The duo switch topics to discuss the global manufacturing industry as BJ believes that due to the competitors such as Honda and Toyota moving into town it made the American manufacturers become better vehicle makers. If your a fan of Bond, James Bond that is, the classic 1964 Aston Martin DB5 will be going up for auction. The kicker for the new owner of this car is that Jackie Stewart, British Racecar Driver will take you for a spin in it. Before BJ say’s goodbye Alan shares with her a tidbit on what’s new with Tesla. Tesla will no longer let people buy their leased cars when the lease is over, however they will sell you a new one! Oh My! Up next is George Kennedy III- Co-Founder of Cartender and Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report. George is driving a 2022 Mercedes Benz AMG GLB 35. It is one of the smallest vehicles in the Mercedes SUV line. A three row sub compact crossover with 8 speed automatic transmission and all wheel drive. It’s also got a voice assistant that will help you drive your car. Alan shares that he is also driving a Mercedes Benz M440i, and can’t get over the intuitive learning curve that basically teaches you how to drive it. Next up on George’s list is the 2022 Hyundai Elantra N. He explains that the “N” is considered the “performance letter”. It’s a solid value practical car and Hyundai injected a lot of excitement and performance into this vehicle. It’s fun to drive with 276 horsepower and 289#ft of torque. It’s legit competitor for Honda’s Civic Si. An impressive fact about the new Elantra is that with one push of a button, it completely changes the characteristics of the vehicle that is routed through a drive mode system. Jumping in the passenger seat next is Richard Rawlings – Owner of Gas Monkey Garage, American Entrepreneur, media personality, and star of Fast N Loud. Richard has been quite the busy man. He has been doing a lot of giveaways and his next giveaway is 200,000 buckaroos. You can find more information on how to enter at gasmonkeygarage.com. Richard shares that a portion of sales go back into the community for his new ventures is community based. Since breaking out on his own, Richard shares that his platforms are YouTube and social media. He say’s his viewers have double to 26 million and say sit feels great to be back full force. Alan ask’s what next for him? Richard explains that he has a few things stirring but first he will be heading to the Isle of Man TT racing. His team and driver Peter Hickman are already there gearing up to do a 37 mile track around the island. He say’s this race has been going on since the 1800’s and can’t wait to get there. One thing he shared before saying goodbye is his new venture in the virtual world. NFT, is about building a community in the virtual world. He will be debuting 10 cars with around 150 added attributes to which one will actually be available to purchase. He encourages everyone to get onto gasmonkeygarage.com for what’s new and cool. Closing the show today is Steven Cole Smith – Automotive Journalist for Autoweek, Automobile Magazine, and Grassroots Motorsports. So what’s new in motorsports? Steven shares that Marcus Erickson drove a perfect race at the Indy 500. Once he was out front, he wasn’t challenged. Say’s it was a dull race until the end. Next Steven discussed the Monaco Grand Prix, “hard” F1 race. Hard in the sense that it is narrow and tight with no fast straight a ways to get along. Mother nature was indecisive about whether or not she wanted to rain or shine which caused a lot of pit stops. Strategy was the key to this race. Steven shares that the winner, Sergio Perez with Red Bull drove a fantastic race. Steven went onto say that NASCAR 600 was a mess for it seemed like nobody wanted to win, however, Denny Hemlin won and that was a big surprise. What’s next? The Grand Prix of Azerbaijan in Baku, the NHRA drags in England and the Illinois 300 to which it will be the last year held at the Belle Isle. That’s it for this weeks episode but stay tuned car enthusiast and gear junkies, as we bring more of what’s new and trending in this ever changing industry.
[00:00:00] – Cowboy Up!
[00:05:22] – 2023 Bronco Raptor
[00:12:32] – 007
[00:19:53] – ABC’s of Mercedes
[00:30:17] – Learning Curve
[00:35:54] – Performance Letter
[00:42:15] – Give It Away!
[00:48:42] – Isle of Man
[00:54:47] – NFT-All About Community
[01:02:06] – Perfect Race
[01:11:00] – The Red Bull
[01:18:06] – Belle Isle
Host: Alan Taylor
Producer: Dave Milligan
Copy Editor: Colleen Mahi
Contributor: BJ Killeen
Contributor: George Kennedy III
Contributor: Richard Rawlings
Contributor: Steven Cole Smith
EXPLORE MORE WITH HELPFUL LINKS:
- Contributor: BJ Killeen | Automotive Journalist and Voice of Reasons
- Contributor: George Kennedy III | Co-Founder of Cartender and Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report
- Contributor: Richard Rawlings | Gas Monkey Garage
- Special Guest: Steven Cole Smith | Automotive Journalist for Autoweek, automobile Magazine, Grassroots Motorsports
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