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.
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.
Have you ever owned a “normal” vehicle that had a special place in your heart? Most of the time, these vehicles are the ones that are the least valuable and the least exciting. It’s like going to the dog pound and rescuing the best dog you’ll ever own. Maybe it’s Grandpa’s old farm truck, Aunt Joan’s 4-door Valiant, or that beat-up Chevy Sprint that got you through college. Whatever it may be, these vehicles didn’t win your heart by their looks. They did it by providing you with experiences that stayed with you for the rest of your life.
In episode three, our good friend Chad Reynolds from Bangshift.com drops in for an interview-turned-benchracing session, and we talk about everything from chassis-swapped Tri-Five wagons to a Federal Grand Jury. And a whole heck of a lot more, too. This one has a little something for everyone. Even a pull-out couch.
Round Six’s Brian looks back to his involvement in the 2013 Dodge Dart Road Trip, and one very memorable stop following the Carlisle All-Chrysler Nationals. Famed NHRA drag racer Jerry Stein had opened his doors to the motley crew of Brian, Steve Magnante and Dodge historian Dave Hakim, an treated them to a day loaded with Max Wedge history and more. We thought it only fair to share a bit of that here with you.
It may sound odd, but I had a 30 year period in my life where I was terrified to go on a road trip. Sure, I could do a “One Tank” Las Vegas or a Phoenix trip without any hesitation at all, but a LONG road trip? No way, dude. For that three decade segment of my life, I just flat refused to do it.