THE DRIVE with Alan Taylor | Episode #293
We begin the hour chatting about the wonderful world of RVing, and BJ Killeen describes her idea of ‘roughing it’. BJ also reviews the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan that is larger than the previous model. Shifting over to something new, Executive Director of Hot August Nights, Mike Whan, tells us all about the event that upwards of 10,000 classic cars will attend. You can look forward to live music, delicious food, cruises, and an autocross track. Next, Karl Brauer, Executive Publisher of Kelley Blue Book, reviews the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S. Then, Karl clears up some confusion on a statement Volvo made regarding all-electric vehicles by 2019. Changing gears back to reviews, Brian Moody, Site Editor for Autotrader, raves about the 2017 Subaru Impreza Sport. He then predicts that the possible remodel of the Honda Accord could determine the future of the sedan market. Flying over to our new guest, we talk with Mark Murphy, Founder of Travelpulse.com, about the classic cars he saw on a recent trip to Cuba. Then Mark educates us on new travel laws looming in the near future. We end the hour with a bang; JoshCAR’s Josh Hancock tells us about two car heist movies that are making waves in Hollywood. Tune in now.
- [00:00:00] The ‘Glamping’ Lifestyle is Here to Stay
- [00:05:51] Second Generation Volkswagen Tiguan
- [00:12:32] VW Offers Multiple Trim Packages for Tiguan
- [00:19:54] Hot August Nights: A Car Lover’s Dream
- [00:27:22] Mark Your Calendars for Hot August Nights
- [00:35:55] Karl Brauer Reviews 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S
- [00:42:16] Volvo’s Electric Motor Press Release Confuses Buyers
- [00:49:09] Head-Over-Heels for 2017 Subaru Impreza Sport
- [00:54:49] New Honda Accord Seals Fate for Sedan Category
- [01:02:10] Classic Cars Hidden by Cuban Embargo Since 1950s
- [01:09:46] New Travel Requirements for Electronics on Flights
- [01:18:10] Two Heist Car Movies Hitting Silver Screen
Discover more about segments and guests below…
[00:00:00] The ‘Glamping’ Lifestyle is Here to Stay
Are you ready to camp? If you’re an easy going adventurer, then throwing a tent in the back of your car is no problem, but you might crave a more glamorous way to ‘rough it’. Today’s motorhomes and RVs make ‘glamping’ easy, efficient and affordable so you can travel in whatever kind of style dream of. BJ Killeen, automotive journalist, sounds off on her ideal camping experience, and Alan reviews a recently acquired 2017 22-ft. Airstream. Are you ready for your next adventure?
[00:05:51] Second Generation Volkswagen Tiguan
If you buy a Volkswagen, you can rest assured that you are getting a quality vehicle. BJ Killeen reviews the revamped 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV. The 2018 model is larger than the previous version and can sit up to seven people depending on the trim package. It houses the power of a 2L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, and boasts 184-HP and 221 lb-ft of torque. The Tiguan shows off its clean design lines inside and out, and the seats are made for comfort. Discover if this is the perfect ride for you.
[00:12:32] VW Offers Multiple Trim Packages for Tiguan
When it comes to affordability and versatility, having more options is always a good thing. Volkswagen aims to have a unique offering for every lifestyle. Automotive journalist BJ Killeen reviews the large-and-in-charge 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan. The Tiguan Limited will have most of VW’s new safety systems such as lane departure warnings and adaptive cruise control. You can slide into a base model for $25,345, or if you’re feeling real classy, select a more luxurious trim package. Discover the little things that will make you fall for this car.
[00:19:54] Hot August Nights: A Car Lover’s Dream
The pavement is hot and sticky, Joan Jett is playing live in the distance, you’re eating a mile-high pastrami sandwich, the growl of engines are all around, and tire smoke is floating in the air. Is this a car lover’s daydream? No, you’re just ready for your trip to Hot August Nights in Nevada. Mike Whan, Executive Director of HAN, gives us some details on this epic event which is rapidly approaching. Over 6,000 cars have already registered with more than 10,000 cars expected to attend. This family-friendly event will showcase live entertainment, delicious food, and stunning cars. You need to attend this event, hear why.
[00:27:22] Mark Your Calendars for Hot August Nights
The heat is slowly creeping up and it will be August before you know it. We don’t want you to miss one of the most exciting car events, so get your calendar ready. Hot August Nights will kick off in Virginia City, Nevada on August 4th and 5th before taking over downtown Reno for an even bigger display of classic cars on August 8th-13th. HAN Executive Director, Mike Whan, tells us what we can look forward to with this year’s event. Live music and food are a staple of course, but did you know that there is an autocross track? Professional Australian driver, Stewy Bryant, will be there to burn some rubber and show off his insane skills behind the wheel. For gearheards who long to appease their sense of nostalgia, a vintage trailer showcase will feature classic home-away-from-homes. Are you ready for the car show of a lifetime?
[00:35:55] Karl Brauer Reviews 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S
The 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S is an all-wheel drive chameleon that does 0-60 MPH in under three seconds, and its speed isn’t the only notable feature. Excellent handling helps this incredible car float nicely around the twists and turns. Oh, and did we mention that it’s absolutely stunning to look at?! Karl Brauer, Executive Publisher of Kelley Blue Book and Autotrader, drove the photogenic 911 in an eye-catching Miami Blue and says he’s positive that the versatile ride is worth every penny of its hefty price tag of $193,000. The 911 is luxury and performance rolled into a classic package – You know you want one.
[00:42:16] Volvo’s Electric Motor Press Release Confuses Buyers
Many consumers don’t realize that there is a difference between a motor and an engine. Confused? Simply put, a motor runs on electricity and an engine runs on combustion. Karl Brauer, Executive Publisher for Kelley Blue Book and Autotrader, discusses Volvo’s confusing press release announcing in the headline, “Volvo Cars to go all-electric”. *Mass panic ensues* Don’t fret, engine purists, Karl explains that Volvo will not be completely phasing out combustion engines at this time. Instead, they’ll be releasing cars that have some electric components with a plan to release all-electric cars in the future. Learn more.
[00:49:09] Head-Over-Heels for 2017 Subaru Impreza Sport
Outdoors, adventure, extreme lifestyle, rally racing – these are all things that come to mind when you think Subaru. Autotrader’s Brian Moody gushes about the 2017 Subaru Impreza Sport. You don’t have to be a risky thrill-seeker to drive one of these, it’s a perfect car for anyone. Brian tells us that the Impreza is infused with something special, maybe love, that takes your heart for a nicely handled ride. This is a car you buy because you want it; it’s fun to drive and great on gas mileage. The Impreza is an amazing machine that you don’t want to overlook. Be prepared to be impressed.
[00:54:49] New Honda Accord Seals Fate for Sedan Category
The mid-sized SUV craze has taken over, and it has caused the sale of sedans to plummet drastically. Buyers are looking for versatility and utility – If sedans want to compete for market share, they’ll need to start including SUV-inspired features. Brian Moody, Site Editor for Autotrader.com, predicts that the revamp of the Honda Accord will be the bellwether for the future of the sedan category. Find out why.
[01:02:10] Classic Cars Hidden by Cuban Embargo Since 1950s
As if frozen in time, the classic cars of Cuba have been like a hidden treasure since the embargo. These classics pre-date 1959, a perfect time capsule of automotive ingenuity. A little over a year ago, Mark Murphy, Founder of Travelpulse.com, took the first regularly scheduled sailing of a US cruise ship to Cuba. He was able to explore the entire country, and got to step back in time with the classic cars that were there. Speaking of traveling, Mark breaks down President Trump’s travel ban, and what it could mean for you. Whether you’re a car lover or a traveler, Mark has some excellent tips for planning your future adventure.
[01:09:46] New Travel Requirements for Electronics on Flights
Business travelers flying abroad are facing issues with carry-on electronics. 10 airports in the Middle East and Africa have banned large electronics from plane cabins. Although travelers are still allowed to check their large electronics, the ban may be extended to eliminate these devises from plane flights altogether. Mark Murphey, Founder of Travelpulse.com, fills us in on the rules that may be coming our way. Will this effect your upcoming travel? Listen now.
[01:18:10] Two Heist Car Movies Hitting Silver Screen
Do you love a good car heist flick? Well, its your lucky day because Josh Hancock, Hollywood car consultant at JoshCAR, tells us about two movies that will make gearheads giddy. Baby Driver is a story about a good-natured getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) who is strong armed into driving for crime boss (Kevin Spacey). It features a Subaru STI, Challenger Hellcat, and more. Next to skid onto the screen is Overdrive starring Clint Eastwood’s son, Scott Eastwood. This movie has a Gone in 60 Seconds feel, and takes place in France with some beautiful foreign cars. Grab your popcorn, are prepare to be delighted!
Explore More with Helpful Links:
- Contributor: BJ Killeen | Automotive Journalist
- Contributor: Karl Brauer | Executive Publisher, KBB and Autotrader
- Contributor: Josh Hancock | Hollywood Car Consultant, JoshCAR
- Guest: Mike Whan | Executive Director, Hot August Nights
- Guest: Mark Murphy | Founder, Travelpulse.com
- Vehicle: 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
- Vehicle: 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S
- Vehicle: 2017 Subaru Impreza Sport
- Article: This Australian You’ve Never Heard Of May Be Your New Favorite…
- Article: Volvo Cars to Go All-electric
- Film: Baby Driver
- Film: Overdrive
- Program Host: Alan Taylor
- Producer: Dave Milligan
- Production Assistant: Joanne Bolden
- Audio Engineer: Dave Milligan
- Copy Editor: Jess Baumgardner
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