TAC 197 – “Addicted” to 50’s & 60’s Cars & Americana!

Charles Phoenix, “Hot Rod” Bob Beck and Randy Kerdoon

(05-24-2020) – It’s amazing what you remember after all these years. I remember going with my dad to the local Pontiac dealer on LaBrea Ave, down the street from our apartment for a look at the new 1959 Pontiacs, to see if it was “trade in time.” I remember the glistening rows of new 1959 Pontiacs there, thinking basically….how cool is this? Which one do I like better? (Makes me about 4 years old at the time). That just was one day. This week’s guest Charles Phoenix’s dad owned a used car lot in Ontario, California. He was at a car lot…ALL THE TIME!

That turned into a lifelong love affair with older cars for Charles. A trip to a second-hand store led to another lifelong love affair. Kodachrome slides. People taking pics of their vacations, have turned into a treasure trove of imagines all these years later. Oddball and creatively designed ice cream shops, coffee shops, even cylindrical doughnut places were uncovered and Charles made it pay, giving slide shows highlight the visuals, and his own hilarious takes on what the audience was seeing. He also has figured out how to buy 50’s and 60’s cars laden with fins looking original enough to like they just stepped out of the pages of LIFE magazine.

Charles gives us some fun car stories, the cars he had that caught fire (two of them); the one that decided to take a ride down a hill, while he watched from his living room; and the correct way of approaching a person about buying their collector car. Some of the stories stem from his You-Tube “Joyride” series.

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TAC 196 – These “Car Kings” are driven!!

Co-host Bob Beck, “Mad Mike” Martin, co-host Randy Kerdoon, Dave Shuten, Beau Boeckmann of “Car Kings”

(05-17-2020) – Heard those wild guys from “Pimp My Ride” were at it again! Beau Boeckmann and “Mad Mike’ Martin (Galpin Auto Sports or GAS) along with mechanic Dave Shuten have landed on Discovery TV for a new show called “Driv…”. Er, “Car Kings!” (Funny, I was once on an MTV show called “Driven”, which was the story of how musicians made it big from the viewpoint of friends, family members, and others they grew up with. My 9 seconds on the “Weird Al” edition were nearly my “Lame Claim to Fame”. But enough about me…..)

“Car Kings” is not another build show. It’s a build show where cars from history are brought back to life (not to be confused with Graveyard Cars, which brings back to life only Mopars….not that there’s anything wrong with that). Beau and the boys bring back a classic Ed Roth vehicle….

…..a Pantera that was once a mule for what eventually became the first Viper, a classic bathroom car that included 2 bathtubs and a porcelain throne as a drivers seat….

….and so much more! It’s fun to watch the guys do their thing….and certainly worth your time to start DVR’ing the show!

a reminder, if you like our shows….you will LOVE it when we start posting our Zoom interviews on youtube! PLUS while doing this show has been a labor of love for me over the last 4 1/2 years…..I have yet to make dollar one from those who run radio.com. So we have opened a Patreon.com account, where fans of our little award winning podcast that could can join us in helping defray the costs of the show! Right now we have 4 levels, $20 a month, $10 a month, $5 a month…and $2 a month. You can get your name (or nickname) listed on our credits, get access to videos that are only for Patrons, and some of you can get autographed postcards of “Hot Rod” Bob Beck and me, Randy Kerdoon and other Talking About Cars, GAAS and Too Tired Guys Production swag!! Go to Patreon.com and search for Too Tired Guys!

TAC 195 – The Best Munster Story Ever!

Top Left : “Munster Koach”, top right : Cold War Motors’ Scott Newstead, bottom : host Randy Kerdoon, guest Butch Patrick, co-host Bob Beck

(05-09-2020) – I’ve always thought of Butch Patrick’s story of how his late co-star Fred Gwynne (Car 54 Where Are You), who played “Herman Munster”, decided to take a detour while driving the famed “Munster Koach” with all of his co-stars in costume, onto city streets as an all time fun story. Or, maybe it was the way Patrick explained it….complete with imitations of his co-stars Yvonne DeCarlo, as “Lily Munster” and Al Lewis, who played “Grandpa Munster”. It’s funny, it’s unexpected, and it’s included in this week’s TAC 195!

We snared Butch at the last ”Hollywood Show” autograph event at Burbank earlier this year, when “Souplantation” still existed and face masks were things we thought only doctors, nurses and firefighters needed to do their jobs. Seems so long ago.

Here’s hoping you all are doing your best in these trying times. I’m working sports stories and pandemic storieS while also recording TAC from my home studio (which wasn’t a studio at all until we all began to figure out ways to make it all happen). Here’s to all of us getting back to some sort of normalcy soon. In the meantime, Bob and I will continue to do “Zoom-like” meetings for my podcasts…and will put the videos up on youtube soon after the audio versions show up on Radio.com, KNX1070.com and here on TalkingAboutCars.net!

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Our Top 10 & Top 5 cities for April-May!

(05-09-2020) – As a podcaster it’s one think about crankIng out a new show every week, or month, or in the case of our pal Mark Greene at Cars Yeah….5 days a week, but it’s another to know if anyone is listening. Thanks to our podcast home of Radio.com, and Omny….we have a tool that tells us. Not only how many actually listen, but how long, and WHERE they are listening from? I find that fascinating! To think someone in the next city or county is listening, is kinda cool. To think someone around the world is listen…that’s kinda mind blowing! So I thought I’d share just WHERE our podcast fans are!


  1. Los Angeles
  2. Pasadena, CA
  3. Irvine, CA
  4. Las Vegas, NV
  5. Long Beach, CA
  6. New York, NY
  7. Columbus, OH
  8. Belleville, IL
  9. Atlanta, GA
  10. London, UK


  1. USA
  2. Singapore
  3. United Kingdom
  4. Austrailia
  5. Canada

What? Your city or country didn’t make the grade? Then start listening to our podcasts by checking out ones you may have missed right her on this website! Who knows, maybe next week, YOUR CITY will make the top 10!!!

TAC 194 – Now to our Alberta, Canada bureau…..

Scott Newstead, hosts Randy Kerdoon and Bob Beck

(05-03-2020) – In our first show since the pandemic began that has shutdown the world….we decided to get a “world view” by checking in to our buddy in Alberta, Canada….”Cold War Motor’s” Scott Newstead!!

Scott is the unequivocal champion of the title “Most downloaded guest we’ve ever had.” Our last interviews with him were in 2018 and to this day are still among the top 8 shows downloaded on a weekly basis. What is it about Scott that makes him draw a crowd like that? That he has over 43,000 followers on his youtube channel may have something to do with it. We just like his quirky show, which concentrates on the cars one rarely sees in Southern California or on the Barrett Jackson auctions. Few 2 door Camaros or Mustangs…..rural Canada loved cheap 4 door sedans from the 50s thru 70s. Where Full size Fury 1’s, Chevy Biscaynes and Ford Customs rule. Where 50s Dodges and DeSotos are merely front clips on a 50s Plymouth. Where Pontiacs are build on Chevy frames, and Chevelle’s and LeMans are spliced to make Beaumonts….where Novas become Acadians, and Fords and Mercurys go thru the DNA scrambler to become Meteors and Montcalms…..and don’t get me started on the Falcon/Frontenacs. I find it fascinating. So do 43,000 others, and Scott is finishing up his first decade of “will it start”, my favorite tires, showing off his mad metal forming skills and his field full of Kaisers, Packards, Mayfairs, and so much more. He’s also a huge Plymouth guy….and has plans for getting as many examples of their forward look cars as he can.

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TAC 193 – Remembering the late, great “King of the Kustomizers”

(05-03-2020) – While we ride out the pandemic shutdown, we took time to remember George Barris, who passed away in 2015. Six months before I had the opportunity to have a sit down with George in his North Hollywood/Toluca Lake offices. The place is covered with toy cars that he had a hand in designing. Everything from toy Batmobiles to the cars from The ABC show from the 80s….“Hardcastle & McCormick” Remember the late actor Brian Keith? He was “Judge Hardcastle”, but I digress. Fast forward to Barris’ celebration of life at Forest Lawn, I drove my classic 57 Pontiac Safari and joined the conglomeration of classic cars who showed up….and basically got lost in the progression of cars going to the burial site in Glendale. But before I left, I was able to get some car peeps feels about George the man and George the car guy!

Of course, over the years, I bumped into Barris many times. He was at the 2nd “Mopars at the (Playboy) Mansion”. (A picture of that is on our Talking About Cars facebook page). Once I ran into George at the classic Toluca Lake “Bob’s Big Boy” restaurant, just down the street from his offices.

host Randy Kerdoon, George Barris in front of his ‘64 Polara (which now lives in Sweden).

George was sporting a camera where he kept taking pictures of a Marilyn Monroe impersonator and an attractive, heavily tattoo’d woman who I later found out was a well known porn star. Ah, the car scene in So Cal!

”Miss Marilyn & host Randy Kerdoon at “Bob’s Big Boy”

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TACC 192 – When Wayne Carini replaced a ‘66 ‘Vette, with a VW

Host Randy Kerdoon with Wayne Carini (2015)

(04-22-2020) – We dust off our “Talking About Cars with Randy Kerdoon” podcast library with the first time Randy talked with Wayne at SEMA in 2015. It’s a great walk through the car experience of a young Wayne, who began driving on the family farm at the age of 8, who had a ‘66 Corvette in high school, only to discover there was another car that was more of a chick magnet! Plus, How Wayne wasn’t the first member of his immediate family to be on national TV! Check out our TAC “Classic” blast from the past by clicking below!! Be careful and stay safe during these crazy times!

TAC 191 – Ozzie’s “Folly”, Grandpa Tom’s Riviera & Gunnar’s top 10 list!

Ozzie’s ’56 Pontiac, Grandpa Tom Harmon, Uncle Mark Harmon, the Nelson twins with their late father Rick.

(04-11-2020) – Randy and “Hot Rod” Bob’s interview with car guy Gunnar Nelson (the singer….the Nelson band) continues in this edition. Gunnar talks about his Grandfather Ozzie’s “Folly” (Ozzie Nelson of “Ozzie and Harriett” fame), their maternal Grandfather Tom Harmon’s Buick Riviera and Why it’s a painful reminder for one of the Nelson twins, what’s in Gunnar’s garage, and we asked for Gunnar’s top 5 cars on his “must get list someday”….he asked if he could give us 10. He gave us 13. Or was it 14?

Gunnar and his brother Matthew are true car guys. Not only do they own classic cars and trucks, but Gunnar talks a good game as well. Plenty of great car stories, and like the rest of us, dishes on the cool car experiences he’s had. We look forward to crossing paths with the guys in the future!

What’s really cool about Gun (uh, we can call you that now right?) is that his people contacted US about being on the show! Any other celebs out there want to talk cars with us? Contact us at talkingaboutcars@gmail.com!

This is a strange time out there, if you have to hunker down at home, what better way than to get cool car stories from celebrities you know and love!! LISTEN to ALL of our Talking About Cars podcasts….right here!! Also SUBSCRIBE, SHARE OUR SITE and tell your car lovin’ friends and have them follow us on social media! Facebook, Instagram (Talking About Cars), and Twitter. (@talknaboutcars) !!

TAC 190 – Car Stories about “America’s favorite family…the Nelsons!”

top right, the late Ricky Nelson, top right, “uncle” Mark Harmon, bottom Matthew and Gunnar Nelson.

(04-04-2020) – Remember the old TV show “Ozzie and Harriet?” Remember their sons David and Rick Nelson? Gunnar Nelson knows them all ….like family. Because…THEY ARE family. Gunnar and his twin brother Matthew were the sons of Rick and his wife Kris (who also appeared on the show in later years). Their older sister Tracy, also appeared on TV, most notably in the “Father Dowling Mysteries” before taking a break at the turn of the century…and now has returned to acting. But back to Gunnar, who’se “people” called US about being on the podcast, and we couldn’t say YES fast enough. Gunnar and his brother are BIG car peeps, and he knows about the car world. This is a must listen podcast, not just because of his musical background (“the Nelson band”) and he knows classic cars, but his stories about his first car, the car his dad used to own that ignited his interest in cars, his grandfather Ozzie’s cars, even the cars of his uncle Mark….(Mark Harmon, Kris’ brother, of NCIS fame) are great…especially the car Harmon drives to work every morning. Gunnar was like a 7-11….he had so much stuff (car stories), this is PART ONE of TWO! LISTEN and let us know what you think…. THEN SUBSCRIBE and find out when a new episode drops every Thursday morning!! And….Uncle Mark? Since you’re probably not doing much right now with the pandemic and all….we’d love to have YOU on our show as well!! Our email is TalkingAboutCars@gmail.com FYI….hint, hint.

TAC 189 – former “Mayor” Goldie Wilson on doing 88 mph in a DeLorean; Son of Mickey doing 400 mph!!

Randy, actor Donald Fullilove, “Hot Rod” Bob, Fullilove as “Mayor Goldie Wilson”, Danny Thompson’s land speed racer

(03-28-2020) – In this edition we go “Back to the Future” and forward TO the future….very quickly! First, actor Donald Fullilove joined hosts Randy Kerdoon and “Hot Rod” Bob Beck at the Hollywood Show’s event in Burbank to talk his role as Soda Shop employee “Goldie Wilson.” A young man with big dreams of one day being….Mayor….and eventually, in a later edition of “Back to the Future”….actually becomes Mayor (in the movie)! We hear about shooting the movie once, and then shooting it over again when the role of Marty McFly was recast, then we find out what happened when Donald finally drove 88 miles an hour in a DeLorean, and when he bought his first car at the age of 13, behind his mom’s back, and how he hid it when it died.

Then, Danny Thompson (son of legend Mickey Thompson) on what it was like to drive OVER 400 miles an hour on the Salt Flats of Bonneville, in an interview originally aired LIVE on “Hot Rod” Bob’s GAAS podcast!

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