THE DRIVE with Alan Taylor | Episode #294

Electric cars, luxury performance, and travel trailers are just a taste of what’s in store for this episode. JoshCAR’s Hollywood Car Consultant, Josh Hancock, raves about the 2018 Maserati Levante,  a performance SUV wrapped in luxury. Next, Josh talks about Telsa’s most affordable yet, the Model 3. Then, we take to the skies with Mark Murphy of TravelPulse who discusses hidden fees and booking mysteries behind our travel plans. Switching gears, we chat with Dan Sandberg, CEO of Brembo North America, about a recent inductee to the Automotive Hall of Fame. After all that excitement, you might need an on-the-ground vacation. Bob Wheeler of Airstream shares the history of iconic travel trailers and talks new trailer models. Hopping over to Connecticut, automotive journalist, George Kennedy, describes his first ever Barrett-Jackson held at the Mohegan Sun. Then, Richard Rawlings fills us in on his new show Garage Rehab and his energy drink, aptly named Gas Monkey Energy. We end with icon Steve Saleen of Saleen Automotive who tells us about the 30-year Championship Edition Saleen Mustangs.

  • [00:00:00] Maserati Levante is a Luxurious Performance SUV
  • [00:05:58] Tesla Starts Production on Model 3 Two Weeks Ahead
  • [00:12:30] Airlines Leave Final Booking Cost a Mystery
  • [00:19:51] Forget About Third Party Hotel Booking
  • [00:28:01] Brembo Brakes Selected As Standard for Many OEMs
  • [00:35:50] Quality Brakes Could Save Your Life
  • [00:42:10] Airstreams: Ultimate Tool for Travel and Adventure
  • [00:48:19] Not Just a Travel Trailer, Airstreams Can be a Home
  • [00:54:41] Behind the Scenes at Barrett-Jackson Northeast
  • [01:02:01] Garage Rehab Saves Shops in Financial Devastation
  • [01:09:20] Gas Monkey Energy Drink Hits Stores Near You
  • [01:17:59] 30-Year Championship Edition Saleen Mustangs

Discover more about segments and guests below…

[00:00:00] Maserati Levante is a Luxurious Performance SUV

Are you in the market for a high-performance SUV? The Maserati Levante may be just the ride you are looking for. Josh Hancock at JoshCAR tells us all about this luxury utility ride. The base model starts at $73,300 and boasts 345-HP. That’s a lot of bang for your buck, but if you’re looking for more, you can pay around $84,600 for the S model with an impressive 424-HP to push you from 0-60 MPH in 3.5 seconds.  This is a loud, aggressive car that is luring buyers in with its sexy design. Do you dream of power and beauty? Explore the 2017 Maserati Levante.

[00:05:58] Tesla Starts Production on Model 3 Two Weeks Ahead

You no longer have to sacrifice performance for efficiency. Tesla’s Model 3 is about to be released and customers are in for a treat. Josh Hancock, Hollywood Car Consultant at JoshCAR, tells us about the rumors he has heard in the world of Tesla. Production for the Model 3 has started two weeks early, and while we wait to see if it meets our expectations, we already know that it is more expensive than we were originally told. Elon Musk is throwing a ‘handover party’ for the first 30 customers at the end of July, and it is scheduled to be a blowout. The base Model 3 will be priced under $40,000, making this Tesla’s most affordable yet. The future is here, are you ready for an electrifying ride?

[00:12:30] Airlines Are Leaving Your Final Booking Cost a Mystery

If you travel for business, then you’ve probably already noticed the little annoying fees being added to your final cost. Mark Murphy, Founder of TravelPulse, talks to us about al a carté airline tickets. The un-bundling continues on airfares, and you are now being charged not only for your checked bags, but also your carry-ons. It is becoming more affordable to pay a little more for your ticket because while those bare-bones rates look intriguing up front, they may have hidden fees. Obtaining a mileage plan is just one of many ways to make traveling through the skies more affordable. Listen for more tips on getting where you need to go for a reasonable price.

[00:19:51] Forget About Booking Anything Through a Third Party

That little gnome may have convinced you to hop on his site and book your next hotel, don’t! Mark Murphy, Founder of TravelPulse, tells us why. Recently in Oregon, a woman booked her room for a great price, but it turned out the hotel had overbooked and she lost her reservation. While she was furious at the site she booked through, the fine print of the terms and conditions has spelled out this possibility. Booking through a third party site greatly diminishes the margin the hotel receives, thus the hotel favors those who book directly.  If a different kind of lodging is starting to sound more appealing, then we also have a little information about the glorious world that is RVing. Discover your ideal travel scenario and don’t get left out in the cold.

[00:28:01] Brembo Brakes Selected As Standard for Many OEMs

Brembo brakes are becoming a standard on many of today’s leading cars. Dan Sandberg, CEO of Brembo North America, shares some exciting news for their company. These brakes are gorgeous and many aficionados see them as functional jewelry; eye catching with amazing stopping power. Their company’s commitment to quality and their popularity comes from the top down. In fact,  Alberto Bombassei, the Chairman and President of Brembo, was recently inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame because of the vital role he has played in the industry. Learn more about this great company now.

[00:35:50] Quality Brakes Could Save Your Life

A deer suddenly decides to cross the road, an accident occurs in front of you, or a child’s ball rolls out in the street. These events happen in the blink of an eye and the outcome can depend on your stopping power. Dan Sandberg, President and CEO of Brembo North America, talks about why you must get Brembo brakes. Stock brakes are great for a stock build, but once you upgrade your ride you have to know that you’ll still be able to stop on a dime. Learn more now.

[00:42:10] Airstreams: Ultimate Tool for Travel and Adventure

A trailer company that has been around since 1931 has earned its iconic reputation. When you see the glimmer of the beautifully rounded aluminum travel trailer rolling down the road, you can almost bet you know the brand. Bob Wheeler, President and CEO of Airstream, is here to give us a little back story about the company. Airstream started in L.A. and has a long running history of ups and downs; they even had to shut down during World War II due to lack of aluminum. Find out how this trailer company persevered and became cemented into the American psyche as the ultimate tool for travel.

[00:48:19] Not Just a Travel Trailer, Airstreams Can be a Home

Satisfying an inherent need for wanderlust is becoming a norm, and some companies are striving to make this a reality for anyone. Travel trailers are becoming permanent homes and a lot of people are opting for that iconic aluminum trailer. Airstream’s President and CEO, Bob Wheeler, talks with us about the different options if you are in the market for a home on wheels. They have many sizes ranging from 16-33 feet long, with special editions that may match your style. They even make a Class B motorhome which is powerful and very fuel efficient. Are you in the market for the perfect travel or living quarters? Learn more now.

[00:54:41] Behind the Scenes at Barrett-Jackson Northeast

The auction block at Barrett-Jackson is always exciting to witness, but then the cars move over to the Shell Pioneering Performance Live Stage. George Kennedy, automotive journalist for the Boston Globe, tells us a little bit about his first experience at this iconic car show. He tells us that what you see on TV is just the tip of the iceberg. George sat with Alan as they discussed 40-45 classic cars a day alongside Richard Rawlings, Dennis Collins, and Wayne Carini. Find out why you’ll want to attend the next Barrett-Jackson.

[01:02:01] Garage Rehab Saves Shops in Financial Devastation

Is your mechanic business struggling? We may have just the answer for you. Star of Fast N’ Loud, Richard Rawlings, has a new show that we know you’ll love. Richard remembers what it was like to lie awake at night just wishing that there was someone who believed in him enough to invest in his business. He wanted to make this dream come true for other hard working mechanics and found the perfect way to do it. The Garage Rehab crew shows up at garages that are failing and turns the business around in one week. Discover why you don’t want to miss this brand new TV show!

[01:09:20] Richard Rawlings Gas Monkey Energy Drink

The iconic energy of Richard Rawlings now comes in a can! Not really, but Richard, Owner of Gas Monkey Garage, tells us about the many businesses he has his hands in. His Gas Monkey Energy drink is a delicious treat with no harmful ingredients, filled with B vitamins, and sweetened with honey. The drink continues to be picked up by stores all over the America, so be sure to keep an eye out. Richard also owns a tequila distillery and a chain of restaurants aptly named after Gas Monkey Garage. He has been doing what he loves and having fun at the same time. Find out why you need to check out the Gas Monkey brand.

[01:17:59] 30-Year Championship Edition Saleen Mustangs

In 1987 the Saleen Mustang proved its worthiness by winning the Sports Car Club of America’s Escort Endurance Championship. This year marks 30 years since that race, and Steve Saleen, CEO of Saleen Automotive, tells us about the event they held to celebrate.  Steve invited some of the iconic drivers from that race, such as Rick Titus, Desire Wilson, and Lisa Caceres, to the Pacific Raceway Park in Washington. They chose to honor this moment in time by releasing two special edition Saleen Mustangs that carry the same nostalgic aspect of the originals with today’s tech updates. Hear more about this epic celebration.

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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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