THE DRIVE with Alan Taylor | Episode #257

There’s a whole slew of new developments in the lives of all of our friends, such as Karl Brauer’s new website and Michael Austin’s virtual reality app from Autoblog. We also have NASCAR news from Steven Cole Smith and shop safety from Chris Duke.


  • [00:00:00] The Olympics
  • [00:05:55] Banning Burnouts
  • [00:12:30] Update on Dale Jr.
  • [00:19:53] Inde Motorsports Ranch
  • [00:30:40] The Course
  • [00:35:57] Membership at Inde
  • [00:42:17] Autoblog VR
  • [00:48:30] Seamless Video
  • [00:54:51] Water Cooler News
  • [01:02:11] Jaguar F-Pace
  • [01:11:46]
  • [01:18:20] Mercedes Benz C300
  • [01:24:34] Giving Flesh to the Car Gods
  • [01:30:57] Blood, Sweat, and more Blood
  • [01:37:06] Car Safety with Chris
  • [01:44:28] Best Cars for Teens
  • [01:53:46] Autolympics
  • [02:00:29] 2016 Ford Edge Sport


Discover more about segments and guests below…


[00:00:00] The Olympics

With the Olympics dominating the news, how could we not talk about it? Steven Cole Smith (@RACERmag) switches from motorsports to athletic reporting momentarily to discuss the continuing success of Michael Phelps.


[00:05:55] Banning Burnouts

There isn’t a whole lot going on this weekend in the racing world, but there has been some debate in NASCAR over victory lap burnouts. The pressing question is how drivers can celebrate a win without completely destroying their car?


[00:12:30] Update on Dale Jr.

We receive the latest update on Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s progress from Steven Cole Smith (@RACERmag). There’s still no word on whether or not he will be returning to NASCAR, but Alan and Steven agree that it will be understandable should he choose to stop racing. We also take a moment to honor the late Bryan Clauson, a young dirt track racer who was killed in a crash earlier this month.


[00:19:53] Inde Motorsports Ranch

Looking for a destination getaway catered towards motorsports enthusiasts? Try out Inde Motorsports Ranch (@IndeMotorsports), a private resort with a 2.75 mile road course, over 40 different track configurations, and (coming soon) residential lots! We chat with Kai Goddard, Vice President of Business Development and lead professional driver, about all of the various luxuries Inde has to offer.


[00:30:40] The Course

We ask Kai Goddard, Lead Professional Driver at Inde Motorsports Ranch (@IndeMotorsports), about the most important part of any motorsports resort; the track. Learn more about the design, track conditions, and races in this segment.


[00:35:57] Membership at Inde

Kai Goddard shares the details of membership perks at the Inde Motorsports Ranch (@IndeMotorsports) outside of Tucson, Arizona. We also learn about non-member access and membership caps.


[00:42:17] Autoblog VR

Virtual reality is making its way into every industry, including automotive. Michael Austin (@reymiguel), Editor-in-Chief of Autoblog (@therealautoblog), is here to tell us about a brand new app they’ve just launched that allows you to test drive cars – without getting off the couch.


[00:48:30] Seamless Video

Autoblog VR has really made an impression on Alan. But how does it work? Michael Austin (@reymiguel) from Autoblog (@therealautoblog) explains how the app and its content were put together.


[00:54:51] Water Cooler News

Some gossip has been stirring ever since Fast and Furious 8 finished filming. Michael Austin (@reymiguel) gives us the scoop on what supposedly happened to make The Rock so mad. And speaking of rumors, what’s going on with Honda and their “ZSX” trademark?


[01:02:11] Jaguar F-Pace

Karl Brauer (@karlbrauer) from Kelley Blue Book (@KelleyBlueBook) has been driving Jaguar’s first ever SUV – the 2017 F-Pace. Does it make the cut? Find out in this segment.



Karl Brauer (@karlbrauer) is a Ford GT man. He’s had one for 11 years, has amassed a huge amount of information, photos, and stories to go along with it, and now he’s launching a website to bring that information to the public!


[01:18:20] Mercedes Benz C300

We’ve heard about what Karl (@karlbrauer) is driving. What about Alan? The 2017 Mercedes Benz C300 coupe is packed with technology, gets around 25 mpg, and is just plain fun to drive.


[01:24:34] Giving Flesh to the Car Gods

It’s been far too long since we talked about Motorz (@motorz) with Chris Duke (@chrisduketv). Alan wants to know what the hardest job he’s ever done on the show was, and what kind of bodily injuries were sustained. Missing toes, mashed fingers, cuts and scrapes galore – all in the name of the hobby.


[01:30:57] Blood, Sweat, and more Blood

Alan thankfully has all of his limbs, but there have been some close calls. In this segment we hear about the time a Toyota Land Cruiser nearly severed his leg, but was stopped just in time…by his head.


[01:37:06] Car Safety with Chris

Our last two segments have revolved around grisly accidents that can happen at any time when you’re working on cars. How about we discuss avoiding those accidents? Chris (@chrisduketv) is a stickler for safety, which makes him the perfect person to educate us.


[01:44:28] Best Cars for Teens

Looking for a vehicle for your teen? Jamie Page Deaton, Managing Editor for U.S. News & World Report (@usnews), presents a list of the best cars for teenagers, starting under $20,000 and going up to $30,000. Can you guess what took first place?


[01:53:46] Autolympics

Jamie Page Deaton @usnews) has told us all about the best cars for teens; now we’re going to hear about the “autolympics!” The autolympics is a ranking of car companies, their corresponding countries, and the features each country “scores” highest in. The categories range from safety, to reliability, and even interior design!


[02:00:29] 2016 Ford Edge Sport

We close with a look at what Chris Duke (@chrisduketv) has been driving. The 2016 Ford Edge Sport took him from home, to Reno, and back again in style and comfort. His only complaint? The lane departure warning.


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Episode Credits:

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

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