Dan Parker is not the kind of guy who sits around waiting for cool stuff to happen to him. A lifelong racer and machinist, Dan’s racing days could have been cut short after a tragic drag racing crash deprived him of his sight. But that’s not the story Dan wanted to write, so he devised a way to continue racing – on both motorcycles and in cars – and is now the fastest blind man alive. Hear the whole story on this episode of the Bonneville Up To Speed Podcast!
It’s true that Mike “Q-Ball” Clarke recently rebuilt and reinstalled the engine in his 1967 Pontiac GTO, but after some miles, he spied some dreaded drips on the garage floor. What to do? He shares the tale in this episode of the V8 Radio Podcast. Kevin Oeste also shares some thoughts on “off-shore” parts, just before the episode takes a left turn into a therapy session about a recent air show, the F35 fighter jets, and B-17 Bombers. You’ll have to listen to get it all. And of course, there’s Automotive Trivia and much more, all on a specially-priced V8 Radio Podcast!
Brad Bosworth is a guy who caught the land speed racing bug and took the plunge, building a 260+ MPH, 30-foot long streamliner in his garage! If you’ve recently been to Speed Week, you’ve no doubt seen the bright red Valley Fever streamliner in action. On this episode of the Bonneville Up To Speed Podcast, Brad shares the story on how he built it in his home garage, the evolution from a Hayabusa engine to the current 2JZ powerplant, now twin turbocharged for 2022. We also learn about the car’s name, strategies to respectfully break speed records, and more.
If you’ve tuned into a live audio stream of an SCTA race, you’ve probably heard the coverage and insights of Seldom Seen Slim, also known as Jon Wennerberg. But did you know he’s also a motorcycle record holder? Tune in to hear the stories from the salt on the Bonneville Up To Speed Podcast!
Tim Strange is a busy guy, and between building hot rods and customs at Strange Motion, Tim can be found at great automotive events all over the country! On this episode of the V8 Radio Podcast, Tim joins Mike “Q-Ball” Clarke and Kevin Oeste to share some of his story and perspective on the hot rod world, SEMA HRIA, Goodguys Autocross announcing, and more. A bit of automotive trivia bookends the meat of the show, plus a bunch more on the V8 Radio Podcast!
Gale Banks is no stranger to speeding across the dust of El Mirage and the Bonneville Salt Flats. He’s been pushing the limits on land speed cars since the late 1950s, campaigning at least 13 land speed cars and trucks and racking up dozens of records in the process. In this special episode of the Bonneville Up To Speed Podcast, Banks shares time and stories with Kevin Oeste about how land speed racing, and turbocharging, have changed his life.
So what does a race-inspired, twin turbo, fully-caged 1969 Buick Electra have to do with the Tuskegee Airmen? And did you say a twin turbo Electra? Find out all about it with special guest Michael Joseph, Chapter Historian at Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., and his “Faithful Persuit” tribute car to the legendary WWII flyers. Of course, Mike “Q-Ball” Clarke and Kevin Oeste also load up an Automotive Trivia question or two, along with lots of other stories on this episode of the V8 Radio Podcast!
Wayne and Dan Jesel not only run one of the most successful and innovative valve train and engine parts businesses, but they also put their parts to the test on the salt at Bonneville. On this episode of the Bonneville Up To Speed Podcast, Kevin Oeste chats with Wayne Jesel about running the new Jesel-designed Equal 8 engine in their Ram pickup at the 2022 SCTA Speed Week event. Perhaps equally as impressive is the generosity of the Jesel team, who routinely welcome other land speed enthusiasts to drive, get licensed, and even set records in the Jesel pickup. To date, 10 people have gotten their 200 MPH club red hats behind the wheel of the bright yellow truck! Wayne also recalls the history of Jesel in racing, some insight on engine tech, and tips on how to get involved with land speed racing.
Kevin Oeste takes his 1970 Buick Riviera on the first road trip in 6 years, and lives to tell about it! Later, he shares his experiences with Mike “Q-Ball” Clarke about presenting at a local middle school career day and the interest of students in the automotive industry. His findings might surprise you! Of course, there’s some stimulating Automotive Trivia, and the whole show starts off with an over-selling adjective. What more could you want? It’s all on the V8 Radio Podcast!
Scott Clark has been tuning electronic fuel injection vehicles since the tools were first made available to enthusiasts. Today, he applies his experience, understanding, and tuning knowledge to some of the fastest cars in the world. He’s currently working with Team Vesco and the Turbinator, the turbine powered streamliner, one of several streamliners going after the 500 mph wheel-driven record at Bonneville this year! Scott joined Kevin Oeste to talk about that program as well as other facets of engine tuning and performance on this episode of the Bonneville Up To Speed Podcast!
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