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!

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

TAC 135 – Nerds, Playmates & NASCAR

(03-15-2019) – Another “Hollywood Show” meant another trip to some cool car stories from stars we know from movies, TV shows and magazines. Then to top it off, we added an extra interviewee, a driver from NASCAR!

Actor and former race car driver Robert Carradine

Robert Carradine comes from a long line of Carradines in the acting biz. Older brothers David and Keith Carradine, and his dad, John Carradine, were well known for their presence on the movie and TV screens. Robert showed his comedic chops in the role he’s best known for, “Lewis Skolnick” in 1980s “Revenge of the Nerds” movies. Not many knew that Robert was also a race car driver! He explains his passion for fast cars, and why he doesn’t race anymore in TAC #135

In the middle : 2013 Playboy Playmate of the Year, Raquel Pomplun

Born in San Diego, Raquel Pomplun had the unfortunate timing to be the first Playmate of the Year NOT to be given a fancy set of wheels to call her own. Sure, Pomplun did eventually get a Jaguar “F” Type to call her own, on a one year lease. Well, as she explains below, she still had a lot of fun with it.

Toyota Camry NASCAR driver Matt DiBenedetto

Matt DiBenedetto continues to climb up the NASCAR charts. About to run in his 6th Auto Club 400 race in Fontana, CA., Matt outlines the unorthodox ways he obtained sponsorship money so he could still ride in races, and what the key is for him to do well on Sunday, March 18th!!

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TAC #134 – Mrs. Claus, Harley Trikes, the $55,000 Fury & the $2,000 Olds Diesel

(03-05-2019) – Another Barrett-Jackson auction on Scottsdale has come and gone, and after time for reflection, we caught up with some fun storylines!

A 1960 Plymouth Fury at Barrett Jackson

We found our Canadian pal Scott Newstead’s (Cold War Motors) favorite ride (not his car, but he loves those ‘60 Plymouths) a car that the builder did his best “Let’s Make a Deal” to acquire and eventually build, and it sold for some decent money! Of course, we also caught up with a man from Minnesota who brought down his 1978 Olds Diesel who hoped to buy another car with the money he made auctioning his car, but could only afford a Matchbox version!

Electric Bikes with a not so electric trailer

We also caught up on the latest in electric bike transportation, and how to turn your Harley Davidson softtail into a trike or quad!!

Then some real fun, catching up with Dodge’s new “Mrs. Claus”, “All Girls Garage” co-host and Barrett-Jackson car reporter Cristy Lee!! I hadn’t had a chance to chat with her since 2015’s SEMA show, (check out the interview on our TAC Soundcloud page). Join myself and “Hot Rod” Bob Beck as Cristy gives us the latest on what she can tell us about her future, and of course, Bob and I then try to guess what she’s hiding!

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TAC 133 – Women with a wrench, why should men have all the fun?

Randy and Bob Beck are joined by 4 women (and one 8 year old daughter) who worked on the 57 Chevy Montage build.

(02-15-2019) – “All Girls Garage” co-star Bogi Lateiner has always supported women’s rights, especially in the garage. She knew there were many women who wanted to get into the automotive industry like she did, and not just as service writers, but as the people who “wrenched” on the cars, or welded, or molded metal. So, Bogi got her hands on a 1957 Chevy Pickup, and put out invitations for a “women only” crew to build the truck.

Bogi and her crew move the 57 Chevy into the garage

By the time the “Montage” build was completed, over 90 women (and one 8 year old daughter of one of the crew members) toiled on the car which is a work of art, plus it had a BMW engine!

Bogi’s 1957 Chevy “Montage”

Now Bogi is working on her second build. Listen as she announces what the car will be, and hear the 8 year old welder, Bogi’s parents and the woman who had stage 3 cancer who says doctors cured her, but the women on the build “saved her”. Please subscribe and enjoy podcast #133.

TAC 132 – Rebuilding after 71 vehicles burn in Malibu!

(02-03-2019)- Proof that life can change….just like that. One day Malibu residents Gary and Denise Cerveny had 30 cars and 41 assorted motorcycles, and other vehicles stored in a building on their property……

Cars like a Hudson Italia, a Chrysler Woodie Wagon, a bathtub Nash, and a Studebaker-El Camino like custom. Candy Apple reds, faded yellows, pale greens and more. When they returned from a trip to the mid-west to see family, it was gone. All of it….gone

You never expect something like this to happen. In fact, insurance companies thought there was no way something like this could happen on their property because of all the precautions the stunt co-ordinator and his wife took to make sure it would NEVER happen.

But it did. Bob and I caught up with the Cervenys at their sparsely stocked rental home in Thousand Oaks. Very little furniture (their entire house burned as well) , but they were upbeat and with the help of their insurance companies rebuild their home and their automotive collection. LISTEN below to their story, from the unique rides in their former storage building located at their Malibu home, to their reaction to finding out about the fire, to dealing with the loss and the first car they’ve started the replacement process with. ALSO, when you listen, please SUBSCRIBE, SHARE on social media, COMMENT on what you think about the podcast!!

Since we met with Gary and Denise, they say their collection is now up to 3 cars…adding a Ferrari 308 and a Rolls. They plan to rent a storage facility to house those cars and their future purchases.

TAC 131 – Talking Monster Trucks with the “Grave Digger” Family.

Randy Kerdoon joins Ryan and Adam Anderson at SEMA in Las Vegas in 2018.

(01-18-2019) – Monster Trucks. You’ve seen them in commercials touting a local event where your stadium has been filled with piles of dirt and driven on by screaming machines shooting flames with tires taller than some NBA players. And the biggest, most iconic Monster Truck of them all is….”Grave Digger”.

While at SEMA in Las Vegas in November I was running around (as I usually do), looking for great interviews when I came across Monster Truck royalty. The Anderson family. The sons and daughter of Grave Digger builder Dennis Anderson; Ryan, Adam and Krysten. While Kirsten had to tend to commitments with a sponsor, I was able to get Ryan and Adam for a podcast interview, and in effect a mini press conference when some fans started watching and listening to the interview and as you will hear, asked questions and shared their own childrens excitement that Dad was actually talking with the drivers of “Grave Digger!”

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TAC 130 – Where were you in ‘62?

(01-06-2019) — Movie fans who love Classic Cars remember the “Boss Wheels” from the 1973 movie “American Graffitti”. A white ‘58 Chevy Impala….a 4 door ‘58 Edsel,….that white ‘56 T-Bird….the ‘61 Ford Police car that “somehow” had it’s rear bumper ripped from it’s underside….the ‘55 Chevy post 2 door that raced that yellow 32 Ford in one of the key scenes at the end.

Oh, and then, the actors in the movie, Ron Howard, Wolfman Jack, and people we didn’t know at the time but would go on to pretty substantial careers like Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips, Bo Hopkins, Richard Dreyfus, Harrison Ford, Suzanne Somers, Charlie Martin Smith, Candy Clark, Paul LeMat and directed by George Lucas!!

We caught up with Cindy, MacKenzie and Bo at a recent Hollywood Show in Los Angeles, and were told some great stories about the movie, the cars from the movie AND….key cars in their personal lives!

Listen to our podcast by clicking below (and then keep the “Graffitti” love going, listen to TAC 101 with Candy Clark!)

TAC 129 – Otter’s Corvette, Fawn Lebowitz, and the “Deathmobile”

(12-20-2018) – 40 years ago, a movie highlighting the make-believe campus of “Faber College” was unleashed by the wacky folks at “National Lampoon” and Frat life would never be the same!!

Thanks again to David at the “Hollywood Show” near LAX, I caught up with character actor Bruce McGill, (D-Day) top left above…..who is all over movies and TV today….that’s what he looks like now (below)!

Randy Kerdoon with actor Bruce McGill at the “Hollywood Show”

NOW you recognize him!    McGill’s latest role was as a detective in Rizzolli & Isles, but you can take the actor out of Faber College, but you can’t take the memories of Faber out of the actor.

Then there’s “Otter”.   Eric Stratton (played by Tim Matheson) was the classic student who looked like he belonged at Princeton, but ended up in a series of wacky shanigans that were outrageous, yet pretty funny. Eventually, they were railroaded out of their frat house.    The revenge that followed was worth the price of admission.

Your podcast host and actor Tim Matheson

Bruce and Tim give us some behind the scenes thoughts from the movie, some history behind the 62 Corvette and how many Lincolns were used and how many were “hurt” in putting together the “Deathmobile”.    We also get to find out which guy has been driving the same car for over 10 years, and which guy wouldn’t mind driving in an Aston-Martin some day.    LISTEN, Subscribe, Share and comment!!