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.
The Car Grumps #6 11/17/20- On this episode The Car Grumps ask, what is the best racing series? They break down our favorites, then have some guests on that have had a winning season this year and see what they think about racing, their experiences and you can decide for yourself, which racing is the best!
First up is Derek Griffith of Chad Bryant Racing that races late model stock cars and ARCA. He talks about what the season has been like for him and what is in store down the road.
Up next, Shawn Cannon, team member of Turner Motorsports, comes on to talk about their amazing season, their ups and downs and what it's like to be a part of a pit crew for a winning GT team!
Last but not least Franchise Joe Ferro joins the crew to discuss what racing series has the most likes on social media and finally discuss the Car Grumps Drag Race and who is currently winning!
It's a packed show tonight you won't want to miss! So light the tree and burn the tires, it's on!!!
On this edition of The Franchise the team welcomes Edgar from BeerThugLife.com to talk about his collaboration with Blueprint Brewing and his clothing line.
JR from Newport Craft Brewing drops in to talk about current and upcoming releases along with the premier RI beer show Beervana.
Plus per usual an on air beer share with Cycle Brewing Smores.
The Franchise #163 9/25/18 - Another great night with The Franchise crew. This show we welcome Lauren Gray Demato on during our new segment "Brewery Blunders" during which we talk about some of the outrage around Garagiste Meadery's "Now Hiring" campaign which includes a infamous couch.
We also welcome friend of the show, David Dadekian, president of Eat Drink RI, who also won the primary for town council in Coventry, RI District 1.
We finish out with Bottle Logic's Fundamental Observation batch 4 for our "On Air Beer Share".
Franchise #161 6/26/2018 - What are the perfect beers and IPAs that people should be drinking on 4th of July next week? Ferro and Chris break it down as well as pay tribute to Pantera drummer & co-founder Vinnie Paul.
Joining the show is Melissa 'Mad Mel' Potter to recap her experience at Scare-A-Con this past weekend over in Massachusetts as well as talk about the upcoming rebooted Halloween movie.
Then later on, guitarist Jeffrey Instasi joins the show to talk about his latest project.
The Franchise #160 6/11/18 - Ferro and Morgan welcome Aaren Simoncini from Beer'd Brewing in Connecticut to talk about their beers and what's been going on at the brewery. They also welcome Edgar from Beerthuglife.com to talk about his recent east coast tour and going viral with his videos. The boys finish with one of Morgan's own brews from Buttonwoods Brewery for the "On Air Beer Share" named "Object Permanence."
The Franchise #159 4/30/18 - The boys welcome Carlo from White Dog Distilling, which just recently opened in Pawtucket RI, to find out what he has brewing, er distilling. They also welcome Kristofer, brand ambassador for Brewed Events, to talk about the Free the Whale beer festival in Miami. The guys try some Hill Farmstead Works of Love: Cigar City for the on air beer share. Beer news, tunes and more!!
The Franchise #158 4/17/18 - On this episode of The Franchise Ferro, Chris and Morgan talk with David Dadekian from EatDrinkRI.com about their upcoming events showcasing Rhode Island's best chefs, brewers and winemakers. They also talk 420 beers and the new trend of adding CBDs to beers and what the feds think of that. "Rhode Rage" DIPA from Newport Craft Brewing makes its debut on the "On Air Beer Share" and much more!
The Franchise #157 3/26/18 - Team Franchise talks to JR and Brendan from Newport Craft Brewing and Distilling Company to talk about all the upcoming changes to the company and their beer and spirits releases coming soon. They also welcome Dave from BeerBrosBs.com, a beer podcast out of Florida, to talk FLA crazy beer releases and Sprung Spring Beer festival. The show closes dowwn with a brand new brew from Turning Point Brewery out of Texas for this week's featured "On Air Beer Share".
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