Cars, Corvettes, Sports
It’s a Friday Night Car Show, here at Far Out Radio! But for tonight, we’re going “Hollywood” with automotive journalist, Matt Stone. Matt will be on for the full two hours and we’ll be talking about his two books, “Winning – The Racing Life of Paul Newman” and “McQueen’s Machines – The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon,” both published by Motorbooks and available at Motorbooks.com and Amazon.com.
While Hollywood has had iconic stars since its beginnings, few are as associated with cars, racing, and speed as are Paul Newman and Steve McQueen. “The King of Cool,” Steve McQueen was a true rebel/bad boy and is on record saying that were it not for acting, he probably would have ended up in jail.
Fast cars and motorcycles were a lifelong passion for McQueen and his celebrity status and income allowed him to indulge in fast cars, motorcycles, regular cars, and knock around trucks – and LOTS of them. McQueen’s two “racing” films were “On Any Sunday” about off-road motorcycling, and the 1971 film, “Le Mans” filmed at the 1970 Le Mans race with McQueen doing his own driving.
Our guest, Don Theune, has turned what is for most a “hobby” into a vocation and a business. Building plastic model cars and air planes started as a fad in the ‘50s and ‘60s and quickly evolved into a hobby that lives on today.
Most boys go through a model building phase. Some get pretty good and a few become very good. Don Theune of Narberth, Pennsylvania came into the model building arena as an adult and took what is for many just a hobby, and raised the skill to a very professional level.
Don took his thorough knowledge of Corvettes, muscle cars, and drag racing cars, combined his knack for hyper details, and poured it into his approach to building models. The end results are museum quality, custom created models that Don calls, “Scale Visions.”
Don Theune is our guest for this program and we talk about turning a kid's hobby into a vocation, plus some charming stories about some of the most famous people in the world of Corvettes and drag racing, including Zora Arkus-Duntov and Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins.
This is one of our more popular "encore-repeat" shows – enjoy!!
It’s a Friday Night Car Show on Far Out Radio! We chat about James Dean’s Killer Porsche, NASCAR’s Fastest Monkey, Bonnie and Clyde’s Getaway Car AND MORE.Urban legends aren’t limited to stories about strange things happening at Lover’s Lane or hitchhikers that disappear AFTER they get into the back seat of a car. The automotive world has it’s share of doozies too!
- Were the parts from James Dean’s wrecked Porsche 550 Spyder truly cursed?
- Was one of the four Aston Martin DB5 James “007” Bond movie cars dumped in the ocean?
- Was a wealthy oil heiress really buried in her exotic Ferrari 330?
- Would the unusual batwinged-styled rear fenders of the ‘59 Chevy actually lift the back end of the car off the ground?
- Did a rocket-powered ‘64 Impala really do 350 MPH? Did someone really build a Ford Pinto that could fly?
- Was modern dancer icon Isadora Duncan indeed strangled when her shawl became entangled in the wheel of her lover’s Bugatti???
The answers to the above questions and MANY more are in the book! We discuss the authors' favorite stories!!
5.03.2013 Hot Rod Historian, Pat Ganahl on hot rod artist, creator of Rat Fink, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth.
Our guest is Hot Rod historian Pat Ganahl. This show, Pat talks about his friend, hot rod, pop culture artist, and creator of the Rat Fink, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth. Pat was friends with Big Daddy and has a unique perspective on this most colorful of all hot rod artists.
Hot Rodding is a uniquely American form of motoring. Part speed machine, part old car, part drag racer, and part custom car. The delightfully quirky nature of the hobby naturally attracts delightfully quirky people. Ed Roth, aka, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth and the father of the infamous RAT FINK, was arguably one of hot rodding’s quirkiest characters.
Roth was a unique mix of rebel, car guy, car nut, visionary, sculptor, designer, and culture-creative artist. His cartoon character RAT FINK was his alter ego. Having grown up in the Los Angeles area, he was there for the explosion of Disneyland mania and had an immediate visceral hatred of Mickey Mouse.
It’s a Friday Night Car Show at Far Out Radio! Our guests are Marty Schorr and Joel Rosen. Marty is the former editor of CARS Magazine, founder of VETTE Magazine, editor and chief of CarGuychronicles.com, and owns PMPR, an automotive public relations business. Joel Rosen is the former owner of Motion Performance and currently owns and runs Motion Models, a world renown scale military model company.
Back in the ‘60s, Marty Schorr was the editor of CARS Magazine and Joel Rosen was the owner of Motion Performance. Schorr and Rosen became friends and Motion Performance was CARS Magazine’s “special projects” shop. The two creative guys came up with a Chevy supercar concept, not unlike Carroll Shelby’s Ford Shelby Mustangs, only at a local level.
Baldwin Chevrolet was a local Mom & Pop Chevy dealership on Long Island. Schorr and Rosen pitched the concept of offering supercar versions of new Chevy muscle cars purchased through Baldwin Chevrolet. Rosen designed a near-bullet-proof parts package and took care of the assembly. The team created the Baldwin Motion “look” and Schorr took care of the branding, advertising, catalogs, and PR.
Rosen spun the wrenches and Schorr spun the spin. The cars had drop-dead, in-your-face aggressive good looks to go with their ground-pounding performance – all with a 100% Chevy warrantee!
The guys created a legend that still being talked about 45 years later! Survivor Baldwin Motion Supercars are today VERY valuable.