This week we trade in our high-horsepower dragsters for graceful, sleek rides that can take corners like no other. First up, JoshCAR Hollywood Car Consultant, Josh Hancock, chats about the Mercedes E 450 4MATIC Wagon, how SUVs killed the wagon market, and a car show dedicated to woodys. Then, Co-founder of Cartender and freelance automotive journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report, George Kennedy III, praises the 2019 Lexus RC F; is this the true successor to the Supra name? Changing gears, automotive journalist for Autoweek, Automobile Magazine, and Grassroots Motorsports, Steven Cole Smith, discusses the sale of Alan’s Dodge Demon, his impending purchase of a 2020 Toyota GR Supra Launch Edition, and gives us a mid-August motorsports update. Closing out the show, Executive Publisher for Kelley Blue Book, Autotrader, and Dealer.com, Karl Brauer, shares about his 2004 Chevrolet Malibu, discusses Alan’s catch and release car theory, and gears up for Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Tune in for a jam-packed week of reviews, automotive news, and car events.
·[00:00:00] SUV Craze Pushes Wagons Out of Market
·[00:05:23] A Salad of Cars
·[00:12:30] Car Shows, and Lyft and Uber Business
·[00:19:50] Lexus RC F – Better Claim to Supra Name?
·[00:29:35] 2019 Lexus RC F: Less Cramped than Supra
·[00:35:52] RC F Final Thoughts and Pebble Beach
·[00:42:13] Alan Changes Cars, Not Women
·[00:48:29] Can’t Wait for 2020 Toyota GR Supra
·[00:54:44] Mid August Motorsports Update
·[01:02:04] The Catch and Release Car Theory
·[01:10:46] 2004 Malibu: Utility, Zero Market Value
·[01:18:05] Getting Ready for Pebble Beach Concours
[00:00:00] SUV Craze Pushes Wagons Out of Market
While it may not be the biggest segment in the market, Wagons still make up a respectable portion. JoshCAR Hollywood Car Consultant, Josh Hancock, fills us in on the current state of the wagon segment, and how their numbers have been diminished by the SUV craze that has been sweeping America. Josh also gives us some details on his test drive of a Mercedes-Benz E 450 4MATIC Wagon. Tune in to learn more.
[00:05:23] A Salad of Cars
As SUVs come in more varied sizes, some automakers are starting to cut wagons out of their lineup, like Volkswagen. We discuss this trend and learn more about the Mercedes-Benz E 450 4MATIC Wagon with JoshCAR Hollywood Car Consultant, Josh Hancock. Switching gears, a verbal gaffe that renames the Hyundai Sonata as the Hyundai Cilantro causes some hilarity. Listen in for more jokes mixed with actual car information.
[00:12:30] Car Shows, and Lyft and Uber Business
So you’ve heard of classic car shows, super car shows, and muscle car shows, but did you know there are shows for woodies and wagons? That’s right, and JoshCAR Hollywood Car Consultant, Josh Hancock, took the Mercedes-Benz E 450 4MATIC Wagon to a small show in Maine to check it out. Shifting gears, we discuss the effect rideshare services like Uber and Lyft have had on metropolitan traffic in areas like San Francisco. Also, Alan shares a story in which it was revealed to him by an Uber driver that she makes more money at Uber than she does as a registered nurse! Tune in to learn more.
[00:19:50] Lexus RC F – Better Claim to Supra Name?
All this talk about the new Toyota GR Supra has us thinking, is there a contender with a better claim to the Supra name? Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report, George Kennedy III, is driving the 2019 Lexus RC F and believes that this is the true modern day Toyota Supra from a luxury standpoint. With BMW underpinnings, a BMW-made inline 6 cylinder engine, and even BMW iDrive, the 2020 Toyota GR Supra seems more BMW than Toyota to George. Find out why Alan thinks the 2020 Supra deserves the name.
[00:29:35] 2019 Lexus RC F: Less Cramped than Supra
It’s no secret that Cartender Co-Founder, George Kennedy III, is a tall man. So how does the 2019 Lexus RC F stack up in the legroom department? Actually, quite nicely. With much more room than the 2020 GR Supra, the Lexus RC F sports a quasi usable backseat, great trunk space, heated and cooled seats, Porsche-esque center console, and room to stretch. From a $64,700 baseline edition, to a loaded $82,500, the Lexus RC F is worth the price. Tune in to learn more.
[00:35:52] RC F Final Thoughts and Pebble Beach
The Lexus RC F is a true gentleman’s car with comfort, balance and performance. Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report, George Kennedy III, gives his final thoughts on the RC F. Changing gears, we discuss Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and the huge list of other events that take place during Monterey Car Week every year. Listen in for more.
[00:42:13] Alan Changes Cars, Not Women
The Dodge Power Dollars Event is in full effect, save $10 off your next purchase for each horsepower it roars off of the lot with. Speaking of Dodge, Alan recently sold his Dodge Demon and Dodge Viper and while he’s sad to see them go, he’s realized a new philosophy: Alan trades in his cars, not his wife. Happily married for 33 years, Alan knows he’s with the woman he will be with when he dies, but for cars it’s a different matter – it’s time to experience new things! That’s why he’s getting the 2020 Toyota GR Supra Launch Edition. Enjoy your life while there’s still time, buy a new car today!
[00:48:29] Can’t Wait for 2020 Toyota GR Supra
Automotive journalist for Autoweek, Automobile Magazine, and Grassroots Motorsports, Steven Cole Smith, comments on the fact that Alan’s last three cars have sold for more than he bought them for, giving him a trifecta of return on investment! Alan discusses the legendary performance of the Dodge Viper ACR, which set 13 track records nationwide, and why he’s excited for his 2020 Toyota GR Supra Launch Edition. This 1,499 car limited run comes with a black exterior and red leather interior, a 335-HP, 365 lb-ft of torque inline 6 cylinder engine, 50-50 weight distribution, and a $57,375 price tag. Listen in for more details.
[00:54:44] Mid August Motorsports Update
It’s mid-August and it’s time for our motorsports update from automotive journalist for Autoweek, Automobile Magazine, and Grassroots Motorsports, Steven Cole Smith. As NASCAR closes in on the start of playoffs, ratings see a 14% boost in Michigan, and Steve gives us an update on the current standings of NASCAR racers. We also chat about the changing times in motorsports, and how much easier it is to get a journalist pass to the big NASCAR events than it used to be. Tune in for more.
[01:02:04] The Catch and Release Car Theory
If you’ve ever been fishing for sport, you’ve probably done what is referred to as ‘catch and release’. Well, Alan explains to Kelley Blue Book, Autotrader, and Dealer.com Executive Publisher, Karl Brauer, how he’s taken this approach to car ownership. Then, Karl fills us in on his weekend of super car fun in which he took photos of his Dodge Demon from his Ford GT after test driving the new, $287,400 Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder. Are you a super car guy?
[01:10:46] 2004 Malibu: Utility, Zero Market Value
We spend a lot of time chatting about some of the fastest, most muscle bound, and expensive cars on the road, but we need to take a step back and give appreciation to that car that just does its job quietly and reliably. Executive Publisher for Kelley Blue Book, Autotrader, and Dealer.com, Karl Brauer, tells the tale of his 2004 Chevrolet Malibu that he purchased for $11,000 with 20,000 miles on it. This car has served as his wife’s daily driver from then until now and is a paragon of reliability, with absolutely no market value. It just goes to show that sometimes the value of a car isn’t all in how much it would sell for.
[01:18:05] Getting Ready for Pebble Beach Concours
It seems like everyone in the industry is gearing up for a great week on the Monterey Peninsula and its world famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Executive Publisher for Kelley Blue Book, Autotrader, and Dealer.com, Karl Brauer, has attended nearly a dozen times and it never gets old. This year he’s headed to Monterey with the lovely folks at Acura. Alan will be there too, on the 18th green at the top of the fairway thanks to his friend, Barry Meguiar. Tune in to hear more about this epic event.
Explore More with Helpful Links:
·Contributor: Josh Hancock | Hollywood Car Consultant, JoshCAR
·Vehicle Mention: 2020 Toyota GR Supra
·Vehicle Mention: 2019 Lexus RC F
·Vehicle Mention: 2019 Mercedes-Benz E 450 4MATIC Wagon
·Vehicle Mention: 2020 Dodge Challenger
Host: Alan Taylor
Producer: Dave Milligan
Audio Engineer: Dave Milligan
Copy Editor: Cody Castleberry
Contributor: Josh Hancock
Contributor: George Kennedy III
Contributor: Steven Cole Smith
Contributor: Karl Brauer
Our Sponsors & Supported Charities:
This episode was produced by Entertainment Right Now (ERN). If you found value in this episode, and you’d like to hear more, please consider leaving us a review on iTunes and be sure to subscribe to our podcast so you don’t miss a beat. Your feedback helps us to reach more enthusiasts around the world! If you have a question you’d like us to answer, please leave a comment below or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.