Podcast episode show notes
You know that feeling you get when you’re minding your own business, riding a skateboard down a mountain road at eighty-plus miles per hour to film a Superbowl commercial, and then you’re mistaken for an alien and held at gunpoint? Yeah, that’s what our guest Roger Hickey calls “Tuesday night.” On episode thirty-six, it’s gravity racing, world championships and 335MPH Studebakers. Lock the babysitter out of the garage, this one has some spark.
Each year at The SEMA Show, PPG Automotive Refinish hosts the most unique booths, featuring a fresh theme. This year was home to Camp Wannapaintem, and the Gearheads were honored to host Cristina Fronzaglia Murray, the Director of Customer Communications and Service and Jeremy Seanor of Lucky Strike Designs fame live from the lodge. We talked paint, creativity, marketing and Dewey Cox.
On a special pre-SEMA Show 2018 episode, the Gearheads welcome David Salvaggio and Lyle Brummer of Speedkore. We talk carbon fiber, carbon fiber Chargers and then Alex asks more questions about carbon fiber. We also talk World Record-holding Dodge Demons, engineering, business, a plea for a Jamaican Rally Car Team, and then Alex asks about carbon fiber again.
On a very special episode thirty-two, Zane Cullen of Cotati Speed Shop joins the Gearheads to talk SEMA, project cars and the day-to-day ins and outs of running a multi-person hot rod shop. Things go wildly sideways but get back on track deftly as we explore the science and psychology of managing personnel, evolving a brand and business, and finally the super-secret SEMA Show debut plan. Boom.
On episode thirty-one, the Gearheads talk project cars, photoshoots and the trials and tribulations of starting a car magazine from the ground up with Automotive Photographer Robert McGaffin. You’ve probably seen his work on a number of covers over the years, and on this episode, we pull the covers back on what it takes to make it as one of the best lens men in the hot rod world.
With Brad out on a super-secret, pre-SEMA Show mission, Alex and Brian discuss the performance enthusiast industry and signature automotive events with Jimi Day. As one of the founders of FM3 Performance Marketing, Jimi is an experiential marketer, meaning that he and his team provide not just an event, but a targeted experience for the attendees and participants. The guys dig into what all of that means, the life of an escort card distributor in Vegas, and Brian’s pitch for the Altamont of car events.
Episode twenty-nine brings it all your way, courtesy of the very vocal and always insightful and entertaining Steve Strope of Pure Vision Design in Simi Valley, California. The guys talk vintage BMX bikes, bass guitar, reality TV and more. We get into the SEMA Show talk, Joe Rogan’s Nova and even a bit of serious health and family discussion, and learn a lot form a very driven and passionate designer and builder. If you’re looking for the ultimate kick in the pants to go and do your thing, this is your episode. Especially if you wear a man bun.
On episode twenty-eight, the Gearheads host Brian Brennan, the Network Director at the Motor Trend Group. You may know him best as the Editor of Street Rodder Magazine (and his work with Classic Trucks Magazine, Chevy High Performance and ‘Vette, just to name a few), and you’ll most likely come to know him in this episode as a guiding light in the hot rod industry and hobby, and one heck of an entertaining and nice guy. Even after the drive-by mooning story.
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.