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Rank #73 in Automotive category

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Automotive
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Car Talk Radio Show on All things automotive

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Car Talk Radio Show on All things automotive

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38 Ratings
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Great car show

By RichyRich1234BO - Feb 02 2019
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This is one of the best car shows on podcast right now!

Best Car Talk Show

By jf10x - Jan 27 2019
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Wrench Nation is awesome with host Frank! Has amazing guests each and every week.

iTunes Ratings

38 Ratings
Average Ratings
24
3
3
1
7

Great car show

By RichyRich1234BO - Feb 02 2019
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This is one of the best car shows on podcast right now!

Best Car Talk Show

By jf10x - Jan 27 2019
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Wrench Nation is awesome with host Frank! Has amazing guests each and every week.
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Wrench Nation

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Car Talk Radio Show on All things automotive

Rank #1: #126 YouTube Car Repair: The Do’s & The Don’ts -Eric the Car Guy

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Whether you have looked for a how to video of broken stuff around the house, like a toilet or a particular pesky stove problem--or a brand new purchase of your favorite new camera unboxing and instructional video ---CAR REPAIR may ALSO be one of those categories that you may have had some YouTube guidance from time to time.
If you’ve searched the INTERNETS AND the YOUTUBES, you more than likely have run across a very popular car care channel and a very helpful Eric The Car Guy. With hundreds of videos detailing vehicle repairs and with over one million subscribers --Eric stops by the show this week to discuss why & how he started as well as an incredible resource for many who are doing their best to fix their vehicles. We discuss the repairs that you should completely stay away from , why your future may be brighter than you think in a career as a professional mechanic and the popular repairs that your requesting.
We explore one of the top YOUTUBE car care channels on this weeks WrenchNation show.

Oct 21 2018

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Rank #2: #144 Why You Hate Going to The Mechanic

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Why You Hate Going to The Mechanic

Tips for A Successful Experience

You would rather clean a toilet or visit with a dentist before seeking out a mechanic to fix your ride. In fact, many of you delay service because of that "unknown" and anxiety.

We break it down on the show, as Frank hits the local street corners to listen to what it is that truly gets you upset and big time frustrated. While we share what you had to say, we do our best to provide some common sense approaches and tips for a better automotive service experience.

Also check out our new community segment where we highlight the goodworks happening in the community and amongst great mechanics, garage owners and folks from across the automotive industry. This week Ralph Guariglio stops by to highlight a pretty cool car show with the City of Chandler, Arizona, their public safety fair & Chandler car show.

Mar 02 2019

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Rank #3: #139 Matt Farah of The Smoking Tire

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When you think about a polished commercial car review, you may have some reservations about actually making a connection to the vehicle being sizzled and displayed and zone out completely.

Now don't get me wrong, commercials have their place, especially the entertaining like mini-movies during the Super Bowl.

What about searching online and doing the research, (duh Frank, a no brainer) and specifically on You Tube?

YouTube can be a powerful research weapon and when it comes to car reviews we have the authentic and raw Matt Farah, yes indeedy...well over 1000 vehicle reviews and counting people, of The Smoking Tire http://bit.ly/2CHFU72!

On this episode of Wrench Nation, he reveals his why and how it all started back during the Wild West beginnings of YouTube in 2006.

Here is a brief sample of the show transcript--Matt Farah's position on the social media aspect of what people see and what ..actually goes on behind the scenes- as well as his view on haters and the messy business in the comments section at times ...

Frank Leutz : There you go. Alright, well speaking of music..before you prepare, if I could ask this man because again, you know..hanging with the audience about what they're doing and their particular interests and goals.. YouTube is a huge world out there..

How do you prepare when you do a car review and is there a difference between, alright I'm doing this Lamborghini review or I'm doing this jeep review ..what frame of mind do you put yourself in before you start on that?

Matt Farah : I just have to picture myself as the kind of person shopping for  a vehicle in this closet and my specialty is sports cars more so than you know, truck or suv or families. So I feel like the, I have, you know, in the beginning it was more putting myself in the head of the audience. Now after 10 years of doing this I feel like the people that are still sticking around are people that are relating to my thoughts for myself. So at this point in my, when I do a car, it's what do I like and what do I not like and feel like a big chunk of the audience knows enough about me in my life, uh, that, that they can relate to that or some of them don't. Some of them think I'm stupid, but..
Frank Leutz :  ...you said something powerful right there. For a lot of our listeners, the beginnings are always messy, right ?..and we have a tendency to sort of self monitor what we do - whether we're on mic are on film.. and we may only know that there is a drive that we can do this. We believe in what we're doing....and then the comments come in..the beginning when you first started, you know, let's say 10 videos and maybe you've got three to four thousand subs on Youtube..I don't care what anybody says..that's a messy place in the comments section -yes ?

How did you handle that ..did  it affect you or did you just say .. you know what, screw this, I'm going to do me ?
Matt Farah : It's not black and white.

Matt Farah : Both..both are true. I think that there have been constructive comments, there have been kind comments, there have been comments that are critical- but written in a way that are reasonable enough & respectful that they're worthy of taking into consideration...and then there are people who were very angry for a variety of reasons that have nothing to do with you, but they've chosen to expel that anger at whatever it is that you're doing that they find to, you know, subconsciously be better than whatever they're doing. You know, the problem with social media, all of it, and Youtube, Instagram, whatever it is....It's edited life.

Matt Farah : Edited life is very dangerous because to a lot of people, my life looks incredibly glamorous because I'm driving these cool cars all the time..and for a long time..I was putting out a video every day. I've since styled that back, and doing that it seems like, oh my God, like, look at all of this content you know..

Jan 27 2019

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Rank #4: #112 Classic Cars

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The custom coachwork, while sporting an elegant and sleek design gave way to so many classic cars of history that are greatly prized and collected to this very day.
Take a trip with us as special guests Roger Falcione, founder of ClassicCars.com and the legendary classic car restoration talents of Ken Vela of Wikd Kustoms pay a visit.
We celebrate and travel the interesting history of legendary design and art that have given these particular vehicles a special place in automobile history during these popular time frames over he last 100 years.
The Brass Era Car. 1896 -1915  Steam Car Development & the early days of electric engines. With brass touch points covering multiple points of the vehicle --THE STANLEY STEAMER
Vintage Car Era 1919 -1940’s--The advertising years. More than just industry and work --a time to celebrate success and https://www.blubrry.com/wrenchnation/34840049/112-classic-cars/--with a dramatic turning point from the devastating depression years.
1950’S -1970’s Big Chrome and Horsepower. A time for big blocks and chrome with innovations in technology for its day.
For our fellow mechanics across the world --we would love to hear your tips ! Chime in the comments , as the goal is to help as many people out with their car care , auto repair & maintenance needs with some great tips !

Please take a moment , and come join our weekly mechanical tribe by clicking here https://apple.co/2EdrZJE Itunes weekly Sunday upload

Listen Live every Wed 4pm Arizona time and join in the show with us --we would love your car care questions or help http://bit.ly/2Eqp4Ki

Our great sponsors who keep us rolling - we are grateful. As we do business with the best right here in our garage--these folks are long term relationships that we can vouche for 100 percent ! Host of the show Frank Leutz puts is heart and soul in to relationships and will only recommend those that he has had a rolled up sleeves experience with. This means  simply put --how well does  these products\services serve his garage clients and what happens when mistakes are made These are companies that live by their clients in the automotive industry & and are accountable. You can call Frank at the garage 480 726 6400 anytime for the straight and skinny.

Professional Installers check out Parts Authority with Locations Nationwide & the quality auto parts like DENSO,SMP,AC DELCO,DORMAN,CENTRIC,AISIN,HITACHI to name a few. The experienced &  knowledgeable parts counter folks while providing an iron clad warranty where the answer is yes !       http://bit.ly/2HQUdYn #poweredbypa

Automotive Service Centers check out  digital inspections for your service facilities creating higher levels of consumer transparency and productivity http://bit.ly/2IE6zHD

Jun 17 2018

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Rank #5: #136 The Shortage of Mechanics

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We figured for the start of the New Year we would tackle our very first show of 2019 opening up a very serious topic that many of you can relate to -The critical shortage of automotive technicians and the future of the automotive industry.
We were honored to have C.E.O of TechForce Foundation http://bit.ly/2LUh2wW Jennifer Maher and A.S.E. Master Technician and Automotive Instructor Cody Metcalf of one of the premier High School Trade schools in the country East Valley Institute of Technology ( ..and yes home of our little car talk show LIVE every week ) http://bit.ly/2F8nY9t
A big shoutout to show sponsors boltontechnology and partsauthority for the support -please be sure to check them out for your garage needs!
Join us!

Jan 06 2019

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Rank #6: #129 WWII Mechanic Stops By the Studio-Veterans Day Tribute

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As military veterans and their families reflect on service to country , and honor many of the fallen heroes of foreign wars -we pay tribute with special guest Ray West , a WW2 veteran and mechanic.
We journey back in to history to Ray’s experience as a WW2 mechanic serving in the South Pacific , his accounts of working on diesel engines, while being delegated as the go to mechanic during war time conditions.
We also discuss the deadly disappearance of a ship steaming out of the Panama canal that ultimately ended its journey through the hands of enemy submarines.
After 35 years of employment with Cummings --in 1980 , Ray ventures in to garage ownership and starts a diesel shop.
We discuss the major differences in technology and the future of the automotive industry.
Join us for a fascinating look at history on this edition of WrenchNation Car Talk.
Please share this podcast with a friend that might enjoy, and connect with us on FaceBook \Instagram, as we appreciate you stopping by!

Nov 11 2018

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Rank #7: #149 Under The Hood Technology

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The 2018 Ford F-150 has over 100 million lines of code, and is a sophisticated work of technology. With many automotive service facilities and parts companies offering a "Free" Check Engine Light code pull...is this enough to actually get that vehicle repaired properly?

With an ever popular option of "code pulling," we certainly do not see this in the cards as modern day vehicles continue to develop in to rolling networks of sensitive data & information.

The code gave me "Oxygen Sensor" fault, and many other code scenarios play out thousands of times a day, as some decide to run the risk of throwing parts on their vehicle like a game of backyard darts, instead of deciphering the data properly and actually testing for a true blue bonafide failure\fault.

Scott Brown President & Founder of Diagnostic Network http://bit.ly/2TXwif6, A.S.E. Master Certified technician Jeff Buckley of My Fathers Certified Shop, and Greg Buckley of Buckleys Auto Care join us for an in depth conversation about the challenges & future of testing vehicles the right way to get it correct, and the investment in tooling and training to get it right, while rolling up sleeves to educate the consumer about the road ahead.

Apr 08 2019

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Rank #8: #124 BackYard Builds. Style & Design

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BackYard Builds. Style & Design

We were super excited to bring to you Brutha JD & his incredible wife Lexi Del Rey of Wrench Wars MAVTV on this weeks Wrench Nation Tv’s Car Talk Show. We dove into the awesome history of bringing the community together at El Rey’s Garage & the fascinating history of how it all started!

Aug 26 2018

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Rank #9: #124 Trick or Treat? How to Avoid a Craigslist Used Car Lemon

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We reveal the TOP dastardly used car con trickery !! Avoid buying a LEMON ~

Arm yourself up BEFORE you buy a used vehicle & LEARN about these TRICKS used car peddlers don’t want you to know!

Special guest Master Mechanic Kris Bowdren of the The KAR Shop.

Oct 10 2018

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Rank #10: #113 AC Tips

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Tips.
Many of you may pick up a can of self charging refrigerant at a local parts store and charge up your ac system for a quick fix, so you thought. Is it fixed ? Is it going to last ?

Jun 24 2018

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Rank #11: Swollen Lug Nuts & Spark Plug Removal Tips

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3Valve 5.4L spark plug removal tips ~ swollen lug nuts ? And this week’s show topic ~special guest Betsy Bennett of Goodguys Racing Car Shows ~ join us LIVE from Inside The Garage ~The Parts Authority GIVEAWAY details

Nov 14 2018

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Rank #12: #102 My Engine Hesitates Stumbles or Sags ??

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Tips for Smooth Engine Operation.
With or without a check engine light on --an engine that hesitates when accelerating can be frustrating.

We reveal basic tips on what to inspect and correct with special in studio guest Lee & Kelli Weatherby of Accurate Automotive and Steve Rozansky of Friendly Auto.

Apr 08 2018

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Rank #13: #066: Engine Coolant System

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Engine Coolant System - Tips you need to know to avoid a nuclear meltdown. Today we reveal how to avoid a coolant system nightmare and stay clear from a disastrous engine overheat. $$$ Car Quiz!!!!

Jun 28 2017

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Rank #14: #091: European Car Care Tips

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European Car Care Tips - From BMW, Mercedes, VW, Audi and many other European vehicles - we dive in to ways to maintain and repair. Sprechen sie Deutsch? The special tools, service and technology required to keep these European rides running happy and healthy.

Jan 17 2018

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Rank #15: #098: 15 Minute Quick Oil Change

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The 15 Minute Quick Oil Change. The good, the bad and the ugly. With special in studio guest Kris Bowdren of The KAR Shop in Gilbert Arizona.

Mar 07 2018

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Rank #16: #079: Engine Hissing & Vacuum Leaks

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Annoying Engine Hissing & Vacuum Leaks - Your engine is one gigantic air pump. Lose a seal, line or gasket and it sucks in all the wrong places. We investigate why and what you should expect for a fix. SPECIAL TECH EDITION.

Oct 11 2017

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Rank #17: #143 The Business of 330 MPH Blake Alexander

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After years of racing both Funny Car and Top Fuel , Blake Alexander is back in the Funny Car, as one of the youngest NHRA’s race drivers of the circuit. The 2 time champion stops by the Wrench Nation show to discuss the tremendous off season decision to purchase his own team, a lifelong pursuit and passion, while remaining behind the wheel as a driven and focused driver with crew chief Daniel Wilkerson & team. With the support of wife & co owner, Leah Alexander along with the rock solid support of family, friends and sponsors – 2019 is set to be an incredible year!

With the fast paced environment of race week ,assembling a winning team and working to keep marketing relationships front and center — Blake Alexander keeps it real, while remaining one of the most humble drivers in Motorsports. Join us for an extraordinary look at the Business of 330 MPH and Blake Alexander Racing.

Feb 25 2019

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Rank #18: #090: Vehicle Cold Start – No Start. No Worries.

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Vehicle Cold Start. No Start. No Worries. - Top Tips To Keep You Moving. In the most inopportune time your old reliable becomes a serious misfit and leaves you stranded. We reveal the straightforward easy tips to get out of trouble and when you should call roadside assistance.

Season 3 of the Wrench Nation radio show starts off with a bang with our all new 2 hour show starting today @ 3:00PM (AZ) / 4:00 CST on 88.7 The Pulse. With special call in guest Drew Alcazar with Russo and Steele Scottsdale Collector Automobile Auction.

Jan 10 2018

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Rank #19: Carvana: Stress Free Auto Buying 9/12/18

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Stress Free Auto Buying
Most of us can agree --buying a used car at the dealer can be a long winded process. Did I get a fair price? Am I getting the finance rate that my credit deserves? With so many options available online, we have Amy O Hara with CARVANA in studio to discuss the benefits of skipping the dealer and giving you the power to purchase completely online. We dive in to their awesome 7 day return policy and go behind the scenes of the awesome delivery ceremony from that gorgeous vending machine dispensing cars. We also have a surprise visit with Lance Smaw of KYB Shocks & Struts discussing the awesome truck giveaway and what mechanics may be getting wrong when installing struts in the service bays.

Sep 16 2018

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Rank #20: Garage Challenge Question 9/12/18

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Garage Challenge Question 9/12/18
Are you investing in this critical area of your #garage? Get in the #comments as we would love your input here!! http://www.wrenchnation.tv Remember to tune in today at 4PM AZ. We're talking with Carvana --LISTEN LIVE ▶️ http://bit.ly/2Eqp4Ki

Sep 12 2018

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#186 Mitch Schneider: Industry Icon & Author!

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Industry Veteran with
Heart & Soul 

Mitch Schneider is
a 52-year veteran of the
automotive service industry. A fourth-generation
auto repair professional, certified master technician, and for more than 37 years, operated
Schneider’s Automotive, a successful six-bay, family-owned and operated service
facility in Simi Valley, CA, PLUS accomplished trade journalist. As a result of his knowledge and experience, he presents his first acclaimed novel, Misfire: What To Do When Things Aren’t Running On All Cylinders. http://bit.ly/MitchSchneiderMisfire

What Makes Mitch Smile
Through it All

We discuss the early years of Mitch’s career, his insightful and lighthearted approach of stories written in many industry publications over the years, and what kept him going through it all. Mitch has an incredible talent for making us smile and causing us to pause and reflect. With stories of life lessons learned from his career, martial arts practice and health crisis, he sought deeper ways to center his spirit while balancing a small automotive business environment. We are privileged to have industry legend and author Mitch Schneider join us on the show!

Jan 20 2020

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Life After Racing with Derek Daly!

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Racing Career Lays the Foundation

We are excited about our first guest of the new year whose racing career at race circuits across the globe during the 80’s and 90’s are legendary. We are honored to have Formula 1 and Indianapolis 500 driver Derek Daly http://bit.ly/DerekDaly share his incredible experiences, including surviving one of the most dangerous Formula 1 crashes in 1984. Derek shares his passion for racing and takes us back to that harrowing time of the crash and his incredible road to recovery. After retiring from racing, Derek became a long-time respected racing commentator for ESPN, NBC, CBS and Fox Motorsports. Now as an author and public speaker, Derek shares the tactics and strategic cultures adopted by world-class racing teams and delivers a roadmap for businesses seeking to shift their teams from great to extraordinary.

Largest Car Show on Grass

We also welcome Peter Volny of Scuderia Southwest to share the upcoming 7th Annual Concours in the Hills http://bit.ly/ConcoursintheHills2020 and the how and why he created one of the most renowned car shows in the country with over 900 classic cars, muscle cars, exotics and hot rods raising $540,000 for local Phoenix Children Hospital in the past six years. This year he welcomes race talents Derek Daly, Arie Luyendyk, Didier Theys, Lyn St. James, Harley Cluxton and Paul Tracy in attendance to declare the show open on February 8, 2020 in beautiful Fountain Hills, Arizona.

Jan 12 2020

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#184 2019 Year in Review – Your Top Shows!

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It’s a Wrap!

It has been an incredible year for us spending time with you while bringing an awesome array of talented automotive topics and guests. For our final LIVE show of 2019, we review some of YOUR favorite episodes based on podcast download popularity. All of these shows and our complete catalog, are on our website to hear in full at http://bit.ly/WrenchNationListen

#148 Discovery​ Channel Street Outlaws​ with talent, BoostedGT​
#154 Robert Redding, The Redding Group, Lobbyist for Automotive Service Association, talks cybersecurity
#155 Palestinian Drift Racing Star, Noor Daoud
#158 Nick Sutton, Author of The DeLorean Story
#160 The Spectacular Automotive Art of Princess Vidita Singh
#161 The Soaring Growth of Electric Vehicles in China with Hong Kong journalist, Echo Huang
#167 Steve Saleen, Bringing Race-Proven Performance to the Street

Happy New Year and Thank You!

With 2020 approaching, we also discuss plans for next year, beginning with an exciting show on January 8 featuring guests Derek Daly, former Formula 1 Racer and ESPN broadcaster, and Peter Volny, founder of Concours in the Hills, the largest car show on grass!

We extend sincere gratitude to all of you that have made the show super fun for us this past year. Wishing you a Happy Holiday season and a prosperous New Year!

Dec 22 2019

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#183 The Last Open Road Motorsports Experience

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Reflection Propels the Journey

We sometimes reflect about how we arrived as automotive technicians, service advisors or owners of our operations. It is the sort of reflection that we lean on regarding those difficult days or hardcore challenges. We all have our stories and life experiences that make us who we are today. Many of you race on the weekend or are carving out the ability to someday hit the race circuit professionally, of which we can all agree, is no easy task. Hard days and long nights while we continually reflect on how far we have come so we can continue the courage to keep moving forward.

The Racing Roller Coaster

Mechanic, shop owner, race car driver, journalist and novelist, Burt Levy http://bit.ly/TheLastOpenRoad is no stranger to the highs and lows of racing, or wrenching on his vehicles, while always keeping his spirit tucked tight to the automotive industry. Whether humble race beginnings behind a somewhat ragtag Triumph TR-3, to ultimately competitively hitting it hard on the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) circuit or slinging used vehicles at a dealership, Burt has always maintained a light spirited approach to the industry.

This journey would become an incredible account illustrated through one of the top motorsports book series, The Last Open Road. From renowned automotive enthusiasts like Jay Leno to celebrities of race car racing, Burt has carved out a fan base that can truly relate to his unique ability to tell that story.

Dec 15 2019

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2019 City of Chandler Arizona Autonomous Vehicle Symposium

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City of Chandler, Arizona Leads in Electric Vehicles

On this special edition, we discuss the key details of how the City of Chandler is leading the country with autonomous vehicle platforms by way of shaping legislation for safety, and formulating ethics centered around the companies that are currently blazing away with autonomous technology such as WAYMO and Local Motors. With innovative collaborations and partnerships throughout the AV technology community, these panel discussions highlighted the future and current initiatives that are underway.

The Critical Need to Maintain Roadways & Infrastructure

Former City of Chandler Councilman and current Maricopa County supervisor for District 1, Arizona Transportation Board Member, Jack Sellers discusses the importance of maintaining roadways and infrastructure for the future as autonomous platforms that are slowly coming in to play , while laying out the need to go beyond the current fuel tax. Join Frank Leutz of Wrench Nation Car Talk for unique insight of AV strategies and implementation with special guest Jack Sellers.

Dec 08 2019

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#182 Education & Training for Collision Repair Technicians

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My Car Crashed. Now What?

How many of us actually think about the details of a repair after a collision? Do we realize the intense process of skilled craftsmanship and technology challenges that technicians overcome while quietly nursing back to health your ride after a fender bender? You notice the airbags where horrific, the body damage was pretty nasty and it seems that every instrument cluster light is on.

For the most part we don’t and quite frankly that is understandable, after all, you have better things to worry about. We tow the vehicle into our chosen collision repair shop, receive a rental and wait patiently until our prized vehicular possession is all doctored up and ready to hit the road again.

A Behind the Scenes Look at Collision Repairs

We offer an exclusive look at the incredibly sophisticated world of collision repair, welding, paint and all things fender bender service that you may be taking for granted. The amazing amount of training involved to get this perfect, and the amount of advanced tools\software\hardware technology combined with world class technicians to get that crashed up accordion like disaster whole and new again. You may be surprised with the amount of skill set it takes to make it all happen.

Join us as John Van Alstyne, CEO & President for I-CAR http://bit.ly/ICARCollisionEducation and Brandon Eckenrode, Director of Development for Collision Repair Education Foundation http://bit.ly/CollisionEdFoundation join us to take us inside the industry. They shed light on the action in the collision service bays, revealing the training and technology at hand to make your vehicle pretty again after a wreck.

Dec 08 2019

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#181 Tariff Wars & Trade Battles: Auto Industry Expert Shares the Future.

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The Journey of Automotive Parts

The trade wars that are currently going on are historic, especially as it relates to the automotive industry and manufacturing. GM’s Romulus Powertrain plant makes about 400,000 V-6 engines a year for high-margin Cadillac SUVs, light pickup trucks and other GM vehicles, while the process of manufacturing the critical pistons can lead to a cross border journey that most are not aware of. The Romulus built V-6 uses 235 parts from 100 primary suppliers. Sixty-seven ship from factories in the United States, 13 from Mexico, eight from Canada and 12 from elsewhere in the world. Most of the electronics come from Asia, which is a big deal.

Trade Wars & Tariff Battles

As the fight continues to position the United States in a leading role for manufacturing, we will discuss how the current tariff climate truly affects the end retail user from automotive consumers to the automotive technician, reliant on auto parts and tooling required to produce in a timely and cost effective manner. Our guest, CEO Laurie Harbour of Harbour Results Inc. http://bit.ly/HarbourResultsInc a manufacturing expert and automotive industry consultant, provides us with an inside track to the current state of affairs within the tariff and trade concerns between China and the United States.

Dec 01 2019

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#180 Legends of Speed Historic Race Exhibit

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A Historic Race Exhibit

Picture some of the most prized racing vehicles assembled all under one roof. The kind of collection that would have you taking steps back in time during race history, an era of phenomenal race proven vehicles, along with fantastic journey of the drivers who mastered those legendary winning championships. 

Phoenix Art Museum Hosts Legends of Speed

Featuring more than 20 legendary cars by Maserati, Mercedes, Alfa Romeo, Ford and more. An extraordinary collection of cars driven by some of the greatest drivers in the history of racing including Dan Gurney, A.J. Foyt and Stirling Moss.

Now through March 15, 2020, these cars are on loan to the Phoenix Art Museum by some of the world’s renowned car collectors. Legends of Speed offers up an experience for car enthusiasts of all ages. http://bit.ly/LegendsofSpeedPhxArtMuseum We are thrilled and honored to have car enthusiast, car collector and the man behind bringing this exhibit together, Phoenix Art Museum Board of Director Co-Chair Carter Emerson, joined by seven time contender of the Indy 500 with six consecutive starts and the first woman to win the Indy 500 Rookie of the Year Award, Lyn St. James.

Nov 24 2019

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#179 First Woman World Champion NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster

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Top Fuel Alcohol Dragster Racing

The rumble and raw speed of a Top Fuel Alcohol Dragster is an incredible thing to witness and quite frankly, the in-between rounds back in the pits is a true mechanical wonder to experience as a fan, no matter how old or what background you have. That visceral acquaintance with horsepower leaves us all in a wonderment longing for more. In a world of constant change, the NHRA has never ceased to deliver that consistent attraction for fans, while inspiring future generations to get behind both the wheel and picking up a few wrenches behind the flywheel.

First Woman Champion

As the award winning 2019 Top Alcohol Dragster Champion, Megan Meyer http://bit.ly/MeganMeyerRacing since the age of 10, has competitively raced with the grit and zeal of a seasoned veteran. She grew up around the sport of drag racing as the oldest daughter of renowned championship winning driver and team owner, Randy Meyer. She has stepped up time after time setting up at the starting line while offering a burnout to track down a competitive run. Megan has alcohol running through her veins as a fierce racing spirit. Coming off the heels of a big win running side-by-side with points rival Troy Coughlin Jr. to command the championship, we are honored to have Megan Meyer on the show!

Nov 17 2019

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#178 Corvette Enthusiast, Parts Supplier & Hall of Fame Inductee, Mike Yager!

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Corvette Enthusiast

Mike Yager bought his first Corvette in 1970 when he was just 20 years old. When he saw there was no Corvette Club in his area, he started one. As the club grew he made the observation that there wasn’t a place where a Corvette fan could purchase Corvette merchandise. To remedy that, he bought whatever he could find that related to Corvette and started making it available at Corvette club events and car shows. When that worked out, he got a $500 loan to start a company that has now grown to become one of the world’s largest suppliers of parts and accessories for Corvettes… Mid America Motorworks. http://bit.ly/MidAmericaMotorworks

Corvette Fun Fest

In 1994 Mike Yager and the team at Mid America Motorworks staged a relaxed Corvette show to thank their customers and share the Corvette hobby. An enthusiastic crowd of 1,200 people brought 350 assorted Corvettes to Mid America Motorworks’ corporate campus to celebrate. By 2006, thousands of Corvettes filled every available space on the grounds at Mid America Motorworks. This casual show has become the Largest Corvette Party in the World, welcoming enthusiasts from across the country and across the globe.

Corvette Hall of Fame

Mike has been a part of numerous clubs and organizations, including the National Corvette Museum where he served as its Chairman of the Board in 2002. He was also behind “Drive Your Corvette to Work Day” and organized an effort to have a commemorative stamp created to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Corvette. While he was at it, he got behind a campaign to honor Corvette’s birthday with a National Day of Recognition and in 2018 was inducted into the Corvette Hall of Fame.

Mike has created a life long journey of helping many generations of car lovers enjoy their love affair for all things Vette! Join us this week for a special edition of Wrench Nation as we are honored to have Corvette Hall of Fame inductee, Mike Yager!

Nov 11 2019

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#177 Military Veterans Gain Traction with Automotive Skills & Careers

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Military Vets Struggle for Employment

We are a country that is proud of our military heroes regardless of party lines or affiliations.. What about those veterans that are returning from overseas and their prospect of a career to support their families and future and find it to be a struggle? According to many statistics and reporting, this is not always an easy transition for them and arguments that could be made on both sides that would suggest there are serious problems that need to be addressed for both the veterans and potential employer.

The Shortage of Mechanics

The shortage of automotive service technicians is indisputable, even as the industry debates its numerous causes. That gap threatens the financial health of all areas of transportation, including new car dealerships and the independent automotive marketplace. With a shortage currently top dead center in the industry and what is often a tough segue to civilian life for veterans and military families, are we as an industry seeking out the talent of our veterans? Are you as a veteran able to take advantage of programs that currently exist?

We are honored to discuss these issues with Luigi Scola, a decorated U.S. Navy veteran and 32-year owner of CARSTAR Scola's Collision Center from Illinois http://bit.ly/CARSTARScolaCollsionCntr and John Decoteau III, Vice President Campus and Military Admissions at Universal Technical Institute http://bit.ly/UTIMilitaryVetsServices regarding solutions for both the industry and military vets on this week's Wrench Nation Car Talk!

Nov 03 2019

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#176 Odd & Eclectic Vehicles with Jason Torchinsky

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Popular Rides  

We are all familiar with the major brands of vehicles being displayed on everything from bus billboards to the wildly expensive listings during the Super Bowl. The in your face branding of some of the most popular vehicle brands is at times annoying, yet let's face it, highly effective.  

Not So Popular 

What about the more obscure vehicles that you may not have heard of. Those oddball vehicles over time that did not quite make the list of "must be seen in" latest cruiser? In fact, some of the most weird and mechanically odd vehicles that were as serious to a vehicle designer and engineer, but not so much with the motoring public. Imagine searching the globe for these unusual vehicular oddities and sharing with the world these unique wheels of weirdness. Senior editor for Jalopnik, http://bit.ly/JalopnikJasonTorchinsky author of Robot, Take the Wheel: The Road to Autonomous Cars and the Lost Art of Driving http://bit.ly/JasonTorchinskyBook and producer of Jay Leno's garage, Jason Torchinsky lives out his fantasy by way of the odd and freaky on four wheels.

Oct 25 2019

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#175 Critical Shortage of Auto Technicians and Solutions

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Critical Shortage

There is a critical shortage of automotive technicians and the U.S. Labor Bureau estimates about 46,000 automotive technicians will be needed by 2026. Today’s cars have more computing power than the system that guided Apollo astronauts to the moon. The Apollo 11 spaceship had 150,000 lines of code. Google’s mobile Android operating system has 12 million and the modern car can have 100 million lines of code. Modern technicians spend as much time in front of a computer as they do under a hood. These jobs require people with tactile intelligence, education and interest in S.T.E.M. related training. They need strong technology expertise and diagnostic and problem-solving skills. It’s no longer simply about wrenches and oil. It’s a world filled with advanced equipment and technology, and it requires technicians with sophisticated, high-tech training.

Resources to help

TechForce Foundation is a 501(c)(3) that champions students to and through their education and into careers as professional technicians. They are a resource for students, their parents, influencers helping them find technical training, internships, scholarships and jobs. Many teens are looking to work with their hands and aren't interested in going to a four year college. These careers are New Collar, Not Blue Collar, positions and are lucrative financially.

Welcome This Week's Guests!

We were honored to have CEO of TechForce Foundation http://bit.ly/2LUh2wW Jennifer Maher and A.S.E. Master Technician and Automotive Instructor Cody Metcalf of one of the premier High School Trade schools in the country East Valley Institute of Technology!

Oct 19 2019

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#174 1938 Phantom Corsair! From National Auto Museum to Inaugural Las Vegas Concours!

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Ahead of It's Time

Cast as the "Flying Wombat" in the 1938 movie Young in Heart, the 38' Phantom Corsair was way ahead of it's time as an incredibly sophisticated rolling work of art and style. Match that spectacular vehicle with 200 other gorgeous time pieces of vehicle variety at the very first Las Vegas Concours d'Elegance bit.ly/LasVegasConcours and you have a recipe for one of the premiere car shows in the country.

The Harrah Collection

On loan from the National Automobile Museum, based out of Reno Nevada, http://bit.ly/NationalCarMuseumReno the 1938 Phantom Corsair, along with over 200 eye popping cars, most from the collection of the late casino owner William F. Harrah, and why the museum is sometimes referred to as The Harrah Collection. The museum has authentic street scenes and sounds truly takes you back in time to a special era of automobile manufacturing and styling. Named in the 'Top Ten Museums' by Car Collector magazine.

We are honored to have both Jay Hubbard, the museum's collection manager, and Stuart Sobek, involved in the car collector world for more than 31 years and now chairman of the Las Vegas Concours d'Elegance. on the show!

Oct 11 2019

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#173 IMSA 1969-1989: How John Bishop Built Worlds Greatest Sports Car Racing Series

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IMSA Was Born

Fifty years ago, a new sanctioning body emerged at a pivotal moment in motorsports history. Racing was on the upswing and new tracks were being built all across the U.S. Imported cars from Europe and Japan were flooding the market, designers were pushing limits and drivers were looking for an opportunity to race for more than just a trophy. Into this void stepped John Bishop with a fledgling organization called IMSA that offered competitive, professional racing in a friendly atmosphere and carried a new message: Racing with a Difference.

The Inside Story Now Told

In this behind the scenes book, Mitch Bishop and Mark Raffauf tell the inside story of how IMSA became a global powerhouse in just a few short years. It covers John Bishops early life, his years at the SCCA and tells the story of how IMSA grew from humble beginnings in 1969 into the Camel GT Series, a circuit that became the most popular form of professional sports car racing in the world. Interviews with many of the top drivers, team owners, car builders and others from the era helped shape this book, which also includes hundreds of never-before-published photos. The first twenty years of IMSAs history deliver fascinating stories of vision, innovation, common sense leadership and overcoming personal tragedy. Bishop and IMSA left an enormous imprint on the racing world and changed thousands of lives. This book is a must-read, for those interested in how it all happened and in learning critical management lessons still applicable in todays motor racing world. This beautiful hardcover book can be found at bookstores and Amazon http://bit.ly/IMSABook

Mitch Bishop 

Mitch Bishop is the son of IMSA founder John Bishop. Over the last 40+ years, Mitch has built a successful career as a marketing, sales and software engineering leader in the Silicon Valley. He is an active racer and sits on the leadership council for the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen, NY.

Mark Raffauf 

Mark Raffauf has spent most of his adult life as part of the IMSA family. Dating back to his teens in the 1970's where he became an integral part of the organization during its GT glory days, he went on to become the key person behind IMSA’s GTP era before shifting his attention to Grand-Am, and today, the relationship continues with his leadership role in the new IMSA championship

Oct 05 2019

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#172 Driving lllegal?! Transportation Expert “Gridlock Sam” Shares Future of Traffic

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Our Time at the Wheel is Done?!

Driving will become illegal, as human drivers will be demonstrably more dangerous than cars that pilot themselves. Is this an impossible future, or a revolution just around the corner?

Sam Schwartz, "Gridlock Sam," America's most celebrated transportation expert, describes in his book about the revolution in self-driving cars. The ramifications will be dramatic, and the transition will be far from seamless. It will overturn the job market for the one in seven Americans who work in the trucking industry. It will cause us to grapple with new ethical dilemmas, if a car will hit a person or a building, endangering the lives of its passengers, who will decide what it does? It will further erode our privacy, since the vehicle can relay our location at any moment. And, like every other computer-controlled device, it can be vulnerable to hacking.

Right now, every major car maker here and abroad is working on bringing autonomous vehicles to consumers. The fleets are getting ready to roll and nothing will ever be the same, and this book shows us what the future has in store.

Who is "Gridlock Sam"?

A well chosen name for Sam Schwartz, who has nearly 40 years of experience in the field of transportation engineering and traffic safety and is considered a worldwide authority in traffic, highway, bridge, transit and parking systems.

As the former New York City traffic commissioner at the New York City Department of Transportation, he was responsible for an 8,000-person agency, $350 million expense budget and a $700 million capital budget. Mr. Schwartz is a visiting scholar at the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at New York University and a member of the New York Transportation Journal Editorial Board. For 25 years he has also been a professor at Long Island University and Cooper Union, where he founded the Infrastructure Institute and is the author of a fascinating look at driverless vehicles NO ONE AT THE WHEEL: Driverless Cars and the Road of the Future. http://bit.ly/SamSchwartzBook

Sep 28 2019

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#171 Tool Box Economy of the Modern Day Mechanic

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The Overwhelm of Tool Box Purchases

How are automotive technicians preparing for their career? Are we overwhelmed with technology? What is the requirement of a modern day toolbox? Auto mechanics are consistently buying specialized tools that they don’t use often and not giving them a good return on investment. As a business owner, what is the immediate priority over the next few years for an investment in software\hardware that will enable repairing vehicles properly and bring a good return on investment? So many questions and a serious conversation about how we can arm our service operations for success.

Industry Leaders Share Expertise

Diagnostic Network is an online community of industry professionals and leading industry stakeholders coming together to create the resource to support technicians of today and tomorrow. Founder, Scott Brown, is an ASE Master Certified L1 Technician with over 35 years of professional service industry experience. As an independent shop owner in Southern California, he understands the challenges that exist in the automotive service segment and is here to help move our industry forward.

Buckley's Auto Care is one of the oldest, family-owned and operated automotive repair service centers in the state of Delaware serving the communities of Wilmington, Hockessin, Newport, Elsmere, Newark, and New Castle, for over 50 years. Buckley's is AAA approved and owner, Greg Buckley, is a champion for the industry, a voice of reason, and has helped many garage owners navigate through the business challenges of today's modern day garage .

We are honored to bring in Scott Brown of Diagnostic Network, http://bit.ly/DiagnosticNetwork and Greg Buckley of Buckley's Auto Care, http://bit.ly/BuckleysAutoCare as this weeks guests to help navigate through technology and give us clarity.

Sep 17 2019

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#170 Wayne Carini – Chasing Classic Cars, from Barn Yard Find to Restoration Gem

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The Wayne Carini Passion

Wayne's passion for cars started when he was a child, working alongside his father on such classics as Duesenbergs, Lincolns, Packards and Ford Model As. Then, at just 9 years of age, he experienced a life altering event: he went for a ride in his first Ferrari, a 1960 Rosso Chiaro 250 SWB to be exact. Wayne was instantly bitten by the Ferrari bug and hooked for life. Automobiles have been Wayne's passion ever since.

Wayne learned the art of Ferrari restoration from his mentor Francois Sicard -- a former Ferrari racing mechanic and widely considered to be the foremost Ferrari expert on the East Coast -- and his good friend Luigi Chinetti Jr., whose father Luigi Chinetti Sr. won the 1949 24 Hours of Le Mans race for Ferrari and opened the first Ferrari dealership in the country.

Chasing Classic Cars

With an emphasis and talent for Ferrari early on, Wayne has built a career of seeking out some of the worlds most rare vehicles of a by gone era, giving way to preservation and beauty for all to enjoy, and of course to buy!

His lifetime of experience in automobile restoration under his belt, master car restorer Wayne Carini has a resume that includes body and paint work on rare car collections owned by the likes of David Letterman, tennis great Ivan Lendl and the DuPont family.

Then comes Chasing Classic Cars, a U.S. television documentary series presented by Wayne, who owns F-40 Motorsports, who looks at classic cars from all eras, focusing on finding and getting cars running, with the option of restoration and a likely sale. The series shows the restoration and auction process, and not all projects are financially successful. It has featured cars which have not previously been shown in public for decades.

Pay It Forward

Wayne is also involved in and regularly attends many different car clubs and events to get young people involved in the car collector hobby. He believes that without young people's involvement, the car collector tradition will disappear. His latest passion is convincing families with special needs children to consider placing collector cars into a special needs trust with the hope that the cars will benefit the children in the future.

Sep 14 2019

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Show #169 Will Buxton, Revealing Hardships of History’s Greatest Race Car Drivers

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Journalist's Passion Leads to High Profile Digital Platform

A motor racing broadcaster, commentator and journalist, Will Buxton has had the rare pleasure of turning his great passion into something resembling work for the better part of 20 years. His career has taken him around the world countless times to report on everything from Formula 1 to World Rally to Indycar. While the happy mistake of falling into television as a Formula 1 pit-lane reporter in the United States for the SPEED channel and later NBC Sports, followed by his current role as the first Digital Presenter in F1 history, has made him one of the most recognized faces and voices in the sport, his first love was and remains writing. Buxton lives in Oxfordshire, England.

Behind the Scenes, Race Car Driver Insights

Will's new book, My Greatest Defeat: Stories of hardship and hope from motor racing's finest heroes, is a collection of honest and revealing insights into 20 of the greatest living racing drivers, legends of the worlds of Formula 1, Indycar, NASCAR, Le Mans and Rally. Interviews conducted specially for this book are with (in alphabetical order) Mario Andretti, Derek Bell, Emerson Fittipaldi, Dario Franchitti, Jeff Gordon, Mika Häkkinen, Damon Hill, Jimmie Johnson, Tom Kristensen, Niki Lauda, Sebastien Loeb, Felipe Massa, Rick Mears, Emanuele Pirro, Alain Prost, Carlos Sainz, Jackie Stewart, Bobby Unser, Ari Vatanen and Alex Zanardi. Find his book at your local bookstore or on Amazon http://bit.ly/WillBuxtonBook

We are honored to have Will Buxton on the show. Follow him at @wbuxtonofficial on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Sep 07 2019

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#168 Author Chris Balish: How to Live Well Without a Car!

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$147,000 dollars

That’s how much money our guest this week, Chris Balish, saved by making one really smart financial decision. His wife Jennifer, has saved more than $54,000 by making the same decision, thus together they’ve saved $200,000. They are completely debt-free, and within another year or two, they're going to pay cash for a house.

How did they do it? By going car free. They occasionally rent cars and frequently ride in cars, they just don't own one -- the fixed costs are too high.

There are many benefits to living car free, and the financial windfall is at the top of the list. According to the American Automobile Association, the average cost of car ownership is $8,400 a year -- over $700 per month. Keep in mind that you pay for your car in after-tax dollars. So a $700 monthly car cost eats up approximately $1,000 in salary. Every month.

How would you like to boost your income by one thousand dollars a month without a side hustle and without having to beg your boss for a raise? What could you do with that money? Lots of things. Pay off debt, like credit cards or student loans. Save it. Invest it. Buy an appreciating asset like a house or rental property. Buy Bitcoins if you're feeling sassy. Travel. Save for a child’s college. Or even pay off your mortgage and retire early. Serious question: how would you like to be debt free and have six figures of cash in the bank -- without doing any extra work?

THE CAR FREE LIFESTYLE

When you go car free not only will you save a boatload of cash, you’ll also reduce your stress level, lose weight, improve your health, live longer, retire sooner, and do your part to help fight climate change.

When Chris first got rid of his car, he was a TV News anchor in St. Louis, Missouri. Within a few months of bicycle commuting to work he lost 25 pounds and saw his abs for the first time in years. Even though he was eating as much as he wanted. It’s all possible with one smart lifestyle choice… going car free. You will still ride in cars and rent them occasionally, you just won't own one. Chris and his wife Jennifer have lived in the global epicenter of car culture, Los Angeles, California, for years.

Exciting news! Chris and his wife, Jennifer now teach a course to help you become car free and save money! Learn more about it at http://bit.ly/CarFreeCourse

Aug 31 2019

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This is one of the best car shows on podcast right now!

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Wrench Nation is awesome with host Frank! Has amazing guests each and every week.