If you read automotive publications, peruse the internet, or are simply an automotive enthusiast, then the odds are you know the name Rory Carroll. You see, he’s been around awhile. He used to run a little publication called AutoWeek, and as of mid-2020, was recently put atop the masthead as the Editor-In-Chief of one of the most OG automotive websites in existence - Jalopnik.com. An industry expert, Rory is also not afraid to express his opinions on everything automotive which, and let’s face it, is why he’s stellar at his job.
On this episode of the Hemmings Hot Rod BBQ Podcast, we sit down with Rory and cover everything from project cars and new car buying, to the upcoming SEMA show and the adoption of electric vehicles in today’s petrol driven world. Rory is one of the best in the business, so grab those headphones and a beverage and settle in as this is a show you’ll not want to miss.
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Clothing for Gearheads: Jonathan Whaley from Black Top Yacht Club
54:02Almost every type of activity has its own fashion. Golfers, for instance, have polo shirts, colorful pants, and studded shoes. Fly-fishing enthusiasts wear clothing that combines utility, UV protection, and water resistance. And don’t get us started on what cyclists wear. So what about the automotive world? We're not talking about the safety gear required for racing but rather apparel that’s designed with the hot-rodder in mind. On this week’s episode of the Hemmings Hot Rod BBQpodcast, we welcome Jonathan Whaley, founder of Blacktop Yacht Club, to find out what inspired him to create a clothing brand for the automotive enthusiast.
Aftermarket Air Conditioning and Sprint Cars with Rick Farr from Old Air Products
36:58Rick Farr has been in the automotive world for a long time. From initially dabbling in mechanics on a 1937 Ford pickup in high school that he and his dad purchased, to then racing sprint cars and building engines, his career truly runs wide and deep. After racing, Rick then got into automotive HVAC, which then ultimately led him to Old Air Products in Texas where he's been for eighteen years. On this episode of the Hemmings Hot Rod BBQ Rick walks us through his experiences in racing along with how the technology in aftermarket automotive air conditioning has progressed throughout the years.
Automotive Technology and EFI with Mark Campbell from the Edelbrock Group
43:25On this episode of the Hemmings Hot Rod BBQ Podcast we welcome Mark Campbell, Edelbrock's Vice President of Sales, to talk about how advancements in technology have revolutionized the automotive aftermarket. We then talk about BIG GREEN, the 1981 Chevrolet Suburban, which was used in Hemmings new road trip series, "Road To Improvement" and how the Edelbrock Pro-Flo 4 EFI system not only improved our old trucks drivability, but enhanced its overall performance and fuel economy. Lastly, we take a dive into aftermarket fuel injection and talk about the differences between TBI (throttle body injection) and sequential EFI systems.
Car Buying: Best Sports Cars Between $5,000-$10,000 with Mike Austin
29:06In today's world of overpriced used cars, it's good to know that there are still some performance bargains out there from manufacturers that may surprise you. On this episode of the Hemmings Hot Rod BBQ Podcast Mike Musto and Hemmings Director of Digital Content, Mike Austin talk about the best sports cars on the used car market that range in price from between $5,000 - $10,000. This is a fun one so enjoy.
Talking Transmission Swaps with Jeff Kauffman from Silver Sport Transmissions
51:17Sick and tired of that 3-speed automatic, that old-school 4-speed, or that antiquated Powerglide? Well, this week on the Hemmings Hot Rod BBQ Podcast we’ve got Jeff Kauffman of Silver Sport Transmissions to walk us through the ins-and-outs of upgrading your old hot rod, truck, or muscle car to a new 5 or 6-speed manual transmission. We also talk about the importance of upgrading your driveline and rear end gears, and then ultimately, how these new units benefit a vehicles overall drivability for enhanced and more enjoyable usage in the 21st century.
Automotive and Motorcycle maven, Cory Burns from Kahn Media
35:32When your father spent the early 1980s winning AMA drag racing championships for Vance & Hines on both funny and pro stock motorcycles, it’s no surprise that you’re somewhat destined to be a gearhead. You see this is how our guest, Kahn Media’s Cory Burns grew up. He started riding motorcycles at the age of nine on a Honda XR80 and now at age 32, spends time riding a wicked Aprilia Tuono at tracks across California. His professional career started off working in an auto parts warehouse at age 18 when he was fresh out of high school. Then, thanks to a family friend that owned a public relations firm he was granted an internship in PR. After two years at that agency, he left, joined Kahn Media in its infancy, and now, after nearly 12 years is Vice President of Accounts, managing OEM and motorcycle brands, performance aftermarket companies, museums, specialty car builders and more. On this episode the Hemmings Hot Rod BBQ Podcast we welcome Cory Burns to talk motorcycles, mountain bikes, public relations and even EVs vs petrol from a man who has vast experience with both!
Rory Carroll: Editor-In-Chief of Jalopnik on this week's Hemmings Hot Rod BBQ Podcast
56:02If you read automotive publications, peruse the internet, or are simply an automotive enthusiast, then the odds are you know the name Rory Carroll. You see, he’s been around awhile. He used to run a little publication called AutoWeek, and as of mid-2020, was recently put atop the masthead as the Editor-In-Chief of one of the most OG automotive websites in existence - Jalopnik.com. An industry expert, Rory is also not afraid to express his opinions on everything automotive which, and let’s face it, is why he’s stellar at his job. On this episode of the Hemmings Hot Rod BBQ Podcast, we sit down with Rory and cover everything from project cars and new car buying, to the upcoming SEMA show and the adoption of electric vehicles in today’s petrol driven world. Rory is one of the best in the business, so grab those headphones and a beverage and settle in as this is a show you’ll not want to miss.
Pebble Beach Recap in Monterey with the Hemmings Crew
38:58Car week in Monterey California is regarded by many as one of the greatest automotive events in the world. From the gathering at the Quail Lodge, to the Concorso Italiano and Porsche Werks Reunion, to the Lawn at Pebble Beach, this is where the best automobiles in the world come to be showcased. Then there are the auctions, like RM Sotheby’s and Gooding & Company, who temp bidders to part with their millions for a chance to own the world’s best. On the flipside family events like the Concours d’Lemons is where the best of the worst takes center stage. If, however, the sanctioned events aren’t your thing, then hell - just grab a lawn chair and head to Carmel by the Sea and watch everything from a 10-million-dollar McLaren F1 to a cherry 1957 Chevy roll by. This week on the Hemmings Hot Rod BBQ Podcast, host Mike Musto sits down with Hemmings cohorts Mike Austin and Rob Einaudi to talk about their experiences ogling the best of the best on four wheels.
Garrett Alexander Reed of Instagram’s American Muscle HD
45:21We get it. Not everyone is into social media. If, however you are, and you dig everything that encompasses American muscle cars, trucks, and late model horsepower, then you should probably check out the Instagram page for AmericanMuscleHD. The creators named is Garrett Alexander Reed, and for the last eight years he’s curated it to the tune of 2.2-million followers and millions upon millions of comments making it one of the most engaged automotive pages on Instagram. On this episode of the Hemmings Hot Rod BBQ podcast, we talk to Garrett about the loss (and then recovery) of his prized Chevrolet Monte Carlo, audience engagement, content, as well as the future of social media.
Kit Cars with Smyth Performance and Hestermann Motorwerks
1:05:00Mark Smith founded Factory Five Racing back in 1995, building one of the world’s most popular kit car companies. He sold his interest in that company to his brother in 2012. His latest project is Smyth Performance, which creates Ute kits for the Volkswagen Jetta & Beetle, the Dodge Charger, the Jeep Grand Cherokee and more. Andy Hesterman was one of Smyth’s first customers back in 2016, and when his first driveway build video went viral, appearing everywhere from Motor Trend to Maxim, he soon built a business doing Smyth Ute conversions, and currently has a waiting list over six months long. We caught up with Mark and Andy and talked about Mark’s career, Andy’s favorite builds, and their plans for the future. Check out the conversation and let us know what Ute they should build next!