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  • Aug 22, 2017

    Monterey Car Week, NASCAR, and Discontinued Rides | #302


    The automotive world is constantly changing. Motorsports and vehicle sales are feeling the ripples of the evolution of this industry. Brian Moody, Executive Editor of Autotrader, and JoshCAR Hollywood Car Consultant, Josh Hancock, tell us about some rides that will cease to exist in the 2018 market. Switching gears, Steven Cole Smith discusses how the changes in NASCAR seem to be impacting the physical attendance of the race. Later, Karl Brauer talks Pebble Beach and the possible impending sale of FCA. Also, Monterey Car Week is upon us and Dennis Collins of Collins Bros. Jeep gives us some juicy details on a few cars he is taking to sell, down at this prestigious event. Join us now!


    • [00:00:00] Catching Up with Alan and Brian Moody
    • [00:06:11] Some Cars are About to Turn Nostalgic
    • [00:12:31] Station Wagons are Becoming Collectables
    • [00:19:52] Nissan Armada is a Hidden Gem of an SUV
    • [00:27:57] What Lies Around the Corner for NASCAR?
    • [00:35:55] Subarus: Adventurous Cars for Under $30k
    • [00:42:15] A Rare ’56 Dual Ghia at Monterey Car Week
    • [00:49:00] Elusive Hunt for One-of-a-Kind, Collector Rides
    • [00:54:46] Pebble Beach is a Car Lover’s Palate Cleanser
    • [01:02:07] Who’s to be the Lucky, Future Partner of FCA?
    • [01:11:13] Time to Say Goodbye to Some Cars We Love
    • [01:18:10] 2018 Will Be the End of the Line for Many Cars


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    [00:00:00] Catching Up with Alan and Brian Moody
    Monterey Car Week is here and Alan builds up the excitement. Then, we are on the air with Brian Moody, Executive Editor for Autotrader, chatting about some of the cars that are being discontinued for the 2018 lineup. These days rides are being built to last and consumers are demanding utilitarian vehicles that adapt to life’s many stages. As we usher in the era of utility, which car would you be sad to see go?


    [00:06:11] Some Cars are About to Turn Nostalgic
    The car hobby has to take necessary steps to evolve, and we are experiencing drastic shifts as technology improves. Executive Editor for Autotrader, Brian Moody, has a glimpse into what we can look forward to in the future. Cars like the Chrysler 200 and the Scion TC just haven’t made a good home for themselves in today’s competitive auto market. Enthusiasts will be sad to hear that the Chevy SS and the Cadillac SRX SUV are being done away with as well. Find out if your dream car is in danger.


    [00:12:31] Station Wagons are Becoming Collectables
    Do you remember the film Vacation, and that classic wagon that Clark proudly owned? That 1979 Ford LTD wagon, the family truckster, was all the rage during that time and they were even considered luxury vehicles. Brian Moody, Executive Editor of Autotrader, informs us that these wagons are becoming collectibles. While today’s cars are so much safer and lighter, there are fan groups forming over these classic road trip cruisers. Was your childhood spent on adventures in a station wagon?


    [00:19:52] Nissan Armada is a Hidden Gem of an SUV
    Much to our avail, SUVs are becoming more reliable and fuel efficient. Autotrader’s Executive Editor, Brian Moody, has been doing a long term test drive of the Nissan Armada. Normally, a Chevrolet Tahoe fan, he is pleasantly surprised by this ride. It’s sleek design, powerful engine, and affordable price make this a wise choice for those in the market for utility. Brian also discusses some of his other favorites and compares prices. Explore this and other Moody-approved SUVs now.


    [00:27:57] What Lies Around the Corner for NASCAR?
    NASCAR attendance is down, and while the grand stands sit slightly empty. Drivers struggle to find sponsorship as we experience a shift in the motorsports hobby. Steven Cole Smith, automotive journalist for, discusses some of the obstacles that are popping up on and near the track. Icons, like Kurt Busch and Danica Patrick, have had a hard time securing a team for next year, and some of the newcomers are inching up behind them. There is hope for NASCAR, the television audience is still holding strong. What are your thoughts on this great pastime? 


    [00:35:55] Subarus: Adventurous Cars for Under $30k
    Adventure and experience are taking charge of the American way of life once again. Luckily for our pocket books, cars are becoming more versatile, fuel efficient, and affordable. Automotive journalist for, Steven Cole Smith, gives a shout out to the excellent brand, Subaru. “Love. It’s what makes a Subaru, a Subaru,” is their tagline that encompasses it all. The best part about these all-wheel drive, crossover vehicles, is that we can afford them! You can climb into a new outback for under $30k. Handling, utility, quality craftsmanship and more, make these cars some of the best on the market. Discover more about these adored adventure mobiles. 


    [00:42:15] A Rare ’56 Dual Ghia at Monterey Car Week
    One of the classiest car events is upon is! Monterey Car Week is the crème de la crème of the collector ride events. Fast N’ Loud’ star, Dennis Collins, joins us to talk about the chariots he hopes to sell down at the beautiful Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. A 1956 Dual Ghia, 1937 SS Jaguar Tour, and 2013 Lamborghini Super Trofeo will be making their appearance, and the guys theorize about how much these beauties will go for. Dennis also gushes about the million dollar cars he’s been watching arrive to the event. Can you guess the amount that will send these cars home with new owners? 


    [00:49:00] Elusive Hunt for One-of-a-Kind, Collector Rides
    Monterey Car Week is not just another car show – it is where the elite of the car hobby bring out their most prized possessions. Dennis Collins, Owner of Collins Bros. Jeep, talks with us about this auto-lovers event where people from all over the world bring one of a kind cars that would blow your mind.  There are one of a kind cars that would blow your mind. Dennis tells us that one of the hardest parts of his job is the hunt for the incredibly unique cars, the ones that will catch buyers’ eyes. The Carmel-by-the-Sea gathering is one of Dennis’ favorites, find out why.


    [00:54:46] Pebble Beach is a Car Lover’s Palate Cleanser
    When you attend car show after car show, they all start to blend together. Kelley Blue Book’s Karl Brauer is here to rave about the car event that he never gets bored of. Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, McCall’s Motorworks Revival, The Quail, and so much more, make up the spectacular automotive enthusiast gathering this is Monterey Car Week. Automakers have begun to unveil concept cars during this week, and Karl is excited to see the Infiniti Prototype 9 Concept, resembling a 1930s roadster. Discover what makes Karl remember where his passion for this hobby came from. 


    [01:02:07] Who’s to be the Lucky, Future Partner of FCA?
    Technology has made a home for itself within the automotive industry and it’s time for automakers to cozy up with it. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is looking to partner with a company who has a little bit more oomph in the tech area. Karl Brauer, Executive Publisher of Kelley Blue Book, discusses his thoughts on the impending FCA sale or partnership acquisition. FCA’s CEO, Sergio Marchionne, has announced that nothing is going to happen just yet, but what the future holds is unsure. OEMs need to keep up with the advances in the industry, and while the rumored Chinese company may not be the answer for FCA, someone will be. Who would you like to see FCA partner with?


    [01:11:13] Time to Say Goodbye to Some Cars We Love
    Trends change, technology upgrades, and prices drop – it is inevitable that some car models will fall short and be discontinued.  JoshCAR Hollywood Car Consultant, Josh Hancock, shares about the list of cars that will not be seen in 2018. The Chrysler 200, Dodge Dart, and the powerful V8 Chevrolet SS will not be making it back to the market. The Ford Taurus and the Chevrolet Impala are also rumored to be on the chopping block. Sedan sales have plummeted, and automakers are choosing utility vehicles over these middle of the road rides. There is even an American muscle icon getting the kibosh dropped on it! Find out what it is now.


    [01:18:10] 2018 Will Be the End of the Line for Many Cars
    JoshCAR Hollywood Car Consultant Josh Hancock continues his list of rides that we will no longer be seeing as of next year. Sayonara to the Honda Accord Coupe, Infiniti FX SUV, Nissan Quest, The VW Eos, Jeep Patriot, Mercedes Benz “B” Class, and more. Some of the discontinued are actually just being replaced by better models under a different name, such as the Lincoln MKS which is now the Continental. Join us as Josh walks us through models who just didn’t find the buyers they needed. 


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    Host: Alan Taylor
    Producer: Jason Masters
    Production Asst.: Joanne Bolden
    Audio Engineer: Dave Milligan
    Copy Editor: Jess Baumgardner
    Contributor: Steven Cole Smith
    Contributor: Karl Brauer
    Contributor: Josh Hancock
    Special Guest: Brain Moody
    Special Guest: Dennis Collins

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