THE DRIVE with Alan Taylor | Episode #262

Fast N’ Loud’s Richard Rawlings and Dennis Collins fill us in on the opulent and odd vehicles they’ll be showcasing at upcoming events like Barrett-Jackson and SEMA, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Hennessey Performance, and get a preview of the latest episode of Motorz. Plus, don’t miss today’s car reviews including the brand new Lincoln Continental, Mazda CX-9, and Ford F-150 Platinum.


  • [00:00:00] Hancock Family Gala
  • [00:06:12] Along Came a Spider
  • [00:12:30] Fabulous Features
  • [00:19:54] EcoBoost Powered Pantera
  • [00:29:15] Getting Rowdy at Barrett-Jackson
  • [00:35:58] Gears and Grub
  • [00:42:18 ] Hobby to Business
  • [00:48:27] Tuning Upgrade
  • [00:54:50] More Speed, Please
  • [01:02:11 ] Customer Service Standouts
  • [01:11:00] Mazda CX-9 Test Drive
  • [01:18:15] Safety First
  • [01:24:34] Listen to the Experts
  • [01:31:07] New from Motorz
  • [01:37:08] Smart Truck Tech
  • [01:44:30] Autoblog UPSHIFT
  • [01:53:26] For Your Viewing Pleasure…
  • [02:00:32] Deals, Deals, Deals!


Discover more about segments and guests below…


[00:00:00] Hancock Family Gala

Our Hollywood car consultant, Josh Hancock (@joshcar), phones in from the Hancock Family Gala, an event hosted by the Hancock Family Fund for Healthy Aging to benefit York Hospital. Josh tells us more about the event which celebrates the lives of Frank and Kay Hancock.


[00:06:12] Along Came a Spider

Alan’s been behind the wheel of a 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Lusso. Even with an automatic transmission, Alan assures Josh Hancock (@joshcar) that the 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo charged engine has plenty of power to get the job done. Tune in for a full review.


[00:12:30] Fabulous Features

Lincoln is taking American luxury to the next level with the brand-spankin’ new Continental. Josh Hancock (@joshcar) offers high praise for the stylish powerhouse commenting on the interior comfort and unique engine options.


[00:19:54] EcoBoost Powered Pantera

When Fast N’ Loud’s Aaron Kaufman wanted to transplant a Ford EcoBoost V6 into a Pantera, they said it couldn’t be done. Challenge accepted! Richard Rawlings (@RRRawlings) and Dennis Collins (@CollinsBrosJeep) give us a sneak peek at the wickedly fast project car that will display at SEMA.


[00:29:15] Getting Rowdy at Barrett-Jackson

Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas is just around the corner, and you’d better bet that Fast N’ Loud’s Richard Rawlings (@RRRawlings) and Dennis Collins (@CollinsBrosJeep) will be bringing premium cars to cross the block including an insanely perfect 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L89 Coupe and a just-plain-insane 1967 Camaro 4×4 Conversion.


[00:35:58] Gears and Grub

It’s official, Richard Rawlings (@RRRawlings) and Dennis Collins (@CollinsBrosJeep) will be unveiling the breathtaking 1957 Dual-Ghia Serial Number 1 at the Barrett-Jackson booth during SEMA. We learn more about this ultra-rare beauty. Changing gears, Richard shares details on his latest venture, Richard Rawlings’ Garage in Fort Hood, a restaurant for car-lovers featuring American comfort food.


[00:42:18] Hobby to Business

Back in 1991, John Hennessey had a passion for auto racing, but found that his budget was quickly dwindling. In need of capital to support his hobby, John followed in the footsteps of Carroll Shelby, and began a business modifying his favorite race cars. 25 years later, we find out how Hennessey Performance (@hennesseyperf) will celebrate this notable anniversary.


[00:48:27] Tuning Upgrade

Looking to soup-up your Ford Focus RS? The new Hennessey Performance (@HennesseyPerf) HPE400 tuning upgrade turns the fun daily driver into an affordable speed demon. For more on this is John “Drive It like You Stole It” Hennessey.


[00:54:50] More Speed, Please

There are a lot of high horsepower machines out there that will give you speed and dependability. BJ Killeen (@driverstalk) and Alan discuss how Hennessey Performance and other tuners are turning up the dial on high-quality performance upgrades.


[01:02:11 ] Customer Service Standouts

With so many amazing new cars on the road today, how do OEM’s differentiate themselves? Alan and BJ Killeen (@driverstalk) say it goes past vehicle comfort, style and dependability. We dig into the growing trend of hassle-free vehicle maintenance programs.


[01:11:00] Mazda CX-9 Test Drive

When it comes to SUV’s and Crossovers, Mazda offers a robust lineup. BJ Killeen (@driverstalk) reveals her test drive impressions of the Mazda CX-9 Signature weighing the pros (plush interior with angular/artistic styling), and cons (a convoluted connectivity system).


[01:18:15] Safety First

In the previous segment, BJ Killeen (@driverstalk) voiced concerns over the Mazda CX-9 infotainment system. With the rebuttal is long-time friend of the program and Mazda’s Human-Machine Interface Engineer, Matthew Valbuena (@Plays_With_Cars). Matt explains Mazda’s clear cut philosophy when it comes to infotainment systems: while in motion, tactile feedback minimizes the amount of time looking at a screen, reducing distracted driving.


[01:24:34] Listen to the Experts

Do you want to learn more about the car hobby at large? Barrett-Jackson now offers symposiums with leading automotive experts to educate consumers on the car buying experience. Alan invites you to join him at the upcoming auction in Las Vegas to learn more.


[01:31:07] New from Motorz

Are you ready for an all new episode of Motorz (@Motorz)? Chris Duke (@ChrisDukeTV) will walk you through exterior Jeep modifications including; the addition of steps, a new hood, grill, fuel door, and shift knobs. “Jeep Wrangler Exterior Pat 1” is available online now. Check it out on


[01:37:08] Smart Truck Tech

Chris Duke (@ChrisDukeTV) has been putting the 2016 Ford F-150 Platinum 4×4 SuperCrew with V6 EcoBoost through its paces. With an as-tested sticker price of $67,000, does it live up to expectations? Chris shares noteworthy features including the extended range fuel tank and Microsoft SYNC 3 interface.


[01:44:30] Autoblog UPSHIFT

Car-to-car communication, infrastructure planning, and self-driving cars: Autoblog UPSHIFT is an upcoming event in Detroit exploring the future of mobility. Autoblog (@therealautoblog) Editor-in-Chief, Michael Austin is on the phone with details. Then, the rumor mill has been buzzing with talk that Apple will acquire McLaren Technology Group. Could this be Apple’s entry into autonomous cars?


[01:53:26] For Your Viewing Pleasure…

Have you ever asked yourself, “What would happen if I exploded a car filled with confetti?” Well friend, Autoblog (@therealautoblog) has just what the doctor ordered. “CarBoom” is the shameless video series dedicated to ultimate car destruction, and it’s epic! Plus, Hollywood celebs go undercover as car salesmen in “Stars Selling Cars“. With more on both shows is Michael Austin.


[02:00:32] Deals, Deals, Deals!

Take advantage of end of the year sales and carve out an amazing deal on your next car purchase. Alan warns listeners this common mistake will keep you from making the best deal possible. Listen in.


Special Guests and Contributors:

Episode Credits:

  • Host: Alan Taylor
  • Producer: Joanne Bolden
  • Copy Editor: Becky Vaughn

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