Podcast episode show notes
The Gearheads take an evening to talk metallurgy, engineering and fastener design with Bob Florine, the Executive Vice President of American Racing Products. If you’ve ever wanted to know what it takes to make the world’s best, most respected fasteners, who better to learn from than the man who rose through the ranks at the company that makes them. A lot to be learned in one of our most tech-heavy and entertaining episodes so far.
Episode fourteen goes all over the place from Hemi-powered Healeys to concours-level Tucker automobiles with the prolific, super-talented and even nicer still Rob Ida. It’s a fun walk down mmory lane and heads straight through the present day and into the future, too. Also there may have been talk of a game show. It’s that kind of episode, naturally.
It’s the triumphant return of the Pirate and Turtle as the Gearheads spend some time taking art, cars and taking major life risks to chase a dream in the automotive industry with Chris Dunlop, aka “Pinstripe Chris.” Truly a man wise beyond his years, it’s an episode that any artist, fresh or established will find invaluable in terms of shared experience and advice.
On episode twelve, the Gearheads sit and talk Pro Street, starting trends, trail mix and medieval weapons with hot rod builder and street machine legend Scott Sullivan. Other podcasts may have simply toed the line, but we jumped right over that thing and headed straight for Weirdville. Or Dayton. Whatever. It’s a fly-on-the-wall benchrace sort of thing for you, happy listener. We’ll even shut the bug zapper off this time.
The Gearheads welcome the Forrest Gump of the hot rod world, Carson Lev, and talk mentoring by legends, Hot Wheels, the space program and Disney… Plus a whole lot more. Can you say that Mickey Thompson taught you to wash a car? No you can’t. Otherwise you’d have been the guest on episode eleven.
In episode ten, it’s a free-for-all as the guys sit and riff on movie cars, movie ideas, a Hydrazine-based energy drink and a ton of other things that should probably never be mentioned again. However, if you’ve ever watched “Bridges of Madison County” and thought “a car chase would really liven this film up,” then you’re going to love this one.
The Gearheads sit and chat with world-famous custom painter Billy B, and the episode goes delightfully sideways as usual. Big laughs, a serious look at humble beginnings, and a horribly inappropriate intro rivaled only by an acronym so filthy that we locked it in a subterranean vault. Then burned it.
The guys go all benchracing session, and discuss the Street Machine of the Year award and the current state of staleness and apathy with regard to high-end builds, Pro-Touring, and the age of mega-budget cars that all seem to disappear within a year of being finished. And in grand Round Six fashion, they engineer a constructive solution to the problem. And talk tacos.
In Episode Seven, we sat down with documentarian Adam Kontras, and talked DeLorean DMC-12’s, time machines, Back to the Future movie cars, LS engine swaps, family drama, Shakesperian betrayal… and Eric’s eating habits.
All of this as Adam’s documentary, Fastest DeLorean in the World hits Amazon Prime Video, sharing fortuitous timing with another story about a kid from Columbus Ohio who happens to race a DeLorean, “Ready Player One.” Talk about things being delicately interconnected.
In Episode Six, the Gearheads lay a coat of color commentary over the fine art of high-end finishes with paint master Mick Jenkins, who has sprayed and finished more high-end cars than you could possibly wave a push broom at. Hear some great stories, share a few laughs, and feel free to drop a new word into your vocabulary. You’re welcome.