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A weekly round table discussion, featuring a variety of automotive subjects, interviews, special guests and stories, hosted by the Round Six Gearheads: Brian Stupski, Brad King, and Alex Welsh.

The Round Six Podcast Brian Stupski,Brad King,Alex Welsh

    • Automotive
    • 4.8, 34 Ratings

A weekly round table discussion, featuring a variety of automotive subjects, interviews, special guests and stories, hosted by the Round Six Gearheads: Brian Stupski, Brad King, and Alex Welsh.

    The State of the Hobby Roundtable

    The State of the Hobby Roundtable

    THE STATE OF THE HOBBY FROM MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES





    The Gearheads hosted a roundtable of a different sort, discussing the state of the hobby at the 71st Grand National Roadster Show. We arranged a cast of builders, owner/clients and builder/owners to talk about where the hobby is at, where it’s going, and what the stakes are with regard to quality and chasing perfection. This episode is an amazing look into competing at AMBR/Slonaker/Ridler levels from nearly every perspective. We invited Erik Hansen, who has owned high-profile cars (including “Sedeuced,” the 1932 Ford which was featured on the TV show Rides, season one, episode ten) to provide his perspective as a client. We also invited builder and prior guest Tim Strange, and builder/sometimes self-client JF Launier to provide the builder perspective on the state of the hobby, and what goes into putting a car together at the upper  level.

    It is an interesting and entertaining look inside of the relationship between client, designer and builder, and a fascinating peek behind the curtain of competing for the top awards.

    THINGS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE:



    *

    Some VERY coincidental events and overlaps



    * Speaking Canadian fluently

    * The client/builder relationship

    – The builder/client relationship

    * An insider’s look at the time investment from a client’s perspective

    * The client/designer/builder dynamic

    – Mention of “the wife dynamic”

    * Perception of quality

    – Private sale VS auction sale

    – Passion from all parties involved as opposed to screen time on TV

    * The builder’s “whole life investment” in a build

    – Re-mortgaging multiple family properties to complete a build

    * Selling a concept to a client

    * Hinting at a project

    * The amassed knowledge of a career VS billable hours

    – Building a car in the real world as compared to a television budget

    * The reality of automotive reality television

    – 3800 man hours in 30 hours of TV

    – A team of skilled industry professionals working nonstop versus three buddies eating pizza and watching NASCAR

    – The push at the end/building the right team

    * Logistics of a high-end client build

    * Hot rod flashcards

    – Ben Franklin’s non-Presidency that should have been

    * The Al Slonaker Memorial Award (best non-roadster) revamp

    – The Detroit VS Pomona thing

    – The lessening of the importance of the big award in Detroit

    * Competing at the highest level

    – Best car in the world compared to the best car to show up that day

    * Originality in builds versus simply refining a trend

    * BUILD THE CAR YOU WANT

    * Building for pleasure meets finances

    – Private sale or auction

    * “Well-bought” weighed against “$3M invested” and the public perception

    * “You don’t build these cars to make money”

    – The challenge of building AFTER winning the top award

    – Narrowing your reach to clients due to perception of higher prices/longer build times

    * Plans to have the first 200MPH Ridler winner



    THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING AN INDUSTRY AMBASSADOR



    * How the Ridler Award slit the throat of the hobby

    – Visually imperfect and onward to the auction for a payday

    – Altering the state of the hobby in a negative way

    * On being an ambassador of the hobby versus winning a trophy

    • 1 hr
    It's a Supercharged Brunchtime

    It's a Supercharged Brunchtime

    “HE’S TEARING THIS THING APART LIKE HE’S AT PICK-N-PULL.”





    The Gearheads sit down with long-time friend David Engle of Engle Brothers Fabrication to talk brunchtime. Namely a brunch that didn’t happen, really.

    Without giving too much away (you’ll have to tune in on Amazon Prime Video this Friday, April 3, 2020 and watch the new episode of Stories N’ Steel), it involved a secret overhaul of Brian’s Challenger. Calling in friends from all over, some of whom made the cross-country trek to be a part (like Tim Strange), the gang pulled a supercharged surprise. From Hotchkis Sport Suspension to a Magnuson supercharger, Baer six-piston brakes, Toyo tires, a carbon fiber Speedkore spoiler and custom badges from Alumicraft Street Rod Grilles, it was an ambitious one-day project to say the least. It even got its own t-shirt, featuring artwork by Round Six’s Del Swanson. You can grab your very own RIGHT HERE.

    You can get inside of Brian’s head (don’t say that we didn’t warn you) by reading his take on the day HERE.

    THINGS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE:



    *

    The backstory



    * What it takes to arrange a build like this… and keep it secret

    * Keeping an industry secret from an industry insider

    * The logistics

    * Personal loss

    – A death in the family

    * Getting the car to Dino’s without Brian knowing, but having him drive it there

    * Turning Brian’s son into a gearhead

    * The amazing group of friends that we have

    * Learning all about Challengers

    * Industry icons working and having fun

    * Bringing back passion lost

    * The Phoenix Valley One-n-Done tradition

    * A loss for words

    * The clandestine SEMA meetings

    * Supercharged, lowered and more in one day

    * The fear of not finishing

    * Inside jokes become fuel for ideas

    * The meaning of hot rodding isn’t just cars



    STORIES N’ STEEL EPISODE 5 TRAILER: A SUPERCHARGED BRUNCH

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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Hot Rod Ambassadors: Jason and Mike Keller

    Hot Rod Ambassadors: Jason and Mike Keller

    GLOBAL HOT ROD AMBASSADORS



    The Gearheads sit down with hot rod ambassadors Jason Rushforth and Mike Keller (of Big Creek Restorations in Kansas) in The Round Six Experience at the 2020 Grand National Roadster Show and discuss the 2019 Riyadh Auto Salon in Saudi Arabia.

    You’ve read the opinions of many who weren’t there on social media, now here’s the inside scoop from two industry professionals who were there. Jason and Mike discuss local sights, sounds, culture and more. Learn all about the event, and what it’s like to be one of the first tourists in Saudi Arabia. It’s a fascinating look at the worldwide automotive culture, and how cars are always the great equalizer. Our extreme gratitude to Jay an Mike for sharing their experiences and time with us.

    This is a fun episode that offers a great look into the international scene from a very personal perspective. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

    You can read more about Jay’s trip HERE, and see a few photos as well.

    THINGS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE:



    *

    Brian gets all joke-y



    * The ARP Lounge and Bob Florine’s influence on a great GNRS

    * Passion for cars

    * Working relationships in the hot rod world

    * The Riyadh Auto Salon

    – Spousal support for international travel

    – Heading blindly into an international trip

    * The mainstream media misconception about Americans in the Middle East

    – Feeling more than welcome by the Saudi people

    – Wandering Riyadh in off-show hours

    – The incredible logistics involved

    * The “orphan” hotel

    – “3-4 leisurely omelettes”

    * Watching Pulp Fiction in Saudi Arabia

    * Exploring Riyadh, all self guided-like

    * Learning culture on the fly

    * The local car scene

    * Cars and Coffee at Tim Horton’s

    * Fifty-five pounds of boost into a straight six Nissan!

    * Hot rodding is universal

    * The GM B-body revolution is alive!

    * The REAL story on the “missing” cars

    – Dispelling the internet theories on dirty and damaged cars

    * Cornering a badger

    * The King’s Cup camel race

    * Brian pulls “ambrosia”

    – Jay christens a custom car

    * Staring a falcon in the eye

    * The lack of Citation X-11’s overseas

    * The modernization of a country

    – A Prince’s vision

    * A change in perspective

    * The guys make their show award pics

    * Shutting down the Grand National Roadster Show on a Saturday night



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    • 1 hr 34 min
    A Supercharged Episode from GNRS

    A Supercharged Episode from GNRS

    A SUPERCHARGED GNRS EPISODE

    The Gearheads sit down with Erin and Dustin Helm of Magnuson Superchargers for a, well, supercharged discussion. Talk goes deep into careers in the aftermarket, the value of networking and a covert-ops mission worthy of a television show. Episode seventy-three dives headlong into some fun topics, as well as laying the groundwork for anyone looking to get a foot in the door of the High-Performance Automotive Aftermarket Parts industry.

    Of course, Erin and the team at Magnuson Superchargers were tremendously instrumental in making Project Emanon come together, for which “thanks” just doesn’t seem enough. We touch on that project, the covert ops behind it, and how it all came to be. Dustin gives some background to his career as a fabricator, and explains his path to working with one of the premier brands in the industry… And how it all began with Marine Biology. We have fascinating guests, and they always bring a great story!

    And if this weren’t enough for you, we dive deep into the mechanics of a couple who work together, and how that all adds to the relationship. We’re a lot more like Oprah than Dr. Phil in this one. It’s a value-added episode in terms of pursuing a career in the industry, and we cannot thank Erin and Dustin enough for their insight, candor and great advice for our listeners hoping to pursue their aspirations.

    THINGS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE:



    *

    The blown elephant in the room



    * Brian becomes the mark

    * Brad does a big thing

    * Dave Engle is always the connection

    * The power of networking (and shooting for the moon)

    * The computer unlock/Petty’s Garage connection

    * When your kid goes rogue

    * Alex’s first supercharger imstall

    * The drama-free build day

    * Things go Predatorial

    * The Engles stop by!

    * A reunion of sorts

    * Supercharger talk/welcome to the boosted life

    * A foot in the door in the industry

    – Working your way up

    – Getting a job via networking

    * From Nanny to Sales Assistant

    – The value of adaptability when transitioning positions within the company

    * A day in the life of a Marketing Coordinator

    * R&D Fabricator via Marine Biology

    – From Wyo-Tech to Magnuson

    – The importance of an education

    – The crossovers in job duties

    – Tech school as a stepping stone to a career

    * SCUBA diving when you can’t swim

    * “Superchargers? I want turbos!”

    * Married life meets Working life

    – A balance of career and passionsa

    – The work/life crossover

    * The learning curve in the aftermarket industry



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    • 44 min
    Jason Rushforth: What's in a Name?

    Jason Rushforth: What's in a Name?

    “IT ALL STARTED IN AN EL CAMINO.”







    The Gearheads sit down with designer and artist Jason Rushforth… finally. One of the marquee names in the industry when it comes to design, boutique wheel brands and just an all-around nice guy, it’s a twisting and turning bunch of topics.Episode seventy-two gets right into it with a discussion about the recent Riyadh Auto Salon in Saudi Arabia. Jason was fortunate to be one of the hot rod industry ambassadors who attended the event, and we talk logistics, the local scene and more. From humble beginnings as a BMX-obsessed kid to providing design guidance to some serious players in the business, Jason Rushforth is an inspiring, forward-thinking trendsetter whose designs are instantly recognizable anywhere.





     

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    THINGS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE:



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    The Saudi Arabia experience– Six months from genesis to event– A year’s worth of work in months– OSHA violations on parade– The logistics of importing 450 cars from around the world



    * Brian offers a car club name

    * A discussion of Middle Eastern daily life and traffic– Alex shares his memories– Honking out of courtesy VS anger

    * The Saudi hot rod scene– LS-swapped GM B-bodies!– Not just a bunch of rich guys with exotic cars

    * The difference between social media posturing and having to make a name prior to it

    * Getting that first magazine feature

    * Building a career– Having builders/magazines mention a designer’s name in an article

    * A discussion on design

    * Humility and making a name

    * Jason’s Buick

    * The Porsche 928– Brad prefers his Porsche Pro-Streeted

    * Coming up in the shadow of the greats like Steve Stanford

    * Once again, it all starts with BMX bikes– Getting back into it later in life–Soaring prices of vintage BMX bikes

    * Best/Worst conception story of all time



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    • 1 hr 53 min
    Stories N' Steel: Series Debut

    Stories N' Steel: Series Debut

    “STORIES N’ STEEL IS A CAR SHOW ABOUT PEOPLE.”







    Our all-new series, Stories N’ Steel drops this Black Friday (November 28, 2019) on Amazon Prime Video. The Gearheads sit down to discuss the show, what it’s about, where to view it, and most importantly how it all ties together with the podcast. Stories N’ Steel is a car show about people. That means no fake drama, no made-up deadlines or other nonsense… Just the stories from the hot rod builders, collectors and craftsmen who lived them.Stories N’ Steel is like the podcast; it’s one part conversation, one part storytelling, and all parts laid-back benchrace session. If you’ve ever wanted to get to know the whole story of some of the nation’s top builders, then you’re going to love what Stories N’ Steel brings each week. Hosted by our own Brad King, episode one takes you deep into the history of Squeeg’s Kustoms with Doug Jerger. If you’ve ever wanted to know what it takes to run one of the top hot rod shops in the country, or what it’s like to win the AMBR on accident, or even how to pinstripe all no-hands like, well, you’ll like where this is all going.





    THINGS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE:



    *

    The genesis of the show



    * How the podcast came to be

    * Tying the podcast and TV series together

    * Why we chose Amazon Prime Video

    * Self-producing a TV series

    * Television creation on a self-funded shoestring

    * A peek behind the scenes

    * Partnering with Auto Revolution

    * What it takes to make this mess work

    * Brad gets a new nickname



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    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

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34 Ratings

34 Ratings

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Gear head junkie

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Tangentially delicious.

Fun to listen to, always good for a laugh. I hope this develops into a call-in show... with these quick thinkers on the mic, hilarity would ensue.
The edpisodes on Tom Fritz were especially good.

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