Rank #1: Alex Roy
Alexander Roy would have piloted his BMW M5 coast-to-coast in a Guinness World Record time of 31 hours, 4 minutes…if Guinness World Book officials recognized such a dangerous record attempt. Roy joined A.J. on the CarStories.com Podcast to talk about the years or preparation he and co-driver Dave Maher put into breaking the “unofficial” 1983 US Express record and the controversy it sparked.
Jul 07 2015
Rank #2: Matt Farah
Jan 06 2015
Rank #3: Tanner Foust
Top Gear Host & Global Rallycross Champion Tanner Foust sits down with Chris and A.J. to talk about his childhood love of driving, his rally racing career, performing Hot Wheels stunts and hosting Top Gear on History.
Oct 02 2014
Rank #4: Richard Rawlings
Richard Rawlings of Gas Monkey Garage and the Discovery Channel show Fast & Loud joins A.J. on the CarStories.com podcast to talk about the cars he's bought, built and flipped over the years. They discuss the current trends in automotive customization, his personal collection and his mist recent acquisitions from the Barrett-Jackson auctions.
Mar 24 2015
Rank #5: Brian Scotto from Hoonigan Industries
Brian Scotto is the co-founder and Chief Brand Officer for Hoonigan Industries, best known for the crazy car exploits of their other founder, Ken Block. Brian is an incredible guy with a huge wealth of talent and knowledge when it comes to cars and car culture and he has helped turn Hoonigan into one of the world's biggest automotive lifestyle brands. Kyle and James were lucky enough to get Brian in the CarStories hot seat just days before the official launch of Climbkhana, the latest Hoonigan masterpiece which sees Ken Block rocketing up Pike's Peak in a 1200+ horsepower twin-turbocharged Hoonicorn Mustang. Brian is also great because he's one of those guys who if you can get them talking, they'll just keep talking indefinitely and typically end up saying some really interesting stuff. This episode is a long one, but it's one of our favorites. Give it a listen and then make sure to go check out Climbkhana on YouTube!
Sep 28 2017
Rank #6: Spike Feresten
This week, Spike Feresten stops into the Car Stories studio to talk about how working with the likes of Jerry Seinfeld and David Letterman channeled his passion for cars aka "Porsche". He also gives Kyle and James his insider tips on flipping cars and what ultimately led to his own show, Car Matchmaker.
Nov 30 2017
Rank #7: LA Auto Show 2015
Nov 24 2015
Rank #8: Magnus Walker, Patrick Dempsey & Rare Porsches
We attended Deus Ex Machina's "Luftgekuhlt" Porsche cruise-in and got a chance to speak with Magnus Walker, Patrick Dempsey and some owners of very rare porsches.
Sep 09 2014
Rank #9: Jonathan Ward of ICON
Jonathan Ward of TLC & ICON sit down with Chris and A.J. to talk about his high-quality custom build and redotrations. They get into where he got his start, traveling the world in search of Toyota FJ Land Cruisers and his upcoming projects.
Sep 02 2014
Rank #10: Wayne Carini
Chasing Classic Cars' Wayne Carini joins A.J. on the Car Stories podcast to talk about getting his start in restoring cars, being a good salesman and teases a very rare Ferrari that he's about to unveil for Pebble Beach. He say's it's the first Ferrari that could win 'Best of Show'.
Jul 15 2014
Rank #11: Larry Chen
Larry Chen is a man that seems to be everywhere at once. Luckily for us, he tapped the power of his omnipresence to appear at the Petersen in order to sit down and talk to Kyle. Larry is best known as being one of the busiest automotive photographers working today. He is an editor at Speedhunters, a contributor to Hot Rod Magazine, the premier photog for the Formula Drift series and the designated heavy hitter behind the camera for events such as the Gumball 3000 and Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Larry is also a man with an insane work ethic and during his conversation with Kyle, he outlines his rise from being a nerdy California kid with a camera to the giant he his today. Larry and Kyle also get into Larry's fleet of project cars including his super internet-famous Datsun 240z, "Ole Orange Bang," and his daily driver manual-equipped FJ Cruiser. They also touch the nature of print magazines in the US vs Japan and the weird microcosm that is Japanese car culture.
This is a rare look at the mind of someone who has made it his life to seek out car culture wherever it lives, whether that's Barbados or Gatebil or Laguna Seca. He's one of our favorite photographers working today and it was an honor to sit down and pick his brain for 45 minutes. This is a fun one!
Jul 11 2017
Rank #12: Jessi Combs
Television host and metal fabricator Jessi Combs sits down with Chris and A.J. to talk about her unique upbringing, multiple life threatening accidents and what motivates her.
Dec 02 2014
Rank #13: Larry Chen
Larry Chen likes to take pretty pictures for Speedhunters, Hoonigan, Hot Rod magazine, Pikes Peak, Formula D, Global Rallycross, King of the Hammers and many, many more. After having his initial interview with Kyle, Larry spent time with James in Ole Orange Bang to discuss his time as a paparazzo, old cars, new cars, being a Canon instructor, and the luxurious life of an automotive journalist. Larry is always a joy to be around, and it was a great drive up the coast through Malibu.
Jan 25 2018
Rank #14: Adam Carolla
This week James and Kyle somehow managed to trick Mr. Adam Carolla into letting them into his podcasting compound in the San Fernando Valley and sitting down for an episode of CarStories. You know Adam from his many fine podcasts and television appearances as well as from his exploits with Dr. Drew Pinsky and from his work as a documentarian. Adam is a serious automotive enthusiast and has the world's best collection of ex-Paul Newman race cars and Kyle and James had a blast sitting down with him in his studio and picking his brain.
Oct 19 2017
Rank #15: David Kennedy
David Kennedy is the Editor-In-Chief of HOT ROD. David is a lifelong car and truck guy with a passion for powertrains. He sits down with A.J. on the CarStories.com podcast to talk about growing up with East Coast car culture, making the transition from diesel trucks to hot rods, and how the legendary magazine has evolved over the years.
May 05 2015
Rank #16: Nadia Fugazza from Petrolicious
Nadia Fugazza is the editor and producer for Petrolicous. She is an extremely talented lady and she's behind many of your favorite Petrolicious films including the wonderful Derek Bell film that was shot in Sicily with the new 718 Boxster. Nadia grew up in Italy with an Alfa-obsessed father and eventually came to the US to study film at USC here in Los Angeles. She's a wonderful conversationalist and Kyle had a blast chatting with her.
May 23 2017
Rank #17: Rod Emory
He was born into a family that comes as close to Los Angeles automotive royalty as possible. And while that’s fortunate, Rod has made his own mark by building subtle, gorgeous Outlaw Porsche 356s.
May 17 2016
Rank #18: Ken Lingenfelter
Ken Lingenfelter is a good friend of the podcast and we were happy to have him back for the hat trick. Three visits is a big deal, he's been on CarStories more than any other guest. He's a great guy, a huge automotive enthusiast and a big-time philanthropist. We were super excited to hear him explain some of the foibles of Bugatti ownership, the hazards of receiving the daily BringATrailer email when you have an above average budget and lots of other exciting topics.
Nov 01 2016
Rank #19: Tony Angelo
Tony Angelo is the current host of Motor Trend's Hot Rod Garage and a former Formula D competitor and judge. He came by the museum to tell us about his journey through the world of racing and being the host of one of the coolest shows on the internet.
Sep 27 2016
Rank #20: Cheech Marin
We were lucky enough to be invited to judge the Toyota Dream Car kid's art contest with Cheech Marin a few months ago and Mr. Marin was nice enough to sit down with us to record a short (yet sweet) podcast where he talks about his involvement with the Cars franchise, his love of Chicano art, lowriders, and more. This is a fun one and making it was an amazing experience for both Kyle and James.
Keep an eye out for the rest of the CarStories Toyota special coming up soon!
Jun 13 2017