Round Six’s Brian explores the shocking parallel of custom car build stories and the motion picture special feature. Taking a look at a side of George Barris’ career that is often overlooked, Brian finds that the King of Kustomizers had a kindred spirit in Forrest J Ackerman, another Hollywood fixture bent on preserving the history of his passion.
Mike LeFevers, the man behind Mitech Racing Engines and a life member of the Bonneville 200 MPH Club joins the Gearheads on episode twenty-seven to talk 300 MPH Firebirds, a Crown Victoria without brakes, and land speed racing as a family hobby. Having been the Engine Development Director at Carroll Shelby Enterprises and cutting his teeth at Gale Banks Engineering, he knows a thing or two about muffler selection and butt dyno myths. Yeah, we had to ask.
Brian, Brad and Alex stay in for episode twenty-six and talk SEMA Show preview previews, streamliner project PR disasters, Alex’s 1964 Chevy C-10 project, kit cars and chocolate diamonds. It was just that kind of a night. Hilarity ensues with the Salt-O-Masochist and a celebrity-themed steering product development idea gone incredibly sideways. You’re welcome.
The Gearheads take a few minutes to catch up with Chris Jacobs on episode twenty-five, and discuss his love for cars, involvement in the hobby, and the success of his TLC show Long Lost Family, which is gearing up for its fourth season. This one has bar exams (well one, actually), acting careers and even a plug for a high-powered telescope. It’s short on time, but long on value. Of some sort or another.
Episode twenty-four lands in your lap with an orange blur and a heaping plate full of our friend Brad Fanshaw, the man behind iconic action sports marketing, hot rod brands and so much more. We talk podcasting, television shows, first cars and billet guitars among other things… If you’re interested in what it tales to make a unique brand statement in the very noisy automotive aftermarket, you won’t want to miss this one.
On episode twenty-three, the Gearheads welcome long-time friend and Ridler Award-winning car craftsman JF Launier to the show. The guys talk build stories, driving in the snow, doing donuts in Cobo Hall, and things even get all marine biological when Alex drops the term “Plecostomus.” A French Canadian and a word that Jacques Cousteau might use. Put on your drinking toque, this one is going to get heavy, eh.
Episode twenty-two brings one of our favorite people, Kevin Oeste to the show! The Gearheads finally nail the schedule and sit to talk about the hobby, youth involvement, the SEMA Show, YouTube, Muscle Car TV and coffee cake. It goes all over the place with a big purpose. There’s science, sex, Buicks… and even some flat Earth talk. Yeah, this is one for the books.
Max Fish of Bio Kustumz fame joins the Gearheads for a mind-bending evening of engineering, air suspension design and a bedazzled pillow. Which was borrowed. Talk turns to philosophy, art, and the value of not only being passionate about your craft, but wholly understanding the core concepts, and then sharing that knowledge.
We’re celebrating twenty episodes of the podcast, and how better to do it than with a very special guest? The Gearheads sit down with Chip Foose for an evening of great stories, design insight and perhaps a bit of soul cleansing with regard to a certain VW GTi. And fan fiction. Because reasons.
Mike Alexander, the man behind FLO Airride Manufacturing, Slam’d Magazine and Rev’n Media joins the Gearheads for an enlightening, empowering and inspirational conversation on the art of work ethic. We talk branding, marketing, sponsorships and the SEMA Show, too. And possibly nipples. Like you’d expect anything less.