Who said work can’t be a nose full of tire shrapnel and downforce? The Garage Hour lurked up a few hours of awesomeness on Pike’s Peak this year, and managed to behave like a good race official (almost the whole time) while providing some good luck in the process (without getting run over!).
Grab the episode: 08.28.20: Pike’s Peak Hillclimb Hangout, w/ Danger-Close Hard Launches by Schranz’s Open-Class Stock Car & Schmidt T-A Mustang, PPIHC History & Perspective, Tales of the Pavement, + Chats w/ Road/Race Engineering (Supporting the Kobayashi 911 GT3)
#Becauseracecar! It’s hillclimbing season (when isn’t it?) and the PPIHC is running its chop fluey-addled rescheduled race. It’s a little weird being fan-free (’cause kung flu), but the racers are here to race – folks like Dallenbach, Vahsholtz, Zwart, Yoshihara, Donahue, Schranz and more are running everything like a carbon-fiber Z, JZ’d BR-Z, open-wheel this and 50-year old that, Camaros and Mustangs, factory Acuras, and Porsches by the pound. Power is thick: V8s from the junkyard, blown everything, twin-turbo’d straight-six Buicks and VQs, with diesel power, ethanol power and even – heh – nine-volt power.
Jump on board – Hostus Maximus Justin Fort is trackside and grabs as much as iPhonely possible, which turns out to be tons of surprsingly good audio. Now you go do something fast and awesome.
When you’ve got to know the basics, it’s not okay to be a poseur. The Garage Hour goons gathered up a few know-it guys from Freedom:30 Arms and peeled the onion on an episode all about new-guy questions about the AR-15 – y’know, helping you get over the hump. We even found a few questions that we didn’t know the answer to, plus the wonder that is .40S&W LEGO bullet heads.
Do you need to understand one and two-stage triggers? Do you know the the difference between .223 and 5.56? How about which handguard and what type of barrel shrouding is right for you (and why)? What’s the “AR” stand for? What’s barrel twist about and why do you need some (and why do some folks think it’s a conspiracy to make it a legal requirement?), plus sights and lasers and freakin’ sharks.
Down an upload about your flat-tired tires…
The Garage Hour is here to help… because you need it. The things that drivers do (and notso drivers) to their tires would make Bob Goodyear and Howie Dunlop cry if they were the cryin’ sort. Low-pressure freewaying, curb-grinding, wrongo-installo, improper sizing and maintenance levels that make you want to call Tire Protective Services – it’s enough to lose your license (or your lunch).
What’cha going to do? You’re going to take some advice (and some abuse) from the Garage Hour goons, and we of the gearhead persuasion will hand you a few more than a few data points on how to keep what’s arguably the most consequential part of your car, truck, quad, bike (powered or un), wheelbarrow, half-track (track pressure?) and wagon on the road – literally and figuratively.
Call it autodrive, robodrive, motonodrive, antiauto, automated computer road perceiving four-wheel autonomous vehicle self-guidance, the abdication of your right to roam – and your responsiblity for it – is a slippery slope that imperils the individuality that mankind wishes for (and the US of A has embraced). Join the Garage Hour, standing athwart doom yet again, and load up some of the logic that matters more than a hole in the head when it comes to letting a PC turn your freedoms into free doom.
Whatever name you fling at the Mickey Mouse piece of $#!~+ you call the eventual death of your worth as a motorist (and subsequently, as a human), the Gearhead Consultancy gathered itself to discuss the legitimate perils of letting a computer think, act, crash and kill for you. Everything from the accidents that wipe out man and beast every day, to the visionary robot proto-comprehension of Issac Asimov, the legal black hole that every automated car represents, and why automation is very much not your friend (ever heard of the bodycount paradox?), it’s in there.
And there… http://garagehour.libsyn.com/020819-robot-cars-autodrive-fails-asimov-would-agree-the-body-count-paradox-human-reduction-liability-black-holes-responsibility-vacuum-why-johnny-car-is-out-to-get-you-the-knowledge-island
What do you get when you load a bunch of spec-ops guys and career warfighters into a talk show infested with racers and off-roaders and send ’em on a three-hour boat tour of San Diego Harbor? This! Gearheads + Guns + GIs = great talk radio. Get some.
Retired SEAL Command Master Chief Larry Wilske joined Hostus Maximus Justin Fort on a converted trawler to cruise the harbor, look at aircraft carriers and tugboats and chat with Garage Hour cohost and 27-year Marine Master Guns .45 Phil, cohost Majid from Global Source Remarketing (he sells used Powerstroke trucks, folks) and Bob from Pacific Tugboat Service.
The episode that came out of this two-hour conversation is rich in the serious details of top-secret warfare, dangerously incompetent politicians, the blue-collar fixes for what ails America, and why having your own pleasure-trawler to drive around ain’t a bad way to live. Then it devolves into standard Garage Hour fare: exploding bridges, diesel engines, beer, rifles, and who gets to grab the bucket when the boat decides to have more water in than out.
Download every Garage Hour you miss and dig into the rapidly multiplying pile of vintage episodes at our podcast page – follow the link (http://garagehour.libsyn.com/), hunt us down on iTunes (search “Garage Hour”), or click to the microsite through this website. There’s a grand assortment of gearhead awesomesauce that we’ve uploaded for your downloading pleasure, with all the cars, trucks, beers and guns you can handle, plus off-roading, Boris Said, traffic, shooting, bad aim, Dude Food, a little bit of politics, some international intrigue, rock and/or roll, and all the other gearhead goodness you demand from your talk radio.
Remember, if you can’t get us on-air at 6:PM Saturdays (and can’t make it to a Sasquatch Run or find us in the canyons), have a podcast – they’re super.
We took a few new bits of technology, a little more processing power and a gang of Garage Hour goons, and pointed them at a pile of speed parts and several growlers of Twisted Manzanita beer to create the first-ever Garage Hour live-to-tape pure podcast. Live from the garage? Damn right.
What’s that, you say, new Garage Hours? Damn right, with a little help from Chef Jeff, Surfer Greg and Jaime from Off-Road.com, Hostus Maximus Justin Fort screwed together the first of what’s the new thing in gearhead talk – pure-podcast Garage Hours. This one’s a gem – lot’sa recording experimentation, discussions of beer and food, a little bit about Queens of the Stone Age’s last gig, all while Justin installs a set of slotted rotors on his nasty little Subaru STi. It’s gearhead! Have some.
In the immortal words of Homer Simpson, “No TV and no beer make Homer something something…” Don’t go crazy – Hank Watson’s Garage Hour hasn’t gone away – we’ve just left AM radio; the podcasts will continue.
Long story short, through no fault of our own – and someone else’s specifically – the suit overlords of KCBQ’s parent company called all the overhanging balances of the pain in the ass upstart shows like the Garage Hour, and we didn’t have the wad to bail ourselves out of an unceremonious trip to the AM grooveyard. This, despite being the best piece of gearhead radio on-air in San Diego, listened to in more than 40 countries and at least 44 of these united states. Dammit.
Thankfully, the aforementioned Garage Hour podcasts have been going gangbusters, and download numbers for current shows and Garage Hour Reloads are climbing like a Saturn 5 in a hurry. We’re going to keep recording our shows (once we’ve had a few Saturdays off to remember why days off are so much fun), and keep uploading the shows for your downloading pleasure. There will be some experiments with how we record and mix ’em, but it’ll be the Garage Hour – have no fear. C’mon, you can’t keep a little monster like this down, though for now, we’re going to change our shape to fit the times.
Also thankfully, we (you’re in on this too) must appreciate the advertisers who’ve stuck with the show, because it’s a lot to ask for small businesses to ride this sort of thing out. Twisted Manzanita Ales & Spirits, Active Shooter Defense School, and Tony’s Lube & Tune have been with us for a long time, and we’re grateful for every minute of their support.
It’s that time of year – get out of your box and go DO something. If you’re a gearhead like us, that means finding some of the wonderful roads in your own backcountry (be they paved or un) and doing things on them. If you’re lucky enough to have mountains and higher-elevation trails, that means getting the family truck out, checking tire pressure and stepping off the pavement, and if you’re a fast guy who likes a curvy piece of pavement, go find one and stick it to it.
Of course, statements like this will separate those who can from those who could, and we’re here to help. Get involved, find someone who can show you the ropes, who can help you understand what makes your stock four-by Exploder or two-by 4Runner a decent truck for decent trails (and where to go to learn about it), or who can be your bandit while you learn to put your Z or GT or or WRX or Miata through its first paces on the curvy roads nearest you.
In-studio with Hostus Maximus Justin Fort (real-life fast guy) will be .45 Phil (real-life Master Guns) and Seth “Metal” Hollander (real-life off-roader). Tune in at 6:PM, only on 1170AM and KCBQ.com.