Movin’ on up the charts!!

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Our little podcast that could….IS.    Thanks to you…our podcast listeners and “downloaders”, we start this day with our highest automotive podcast ranking on iTunes EVER!!    I like to think it’s because of our great guests and that we’re back doing a consistent podcast a week, so car fanatics like you know where to find us when we upload our new shows every Friday morning between 7am-8am pacific time.   But frankly, i’m not totally sure how this ranking works on iTunes.   Matt Farah of his “always in the top 5” ranked “THE SMOKING TIRE” podcast explained to me, the more listeners you get….the more people who subscribe….the more people who rate you and leave comments….the better ranking you get!   But even he admits it’s not an exact science, and iTunes doesn’t really list it’s ranking criteria.    So, i’m going with consistent content, guests those in (and sometimes out) of the world of cars would know and just having fun along the way.    You are welcome to join us!!    To listen, CLICK the “listen on iTunes” tab above…and enjoy our show!    SUBSCRIBE (it’s free) that way you’ll be alerted each week when a new show is uploaded, and rate us…and if you are so inclined, write a review for us!   This has been a fun adventure…and more is on the way!  (In fact, i’m picking up more celebrity car people interviews later today so STAY TUNED and check back here for the latest!)

 

 

in case you were wondering….

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As I hit the car show circuit here in sunny (and water parched) Southern California, i’ve been displaying our podcast logo trying to stir up interest in our little podcast that could.    While there has been some interest, i’m getting the distinct feeling of a disconnect.   Maybe they are not getting the spirit of what we are trying to do…or where our “car stories” come from.    Above is a new poster from artist Amy Faigin of West Hills, CA.    It’s all here!    The logo, the slogan and the talented celebrities who are into cars and car “celebrities” that tell their stories as only they can.    Hopefully this might help those who like our logo, but don’t quite get our concept!

Great guest this week!!   On TAC 58, Rodney Allen Rippy of Jack in the Box “Jumbo Jack” fame joins me to talk about how he got his Jumbo gig, which led to a Billboard charted song, which led to him sharing the stage with the likes of Donny Osmond and Michael Jackson.    Rodney also gives us his story about why he loves Camaros, Corvettes and Mustangs….and what he’s up to today!    Listen to us on iTunes, or Soundcloud!!     and remember, Subscribe to our podcasts on iTunes, and rate us, it’s all free.    Or if you listen on Soundcloud, like us and follow us!!    Bigger things are on the horizon for TAC!!   Tell your friends!

 

 

Talking TV & Movie cars with the “Man from AMT”

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Talk about a guy who knows his way around customizing a car!!   This week on “Talking About Cars” 54, we get to hear from a guy who is more than just a customizer!   He races cars (over 100 miles an hour…in his mid-80s….that’s his age…not his speed), he has great stories about his involvement with the celebrity cars behind “Get Smart”, “Back to the Future”, “Blade Runner” and the “Man from “U.N.C.L.E.” and his near involvement with what we know as TV’s Batmobile which was produced under the watchful eye of the late, great George Barris!  …and he designs cars that are creative and amazing!

Gene Winfield has done it all, including the ridiculous, thats an actual car above….the “AnyCar 1″…made for a bank commercial.    Can you see how many different cars are in that??   (actually, he made an AnyCar 2…but that’s another story)   His book came out last year…and last year (on the urging on my college radio pal, Chuck Schwynoch of Maximum Motorsports in San Luis Obispo, CA) we went to Gene’s autograph session at Aerobooks in Burbank, CA ….not only bought the book (yes…I actually BOUGHT the book), Gene gave a GREAT interview!!   Hope you agree.    Click “Listen” above and check out Gene’s great stories, which also include his days working for the AMT people (remember those models you built as a kid?)  and much, much more!!

 

Calling all car people…..

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At the risk of sounding like a really old episode of “Highway Patrol” or “Adam-12″…..BE ON THE LOOKOUT….for a red 1967 Chevelle SS formerly owned by Erica Enders-Stevens’ dad!!!    In our new Talking About Cars #53, the two time NHRA Pro-Stock defending champion talks about looking for the car she and her dad used to work on but had to sell (this car pictured is NOT the actual car, but to simply illustrate in a general way what she’s looking for).     She wants to find it…fix it…and give it back to her dad.     How cool is that?   Also in this week’s TAC 53, Erica hears what race legend Shirley Muldowney REALLY thinks of her, and we hear about her first car (or in her case, a truck) and looking at her bid for a 3rd straight PRO STOCK title!!    ALSO, we hear from our pal Chris Jacobs from Velocity and that new show on TLC “Long Lost Family”….as we talk about “Bandit” Trans-Ams!    Yep, Talking About Cars is back!!!   TELL YOUR FRIENDS and listen here or on I-Tunes!!!   (and please rate us and comment on I-Tunes as well!!   Thanks!!!

“Phoning a friend”

Dave Hall owns “RESTORE A Muscle Car” in Lincoln, Nebraska.    He helped restore that ’77 Bandit Trans Am that sold for a half million dollars at the 2016 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale this past January.     While there, Dave joined me IN the car and we talked Bandit trivia and….we found out his wife, Michelle knew more than he did as Dave got to….”Phone a friend”!!     WATCH and tell your car pals!!     @GenerationAutoTV    Talking About Cars podcasts return soon!!

 

TAC 24’s Alfonso Ribeiro wins final LBGP Pro/Celebrity Race 2016

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Alfonso Ribeiro (who you can hear on our Talking About Cars podcast #24), did it again!!    he won the 40th and final Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race in Long Beach, California.    For Ribeiro, it was his 4th win, after taking the checkered flags in 1994, 1995 and 2015.   He finished just under 5 seconds ahead of Pro driver Max Papis.

Over the years, the Pro/Celebrity races have helped Toyota donate more than $2.3 million to “Racing For Kids”.

The final race included a couple of twists; Eighteen previous winners were in the race and when Jimmy Vasser and Al Unser Jr finished 1-2 in qualifying, they found out that meant they’d start the race in the LAST two spots, meaning they’d have to run through the entire field over just 10 laps to win.     Surprise!!!

Among the Finishers :

  1. ALFONSO RIBEIRO                                         31:24.954
  2. MAX PAPAS                                                    –     4.87 sec
  3. ROD MILLEN (Pro winner in 1995)               –     9.78 sec
  4. ADAM CAROLLA                                          –   11.91 sec
  5. MIKE SKINNER                                             –   12.14 sec
  6. KEN GUSHL                                                   –   12.64 sec
  7. FRANKIE MUNIZ                                          –   12.88 sec
  8. JIMMY VASSAR                                            –    13.77 sec
  9. RICKY SCHROEDER                                    –    14.23 sec
  10. AL UNSER JR                                                 –    19.42 sec
  11. RUTLEDGE WOOD                                       –    22.42 sec
  12. DAVE PASANT                                               –    23.89 sec
  13. WILLIAM FICHTNER                                   –    24.43 sec
  14. DARA TORRES                                              –    29.22 sec
  15. DOUG FREGIN                                              –    36.03 sec
  16. BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN                              –  1:09.50 sec
  17. SEAN PATRICK FLANNERY                       –    DNF*
  18. BRETT DAVERN                                           –    DNF
  19. BOB CARTER                                                –    DNF
  20. EDDIE LAWSON                                           –    DNF
  • – Did not finish    NOTE, above picture was taken in 2015.

Getting ready for the Big Comeback!!

Going on 10 weeks since my little “health issue” interrupted things, the good news is…..I’m supposed to be returning with NEW PODCASTS here on Talking About Cars by the end of the month….LIKELY SOONER!!

In the meantime, some new things to look out for!   On our Social Media tab (above) we are adding to TAC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram……TAC on YOUTUBE!!!    Basically, our friends and partners at Generation Auto TV has uploaded many of our interviews from our collaboration at Scottsdale this past January, and that they all there for you to check out!    Barrett Jackson and ESPN commentator Rick DeBruhl joined me in the promo ’77 Bandit TransAm joining previous talks with Chris Jacobs (Congrats on his new show “Long Lost Family” on TLC with pal from my days at Fox-11, Lisa Joyner….check it out…it’s a great show!)….and Richard Rawlings from Fast and Loud!!     (Both interviews are linked below as well)

Check out some other interviews with officials with Ford Motor company as we talk about their new Ford Raptor truck, and Ford Focus RS!!    These are interviews that are exclusive to this YouTube account!

BONUS TRIVIA : Rick and I were alums at the campus radio station at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, KCPR.    but that’s for another podcast, another time!!

 

 

 

Hangin’ with the Bandit

it’s been nearly 40 years since Burt Reynolds got behind the wheel of that 1977 Pontiac Firebird and began the legend of “Smokey and the Bandit”. When he showed up at Scottsdale in January to help a “promo” version of the original car sell for a half million dollars at Barrett-Jackson, the place went predictably crazy. While the timing didn’t work out for me to interview Burt, my Generation Auto TV producer Julian White DID catch up to him, check out his interview from GATV’s you tube account!!

 

Friends, rehabbing, and reaching out!

While i’m in rally mode from my recent medical maladies, the car world moves on.    What’s really helped me is hearing from family, friends, co-workers and you the fans of Talking About Cars!!   It really helps to hear from you here, on my TAC Facebook, twitter and instagram pages!      My best way of dealing with the negatives is keeping your sense of humor and having fun along the way.   Last month in Scottsdale, one of our pals, Chris Jacobs of Velocity joined me in the Bandit Trans Am at Barrett-Jackson for what will eventually be TAC 53, but until that is uploaded the end of next month, check us out in a TAC-Generation Auto TV you tube collaboration!     Now, this irresistible tease…..  we sing in the car!!    wait, what?

Until we return with BRAND NEW Podcasts next month, tell your fell classic car friends about our Talking About Cars podcasts!!!   and listen on ITunes and right here!   Just click LISTEN!!

 

 

Reality Bites!

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A not so funny thing happened after my fun trip to Scottsdale, AZ, at Barrett-Jackson.

Back home, I thought I had pulled a chest muscle the night before the Super Bowl because I had tried a different angle on doing my daily morning regimen of push-ups.   I felt soreness…and for some reason, my bi-cep on my left side was also sore.   Heart issue?   We’ve all heard the stories….”shooting pain down your left side” etc.    So I went on line to look  up the symptoms.    I had none of them.   Just this goofy soreness in my chest and bicep.   Put ice on it.   Felt better…went to sleep.

(an aside :  My wife often states if it wasn’t for wives in our lives, us guys would all be dead!  We don’t seem to take stuff like this seriously, or are too clueless (or MACHO) to see what’s ahead!    All of our friends agree with her….including most of the men!)

The next morning the pain returned.  I took a couple of ibuprofen, but instead of getting better, it got worse.    Soon, that mild soreness became radiating pain, followed by sweats and then light headedness.   My wife called 9-1-1, and I had a new story to talk about….an AMBULANCE story.    Turned out, I had a heart attack.    My “Widowmaker” artery….100% blocked.    As luck would have it, my cardiologist was already at the hospital at 730am….on Super Bowl Sunday, because….he decided to do his rounds early because….he was going to a Super Bowl party later on.     He saw me get brought in on a gurney….took a look at my EKG’s….and immediately sent me to the cath-lab.   One stent later, and i’m on my way to a FULL RECOVERY.

TWO reasons for blogging this on “Talking About Cars”.

1) AN EXCUSE.   Obviously, new Talking About Cars podcasts will be delayed a few weeks.    I’m hoping to get new ones up on ITunes and Soundcloud at the end of March.     and

2) A WARNING.     I had NO advance medical signs this could happen.    My cholesterol levels were all within limits.  I ate healthy.   Didn’t see this coming at all.    The warning, if you are of a certain age….get your stress test!   Start eating healthy.    NEVER overlook your heart health.    I’m alive today because LA Fire Department Paramedics and the Cardiac Specialists at West Hills Hospital did that thing they do….and saved me!!    Our obsession with classic cars is fun!!    Don’t let yours come to a premature end.

in the meantime, while we wait for Talking About Cars 54!!    check out my Talking About Cars interview….with Richard Rawlings on Generation Auto TV’s youtube.com account!!