On episode thirty-seven, the Gearheads welcome Brian Lohnes, the voice of NHRA Drag Racing, host of “Put Up or Shut Up,” and one of the minds behind Bangshift.com! If you enjoy room temperature shrimp, dermatological maladies and Moon landing conspiracies, well we’ve got those and a whole lot more for for you.
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.
Episode twenty-four lands in your lap with an orange blur and a heaping plate full of our friend Brad Fanshaw, the man behind iconic action sports marketing, hot rod brands and so much more. We talk podcasting, television shows, first cars and billet guitars among other things… If you’re interested in what it tales to make a unique brand statement in the very noisy automotive aftermarket, you won’t want to miss this one.
Ever since I was a kid, I loved land speed racing. Guys like Gary Gabelich, Mickey Thompson, Craig Breedlove and Art Arfons seemed “otherworldly” in their quest to go faster than anyone. As I grew older, I decided there was some goals I needed to chase in this amazing form of “free-for-all” motorsports and this version definitely had my name written all over it. I decided to build a streamliner and go play with some crazy guys and girls and chase some crazy records.
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.
If you’re a NASCAR fan, you’re probably as nuts about the night race at Bristol as we are. There’s just something about a big time race under the lights that makes it so much better than daytime racing. It’s 162,000 fans and 43 cars inside a bullring. Perhaps it’s the sparks generated when the cars bottom out, or the flames that shoot out of the exhaust pipes when they enter the corners. Whatever it is, we can’t get enough of it. Alex and Brian sit and talk with the “illuminati” of Bristol Motor Speedway, and become enlightened themselves.
In Episode Five, we are graced with the presence of Suzy Bauter, who was the talk of the 2017 SEMA Show with her killer Rambler wagon. A rich history of cool cars, hot rodding and autocross are but the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this PR and Social Media Marketing madwoman. It all goes delightfully sideways, but finds some incredible traction in a discussion about surfboards for incredibly large people. Truly a fun time, and a great look into the exciting sport of Autocross. All of this, and Brian sings, too!
In this second chapter of the Round Six series, “The Unsung Heroes of Motorsport,” Alex and Brian go behind the Iron Curtain with Grzegorz Zdzieszkocziewninski. Spotting his work on race day would be a breeze, but few outside of the fold would recognize how deep of a crease it has left on loads of drivers. Still, he’s not the sort to get steamed over it, he simply presses on. Meet the starched sultan of speedway signals, and learn how he went from folding overcoats to the pole position.