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#181 Tariff Wars & Trade Battles: Auto Industry Expert Shares the Future.

The Journey of Automotive Parts The trade wars that are currently going on are historic, especially as it relates to the automotive industry and manufacturing.GM’s Romulus Powertrain plant makes about 400,000 V-6 engines a year for high-margin Cadillac SUVs, light pickup trucks and other GM vehicles, while the process of manufacturing the critical pistons can lead to a cross border journey that most are not aware of.The Romulus built V-6 uses 235 parts from 100 primary suppliers. Sixty-seven ship from factories in the United States, 13 from Mexico, eight from Canada and 12 from elsewhere in the world. Most of the electronics come from Asia, which is a big deal. Trade Wars & Tariff Battles As the fight continues to position the United States in a leading role for manufacturing, we will discuss how the current tariff climate truly affects the end retail user from automotive consumers to the automotive technician, reliant on auto parts and tooling required to produce in a timely and cost effective manner. Our guest, CEO Laurie Harbour of Harbour Results Inc. http://bit.ly/HarbourResultsInc a manufacturing expert and automotive industry consultant, provides us with an inside track to the current state of affairs within the tariff and trade concerns between China and the United States.

53 MIN5 d ago
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#181 Tariff Wars & Trade Battles: Auto Industry Expert Shares the Future.

#180 Legends of Speed Historic Race Exhibit

A Historic Race Exhibit Picture some of the most prized racing vehicles assembled all under one roof. The kind of collection that would have you taking steps back in time during race history, an era of phenomenalrace proven vehicles, along with fantastic journey of the drivers who mastered those legendary winning championships. Phoenix Art Museum Hosts Legends of Speed Featuring more than 20 legendary cars by Maserati, Mercedes, Alfa Romeo, Ford and more. An extraordinary collection of cars driven by some of the greatest drivers in the history of racing includingDan Gurney,A.J. Foyt and Stirling Moss. Now through March 15, 2020, these cars are on loan to the Phoenix Art Museum by some of the world's renowned car collectors. Legends of Speed offers up an experience for car enthusiasts of all ages. http://bit.ly/LegendsofSpeedPhxArtMuseum We are thrilled and honoredto have car enthusiast, car collector and the man behind bringing this exhibit together, Phoenix Art Museum Board of Dire...

53 MIN1 w ago
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#180 Legends of Speed Historic Race Exhibit

#179 First Woman World Champion NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster

Top Fuel Alcohol Dragster Racing The rumble and raw speed of a Top Fuel Alcohol Dragster is an incredible thing to witness and quitefrankly, the in-between rounds back in the pits is a true mechanical wonder to experience as a fan, no matter how old or what background you have. That visceral acquaintancewith horsepower leaves us all in a wonderment longing for more. In a world of constant change, the NHRA has never ceased to deliver that consistent attraction for fans, while inspiring future generations to get behind both the wheel and picking up a few wrenches behind the flywheel. First Woman Champion As the award winning 2019 Top Alcohol Dragster Champion, Megan Meyerhttp://bit.ly/MeganMeyerRacing since the age of 10, has competitively raced with the grit and zeal of a seasoned veteran. She grew up around the sport of drag racing as the oldest daughter of renowned championship winning driver and team owner, Randy Meyer. She has stepped up time after time setting up at the starting line while offering a burnout to track down a competitive run. Megan has alcohol running through her veins as a fierceracing spirit. Coming off the heels of a big win running side-by-side with points rival Troy Coughlin Jr. to command the championship, we are honored to have Megan Meyer on the show!

53 MIN2 w ago
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#179 First Woman World Champion NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster

#178 Corvette Enthusiast, Parts Supplier & Hall of Fame Inductee, Mike Yager!

Corvette Enthusiast Mike Yager bought his first Corvette in 1970 when he was just 20 years old. When he saw there was no Corvette Club in his area, he started one. As the club grew he made the observation that there wasn’t a place where a Corvette fan could purchase Corvette merchandise. To remedy that, he bought whatever he could find that related to Corvette and started making it available at Corvette club events and car shows. When that worked out, he got a $500 loan to start a company that has now grown to become one of the world’s largest suppliers of parts and accessories for Corvettes… Mid America Motorworks. http://bit.ly/MidAmericaMotorworks Corvette Fun Fest In 1994 Mike Yager and the team at MidAmericaMotorworks staged a relaxed Corvette show to thank their customers and share the Corvette hobby. An enthusiastic crowd of 1,200 people brought 350 assorted Corvettes to Mid America Motorworks' corporate campus to celebrate. By 2006, thousands of Corvettes filled every ava...

60 MIN3 w ago
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#178 Corvette Enthusiast, Parts Supplier & Hall of Fame Inductee, Mike Yager!

#177 Military Veterans Gain Traction with Automotive Skills & Careers

Military Vets Struggle for Employment We are a country that is proud of our military heroes regardless of party lines or affiliations.. What about those veterans that are returning from overseas and their prospect of a career to support their families and future and find it to be a struggle? According to many statistics and reporting, this is not always an easy transition for them and arguments that could be made on both sides that would suggest there are serious problems that need to be addressed for both the veterans and potential employer. The Shortage of Mechanics The shortage of automotive service technicians is indisputable, even as the industry debates its numerous causes. That gap threatens the financial health of all areas of transportation, including new car dealerships and the independent automotive marketplace. With a shortage currently top dead center in the industry and what is often a tough segue to civilian life for veterans and military families, are we as an indust...

52 MINNOV 3
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#177 Military Veterans Gain Traction with Automotive Skills & Careers

#176 Odd & Eclectic Vehicles with Jason Torchinsky

Popular Rides We are all familiar with the major brands of vehicles being displayed on everything from bus billboards to the wildly expensive listings during the Super Bowl. The in your face branding of some of the most popular vehicle brands is at times annoying, yet let's face it, highly effective. Not So Popular What about the more obscure vehiclesthat you may not have heard of. Those oddball vehiclesover time that did not quite make the list of "must be seen in" latest cruiser? In fact, some of the most weird and mechanically odd vehicles that were as serious to a vehicle designer and engineer, but not so much with the motoring public. Imagine searching the globe for these unusual vehicular oddities and sharing with the world these unique wheels of weirdness. Senior editor for Jalopnik,http://bit.ly/JalopnikJasonTorchinsky author of Robot, Take the Wheel: The Road to Autonomous Cars and the Lost Art of Driving http://bit.ly/JasonTorchinskyBook and producer of Jay Leno's garage, ...

54 MINOCT 26
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#176 Odd & Eclectic Vehicles with Jason Torchinsky

#175 Critical Shortage of Auto Technicians and Solutions

Critical Shortage There is a critical shortage of automotive technicians and the U.S. Labor Bureau estimates about 46,000 automotive technicians will be needed by 2026. Today’s cars have more computing power than the system that guided Apollo astronauts to the moon. The Apollo 11 spaceship had 150,000 lines of code. Google’s mobile Android operating system has 12 million and the modern car can have 100 million lines of code. Modern technicians spend as much time in front of a computer as they do under a hood. These jobs require people with tactile intelligence, education and interest in S.T.E.M. related training. They need strong technology expertise and diagnostic and problem-solving skills. It’s no longer simply about wrenches and oil. It’s a world filled with advanced equipment and technology, and it requires technicians with sophisticated, high-tech training. Resources to help TechForce Foundation is a 501(c)(3) that champions students to and through their education and into...

-1 sOCT 19
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#175 Critical Shortage of Auto Technicians and Solutions

#174 1938 Phantom Corsair! From National Auto Museum to Inaugural Las Vegas Concours!

Ahead of It's Time Cast as the "Flying Wombat" in the 1938 movie Young in Heart, the 38' Phantom Corsair was way ahead of it's time as an incredibly sophisticated rolling work of art and style. Match that spectacular vehicle with 200 other gorgeous time pieces of vehicle variety at the very first Las Vegas Concours d'Elegance bit.ly/LasVegasConcours and you have a recipe for one of the premiere car shows in the country. The Harrah Collection On loan from the National Automobile Museum, based out of Reno Nevada, http://bit.ly/NationalCarMuseumReno the 1938 Phantom Corsair, along with over 200 eye popping cars, most from the collection of the late casino owner William F. Harrah, and why the museum is sometimes referred to as The Harrah Collection. The museum has authentic street scenes and sounds truly takes you back in time to a special era of automobile manufacturing and styling. Named in the 'Top Ten Museums' by Car Collector magazine. We are honored to have both Jay Hubbard, the m...

52 MINOCT 12
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#174 1938 Phantom Corsair! From National Auto Museum to Inaugural Las Vegas Concours!

#173 IMSA 1969-1989: How John Bishop Built Worlds Greatest Sports Car Racing Series

IMSA Was Born Fifty years ago, a new sanctioning body emerged at a pivotal moment in motorsports history. Racing was on the upswing and new tracks were being built all across the U.S. Imported cars from Europe and Japan were flooding the market, designers were pushing limits and drivers were looking for an opportunity to race for more than just a trophy. Into this void stepped John Bishop with a fledgling organization called IMSA that offered competitive, professional racing in a friendly atmosphere and carried a new message: Racing with a Difference. The Inside Story Now Told In this behind the scenes book, Mitch Bishop and Mark Raffauf tell the inside story of how IMSA became a global powerhouse in just a few short years. It covers John Bishops early life, his years at the SCCA and tells the story of how IMSA grew from humble beginnings in 1969 into the Camel GT Series, a circuit that became the most popular form of professional sports car racing in the world. Interviews with many...

54 MINOCT 5
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#173 IMSA 1969-1989: How John Bishop Built Worlds Greatest Sports Car Racing Series

#172 Driving lllegal?! Transportation Expert “Gridlock Sam” Shares Future of Traffic

Our Time at the Wheel is Done?! Driving will become illegal, as human drivers will be demonstrably more dangerous than cars that pilot themselves. Is this an impossible future, or a revolution just around the corner? Sam Schwartz, "Gridlock Sam," America's most celebrated transportation expert, describes in his book about the revolution in self-driving cars. The ramifications will be dramatic, and the transition will be far from seamless. It will overturn the job market for the one in seven Americans who work in the trucking industry. It will cause us to grapple with new ethical dilemmas, if a car will hit a person or a building, endangering the lives of its passengers, who will decide what it does? It will further erode our privacy, since the vehicle can relay our location at any moment. And, like every other computer-controlled device, it can be vulnerable to hacking. Right now, every major car maker here and abroad is working on bringing autonomous vehicles to consumers. The flee...

54 MINSEP 28
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#172 Driving lllegal?! Transportation Expert “Gridlock Sam” Shares Future of Traffic

Latest Episodes

#181 Tariff Wars & Trade Battles: Auto Industry Expert Shares the Future.

The Journey of Automotive Parts The trade wars that are currently going on are historic, especially as it relates to the automotive industry and manufacturing.GM’s Romulus Powertrain plant makes about 400,000 V-6 engines a year for high-margin Cadillac SUVs, light pickup trucks and other GM vehicles, while the process of manufacturing the critical pistons can lead to a cross border journey that most are not aware of.The Romulus built V-6 uses 235 parts from 100 primary suppliers. Sixty-seven ship from factories in the United States, 13 from Mexico, eight from Canada and 12 from elsewhere in the world. Most of the electronics come from Asia, which is a big deal. Trade Wars & Tariff Battles As the fight continues to position the United States in a leading role for manufacturing, we will discuss how the current tariff climate truly affects the end retail user from automotive consumers to the automotive technician, reliant on auto parts and tooling required to produce in a timely and cost effective manner. Our guest, CEO Laurie Harbour of Harbour Results Inc. http://bit.ly/HarbourResultsInc a manufacturing expert and automotive industry consultant, provides us with an inside track to the current state of affairs within the tariff and trade concerns between China and the United States.

53 MIN5 d ago
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#181 Tariff Wars & Trade Battles: Auto Industry Expert Shares the Future.

#180 Legends of Speed Historic Race Exhibit

A Historic Race Exhibit Picture some of the most prized racing vehicles assembled all under one roof. The kind of collection that would have you taking steps back in time during race history, an era of phenomenalrace proven vehicles, along with fantastic journey of the drivers who mastered those legendary winning championships. Phoenix Art Museum Hosts Legends of Speed Featuring more than 20 legendary cars by Maserati, Mercedes, Alfa Romeo, Ford and more. An extraordinary collection of cars driven by some of the greatest drivers in the history of racing includingDan Gurney,A.J. Foyt and Stirling Moss. Now through March 15, 2020, these cars are on loan to the Phoenix Art Museum by some of the world's renowned car collectors. Legends of Speed offers up an experience for car enthusiasts of all ages. http://bit.ly/LegendsofSpeedPhxArtMuseum We are thrilled and honoredto have car enthusiast, car collector and the man behind bringing this exhibit together, Phoenix Art Museum Board of Dire...

53 MIN1 w ago
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#180 Legends of Speed Historic Race Exhibit

#179 First Woman World Champion NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster

Top Fuel Alcohol Dragster Racing The rumble and raw speed of a Top Fuel Alcohol Dragster is an incredible thing to witness and quitefrankly, the in-between rounds back in the pits is a true mechanical wonder to experience as a fan, no matter how old or what background you have. That visceral acquaintancewith horsepower leaves us all in a wonderment longing for more. In a world of constant change, the NHRA has never ceased to deliver that consistent attraction for fans, while inspiring future generations to get behind both the wheel and picking up a few wrenches behind the flywheel. First Woman Champion As the award winning 2019 Top Alcohol Dragster Champion, Megan Meyerhttp://bit.ly/MeganMeyerRacing since the age of 10, has competitively raced with the grit and zeal of a seasoned veteran. She grew up around the sport of drag racing as the oldest daughter of renowned championship winning driver and team owner, Randy Meyer. She has stepped up time after time setting up at the starting line while offering a burnout to track down a competitive run. Megan has alcohol running through her veins as a fierceracing spirit. Coming off the heels of a big win running side-by-side with points rival Troy Coughlin Jr. to command the championship, we are honored to have Megan Meyer on the show!

53 MIN2 w ago
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#179 First Woman World Champion NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster

#178 Corvette Enthusiast, Parts Supplier & Hall of Fame Inductee, Mike Yager!

Corvette Enthusiast Mike Yager bought his first Corvette in 1970 when he was just 20 years old. When he saw there was no Corvette Club in his area, he started one. As the club grew he made the observation that there wasn’t a place where a Corvette fan could purchase Corvette merchandise. To remedy that, he bought whatever he could find that related to Corvette and started making it available at Corvette club events and car shows. When that worked out, he got a $500 loan to start a company that has now grown to become one of the world’s largest suppliers of parts and accessories for Corvettes… Mid America Motorworks. http://bit.ly/MidAmericaMotorworks Corvette Fun Fest In 1994 Mike Yager and the team at MidAmericaMotorworks staged a relaxed Corvette show to thank their customers and share the Corvette hobby. An enthusiastic crowd of 1,200 people brought 350 assorted Corvettes to Mid America Motorworks' corporate campus to celebrate. By 2006, thousands of Corvettes filled every ava...

60 MIN3 w ago
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#178 Corvette Enthusiast, Parts Supplier & Hall of Fame Inductee, Mike Yager!

#177 Military Veterans Gain Traction with Automotive Skills & Careers

Military Vets Struggle for Employment We are a country that is proud of our military heroes regardless of party lines or affiliations.. What about those veterans that are returning from overseas and their prospect of a career to support their families and future and find it to be a struggle? According to many statistics and reporting, this is not always an easy transition for them and arguments that could be made on both sides that would suggest there are serious problems that need to be addressed for both the veterans and potential employer. The Shortage of Mechanics The shortage of automotive service technicians is indisputable, even as the industry debates its numerous causes. That gap threatens the financial health of all areas of transportation, including new car dealerships and the independent automotive marketplace. With a shortage currently top dead center in the industry and what is often a tough segue to civilian life for veterans and military families, are we as an indust...

52 MINNOV 3
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#177 Military Veterans Gain Traction with Automotive Skills & Careers

#176 Odd & Eclectic Vehicles with Jason Torchinsky

Popular Rides We are all familiar with the major brands of vehicles being displayed on everything from bus billboards to the wildly expensive listings during the Super Bowl. The in your face branding of some of the most popular vehicle brands is at times annoying, yet let's face it, highly effective. Not So Popular What about the more obscure vehiclesthat you may not have heard of. Those oddball vehiclesover time that did not quite make the list of "must be seen in" latest cruiser? In fact, some of the most weird and mechanically odd vehicles that were as serious to a vehicle designer and engineer, but not so much with the motoring public. Imagine searching the globe for these unusual vehicular oddities and sharing with the world these unique wheels of weirdness. Senior editor for Jalopnik,http://bit.ly/JalopnikJasonTorchinsky author of Robot, Take the Wheel: The Road to Autonomous Cars and the Lost Art of Driving http://bit.ly/JasonTorchinskyBook and producer of Jay Leno's garage, ...

54 MINOCT 26
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#176 Odd & Eclectic Vehicles with Jason Torchinsky

#175 Critical Shortage of Auto Technicians and Solutions

Critical Shortage There is a critical shortage of automotive technicians and the U.S. Labor Bureau estimates about 46,000 automotive technicians will be needed by 2026. Today’s cars have more computing power than the system that guided Apollo astronauts to the moon. The Apollo 11 spaceship had 150,000 lines of code. Google’s mobile Android operating system has 12 million and the modern car can have 100 million lines of code. Modern technicians spend as much time in front of a computer as they do under a hood. These jobs require people with tactile intelligence, education and interest in S.T.E.M. related training. They need strong technology expertise and diagnostic and problem-solving skills. It’s no longer simply about wrenches and oil. It’s a world filled with advanced equipment and technology, and it requires technicians with sophisticated, high-tech training. Resources to help TechForce Foundation is a 501(c)(3) that champions students to and through their education and into...

-1 sOCT 19
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#175 Critical Shortage of Auto Technicians and Solutions

#174 1938 Phantom Corsair! From National Auto Museum to Inaugural Las Vegas Concours!

Ahead of It's Time Cast as the "Flying Wombat" in the 1938 movie Young in Heart, the 38' Phantom Corsair was way ahead of it's time as an incredibly sophisticated rolling work of art and style. Match that spectacular vehicle with 200 other gorgeous time pieces of vehicle variety at the very first Las Vegas Concours d'Elegance bit.ly/LasVegasConcours and you have a recipe for one of the premiere car shows in the country. The Harrah Collection On loan from the National Automobile Museum, based out of Reno Nevada, http://bit.ly/NationalCarMuseumReno the 1938 Phantom Corsair, along with over 200 eye popping cars, most from the collection of the late casino owner William F. Harrah, and why the museum is sometimes referred to as The Harrah Collection. The museum has authentic street scenes and sounds truly takes you back in time to a special era of automobile manufacturing and styling. Named in the 'Top Ten Museums' by Car Collector magazine. We are honored to have both Jay Hubbard, the m...

52 MINOCT 12
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#174 1938 Phantom Corsair! From National Auto Museum to Inaugural Las Vegas Concours!

#173 IMSA 1969-1989: How John Bishop Built Worlds Greatest Sports Car Racing Series

IMSA Was Born Fifty years ago, a new sanctioning body emerged at a pivotal moment in motorsports history. Racing was on the upswing and new tracks were being built all across the U.S. Imported cars from Europe and Japan were flooding the market, designers were pushing limits and drivers were looking for an opportunity to race for more than just a trophy. Into this void stepped John Bishop with a fledgling organization called IMSA that offered competitive, professional racing in a friendly atmosphere and carried a new message: Racing with a Difference. The Inside Story Now Told In this behind the scenes book, Mitch Bishop and Mark Raffauf tell the inside story of how IMSA became a global powerhouse in just a few short years. It covers John Bishops early life, his years at the SCCA and tells the story of how IMSA grew from humble beginnings in 1969 into the Camel GT Series, a circuit that became the most popular form of professional sports car racing in the world. Interviews with many...

54 MINOCT 5
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#173 IMSA 1969-1989: How John Bishop Built Worlds Greatest Sports Car Racing Series

#172 Driving lllegal?! Transportation Expert “Gridlock Sam” Shares Future of Traffic

Our Time at the Wheel is Done?! Driving will become illegal, as human drivers will be demonstrably more dangerous than cars that pilot themselves. Is this an impossible future, or a revolution just around the corner? Sam Schwartz, "Gridlock Sam," America's most celebrated transportation expert, describes in his book about the revolution in self-driving cars. The ramifications will be dramatic, and the transition will be far from seamless. It will overturn the job market for the one in seven Americans who work in the trucking industry. It will cause us to grapple with new ethical dilemmas, if a car will hit a person or a building, endangering the lives of its passengers, who will decide what it does? It will further erode our privacy, since the vehicle can relay our location at any moment. And, like every other computer-controlled device, it can be vulnerable to hacking. Right now, every major car maker here and abroad is working on bringing autonomous vehicles to consumers. The flee...

54 MINSEP 28
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#172 Driving lllegal?! Transportation Expert “Gridlock Sam” Shares Future of Traffic
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