Designer Jason Rushforth joins the Gearheads on episode seventy-two to talk Porsche, starting a wheel company, the Riyadh Auto Salon in Saudi Arabia, and BMX bikes. It’s a fun and winding road, and is an interesting look at starting a design career and building a name.
The Gearheads welcome Sean Taylor, Vice President of Product Development at M2 Machines for an evening of “small” talk and big passion for cars. We get geeky over details, and dig deep into a company that encourages customization of their collectible offerings.
Sixty-eight episodes (sixty-seven regular plus a bonus one) in and we haven’t been properly introduced. That said, learn all about Alex in this one. Don’t like him? There’s also Camaros and soup and Wiford Brimley. You could probably listen and not even gather what this is about anyway, so it’s all good. And mostly Alex. Grab some oatmeal and enjoy.
The Gearheads finally sit down with Bob Thrash and talk graphics, builds, legendary cars, influences, taking chances and more. In keeping with the ongoing theme of “all things are delicately interconnected,” you’ll be shocked at the single person we can trace all current trends back to. And in a cheesy way.
Ryan Thompson attends the 2019 Detroit Autorama at Cobo Hall and gives his honest review of the show. Most notably, his commentary about the Great 8 contenders indicates that the show’s dynamic seems to be changing. The turnout and quality of the cars downstairs was a little light this year compared to year’s past, but the builders and spectators that attended this year’s Autorama didn’t seem to mind. When you get that many of your hot rod friends together in one place, you can’t help but have a great time!
Steve Strope of Pure Vision Design decided he needed to build a cool daily driver, but he wanted something different. He wanted something that would stand out while still being just a bit subdued. He finds a solid 1964 Cutlass sitting in front of a local Yamaha dealership and buys it. Once it gets into the shop, he and his team begin the process of building a very simple, reliable combination with a few slick tricks and an incredible amount of attention to detail.
The gang over at Cotati Speed Shop have been busy busting along on this radical 1968 Camaro for USAC Silver Car champ Brian McClish and his dad Mike. While the car may look like some modern racer, it has some great styling ties to the old days at LeMans, and really brings the Sprint Car flavor, using the very engine that Brian won his championship with for motivation. It even has ties to our podcast team. Get the full scoop here.
While collecting parts for a prior Z/28 Camaro project, Chip Foose stumbled across a rare 302ci engine out of a 1967 Z/28. He thought it would be really cool to find a 1967 Chevy short bed pickup and then do something that the factory designers should have done back in 1967. How about combining the body of a C-10 with the drivetrain of a Z/28, and then sprinkle some first-generation Camaro bits into the mix? And when you’re done, call it a C/28.
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.