well as one of the roaming personalities at the Barrett-Jackson auctions.

Boasting a variety of roles on TV shows like The X-Files, Two and a Half Men, and even V.I.P. with Pamela Anderson, where he played a surfing Doctor. Yeah the guy has done a lot of really cool stuff. He’s  blast to hang out with, and is just a genuine, good human and a true credit to the hobby.


  • Brian sings the praises of the TSP-7411XR Mk V FriendMaker telescope for “keeping in touch”
  • Things get litigious early in this episode
  • Whoring a podcast intro for all its worth
  • Long Lost Family enters its fourth season
    – The parallels between Long Lost Family and Overhaulin’
    – Chris’ personal connection to the show
    – “It’s me without a hat”
    – How timing plays an important role in the show and in life
  • Inspired to enjoy cars via his brothers’ cars
  • Auditioning for the role of host on Overhaulin’
    – Avoiding the drama
    – The freeing aspect of zero drama
    – From seven to twenty-nine episodes
    – On establishing a genre
    – The impact the show had on building a career
  • Hosting the on-site vehicle coverage at Barrett-Jackson
    – Another A-team entirely
  • The unforeseen dangers of a stolen car prank
    – A gun is pulled
    – “This is really real now”
    – Zero poop
    – The unflappable Chip
    – Loco Chip (“The Evil Gang of Solvang”)
    – A shout-out to Scott for not altering hot rod history
  • The 1987 Grand National
    – The magic radio
  • Chris’ GTX
    – 392 swap by Mark Worman and the crew at Graveyard Carz
    – To be auctioned at Brrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2020, with proceeds to benefit Special Operations Warrior Foundation
    – Chris’ sincere value of service personnel
  • The salad days of Chris’ acting career
    – Dr. “Banzai” Kovacs. IMDB it.
    – The joys of residual checks
    – On acting as a career with a fallback career in place
  • SEMA Show 2018



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