TAC 144 – the disappearing Playboy PMOY car, “Challenger Tag” & the “London Taxi wedding mobile”

Playboy Playmate of the Year 1979 in a Michelson Light commercial.

(05-20-2019) – Another in our run of “Playmate of the Year car stories!” So far i’ve talked with 1968’s Victoria Vetri (Angela Dorian) about her ‘68 AMX (and the guy who now owns it and restored it to it’s pink luster, Mark Melvin) and 2013’s Raquel Pomplun about her ‘13 Jaguar F Type, and thanks to 1979 PMOY Monique St. Pierre, we get the story of her 1980 Porsche 928 and when it disappeared from her driveway! (No, it wasn’t stolen)

Not Monique’s 928, but a reasonable facsimile

I caught up with Monique and October 2003 playmate of the month Audra Lynn at a private bash in Holmby Hills. It was a Party for those who used to work at the Playboy Mansion before the new owners took over once Hugh Hefner passed away last September at the age of 91.

Oct. 2003 Playmate of the Month, Audra Lynn

Ms. Lynn actually came up to me, noticing my “Mopars at the Mansion” black t-shirt I bought….yes, bought back in 2008 when “Mopar Collector Guide’s” Robert Wolf talked folks at the Mansion to let a bunch of cool Mopars park on the lawn at Holmby Hills. Audra began to tell me of her and boyfriend’s Dodge Challengers (she has a Hellcat, and he has a Demon), and how they chase each other around south Florida. Turns out they have THREE, one all wheel drive model they leave in Iowa for the winter!

Actual London Taxi visiting Malibu!

I caught up with John DeRoy at Fireball Tims “Wheels and Waves” in Malibu! John has not one but TWO London Taxi’s (yes from London)! It began as a hobby, but now he rents them out for weddings, which, means we get WEDDING Car Stories!! No extra charge. To listen, CLICK BELOW and please share/retweet, rate us on iTunes and give us a review!!

“Talking About Cars” on “Cars Yeah”

(05-17-2019) – Hanging out with cool car people and fellow podcasters and TV Show hosts, on TAC often get us invites to return the favor and join them on their shows! But honestly, that official invitation seldom arrives. One of the few exceptions are “Cars Yeah” TV and podcast host Mark Greene! Soon after he returned home to the state of Washington, Mark called both myself and my occasional co-host Bob Beck, of GAAS, and had us both on separate shows! (Listen by clicking the links below)

Now Normally having a dynamic duo like us on their show would be the same as a long running TV show “jumping the shark”, but in reality we were both honored to be a part Mark’s cool show! Thanks Mark!!

TAC 143 – From podcasting to TV Host & how Toilet Paper rolls fit in all of this!

(05-12-2019) – Mark Greene doesn’t look like your typical TV Host. He doesn’t have the rugged good looks of Chris Jacobs or the facial hair and bravado of Richard Rawlings, but he does have the knowledge, drive and love of his subject matter! The up and coming star of MAV-TV’s “Cars Yeah!” show (check your local listings) still hosts his 5 days a week podcast of the same name, while producing his own foray into the visual medium. His goal of “Inspiring Automotive Enthusiasts” is demonstrated with his legions of guests, mostly people you have not heard of, but are well intrenched in the collector car community!

Mark Greene of Cars Yeah!

It’s an unexpected dream come true for a guy who grew up surfing in Southern California during the birth of the car craze, became an executive for a car care company, only to wake up one day laid off and wondering how he would keep busy. As he explains in the podcast, his son gave him good advice, and the CY podcast was born. Mark must have really wanted to keep busy with his podcast going 5 days a week and eventually getting Mark to produce his own TV show (now on MAV-TV).

(EDITORS NOTE : You’d better believe Bob and Randy asked him a lot of questions about how he managed to get THAT done! They are now both Mark Greene disciples!)

We caught up with Mark at the Classic Auto show at the Orange County Fairgrounds where Mark was hosting their “Celebrity Stage” (Our own Randy Kerdoon hosted the CS in 2018!)

Check out Mark’s wisdom and fun stories about the podcast business, old age and toilet paper rolls by clicking below! Please take a moment to LISTEN, SUBSCRIBE (so you can be alerted when a new podcast is uploaded….it’s free), SHARE/RETWEET, RATE US (on iTunes) and GIVE US A REVIEW! We love to get your feedback!!

TAC 142 – Mustangs, Hot Wheels & the future of Auto Mechanics

(05-04-2019) – MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU!!! If you are a car guy or gal, there’s a good chance that happened because of your growing up with “Hot Wheels” or “Matchbox” cars. Bob Rosas was one of the first designers at Mattel & Hot Wheels in the late 1960s, and had a hand in some of the first models ever released. He also kept a few oddly painted ones, never realizing what collectors would pay for those same toys decades later. In fact he describes how selling one ended up paying for a new roof for his home! We talked to Bob at the Southern California Classic Auto Show in our “Talking About Cars-GAAS” booth. Rosas was joined by Bill Montgomery of “Prime Motivation”.

Bill and our TAC pal, Rodney Allen Rippy (remember the Jumbo Jack kid from the 60s-70s “Jack in the Box” ads?) have been working to make people realize what budget cuts to schools have done to extra curricular activities, like shutting down Music programs, and….yes….AUTO SHOP! That’s right, schools have been erasing Auto Shop classes, which means, no kids wrenching on cars, and those kids NOT becoming future mechanics. Let’s face it, not every kid has the stuff to end up a Rhodes Scholar in college. Some are better off doing car mechanics or something similar. Bill brought with him, Tanya Inglis of Victorville, CA’s “Inglis Classics” and Kelly Faley of Fiat-Chrysler to talk about real options teens have for learning about how a car works when Auto Shops are not available at their schools

top : Ford’s Jim Owens with Randy at Barrett Jackson in 2016, bottom L-R, Bob Rosas (Hot Wheels), Kelly Faley (FCA), Tanya Inglis (Inglis Classics) and Bill Montgomery (Prime Motivation)

If you are a Ford person, you know this year is the 55th anniversary of the Mustang which came out in 1964. So many versions of that model are out now, it’s nice to see them catering to some of their fans that aren’t wealthy enough to buy their bombastic horsepower models! Jim Owens talks about the new 4 cylinder turbo model that’s coming out, which takes us all back Mustang SVO and Thunderbird Turbo Coupe powerplants from the 80s! Jim is always fun to talk to and for good measure we got in a few moments to talk about TAC 139 guest Allen Grant! As always, please SUBSCRIBE (it’s free), SHARE THIS PAGE WITH YOUR CAR MINDED FRIENDS, RATE US A 5 ON ITUNES, AND LEAVE A COMMENT, AND LIKE US ON SOCIAL MEDIA! (FACEBOOK, TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM) because “EVERYBODY HAS A CAR STORY!”

TAC 141 : Here’s Ozzie, Here’s Harriet & Paintin’ Graveyard Cars,

The cast of Motor Trend TV’s “Graveyard Cars”

(04-27-2019) – If you are a Mopar fan, you will like Talking About Cars 141! “Hot Rod” Bob Beck and I caught hosted the guy on the left of the pic above, painter extrodinare Will Scott and his lady Heather Jones in the “Talking About Cars/Great American Auto Scene” booth at “the Classic Auto Show 3” at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, CA. Both were a lot of fun to talk to and get the inside story behind show host Mark Worman, and his Oregon facility that has an envious number of popular Mopar junkers in their back yard to fix up for future episodes! Then we found out, those wrecks, aren’t “junkers” at all.

“Hot Rod” Bob Beck, Heather Jones, Will Scott, Randy Kerdoon

We set up the interview by actually running into the dynamic duo (not literally) as they were looking at cars at the show and….ASKING them. We find out Will has some cars other than Mopars he’d like a chance to fix up, Heather too has some car stories to tell!

Ozzie & Harriet ran for 15 seasons on ABC TV from 1952 to 1966

And in our “Talking About Cars” NEWS segment, we explore a car that showed up for sale at a car show in Arizona. The actual 1956 Pontiac Chieftain wagon that was bought new by former Bandleader Ozzie Nelson and his wife Harriet!

The Nelson’s 1956 Pontiac (photo courtesy of John L. Broughton)

Finding this story was a bit of a surprise. I am a member of the “1957 Pontiac” group on Facebook and member John L. Broughton was at this show and posted some pics

He’s asking $45,000 (photo courtesy of John L. Broughton)

Ron and Judy Johnson are former Orange County, CA residents who are into classic cars and stumbled across Ozzie’s former ride while looking for a classic station wagon and doing some trading of classics to get there. As we all did, Ron told me he watched the show as a kid, and that brought out floods of memories of Ricky Nelson, older bro David and Don Defore as their neighbor “Thorney”.

O & H reruns have long departed from TV sadly, but did you know there are many episodes of the show on youtube? Complete with commercials from that era? Anita Bryant selling Coca-Cola? The Nelson’s kitchen cookin’ with “natural gas”? Another thing, O&H must have had a deal with Chrysler because the Nelson’s cars during that time were all Desotos, Dodges, Plymouths and Chryslers….altho in the background a Cadillac or Ford would be seen driving by or used as part of the plot. Ricky’s first car was a 48 Ford “junker” he bought from a pal. Haven’t found the 56 Pontiac in an episode yet tho’. Sadly the stars of the Nelsons have all passed on. Ozzie in 1975, Harriet in 1994, David in 2011 and Rick in a plane crash in 1985. Still, Listen as we join America’s favorite family’s…CAR story. Of course, if you are interested in the car, call Ron and Judy!

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TAC 140 – Ant spills the beans on…. and over 300 mph & she’s still not as fast as Mom!

“Ant” Anstead of “Wheeler Dealers”, host Randy Kerdoon, and race car, stunt car driver Tegan Hammond

(04-20-2019) – There was a commercial shown during the 2018 Christmas season about some guy who woke up as a kid looking outside to see if he ever got a car from Santa Claus. Then finally, as an adult, he bypassed that same window, a Mercedes with a big red bow on it was sitting there with his all knowing wife smiling with the kids. Ant Anstead, the co-star (or “presenter” as it’s called in his native UK), of the international TV powerhouse “Wheeler Dealers” didn’t quite wake up looking out the window on his birthday but he found THIS on his driveway

“Ant” Anstead’s birthday present from his wife Christina (courtesy Ant’s Twitter page)

There is quite the story behind that gift from his new wife Christina (formerly El Moussa from HGTV’s “Flip or Flop”), and I caught up with Ant at the recent Benedict Castle Charity car show in Riverside, CA. where he described the entire sequence for us. PLUS, Ant talks about his involvement in Christina’s new HGTV show which will be airing soon, and he gives us an EXCLUSIVE of sorts on his own new TV car show that will air on Motor Trend in the future, (but wait, there’s more) and a peek into Mike Brewer’s new show that will be shot back in the UK during WD’s hiatus!

Randy Kerdoon, stunt driver Tegan Hammond, Bob Beck (Great American Auto Scene, GAAS)

Also on TAC 140, we talk with Tegan Hammond, who looks like a model, drives like a demon, and is an up and coming stunt driver who performs with surgical accuracy! We caught up with Hammond at the Classic Auto Show at the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, CA. She has some great stories about her driving over 300 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats, yet still is slower than her mother, her stunt stints on the CBS Show Magnum PI, and what she studied in school that has nothing to do with cars! BTW, that first picture above with her in a car with a red interior is my own 64 Dodge Polara!! It’s a fun way to spend time listening to cool car stories!

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TAC 139 – Two men not named Shelby who elevated the Cobra!

Bob Beck, Peter Brock, and Randy Kerdoon

(04-14-2019) – Earlier this year at the “Dr. George” Charity car show at Indian Wells, Bob Beck (GAAS, Great American Auto Scene) host and I held interview sessions with some pretty cool car guys. Our Buddy John Kraman of Mecum Auctions, is always a great guest, and like the 2018 show, both Peter Brock and Allen Grant joined us. For those not sure of who Peter and Allen are, they are two kingpins in the world of car design and performance.

Both Brock and Grant worked with Carroll Shelby in the early days of the car company, in fact Brock and Grant shared an office. They told some great behind the scenes stories about their entrance into the automotive world, and how Brock “talked himself” into getting accepted in the honored Pasadena Art Center of Design, out of high school!!

Brock also worked on the GTO program at Pontiac and the Corvette program at Chevy in the 1960s. Don’t forget, Please LISTEN below, LIKE, SUBSCRIBE, and GIVE US A REVIEW ON OUR SOCIAL MEDIA, on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@talknaboutcars)!

A new season of “Wheeler Dealers” begins in the US on the Motor Trend Network. This Thursday in TAC 140, Ant Anstead gives a first hand account of finding his birthday present this year, and he and Mike Brewer have planned!

TAC 138 – from 280 Z’s to Celicas, from Hondas to Hinos!!

Co-host “Hot Rod” Bob Beck (GAAS), Mauricio Rosales (JDM Legends), “Big Mike” (SEMA builder), host Randy Kerdoon (Talking About Cars)

(04-06-2019) – From the “Talking About Cars” and “Great American Auto Scene” or “GAAS” booth at the Classic Auto Show, comes this edition of TAC as once again I was joined by Hot Rod Bob Beck for some great conversations with auto personalities. With our guests we talked about a subject we rarely talk about, the collector car hobby for Japanese vehicles and the TV show “JDM Legends!”

“Big Mike” (he doesn’t like using his last name) has been part of SEMA’s “Battle of the Builders” and is known to write stories on cars for automotive publications. Mauricio Rosales, a painter on “Legends”, was watching our Facebook LIVE interview with Mike when we dragged him into the booth. What followed was a fun and informative discussion about the Japanese custom car market, and how both Mike and Mauricio rose to their current status, and what cars they both grew up with!

With Custom Car Designer Rick Dore (photo by Richard Morey)

This past week has been a bit crazy with news about the car shows you watch on TV. Big changes involving hosts at Motor Trend TV’s Garage Squad, and a real health scare following last year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas for expert car designer Rick Dore. My interview with Rick and the news about who’s in and who’s out at Garage Squad lead off Talking About Cars #138. (There was bigger news that broke right after the podcast was uploaded on Thursday involving “All Girls Garage”…..

TAC host Randy Kerdoon with former All Girls Garage star Rachel DeBarros (Photo by Julian White)

….that Rachel DeBarros was leaving the show after four seasons. PLUS we might break some news about the hosts of “Wheeler Dealers” in TAC 139 which uploads on Thursday, April 11th, so watch for it on Radio.com, KNX1070.com, iTunes and Apple Podcasts….and of course here!)

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TAC 137 – LeMans vs LaLaw & “Abby Perkins” stories

(03-30-2019) – Let’s turn the “wayback machine” to the mid 80s and a TV show that made us forget all about “Perry Mason.” “LA Law” on NBC was a multi-story filled 60 minutes (including commercials) with attractive lawyers solving big cases while dealing with “first world” problems outside the courtroom. Things like, someone dented their Beamer, or I can’t believe my massage therapist is double booked, or two female lawyers having a kiss on the lips for the first time in over the air television.

Michele Greene as Abby Perkins on LA Law

Thanks to David and Ester at “the Hollywood Show” I caught up with Michele Greene at one of their recent events in Los Angeles. I was actually walking by her when she saw me carrying my microphone with TAC mic flag on it and a recorder and asked who I was interviewing. I explained the podcast and how “Everybody has a Car Story”, and her eyes grew big and she said she loved cars! Next thing I knew, I was getting some great car stories from Michele about her fickle, and not so fickle moments growing up a car person in Southern California!

Indycar Driver Sebastian Bourdais

Sebastian Bourdais is a veteran, winning race car driver who will be inducted into the Long Beach, California Motorsports Walk of Fame in mid-April 2019 along with fellow driver Will Power. He was literally born to drive at LeMans (pronounced “Le-MAW” as opposed to the Pontiac pronounciation of “Le-MAHNS”). Bourdais was actually BORN in LeMans, France. Kinda like I was born in Hollywood, and worked at KFWB and KNX radio there (until both moved to the Miracle Mile in the 2000s). We discuss his induction, as well as what else LeMans is known for besides racing!

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TAC 136 -Top Gun, T-Birds & Tanya Tucker

(03-22-2019) – Stories about those in the CHP or California Highway Patrol, go back to the Broderick Crawford days with uniformed officers driving mid 50s Buicks, although how those officers transported bad guys in the back of 2 door cars is beyond me. Soon, Dragnet, Adam-12 and other shows arrived on the scene. Then around 1978, “CHiPs” arrived.

It was “the Lone Ranger” on wheels, minus the star and his sidekick angle. The team concept was in full effect. Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada were “Baker and Ponch”, two CHP motorcycle officers cruising LA’s nearly vacant freeways (they did a lot of shooting on the 118 freeway before it was actually opened for use).

Randy and Larry Wilcox at the Hollywood Show 2019

Also on the show, Robert Pine (Chris Pine’s dad for those of you who were born in the 90s and beyond) and Lou Wagner, who was the quirky guy in the CHP garage who wore a lab coat to fix cars while adding gadgets that reminded you of James Bond’s Q character.

Lou Wagner and Randy at the Hollywood Show 2019

Lou also was one of the apes in the original “Planet of the Apes” movies with Charlton Heston and Linda Harrison. At a recent “Hollywood Show” at the Westin LAX, not only were Larry, Lou and Erik there, but so were some big time fans of the show, talking with their faves and getting autographs. While Erik was surrounded by mobs of people, I caught up with both Larry and Lou in a down moment. Larry talked about time racing all sorts of vehicles, the time he lost to country singer Tanya Tucker, set 8 land speed records at Bonneville, (but not IN a Bonneville), and his “Top Gun” adventures (this guy likes to fly!). Lou and his wife Deborah (who I worked with some 20 years ago at LA’s KFWB radio when it was “News 98”) were looking great, and Lou talked about the one car from his past he doesn’t need to get back….because HE STILL HAS IT!

Enjoy Talking About Cars #136, and remember, please LISTEN, SUBSCRIBE (it’s free), LIKE, SHARE/RETWEET, and COMMENT! Also remember we are now a WEEKLY podcast!! Let me know who you would like to their on future shows!

Thanks again to David Elkouby and his wife Ester of the Hollywood Show for their help with this episode.