THE DRIVE with Alan Taylor | Episode #260

Join us for a special episode broadcast from Monterey Car Week. Today we’re at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance with notable guests including Jay Leno, Barry Meguiar, Jay Ward, Craig Jackson, Ralph Gilles and more!


  • [00:00:00] #TheNext100
  • [00:06:25] Benedict Castle Concours
  • [00:12:57] Collector Car Insurance
  • [00:19:51] Picture Perfect
  • [00:27:47] Elixir Effect
  • [00:35:52] Future of Viper
  • [00:41:11] The Quail
  • [00:47:02] Cars Yeah
  • [00:53:41] Who’s Who
  • [01:01:02] Jay Leno’s Garage
  • [01:06:21] Jay Leno & Barry Meguiar
  • [01:17:03] Pebble Beach Stand Outs
  • [01:22:35] Creating Cars
  • [01:29:08] Uniting Generations
  • [01:33:44] Wrecking Yard Years
  • [01:41:06] Clone Cars
  • [01:51:03] Buying Smart
  • [01:57:08] Signing Off with Barry Meguiar


Discover more about segments and guests below…


[00:00:00] #TheNext100

This year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance featured the special marque, 100 years of BMW. We explore the eclectic compilation of cars from a BMW 319 to Elvis Presley’s infamous 1957 507 roadster with BMW North America (@BMW) Corporate Communications Manager, Dave Buchko (@DaveBuchko).


[00:06:25] Benedict Castle Concours

Nicole Meguiar Northcote gives us a preview of the upcoming Benedict Castle Concours presented by Crossroads Car Shows. We learn more about the event’s unique blend of celebrating the car hobby and benefiting a fantastic charity, the Teen Challenge of Southern California (@scteenchallenge).


[00:12:57] Collector Car Insurance

You’ve worked hard to save up your pennies and earn that prized collector car. Is your insurance working just as hard to protect you and your vehicle? TDC Risk Management Principal, Jim Schwarzkopf (@jimschwarzkopf), fills us in on the benefits of Barrett-Jackson Endorsed Collector Car Insurance (@Barrett-Jackson).


[00:19:51] Picture Perfect

As a young designer at Ford Motor Company, Ken Eberts, took a keen interest in the Ford GT40. Now serving as President of the Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS), Ken brought his passion to life when creating the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance poster which features three GT40’s which won the Hours of Le Mans in 1966. Learn more about what inspired Ken to create this new masterpiece.


[00:27:47] Elixir Effect

For some, a car is simply a tool to get from Point A to Point B, but that ain’t our audience! Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (@FiatChrysler_NA) Global Head of Design, Ralph Gilles (@RalphGilles), describes what he calls the elixir effect – the emotional high you experience when driving an epic car like Alan’s Dodge Viper ACR.


[00:35:52] Future of Viper

The Dodge Viper will be taking a hiatus from the production line for the foreseeable future. FCA (@FiatChrysler_NA) Global Head of Design, Ralph Gilles (@RalphGilles), predicts what’s to come for the iconic nameplate and others in the FCA lineup. Spoiler alert: turbos are here to stay.


[00:41:11] The Quail

There’s so much to do at Monterey Car Week, Alan couldn’t see it all himself. Host of the Cars Yeah podcast, Mark Greene (@CarsYeahPodcast) reports from The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, and says it was better than ever before!


[00:47:02] Cars Yeah

Mark Greene (@CarsYeahPodcast) is a lifelong car guy, but it wasn’t until a family illness that he chose to make a passion for petrol his stay-at-home occupation. Tune in for the origin story of Cars Yeah.


[00:53:41] Who’s Who

With more than 600 guests on Cars Yeah in just two short years, who has been Host, Mark Greene‘s (@CarsYeahPodcast) favorite? Mark spills the beans, and his answer may surprise you.


[01:01:02] Jay Leno’s Garage

Jay Leno (@JayLeno) has a deep passion for all things on wheels. Car-lovers everywhere can travel with Jay on his television and web series, Jay Leno’s Garage (@JayLenoGarage). Alan gets the behind-the-scenes details on a recent episode featuring a 360 degree vehicle tour.


[01:06:21] Jay Leno & Barry Meguiar

We learn about Jay Leno‘s (@jayleno) latest project vehicle, a 1971 3.75 Mercedes-Benz Coupe, find out why he compares the beauty of a motorcycle to a fine watch, get his take on Uber using self-driving Volvo XC90’s, discuss his favorite late model vehicles, and more. Then, the one and only Barry Meguiar (@Barry_Meguiar) pulls up to the mic to talk collector cars. Tune in, this is one jam-packed segment!


[01:17:03] Pebble Beach Stand Outs

Jay Leno‘s (@jayleno) and Barry Meguiar (@Barry_Meguiar) are pros when it comes to attending car shows. They’ve seen it all… almost. Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance showcases rare vehicles that catch the eye of the most seasoned attendee. Which rides stand out at this year’s event? Find out.


[01:22:35] Creating Cars

Following our theme of cars in Hollywood, we catch up with Pixar’s Cars Creative Director and Legacy Guardian, Jay Ward (@MisterJayWard). Jay draws parallels between real world car design and animation. Plus, find out what it’s like to serve as an honorary judge at Pebble Beach.


[01:29:08] Uniting Generations

What does the Cars Creative Director use as his daily driver? Where did his love-affair with cars begin? We go deep with Jay Ward (@MisterJayWard), the man behind the endearing movie franchise capturing the hearts of old and young gear-heads everywhere.


[01:33:44] Wrecking Yard Years

John D’Agostino of Celebrity Kustoms and Steve Mank of Conestogo Motors reminisce with Alan about long days spent in the wrecking yard before we find out how they both got started in the car business.


[01:41:06] Clone Cars

As we head into fall, we gear up for Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas (@Barrett-Jackson). Alan and Barrett-Jackson CEO, Craig Jackson, look back at an informative symposium which took place at the inaugural Mohegan Sun event, teaching car enthusiasts to properly identify “clone cars” and other modified vehicles.


[01:51:03] Buying Smart

When you purchase a collector car, Alan says, “You buy from the heart.” How can buyers make sure they buy smart, and don’t get duped by an impostor vehicle? Craig Jackson explains how Barrett-Jackson (@Barrett_Jackson) tries to safeguard the buying process at their auctions. Then, Barry Meguiar (@Barry_Meguiar) pops on the mic to give much deserved kudos to Craig.


[01:57:08] Signing Off with Barry Meguiar

Closing out our special episode, we take a moment to appreciate the high drama and stunning spectacle of Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance with long-time friend of the program and Meguiar’s (@Meguiars) President, Barry Meguiar (@Barry_Meguiar). Plus, learn more about upcoming events, Cruisin’ for a Cure and Benedict Castle Concours.


Special Guests and Contributors:

Episode Credits:

  • Host: Alan Taylor
  • Producer: Jason Masters
  • Production Asst.: Joanne Bolden
  • Copy Editor: Becky Vaughn

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