THE DRIVE with Alan Taylor | Episode #285

The next generation of car lovers has arrived and it’s in the hands of the industry experts to help them tame their passion. We begin the first hour with Tony Bowie, who shares the mission of the Southwest Research Institute and their involvement with the Shell Eco-marathon. Then, Alan introduces freelance automotive journalist, George Kennedy III, to talk about their shared test drive of the Volvo V90 XC, and George’s 24 Hours to LeMons race. In the second hour, we jump back a couple months to a great show from February; we hear from the king of horsepower, John Hennessey, as well as BJ Killeen, KBB’s Karl Brauer, and owner of Workshop 5001, Marlon Goldberg. Join us to fuel your passion for cars.


  • [00:00:00] A New Generation of Automotive Passion
  • [00:05:54] Southwest Research Institute Inspires Youth
  • [00:12:30] The Sure-Footed Drive Feel of Volvo
  • [00:19:51] Volvo V90 XC is a Lifestyle Station Wagon
  • [00:28:59] A Sweet Appreciation for Station Wagons
  • [00:35:53] Race $500 Cars at 24 Hours of LeMons
  • [00:42:13] Hennessey Performance Revamps 2017 Ford Raptor
  • [00:48:400] Horsepower 101: Aftermarket Mods for Camaro ZL1
  • [00:54:43] BJ Killeen Buys Lincoln MKC SUV, Enjoys Luxury Perks
  • [01:02:04] Hyundai Ioniq’s Modular Drivetrain Platform
  • [01:12:42] Vintage Porsche Sales Rise Says Workshop 5001 Founder
  • [01:18:05] Boutique LA Garage, Workshop 5001, Restores Classics

Discover more about segments and guests below…

[00:00:00] A New Generation of Automotive Passion

A Bugatti in the living room? Sure. A bunch of hot rods peppered throughout the property? You bet. Automotive sculptures so beautiful they could make a grown man cry? We expect nothing less at the dwelling of renowned artist, Stanley Wanless. Alan and crew toured Stanley’s home and the automotive passion was palpable! Rudy serves as a prime example, not only can a passion for cars be a great hobby, but it can turn into a career with many avenues to explore. Rudy isn’t the only role model for car-loving youngsters – There are many people inspiring younger generations to pursue a career in the automotive industry. Tony Bowie, Employee Development Manager of the Southwest Research Institute (SWRI), is ready to instill a passion for the car industry into our youth and has found the perfect venue to do just that. The Shell Eco-marathon is just around the bend, and SWRI will be looking for tenderfooted gear-heads who love cars and technology at their booth. Learn more about the Shell Eco-marathon and SWRI’s involvement now.


[00:05:54] Southwest Research Institute Inspires Youth

Young people everywhere are getting excited about the automotive technology. Southwest Research Institute is an independent, non-profit, applied research and development company which has been involved in the ‘transportation business’ for many years. Tony Bowie says SWRI reaches out to kids of all experience levels who are interested in transportation technology at events like the upcoming Shell Eco-marathon in Detroit. At the Shell Eco-marathon, teenage students have the chance to talk face-to-face with automotive engineers and get assistance tuning their hyper-millage vehicle. With event participants at such a critical age, SWRI aims to nurture their interests in automotive engineering by offering opportunities for future growth and development. The engineers of tomorrow are here. Learn more now.


[00:12:30] The Sure-Footed Drive Feel of Volvo

Only one week away from the 2017 New York International Auto Show, Alan divulges a few of the new cars he will be unveiling to the world on ABC’s “LIVE with Kelly”. Then, he introduces freelance automotive journalist, George Kennedy III, who writes for the Boston Globe and many other notable publications. Alan tells some stories about Volvos that he has driven in the past to gear up to a review of the new Volvo V90 XC. From ice-covered roads in Alaska to the desert in Baja Mexico, the sure-footed traction of the Volvo remained true. Discover more now.


[00:19:51] Volvo V90 XC is a Lifestyle Station Wagon

Alan feared for his life as he zoomed around town in the Volvo V90 XC with freelance automotive journalist, George Kennedy III. While Alan may not be used to a ‘Boston driver’, George reassures him that the east coast has some of the best drivers around. When they climbed into the 4-cylinder Volvo, George assumed that he would have to slam down the throttle to harness its power at a red light. Well, the twincharged engine needed a bit more finesse than that as it boasts an impressive 316-HP and 295-LB feet of torque. After getting out of town, the guys got to test out the new Volvo’s handling in muddy conditions where the V90 XC proved its mettle yet again. This higher-clearance wagon is a lifestyle car that can get you where you need to go.


[00:28:59] A Sweet Appreciation for Station Wagons

Alan chats with George Kennedy III, automotive journalist for the Boston Globe and other notable publications. They spend some time appreciating the glory and versatility of station wagons. Unfortunately, wagons only made up about 1.1% of vehicle sales in the USA in 2016, but with the release of new rides like the Volvo V90 XC, the market could see a shake-up. Want a wagon that oozes luxury? George tells us that Porsche will be releasing a Panamera Wagon in 2018 (Alan cries, “Blasphemy!”). Are you ready to fall back in love with station wagons?


[00:35:53] Race $500 Cars at 24 Hours of LeMons

Does a long-ass endurance race with a terrible (and CHEAP) car sound like your idea of a good time? For automotive journalist, George Kennedy III, it may be heaven. 24 Hours of LeMons is a car race with an alarmingly inexpensive spending cap of $500 per vehicle (not including safety features such as brakes and tires). George has witnessed some very bizarre cars out on the track, the most notable of which was a Monte Carlo body on a Toyota LR chassis. This is a REAL race complete with a unique set of wacky rules; if you don’t stay on the track, then you must either solve a trigonometry problem in pit row or drive with a person saran-wrapped to the top of your car – Yeah, wacky. Join us for more on the irresistibly eccentric event.


[00:42:13] Hennessey Performance Revamps 2017 Ford Raptor

The 2017 Ford Raptor is the “Swiss Army Knife of vehicles”, as John Hennessey puts it. This truck can do everything you need it to do; hauling, towing, every-day driving, and even dirt racing. As if all of that was not enough, Hennessey Performance has created the VelociRaptor 600 Supercharged Engine Upgrade, effectively making the Raptor taller, faster, and wider – Oh my! Did we mention that with Hennessey’s skilled tuning, the 2017 V6 10-speed cranked out more power than the 6.2L V8 on the dyno? Discover how this already well-rounded truck is reaching next-level heights.


[00:48:400] Horsepower 101: Aftermarket Mods for Camaro ZL1

Nobody knows horsepower like John Hennessey of Hennessey Performance. John shares his experience with the stock Camaro ZL1 and its surprising speed battle against the Corvette Z06. The Camaro’s supercharged V8 has powerful torque while remaining light and nimble. If stock doesn’t satisfy your heart’s desires, you can add 100-HP with the Hennessey HPE750 Parts Kit for roughly $7,000. Now that we’ve got your gears turning, we have to ask: Do you have a passion for horsepower? The Hennessey Tuner School teaches students to modify wheels, tires, suspension, and tuning in addition to hands-on welding and fabrication techniques, and a powerful knowledge of superchargers and turbochargers. Discover how you can sharpen your skills in this 14-week program.


[00:54:43] BJ Killeen Buys Lincoln MKC SUV, Enjoys Luxury Perks

After 30 years, it was finally time for BJ Killeen to buy a new car. After much deliberation, she knew that her appetite for luxury could only be satiated by the compact Lincoln MKC SUV. BJ was immediately drawn to the MKC because of Lincoln’s unique “pickup and delivery ownership experience.” The convenient service allows you to contact a local dealership via smartphone app, have your vehicle picked up, serviced, washed and dropped off at your destination of choice – in the meantime, owners enjoy a complimentary loner vehicle. BJ also raves about the elegantly integrated, tech-savvy features including SYNC 3  system with MyLincoln Touch features, and Active Park Assist. Are you ready to get behind the wheel of this comfortable, ritzy ride?


[01:02:04] Hyundai Ioniq’s Modular Drivetrain Platform

For the first time, Hyundai has created a modular electric drivetrain platform, and it’s flippin’ brilliant! Kelley Blue Book’s Karl Brauer explains that the Hyundai Ioniq has three different engine options; hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and pure EV. These cars have a sufficient driving range of 124 miles, 136 MPGe efficiency, and a price tag as low as $19,000 after state and federal rebates. Worried about a low-in-class drive range? Built-in navigation helps drivers find the nearest charging station to help eliminate any ‘range anxiety’. Plus, the Ioniq is small, yet spacious with the most interior volume of any hybrid on the market. Karl shares release dates and notable details of the innovative Ioniq.


[01:12:42] Vintage Porsche Sales Rise Says Workshop 5001 Founder

Today’s classic car collectors seem to be setting their sights on the vintage Porsche. Marlon Goldberg, Founder of Workshop 5001 in LA and former Singer restorer, is not surprised by the reemergence of Porsche’s popularity. These cars cost a pretty penny to work on, so it’s important for enthusiasts to find a quality restorer. Cue Marlon’s shop, Workshop 5001, a boutique garage specializing in high-end classics and working with many exclusive vendors in order to rejuvenate and refine the most exquisite project vehicles. Find out how Workshop 5001 is making waves in the car world.


[01:18:05] Boutique LA Garage, Workshop 5001, Restores Classics

Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates may have started the trend but there is no doubt about it, the vintage Porsche is taking the collector car world by storm. Porsche enthusiasts are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on these exquisite machines and they are looking for skilled craftsmen to work on them. Marlon Goldberg, Founder of LA Workshop 5001, shares a little about the specialty work they do on the classics in their garage. With a global network of specialty vendors and fabricators, they are able to deliver the finest quality materials and finished products. As of now, the garage is focusing on the vintage Porsche due to efficiency and vendors, but they plan to keep the door open to new ideas for hot rod customization. Get the inside track on the vintage Porsche world and the garage that puts out nothing but quality.


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Episode Credits:

  • Program Host: Alan Taylor
  • Producer: Dave Milligan
  • Production Assistant: Joanne Bolden
  • Audio Engineer: Dave Milligan
  • Copy Editor: Jess Baumgardner
  • Graphic Design: Becky Vaughn

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