TMCP #440: Chris Albrecht, The Mopar Hunter, Talking Mopars and Dishing on the 440 Big Block – Pro-Touring Update with Larry Callahan
This weeks interview is with a fellow Mopar owner, Pentastar Geek, and Podcaster Chris Albrecht. I asked Chris on to celebrate the shows 440th episode and maybe talk a bit about the famous Chrysler RB 440 engine. Chris is the founder of The Mopar Hunter Facebook page and the host of the Talking Mopars podcast!
TMCP #439: The FUTURE of PRI Double! – Dr. Jamie Meyer, The Future of PRI – Brad Loyet, How an Injury Turned him from Racer to Manufacturer
Racers, this one is for you! This week I had the pleasure of not one, but TWO interviews and both around the topic of PRI (Performance Racing Industry). The first was Dr Jamie Meyer and his amazing, surreal journey from Doctor of Medicine to Doctor of Performance at General Motors, and now on to leading the largest racing organization. The second interview is with Brad Loyet who runs BP Fabrication and makes racing parts that could be seen during the PRI trade show……but neither interview was booked knowing the other was coming. They could not be more aligned.
TMCP #438: Blane Burnett, Holley Performance Products and the Moparty of the Century! – Ask Rick, Ford’s Next Big Hit, The Bronco
This weeks interview is with friend and supporter of the show, Blane Burnett, the Events and Content Manager at Holley Performance Products. Holley has announced a brand new all MOPAR event in September called “MOPARTY” and I asked Blane to give the full scoop on what’s planned. Here’s my short summary: if the Chrysler Pentastar is important to you, it’s going to make your dreams come true!
TMCP #437: Byron Burnham’s 1976 Chevy “IMSA” Vega….Driven By Santa Claus – Pro-Touring Update, With Larry Callahan?
This weeks interview with Mr Byron Burnham, a well rounded individual with a very jolly disposition and a penchant for Chevy Vegas! His “IMSA” inspired ’76 Vega is a standout at every event..but that’s only a part of Byron’s M.O. By summers, he’s a race car driver with a fast sled that’s the only one of it’s kind. By winters….same story, but a different sled!
TMCP #436: Carl Gerst – Inventing Modular Pro-Touring Suspension Systems for MOPARS; Plus the Listener Mail Bag!
Carl Gerst is an Iowan who makes Pro-Touring MOPAR suspension systems…..but the reason why is a tale as old as time; man has a car that won’t do what he wants it to do, man then invents parts to solve the problem, then man is approached by others to do the same for them!
TMCP #435: Brian Little and Doug Warble, How to Run and GROW a Car Club – Ask Rick; Factory Stainless Steel Hot Rods, From Ford!
For the Fourth of July, I wanted to get an all American interview about banding together with friends regarding our favorite cars in car clubs. I talked to two guests, Brian Little and previous show guest Doug Warble (episode 357) from the Susquehanna Valley GTO Club, which is a Chapter of the GTO Association of America. It’s 80+ members strong! They came on to talk about starting and running a car club and growing it’s membership. It turns out the techniques to growing ANY organization apply….and it all comes down to the the “want to” to see it happen.
TMCP #434: Scott Bowers – How COVID-19 Has Impacted Manufacturing at Ron Francis Wiring; Pro-Touring Update with Larry Callahan
This week, at long last, I caught up with a very busy guy Scott Bowers. Scott is the president of Ron Francis wiring and I wanted to get his story about how they are coping with the Covid-19 pandemic. They are a manufacturer and located on the East Coast, two components of the equation that I was curious about. I was amazed at his candor regarding the situation but not too surprised at the answers.
TMCP #433: Rick Love from Vintage Air, Real Tactics to Have Effective A/C in your Muscle Car, Electric Car, Off Road Rig, or Anything!
Subscribe in iTunes Listen in Stitcher Listen on Google Play ====================================================== FEATURE INTERVIEWS: Rick Love – Vintage Air This week I once again had the privilege of talking to Rick Love, Vice President of Vintage Air. Vintage Air is as synonymous with “hot rod Air-conditioning” as Kleenex is with facial tissue. They’ve become the […]
TMCP #432: Frank Mecum; Growing Up Inside the Worlds Largest Classic Car Auction – Ask Rick, How Ford VIN Verification Began
This week I spoke to Frank Mecum of Mecum Auctions. In most of my interviews the story starts “at a young age with a love of cars”. This story does have that theme, but begins with two generations of Mecums (including Dana Mecum and his father) working in and owning new car dealerships for years. Early on they came across a large collection of collectible cars that allowed the set up the first Mecum auction ever. The event took place at the Rockford airport in Illinois and after the cars were sold a tornado came through and destroyed nearly everything – including the cars. Frank said that his grandfather owed so many people money after that auction that he had to do it again the next year. The start was humble, but it led to the Mecum auction enterprise we know today.
TMCP #431: Kevin Marti and the Marti Report – The Holy Grail for 1967 and Newer Ford Model Data; Pro-Touring Update with Larry Callahan
This week I spoke to Kevin Marti of Marti Auto Works, home of the world famous “Marti Report”. For the Ford faithful, this famous report allows one to know the actual manufacturer data for any Ford built 1967 or newer, including options, colors, build dates, rarity, and otherwise! It’s the actual proof to know if your rare Ford or Mercury is the Real McCoy. But….as all good stories go, Kevin’s intent wasn’t to create a report company at all. It was born out of a search to solve a problem he had!
Holley is the official EFI source for Kibbe and Friends and is the PROUD sponsor of this episode! Their Terminator Stealth system on my General Lee is killing it. There’s a BRAND NEW MOPAR EVENT listed on their website that you need to save the date for as well: Sept 18-20 in Bowling Green, KY. Hint – there’s a General Lee jump! https://www.moparty.com
The Pro-Touring Update – Presented by Ron Francis Wiring – STARRING LARRY CALLAHAN – is back! 2020 Pro-touring Events: With the COVID-19 virus shutting down all large gatherings, the question remains of what events will still be allowed to operate. Even a small GoodGuys event would draw large enough crowds to violate even the most generous relaxing of the rules. Stay tuned and we will provide updates on these events as they come available. As of the release of this episode, GoodGuys events all will restart after July 1, 2020. Visit Pro-Touring.com for details and updates!