It’s an episode of icons as Round Six’s fourth man Carson joins us with guest Kenny Youngblood! A legendary automotive artist, designer and custom painter and letterer, Kenny’s career has spanned decades, and he shares some great stories loaded with historic names and locations. A lesson in passing the passion to the next generation makes this one for the record books.
The Gearheads slide into 4-high and spend an evening talking design, marketing, technology and inspiration with Jonathan Ward, the founder and CEO of ICON 4×4 and TLC. Known for their modern take, yet charmingly nostalgic-in-character FJ and Bronco and Derelict builds, the company is blazing new paths through design and forward thinking. We go deep into the “why.”
Automotive journalist, author of literally hundreds of books, former director of the NHRA Motorsports and World of Speed Museums and all-around fascinating guy and friend of the Gearheads, Tony Thacker stops by. We talk about the wild and crazy 1970’s car mags, trading cookies for access to the Ferrari plant and design studio, and make some Monty Python references, too.
On a second visit from Eric Tscherne and Carson Lev, the Gearheads continue a discussion on Creative and Design Management, exploring what make for good manager and successful teams. A discussion on how to guarantee failure through a disregard for value differentiation is especially enlightening for anyone involved in the creative process.
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.
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.
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.
The Gearheads take an evening to talk metallurgy, engineering and fastener design with Bob Florine, the Executive Vice President of Automotive 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.
Being a bit of an engineering-minded car geek, I like to tinker. However, with respect to having a warranty, I needed to restrict my tinkering to either factory-approved mods and pieces, or just throw all of that payment-offsetting goodness when it comes to repairs. Playing the grown-up, I opted for the former over the latter, and developed a cold air intake solution using budget-friendly, mostly factory parts. Follow along with long-term Project Life Partner, my ’16 Challenger R/T.