The World of Karting: How To Get Started And Why You Should Start Racing Karts!
Kart Racing! From indoor fun karts, to sprint karts, to shifter Karts. We talk with Davin Sturdivant about how to get started in karting, and why kart racing is so fun and more accessible than you think. We talk about the different karts, the costs, the different types of series, classes, engines, chassis tuning, the safety gear, and relative safety of the sport, but also the World Karting Championship in Las Vegas where you can run against some of the fastest racers in the world who might show up for just that one race. If you’re looking for more info, or how to get started, check out www.kartpulse.com.
7 Dec 2019
Fabtech Expo: Metal Forming, Fabricating, Welding & Finishing
Fabtech Expo is the largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event in North America. We sit down with William Petrow of Broken Motorsport, Gary Cupp, and Gabe Ott to learn what we missed. We talk about the rapidly changing technology of fabrication, welding and automated metal forming. Everything from giant robotic presses, to water jet tables for home use, to crazy welding technologies like some sand that gets poured over the weld instead of gas. There was even a virtual reality welding machine that evaluates your welds and teaches at the same time. Most of the discussion is focused on how the new technology can be used in motorsport, but if you missed FABTECH, have a listen and catch up on your fabrication knowledge.
17 Nov 2019
The 2019 Baja 1000, Adventure or Misery?
We talk to two Baja 1000 racers within 24hrs of the end of the 2019 running of the race. One has a lot of experience(Roy Tomkins), the other racer is brand new, (Jim Locke). But Jim has been racing for decades, just not in the desert. We apologize for the cell-phone, radio show nature of the call, but this is how you hear the first hand accounts of running the BAJA 1000!Roy has not only been racing and winning in the desert, but building these awesome race trucks-maybe a little too awesome. Jim has worked on, built, and crewed on almost every car a racetrack from GRC to SCCA to INDYCAR to the vintage GTP and modern Indy cars. Both teams DNF’d, but for very different reasons. The commonality is their attitude which turned what could have been misery into an adventure of a lifetime.
26 Nov 2019
Innovations In Motorsport
Innovations in car racing. From six wheeled race cars, to vacuum cleaners, giant moveable wings, active shocks, ground effects, and even jet ski ground effects! Inboard brakes, compressed air reservoirs at Dakar, homemade Dakar oil, and homemade oil pans. We sit down with Anders Green and discuss a bunch of cool innovations in racing. Sometimes you do what it takes to win, and sometimes you do what it takes to finish. Car racing forces you solve problems. Sometimes you solve them beautifully, and sometimes you solve those problems crudely, but even your worst race, or race innovation, is better than winning or finishing the race. As they say, "impossible is nothing"
4 Dec 2019
Most Popular Podcasts
The Lastest in Driver Safety Gear with Trevor Andrusko
Trevor Andrusko and I discuss the latest drivers safety gear from the Performance Racing Show in Indianapolis. Trevor is motorsport consultant and professional driver coach. He runs Track 9 consulting with Tyler Hoffman and provides turn key solutions for racers of all levels. If you want to learn to race, or plan a racing season, or develop a race car, or build out your own team, Trevor and Tyler can help you with the process.Trevor and I walked the PRI show and looked at the latest in driver safety gear and found some amazing products. 11 point racing harnesses, $12,000 carbon fiber seats and a new fire retardant long underwear that might just save your life. You can reach Trevor and Tyler through their Facebook Page:https://www.facebook.com/Track9MotorsportsConsulting/
19 Dec 2019
Tony Salloum: Founder of VAC Motorsport - "How It All Started"
Tony Salloum, the founder of VAC Motorsports, is legend of BMW racing and tuning. He builds and sells some of the finest parts you can put on your race car. We sat down with Tony at The Performance Racing industry Show to understand how he got into cars, racing, and how he started VAC Motorsports. We talked about how Tony first got into cars at his father's shop as a kid and how he ran the family food truck and restaurant. Then at age 19, Tony’s started his first auto-body shop and really started learning how to build cars and race cars. We talked about his first rally car(not a BMW) and this uncle’s auto-body shop and his BMW 635csi in the hills of Jerusalem. The story is fascinating. Tony builds and sells some of the finest parts for race cars, but the story of how he got started is even better!http://www.vacmotorsports.com
17 Dec 2019
Old Tech, New Tech, with Anders Green
Old Tech, New Tech is where we discuss automotive technology and compare advances against "the way it used to be." Has the technology made our driving experience better? More enjoyable? Safer? Easier? Or has the technology detracted from the pure driving moments that we all love so much? What is your favorite? "Old School Kool" vs. "New School Tech"This includes anti-lock brakes, traction control, fuel injection, GPS, digital dashboards, electronically adjusted suspension, OBDII, manual transmissions, dual clutches, adaptive headlights, laser/radar cruise controls, etc.
15 Nov 2019
Greg Salzillo: Winner Of The Hot Wheels Legends Tour
Greg Salzillo won the 2019 Hot Wheels Legends Tour with a 1957 Nash Metropolitan built by himself and his friend Dave Ford. The car is very custom yet maintains much of the old patina as well and now its being turned into an actual Hot Wheels car! Greg and I talked at The Performance Racing Show about how he got into cars and why he built the Nash. We learned about the Hot Wheels Legends Tour and how he nearly lost the Nash before winning winning the El Segundo round of the tour and moving onto SEMA where he took first overall. We talked about hot rod and rat rod culture and what it takes to build your own custom vehicle. We also talked about where he gets his ideas and concepts from: “The metal kind of talks to you”Greg also told us about his shop (and the fields of lavender) where he and Dave Ford build their cars like the 1933 Green Truck and the Model A that came before the Nash. Greg has built a lot of cars, but so far it’s been for fun and to inspire his kids to grow up and do the same. Now that his car is being turned into a Hot Wheels, he’ll get the chance to inspire even more kids.
30 Dec 2019
Motorsport Marketing and Promotion: How To Take Control Of Your Branding
Joe Beckham is a motorsport marketing gypsy and excels at branding and promotion. He runs Axcel sports which provides motorsport apparel and branding solutions to some of the top race teams in the United States. We sat down with Joe at The Performance Racing Industry Show to discuss what works in motorsport marketing, and more importantly, what doesn’t work. We talked about when is it time to improve your teams look? How small of an order can you place for apparel? What things should you have in place before pitching sponsors or taking your game to the next level? But we also discussed how you can do this at a smaller level. How you can take what you do trackside, and convert it into real work market place activities. Some of the tools are for larger teams, but many of the concepts apply to grassroots racers as well. Ever called a TV station to cover you? Joe Beckham tells us how some these tools can work for you. How you can take control of your motorsport marketing and promotion. Joes runs Axcel Sports and provides motorsport apparel and branding solutions to some of the top teams in the US. But he can also outfit smaller teams as well. Check out their website: https://www.axcelsports.com (The checklist mentioned in the podcast is coming soon!)
27 Dec 2019
Understanding Race Car Santa Claus
Bill Caswell explains his concept of Race Car Santa Claus where he plans to drive cross-country in a mobile fabrication truck/RV and build free race cars for the best, not the fastest, drivers in each region. Race Car Santa Claus is to help drivers take the final step to go racing. Bill Caswell explains how the application and selection process will work and what he’s looking for in a driver…which sounds like the 25 year old version of himself.
19 Nov 2019