Alan welcomes contributor BJ Killeen-Automotive Journalist and Voice of Reason. The duo jump right into what’s happening at the upcoming SEMA show in Las Vegas. BJ describes SEMA as the, “Hallmark of the Automotive World”. She mentions that Chip Foose Collection will be on display. Featuring 20 of his most iconic resto mods. BJ also shares that the public get’s to see what’s been showcased at the SEMA Ignited afterparty as they will cruise down the boulevard for all to see. BJ announces that Kia is releasing their new 2023 Kia Sportage. It’s got a 12.3 curb display, clean design, large interior and a duo level cargo floor. There is the X-Line and the X-Pro Trim Line as well as electrified versions to follow. Up next is Karl Brauer – Automotive Industry Analyst, Forbes Auto Contributor, North American Car and Truck of the Year juror and board member. Executive Analyst for and Executive Publisher at He opens up with Big News! Tesla and Hertz are coming together. Hertz ordered 100,000 of Tesla Model 3’s. If you can’t afford to own one, now you can rent one to say you got to drive a Tesla, say’s Alan. Karl switches gear to share a bit about the new 2023 Corvette Z06 with 8600rpm. It’s got 670 horsepower and goes 0-60 in 2.6 seconds. Vavavoom! Alan asks, “Where do real truck people live”? Well, believe it or not the number 1 state for trucks is Wyoming, followed by Montana, Idaho, South Dakota and Alaska. Joining Alan next is John Lambert – General Manager of Hypertech. What is Hypertech? John shares that its the first company to crack into the computers and dial-in and tune-in for better performance and drivability. Power tuning at it’s best. Better efficiency means more power. They also have other products like the React Throttle Optimizer, which allows them to adjust the throttle response. They can either dial it up or tune it down for better fuel economy. There is an off-road version, a towing version, and an all around version. They also have a Power Stay Plug-In. Plugs right into your diagnostic port and stays there. It get’s rid of the 4 cylinder mode and disable the auto start stop. Alan say’s its a way to craft the car to the way you want it. Pulling up the rear is guest star, Richard Rawlings – Owner/Star of Gas Monkey Garage and Fast N’ Loud. Richard shares what’s happening in the next chapter of his life. He’s changing with the world with no restraints. Gonna do it his way! With over 25,000,000 collective followers, Alan asks how he deals with all the haters? Richard says that he just doesn’t engage with them. Richard announces his Big Sweepstakes, where for every dollar you spend at Gas Monkey Garage, you are entered to win a trip to Dallas, along with 3 of your friends, get to hang out and party with him, and the kicker, you get to chose what ever car is in his garage to take home as your very own. ANY!!! The first sweepstakes winner took home his 2021 TRX. They switch topics and discuss what he will be doing at SEMA. He unveils that he teamed up with Polaris to take on the Slingshot and revamp it. It’s a side by side seated, 3 wheel vehicle with a front 4 cylinder engine. He can’t wait to show what he did with it. Alan asks where and what is next? They are planning on opening a much larger scale of the Gas Monkey Garage Bar and Grill, 3x it’s original size, along with revamping 125 of Americas roadside diners and turning them into Gas Monkey Roadsides, American dining rebuilt.

[00:00:00] – Chip Foose Collection
[00:06:08] – Charging Stations
[00:12:31] – 2023 Kia Sportage
[00:19:53] – Tesla and Hertz
[00:26:42] – 2023 Corvette Z06
[00:35:55] – Where do real truck people live?
[00:42:16] – Hypertech
[00:47:56] – Power Programmer
[00:54:48] – React Throttle Optimizer
[01:02:08] – Gas Monkey Garage NO RESTRAINT
[01:11:14] – Sweepstakes!
[01:18:10] – American Dining Rebuilt


Host: Alan Taylor
Producer: Dave Milligan
Audio Engineer: Dave Milligan
Copy Editor: Dave Milligan
Contributor: BJ Killeen
Contributor: Karl Brauer
Special Guest: John Lambert
Special Guest: Richard Rawlings


  • Contributor: BJ Killeen | Automotive Journalist and Voice of Reason
  • Contributor: Karl Brauer |  Automotive Industry Analyst, Forbes Autos Contributor, North American Car and Truck of the Year (or NACTOY) juror and board member, Executive Analyst for, Executive Publisher at
  • Special Guest: John Lambert | General Manager of Hypertech
  • Special Guest: Richard Rawlings | Owner/Star of Gas Monkey Garage and Fast N’Loud

Vehicles Discussed:

2023 Kia Sportage, Tesla Model 3, 2023 Corvette Z06, Dodge Viper ACR 1 of 1, Dodge Demon, Slingshot, 2021 TRX


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