On episode forty-three, Dave Lane joins the Gearheads to talk hot rods, inspiration, and running a one-man show. Conversation turns to design and the importance of communication and becomes a masterclass in planning your shop’s future. If you’re working to decipher the mystery of customer attraction and retention, this is your episode.
On episode thirty-eight, the Gearheads finally get to sit down with Steve Cook and his son Mike and Alan Childers of Steve Cook Creations, and gain some sage advice and perspective from one of the premier shops in the country, if not the world. We dive deep into the philosophy and collaborative build environment in the shop. If you want to know the value of and hard work that go into making it all look simple, this is your episode.
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.
The 1992 NSRA Street Rod Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky became one of the most memorable events in history, and not because of the car or spectator count. It was memorable because of a massive thunderstorm that hit the area and dumped nearly 5 inches of rain in just two hours, stranding hundreds of cars. Follow along as we talk about some of the issues that happened, the massive effort to get cars to higher ground, and the aftermath.
Hot rod and custom builder, TV star and all-around good guy Tim Strange stops by to hang out with the Gearheads and talk cars, television shows, marketing, sponsorships, goat sex changes and more. We even explore the potential of hot rod fat camp and buffet syndrome, neither of which are related. Yeah, you won’t want to miss this one.
The jolly Engle giants sit and talk cars, V8 go-karts, kandy-colored strollers and life-sized, anatomically-shaped bottles of maple syrup with the Gearheads here on episode seventeen. We started with good intentions, honestly we did. Alas, it’s an entertaining time with guys whose work has some serious range from Drag Week cars to Lowriders and everything in between. To top it all off, the recurring theme was inspiration, and it’s a beautiful thing in this episode.
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.
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.
I met Bob Bauder in 1984 in Hesperia California when he passed me going the opposite direction in his lowered 1947 Ford convertible. I did a quick u-turn, because I really wanted to check out the car. Little did I know, a simple u-turn would have such a profound effect on my life and a lot of my future friendships.
If I were to ask you to name the first car that really did it for you… the one car that sparked your interest in hot rods or fast cars in general, what’s the first car that comes to mind for you? For me, there was always some interest in cars. It was and is in my blood. I’m convinced that it’s genetic. My parents were rabid car fanatics, and here I am, passing that gene on.
If I were to ask you to name the first car that really did it for you, the one car that sparked your interest in hot rods or fast cars in general, what’s the first car that comes to mind for you? What sparks your imagination? For me, those answers come from some relatively humble and common places. It seems that the car thing is held together by a common adhesive, no matter what kind of cars you like.