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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TAC 107 – Two Car hosts who play in a rock n’ roll band!!

(03-02-2018) – Back when the Moody Blues sang “I’m just a singer in a rock ‘n roll band” (1972 FYI), it seemed we all had hair to our shoulders and rocked out to the rhythms.    Now that music seems to still resonate in our heads, we have other things on our minds, like how cool would it be to host a car auction!!    John Kraman and Scott Hoke of the Mecum Auctions on NBC Sports net and Facebook LIVE, have the best of both worlds!   Kraman and Hoke talked about their music backgrounds on our latest podcast, Talking About Cars #107!    Other subjects, include the most colorful guests on their broadcasts (one showed up with a piano), Scott’s connection to the 2000 NBA Finals, and John’s childhood experience with George Barris’ Batmobile, why you should NEVER waive at someone at a car auction…and much more!!   LISTEN below and help our little podcast that could, GROW!    After you listen below, go to iTunes, rate our podcast and make a comment!   It would really help us out!!

TAC 106 – Time to “Impress and get him to Confess!”…or something like that

(02-16-2018) – How well do you really know Donald Osborne?   Sure you see him and his Operatic voice on “Jay Leno’s Garage”, he can tell the difference between a Pontiac and a Peugeot, but did you know he’s also a prolific automotive journalist?   Loves Sedans over Convertibles?    Once compared Leno’s incredible car collection to a “Roach Motel”?   (he said that in a good way….BTW, Jay agreed with his assessment).    Donald joins myself and guest co-host Bob Beck of GAAS (Great American Auto Scene) in a very fun interview, click below to listen!   Osborne will also be at the Classic Auto Show at the LA Convention Center in Los Angeles, March 2nd thru the 4th.    He will be autographing his new book, as well as give a couple of seminars, that should be a lot of fun!!

TAC 105 – So Cal native returns for the NHRA Winternationals!

(02-04-2018) – Once the Super Bowl is over, a new NHRA season begins with the Winternationals at Pomona, California!!   Last year was a remarkable one for 29 year old Leah Pritchett who grew up in Redlands piloting junior dragsters with her sister, and eventually staged one of the more remakable career comebacks in 2016 when she lost her sponsor in mid-season, and rebounded in 2017 with 5 top fuel victories!

Leah joins us in Talkiing About Cars #105 and talks about the upcoming season, her thing about Mopars (she was sitting in her Dodge Hellcat during her phone interview in the middle of a mild snowfall in Indianapolis), explaining what non-Mopar car she’s always wanted to put a Mopar crate engine in (it’s a bit of an eyebrow raiser), who she considers her main rival in Top Fuel, and the top 3 cars on her “must have list”!

Thanks also to our TAC pal Bob Beck from GAAS, the Great American Auto Scene (got GAAS.com) for guest hosting.    Bob and I are working on some fun car podcast ideas for the future, so “stay tuned” for that!!

If you like what you hear, let me know!    And if you are an “iTunes” person, please rate our little podcast that could (1-5 stars) and leave a comment!!   It would be much appreciated!!   Also thanks to Amy Faigin for her great artwork on our guest posts…..Until next time…..

TAC 104 -Chasin’ down car stories with Jeff Allen!!

(01-19-2018) – Discovered Jeff Allen on his former CNBC show “the Car Chasers” where he tracked down numerous cars across the country for various clients at his Flat 12 Gallery in Texas.    As opposed to Wayne Carini finding stunning classics in garages, Jeff would find fun rides and the occasional WTF rides, like the Lambo that had a Chevy V8 in the engine compartment.   Still, it was a fun watch, and never could figure out why it disappeared.    I figured it just wasn’t getting the viewership, but as Jeff told me, that wasn’t necessarily the reason.    This was our last interview we did at SEMA 2017 this year and Jeff is a lot of fun, and tells some GREAT car stories, including how he shared his first months on this earth, in a crib, in a room with….classic car parts from his Dad’s 57 Chevy!    Some great interviews are coming up as the NHRA visits Southern California in February and the Classic Auto show returns for a 2nd year in early March!!    You’d be doing us a great favor if you Subscribe (on radio.com and itunes….remember we have TWO itunes accounts, Talking About Cars “Classic” with Randy Kerdoon, and Talking About Cars on radio.com (the NEW shows).     Also, if you follow us on iTunes, take a moment to rate us (1-5 stars) and leave a message about how you (hopefully) like the podcast!

You can find more of Jeff on his “Skidmarks Show” podcast on iTunes, and on Barrett-Jackson’s behind the scenes show during the auction, on their B-J website.

ALSO in this episode, we start with some talk about driverless cars.   Are they the beginning of the end for us classic car collectors driving on the roads?    Are they to transportation the game changer that the internet was to computers and information?    I talk with students at the Pasadena Art Center College of Design, along with our pals Wes Nielsen of the Daily Driver Project and MMA fighter Chael Sonnen, who will answer questions on ANY subject with some cool insights.

TAC 103 – Misfits, Speedways and the Last Jedi

(01-05-2018) – HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!   Talking About Cars starts up 2018 with some breaking news, some silliness and always fun conversation about classic cars!    This week, we start off with our special guest, a big named STAR from the Star Wars movie franchise, and most recently in the blockbuster, “the Last Jedi”.    Then, we catch up on the latest news regarding the scheduled closure of Irwindale Speedway in Southern California!   The Good News…it’s not going to happen!!    New owners purchased the place just before Christmas, kinda of a “CHRISTMAS MIRACLE”….new co-owner Tim Huddleston joins me with the “how it happened” and “What’s next”.

THEN, it’s those wacky guys from Discovery TV’s “Misfit Garage”!    Thomas Weeks and Tom Smith talk about cars they grew up with, cars they’ve broken in half, (wait, what?), spending too much time talking about their former employer on “Fast and Loud” and …. a TV show idea that’s just crazy enough to work!  (With me as the host!)

TAC 102 – Cruisin’ with Smokey, talkin’ with Rick, hangin’ with the So Cal Smarties!

(12-22-2017) – You think of Motown, in the motor city, you think of the Motown sound!    And one of the top archetects of the Motown sound, was Smokey Robinson.   Let’s face it, he may not be a “car guy” as we know them, but his songs have floated out of enough cars at “Makeout Hills” around the world to make him an Honorary Car Guy!    That and over 4,000 songs written, everything from “Crusin’” to “Love Machine”, plus Robinson has plenty of “car stories”.    Like the time his dad crafted his first car from parts in a junkyard, or how he and Berry Gordy once walked into a Cadillac dealer and walked out with a showroom ride for less than $5,000.   Can you guess in what year?    Smokey is out with a new Christmas album this year which you have to check out!!

We started our podcast talking about the popularity of smart cars and the “So Cal Smarties” car club in So Cal, yeah they’re small wheels, but can a guy 6-3 215 lbs actually fit in one?   Comfortably?

That’s followed by our pal Rick DeBruhl (ESPN, Velocity, Discovery) who tells us what it’s like to prepare for an upcoming Barrett-Jackson broadcast, and how auctioneers keep their voices going strong over an 8 hour performance.     Barrett Jackson starts January 13-21, 2018 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

TAC 101 – Crown Vics, Coloring Books and “Where were you in ‘62?”

(December 9, 2017) – When you think about it, it makes comes complete sense.  The car that is known for it’s role in police chases all over the U.S. is now the car money-challenged teens are turning to for their first car!    The Ford Crown Victoria….or “Crown Vic”.    We see them on TV shows, on streets in Taxis, Fire Department vehicles….and one group of teens in California have created a club to showcase the “Panther” style rides….and also includes ANY type of “service related vehicle”     Chase Rubin of VENTURA COUNTY VICS talks about their car club (you can see the cars on our @talknaboutcars page on TWITTER!)

Where were you in ‘62?   The line from the 70’s movie “American Graffiti”.    Candy Clark played Debbie in the movie.   She was the blonde, the one that talked.  (the other one, driving the white ‘56 T-Bird was Suzanne Somers).   Candy talks about her first car….that caught fire….WHILE she was driving it.    Why she is a real fan of the later day Stutz Bearcat, and her favorite car in the Graffiti movie!

Fireball Tim is a car guy and friend of TAC!    He drives cars (manufacturers GIVE him cars to drive for a week at a time), he designs cars (the Batmobile movie cars) and he’s produced over 700 video blogs (VLOGS) on his site (FireballTim.com) .    Now, he’s putting out car related coloring books!    Custom Cars, Beach Life and USA states trivia!!  He talks about where you can get them….LISTEN BY CLICKING BELOW!

 

TAC 100 – Mike & Ant From Wheeler Dealers!!

(11-23-2017) – All things change.    The seasons, the cars in your garage, and yes….especially those shows on your TV.    Remember when Shelly Long left “Cheers” on NBC and Kirstie Alley replaced her?   No one knew who Kirsty was, but she became so popular, the show lasted another NINE seasons!!    When Edd China left Wheeler Dealers after an incredible run, shocked fans turned their anger, on his affable co-host Mike Brewer.   The  Twitter trolls came out and rained their discontent on Mike, Velocity and anyone else who dared disagree that letting Edd leave was sacrilidge!   It got pretty brutal.    Enter Ant Anstead, a pretty popular car show host in the UK who entered this crap storm and not only survived it, but put his own touches on the WD franchise, and frankly….made it better.    Different, but better.    Don’t get me wrong, we still love Edd (and hope to have him on a future TAC) but Ant is a good guy, a good car guy….and as we found out at SEMA 2017 in Las Vegas this year, he’s pretty funny and entertaining!! He and Mike are a great team, breathing some new life into WD!!    The guys tell us about their first wheels…the little known nicknames they gave their first cars, could Wheeler Dealers return to the UK for some shows?   How did Ant find out he was being offered the gig to be Edd’s replacement, and how he already knew about the opening!  Listen to them below….and see if you agree with me (or don’t).    I’d love to read your responses.

ONE OTHER NOTE : we now have TWO accounts on iTunes….one for the new episodes on radio.com (#94 and up) and our Talking About Cars “Classic”….(#93 and earlier)….