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?

We continue our discussion on Dale Jr. with Steven Cole Smith (@RACERmag). Should NASCAR prepare for Dale’s possible retirement? How badly does he really want or need to come back?


[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 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

Hollywood movie car guru Josh Hancock (@JOSHCAR) has been working on the new Wolverine movie. He can’t tell us much about it, but he does promise that it will be awesome!


[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

Brian Moody, Site Editor for Auto Trader (@AutoTrader_com), recently drove the new Corvette Grand Sport. This car is tailor made for the ultimate Corvette guy, and it has the price tag to match.


[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

Hot August Nights is in full swing, and Alan is the Grand Marshal! Can we convince Heather Storm from Garage Squad (@GarageSquadTV) to come out and join us?


[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:

Episode Credits:

  • Host: Alan Taylor
  • Producer: Brendon Massa
  • Production Asst: Joanne Bolden
  • Copy Editor: Sara Antonuccio

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