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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 ...
Subaru’s WRX STI S209 Turbocharge with 310 Horsepower, Ford’s Mustang Mach 1, with 480 Horsepower, Giddyap!| #471
Welcome back Auto Junkies! This week Alan Taylor – President and CEO of ERN open’s the show as he shares how great the auction website AutoHunter.com is because you keep 100% of your sale. Most other auction sites charge you for hosting and selling your vehicle. Alan suggests Classiccars.com if you want to sell your car on a non auction site. Alan goes onto share about his rare beauty the Shelby GT Mustang, that he was able to purchase from it’s original owner which happens to be a friend of his who was letting it go during the pandemic. Dick Messer – Classic car expert and Executive Director of Peterson Museum joins Alan as they discuss how the bids for the Shelby GT Mustang are up over $100,000 right now. Dick talks about selling off a lot of his cars since he is in his 80’s now and how you have to make sure you have all the original parts in the car or else the buyer will be calling you asking you to send them the specific part missing. George Kennedy III – Co-Founder of Cartender and Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report takes lead as he talks about driving a Subaru WRX STI S209 and how this car was previously released in Japan. They are making only 209 of these cars. Most of them will be crushed eventually to ensure a limited number of them are out there. Alan chimes in to talk about how his Jeep Gladiator automatically adjusts the driving mode when you plug in the trailer lights in order to make towing easier. They say they like these kinds of upgrades except when the car kicks into “nanny” mode when it deems your doing something a bit dangerous. They switch gears and talk about Fords Mustang Mach 1 and how it has paddle shifters. They also discuss how a lot of new sports cars are being made strictly automatic. Brian Moody – Executive Editor for Autotrader.com pulls in the rear and talks about how people are now more brand loyal to car companies now than before the pandemic. Subaru has the highest rate of brand loyalty out there right now and car companies are striving to make sure you have a good buying experience so you will want to come back to them. Lexus takes the leady for loyalty in the luxury division. They duo debate whether or not having a car all blacked out still looks cool or not. They go on to talk about how some cars that didn’t sell well, such as the Pontiac Aztec, were simply ahead of their time and would sell really well now. They go through a list of the least expensive new cars that you can buy right now, but they say most likely they will be out of stock due to there still being a microchip shortage. Brian says that your best bet for a cheap but good quality new vehicle is going to be from Kia or Hyundai. Alan closes the show today as he talks about all of the different cars he owns and how he usually buys rare or interesting ones (like how he owns a car that the late Patrick Swayze once owned). Alan says Hot August nights is happening again very shortly. He also says owning rare cars is just the same as having money in the bank and when he needs money he will sell some of his collection. Alan reminds his listeners that he will be back same time and same place next week to get you your “fix” on what’s new and cool in the auto world.
[00:00:00] – AutoHunter.com[00:06:46] – Rare Beauty[00:12:31] – 100k[00:19:51] – Limited Stock [00:28:58] – Nanny Mode[00:35:54] – Strictly Automatic[00:42:16] – Brand Loyal[00:48:17] – Lexus + Luxury = Loyalty[00:54:47] – Blackout[01:02:07] – Ahead of It’s Time[01:09:17] – Cheap But Good Quality[01:18:07] – Hot August Nights
2022 Jeep Compass Trailhawk, Kia EV6, and the Extraordinary Bentley Continental GT3 | #470
Step into the driver seat with Alan this week as he talks about the shortage of cars at the dealerships. Joining 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. The duo go on about how dealerships just can’t keep up with the supply and demand. They go on to discuss how some second hand cars are going for more than when they were brand new like the Kia Telluride. Finding anything really has been quite difficult, however Karl reminds us that there are tools out there that can help you find what your looking for like ISeeCars.com. France becomes their next topic as they discuss how their claim to have all electric vehicles by the year 2035 is a bit out there especially in regards to the ability to keep a stable electric grid to support the vehicles. Karl say’s that California has but a fraction of electric vehicles and it’s grid is already having difficulties. Karl switches gears as he discusses his likes of driving the Jeep Cherokee Grand L. It’s big and roomy with great handling. Alan takes a pit stop and chats with Josh Hancock – JoshCAR Hollywood Car Consultant. They talk about how a lot of car companies like Rivian, that are producing electric cars, are having huge delays in producing the vehicles. Alan talks about how he was looking into buying a new electric bike and even those are being delayed right now. Josh talks about how for the new movie Cruela, they bought an original 1974 Panther De Ville Saloon car for $100,000.00. Taking shotgun is Brian Armstead – Automotive Journalist, contributor to Car Expert.com and Forbes Wheels. Alan talks about putting his Shelby GT up for auction on AutoHunter.com and what a great website that is to buy and sell cars on. Brian talks about just getting back from the Chicago Auto Show, and how it was the first auto show in 18 months because of the pandemic. One of the cars he saw was the new 2022 Jeep Compass at the Chicago Auto Show and how nice the new design looks. He also saw a prototype of the new Nissan Z and the new Ford F-150 Lightning. The pair talk about how the Ford F-150 Lightning since it’s all electric doesn’t have an engine under the front hood, so that spot is now used as extra storage space. Brian talks about seeing the Kia EV6 and he thinks they will sell every one of these vehicles once they come out. Taking the final lap with Alan is, Steven Cole Smith – Automotive Journalist for Autoweek, Automobile Magazine, Grassroots Motorsports. Steven talks about going to Pikes Peak Hill Climb with Bentley and how much fun it was. Steven rode in a Bentley Continental GT3 at Pikes Peak and he was surprised how well the car was able to climb the mountain. They talk about how next year will be the 100th year of this hill climb event and how it’s most likely going to be quite the show with a lot of people at the event. Downshifting as they come to a close and discuss the new NASCAR car that is coming out in February and how it’s not doing well in the crash tests. They discuss a report saying that if this new car hits a wall head on, the driver will not survive, but this report was quickly swept away after it came out. Steven talks about going to the final SRX race in Nashville. Tony Stewart, Helio Castro Neves, Tony Kaanan, and Marco Andretti are all participants in this race. Alan reminds us that he will be back next week, same time, same channel, with what’s new and cool in the auto world on, “The Drive”.
[00:00:00] – Dealerships Getting Desperate[00:06:53] – ISeeCars.com[00:12:32] – France 2035[00:19:53] – Jeep Cherokee Grand L ...
“Power and Beauty” Mazda’s Cx-5 Carbon Edition Turbo AWD SUV, Jeeps PHEV Wrangler 4xe, and Volvo’s XC60 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid| #469
On your mark, get set, ready….Go! This week we have another show stopping, gear grinding, metal stomping show for you. Joining Alan this week is BJ Killeen – Automotive Journalist and Voice of Reason. She and Alan talk about different car company brands that are not around anymore. How Hummer was gone but is now coming back in name only with an all electric model. The duo remember the time they were both down in Mexico test driving the Oldsmobile Bravada as the brand got discontinued. BJ shares her test driving the new Mazda CX-5 Carbon Edition Turbo AWD SUV. She says it looks cool with its dark exterior and blacked out tires, and really scoots in turbo mode. She likes how it handles along with the get up and go power. Alan shifts gears and welcomes George Kennedy III – Co-Founder of Cartender and Freelance Automotive journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report. George shares his experience in driving Jeeps PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle), the Wrangler 4xe. He says its a great vehicle for people to be introduced to hybrid vehicles, especially with the prices going up at the pumps. They discuss how quiet an electric vehicle is – Alan thinks it will be a great selling point for hunters who want to go creeping around in the woods. Alan shares how his daughter says she will never buy another vehicle that isn’t a plug-in hybrid because she likes how you can drive around town with electric and never have to fill up on gas, unless of course you are going on a long trip. They discuss how hard it is for car companies to be able to accurately tell you what sort of range you can get with a hybrid vehicle because how one charges it and drives it plays a huge factor. Pulling up next is Ed Justice Jr. – President and CEO of Justice Brothers Inc. They discuss the website autohunter.com and how great it is that you can put your car up for auction there and have a great experience selling it. Alan is listing his own car on the site next week, his 2020 Caroll Shelby Signature Edition GT 500. Alan’s GT has just 37 miles on it and it’s serial number is 8. Ed and Alan go on to talk about former Formula 1 driver Carlos Reutermann passing away and how much of a great driver he was. They two go on to talk abut Ed being the MC at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and how this will be his 15th year of being the MC. Taking the final lap with Alan is Brian Moody – Executive Editor for Autrotrader.com. Brian thinks that a lot of people are going to be surprised about the get up and go power of electric vehicles when they drive them for the first time which will be a huge selling point. Brian shares about driving the new Volvo XC60 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid and how it gets 80mpg. They close the show as they discuss how hard it is to find vehicles to buy and to rent all across the country. But are positive that next year will be better. Join us next week as Alan and his guest puts the pedal to the metal and takes us for another adrenaline rush on “The Drive”.
[00:00:00] – Out With the Old, In With the New![00:06:29] – Carbon[00:12:32] – Get Scooting![00:19:53] – PHEV Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle [00:28:26] – On The Hunt[00:35:55] – How Far on a Charge?[00:42:16] – Serial #8[00:49:22] – R.I.P.[00:54:49] – Pebble Beach[01:02:11] – Power of Electric[01:12:09] – Minivans are Back![01:18:11] – Don’t Be Picky
Host: Alan TaylorProducer: Dave MilliganAudio Engineer: Dave MilliganCopy Editor: Dave MilliganContributor: BJ Killeen
“The New Wild Child”- Fords 2021 Ford Bronco, Hyundai Venue Denim, Subaru Ascent and the “Cats Meow” the 2021 Dodge SRT Hellcat Redeye| #468
New week, new show! Taking shotgun this week 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. Karl talks about testing the new Ford Bronco, which is not to be confused with the Ford Bronco Sport that is already out. He says Ford combined retro style with modern technology in the new Bronco and it is awesome! With its trail turn assist, it locks one of the rear wheels as you are turning to make you have a tighter turn. It will cause the car to almost turn on its own access and it’s completely great for getting around obstacles while off-roading. Karl switches gears and talks about Panasonic selling all their Tesla stock and making billions of dollars and whether they sold it because they wanted to make money or because they are worried about the stock going down in price. They duo talk about how manufacturers are still having microchip shortages and it is causing delays across the board. BJ Killeen – Automotive Journalist and Voice of Reason joins the crew as they talk about how cars are selling for a lot more right now due to the shortage of new vehicles, and how if you want to buy a car you should try and wait for 6 months for the prices to come back down. Alan chimes in and shares about having fun riding around on an electric bike and how fun it was. BJ talks about driving the Mustang Mach-E and how she liked it. Alan talks about how he still wants a vehicle that he can hear the engine roaring and how he is resisting these new electric cars. Alan goes on about driving the 2021 Dodge Charger Redeye how much of a beast it was and fun to drive. BJ talks about driving the Hyundai Venue Denim and how it’s a very affordable vehicle. She talks about how the Denim version gets it’s name by how it looks on the exterior and interior and how it resembles denim material. She talks about how it’s a great for driving around town. Next on the starter line is Perry Stern – Editor of AutoNXT.net and Contributor to MSN.com. He says RVs are selling like hotcakes right now and having record numbers of sales that has never been seen before. Perry talks about how he has a camper trailer and tows it is using a Subaru Ascent. Perry talks about how great the Subaru handles while towing his camper. Alan talks about how fun it was to test drive the new Dodge Hellcat Redeye that has 800 horsepower. They talk about how most of the car companies are putting the Hellcat engine into at least one model of their new vehicles because of how awesome it is. The duo goes on to talk about the new AMG speed boat called the Nighthawk that was introduced last week that has 2250 horsepower. They talk about how people feel like they have lost a year due to the covid restrictions, so people are going out and buying things like speed boats and RVs to feel like they are living again. Pulling in the rear is Lauren Fix – Editor in-Chief for Car Coach Reports. They discuss the massive shortage of rental cars right now. They also talk about how it can be hard to find a ride with Uber, Lyft, or even from a taxi. Lauren says that the reason for the car shortages is because when covid hit rental dealerships decided to sell a lot of their cars because they were losing money by having the cars just sit there and now they don’t have enough cars to go around. Alan thinks that things like electric bikes are going to start to be more popular because of the shortage of rental vehicles. Lauren talks about test driving the new Jeep Grand Cherokee L which is a 3 row SUV. She says that this vehicle is a bit on the expensive side for an SUV but it’s is well worth the price. Need more? Well we’ve got more…join Alan and his guest next week for more exciting auto world
Super Duty F-350 Tremor Fords Next Generation of Toughness, Volkswagens Atlas Cross Sport SUV and the 2021 Kia Sorento| #467
Welcome back Gearheads! BJ Killeen – Automotive Journalist and Voice of Reason joins Alan as they talk about going to the Barret Jackson event for 1 day while he was passing through town. He talks about their new part of the Las Vegas Convention Center and how huge it is. They continue to talk about the Barret Jackson event. Alan talks about how the cars at auction at the event don’t have a reserve price, so there is a chance that the car will be sold for very cheap (but usually it goes for a lot more than you could get at another place). They talk about mini-bikes being sold at the event and BJ says that mini-bikes are making a huge comeback. They talk about how car memorabilia were selling for a ton of money at the event, even just a sign sold for thousands of dollars. BJ talks about how she hates that people lean on the cars at the event to take pictures, because they often scratch the cars. BJ talks about driving the new Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport SUV. She talks about how this vehicle is classified as a classic vehicle, so it has a bigger price tag, and BJ was disappointed that it did not have some accessories that other luxury vehicles come with. She talks about it’s a very solid vehicle while driving and it was nice because you didn’t feel like you were ever getting pushed around. George Kennedy III – Co-founder of Cartender and Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report. George joins in as he talks about driving the new Kia Sorento and how it’s a mid-size SUV. It has 3 rows, but the 3rd row is small and meant for kids. He talks about how it has a textured wood on the interior and how it makes it unique from other cars. They continue to talk about the Kia Sorento and how the first 2 rows have a lot of headroom and legroom compared to other vehicles. The second row has captain chairs, which George really liked.They talk about the new F-350 Tremor. George talks about how it’s a beast of a truck and how most people won’t need a truck that big. He talks about how the Tremor is amazing for towing. George talks about the truck being high off the ground and how it gave you a better visual advantage compared to other vehicles. Gordon McCall – President and CEO of McCall Events, Inc. joins the crew as they talk about how the Monterey car week event is coming up soon. They talk about Gordon’s event at Monterey car week called the Quail MotorSports Gathering that has been going on for 18 years. Gordon had the idea that he wanted to make an event where everyone there feels like a VIP. Gordon and Alan continue about the Quail event being all inclusive when you buy a ticket for the event. They talk about how every meal is a 5-star dining experience. They have a lot of classic cars on display, but they don’t have any judges or competitions and they try to get the rarest of cars for the event. The duo talk about how they didn’t know until recently that they were going to be allowed to have this event happen due to covid restrictions, but thankfully they will be able to be at full capacity. They talk about how there are now too many events during the Monterey car week, so you need to pick and choose your favorite events to go to and not worry about not being able to go to all of the events. Gordon goes on about the Laguna Seca Raceway and how it’s one of the only places where you can see classic cars race against each other. They talk about how there is nothing like seeing these classic cars in person. There is also an event that features unloved cars such as the Gremlin. Gordon closes the show as they talk about how Gordon set up a test drive for Alan where he drove the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier. Alan says that it changed his life and it’s all thanks to Gordon. They talk about how Gordon created an event that features cars and
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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