THE DRIVE with Alan Taylor | Episode #255
NASCAR news, tire troubles, and movie car magic? What are we not talking about in this episode of The Drive? Josh Hancock is up to his usual shenanigans, Karl Brauer finally heard from Ford regarding his GT, and Brian Moody has been buzzing around in a Corvette. It’s time to step into the driver’s seat – tune in now!
- [00:00:00] Rise and Fall
- [00:05:13] Saying Goodbye?
- [00:12:29] Business, Burgers, and Hot August Nights
- [00:19:41] For the Tire Buyer
- [00:29:58] Street Survival School
- [00:35:44] One Lap of America
- [00:42:06] Movie Car Man
- [00:47:57] The Lady’s Ride
- [00:54:38] Corvette Grand Sport
- [01:01:50] Transmission Overload
- [01:12:50] Fueling Up
- [01:17:53] Kia and Quality
- [01:24:14] The Acceptance Letter
- [01:29:46] Organ Market
- [01:36:47] Three, Two, One
- [01:44:08] Garage Squad
- [01:55:03] Hot August Nights
- [02:00:12] Liquid Steel
Discover more about segments and guests below…
[00:00:00] Rise and Fall
The big news in NASCAR currently is Dale Jr.’s temporary hiatus and as a result the return of Jeff Gordon. We’ve invited Steve Cole Smith (@RACERmag) to the show to give us more details on the medical issues Jr. is facing.
[00:05:13] Saying Goodbye?
[00:12:29] Business, Burgers, and Hot August Nights
Alan has recently launched a new video series called Business and Burgers. It’s exactly what it sounds like – business advice with some excellent burgers thrown in too! You can check out the first video at businessandburgers.com. In addition, Hot August Nights is just around the corner. Find out what new events have been added to the mix this year.
[00:19:41] For the Tire Buyer
Tires are ridiculously expensive. Alan recently bought a set of new tires for his wife’s Fiat, and they were going to cost him $800! Enter Matt Edmonds, Vice President at Tire Rack (@tire_rack). Matt saved the day and helped Alan get the tires for under $500. Let’s hear how!
[00:29:58] Street Survival School
Driver’s Ed has fallen to the wayside, and Tire Rack (@tire_rack) wants to make sure teen drivers still get the information and instruction they need. Tire Rack’s Street Survival School is about more than driving; it’s about living. Find more information here.
[00:35:44] One Lap of America
Do you have a bit of racing experience and want to explore America? One Lap of America brings together an amazing group of vehicles that race a unique course across the U.S. for one week.
[00:42:06] Movie Car Man
[00:47:57] The Lady’s Ride
Josh Hancock (@JOSHCAR) would like to know who Lady Gaga’s car adviser is, as she was recently spotted in a Ford F-150 Lightning. The star only recently got her license, leading Alan to mull over the reasons one might not want to drive until much later in life.
[00:54:38] Corvette Grand Sport
[01:01:50] Transmission Overload
Are car manufacturers getting out of control with their 8, 9, and 10 speed transmissions? And who in “the press” can we trust to deliver reliable car reviews? Alan, Josh Hancock (@JOSHCAR), and Brian Moody (@AutoTrader_com) share their thoughts.
[01:12:50] Fueling Up
Not all gasoline is created equal. The guys discuss various studies that show which gas may make your car less efficient over time, and which will bring out the best in your vehicle.
[01:17:53] Kia and Quality
Quality, comfort, and excellent features – Kia (@Kia) has been able to check off each box with confidence. Brian Moody from Auto Trader (@AutoTrader_com) drove a Kia Sedona for a year without a single issue, as did BJ Killeen (@CarBuzzard). These vehicles prove that you don’t have to spend a ton of money to get a reliable automobile.
[01:24:14] The Acceptance Letter
Are you ready for some huge, incredible, wonderful news?! Karl Brauer (@KelleyBlueBook) gets to buy the new Ford GT! In case you didn’t know, only 500 of these bad boys will be made, and there were over 6,500 applicants from around the world. But at a price of half a million bucks, Alan wants to know how Karl is planning to pay for it.
[01:29:46] Organ Market
There are so many decisions Karl Brauer (@KelleyBlueBook) has to make now that he’s one of 500 others who get to purchase the new Ford GT. For instance, which organ will he be selling to cover the cost? And what color will he choose? The guys mull over these pressing questions.
[01:36:47] Three, Two, One
Alan throws down a challenge to Karl (@KelleyBlueBook)- Viper versus GT! Who will come out on top?
[01:44:08] Garage Squad
Do you have a project car that’s been sitting in your garage since dinosaurs roamed the Earth? Maybe you should check out Garage Squad (@GarageSquadTV), the show where a team of mechanics and car experts travel to people’s homes and help them fix up their dream car – in less than a week!
[01:55:03] Hot August Nights
[02:00:12] Liquid Steel
Are you in need of a protective coating for your truck, trailer, or even a boat? Look no further than Line-X (@LINEXProtects), a spray on polyurethane/polyurea blend that can withstand incredible amounts of abuse and goes from a liquid to a solid in around 5 seconds. Terry Pe, Vice President of Product Development, has more info.
Special Guests and Contributors:
- Contributor: Steven Cole Smith | Automotive Journalist
- Contributor: Josh Hancock | Hollywood Car Consultant, JoshCAR
- Contributor: Brian Moody | Executive Editor, Autotrader
- Contributor: Karl Brauer | Senior Director of Insights, Kelley Blue Book
- Guest: Matt Edmonds | Vice President, Tire Rack
- Guest: Heather Storm | Co-host, Garage Squad
- Guest: Terry Pe | Vice President of Product Development, Line-X
- Website: NASCAR
- Website: Business and Burgers
- Website: Hot August Nights
- Website: Tire Rack’s Street Survival School
- Website: One Lap of America
- Website: Kia
- Vehicle Mention: Corvette Grand Sport
- Vehicle Mention: Kia Sedona
- Host: Alan Taylor
- Producer: Brendon Massa
- Production Asst: Joanne Bolden
- Copy Editor: Sara Antonuccio
Our Sponsors & Supported Charities:
- Austin Hatcher Foundation
- Foundation of Human Understanding
- Go RVing
- Haynes Manuals
- Patriot Outreach
- The Little Rock Foundation
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About THE DRIVE with Alan Taylor
THE DRIVE with Alan Taylor puts you in the driver’s seat for a unique, fast paced look at today’s automotive industry. This is your pedal-to-the-metal, two-hour thrill ride devoted to the latest car news and test-drive results, how-to tips car maintenance tips, auto show coverage, expert insights and behind-the-scenes race day action. Don’t miss exclusive interviews with top auto executives, athletes, celebrities and prominent newsmakers from around the world.