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The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander, 2021 Mercedes Benz S580 and the Ford F150 King Ranch | #477
Joining Alan today is Brian Moody – Executive Editor for Autotrader.com The duo discusses the topic of fuel cells. Brian shares that California is a test bed for 3 hydrogen powered fuel cars. The Honda Clarity, Honda Nexo, and the Toyota Mirai. Brian says that Hyundai claims by 2040 they want to popularize hydrogen. To be the first automaker to supply a fuel cell system to commercial vehicles and various types of mobility, as well as to create a fuel cell vehicle with a price point that is comparable to a plug-in electric. As of right now Hyundai is developing a sports car with 670 horsepower that goes from 0-60 in 4 seconds using fuel cell. Brian shares a tid bit on his experience driving a 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander. It is an All-Wheel Control, 3 row SUV. He says it’s a comfortable and nice ride. Alan switches topics and asks Brian what the best leases are available for September 2021. Brian points out that a lot of cars are going over its MSRP. Vehicles such as the Buick Encore GX, the Chevy Trailblazer, the Chevy Trax, the Kia Niro, and the Kia Sportage. Alan says Kia is hot on the marketplace and Brian agrees especially with the Kia Telluride and the Kia Carnival. Up next is Karl Brauer – Automotive Industry Analyst, Forbes Autos Contributor, North American Car and Truck of the Year juror and board member. Executive Analyst for ISEECars.com and Executive Publisher at CarExpert.com. Karl opens about a study that shows what states are selling their used cars for, and that sometimes traveling outside your state to purchase a vehicle may save you money. Colorado and Utah’s average used car price is just shy of $25k, while Alaska is around $30k. Karl says Indiana is the cheapest at around $22k. They duo briefly talk about the chip shortage and those new cars are selling fast like the Hyundai Santa Cruz. Karl shares how Ford is offering monetary benefits and or other benefits to appease their Ford Bronco buyers for having to wait between 8- 14 months to get their vehicle. Alan shifts gears and say’s Biden wants 50% of the new cars being sold in the U.S. to be electric by 2030. He is thinking about adding $4500 on top of the already $7500 federal tax credit. The catch? The electric vehicle must have been built in a union-controlled facility. Those who are not unionized will not be included! Alan feels this is a bit anti-productive. BJ Killeen – Automotive Journalist and Voice of Reason joins Alan next. BJ opens their conversation on the topic of E-fuel or synthetic fuel. Porsche has developed and will produce it for race cars, sports car, and classic cars at a whopping $9.00 per gallon. They are building a factory and project to produce 145,000,000 by year 2026. For now, they will be putting it in their race cars. For those who are worried about the planet, BJ shares that it reduces the carbon dioxide emissions existing in internal combustion engines by 85%. Wrapping up the show with Alan is George Kennedy III – Co-Founder of Cartender and Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S.News & World Report. George is test driving an “opulent” 2021 Mercedes Benz S580, the executive line, and says he really likes it. The smoothness of its driving is on whole different level. Doesn’t feel like you’re driving. It’s got a hybrid twin turbo V8, with 483 horsepower, 516 lb.-torque, with an EQ boost. He also test drove a hybrid Ford F150 King Ranch. Comfortable interior, lots of room, and smooth riding. Before Alan and George close the show, they discuss briefly about Japanese mini cars, “Kei Cars”. They are fun and small and perfect for a small business owner to do errands and shopping in. George shares that in Rhode Island, the DMV has put a “stay” on these vehicles and are insisting owners turn in their plates. They have enlisted help from the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, a non-government agency to which has no authority to regulate.
The Barrett-Jackson Inaugural Car Show, Showcasing a Gorgeous Pair of 2019 Ford GT’s, 1979 Porsche 928, 1966 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350, 1988 BMW M3 and so much more… | #476
Joining Alan this week is Steven Cole Smith – Automotive Journalist for Autoweek, Automobile Magazine, Grassroots Motorsports. The duo shed more light on the shortage of semiconductor chips that will cause about 1,000,000 plus cars to not be made. Steven got to drive the new 2022 Nissan Frontier with a 3.8-liter V6, 310 Horsepower with a towing capability 6720 pounds. Next Alan welcomes BJ Killeen – Automotive Journalist and Voice of Reason. BJ shares more chip news and says Ford has built many of the F series but can’t sell because there are no chips. She shares that GM is trying to get a jump on the F series by re-starting production on the full-size trucks instead of the crossovers and midsize. Alan says people really must examine to see what kind of trucks they really need. They discuss the insane prices of the cars. BJ says anyone in the market looking for a car is screwed. The dealers are marking up used cars to make up for revenue loss. BJ explains that dealerships who gouge the consumer will lose that consumer when things get up and running again. Alan will be in Houston, Texas next week for the Barrett-Jackson Car show and says classic cars are money in the bank. BJ says she loves quirky cars and hints to Alan her want of a 1958 Nash Metropolitan Convertible. Up next is Craig Jackson – Chairman/CEO of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company. Craig shares that the Barrett-Jackson Inaugural Auction will be it’s first time coming to Houston. It will be held at the NRG Center. Alan inquires about any mandates and Craig explains there is no mask mandate, to just be cautious and do the right thing. Craig goes on to say that its so much more than the cars, but it’s a marketplace where all the exhibitors to show their best stuff and taking hot laps on the performance track. The headliner is a pair of 2019 Ford GT’s. There is also a trio of Ford GT’s 05-06, along with a 1966 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 which was once owned by Stirling Moss and a 1988 BMW M3, which was previously owned by Fast and Furious star Paul Walker. All the cars that are being showcased are being bid on or sold with no reserves. Craig says Barrett-Jackson is all about making sure it’s representation of the cars are on par. Alan said one thing about the old classic cars are great investments. No chips and you can still work on your own car. Craig says buy what you want and make sure you understand what you are buying. He believes we are at a crossroads where they are still making the greatest petroleum-based cars now. It’s also at the end of the era in stick shifts, while everything has gone to double clutch or automatics, to hybrids and pure electric cars. Car collecting is evolving, says Craig. The core of Barrett-Jackson is ethics, integrity, and transparency while having a fun environment for car lovers and just living life. Car collecting is a great melting pot to bring people together. Rounding the corner and pulling in next is Lauren Fix – Editor in-Chief for Car Coach Reports. She joins us from the racetrack as she is testing out her 2000 Jaguar, that was the Trans American championship car. Both Alan and Lauren say, provenance, or the history behind the car is a plus when buying or selling. Alan and Lauren talk about the SEMA & AAPEX show coming up in November. They discuss the possible mandates set in place in regards to covid which she feels is why a lot of the suppliers are pulling out. However there will still be a ton of cars at the show Next they talk about “flood cars”. Lauren says the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) or CARFAX will have a list of flood damaged cars. These are totaled cars that salvage yards try to “title wash” by moving them from state ...
2022 Ford Bronco, 2 Door or 4 Door, Maserati MC20: First of it’s Kind!, 2022 Nissan Pathfinder and the Infinity QX55 | #475
Pump your brakes and settle in as Alan brings you another super charged show. This week he welcomes Karl Brauer – Automotive Industry Analyst, Forbes Autos Contributor, North American Car and Truck of the Year juror and board member. Executive Analyst for ISeeCars.com and Executive Publisher at CarExpert.com. Karl shares how I See Cars. com has done a study that will blow your minds, on how you can buy out your lease, sell it and make big money. Karl explains how a lease is basically consumer paying for the depreciation of the car. Most cases if you have a lease ending in the next few months, you will be able to buy it out and make big money. Karl throws in a curve and talks about a beautiful first of its kind, Maserati MC20, an Italian high-performance sports car that he saw at Pebble Beach. He goes on to share that he got to drive the new Ford Bronco. The 4-door and then the 2-door model and felt he could own one. He also drove a classic vintage Ford Bronco that has been modernized for about $400K. The vintage shell was put on a brand-new Art Morrison chassis, with Currie differentials, an all-new suspension, Brembo brakes system, and a brand-new Coyote 5-liter fuel injection engine with a 5-speed automatic. What a beauty. Burning the tracks and bringing the heat next is George Kennedy III – Co-founder of Cartender and Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report. Alan inquires about the Lime Rock Vintage race. George explains that every Labor Day weekend they do a vintage race. George shares more about the Lime Rock Vintage Race and shares that there is no racing on Sunday because it becomes the Concours in the Park where the track is lined with collector vintage cars for everyone to see then its back to racing on Monday. Alan shifts gears and asks George his opinion about the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder. George says it’s a family SUV similar to a Honda Highlander. 3.5 Liter V6 that handles well. They talk about the tech that now comes with the new cars and how sometimes it’s too much. Alan feels that Nissan kind of got off track with this one. Dan Sandberg – President and CEO of Brembo Brakes North America joins the conversation as he and Alan talk about his friend going to Barret-Jackson to auction off a car. They both say how nice it is that car shows are starting to happen again. Dan talks about how Brembo is doing a massive overhaul to the company from the high-performance brake kits to their newly upgraded program. Brembo is also introducing a racetrack kit called the Pista program. Alan talks about how someone tried to sell him knockoff Brembo parts and Dan says you can verify if they are truly Brembo parts by scanning the QR code with your phone. Closing in and bringing up the rear is Harvey Briggs – Editor and Publisher for Rides and Drive. They talk about the new Infiniti QX55 that they both got to test drive for 24 hours. They say that the car made a great first impression because of how sleek and sexy it looks. Harvey sheds a little light about an variable compression engine that will give you good gas mileage when you drive normally but have the ability to switch over and give you a boost when you need some speed. Lastly, Mr. Briggs shares how he got to drive a Rolls Royce for a bit in celebration of his book, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars: Making a Legend.
[00:00:00] – It Will Blow Your Mind![00:05:22] – First of it’s Kind![00:12:34] – $400k Vintage Bronco [00:19:56] – Bucolic!
[00:29:29] – McQueen[00:35:58] – Oh! Nissan![00:42:20] – Pump Your Brakes![00:49:05] – Pista Program[00:54:54] – Knockoff![01:02:15] – Infinity and Beyond![01:12:01] – Compression Engine[01:18:18] – Making a Legend
The Bold, Volvo XC40 and The Beautiful, Genesis GV80 Luxury Crossover SUV, along with Ford’s New Bronco | #474
Welcome Back! This week Alan starts his show with BJ Killeen Automotive Journalist and Voice of Reason. They jump right onto the topic of used car prices being at an all time high. Due to the chip shortage, dealerships can’t fill the lots with new inventory. BJ shares for example that it takes an average of 1100 chips per F150. Wow! Volvo and Toyota have cut production by 60% because of this shortage. BJ Killeen got to ride in a Ford F150 Lightning. She says it’s beyond amazing. 775 pounds of torque. It’s mind blowing how fast this vehicle is off the line! Ford went from 40,000 models to 80,000 to keep up with the demand. This truck can power your house from its “Frunk”. BJ and Alan talk about the new Genesis GV60 Electric SUV. Alan shares he was picked up in a Genesis GV80 and thought it was a Cadillac. Shifting gears, Alan welcomes Brian Moody – Executive Editor for Autotrader.com. Alan and Brian talk about current average used car market and prices that will blow your mind. People are paying 5 to 17% over the sticker price depending on what vehicle they are looking for. The highest is the luxury cars like the Mercedes Benz G Wagon at 17% to Kia’s Telluride or the Carnival @ 8%, and the list goes on from Hyundai Palisade, Honda Ridgeline, Land Rover Defender, to the Cadillac Escalade. Alan says the dealerships have a wide array of used cars on their lots and very little of new. Brian say’s the used car list price over $25,101. Brian explains how dealerships usually have “60 day supplies” which means they have enough stock to sell for 60 days without receiving new stock. Now everyone wants a used car so the “day supplies” are a lot shorter. Even for cars like the Kia Carnival, Kia Telluride, and Hyundai Palisade, these are ones you would never go out to buy over MSRP price but now you are. Brian shares that Volvo says if you buy one of their electric vehicles, specifically the SUVs like a Volvo XC40 they will give you free charging. Well free for a limited time that is. They are partnering with Electrify America which is owned by Volkswagen. They are joining forces to have people buy their electric vehicles. Alan brings up a point about the availability of charging stations/refueling stations and how long it takes to refuel with gas vs charging your vehicle for 5 to 8 hours. Brian agrees and says it’s the Achilles heel to electric vehicles. Tesla has equipped their charging stations with a “supercharger” that will take about 15 mins for about an 80% recharge. Brian claims hydrogen engines are the way to go and will be the solution to this situation to where it will take about 5 mins to refuel. Alan brings up Pebble Beach and how much fun he had. He talks about the exotic cars that were there. It made him think about the “collector car” parts which brings him to his next guest Chris Bright – Co-Founder of CollectorPartExchange.com. Chris explains why he got started in this business, and its because he owned a Porsche 928 and needed parts. Chris goes on to say that If you have collectors car, use them on a daily basis, instead of letting it sit there and deteriorate. Alan shares his story of how he became a car enthusiast. He said he bought a wrecking yard for 5k at the age of 24 and it changed his life. It helped him learn how to do business and become an entrepreneur. Alan asked what is it that they do at Collector Parts Exchange.com. Chris explains that it gives a platform to find “New Old Stock” or used parts for collectors and that it has now become the backbone to the collector’s car industry. Why is it called an ‘Exchange’? They don’t go and buy inventory he explains. They provide a marketplace for suppliers and or individuals who have collector parts and they list them. If you’re looking for a rare or hard part, you can do a search out or a “parts ping” to go out to the car community. They take 5% of the sale.
Monterey Car Show 2021: Aston Martin Valkyrie Spider, Lamborghini Countach, BUGATTI Bolide, Lucid Air “Dream Edition” Sedan, 1901 Columbia Mark XXXI Victoria Phaeton, 1908 Bailey Electric Victoria Phaeton, and more… | #473
Another show stopping, jaw dropping, electrifying week as Alan dedicates this weeks episode to the 2021 Monterey Car Show at the Concours. From the very first electric automobile to space aged just short of the “Jetsons” automobile. Joining Alan first is Ed Justice Jr. – Justice Brothers, Inc. President and CEO. Ed who also emceed at the Carmel by the Sea Concours on the Avenue talks with Alan about the protocols regarding covid at the event. If you had proof that you took your shot, you were given a blue arm band to wear, if you did not take the vaccine then you were asked to wear a mask. Ed explains how difficult it is to judge cars. You can’t prejudge things, got to go through the process from checking under the hood to finding the story behind the restoration. Amazing cars like a 1901 Columbia Mark XXXI Victoria Phaeton Electric Car. Ed says one of the things that was different this year at the event was the fact that it was free to get in. Ed says he spoke to a lot of people and received a lot of positive feedback saying the Concours on the Avenue was their favorite event. From a safe environment to being laid-back, high-end stores to gift shops. There’s something for everybody. Ed says Monterey Car week has turned into such a huge event, that you can’t do it all. Alan shares that he and his wife Jan went to Pebble Beach when it was still dark to be a part of the “Dawn Patrol”, to catch the cars as they come rumbling in. Next on Alans’s show is George Kennedy III – Co-founder of Cartender and Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report. George talks about the Larz Anderson Auto Museum electric vehicles, one being the 1908 Bailey Electric Victoria Phaeton. Preserved and unrestored. George attended the Tutto Italiano (Everything Italian), crown jewel of the summer series of lawn events in car shows at Larz Anderson. All Italian cars. Ferrari, Lamborghini to Fiat Dinos. The New York Auto show that was canceled is their next topic. George says canceling the show is not stopping the car makers from debuting their new cars online. Up next with Alan is Karl Brauer – Automotive Industry Analyst, Forbes Autos Contributor, North American Car and Truck of the Year juror and board member. Executive Analyst for ISeeCars.com and Executive Publisher at CarExpert.com. More of the Monterey Car Week conversation. Karl and Alan talk about Christian Von Koenigsegg CEO of a high-end limited production brand automaker, who was there at Pebble Beach. He was showing off his car the Gemera, Swedish for “More, or offering more” …2 door but 4-seater, 0 to 60 in 1.9 seconds with a top speed of 250 mph. Alan quickly drops in with the fact that the Hennessey Venom F5, does a cool 300mph. Karl was there to see the Acura reception for the Acura NSX Type S, they announced 2022 will be their last year for the NSX. They also said they are bringing back the Integra. Back to the New York Auto Show being canceled yet still happening, virtually that is like Nissan revealing its New Z car. Alan and Karl switch over to one of Alan’s favorites, the Aston Martin. Karl spoke with Tobias Moers who used to run AMG, now CEO and CTO of Aston Martin. They showed their Valkyrie Spider convertible with 1140 horsepower, V12, and a hybrid drivetrain. Only 85 will be made and that’s it. Karl loved the new Lamborghini Countach. All the performance, capability, and technology of the modern supercars yet kept the Countach look. Only 112 made and all spoken for. Karl drove Ford’s new GT over the weekend as well. They discus Stephen Winklmann, he introduced the new Countach and the BUGATTI Bolide. This crazy car, it’s not street legal. A skeletal body to make it lighter. 1578 horsepower, pulling 3200lbs @ $4.8 million dollars. Only 40 are made. Frank Heyl, head designer of Boulghadi walked around with Karl at the event.
Back To The Future: Parnelli Jones Mustang, Bob Nordskog Datsun 240Z, 2002 Thunderbird and 2005 SRT 10 Viper Truck | #472
As promised another exciting week as Alan welcomes back Dick Messer – Classic car expert and Executive Director at the Peterson Museum. With using autohunter.com and sending a link to Richard Rawlings from Fast and Loud and Gas Monkey Garage who shared it on his social media platform with 4.5 million followers and 2.5 hours later 10,000 views, Alan informs us that he sold his Shelby GT500 for a comfortable 115k. Alan inquires with Messer about the sale of his Parnelli Jones Mustang. Messer shares that he used the same auto sites as Alan to help with his sale. Alan shared how the gentleman who purchased the gem was sitting in the waiting room at a Ford Dealership browsing his phone looking at mustangs and Google popped up Alans GT500 and decided to bid on it twice. This non-collector didn’t care about all the bells and whistles that this single digit serial number beauty had to offer, he just wanted to drive it. Alan and Messer continue about their car collection and plans for them. Alan’s deep interest in Messer’s Bob Nordskog Datsun 240z car with a converted 350 Chevy engine got crushed when finding out it was sold. However, Messer explains that collecting so many cars you end up not driving them all and as it sits, things corrode and deteriorate. Then when you go to sell them, what wasn’t a problem before is now a problem. Alan shared about his Dodge Viper ACR and his decision to put it on classiccars.com and were able to drop it for $136k. Both men share how much they miss the cars that they sell. But it’s a lot of work, maintenance and money to keep them up. Alan shares how he inherited a 2002 Thunderbird and says as he took it for a drive, issues that arose were obviously from it sitting too long without being driven. The duo change gears and switch topics and talk about the car culture of Florida. Messer says it’s better than California. One of the reasons for Florida being a hot bed for car collectors is the taxes. From no state income tax to low registration fees/taxes. Alan shares with Messer about Autotempest.com to find out the value of vehicles like Messer’s 2005 SRT10 Viper Truck with 565 horsepower. A great tool when you’re in the business of selling your vehicle. Alan and Messer talk about how electric cars are great, but we lack the infrastructures needed to support them. Messer talks about his 2006 all-natural gas-powered Honda and the infrastructures to fill it was basically obsolete. Alan believes hybrids are the answer for a happy medium. He goes on to say that people don’t like going to dealerships and the convenience of purchasing your car online is the new way to avoid the hustle. Used cars are being sold now for the same price it was worth 2 years ago. Alan discusses how you can buy a brand-new car and then turn around and sell it for thousands more. Dealerships are in need of vehicles to keep up with supply and demand but that doesn’t mean you get the vehicle you want. Karl Brauer – Automotive Industry Analyst, Forbes Autos Contributor, North American Car and Truck of the Year juror and board member. Executive Analyst for ISeeCars.com and Executive Publisher at CarExpert.com. jumps in the driver’s seat to talk about Tesla’s earnings being knocked out of the park with over a billion dollars in profit. He say’s Tesla got a couple years profitability and is slowly becoming a real “car” automaker. Traditional automakers such as Ford who has owned the market for 40 years who designed the Ford F150 Lightning has set the bar for electric vehicles. The New York Auto Show is upcoming and wants Alan to talk about electric cars. It took Alan a bit to answer and say what people need to know is the performance part of the electric vehicles is what’s ...
I hope everything is okay with Alan and his family. It has been a few months since the last episode and I’m concerned. I’m sure being a public figure is difficult, but if there is a chance of just a brief update I, for one, would be happy to hear that things are okay. Beyond that, if you would care to give an update on your podcast that would also be nice.
Thanks, and take care brother,
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