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Kevin Czinger (CEO of CZinger hypercars)

The Smoking Tire

4:56 listening | 14 hrs ago

Kevin Czinger (CEO of CZinger hypercars)

"Own right folks. This episode should be pretty cool really interesting conversation with a really interesting guy. Kevin Zinger is an entrepreneur. He is an automaker. He's a technology guy. He kind of does everything but his car is basically three D. printed which is really really cool. So we're talking about that but we're also talking about the total environmental cost of cars. It's really really interesting conversation. I don't WanNa get too far into the intro. Just get into the conversation. Kevin Zinger of Zinger Automotive. Hello everybody welcome to the podcast. Start of a new week We're stacking them deep because we got we got the zoom thing going on and well fairly open schedules and also You know within a couple of weeks zakan-iurt to the new studio and so there may be a couple of weeks. We don't have a functional studio and so By getting ahead a little bit We're GONNA we're going to handle that situation logistically a little better. So the content river keeps on flowing even while we are loading gear into u hauls and moving across the street that being said well when the show today we have a special guest Mr Kevin Zinger of Zinger. And just like he told me earlier like Zarre bizarre. Russia's Ceesay mean is pronounced Zee. Welcome Sir thank say about smoking tires. Be while there. How's it? How's it going on your half of Los Angeles all? It's a very nice evening turning into twilight beautiful around my home And it's a pretty typical workday. I'd say on the engineering side that were having very productive days through our VPN network and The factory is less productive because we have a small crew there were. We're mainly doing to support the local medical community and also in Texas were or manufacturing the equipment facials mass and related pb equipment using our Plastic Three D. printing equipment. So there's a skeleton crew there. That's that's so you you you got a couple of companies going on. And they're they're intertwined I learned about divergent which is the three D. Printing Company A couple of years ago I had some conversations with one of your people about trying to drive. Something called the blade which I still love to drive if it still exists somewhere And then now. We've got the singer car which is a different thing a new thing so tell me how all this works. Kevin. Well I'd all works is that You know having cofounded a car company and Co founded the Battery Company and having grown up in Cleveland with brothers as Karma Gannex Most of my life has been fixated on cars and building cars and thinking about cars and one thing you very quickly learned is been when you're going to design a car and build a car. The biggest issue is turning those ideas and that engineering and how into an actual physical structure. That is the car right. Yeah hard looks as they say. Yes so you look. For example you go to build an EV. You're even converting A car into an easy. That's an existing internal combustion. Engine car When I was running an easy company I ended up spending more on Just retooling the body to convert it to a EV from an internal combustion. Engine car like about two hundred billion dollars. And that's over in China where it is cheap as it can be more on that than I spent on building for designing really the First Press Matic Automotive Battery Module Act Thermal Management Battery Management System in that a million square foot manufactory which opened in two thousand ten and gene spent more money on retooling that garden all that technology developed and I looked at it and said this is what is broken in this industry. This is what is actually truly broken

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Direct Connections - Jonny Mopar

Talking Mopars

5:52 listening | Last week

Direct Connections - Jonny Mopar

"Johnny. How's IT GOING BUDDY? Good man how're you doing Chris? Good Buddy thanks for joining me on talking Mo- pars. You are a frequent story contributor and I appreciate that a lot and I kind of wanted to get a little bit deeper into your history with moe par. You know I'm always curious to hear people's stories but one aspect of the stories that I really enjoy hearing is how people got started with Moat Parts. So why don't you take us back to the beginning and tell us how you're Mo- par journey started? Well Man I would have to say it was just sort of around me. You know. I didn't really seek it out. It was sort of their my mom's cars her that I grew up in a seventy two charger which I still have to this day. I'm working on trying to get back together for her Back in eighty two my dad well back way up My Dad had a sixty nine or sixty eight dodge charger. Forty four spe- Dana bitching car back. When I was a kid He blew up the motor. It sat when we moved to southern California from northern California. He sold the car off and then we lived with my grandfather for about a year while they saved money to buy their own house and then he went out searching for another charger so he found a sixty eight dodge charger. Which is the Blue Half Today? So in eighty two so as a kid. I grew up on the dukes of Hazzard so That was a huge contributor to. I would say chargers. At least you know Back then it wasn't really like Mo par just I love chargers chargers were my thing and I I got bit by that bug and then I'd say in high school I just happen to have a really close buddy. I mean a friend that I made that was also into Mo- PARSE. His Dad had runners and so he kinda grew up as a plymouth guy and I kind of grew up as a dodge guy. And then that kind of just solidified. The whole Mo- part thing I think from that point on it Kinda spread into other Mo- party now where it was just a Mo part thing but very so your fam- your family were more people or is that just kind of happenstance. I think it was happenstance. I think you know my grandfather had an old dodge pickup Swept LINE LIKE A. I think it was a sixty two three or four something like that. He had a seventy two dodge and it was just. He wasn't necessarily like a hardcore dodge guy or anything just had it. You know My Dad was kind in everything. And even today. He's kind of an everything guy. He's he's more of The old school hot water like loves old Ford Body styles with you know Chevy. V8's 'em but when he got that charger the first one it was He was working at a mechanic shop. He's he was a mechanic by trade and a customer came out from Texas and I guess he blew He. He blew the transmission or blue. The motor or something. Something went wrong with the car. Car was a couple years old or so is financed and the guy just abandoned. The car and my dad worked on fixing it at this shop and the bank. He talked to the bank about buying the car so he ended up buying the car From the bank while this other guy just like abandoned it basically so and I think that sort of solidified for him as far as that's a bad ass car and then why he went out to go buy another one to replace it years later Mary cool so it sounds to me like you've actually kept some of these heirloom cars in the family. Was that like. I'm never getting rid of these cars. These cars are staying around or is it just that it you know. Maybe they're in the project or what Well like my dad's car is definitely needing some love I'm probably not gonNA restored anytime soon. It's not bad enough to restore it. It's definitely rough but I kinda WANNA leave at a ratty muscle car and get it together. My Mom's car had painted and you know putting it together Nice. It's not going to be like some. You know show cards just going to be a nice driver basically But Yeah I'll never sell those. You know a lot of my friends my close friends know I have this I call it the the ring system so I might go through this eventually. Or there's probably guys that have gone through this. You go through these stages where you have so much stuff and you start to think to yourself I need. I have too much. I gotta let go. I'll never finish these. I don't have time for him. Or whatever right and if you're like me and you know you got a lot of cars I know there's a lot of Mo- par guys that have tons of them maybe ten or maybe it's a hundred right so you decide. I gotta get rid of some. What do you do? It's kind of overwhelming. So my ring system. Is You have the cars at the core in the that. You will never get rid of like you. Just put those cars into that area and you don't wrap your head around those because it'll just never happen you know and then you start plotting the cars out to the outer rings till you get to the point where your least loved cars on the most outer ring and you just wrap your head around that one car. Can I get this cargo? Do I WANNA get rid of? It doesn't make sense and then you know. Let the cargo or you decide you. Don't WanNa let it go in he. If you can't let that cargo you know every other car on the inside of that ring is not going to get gone either. You know so. Yeah those cars are at my core. Have my high school car. My Dad's charger. My Mom's charger at sixty coronet. Just been around too long to you. Know it's been through too much with me that I'll probably never get rid of that. One either

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The Mopar Hunter's Top 5 Of The Week

Talking Mopars

7:56 listening | 3 weeks ago

The Mopar Hunter's Top 5 Of The Week

"What Mope aren't suzy. We are back again for another fun filled episode of talking Mo- Pars and I've got some good news my project. Art is finally getting an engine. Unfortunately it's not the fifty one that I had hoped for because that engine is still at the machine shop dead in the water for monetary reasons. But I'm so anxious to get behind the wheel of this dart that I've actually decided to hold off on the big box walk for now. I have most of the small block parts. Still with the exception of the engine and transmission. So I actually had a buddy reach out to me about the seventy one charger. I was looking at saying that he had a three eighteen and nine hundred four that he was just looking to give away so he generously donated that engine and transmission to the new cars. And the new. 'cause IS TO DART on the road before I go out acquiring any other projects I gotta get the ones. I have on the road with that being said. I've got a project right now with this little three eighteen and I'm just trying to dress it up a little bit and give it a little bit more go crazy. I just want to make it a little bit fun okay. The engine project that I have now is called project free eighteen because it is a three eighteen and free. So that's what I'm up to. I'm just gathering parts trying to find good deals and it's funny because I posted this cheesy ad was a wanted poster. Ernest said basically wanted small block. Par- parts you know. Cheap is good and free great and there was one guy who's like. Oh better. Get a small block Chevy. Nothing in the Mo- par world is cheap. But here's the thing he's wrong because I've gotten plenty of cool stuff for free or next to free or really cheap. Just based on the fact that I'm a nice guy and I guess I've been fortunate that I've ran into such cool people in the mobile world and unfortunately for that guy. Apparently he's run into a bunch of jerks that are just out for money which you know there are a lot of people like that and the Mo- park immunity unfortunately but you know thankfully I haven't run into any of them. I've ran into some really cool people and they've given me some really good deals so I'm not complaining on that front and I'm still getting the deals I just acquired an intake and a carb and I've got some really cool vintage valve covers and I'm just having fun with this car now. I've got everything I need to throw together and have a ratty little small blocked art and that's all I want. The shiniest parts on the start are going to be the wheels and tires because I have brand new bef. Gta's and Krieger SS for it. So you know it is what it is. I'm GonNa have fun with it and hopefully you guys will be along for the ride. I'm going to try to get some of that content up on Youtube here sooner rather than later so you guys can follow along on a little bit more of a visual level. So that's what I'm up to now. Let's get this show on the road. Like I said in the introduction folks we've got to listeners stories and I'm GonNa Sandwich our segment called high performance parts in between both stories justice which things so our first listener story comes from Shane. Taylor here. Is Shane Story? Hey Chris my dad has always had cool cars and trucks for much of my life. He's made a living off of hunting down deals and then flipping them. I'm now in my late twenties own a house and financially stable as a congratulations or as my dad says early inheritance. He said I could have any one of my choosing. I had the choice between fully restored. Nineteen seventy-nine Camaro RS s with a pretty radical three eighty three stroke or a fully restored Purple Nineteen fifty-six Plymouth Savoie or a dusty old red and black nineteen fifty five Plymouth Belvedere that didn't run and was missing the rear window which is apparently traded for a brick that sat in the backseat. I took the fifty six savoie because it was in the best condition and would need the least amount of work. It was perfect. Because I don't know a ton about working on cars but I love detailing although this is probably the most valuable car. It had a few drawbacks. The car was restored in the nineties and was overdue for another restoration in the near future. The interior was badly stain and fading. The paint was getting rest bubbles and there was a lot of custom work done that was very obviously trendy a couple decades ago but not anymore the worst part though it had a three fifty small block. Chevy. Don't get me wrong. My family was GM all the way. Unless there was a MO- part deal to be found. My Dad even warned me that when I took it I couldn't hang out with the Mo guys or else I'd be chastised. He said apart by the fifties chevrolets at shows and don't talk about the car more than need be after all. The car had no signs of make other than the aluminum. Plymouth play under the door when open so most people thought it was a chop fifty seven Chevy. Once I got it I started doing research on the forward. Look Mo- parts and I fell in love the more I looked at him. The more disappointed became with fifty six mash up with Chevy engine. Ford Rerun Nineteen Ninety. Eight Ford Escort Royal Plum. Paint which looked great. But I just can't stand forwards and Tacky customisations. I found myself eyeing the faded beaten up Belvedere that my dad had sitting in a shop. It had one around the title and had gone to his surviving kin. It was easily ninety percent original so I started drooling after I to educate myself on these classics after a week of having the Purple Plymouth. I called Dad and told him I made a mistake. I detailed the Savoie and send it back to him. Any happily gave me the bus at fifty five after all he had been offered up to ten thousand four and only paid fourteen hundred for the non running Belvedere. Although it wasn't a smart financial decision was the right thing to do and I couldn't be happier. We really to a local shop that specializes in classic. Mo- parts have the clutch rebuilt as well as some brake work done. Once I got a new six volt battery hooked up. It started and ran great. Save for some smoke. Every light on the car worked perfectly and the more I looked around through the scattered parts in the interior and trump the more original parts. I found for it now. There runs in drives learning and working on finding parts for these is a very expensive scavenger hunt. But it's fun to work on such a neat piece of history even though I live two hours from my dad. It's brought us closer together because I'm always sending in pictures of things. I've probably messed up and calling him for help. I look forward to restoring beauty overtime. The Right Way and going to car shows with him even if we can't park next to each other Shane. Thanks for sending in your story I've been wanting to do some forward look content and your story kind of inspired me to get Looking into what I want to cover an hi Wanna go about doing it. I actually have a guest lined up. That is pretty deep in the forward look community. But I haven't really scheduled him in yet so I gotta get a hold of him and figure out when we can get him on the show. Because like I said and like I've been saying this show is for all aren't disease that includes a forward look the modern era everything in between and I'm GONNA stick to my word. We will cover the antique stuff like the really really old stuff. We're going to cover the forward. Look we're going to cover it all or at least we're gonNA give it our best shot so look forward to that very cool story. I'm glad that you chose at least a MO- par over the Chevy. That makes you a lot cooler in my book and let me just say this. A car enthusiasts first and foremost but I am a Mo- par guy so I respect all cool cars but there's just something about Mo- parts that gets me going so when I take shots at Ford and Chevy guys you know nothing personal. It's all in good fun. Okay now back to Shane Story. It's good to hear that you're getting into Mo- pars and cars in general it's something fun to learn and you sound like you're really motivated to gear project on so that's really cool in. Hey a fifty. Five Belvedere is pretty cool in my book. So keep me posted on your project. Buddy thanks for sending in your story I really WanNa see pictures of this car and see how far you belong. Maybe you can call in and give me some tips to pass along the people because I get people asking me about forward look cars and where to find parts and all this and a lot of stuff you know. I try my best but I don't own a forward look cars. I'm not too deep in that world and I know there's people out there that own those cars and start finding really good resources and stuff so anybody out there actually not just. Shane knows any good places to go forward. Look stuff let me know if you know someone. That's really deep in the forward. Look each that's one aspect of mope our history that I admittedly don't know very much about but I love those cars. I think are really cool and I'll take. I'll take anything in the forward look era over fifty seven Chevy any day but that's me and that's not to say the fifty seven chevies aren't cool but hey forward look parts or cooler. Proven wrong Shane once again. Thank you for sending in your

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Direct Connections - Chuck & Matt McMurray

Talking Mopars

9:48 listening | Last month

Direct Connections - Chuck & Matt McMurray

"All right introducing my guests for the first edition of direct connections. Chuck mcmurray and his son. Matthew mcmurray guys. Are you doing good good and happy Easter by the way Yeah Happy Easter? Do you guys to before we get into your current mo par endeavors. Let's rewind time a little bit and chocolate start with you. What got you into Mope ours. So it's an interesting thing. There was a A nineteen eighty eight hot rod magazine. Maybe it was car craft and they had the the top ten fastest cars of all time and they were measuring the cars in various road courses in quarter miles and things like that and so you know at the age of thirteen. I was really into like Lamborghini. Coon Tauch Ferraris did not the cars and car that owned the quarter mile for that particular top. Ten that they did was a sixty two Max Wedge Dart Right which is the opposite looking of a Lamborghini coon touch and I was just completely floored that something that was that ugly could be that fast and so that kind of caught my eye and from then on I just started picking up reading magazines and kind of following the Mo par story and of course once you get into the four twenty six Hemi content and you realize how many engines they own in straight line racing. They've been pretty much the dominant force when it comes to top fuel and those types of engines and things and so I stuck with it then Got Into my own cars. When I was fourteen. My Dad let me by a seventy four valiant with three hundred bucks out of a walgreens parking lot in Chicago knew nothing about it. You know toward the slant six out and and learned the hard way and After that got into a sixty six cornet and from then on it was it became pretty natural to me to be able to fix stuff was always kind of good with my hands and just fell in love with the brand which was weird because in the early nineties you know. Mo- par didn't have nearly what they have today. Or what the late sixties so sure it was definitely a hard time to be the underdogs so to speak. Definitely Matthew. What about you? Obviously your dad had to have some sort of influence on you and your love of no go ahead. Go ahead and tell your side of the story. Yes so I mean I've actually got two different peaks Because I'm interested in both old offers annual And the the new generation are and actually both have to drexel cars that he's bought so that goes twelve years old. My Dad Decides to tell me. Hey we're going up to Wisconsin and we're GONNA TALK HUNDRED DOLLAR. Nineteen Sixty six dodge. Coronet THE ROAD. Kill the road kill influence. We actually did have a pretty big influence. And I can't leave that part out because I started watching roadkill with him and that definitely sparked the interest in him to want to go and fight in this car. So it's kind of whole cycle on. We started with them. And so when up to Wisconsin? We bought this car and drove at six hours home and it was incredible. That was we almost did. Maybe almost didn't make it. We ended up. You ended up getting home all right and we spent six months with that car before we decided to try it out for our newest nineteen seventy-three Dodge coronet which we still have today. But then so that's my interest in Olmo parts. That's how it all started and now since day. I'm actually driving a nineteen seventy seven plymouth. Which we bought on Saint Patrick's Day this year green current Saint Patrick's Day in and right around the same time my dad decides to get a two thousand ten dodge challenger Archie. And I'll be honest at first I was not kind of it. I was Kinda weird new car. He's always had cars around and then we decided to take it out to route. Sixty six raceway out here. Julia took it down the track. And I for some reason to seeing the car out on the track comparing its other cars. My Dad was out there I was like this is so awesome just the track experience everything about it and pretty much that moment on just seeing the cargo down the track during during a testing tune into it was awesome. Was that your first time at the drag strip. No I've been since I was like three dragged him out every summer and spring we would go down there and go to the MCA events and took him to the Shows when he was so young. The only thing you wanted to do is by matchbox cars and free ice cream. I think the influence of seeing enough of it you know. He started to kind of pick up the hobby and took to it. Pretty naturally right on right on well now that we have a little bit of your background. Let let me ask you a couple of questions. We get into your businesses journey. What do you guys think about? The current mopey marketplace as far as where pricing is for not only project mopeds that are classics but also fully restored Mo- parse. How do you feel about that? You know it's interesting Because you know we've done worked for retailers in the automotive market we've kind of followed where the investment Moped level cars have gone since you know after the economy crashed in two thousand nine and it really got inflated right. It was almost frightening to think that if you wanted to go out and get a four forty four a barrel automatic body that you're GONNA be spending at least forty thousand dollars for something so that was crazy but I am happy that the market is recognized that these cars important enough to put the money into them and take care of them because so many of them just got left out in the weeds and crushed and everything else. So it's been interesting to see kind of how that's continued to change over time but what? I found what I found really interesting where you know. The price of the aftermarket is gone. It's actually a lot cheaper now than it was so many years ago to be able to build engines and get parts. There's you know we went to. Sima last Fall and you know you go to the Diamond Piston booth. And there's four different piston types just for the four hundred in a low deck engines. There was stuff we dreamt of twenty five years ago so I think that's great and the new stuff has certainly respond generation in the market You know it's challenging that hell cats. Are you know to get into one now? If you're going to get into a used one you're probably looking at forty forty five thousand but the demons you know. They're still at that inflated price is you know even with all the incentives you're still looking at a seventy thousand dollars. Eighty thousand carbajal are also buying a ten second. Turnkey Quebec killer so I guess that does make sense. But it's it's really exciting time and I think It has never been good to be a mope or guys it is at least in the last couple of years and my personal. I definitely agree. What about you matthew? What do you think about? These prices are the crazy. Or what for me definitely barely for anything that any of these cars I see him? I'll go on facebook marketplace a lot. Just dream you know. Look at Ebadi's I'll look at peabody charters and stuff and I'm just thinking to myself like if it weren't for the fact that he was into the stuff I would just continue to dream and but I think that it's words at is pretty good because if you look at the comparison of other domestic vehicles New prices used prices. They're they're pretty expensive and I mean it's when you're in the restoration market alone. You're looking at expensive prices anyways. When you're going to get into a project you know you're GONNA be spending money but I would definitely say that. For where things are you know. Where the economy is. I think that the prices are very reasonable and and for some cars for some. I feel like you know the demon. The inflation should go down. I'm hoping it goes down as I just I mean. It's an incredible carbon. I just one hundred and thirty nine hundred now. Let me ask you both this. Do you think that 'cause I I've been seeing almost a divide between modern moped enthusiasts and the the old school guys for lack of a better term. Do you think it takes a little bit of fun out of the equation when you go out him by say a demon or even a hell cat or a hell cat red eye because they're already fast out of the box so like you know you dump will say fifty thousand or a hundred thousand plus on a car you know unless your pockets are really deep. I mean how much modification are you really going to do? How much fun are you really going to have aside from just turning the key in going? Do you think that those cars take the fun out of it you know? It's it's a twenty to say that because we've we've really Invested in in both old and new and having a two thousand fourteen thirty eight that ran he got an eleven ninety. Three out of it with soft tires out of the box mods and It was neat. Because you know out of the box you can go that fast but at the same time. There really wasn't a lot that you could touch easily. If you'RE GONNA make one modification you need at least a tune and with a tune in a few modifications if you put the Karni Eleven's then you need to start trason Dr Line making improvements and so it's really never just a bolt on. It's a few thousand bucks so you know I'd say that it's reinvigorated the market but I would agree that there seems to be kind of a divide between the folks that did restoration and were part of this for thirty or forty years and what the new market has done but in some ways it has kind of taken the fun out of. I think you know when when you can get in a red eye in run ten teens or high nines to do that in a body would require a lot more. Yeah so it makes it easier if you are not mechanically inclined and you don't have tools but at the same time it has reset the bar for. What is a fast car? So it's a it's interesting right but they're also forty six hundred pounds. So you know the safety equipment. My concern with a lot of those cars. What happens if you do have something happen at the end? I mean forty six hundred pound car versus twenty. Eight hundred pound. Cars is a lot more inertia

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10 Least Likely and Weird Race Cars of All Time

CarStuff

9:00 listening | Last month

10 Least Likely and Weird Race Cars of All Time

"Welcome to car stuff. I'm your host Scott Benjamin and join by Kirk Garin producer. Show as well right Kurt. Or that's right. She doing double duty again today. I think we've got a topic that both of us can. We'll probably have a lot to talk about. I think There's there's ten really unusual unlikely weird strange. Whatever you WANNA call them race cars and there's been a list compiled of course lists all over the place. This is one list I should say there's been a list compiled by a A place called driving line dot com and they had an unusual like I different one from others that I've seen which I thought was intriguing so I chose that one to kind of follow along with and then I think we're going to add our own notes because there's not a whole lot of material On each page you know. It's kind of like one of those It's like a slide show almost really when you look at it online you know below. Each photo is just a little bit of information but not a lot of information. So you know when When I when I saw the list thought well I can add something to this and make it really worthwhile for our audience. And you know something that they'd be interested in listening to and and maybe even dig into on their own and learning a little bit more about each one of these cars because they are unique in there are strange and wonderful an unusual and you know all all of the you know always you can describe a race car. That probably shouldn't be out there on the racecourse. Let's maybe the best way to put her. I mean what did you just? Just real quick. And we're not going to really dig into this. Yeah I got a few more things I wanNA talk to you about before we start today's episode. But when you saw this list that I sent over to you this This these ten unusual cars. Did you have any kind of initial Reaction to it? Yeah I mean the look of a lot of the cars is is unique when I looked at it. I went with no preconceived notions though and I tried to take each one in. Look at the era in which it raced. Things began to make a lot more sense. When you look at the cars in the landscape of racing at the time could have been ahead of its time in some ways right in some ways but other cars when you look at your like. I can't imagine at that at that time seeing that car on the race track. It'll be so unusual that it would be the one that would get all the attention You know even if it wasn't the pole sitter even if it wasn't the winner of the race of course or even if nothing really spectacular happened with it just the fact that it's on the track it makes it fascinating and unique in some way so I think it's a good list and and we'll definitely get to that you know. Let's get into some of these These these least likely and weird and unusual race cars as the author of this article says isn't it is Benjamin hunting and he is from. He's a writer from A site called driving line dot com. And that's the list of we're going to follow but I'd say we're going to add a lot to this list. And as Benjamin says racing gets weird sometimes they really does get unusual and strange and We all know this. We all know that you know racers. In a particular series. Whatever series it may be are all about bending the rules and especially? We've seen this especially in NASCAR right. Yeah we've seen it so many times in Nascar is so many different colorful characters and people that Just right in your face about it too. You know like like if it's not specifically immune exactly in the rulebook like that. I'm going to do it. And then you know. The next race has changed. You know. It's yeah the rules in the rule book and now you can't do that so they have to change their tactic and and it's kind of this This cat and mouse back and forth. You know play the game type thing that they do and and as fans we love to watch this we'd love to. We love to see the characters that are that are like a smoke eunuch or you know Carroll Shelby or any of those guys that were really you know just exciting to watch a J foyt. Whoever it happens to be it's just a it creates it creates characters SORTA. I mean a larger than life characters at the racetrack and one of the things that that results from. This is unusual. Car Design or car technology or just Tactics or you know whatever happens to be but these happen to be a the whole the whole like the complete package. These are unusual cars now again. Some of them do have just unusual technology. But along with that you know forum has to follow the function right so right This this makes You know the vehicle. Look Weird in you know. Because they're trying this new technology it makes it look unusual on the track. And that's what makes it stand out and sometimes as we said you know. These are the cars to get all the attention whether or not there on the on the pole position or win the race or don't even place at all if they make one lap. Everybody's kind of doing eye in over that one car or you know laughing at. Maybe they're laughing at it. This is on the list but a modern example of some of these types of cars will be the Delta Wing. Oh yeah that was an a sports car. Race car yeah. They're racing it anymore very unusual car. So that kind of gives you an idea if you're familiar with the Delta Wing. What we're about the dive into. Yeah if you're not take a look online I mean just do a quick Google search and you you'll be able to find the Delta wing but that is a really strange design especially I mean. Look at it next to any other car on the course at the time completely unusual. They're really strange. But that's exactly what we're talking about. And as the you know the cars as Benjamin says here you know the defy convention and a lot of cases the boundaries of good taste. And I I agree. Sometimes that's the case but you know they all have Something likeable about them as well. You know there's something about rooting for the underdog or something. You know cheering for you. Know the guy that is trying something new. Hey why not There've been again a lot of people that A lot of people that enjoy doing that. And they do so behind the The wheel of misfits like number one on our list here which is the Cadillac. Lamont Stra and I hope I'm pronouncing that right but it's a French racecar and it's a nineteen forty nine car actually Which is competing in one thousand nine hundred fifty and I'll I'll describe what's going on here but you really need to take a look at this car online you need to. You need to have an image of what we're talking about here because there is some unusual bodywork going on right definitely wind tunnel tested if for the time. That's that's pretty a pretty unique. I would imagine for road race car anyway. For any car. I think at that time. I don't think I don't think they're doing a lot of Of Wind Tunnel testing back. In that time I mean I know that you know. Of course the Wright brothers had built their you know their little wind tunnel and there were there. Were you know to test? Their designs like the tabletop version. And then later a bigger version but then and I think that you know of course there were. There were some wind tunnels around there. Were and I know that manufacturers did use them and you know there's the later I think I don't know about catch here remember when the Chrysler Airflow was bill but of course manufacturers use wind tunnel testing and they do now a lot and so two race teams. Of course I think when you see car looks like this from this era. The wind tunnel is almost always to blame to blame. They've they're designing the car based on that data that they get from the test. How does it sides? Yeah Yeah. It's a very unusual looking car to me. You know what it looks like to me and I. I'm not a huge star wars fan. Believe it or not I mean and I kind of grew up in that era and I think it was the first movie I ever saw out. You know with my parents like at a theatre back in the late seventies to me the Cadillac series. Sixty one that. This is built from based on the nineteen forty nine. Not The not the streetcar. But this car this This Monster Stra looks an awful lot like the land speeder from From Star Wars. Yeah it really does. I mean it's not the same color is not that copper color anything but it does have a lot of similarity to the land speeder. Yeah and it looks like it's almost hovering above the ground. You can't really see the wheels underneath it. It's such an unusual designed very very strange. Very cool now But imagine seeing this in nineteen fifty on the racetrack in LME. Because that's where raced Briggs Cunningham was the one who took this car and again underneath? It's nineteen forty nine Cadillac series. Sixty one is a couple of cars that he actually brought. He brought a factory. Spec manual equipped series sixty one coupe and the other one was the one that they had designed in the wind tunnel. And this is the the Lamont Stra Which means of course the monster and for good reason I mean when you see I guess But the the French. I think dubbed it but this car had a Three hundred thirty one cubic inch V eight that had five carburetors. And it says it ran an eventful race burying itself in the Sand Bank at one point in requiring Cunningham to leave the driver's seat and dig it out and then despite all that he finished eleventh in the race. Now isn't that unusual? I mean now think about getting out of the car having to dig out of a Sandbank. Get it back on. The course came back in racing again for the remainder of the twenty four hours whatever wherever it is and still finishing eleven in eleventh place. That's impressive it is impressive. It's impressive car survived that kind of a lick. The I think it's a decent finish. I GUESS FOR V. You know did something like that. Usually you know we've heard of these unusual cases where a driver will be in a race in the you know they. They Call Spin and so they've had a spin out. They didn't hit a wall or anything like that and yet they win the race somehow

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Local Mopar Hunting

Talking Mopars

7:52 listening | 2 months ago

Local Mopar Hunting

"This week's project car of the week is the nineteen. Sixty-nine Plymouth Road Runner. That was posted on the mope one hundred facebook page on. March twenty fifth at three PM. Let's break down the ad but first let me say that this is another example of a seller who did a piss poor job of creating the ad and being detailed and I'm GonNa read it exactly how it's written starting with the title and then getting into the description so let's check it out. Nineteen sixty nine road runner number matching four-speed thirteen thousand nine hundred dollars nineteen. Sixty-nine number matching four-speed Roadrunner Real K. Two car this car is very complete project call of interested thanks. Title Status is clean and this is one of those ads where. I'm like come on man. Can't you throw a little bit more information? Let me know some of the cars history you know. How long have you had it? Why are you getting rid of it? Let me know a little bit more about the car. Dude I don't understand why that's so hard so the seller could have done a much better job describing the car maybe even decoding the fender tag and they also could have done a better job of taking pictures but a quick rundown of the car is that it needs both quarters and the vinyl top is peeling on both sides in the same spot with a quarter meets. The roof rocker panels on both sides need to be replaced. I can't see the trunk floor extensions. But the center of the trunk definitely needs to be replaced and they're still carpet on the inside so I cannot see the floorboards. But the pictures of the underside of the car. It looks pretty solid. It is missing the drive line and it does have looks like coil overs on the back. So that's a little bit weird. It's got an eight and three quarter rear end and it still has the looks like factory leaf springs in addition to the coil over. So that's a little curious. The underside looks pretty solid. So I'm really impressed with what I see underneath there The pictures of the door jams. The door jams don't appear to be rotted like you see on some of these cars that have been sitting for a while. Sometimes you see a lot of rotten. The door jams. But I don't see any of that. So this is pretty solid. The interior you know definitely needs work. New Door panels probably needs a headliner. Obviously new carpet Steering Wheel needs work. The shifter's laying on its side. It looks like in the picture so that needs to be hooked up but it's not too bad under hood you can see that it's missing the dip stick. It looks like and there's no oil Kapor breeders on the valve covers so it looks like the valve covers could potentially have been exposed to the elements which is not good It's got some bucket seats on the interior. I don't remember if I mentioned that It also appears to have a stripe on the back of the Trunk Lid. Much like the nineteen seventy roadrunners. That had that stripe except for it doesn't say road runner so I would definitely take that off. The rear bumper looks like it needs to be replaced right underneath the rear window. Molding it looks like it's rusting. They're a little bit at least that's what it looks like in the pictures. The car's not too bad other than needing quarters rockers. And trunk floor. It doesn't look bad. I'm curious about the rear suspension on it but overall it's pretty solid car you know. It's got the typical Mo problems you know the vinyl top problems and the quarter panel problems it has carpet on the interior. So I can't say whether or not it needs floors. But the underside of the car looks really clean compared to some of the exterior which needs some help but you know overall. It's not too bad of a car. It's a cool color. It's got the stripes on the hood you know it's thirteen thousand nine hundred. The picture of the fender tag it D- codes as a true runners are twenty three. It was born in Saint Louis Missouri and it is originally a four speed. Manual transmission has got the D twenty one code. It's also got the K. To code which is the paint code for Vitamin C. So that's cool. The Interior defender tag code. H Two ax actually says it's a black vinyl bench seat so that's interesting. It does have the veto any one options. So that's the performance hood treatment so I really like how. This car is set up vitamin C with a four speed. That's cool and the performance hood treatment. So this is a cool car but let's talk about the price. The cars thirteen thousand. Nine hundred numbers matching. It is a four speed car. It's your basic budget performance car for nineteen sixty nine which is exactly what it was meant to be. It's the right color St- the right. Look you know this thing. Brand new was pretty cool. This is the type of car where if I was alive during that time period and I saw this on the lot I would definitely be attracted to it. It's got the right color. It's definitely one of my favorite colors for a roadrunner. It's got to be twenty one performance hood treatment which always thought was cool. The car needs some work. Let's be honest. And if I bought this roadrunner first thing I would do is pull the valve covers. Nc What we're working with if the heads look pretty bad underneath there. I'd probably just yanked the engine and just tear it down. Since it is numbers matching. I do think it would be cool to take the engine out. Get A rebuilt but leave looking. Ratty you know what I mean and then drop it back in the car and get this thing running safely as I always say. Make sure it's safe to drive on the road before you get out there and get yourself or somebody else killed. Make sure your brakes work and that the suspension is good. You know you don't WanNa put anybody's life in danger especially your own. Believe it or not. There is such thing as a safe ratty muscle car and you can make this thing safe to drive and take it. This car has the potential to be a really fun rowdy muscle car so for thirteen thousand nine hundred. I'd like to see this thing around eight thousand but it is numbers matching. It is a four speed. It's the right color it's got the twenty one. I know I keep saying. Be Twenty one. I just think it's a really cool option. All right leave me alone so this car has a lot of good things going. Forward also has some questionable things. But if you wanted to cruise around in a cool rowdy mo par. This would be one that I consider pretty cool. Okay so thirteen nine. I'd like to see around eight thousand. I'd probably spend as much as ninety five. I don't know if I could justify figures for this car. You know I don't know if I could pull ten grand and by this thing but it is cool so I don't know maybe maybe I'd go as high as ten but you know that's almost four thousand office asking price. He has the selling point that it's numbers matching so I'd get underneath this thing. Make sure that transmission is matching to if all the numbers do match then maybe this would be a cool car to invest some money into you know I personally the only thing. This thing's missing is the Hammy Scott. The right color four-speed. This car is cool. I do think it deserves to be saved. Thirty-nine is at a high price. In my opinion. Maybe a little. If I had a disposable income would I pay the guy thirteen nine to take the car off his hands and save it? Absolutely but I'm Mo- par broke much like a lot of you so I would definitely try to get into the four figure range you know. I'm sure there's a lot of people say this car is only worth a thousand bucks. I definitely don't agree with that. I think it's definitely you know it's up there not not thousand in my opinion but I probably fork out ten thousand because I think the cars cool all right so that's project car of the week. A matching number sixty nine road runner four-speed car in Vitamin C. Very cool project. Somebody needs to save it. No Mo part left behind

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The Nrburgring

CarStuff

9:11 listening | 2 months ago

The Nrburgring

"I'm your host Scott Benjamin and I am Kirk Garin. I'm super excited about this show this week because we've got a topic that's got a lot of meat to it and something that. I think that Is going to be just right for conversation between the two of us because we both have an interest in the sort of thing anyway in a little bit of track driving a little bit of Little Thrill seeking. I guess. Maybe we're both kind of Not Adrenalin Junkies. But we both like to Kinda chest limits of our vehicles kind of you know. Just get out there and have a little bit of fun on them. And I think this is something that a lot of people can relate to. Maybe not a lot of people have done this in the past. Of course. I think we're GONNA find very few of our listeners. Have actually done this but there are a couple of examples that that I'll tell you about in just a moment so let's just jump right into it and I'll tell our listeners. What we're GONNA be talking about today in. It was kind of a question that I had. And it's something that I I know. I voiced on my other show on car stuff in the past and and I think maybe answered it a little bit and we've even discussed this track and Ha- I'll get to all of this. You understand in just a moment but my question is about the nurburgring and the nurburgring has in the past. I don't know decade or maybe even twelve fifteen years seemed to be the place that manufacturers have taken their automobiles to test limits to see how fast they can lap the nurburgring and it was a specific part of the nurburgring. That they do. This in. There's it's it's a It's a certain loop that they tested on. We'll talk about it. What it is is. It's kind of like a a level playing field for all manufacturers to be able to go and say we can run this track at this speed in this amount of time in this car and it. That's where cars the best and if you think you can top it go do it. Yeah and it offers a bunch of different types of conditions as well through the surface of the course and the terrain and weather and all sorts of other obstacles that make it interesting and kind of like a something to brag about though absolutely. We're we'll talk about all of this because there's some really believe it or not. Even the weather is a fascinating topic on this track. So as the surface material because it changes over over time Over distance rather and maybe one of the coolest things about this is that you can go and drive on this track if you just have a few dollars in your pocket. It doesn't really cost that much money. It's officially a toll road and I know I'm probably not giving anything away by saying that right now and then there's some fascinating things that go along with this whole thing. Now here's a little bit of background and I. I want temper this with this thought. It was a car stuff episode on the Nurburgring and we went through a lot of history. We went through the details of how they modify the track. And you know like the different curves and all that stuff and and the The barriers and I. It's just a lot of information about the track itself. So there's a ton of history. There's a ton of material there about Grand Prix or about Grand Prix racing in about You know the switch over Formula One and all of that. It's all there So I don't Wanna I don't WANNA double up on too much of that and I know that's tough not to step on that so we're GONNA WE'RE GONNA have a little bit of overlap but not a whole lot now. There's a few things that I do. I do feel like we need to repeat. This is just because there's some really interesting things about this. Track that thinker important and one number one. Probably the most important thing that we need to know about this track is that it's insanely dangerous. Insanely dangerous. I mean it really is and it was designed a long time ago. I think the track was built in one thousand nine hundred eighty five and I. It's like it's a huge huge track. It's it's what Woke in its current Form I think that the overall lap if you the norge left's norge sleep that we're GonNa talk about which is the north loop Is about fourteen I. It's over fourteen. Miles right yeah okay. So one hundred fifty turns. Yeah Oh yeah. That's right that's right. Yeah that's another important point. This is this. Of course it goes through the mountains. I'd like to see with allocation changes. Of course that I think that I think that I read somewhere that the elevation changes over a thousand feet Between the start and finish of the of the tracks so really an interesting track. It's fascinating what did you say? One hundred and fifty some turns you Y. They had more. They tried to make it safer and And that's partly due to Jackie Stewart in fact. It's it's mostly due to Jackie Stewart and a lot of other f one drivers that got together and said we are actually where they're actually going to boycott this race if they didn't make some changes in this. This wasn't always the case because early on you know Formula One. It was a little bit different. Who is it was? It was faster but it wasn't quite as fast and it wasn't quite as dangerous as it was in the late nineteen sixties and they started adding some wings to the cars and add a little. More downforce You know where the car stuck to the track exactly so when they when they would over some of the more pronounced elevation quick elevation changes. Maybe the car would get lighter than it should have been or trying to figure out why the drivers were so afraid of this particular track. And that's all I could come up with Scott wasn't that the course changed course exactly. Yeah the car's got faster in. The cars changed more dependent on air flowing flowing around it in a certain way. Absolutely not cars aren't supposed to get too far off the caress service. Yeah exactly right. Cars DESIGNED TO BE ON THE TRACK SURFACE. And we've talked about this with you know the thrust S. S. C. And you know all the other cars that are going fast and essentially every card. We talked about so far on the fast track But cars are designed to stay low to stay kind of stuck to the ground. The faster you go the more downforce. They have to have in order to stay on the ground. And what happens is that there's some dramatic elevation changes and whether it's just a little rise or You know it's like you're coming over a crest and you can't see what's going on and on the other side of it In a drops right off at this point. The cars were going so fast that they were becoming airborne and part of the problem. Was that with the way that the downforce was Designed these cars I. It was meant to act like a reverse wing to push the car down so when you get air underneath the car it acts in the opposite way. It acts like it's GonNa WanNa lift off and we've seen that in recent years of course with lemond other tracks as well. It's not just it's not just the neubergring But but tracks were cars become airborne these road courses are really really dangerous for drivers that are going super super fast and Back then you know back in the delete sick making sixties Jackie Stewart was saying at the time and I think I've mentioned this and other podcasts. Even though the F. One podcast is that you know a lot of his friends. Were dying on this on this. Unease circuits on these Research in the nurburgring was especially dangerous. In fact One of the facts that came out of the last Cardiff episode. And I think it was. Something that Ben mentioned is that this is hard to believe in. I don't know where he dug this up but I but I do remember him saying that. F One drivers had a two thirds chance over five years of competition that they would be killed in competition in five years. Two thirds chance that sixty six percent chance that you would die in a race if you raise for five years or longer. Nfl competition at the time. And this is like during the late nineteen sixties early nineteen seventies. So Jackie Stewart had a very valid point. You know he said. You know I'm losing. I'm losing friends every weekend on these tracks. Safeties got improve in some way. Let's start with cars of course but let's move onto you know safety equipment and tracks and everything. So he wanted improvements everywhere the Nurburgring. They responded they changed a lot of the a lot of the track. You know they slowed down some of the corners and you know it made it a little bit safer in a lot of ways and there's a lot of ways they can design corners to make them a little bit better but overall still. The Nurburgring is just an inherently dangerous. Course for a lot of reasons and I I think you you already know a couple of reasons. Why Yeah Yeah. I think I know what you're trying to get. At the fact that the track is kind of laid right on top of these extremely rolling hills and in the middle of a forest It's a lot narrower than a lot of modern day race tracks are designed to be The surface is different. The weather conditions are different. And then just the general speed at which you're going Of course was designed at a time when cars didn't see speeds like they see now sure they were fast but they weren't quite as fast as now we're in the sixties and seventies and then even now. I mean they're they're incredibly fast and you know. I think I want to mention this right now. If that's all right I I wanted to take just a second to say that I think the last German Grand Prix that was run at the nurburgring. And that's very specific. We'll we'll talk about that in a second but the last one was run at the nurburgring was in two thousand thirteen and You know of course there were other journ Grand Prix is I mean. The latest one was in twenty eighteen. I believe right or was there one in twenty nineteen there might have been the German Green. Just had it okay. All right But but they kind of like skip around so it's not always run at Hockenheim ring or at the nurburgring. It's kind of a mix the two or sometimes it's just not even either one of those you know depending on whether they're gonna run something else

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Bruce McLaren Pt. III - Life after Death: Road to the P1

Past Gas

8:44 listening | 2 months ago

Bruce McLaren Pt. III - Life after Death: Road to the P1

"When we last met up with Bruce the young. Qe had left his home country of New Zealand and made his home in England working for legendary carmaker John Cooper in his factory. Bruce's racing career abroad had a bit of a bumpy. Start but after two wins at the Medina of Formula One. Not because I would say the machias Monaco Silverstone Bruce was finding his confidence behind the wheel is Medina. Like Madina Right. That's the first time I've ever really called on to city in Western. Saudi Arabia Coleman Anyway. It's the one thousand nine hundred fifty eight German Grand Prix. At the Nurburgring Bruce Finishes Fifth Overall and first in the formula to class. He was hanging in with the formula. One cars thing about how Formula One cards. You have to stay ahead of to be fifth overall but still win. The form from the to us about twenty-one sounds about right I'm not gonNA contest that's pretty crazy. Just like bump up a class like yeah I mean that. Just shows the prowess over. Yeah Yeah So. After the fifty eight German Grand Prix Hayman's mechanic Colin set off for England a race in brands hatch. Which was the very next day which I thought was insane. What these guys are always driving to raise amazing. They may act like now Racing is very posh. I guess like these guys are treated as athletes like you mentioned in the last episode. There's just so much data on them. They're checking their pulse. And their heart rates you know they probably like decompress the dudes after race in like check all their muscles and stuff like back then. It was a pretty like rag tag almost like the circus is coming to town. Yeah and it's there was no thought for scheduling. Yeah I'm really it's like. Hey we have formula one race in Germany. How will we go to Britain the next day? And there's like there's a race on there I don't know I guess two races back to back. In a day holiday weekend we might as well take advantage. Might as well make a vacation out of. Let's get some Carl's junior on the way. So they managed to complete the three hundred eighty mile journey from the nurburgring to brands. Hatch overnight and cooking. Yeah Bruce Hop in the car and finished third at that race and by the way. He wasn't the only one who made it to that raise. It was like pretty much the entire field in Germany. It's like a huge caravan of big old haulers and like probably station wagons and stuff just ripping down the autumn. Get on the M one. You know that's a local reference to angle everyone in the Midwest right now is like yeah. Three hundred and eighty miles. That's your commute. Yeah how far was la to Albuquerque for high low? It was like eight hundred miles so not that impressive. Sixteen hours twenty five dollars. God that was yeah. That was yeah. It was tasty blames my heart attack on that show. He's like like we just shot season. Two of high low the Z's are awesome now But like she was like very concerned while. We're shooting it because the last season was just so hard on us. This one was way easier by last time we work in eighteen hour days for like a month in a row and I had a heart attack like two weeks after it was weird man like that show like gotten the rhythm of that like you said eighteen hour days it was like okay you wake up drives garage work all day and then come home sleep for a little bit and then just do that and then after like two weeks this is like just a weird kind of few mind state. I forgot to pay bills beard dream state and like it's not like we're just going and work in it was like the highest pressure. Just everything was going wrong so much stress constantly and just like I think all of us cried. I cried cried cried. I was angry writing my lyrics by Bruce's twenty first birthday. He had competed in eleven European races and he had finished every one of them. Bruce believes it was because of the shared meticulous nature between he and his mechanic Colin they always tried to be first to tech inspections. I wants to practice and always have the car looking in tiptop shape in his book. Bruce maintains that quote. Three things are important. Go a long way towards winning races. I think it's time for just a little. Reminder of what racing was like back then the reputation that open-wheel racing has today as of precision and other worldly engineering and safety. But that's not how the sport was perceived in the late fifties. Now let no. Let's just listen to how Bruce describes a race. In Avis Germany. To my mind it was ridiculous to have a race. On the Avis Sick. It proved nothing and it was dangerous consisting of two two and a half Moss straights at one end by a hairpin and the other very steeply banked corner and when I say steeply banked boy I mean. Steeply banked is around forty degrees. It sounds more like something you'd see in running man to full throttle than a sanctioned race. I just think about. That's the most ridiculous racetrack I've ever heard. Yes big old oval that's not even oval is like hairpins up. Both sides knows a big bank at one side maintains a Frickin slingshot around the moon apart. And then you have to go through a hairpin shoe like the shape of the Caribbean her family. Yeah yeah so like you could just maintain a two and a half miles so you can maintain just like top out speed for. I'm guessing like close to six miles. Said Yeah they are in the book he says I think the average speed for that race was like one hundred fifty miles hour. That's absurd you remember. This is in the late fifties. Cars didn't have frigging seatbelts back. Then I don't think no no. No he goes on to describe the racing. At the Avis Circuit Race itself was like a group of boys and dodging cars wheels. Touching noses entails bumping jostling for the lead. But we do of that one hundred fifty miles per hour. Dodging cars are just bumper cars. Doug Jim Jim can't get a loan. I'm going to get some Cotton Candy Army Kit. The Dodoma's ooh that sounds. I'm going to try and win stuff bare minimum. There's a part of the documentary where he describes these like really steep banks. And he's going so fast that like it's hard to keep his hands in the bottom of the steering wheel like it's point his hands. Yeah isn't that crazy? That is insane. Bruce's appreciations about Avis testified as a crash sent one of the competitors flying thirty feet in the air and ejecting. The driver. The car went thirty feet. Car was out. Yeah the rest of the pack was able to dodge the car and continued their Breakneck Chase. Down the stretch back. Then they didn't even have like What's it like lotion rounds? Yeah they never. Yellow flag doesn't sound like as long as our cars on the way that's like a man. Keep it going. Crashes like these were not uncommon in racing back then. Bruce's car through a connecting rod that race by the way and the ejected driver also survived his crash with a broken leg and four. Broken Vertebrae like our racecar driver back. Then I'd be like okay. I'm down to race. Thank God I blew karate. Yeah certainly marina okay. I'm not going to win but at least I'm not dying today. There does seem to be at least a little bit of that kind of feeling. Drought the book because he when he describes time that it's car broke breaks down. He's also he's very sad obviously but also he then like in. The same breath described some horrific crash. Where someone just gets thrown from their car. His good friend got killed in a race and then he just like race the next day like they didn't even think about it. It was just like yeah. Of course I'm GONNA race guys used to die all the time.

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Hi-Performance Heritage - The 1968 Dodge Scat Pack

Talking Mopars

9:16 listening | 2 months ago

Hi-Performance Heritage - The 1968 Dodge Scat Pack

"WELCOME TO TALKING. Mo- parts high-performance heritage man. The world is crazy right now folks. And if you're like me you're probably sick of hearing about the worldwide. Corona virus pandemic. Here's the good news. There will be absolutely no fear. Mongering Kovic nineteen talk here today. I hope you're staying healthy and safe and I'm here to give you a little escape from the chaos by talking Mo- parts with you together. We'll try to get our minds off of all this craziness. Twenty twenty and talk about what I believe to be the greatest year in mopey history nineteen sixty eight. The year that Dodge introduced the scat pack to an entire generation of horsepower junkies and change. The world of MOPE ARE FOREVER. There are just certain aspects of Mope our history that truly made a significant impact and the scat pack of nineteen. Sixty eight is one of those things but before we get started with project carved the week rev up the show with high performance parts get moving with listeners stories and shut down the show with high-performance. Heritage. There are two things you need to know number one Chris at talking Mo- Parts Dot Com. That's my email number two two zero nine. Twenty eight Mo par. That's my voicemail. Your voicemails will be shared on this show so please keep them appropriate. And so will anymo- par stories sent in for listener stories. I'll even share the emails that I think would make fun conversation on the show now that we took care that business. Let's get this show on the road. This week's project car of the week was the nineteen sixty nine. Plymouth road runner posted on the moped. Hunter Page Friday March twentieth at nine. Am here is the at Nineteen Sixty Nine Plymouth. Road runner numbers matching Bucket Seats Center Council. Hearst four-speed three eighty three and ninety six package original rims and build sheet runs dry scraper. Twenty five thousand. Five hundred or best offer not interested in low ballers condition is listed as good an title status listed as clean located in Webster. New York. Here's the thing folks. I like this car. It's numbers matching. It's got you know some desirable options the bucket seats center console. It's a four speed. It's got the end ninety six package and the guy's got to build sheet. He claims that it runs and drives. Great those are all good things and for twenty five thousand you know. I think he may be a little bit high on the price. The color of the car is kind of like a dark Emerald Green which? I don't believe it was a factory color looking in the engine bay. I see that it's kind of like a flat black. So that's one thing that annoys a lot of people for me. It doesn't bother me that much unless it's a fully restored car and they cheered out on the pain on the engine bay and they went black. I don't really like that. But you know a driver quality card no big deal. That can always be changed later on down the road. The car is cool. It's got the factory tack you know. Obviously bucket seats the console. Those are all great options and ninety six. Who who doesn't love the Air Grabber Hood? Come on and it's got that coyote duster air cleaner. The car looks to be in reasonable shape. If you look at the pictures of the guy posted the car does not look like a rob box. So that's a good thing. I think that this car has a really good bones and for twenty five thousand five hundred. I think there's a little bit of room to work there. I would like to see the price around eighteen thousand. So that's seventy five hundred off which is a fat chunk of change. Let's be honest so you know around. Twenty two is probably realistic. Twenty three twenty four. Maybe I don't know but for me. I think it's a great idea to spend low to mid twenties for running and driving car that you can enjoy so this is definitely a car that I think would be a good car to consider if you have that kind of money to throw around in a moped project because running and Driving Project. Cars are amazing. Why because you can enjoy while you're restoring them or modifying them. Whatever the case may be so. I think this is a great example of a you know reasonably priced project car and it is numbers matching which is desirable. And it's got to build sheets so that's cool so you know. It does have a picture of the fender tag here in the fender tag. Looks rotted so. Hopefully you know with the information on the build sheet and the original fender tag may get a re- pop vendor tag made and enjoy the cars restore it. He's got some pictures of the underside. The underside looks pretty clean. Doesn't look like there's any cancer. Even the trump pam looks really good. So I think this is a solid car to start with especially if you don't want to invest ninety thousand dollars on a restoration this has really good bones and it's always a good thing to start with a project that has good bones because then you're not doing a bunch of metalwork on it and you can focus on the things that really matter getting it running and driving tiptop condition. You know this guy says it runs drives great numbers matching. You WANNA preserve that. Engine so Mike for me. If I wasn't going for a Oh e quality restoration and I just wanted to drive the thing. I just drive the thing you know maybe pull the original engine out and put something else in. That's von and maybe just start with restoring the engine you know if what you're looking for is an OEM quality build start with the engine get that restored and then slowly work your way to the point where maybe it's time to tear apart the car and do the paint and body work. That's necessary to get it. In Primo condition. I liked that the seller shared the Haggerty Vehicle Valuation report that says Twenty eight thousand two hundred on in very tiny apprentices average value. He shared that as like a selling point that prices based on opinion desire ability. And all that stuff. He's asking twenty five five haggerty's average values twenty eight to I still think. Lower Twenties would be a great price for this car. But I also wouldn't have a problem paying you know around mid twenties for it just because it is numbers matching. That's Kinda hard to find in today's market for a reasonable price. And you know some people say you know twenty five thousand dollars. That's not a reasonable price. Okay that kind of money. Well then maybe you should look at something a little bit lesser than a sixty nine road runner decent quality roadrunners and any decent quality be body. That's somewhat desirable. 's GonNa Fetch a lot of money in this kind of condition and you know that's another thing what what is a lot of money you know is five thousand dollars a lot of money because I see a lot of cars that probably were ten grand that people are listening for fifteen to twenty and the potential buyers are lookie Loos. What have you will say? Oh that's a thousand dollar car. Well is it. Is it a thousand dollar car? Do you know what I mean. So pricing and the Mo par market right now is kind of iffy. You see a lot of different people that say vehicles are worth a tenth of what they're actually worth and then you see guys that will say you know. I pay that for car. That's clearly not worth the amount that is being asked. So there's a for every seat folks and you know. Some people got fatter wallets than others. My Wallet is Slim Pickens. It's gone on a series diet as of you know and I say Oh yeah. I would buy that if I had the money. I don't have the money so me saying that. It's kind of like saying yeah. I'd I'd buy a charger Daytona with a Hemi. If I had the money you know what I mean so take what I say with a grain of salt but I've seen you know hundreds maybe even thousands of these cars were sales since two thousand fifteen when I really started doing a deep dive into posting all these cars and finding them and seeing the values and you'll hear stories about guys that go and pull you know roadrunners out barnes. You'll see oh. They paid five thousand dollars for it and restored. The car is worth fifty thousand or whatever? I'm just throwing numbers out here. But that's uncommon. That doesn't happen every day. So you can't really base values of cars on prices from back in the eighties and nineties. Okay it's not the eighties and nineties anymore. We need to stop thinking like that. These cars the numbers are dwindling. Every time a car is found in a barn in a field in a old garage. That's one less to be found. The market's really interesting and it really is hard to predict but I will say that they're never gonna be as low as what the eighties and nineties were. I don't care what happens in the economy. This economy could tank six feet in the ground. And you're never gonNA find a charger for five hundred bucks and if you do get on the show. Let's talk about all right because I like hearing those stories too. I have buddies that have paid crazy prices for really cool. Be Bodies and bodies. You know. They're out there. I'm not saying that they're not out there. But the chances of you running into one for that cheap pretty slim and if you do there's a lot of guys that will triple your money right away. You know what I mean. So if you're looking for a quick investment car. Let's say you find this car that I'm talking about here on project car the week and once five grand for it. Well I'm looking at the car and I'm saying you know eighteen grand would be steel. In my opinion you get this car for thousand and you could easily flip it for fifteen. That's a ten thousand dollar come up. That's ten grand right in your pocket. It is what it is. So that's project of the week. Nineteen sixty-nine Plymouth road runner for twenty five five air. Grabber car numbers matching three eighty. Three four speed. What do you want consul? This things got it all. Let's try to get it for less than twenty all right. That's project car of the

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GM, Ford, Chrysler agree to partial plant shutdowns, deep cleaning of equipment

Coast to Coast AM with George Noory

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GM, Ford, Chrysler agree to partial plant shutdowns, deep cleaning of equipment

"Tens of thousands of auto workers are temporarily off the job at GM Ford and fiat Chrysler amid a work stoppage over the coronavirus operate Ford and General Motors and fiat Chrysler suspending production at all north American plants beginning this week I believe around one hundred fifty thousand workers in an effort to deep clean the plants and help prevent the spread of the corona virus following pressure by the U. A. W. Honda Nissan and Toyota also temporarily suspending production in North America Hyundai closed its plant in Alabama after a worker there tested positive for corona virus

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Tesla U.S. vehicle factory to suspend production due to coronavirus

Ben Ferguson

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Tesla U.S. vehicle factory to suspend production due to coronavirus

"Not immediately but at work days and on Monday Tesla will suspend production at its Fremont California factory complying with the mandate from local county officials to determine the plant to not be considered an essential place under a shelter in place order in the region an essential business Ilan musk's electric vehicle maker will also temporarily halt production at its parts facility in buffalo Tesla shares are sliding nine and a half percent in after

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States Take The Wheel Promoting Electric Vehicles

Environment: NPR

3:45 listening | 2 months ago

States Take The Wheel Promoting Electric Vehicles

"There are nearly one and a half million electric vehicles on. Us ROADS EV boosters concerned about climate change say many more are needed with little happening at the federal level. Npr's Jeff Brady reports that they're having success getting states to help at a parking lot. Just outside Trenton. New Jersey were standing next to Pam. Franks Orange Chevrolet volt and I picked orange not because I like the color orange but because I wanted the car to be noticed. Frank heads the coalition that got a new law passed a New Jersey. Recently more on that in a minute but first we're going for a dry people like to say gas pedal. Yeah see now accelerator. Frank says her. Little Orange Bolt reduces her carbon footprint. It's quiet and it's fast. I better slow down and we're going to get ticket. We stop at a public charging station. And Frank tells me about her groups big success New Jersey's new law includes up to three hundred million dollars in rebates over ten years to electric vehicle buyers and it's not just any rebates cash on the hood rebate and the law sets ambitious goals in twenty years. Eighty five percent of cars sold a New Jersey half to be electric. It calls for new charging stations around the state to overcome range anxiety. That's the fear of cars. Battery will run out with no place to charge among the supporters where electric utilities. They've been seeing weaker demand for electricity because of more efficient appliances and lighting more vs means more Trinity Sold Chris. Budzynski is what the Utility Company exelon exciting one because outside of California. It's probably the biggest piece of legislation that we've seen that supportive of clean transportation. This has the federal government seems to have taken a backseat in advancing. Evt's there are federal tax credits up to seventy five hundred dollars but only for the first two hundred thousand cars manufacturer sells GM and Tesla already hit that ceiling along with New Jersey other states or helping the EV market notably Maryland Minnesota and Oregon Budzynski. Says all this is good for utilities does represent one of the most significant or more significant opportunities for us probably over the course of the last hundred years with the exception of the introduction of air conditioning not everyone is happy. Oil Companies. Stand to lose gasoline sales. They've opposed some state. Efforts often echoing arguments from consumer advocates. Like Stephanie Brand she directs New Jersey's division of Rate Council and Defense Utility customers interests. Most of those customers can't afford an electric vehicle because the cheapest electric vehicle at this point is about thirty thousand dollars often state programs allow utilities to collect rate payer money to build things like charging stations brand says. That's not fair. Because poor rate payers are subsidizing wealthier. Ones who can afford an E. V. Electric car advocates point out that everyone benefits from cleaner air and there are studies showing a lot more on. The road could actually reduce rates but until you reach a critical mass of electric vehicles. You're not gonna see those effects brand. Her concerns were addressed in New Jersey's legislation. Money from a fund already dedicated to public benefits will be used for the EV rebates elsewhere debates like this will continue as more states seek to boost electric vehicles. In fact pam frank plans to take her orange bolt and her coalition to neighboring states in the Northeast. Very

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GM to tout its electric vehicles to investors swooning over Tesla

KYW 24 Hour News

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GM to tout its electric vehicles to investors swooning over Tesla

"Today is E. V. E. day at General Motors the automaker is hosting a webcast for investors at which will outline its latest efforts to electrify its fleet the Detroit news reports the automaker will showcase about a dozen future electric vehicles to show it's serious about its electric future GM wants to have twenty electric models on the road by twenty

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Longtime CEO of General Electric Jack Welch dies at age 84

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Longtime CEO of General Electric Jack Welch dies at age 84

"Retired longtime General Electric chief Jack Welch passed away at the age of eighty four Jack Welch's first job G. E. the company would eventually run and remake was as a chemical engineer by the time he was forty five feet engineer his way to the top spot chairman and CEO in charge he had a simple rule for all of G. E.'s divisions if they were market leaders there are three choices fix it close it or sell it during his twenty year tenure from nineteen eighty one to two thousand one G. E.'s value jump from twelve billion dollars to over four hundred billion also part of his mantra cutting payroll G. E. shed over a hundred thousand workers in his first five years on the job Jerry Preston ABC

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Tesla Model Y + Geneva Auto Show Concerns

CarCast

9:40 listening | 3 months ago

Tesla Model Y + Geneva Auto Show Concerns

"All right so what's going on bill. Goldberg is in Saudi Arabia wrestling. So he won't be here today and I just got over a cold last week so if I sound a little Off that's why I'll try not to make gross noises into the microphone but I Apologize He. Shares a kill the corona virus. It'd probably is and Our good friend Alastair Weaver from EDMUNDS DOT com. Is here how you doing. I'm good you get to do most of the talking because we went to we went to Joe Kosho Jo. Koy SOLD OUT THE FORUM. Two nights huge eighteen thousand people. Who's a fantastic show but the guy behind me was sneezing and coughing a disgusting stuff the whole show? I went home next day. I was in bed like I was. I was just down for the count. I definitely got some weird gross thing and just loading up on meds and vitamins and Cam and all that well I flew back into. Lax from London and got taken to Like an extra screening room where China just all these people from China being quizzed about why they'd beating China and wherever the lusting China and everything else and I was there in the middle of the room. Yeah that's terrible all right so we got some cool things to talk about by the way. Did you guys see that? Hot Wheels released a one tenth scale remote control. Tesla's cyber truck and it comes with a sticker an optional sticker that which which is it goes on the side glass of your revoke until Control Tesla cyber truck and it's the broken window from cool so if you want your cyber talk with the smashed window from the from the from the press launch it comes with that as well from the chief designer. Timothy's profile in the world. That is the best thing ever. And they have the small remote-control version as well that goes on the track that one sixty four scale as well but the one tenth version be limited edition. And we've got a picture up there. It's the toy that comes with that. It's a sticker so you could. You could clued the smashed window in their good job. Hot Wheels love that. You thought about a nice definitely going to be one of those events where I was the magnificent now. It's going to be fantastic. Just a little reminder March twenty first is car cast live at Peterson Museum. A brought to you by our friends at Haggerty and JAGS DOT com. We're GONNA be doing a great event. It was so much fun last year. We hope you guys come out this year. Bring your car anything you have. I JUST WANNA see everybody's car There's GonNa be a car show that starts at two o'clock. Excuse me a car show. At two o'clock there'll be a screening of Shelby. American the documentary and you may have already seen. We're going to bring some unseen footage and some DVD extras and stuff. So you can see that as well. I think that's around four o'clock and then later in the evening that's exist. Well Blu Ray. Dvd I just think. Dvd Extras. Because I feel like that's the terms retro. Yeah that's the term you probably recognize. There's the extra footage and then there will be a live podcast Ataman. I'll be doing a show there you can go to. Yeah no go bring your bring your bring your kids bringing the kid. Bring the one kid who knows. I haven't been home. Have you been tickets Adam? Call Commerce Peterson dot org slash car. Cast get some tickets. Excuse me it's going to be one of those days solo show. Yeah going to be one of those days. What's new all sorts of things? I was supposed to be going to Geneva next week. I had to put actually pull out a couple of weeks ago for a little while ago for for for different reasons but as I sit here. Everybody's wondering what's going to happen because these corona I mean for those who don't know Geneva historically was always one of the the biggest auto shows of the year it was kind of premier one in Europe Attended by all the kind of literati globally as an in neutral Switzerland. Yeah I need supposed to happen. The press days next Tuesday and we're all waiting for messages to listings happening on now. I mean it's A. It's a huge deal about the millions literally tens of millions of hundreds of millions that are spent on this and is it. Is it kind of late in the game to cancel it? Yeah I mean I. I was telling you it's going to happen. It's just going to be kind of flop. I I mean we had. We had Alfred Mayo. His happens from time to time manufacturers. Come in and show ladies. 'cause we have a chat meet we we talk about life and what role doing and I am a global head of. Pr was saying. You know we've been told not to travel. So it's it's a big deal. Yeah I wonder how they do that. Do they try to find local representation? The have a team there that they have like a local. Pr Team A little bit smaller team yet. But I guess I don't know I mean he's going to be an interesting show. How much money and how much he's committed. But also if if people on traveling and I think the other concern is people are worried that you're GONNA get quarantined. So you end up in Geneva. I'm going to keep talking. You end up in Geneva and if you imagine all the the world the company execs from all over the world traveling into Geneva and then just ending up being Maroon there. I read that that later this year. We have twenty twenty Olympics in Tokyo. They're saying hey we. We need a contingency plan. We may cancel the Olympics and they said but they need you know. They need minimum three months. They can probably do two months lead way to to cancel it but they can't do four days like like what you're talking about. They can't do five days. Well also big Formula Warm Fun. I used to working for him in the world in days. Gone by and there's a little conversation about which pre happen which wouldn't yeah it's It's interesting times. We're also seeing in terms of vehicle production as well because a lot of parts is not just 'cause made in China but he's also parts supply parts moving around the world so this there's a big impact going on and what's going to be the effect of cancelling Geneva. Is it really gonNA manner not matter? Everyone's going to release their cars. And they're gonNA send out the press kits and and and try to find some other place two like they're still going to announce the cars digital digitally. I mean I I was invited to a bunch of events down the I was going to sit down with the Mercedes. Co The global CEO on the boss of AM G. And we're GONNA have half an hour with with those guys and that's always great for me because she always learned so much a fascinating fascinating individuals as well to be running something that big. You know things like that obviously won't happen but I know a of things that Mercedes showing off and yet I'll do it digital release. You'll you'll be they'll send the images alison press releases and away you go. I think the tough thing I Geneva and also shows generally. New York's beginning of April. Is these things you know. There's a lot of pressure on these shows. Little people pulling out anyway if it doesn't happen than we'll ever happen again and Gordon is. What happens to the you know the credits into the billions? Almost what's actually spent in in in some things well? In all of these companies so many companies are taking a financial hit already. Everybody asks to prepare for factories being shut down obviously in the automotive space but products all around the world that so much is is manufactured in China and now that that Krona viruses is spreading. Everything in automotive is expensive and global. Yeah so anything. That's hit Soglo on a global level like this is going to be a big deal. Yeah I roll up in the accurate annex. I WANNA say new but it. It got sort of a revision this past year a little bit different ero and I think they did. Some adjustments on the suspension and stuff. Have you driven the sex yet? So this is I drove the original Essex. The you know the sort of iconic mateen nine. I think it was many years ago but the latest wanted always passing by always being doing doing something else when everyone was around so I finally got into it the last couple of days. It's a it's a fascinating thing I kind of. I really wouldn't like it. I really want to love it because I like the idea of buying an accuracy because I think it feels. Yeah it's almost like I'm coming out and skiing I don't need. I don't need a fraud. Whatever I'm going to buy an ACURA sex because I know what I like. I don't need to everything else so I rely. I like similar technology but I kind of feel it's almost too clever by half in that Scott the three and a half six two but then on top of that these three electric motors. And there's a lot of really clever tech going on but what actually delivers is is questionable and increasing the. I'm unless no less of a fan of potato well. This isn't the plug in or hybrids. Generally I think these days you you either go all in on the electric light the ticon all stick with a stick with a gas engine light the new cove at something and its own to me. It feels like that choice now and carrying around all this complexity and all this weight and everything else for hybrid just just almost feels like old tech even though it's cutting edge on one level

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Free-floating car-share will return to Seattle this spring with new AAA service

News, Traffic and Weather

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Free-floating car-share will return to Seattle this spring with new AAA service

"News Seattle residents will soon see car share cars on the street again after the last service recently closed up shop Kirk Nelson with triple a Washington says they're bringing it gig car share in its fleet of two hundred and fifty hybrid vehicles to Seattle in may it does bring not just an app to the to the to the story but it brings that twenty four seven emergency road service that were so well known for free floating carsharing service which means people can pick up cars drop Moffett designated on street parking spots in Seattle announcement comes after a car to go internet service in December other car share services including reach not Allen line pot also called it quits in the

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Tesla and U.S. regulators strongly criticized over role of Autopilot in crash

Mac OS Ken

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Tesla and U.S. regulators strongly criticized over role of Autopilot in crash

"A stupid stupid statement from the National Transportation Safety Board this week. Cnbc's says the NTSB called Tesla and apple for neglecting driver. Safety in an accident cost one apple engineer his life. The Guy was apparently paying attention to his iphone with his Tesla's autopilot advanced driver. Assistance System engaged. I'll I can't say what went wrong. Didn't work as he expected. Should he have been paying attention to the road? Undoubtedly was Tesla somehow negligent the NTSB seems to think so. I have no idea but the NTSB also called out apple over the situation. According to the report the agency took the Cupertino Company the task for failing to set a strict policy for its employees banning non emergency use of mobile devices while driving. I'm pretty sure that's California. Law which would beat out any employer mandate anyway. Apple seems to think so telling. Cnbc we expect our employees to follow the law. I know that this is editorializing but that strikes me as a stupid stupid statement from the NTSB.

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Self-driving car companies complain California test data may mislead

KNX Weekend News and Traffic

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Self-driving car companies complain California test data may mislead

"Waymo GM uber another self driving car developers have a problem with California they say the state's reporting requirements on test data are misleading and inaccurate especially when released to a public skeptical about how quickly autonomous vehicles can be safely rolled out and issue a metric called this engagements that's when a human driver must take control from the self driving system the developers say disengagement data draws unfair comparisons between companies and their self driving

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GM plans to pull out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand

Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal

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GM plans to pull out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand

"A big name in business news today is General Motors which is taking a billion dollar hit. In order to scale back its global operations. The company has announced its retiring. It's iconic Australian car brand holden which means it will no longer sell vehicles in Australia and New Zealand. With the exception of Niche specialty cars. The company is also going to stop selling chevrolets in Thailand. The big reason GM's ambitions to sell more electric cars marketplace's Marielle Zegarra reports twenty years ago about one fifth of the new cars. People bought in Australia were made by GM. Now it's less than five percent and the numbers aren't much better in New Zealand. Carl Brower is executive publisher at auto trader. The buying tastes in those markets shifted. They shifted away from what General Motors offering to what competitors are offering competitors like the Japanese automakers Toyota and Mitsubishi also for GM selling cars in Australia New Zealand and Thailand. Came with an added cost in all three countries. People drive on the left side of the road and the steering wheel is on the right side of the car. And that's not a small deal because you need an new dashboard. You need to reconfigure the entire Steering System. Which of course is next to the engine and transmission. So you have all kinds of changes under the hood as well. Bernard Sawicki at the Center for Automotive Research says. Gm doesn't want to spend the extra money on engineering and making those cars if it's not gonNA sell that many. He says the company's decision back out of the region is part of an ongoing strategy. Gm really has been very focused on eliminating lines of business where they don't make a satisfactory process the company's trying to save money because it wants to ramp up its production of electric cars and Sam Fiorani at auto forecast solutions says that transition is going to be really hard for a company that's primarily been making internal combustion engines for a century. Now have to change the entire supply line. You have to change the entire development process and so it's going to cost a lot of money and it'll take a lot of money before they're profitable. Gm has been shutting down its unprofitable businesses for a few years now pulling back in Russia Europe and India. I'm Maryelle Cigar for marketplace.

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VW Beetle Part III: From Hitler to Hippies

Past Gas

8:16 listening | 3 months ago

VW Beetle Part III: From Hitler to Hippies

"Back to the epic conclusion of our three part series on the Volkswagen Beetle. It's been dark road the F. Are you guys a lot of really messed up stuff? But there's a lot of peace in love in the future. Yea here that this episode is about peace and love so I'm looking forward to. We're going to get there. Hey guys welcome to the. Pass Gas podcast. You like passed gas. Please help us grow by giving us a good rating and a nicer view on the podcast platform of your choice to really help us out. I really appreciate it. Thank you all right now for the show. When we last left off the Volkswagen Wolfsburg factory originally meant to Make Carson. People WAS BUILDING WEAPONS OF WAR INSTEAD. Wolfsburg was targeted by the allies and nearly destroyed but the war ended. Hitler was dead. It was time yeah. It was time for the Volkswagen to live up to. Its name is name was the people's car Ooh bye-bye now that the war was over. Germany was faced with the massive task of reconstructing a shattered country including resupplying. The transportation needs for the people after the war. Germany was divided into multiple zones. The British American Soviet and French sectors Wolfsburg was situated within the British sector and the factory was still under the British pocket book in the years after the war it was also under constant threat of being shut down but once the British and American sectors merged it became apparent that British Army Engineer Major Ivan. Hirst would be able to secure the necessary funding to keep the factory afloat. The country would once again be allowed to participate within the global free market in nineteen forty seven. Obviously these policies had a direct impact on the Volkswagen factory British officials representing the VW plant had continued to push further permission to export during all of these changes every single one of their requests export though had been denied but now the Germany was allowed to enter the market the VW plant was finally viewed as a way to ease the British expenses and in March of nineteen forty seven. The factory quotas were raised. The People's car would be allowed to be exported outside of Germany but only to the Netherlands Belgium and France. The first official export of the car occurred in August that same year? A massive total of five cars were exported and the process was a difficult. One selling quote. Hitler'S CARS TO COUNTRY. Hitler try to Concord. Seemed kind of absurd but it wasn't Hitler's car anymore. So anything can happen. I think they should should stop calling Hitler's car if they want to sell it. Probably not the best marketing hooked. This is a great car. This was Hitler's car. It was obvious that British Army Engineer Major Ivan. Hirst couldn't run the plant forever. He was a military man and while he loved his position at the plant he had a larger job that took priority but each time they tried to take her out of the factory chaos ensued. He ran a tight ship soon enough. The search for a replacement began but for the volatile plant to return to German hands. It needed someone who had expertise when it came to running a major factory. Former Opel head Heinrich Nordhoff. Remember him from the last episode mentioned him he had been barred from working in the American business sector since he had been given an award from the Nazis. A FEW YEARS PRIOR ON K. Not a good look opal was controlled by GM. And Mr Nordhoff was forced out of his job. Due to America's quote no nonsense policy on Nazi involvement after the war you know other than hiring Nazi scientists to develop bombs and stuff. Yeah and like the entire space program. Yeah let's not talk about. Yeah that's true Operation Paper Clip. Look it up. When it came to looking for a factory manager Nordhoff. He might sense. He was experienced in managing factories and since the VW plant was under British control. He was actually allowed to work there on January. First of nineteen forty eight Heinrich took up position as managing director of the Volkswagen. Plant by recommendation of major hearst upon his arrival to Wolfsburg Nordhoff noted that the factory still looked exactly like it did during the war. It was basically a pile of ruins that could somehow produce cars so he knew he had a lot of work to do. So we got the work while he was meant to report to hearst with each action the roles were kind of reversed. It was obvious that Nord off was the expert and no one complained. Once you took control. The first thing Nordhoff did was replaced all the English signs back to German ones. Oh that's the bathroom is been peeing in jars from meanwhile nineteen forty. Seven was a terrible year for Ferdinand. Porsche he had been moved from his original prison to the Dank Dungeons in dijon into John. That sounds like your APP album named Dude Dank dungeons dungeons. That's pretty good good anyway remember. He had been arrested by the French. Police For colluding with Hitler Hitler. Yeah that guy so at this prison in the in Dijon. They were not even given beds all around him other men involved in the war. We're being sentenced to death in the Nuremberg trials. So at least Porsche was better off than that. After twenty two months Porsche and his family were released from the French prisons and declared not guilty of their crimes as the French government only tried him regarding the forced labor of French prisoners The Porsche Corporation to this day still denies the use of forced labour in their factory. At the time just it's better just to come clean about it. You know. Yeah Yeah I mean there's no way right. There's no way that they didn't. I don't know the rest of his record was sort of six months after his arrival to the Volkswagen Factory Heinrich Nordhoff was still sleeping on the factory. Floor on a flimsy. Kat issues plagued the factory especially the lack of housing but most importantly there wasn't really a local market for the cars. Germany was still dirt poor. And those who have the money to buy car tended to steer clear of the word. Volkswagen makes sense also. The factory was amazingly inefficient. It took workers in a reported three hundred hours to build a single car so nordhoff had to reshuffle the factory line in order to imitate the successful style of the lines in Detroit. Normally that Nordhoff expertise allowed him to play with the budget. A little bit. Nineteen forty-nine was the first year the factory was given a firm quota of forty thousand cars and nord-ost reshuffling allowed the cars to be produced over two hundred dollars under budget nor off also rebuilt the factory. He figured out that having bombed out walls and ceilings. Kinda hurt company around. Yeah I remember when our office got blown up. That was really tough to come to work every day. Yes like where do I plug my charger in? Yeah there's no wall. Where am I snack? All my snacks. So Heinrich had the place tidied up a little bit. Most importantly he completely changed the entire decision making power structure of the factory. Using a general manager who controlled multiple departments head on and so on while that's super commonplace. Now this was revolutionary at this time in German history but ultimately the company was still controlled by the British government and while they remain about as far out of the picture as they could heinrich still had to answer to them in the end.

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GM scraps historic Holden car brand in Australia, New Zealand

WTOP 24 Hour News

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GM scraps historic Holden car brand in Australia, New Zealand

"General Motors says it's pulling out of Australia New Zealand and Thailand it's part of a strategy to exit markets that don't produce adequate returns on investments the company says in a statement Sunday that it will wind down sales engineering and design operations for its historic Holden brand in Australia and New Zealand in twenty twenty

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Roger Griffiths

Cars That Matter

6:37 listening | 3 months ago

Roger Griffiths

"Welcome to the show. Thank you thank you very much for having me here. It's great to have someone with so much experience and so much focus in motorsports fascinating topic and one that we haven't really had an opportunity to delve into thus far so it's great to have you as our guest to talk about what it really takes to win in Motorsport Competition. Yeah I've been a cop US and since I was. I don't know crawling around the floor home in England and that's where it always starts. I'm in the history of motor racing back in the UK. Goes back almost as long as it does in Italy and been super passionate about it. I remember being in the back of my parents car which was unfortunately not very exciting and just looking at the cars going by and being able to identify them at a very early age and you know I was very fortunate a just down the street. Maybe three houses down. He ran a garage and he used to have the local exotic car come by and he was a Jag. You A guy in. His personal transport was a series one e type an no driving around in mgb. Gt but that part of Essex where I grew up was just the capital of sort of the go. Fast Industry Motorsport we had Ford of boreham world. Rally House came out of we have people developing lots of other rally causing a gyco Terry Hoyle. Who's one of the biggest Ferrari restoration guys? He was just down the street and Early Memories of walking out on my driveway and seeing a Ferrari Daytona spyder sat there because he put up at the wrong house boy. That radium. Prince early does it. That's a that's a heck of a leader grow up yours. Yeah so for me. It's just been a passion and it was natural as I grew older and got pushed through the school system that when I started thinking about what he's a career to be. I wanted to be a race engineer from very early on and and really targeted where my education was taking me and I've been fortunate to be able to accomplish that and more so I've been very privileged. Well it's interesting that you had identified very early on what you wanted to be when you grow up as they say what about university I guess she went to university in the UK. There was only one place really to go in the UK to study car design. There was no specific courses. Like they're out today as a place called Love Brought University of Technology at the time and they had a course automotive tech college in the UK. It's like the equivalent here would be. Mit similar like that and they had a course automotive engineering and design twenty two spots and typically three four hundred applicants for those twenty two spots and I managed to snack one of those were. Ah Suspect took some talent I have to say. I'm not that rocket scientists the most brains guy at school. That's not me but I'm practical. A hardworking person and Israeli sort of dedication and sheer effort. That got me through the university system and I. I remember at the time because I I didn't go a conventional route. I didn't do the typical. Uk Root of which time was o level exams up until sixteen and then a level exams are ordinary and advanced level and chose sixteen to leave school and go to an engineering college. So I learned a bit of practical engineering. Learn how to work my way around a machine shop and I learn more about the hands on approach of engineering and I remember going to the interview. They win the head of the course. Lovebirds said you know. I don't think you're GONNA make unprepared to off your place but I don't think you're gonNA make it. I don't think academically you're strong enough kidding. And I remember seeing him three years later because he was actually four years later because he was my noise and vibration lecture. So I mean you look to me so that you still haven't said Yep so hey you know so much for his noise and vibration to obviously didn't have much resonance did it and good puns in there as well. I got three the my undergraduate degree. Well and the time I was trying to find a spot in major racing and it's not straightforward to come out of university. I mean you think it's not actually you know nothing. I wanted to be in Formula One because pure and motoracing and and you want to go work in the industry what you want to set your sights very high one for me was where I wanted to be. I wasn't able to find what I wanted in. An opportunity came up to actually further my education and two master's degree and so that's what I did. I moved over to the Cranfield Institute of Technology which is purely a postgraduate university. I spent a year. They're studying really similar but more advanced automotive engineering but I had an opportunity to work with a race car. Constructor called Lola cars no longer in business. These days time they were really starting to get into trying to project. How fast racing car will be before actually hit the track answer? My master's thesis was based on creating a mathematical model of racing cal and driving around the track and predicting the lap time was going to be. So that was complex math Tony when computing was not necessarily as advanced as I was writing the code in Fortran seventy seven. She's a language for probably nine hundred hundred of Sanskrit of But it was based around Lowest Formula. Three thousand car that was racing in Japan and Zucca circuit and Mizzou's circa in Japan is one of the most challenging not just from a driver's perspective but also from an engineer's perspective. And I challenge I had to do is to try and define the racing line or what line is the cog taken. A good driver will naturally find that but asking a computer is not straightforward. But that been some interesting work done by some guys at NASA which was looking at rocket trajectories so I started applying some of the algorithms. They were using on how to shoot a missile from point. Eight point being depending on what characteristics? You wanted that mistletoe. Shortest distance falsely speed. Whatever you could tune the algorithm so I played around with that and ultimately wrote a program which was very successful in predicting how fast the car would go low to use that quite a bit and even when my contact at lower ultimately decided to go a different direction. He took some of that knowledge with him. I remember getting a phone call. Saying Hey. I'm heading out to Miami to do the Miami Street race if I send you a track map. Can you for Jewish? And this was really before email and all the rest of it. I remember working through the night for several nights putting it on a three and a half inch floppy drill off here and Fedex ing him at the hotel and this was before they ran and then I got within three or four tenths of a second of the qualifying time. That is phenomenal. Let time programs today are fairly common. We use them all the time and you can write one in xl but back then none of these things existed even trying to create just the visual image of what the lap time would look like the speed tries against distance all time. It was a big challenges right in the actual program itself so for me just watching the way motors has embraced computing and the science behind. It has been a fascinating experience.

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President Trump delivers remarks at Daytona 500

News, Traffic and Weather

4:00 listening | 3 months ago

President Trump delivers remarks at Daytona 500

"Trump attended the Daytona five hundred today he served as grand marshal his duties included giving the traditional command start your engines with the First Lady by his side he made brief remarks before the start of the race thank you very much and my fellow race fans there is no greater thrill than to join you at the world center of racing for the sixty second Daytona five hundred so exciting the Daytona five hundred is the legendary display of roaring engines storing spirits of the American skills speed and power that we've been hearing about for so many years the tens of thousands of pages here today com for the fast cars in the world class class motor motor sports sports NASCAR NASCAR fans fans never never forget forget that that no no matter matter who who wins wins the the race race what what matters matters most most is is god god family family and country joining gold star families whose loved ones made the supreme sacrifice to defend our freedom and our flag to add your and Jennifer bill George launch and gold star families everywhere throughout our land your fallen warriors will live in our hearts forever thank you thank you rules so grateful to be joined by staff sergeant David Bellavia who I was privileged last year to award the congressional medal of honor a very brave man thank you David thank you David thank you this afternoon we congratulate all of the new enlistees in the United States armed forces and there are plenty and they love our country a few moments ago these young men and women took a solemn all put their lives on the line for our country each of them into every service member in veteran here today as commander in chief of the greatest fighting force on the planet Hey force that just spent two point five trillion dollars Orton rebuilding our military I want to thank you for your service the moment you will have been waiting for soon the cars will take to the track for the star tires wheels screech robber will burn fans will scream and the great American race will begin for five hundred county miles these fierce competitors will chase the checkered flag fight for the Harley J. Earl trophy and make their play for fuel or again jewelery and that's what it is your as we wait for the green we give thanks to this country for the heroes to keep us safe and for the god who made us free the drivers who's here today good luck and may the best team win bless you as our military god bless our veterans and god bless America thank you

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Tesla ordered by German court to stop cutting down trees for Gigafactory

Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia

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Tesla ordered by German court to stop cutting down trees for Gigafactory

"Edit some other corporate news Tesla's plans for Berlin are running into some difficulties we get more here from Bloomberg Denny's Pellegrini a German court has ordered Tesla to stop clearing the forest near Berlin for the new Tesla factory immediately that's after the Berlin Brandenburg higher administrative court overturned a lower court ruling against a German environmental group opposed to the development workers at the tussle site have already searched through the field to remove most of the remaining ammunition there from World War two and the project's environmental stipulations already include scaring off or relocating wolves along with hibernating bats snakes and lizards that may be there a decision on the complete proceedings is expected

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Toyota to resume China output at three plants next week

Bloomberg Politics, Policy and Power

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Toyota to resume China output at three plants next week

"Writer says Toyota plans to restart its planted Jilin province and another in Guangdong on Monday and then a third one will go online in Tianjin on Tuesday production of the plants was idle during the lunar new year holiday period in China and then the Japanese automaker delayed its plan to February third we start for the facilities because of the

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