TAC 117 – The Pink Playmate of the Year Car & the Canadian Custom Car Artist!!

(07-06-2018) – Like most men, Mark Melvin grew up with an awareness of Playboy Magazine.    But unlike most men, Mark and and a pal now have a memory of the magazine (and it’s centerfolds) that no one has.    An actual “Playmate of the Year” car!    Mark is a big AMC guy.    Loves Ramblers, Ambassadors and more importantly the first series Javelin/AMX from 1968-70.

In 1964, Ford Motor Company was looking for publicity for their new car they were debuting as a 1964 1/2…..they called it the “Mustang.”    What better way to get publicity for it than put it in a magazine that had the eyes of men thanks to their buxom and scantily clad models in their pages?    Not sure if it was Playboy’s idea or Ford’s…..but a legend was born.   The Playmate of the Year pink car!    1964 with PMOY Donna Michelle was paired with the Mustang, in 1965 it was Jo Collins and a pink Sunbeam Tiger (like the one “Maxwell Smart” drove in the classic “Get Smart” TV show), in 1966 Allison Parks was given a new Dodge Charger, in 1967 Lisa Baker drove a newly redesigned 67 Barracuda and in 1968 “Angela Dorian” received a new ‘68 AMX.

Mark tells Randy about how he found the car, and what it took to restore it.    Turns out “Angela” (not her real name), held onto the car for a long time….and it looked like it.    Sadly, her life took an odd turn…..which resulted in a stay in prison.    But more about that in the podcast.

BTW, the pink playmate cars continued through 1975 when Marilyn Lange received a Porsche 911S (and sadly had to deal with crazy stalkers, so Playboy ended the “pink” car program).    EXTRA NOTE : you had to feel bad for the late Claudia Jennings who in 1970 was given a pink….Mercury Capri.    Not exactly the same as the Shelby GT 350 PMOY Connie Kreski received in 1969 or the Pantera that Liv Lindeland was given in 1972, but I digress.

Then we come to Cecile Bukmeier who made a name for herself in her native Canada as a painter of custom cars.    Cars, that most of the time, she never saw finished until she painted Johnny Martinez’ “Wicked” 1929 Ford Pickup.   It’s a masterpiece of deep color and subtle dark hues.    Cecile saw the truck for the first time at this year’s Classic Auto Show at the LA Convention Center.    We brought both Cecile and Johnny (whose car story can be heard on Talking About Cars 70 on our “Classic” site on  Soundcloud & iTunes) with our pal Bob Beck of GAAS Great American Auto Scene to hear about Wicked and Cecile learning her craft!

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TAC 116 – Checking with the “Vin Scully” of drag racing!

(06-22-2018) – for 44 years Dave McClelland held the mic during NHRA broadcasts that dated back to the days of Shirley Muldowney, the Snake and the Mongoose, Don Garlits, Dick Landy and the drag racing legends!   He’s seen it all, while maintaining his own car collection!    Listen as Dave gives us some great stories, a run down on his own cars, including one rather rare Buick, and his thoughts on the recent passing of Tom McEwen, does he deserve to be installed into the Hall of Fame?

Also on the show, our pal Bob Beck from the Great American Auto Scene (GAAS), joins Dave and I from the NHRA Reunion at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.    Bob gives us an update on the Museum after a sinkhole buried several of their display cars some years ago, and their visit to the local minor league baseball team, named after….what else….cars!

TAC 115 – in search of….BARN FINDS!

(06-08-2018) – It’s the dream of many a classic car guy (or gal), taking a hike somewhere, seeing a barn out in the middle of nowhere….look inside a window and see….the classic car of your dreams! Whether it’s a 57 DeSoto or a Lancia or a Hudson Hornet, there are still cars buried under all sorts of stuff, in garages, backyards…and yes, even barns all over the U.S.!   Michael Alan Ross makes sure we see many of them in the Tom Cotter “Barn Find” coffee tables books.  Ross is a well known automotive photographer, and explains how he went from rock band and commercial jingles vocalist to Cotter’s right hand man and shutterbug as they commence on a Wayne Carini-esque trek through America’s backroads and diners in search of that next….”Barn Find”

My occasional co-host, Bob Beck from the “Great American Auto Scene” (GAAS) joined us at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California for some fun banter, as we work out the kinks on a new audio board and talk with Michael.

TAC 114 – “Horny” Mike and his “Woodie”

(05-25-2018) – From the “Celebrity Stage” at the Classic Auto Show in LA, our Randy Kerdoon had a chance to talk with “Horny” Mike and Kevin Mack from History Channel’s “Counting Cars!”   Both have some cool wheels in their garages.    From a 1955 school bus sporting…what else…HORNS, to Kevin’s 69 Cadillac, both have the off-beat chemistry that ads to Danny “the Count” Koker’s custom shop in Las Vegas.    Randy, Kevin and the “Hornmeister” talk about how they joined the garage (and the show), the hierarchy of the Challenger world, Mike’s table making abilities, the real reason Mike bought a Woodie and we take questions from the audience!    Remember, LISTEN, SUBSCRIBE, SHARE/RETWEET, COMMENT AND if you listen on iTunes….RATE US 5 STARS!!    Thanks!!

TAC 113 – when is a “Continental” NOT a Lincoln? & Dave SINGS!

(05-10-2018) – Our TAC pal, Dave Kindig from “Bitchen Rides” on Velocity joining me on the “Celebrity Stage” at this years Classic Auto Show in LA!    We talked about what it was like fixing up your father-in-law’s car (no pressure there, right?), when was a Continental NOT a Lincoln….(it happened two years….listen below to find out when) and DAVE SINGS!!!    (Won’t tell you what song it was….other than, I joined him and it was ….what you thought it would be!).    We also took questions from fans in the audience!

One side note, after posting the podcast on our Talking About Cars with Randy Kerdoon Facebook page….I tried to promote it, only to discover, that according to Facebook….the word “Bitchen”….is basically a cuss word.    Not only was the promotion denied, but when I appealed it on the basis of it being a legitimate term, and title of an actual Velocity/Discovery TV show….IT WAS DENIED AGAIN!    Whoa.   Things you learn when you least expected it!    Listen to our “non-promotable” podcast below!

TAC 112 – How much is my car worth #StickerShock

(4-27-18) – We’ve all asked that question.    “What’s my classic car worth?”   Now a new show on Discovery Channel will ask that question in a new weekly show, “Sticker Shock”.     The premise is simple, people bring their classics to a warehouse, where a car experts look it over, research some information, and then tell the owner, what they think it’s worth.    Think “Antiques Roadshow” on wheels.

   Todd Wertman and Nick Smith know their cars (and motorcycles) and know this show has been very educational.    On “TAC 112” with Randy Kerdoon and guest co-host Bob Beck (Great American Auto Scene/GAAS), they talk about their own car history, car stories, and some of the wheels they saw during taping of the reality show that was taped in an LA warehouse that was torn down soon after shooting ended.    (Makes you wonder if there is a season two, what they’ll do for a new set.).  Todd talks about working for actor Nic Cage and why Cage LOVES him as a provider of classic cars, and Nick talks about the bike he’ll never sell.

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TAC 111 – Legal & not so legal racing

(04-12-2018) – Two forms of racing that couldn’t be farther apart in acceptance.    Both can happen on city streets, both can be attended by many people, but only one….is legal.     This week on Talking About Cars podcast #111, I talk IndyCar with Northern California native Alexander Rossi, who won the Indy 500 the first time he drove in it, and is ready for his 3rd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Going into Long Beach, Alexander stands 2nd in the driver’s standings, and hopes to do better than his previous finishes in Long Beach (19th last year and 20th in 2016).   Also on the show this week!   Our pal Doug Stokes who is wrapping up a long run with Irwindale Speedway!

You talkin’ about me?   Nope, we’re talkin’ about You!!   Doug is a former SCCA racer himself, he’s seen or promoted just about every kind of racing there is.    Like many of us he’s been alarmed by what he sees on the street where car enthusiasts take part in “sideshows”, closing down parts of roads, even freeways to smoke the rubber off their tires while doing burnouts, “donuts” and more, before their “fun” is broken up by police.    Usually there are arrests, tickets and cars being impounded.   Doug fills us in on the new “B.O.X.” At Irwindale, that allows for that kind of activity….and it’s all legal!!

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TAC 110 – 2 Girls, and a podcaster share the CAS “Celebrity Stage!”

(03-30-2018) – For a car guy, this is living the dream!    Not only “hanging” with incredibly cool cars, but cool car people!!   If you’ve seen the Velocity TV show “All Girls Garage”, you recognize the two women with me in the above picture, Bogi Lateiner and Rachel DeBarros.   Bogi was one of the original “AGG” mechanics (alongside Cristy Lee and Jessi Combs) who showed they knew their stuff when it came to working on cars, altho’ …it’s okay to admit you originally tuned for the “eye candy.”  When Jessi exited the show, Rachel came on board after her youtube series “Gearhead Diva” caught the network’s attention with her hands-on work with cars and entertaining presentation.

Bogi’s fantastic 57 Chevy “Montage” pickup was at the recent Classic Auto Show in Los Angeles, complete with a BMW motor under the hood (listen to the podcast below to get the story behind that).   The truck was more than just a build for Bogi, she brought along some 89 women who at one time or another worked on the car to make it “show ready”.   Bogi and Rachel were fun and told stories about how someone could begin on a trek to a “normal” career, before veering into another that would always keep their hands dirty, but their minds at peace.

Also on this week’s podcast….

Our pal, Jeff Gilbert from WWJ Radio in Detroit!   His “Tales from the Auto Beat” podcast makes for an interesting listen on radio.com, and he reports on car industry for CBS Radio.    Jeff gives us the latest from the New York Auto Show!!

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TAC 109 – from “Trucks” to “Gearz”, Stacey David’s classic ride!

(03-23-2018) – Stacey David enters his 20th season as a host of car entertainment TV shows like “Trucks” and currently “Gearz” on Velocity and MAV TV.   David is one of those personalities who is a genuinely nice guy who speaks from the heart.    I caught up with him at the Classic Auto Show as the MC of the Celebrity Stage.    You might be surprised at the car that first caught his eye at a young age, and the movie car that reinforced that feeling.    He also talks about his first attempt at rebuilding a car (at the age of 11), and how a basketball helped him meet country music legend Johnny Cash!    We even find out that…Stacey is another car show host that is musically inclined!

Check out Stacey’s Cougar “Eliminator”

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Also check out friend of the show Cassie Nunez as she “Plugs away” to tell us about a cool charity car show coming up in April and the latest on her 68 Chevy Malibu!

TAC 108 – Wayne ‘n Steve at CASLA & Kurt on his new Ford GT

(03-15-2018) – Another great Classic Auto Show is in the books for LA, with expansion to TWO halls and some new additions to the celebrity roster!    Of course celebrity cars were also in attendance!  Actor/Comedian Tim Allen wasn’t there, but his ‘55 Ford built by Moal Coachworks was, as was former wrestler Bill Goldberg and his cool Dodge Charger!

….Chip Foose’s ‘71 Mustang body was meticulously shrunken down to fit over a 2017 era Mustang Chassis complete with Camaro taillights!

 …..Chris Jacobs (Overhaulin’, Long Lost Family) had his ‘68 GTX at the show, altho he wasn’t there….

And Stacey David of “Gearz” had his Mercury Cougar “Interceptor” on hand (note the cool guitar….Stacey is quite the musician as well)

Local LA auto reporter Dave Kunz added his ‘67 Bullitt like Ford Mustang and he later hosted a panel to talk about the classic movie starring the late Steve McQueen, and the buzz that has followed after the REAL Bullitt Mustang showed up in New Jersey.

The real fun for me (and it was quite an honor) was hosting their “Celebrity Stage” on opening day, just like Chris Jacobs did in 2017, and Mike Brewer of “Wheeler Dealers” did on day 2 and 3 this year.    I talked with the “who’s who” of those who host car shows on TV.    David, Foose,  Wayne Carini, Dave Kindig, Dennis Gage, Bogi Lateiner & Rachel DeBarros (All Girls Garage) and Horny Mike & Kevin Mack (Count’s Kustoms).    When I wasn’t laughing and asking them questions, fans in attendance had their chance!    It was quite a show, (and a Classic Auto Show is coming to Chicago later this year!)

My interview with Wayne and car builder/customizer Steve Moal are on this addition of TAC with the rest of the Celebrity Stage sessions coming over the next 4 weeks.

Also on TAC 108, NASCAR’s Kurt Busch who was in LA for the Auto Club 400 at Fontana.    We talk about his newest car and how it got him on TMZ, who is the hottest driver so far this year, why barf bags will never work in a race, and….what happens when you really….gotta go during a race?   (Listener question, not mine).   Quick comeback….well…it depends!  (Cue the rolling of the eyes and Insert rimshot here).

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