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Hear conversations with the legacy stars of rockcrawling and off-road. Big Rich interviews the leaders in rock sports.

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Hear conversations with the legacy stars of rockcrawling and off-road. Big Rich interviews the leaders in rock sports.

    Living life on his own terms, Randy Ellis on Episode 94

    Living life on his own terms, Randy Ellis on Episode 94

    Living life on his own terms, Randy Ellis, on Episode 94. From tearing up trucks to building them, Randy is chasing sunshine in Mexico now on Simplify. Listen in as Big Rich and Randy share what it was like in the Phoenix desert when rockcrawling was still new.
    5:06 – vroom, vroom dad
    14:04 – at 16, I started flipping cars
    17:56 – If you boys are going to play, you got to learn how to fix ‘em
    23:02 – I messed up so many things, but that’s how you learn
    32:35 – you started out building your own everything
    38:52 – we learned real quick to put on a show
    46:23 – we started building parts for everybody
    53:22 – the name of my baby girl is Simplify
    We want to thank our sponsors Maxxis Tires and 4Low Magazine.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Christian Hazel of MotorTrend Group on Episode 93

    Christian Hazel of MotorTrend Group on Episode 93

    Classically trained guitarist to self-proclaimed Jeep guy, Christian Hazel of MotorTrend Group on Episode 93. There’s a lot about Christian you wouldn’t guess by his outward appearance. Rock-n-roller, scientific editor, long-distance commuter, listen in to find out where his story began and where he is now with all the changes MotorTrend had undergone.
    3:53 – that’s the kind of spirit Boston has
    8:31 – my heart and soul were in this other genre of music
    13:47 – I just got up and walked out of that class
    20:21 – I’m not hanging my success on the shoulders of someone else
    28:17 – the world is my oyster out here
    31:03 – in anything you’re trying to do successfully, you can’t fake it
    36:17 – I wasn’t a huge Jeep guy, but I took to it like a duck to water
    49:35 – I tried to infuse bucket list things into the event
    1:14:08 – what a company does or does not spend with us holds no sway in our decision making
    We want to thank our sponsors Maxxis Tires and 4Low Magazine.
    www.maxxis.com
    www.4lowmagazine.com 
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    All-American badass, JT Taylor, on Episode 92

    All-American badass, JT Taylor, on Episode 92

    All-American Badass, JT Taylor, on Episode 92.  JT is currently the race director for American Offroad Endurance working with Mid-America Outdoors, but that’s just the latest feather in his cap. Former race director at Ultra4, racer extraordinaire in all forms of go-fast, especially Baja. JT has seen and done more than most.  Listen in for a few chuckles, a lot of history, and more info about What's Next. 
    2:45 – the grease went outta my knees
    9:21 – the e-brake came in handy when you passed a state trooper
    12:39 – There’s a lot of Alphas in our sport
    17:22 – they hooked me by showing me a video at the recruiter’s office – sign me up!
    21:04 – I was cheating. Everybody was cheating
    41:54 – racing the Elf
    59:13 – setting up KOH…it’s like a deployment
    1:16:51 – Mid America Outdoors and what comes with that!
    1:32:10 – my goal is to break 200 miles an hour
    1:35:23 – Mooneyham beat my record
    We want to thank our sponsors Maxxis Tires and 4Low Magazine.
    www.maxxis.com
    www.4lowmagazine.com 
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    Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/BigRich)

    • 1 hr 40 min
    Trending on Episode 91 is Lee Riser, Senior Director of Marketing at Truck Hero off-road brands

    Trending on Episode 91 is Lee Riser, Senior Director of Marketing at Truck Hero off-road brands

    Trending on Conversations with Big Rich is Senior Director of Marketing for Jeep & Off-Road Brands at Truck Hero, Lee Riser. Lee chased her career around Monroe, Louisiana with Superlift and Skyjacker, landing at Truck Hero recently. Listen in on a marketing 101 class for anyone in the industry. We support strong women in off-road!.
    1:54 – This industry is definitely where I’ve grown up
    11:36 – “I hired you as my replacement, so I’m handing it over”
    20:05 – We like to align ourselves with those brands that are obviously making an impact
    26:50 – it’s interesting to see the field of marketing evolve
    32:53 – are you really an influencer if you have to tell people you’re an influencer?
    44:15 – as soon as a vehicle comes out we’re starting to produce product for it
    49:57 – be flexible, be adaptable and watch the trends
    1:00:19 – I want to do stuff that stretches me, pushes the limits a little bit morel
    1:09:35 – props goes out to the men in this industry that help encourage women
    We want to thank our sponsors Maxxis Tires and 4Low Magazine.
    www.maxxis.com
    www.4lowmagazine.com 
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Serial Entrepreneur Chris Overacker on Episode 90

    Serial Entrepreneur Chris Overacker on Episode 90

    Serial entrepreneur Chris Overacker on Episode 90.  Founder of Stage West Offroad Outfitters, Mountain Off-Road Enterprises, and CODE 4x4 talks engineering, building, marketing, Jeeps, and full-size.
    4:22 – “Well, you must not have been trying very hard!”
    8:12 – I found the light!
    13:11 – How come you didn’t tell me that slider was in there backward??
    21:18 – Lee Sharp was a fantastic mentor
    26:50 – I don’t want to be competitors with you
    32:15 – “Why don’t you export product and import money?”
    55:44 – we went to an off-road racing school with Rod Hall and Steve Kelly 
    1:00:18 – we’re going up that trail right there – where? – right there, there’s a trail
    We want to thank our sponsors Maxxis Tires and 4Low Magazine.
    www.maxxis.com
    www.4lowmagazine.com 
    Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app.
    Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/BigRich)

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Your Off-Road Connection, Keith Bailey on Episode 89

    Your Off-Road Connection, Keith Bailey on Episode 89

    Your Off-Road Connection, Keith Bailey, from Alabama shares off-road, wheeling and Ultimate Adventure with Big Rich on Episode 89.
    4:22 – It’s called fishing, not catching
    13:37 – Gray Rock came along at the best time
    20:30 – I don’t know if the mods ever stopped on that ‘84
    26:43 – Debbie gave me the confidence to quit and go full-time
    32:26 – Since ’03, I haven’t missed a UA since
    44:02 – if you have more room, you bring more things
    46:05 – bolt-on things are not that simple 
    52:39 – what’s your recommendation for an 18-year-old who wants to get into the offroad business?
    We want to thank our sponsors Maxxis Tires and 4Low Magazine.
    www.maxxis.com
    www.4lowmagazine.com 
    Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app.
    Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/BigRich)

    • 1 hr 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

SB Photo ,

Great Podcast

So much fun hearing Rich interview people and friends I’ve known for years working in the off-road industry.

Colorado4X4 ,

Excellent podcast!

I’m loving this and so glad I found it. Thanks for doing these and please keep them going!

clcski ,

Rich History

Such great history and stories from old guard. Thanks so much Rich for capturing these interviews to help us all know the backstories from the legends that built the sport we love.

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