Car Grumps #15 4/6/21- This episode of Car Grumps we discuss all the new things government is trying to do to stomp out the car enthusiast. We'll discuss if you should be concerned and what those in the business are saying. We'll also discuss how the pandemic has effected our car shows for the year and what we should expect.
We'll have Chris Strickland of Broke East Meet and IG @broke.eastmeet back on the show. They promote a record amount of aftermarket vehicles at their prolific show. So do it concern them that they may not have any cars to attend?
Also George Legrice of Spike's Speed Shop (IG @spikesspeedshop), our resident guru, makes a return to discuss what he thinks is next for his tuner shop that specializes in superchargers and other aftermarket items.
It's going to be a great show, so tune in and let us know what you think!
Car Grumps #14 3/24/21- It's Women's Month and we know that car guys love strong women that can turn wrenches so we found two that can show us how it's done. We have two such awesome and successful ladies from the car world that are ready to discuss their trials and tribulations. They'll tell us what the car world is like for them and if it's any different than their male counterparts.
Before we start we'll discuss the RPM Act and how the EPA is coming down on shops. Does this spell the end for aftermarket tuning? If we do nothing, perhaps!
(Visit SaveOurRacecars.com to make your voice heard through SEMA)
Sarah Yang of Yangsta Design and Pure Function Motosports. Sarah has lost count of how many trophies she has won with her Subaru and moved into judging car shows herself. She's an accomplished AutoX driver as well as an Ice Racer!
Rachel Eaton (raerae_eaton on Instagram) is the Chief Operating Officer of the well-respected Eaton Motorsports. She is a certified road racer, trains and certifies other drivers to compete themselves and loves introducing people to the track experience.
This will be a full episode of talking about regular automotive insanity with a woman's touch. Check us out as we go pink for this special episode!
Car Grumps #13 3/9/21- When we started in the car world gaming wasn't a thing. Our personal computers had the power of a calculator at best and even Mario Kart wouldn't be released until 1992! At best you had an arcade with a scrolling screen that wasn't very realistic, so they didn't do more than a cliff note to motivate a generation to turn wrenches or upgrade their cars.
Since then games have grown. From simple arcade racers like Need for Speed and open world affairs like Midnight Club to simulation games like Forza and Gran Turismo things have grown immensely. Depending on how deep your pockets are you can invest in an iRacing machine complete with dynamic seat and literally race with other racers from around the world on real live tracks with whatever car you want for real winning!
Today we talk with 990wbob.com alumn Mike Sandoval , Untamed Games Matt Matteson, a veteran of the car world and gaming, and Edgar Gamboa, a long time gaming friend of Primo, about how their gaming world has intersected and inspired an automotive generation.
Car Grumps #12 2/23/21 - Plan to dive into the deep end of car show arena? Whether you display or you're the promoter, it can be daunting task. Many hosts dive in the deep end and quickly go under from the demand. Is it resources, team players, venue? What is it! Today we'll ask the tough questions.
On this show The Grumps will talk to two car shows that decided to go from zero to hero on their first time out and see what made their event successful.
Kofi of the Bad Habit Auto Club discusses their plan to go deep with their car show and also starting off in a Cars and Coffee at a pro-level.
Juan Vargas of East Coast Auto Expo is going for a hail mary with their big-time car show first time out. We'll talk about what his team is like and what it'll take for their first one to be a winner.
Lastly, we'll discuss what we've learned and what we should've learned and relay some quick tips to make your event, the big one it needs to be.
Car Grumps #11 2/9/21 - There was a time, not too long ago, that magazines and automobiles were at the top of the food change. Television never showed an incredible love for the car show world, so it needed a place to go so as other news sources slowly moved from print, cars embraced the vacuum. That changed on December 2019 when many magazines closed up shop and car folks everywhere shuttered that their connection would be severed irrevocably.
Still some automotive magazines remained and others even doubled down. In this episode of Car Grumps we have local magazines, possibly even from your area, that are ready to show you the coolest cars on the planet and we ask them what it's like to stick to print in a digital world.
Unlike many different forms of communication, cars are visual. We know from experience that it's hard to convey the power of or the beauty of cars without it. Funny enough, the one venue that excels at it, print, is the thing that is dying the fastest when it comes to automotive, while the radio and podcast environment are growing in popularity. Today we try to put it to rest as to why this is and what does print have to do to make a comeback.
In this episode Reggie Willis of ECS magazine. ECS is short for East Coast Stylez and it focuses on vehicles all up and down the East Coast. If you live in New England you probably have seen a lot of local vehicles featured on their pages. Unlike many magazines that focus on specific genres ECS tries to reach to every corner of the car world.
Also Louis Cicerone of Motorhead Magazine a Cranston RI based magazine is another that has expanded throughout the years by keeping an open mind to all things automotive. When it comes to local New England they have featured many vehicles from muscle to import and plan to continue this long standing relationship with the car community with awesome cars and even cooler stories. Maybe they want to hear yours!
In our final discussion we discuss not only what is here now, as well as what could be to come with print, social media, youtube, and podcasts.
The Car Grumps #10 2/2/21- In another action packed episode of The Car Grumps, Primo talks about Car Clubs! Some do it right, while others do it wrong! What is a car club, what isn't a car club? Should you join a car club? We're going to discuss it all.
First up will be Chris Fren of The Underground, a new club out of Boston that has had some incredible events, but not without hiccups!
Second up will be Marc Valois of the Creeps CC, a pre-70 hot rod club that has been long into the car community.
Third a brand spanking new car club will be announced in our last segment. We'll have Phillip Gasper (<--spoiler alert on the link, you should listen before clicking it) on to unveil it all!
It's getting crazy in here, so sync up your straight jacket and lock your jaw into the bite bar, we're about to charge this thing up!!!
Ferro & Fox #9 1/19/21- Ferro and Fox are back for the 2021 year! On this episode we have VipPrimo riding with us from The Car Grumps. The boys preview this year's Great American Race, The Daytona 500, and also Tony Stewart's new racing series, "Superstar Racing Experience".
Singer, song writer and friend of the station, Viana Valentine calls in to talk local music during lock down, her volunteer work at Wolf Hollow and her new track "Stone Cold".
The boys wrap it up with a preview of the Star Wars lineup for 2021 and where they think Disney will bring the story. Tune in!!
The Car Grumps #9 01/12/21- This episode of Car Grumps is all about the future and the future is 2021. Do we need to worry? Great question. Everything is going electric, car shows are still being canceled, but they keep saying everything is good, so we're going to touch base with our experts to see if that's the reality or do we need to start making moves now?
First up is Jamie Kelly, the Champion of the Car Grumps Car Show Shoot-Out! We'll also talk about his skill, a growing demand for ex-car metal art! You can check him out at his Instagram
Second we have Steven Howitt, Massachusetts State Representative. He represents the 4th Bristol County District. He's also an avid automotive enthusiast and he's going to talk to us about what the Mass. may have in store for us.
Lastly we talk to Joel Chappell who we'll chat with about upcoming car shows! Are they getting canceled, are they going ahead? Will we have anything to see!
By the end of the show you should know if this year will stink or will it be the recovery we all need it to be!
The Car Grumps #8 12/15/20 - Importing cars is nothing new. In fact, it started well before the '80's when drivers were looking to get unique vehicles not allowed in the domestic market. That all changed when the feds cracked down on them and made a law preventing their importation. That was pre-'90s when suddenly Japan started to make some insane cars that are still cherished today... unfortunately they were never allowed in the United States. Still the concept of owning something unique and special, such as the Nissan Skyline, was strong. It got worse when the Fast and the Furious came out, it became a feeding frenzy for Skylines.
Even though importation gained traction its pitfalls came to bear. Importation started to become a scary concept filled with unknowns, shady men that worked at the docs that didn't follow the rules, and the feds that wanted to tow any car that didn't meet every little requirement a year after you took delivery.
Yet there was a light at the end of the tunnel. The feds put in a loophole that vehicles over 25 years old matured and no longer needed to follow some strict importation rules, which meant importing them was completely legal and a lot easier! But that brought its own list of unknowns that raised blood pressures of potential owners to heart attack level. In short, it was still a scary foreign unkown.
So today we talk to the experts. Someone who has imported 4 cars, someone who sells all the imports, and finally someone who repairs and upkeeps imports! Once the show is over you should know if importing a car is the right thing for you!
First up is Donny Fisher, that has owned multiple imports, we'll go over what he's owned.
Next is Derek Griffith of Northeast Auto Imports (IG northeastautoimports)) that has imported hundreds of cars through his business and can tell us what we'll need as a buyer
Lastly we have Chris McQuaid of Function Automotive that repairs and upkeeps hundreds of import vehicles and specializes in fixing Skylines at functionautomotive.net
Also don't miss the big drag race. The top 4 cars will go head to head and it will come down to 2 that will face off for the championship! Head over to facebook.com/cargrumps to vote!
We also want to wish everyone a happy holiday and let you know we'll see you next year!!! Also, we want to say if you plan to buy a gift, our sizes are V8, 5.7 liter, and 350 cubic inches.
The Car Grumps #7 12/1/20- On this episode, Primo and CaddiMatt will be discussing a controversial topic to many. For some street racing stirs visions of video game like antics performed on desolate city streets, glamorized by movies and social media coverage alike. To others it's a way of life that is no more dangerous than walking to the corner store. Some of these back-street drivers play with big money on handshake rules for titles that will last for only a night. A perfect example of a system based on "what have you done for me lately" as each night they defend their imaginary crowns. Some have even made this insanity a career.
The question is, is this as wide-spread and dangerous as it's made out to be? We'll try and answer all these questions and debunk some of the claims.
The Car Grumps also talk with Chris Rankin, leader of Team Northeast from the show Street Outlaws on the Discovery Channel. Chris has made it a profession to take his world record holding 2,350 hp Chrysler Conquest down streets and strips to prove he's the fastest. Chris has taken what many do as a hobby and shown how far it can actually go and we'll ask him where that finish line is... if there ever is one.
It's going to be fast, it's going to be heated, and most of all it's going to be grumpy. Don't be left behind.
Providing quality original thought provoking audio commentary informing and entertaining the globe since 2007