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.
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.
It’s the triumphant return of the Pirate and Turtle as the Gearheads spend some time taking art, cars and taking major life risks to chase a dream in the automotive industry with Chris Dunlop, aka “Pinstripe Chris.” Truly a man wise beyond his years, it’s an episode that any artist, fresh or established will find invaluable in terms of shared experience and advice.
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.
The guys go all benchracing session, and discuss the Street Machine of the Year award and the current state of staleness and apathy with regard to high-end builds, Pro-Touring, and the age of mega-budget cars that all seem to disappear within a year of being finished. And in grand Round Six fashion, they engineer a constructive solution to the problem. And talk tacos.
In Episode Six, the Gearheads lay a coat of color commentary over the fine art of high-end finishes with paint master Mick Jenkins, who has sprayed and finished more high-end cars than you could possibly wave a push broom at. Hear some great stories, share a few laughs, and feel free to drop a new word into your vocabulary. You’re welcome.
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!
I was in the mini-truckin’ scene pretty heavily. I drove a convertible Isuzu pickup. Two 15’s in the bed under a hard tonneau with a “crawl through” and of course – mint green paint with peach scallops! Looking back it was a hack job, but MAN was I proud of it! Chicks loved it, cowboys hated it, so you know it was cool. I was hanging with my small circle of mini-truck friends at a show. We were kind of snickering (quietly) at a Ford Pinto that had been entered. Bone stock, horrid repaint (fresh paint, still fuming) and rainbow stickers poorly applied running from the headlight to tail light. We joked that the guy must have spent more on the $15 entry fee than the whole car. Danny sat and listened to us, never saying a word while we joked about it for several minutes like immature guys do…
In honor of his father’s passing, Pete Chapouris IV organized a memorial cruise which took place on January 6, 2017. Round Six’s Alex and Brad took part and share their experience, giving some insight to the man and his incredible contributions to the hod rodding world.