THE DRIVE with Alan Taylor | Episode #292

There’s a lot of excitement happening this summer for all of you car lovers out there. Alan has the inside scoop on recent and upcoming events. We cover the 2017 Northeast Barrett-Jackson collector car auction at the Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort in Connecticut. Chris Duke tells us about his test drive of the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro in the shockingly bright color, Krypton Green. Next, we talk with Mike Whan about the 2017 Hot August Nights; 5,000 cars are already registered, Alan will be the Grand Marshall, there will be prizes, cruises and free rock concerts galore! Dennis Collins shares his insane knowledge of classic cars and rare rides. Steven Cole Smith honors Motorsports Hall of Fame inductees. Brendan Scanlan reviews the 2017 Alpha Romeo Stelvio. Automotive icon, Bruce McLaren’s story hits the silver screen – Ed Justice, Jr. reviews the film. At the end of the show, we hear about a dream come true for motorsports enthusiasts from Jason Plotke, Founder of the Apex Motor Club. Get on the fast track for the latest knowledge in the automotive industry, listen now.

  • [00:00:00] Barrett-Jackson Auction at the Mohegan Sun
  • [00:06:10] 2017 Chevrolet Camaro in Krypton Green
  • [00:12:32] Hot August Nights Will Have Over 5,000 Cars
  • [00:19:53] Dennis Collins’ Secret Knowledge of Classics
  • [00:30:05] On the Hunt for a 1981-1985 CJ Scrambler
  • [00:35:54] Classic Cars Dead or Alive Hunts for the Rarest
  • [00:42:15] NASCAR Bids Farewell to Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  • [00:48:52] 2017 Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductees
  • [00:54:47] Alfa Romeo Stelvio Charges Through Nashville
  • [01:02:08] DNA Drive Mode Makes Driving this SUV Smooth
  • [01:08:25] McLaren Hits the Big Screen and it’s Well Done
  • [01:18:08] Apex Motor Club is a Dream for Motor Enthusiasts

Discover more about segments and guests below…

[00:00:00] Barrett-Jackson Auction at the Mohegan Sun

Alan is back from another insane week of traveling, racking up about six hours of sleep in total. In his time away he attended the 2017 Northeast Barrett-Jackson collector car auction in Connecticut at the Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort. Alan spent days talking cars with great guests like Dennis Collins and George Kennedy. Then, Alan headed to Arizona for Melt Down in the Desert to brush up on the latest in social media trends. Last but certainly not least, Chris Duke unveils his latest test drive results of the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro. Learn more.

[00:06:10] 2017 Chevrolet Camaro in Krypton Green

Chris Duke climbs into a Chevrolet Camaro for the first time in his life – Did it live up to the hype? Sporting a Krypton Green paint scheme that would make Kermit the Frog jealous, the 2017 Camaro was exhilarating to behold and drive. Chris had a blast cruising down the freeway with the power of a V6 3.5L 6-speed manual transmission. The trim package he tested had a sticker price of $43,000, but you can slide into a base model for a little less then $37,000. Discover the many features which make this car worth every penny.

[00:12:31] Hot August Nights Will Have Over 5,000 Cars

August is coming and the heat is on. If you plan on making your way down to Reno, be sure to catch all the action at Hot August Nights. Alan will be serving as Grand Marshall, hosting days of cruises and concerts. HAN Executive Director, Mike Whan, tells us that more than 5,000 cars have already registered to take part in the festivities and compete for a prize purse that will blow your mind. Plus, Joan Jett will be performing a free concert on Saturday night – She’s not the only rock star of the weekend. Find out more.

[00:19:52] Dennis Collin’s Secret Knowledge of Classic Cars

Dennis Collins’ car knowledge isn’t limited to Jeeps and 4×4 adventuring. The Collins Bros. Jeep CEO caught up with Alan on stage for the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Northeast at the Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort to discuss growing up in the car hobby. Then, Dennis describes their DIY event tent which displayed easy-to-install, aftermarket products to customize your Jeep from the comfort of your home garage. Prepare to catch some of Dennis’ classic car fever, click now.

[00:30:07] On the Hunt for a 1981-1985 CJ Scrambler

You know you really want a car when you’ve been placing a wanted-ad in the newspaper for 29 years. Dennis Collins, Owner of Collins Bros. Jeep, shares his desperate hunt for 1981-1986 CJ Scramblers. The mythical 1986 model is rumored to have 128 production vehicles, although Dennis has never seen one. It’s such a rare vehicle, in fact, that Dennis has posted a $25,000 reward for anyone who locates one. Join Dennis on his hunt for ultra-rare rides.

[00:35:56] Classic Cars – Dead or Alive is on the Hunt for the Rarest

There are many classics out there that have turned into lawn ornaments and it’s time they get a second chance at life. Dennis Collins, Owner of Collins Bros. Jeep, has launched with the help of his daughter in an effort to locate and buy classic cars regardless of current driving condition. Recently Classics Dead or Alive located a rare MOPAR car, a 1962 Plymouth Fury that had never been raced. Find out what other vehicles are on the rescue list.

[00:42:17] NASCAR Bids Farewell to Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Big changes in NASCAR have fans buzzing. Steven Cole Smith, freelance writer for, helps us understand the confusing new point system and updates us on who’s leading the pack. Plus, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is retiring – sort of. Junior has announced via social media app, Periscope, that his farewell NASCAR tour won’t mark the conclusion of his time on the track. Junior will take part in the XFINITY Series races on the road ahead. Tune in for our latest motorsports report now.

[00:48:55] 2017 Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductees automotive journalist, Steven Cole Smith, suited up for the 29th annual Motorsports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Brock Yates, one of Steven’s earliest automotive mentors, founder of the Cannon Ball Run, and co-writer of Smokey and the Bandit, was a notable honoree this year. Paula Murphy, Steve Kinser, Scott Pruett, and three others also joined the ranks of motorsports greats. Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of this exclusive event now.

[00:54:50] Alfa Romeo Stelvio Charges Through Nashville

She held the title of fastest SUV in the world for a few weeks before the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk stole her crown – The nimble 2017 Alpha Romeo Stelvio is up against some heavy hitters in the jam-packed, midsize SUV category. Performance car enthusiast, Brendan Scanlan, put the Stelvio to the test on the back roads of Nashville and shares his impressions. Listen in.

[01:02:12] DNA Drive Mode Makes Driving this SUV Smooth

The 2017 Alpa Romeo Stelvio gets two thumbs up in handling, even against heavy competition. The DNA Drive Mode Selector System offers four different drive mode options: dynamic, natural, all-weather, and race. Performance car enthusiast, Brendan Scanlan, kept it in dynamic mode while on the twisty back roads of Nashville. The 8-speed, 280-HP ride oozes Italian flair, has very little body roll, and offers extreme grip when running hot into the turns. You can slide into the base model for about $42k. Learn more about this beautiful machine.

[01:08:31] McLaren Shares Story of Icon Bruce McLaren on the Big Screen

One of the most notable supercar companies started in a little gas station garage in Auckland, New Zealand. Justice Brothers Owner, Ed Justice, Jr., reviews McLaren, a movie chronicling the life and times of automotive icon, Bruce McLaren. An interesting mix of historic footage, dramatic reenactments, and private family letters shed new light on the creation of McLaren Motor Racing. Find out more now.

[01:18:15] Apex Motor Club is a Dream Come True for Motor Enthusiasts

Are you ready to go on a motorsports-themed vacation? Jason Plotke, Founder of Apex Motor Club, tells us about their 280 acre, Phoenix facility built for car lovers. The beautiful weather of Arizona provides a 12-month open season for this club, making it one of a kind. There will be a 4.5-mile road course, 50 car condos, and a 12,000 square foot club house. It will be centrally located, only 30 minutes from the airport and close to the city. Book your speed-cation today!

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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

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