Summary: CarStories is committed to bringing you the best interviews and automotive stories from celebrities, racers, enthusiasts and listeners around the globe with James McKeone.
Mike Hallmark is a lifelong car enthusiast. In addition to his role at Hellwig Products, he is a hardcore gearhead. He is devoted to Volkswagen, and as an Englishman, I am proud that he owns a Land Rover. Mike was kind enough to turn up in "The Operator", which is the perfect vehicle for the four seasons. Mike also staked his claim for the longest podcast, so make sure you check it out
Donnie Callaway has spent over 30 years restoring collectible cars, most of these hail from Maranello. It all began with him growing up in Los Angeles, living and breathing sports cars before taking a job at Hollywood Sports Cars, and soon thereafter, spending time in Hawaii with an uncle learning to hand form aluminum bodies. He completes restorations to concours level. Donnie has worked on pretty much every Ferrari model made including 512 BBs, 365 2+2s, TDFs, James Coburn’s California Spyder, and many, many others. Host James McKeone was happy to accompany Donnie in his newly restored and immaculate Ferrari 308 GTB Quattrovalvole for a run through in the hills of Malibu.
Matt Farah is a seasoned automotive journalist and watch aficionado. Besides being an incredibly nice guy, he is also one of the most prolific automotive YouTube stars on the planet with his One Take video series and, of course, he is the man behind "The Smoking Tire" podcast. With his One Take series recently coming to an end, Matt is moving into a new venture - his new "Watch and Listen" podcast with CarStories guest alum Cameron Weiss. James enjoyed the ability to relax with Matt thanks to his heated leather seats before popping and crackling through the hills of Malibu in his Mountune Ford Focus RS.
Cameron Weiss developed his affinity for timepieces back when he was a young child. In 2010, Cameron attended an apprentice-style program at the Nicholas G. Hayek Watchmaking School in Miami with a Swiss curriculum. The ten years of passion drove him to fine-tune his designs and goals before launching Weiss watches in June 2013. On this episode we feature a special guest Jules who was kind enough to let James sit in the front seat as the trio took to the road in Cameron's 1959 Volkswagen Beetle for a good talk about watches, travel and the reliability of classic British vehicles.
Elana Scherr has a background in composite fabrication, is incredibly handy with an engine stand, and has a soft spot for Mopar muscle and one off vintage race cars. She was the former Staff Editor at Hot Rod Magazine and Executive Editor at Roadkill Magazine before stepping into the freelance world so she can write about cars, motorcycles, planes, boats, racing and dogs. Elana gave James the time of his life in her 1971 Opel GT. Hope you enjoy the talk as much as he did!
Michael Axon, a CF 200 Member, and originally from Manchester, has a passion for Jaguar. He ended up in California after he created LaZerCAD, a system to measure, draw and 360 photograph buildings. From there it was a hop and a skip to Malibu to dive deep into his "Mancave" which includes a collection of classic British motorcars both old and new that he regularly makes use of in the Canyons around him. Michael established The English Car Company to share his collection with organizations that serve those in need. He tells a great tale or two so make sure you stay till the end. Enjoy!
Larry Chen likes to take pretty pictures for Speedhunters, Hoonigan, Hot Rod magazine, Pikes Peak, Formula D, Global Rallycross, King of the Hammers and many, many more. After having his initial interview with Kyle, Larry spent time with James in Ole Orange Bang to discuss his time as a paparazzo, old cars, new cars, being a Canon instructor, and the luxurious life of an automotive journalist. Larry is always a joy to be around, and it was a great drive up the coast through Malibu.
Derek Hill has a long history with cars. He is the son of America’s first Formula 1 World Driving Champion, Phil Hill, and he is the current Master of Ceremonies for the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance which he has attended since birth. Like his father, Derek initially pursued a career in motorsports, earning class wins at the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring, as well as many other races. He has also pursued historic racing at the Goodwood Revival and Monterey Reunion. Derek was kind enough to show up in a family owned Pierce Arrow that was used most recently to take him and his wife on their first drive as a newly married couple. The trip through the Malibu Canyon was certainly not what Derek expected but he did very much enjoy it, and we hope you enjoy it too!
Leslie Kendall is the chief historian at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Born in San Diego, California, Leslie has had an insatiable interest in automobiles and automotive history from a very early age. Leslie joined the team creating the Petersen Automotive Museum in April 1993 and has never looked back! Leslie and host James McKeone took to the streets of Los Angeles in the incredible Honda N600 Serial One, which is the first Honda automobile imported to the U.S.! The car was restored by Tim Mings of Merciless Mings, and James and Leslie really enjoyed their trip around the backstreets of Los Angeles.
On this episode of CarStories, we meet Jeff Rodrigues, the Track Operations Manager at The Thermal Club - a private motorsports country club in Palm Desert, California. Jeff’s passion for cars and motorcycles started young and eventually led him to the desert to run one of the world’s most exclusive racetracks. In this episode, guest host, Brad Speers goes for a ride in Jeff’s 2004 Final Edition Lotus Esprit to find out more about how Jeff became the “jack of all trades and the master of motorsports.“
Charles Fleming writes about automobiles and motorcycles for the Los Angeles Times’ Business section. He also writes the urban hiking column LA Walks. A former staff writer for Newsweek, Variety and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, he is an author, a teacher, and a great raconteur. Charles turned up at the museum in a McLaren 720S and he and host James McKeone headed out to the Hollywood Hills to dig deep into his love of motorcycles and walking LA. We have a feeling that we are going to need a follow up with Charles, so make sure you listen to round 1. Enjoy!
Twanna Rogers and her husband Tim Rogers are the owners of The Thermal Club, a private motorsports country club in Palm Desert, California. They are both Petersen Automotive Museum Checkered Flag 200 members and avid car enthusiasts. In this episode, guest host, Brad Speers goes for a tour around Twanna’s exclusive motorsports club in her 1932 Three Window Chop Top Ford- one of her favorite cars. They even make it on track. Be sure to buckle-up for this ride.
Bruce Meyer is the founding chairman of the Petersen Automotive Museum and is still a very active board member. He is part of the Bonneville 200 MPH Club but host, James McKeone, was able to slow him down for a drive in his 1957 Outlaw Porsche. They took a trip through Beverly Hills where Bruce is not only the unofficial mayor of the city but also houses his collection of cars, which makes him the ultimate 'Car guys car guy.' Enjoy!
Pushkar Modi is the Director of Engineering at Turo. If you haven't heard of Turo, it's an incredible Car Sharing service that can get you behind the wheels of all kinds of cars. It also allows private car owners to rent out their vehicles online to help grow their collection. Pushkar is a huge Porsche fan and when he booked his flight to Los Angeles he made sure when he landed he could get behind the wheel of something fun and the Porsche 911 GT3 was his car of choice enjoy!
This week, Spike Feresten stops into the Car Stories studio to talk about how working with the likes of Jerry Seinfeld and David Letterman channeled his passion for cars aka "Porsche". He also gives Kyle and James his insider tips on flipping cars and what ultimately led to his own show, Car Matchmaker.