Hank Watson's Garage Hour podcast
03.17.12: Gearheads Love Westerns! Best Movies & Actors, Best Bad Guys, From Good to Bad & Ugly to Mag 7, Blazing Saddles & True Grit, It's In There (Plus MechaWesterns & Space Westerns)

If you're any movie fan, you know that lots of what's called "film" today has its roots in American Westerns (some of which, ironically, have their roots in other genres...).  That said, who can't quote a line from The Good, The Bad and the Ugly or Tombstone? The Garage Hour goons got all worked up for this one, cataloging all the best cowboy and Western cinema (and Western-derived) action, from the Magnficent SevenOnce Upon a Time in the WestCity SlickersSilveradoEldoradoButch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid3:10 to Yuma and everything between, plus all of the mecha Westerns (Road Warrior, anyone?) and space Westerns (Firefly), plus cartoon Westerns like Trigun and Western television shows like DeadwoodThe Rifleman and Brisco County.

On top of all that are copious ratings of the best good guys, and more importantly, the best bad guys, from Lee Van Cleef's Angel Eyes (and Henry Fonda's interpretation of the same role) to Brian Denehey's bad town boss in Silverado.

While we're at it, R.I.P. Eli Wallach (the "Ugly" in the epic Good, Bad & Ugly spaghetti Western), who shuffled on in June of 2014.  You were the best.

Direct download: HWGH031712.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:53pm EST

01.12.13: Show & Tell (Cool Gearhead & Geek Bits Like Titanium Ore & Blown Turbos), Junkyard Truck Parts, Beer VS Captain, Laws VS Criminals, 2A VS Politicians, Monty VS Rommel, Plus Piers Morgan's Fail, NY's Bloomberg Fail & SD's Bob Failner

Geeks do the best show & tell - let the Garage Hour tell you how.  We've got everything from a blown quad piston (13:1 compression on av-gas will do that), fragged spider gears (from a fragged SN-95 diff), intake shrapnel (the cast Edelbrock intake didn't like that much juice), wheel chunks from a CORR race truck, to a five-inch naval shell cut and polished into a fine ashtray, the official K-Bar US Constitution (pocket-sized, of course), and titanium ore needles.

It's the Garage Hour - what did you expect?  Boring?  We don't have that.

It's also gearhead radio, so we deep-dove on our usual medley of historic, awesome and intelligent lunacy, including a full-frontal assault on big government (leave the Second Amendment alone, you leeches), plus a duscussion of fradulent pot supporters, real beer supporters (plus Captain Morgan), fun junkyard parts for fun and Phil, a second assault on epic douche and all-around limey to threaten Piers Morgan, wiring stereos versus wiring IEDs, and a whole truckload of World War Two stuff.  That's just for starters: yes, have some Garage Hour.

Direct download: HWGH011213.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:08am EST

03.30.13: Prius VS Prius Owners, Gov Money VS Fisker Fails, Henschel VS Porsche, Shermans VS Tigers & .45 Phil's Tank of the Week, the Martini Bong, Plus Cohost Battles: Creature VS .45 Phil & Dirty Dave VS (Almost) Agent Aya

If you're a gearhead or geek of any sort, this is the episode for you - the Garage Hour gang has stacked this one to the rafters with a little bit of everything good, from Al Gore's carbon footprint (and his big fat footprint) to the Reverend Horton Heat, Hellcats and Pershings and Sheridans and the dreaded Tiger, plus the epic fail that is hybrid and electric cars when their government funding is missing.  There's also Big Goverment's love of square pegs for round hols, small-town cop fails (coming to a city near you), battling cohosts, heaps of bad accents (and a few good ones), and tales of fails regarding Middle East fighters' inability to understand and/or learn modern Western combat skills (with the noted exception of the Afghanis - credit where credit's due).  Then it's all martini bongs and bumper stickers and VW carb tuning.

Must be the Garage Hour.  Hostus Maximus is joined in the studio by Crag Maxwell, .45 Phil and (Almost) Agent Aya.

Direct download: HWGH033013.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:10pm EST

11.03.12: Gearhead Attack on CA Politics (w/ Richard Rider), Plus Optima Street Car Challenge, Diesel Swaps, Pretty Shooting, Ugly Reporters, Comrade Filner & Other Pinko Threats

YEEEARRRRGH!  So much information, so little filter.  Instead of displaying their collective ignorance (not really), the Garage Hour goons brought California political observer/wiseguy Richard Rider (Tax Fighter) into the studio to tell us what's what with the screwball systems that power the People's Republic of Kalifornia (which we heard humorously referred to as Kaliforniastan a few days ago) and keep the self-loating eat-all suicidal monster that is the capitol in Sacramento in business perpetuating itself. Richard also helps the show puzzle through some of the propositions that appeared on CA's 2012 ballot, and how the Sacramenticians work their hardest to make a mess of CA once-vaunted proposition system too.

Wow, sounds a little negative.  It was supposed to sound a lot...  On a positive, the gearheads also get a good chat going about diesel, the Optima Battery Street Car Challenge, 50-state crate motors from GM (hey, they're getting exactly that right), Mr. Dustin's Viper problem, and they take a few stabs at San Diego's mayoral race, which was as bad as you heard.

Direct download: HWGH110312.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:20am EST

12.22.12: Gearhead Xmas! Gifting, Shopping & Traffic Terrorism for Gearheads, 'Vette Flags, Lambo Crashes, F-150 Parts, Estate Sales, Jaws VS Barbosa, Plus Serious Looks at Violence & Culture

So much good stuff...  Pile up some layers of gearhead fun for the silly season: truck parts and car parts, tools and estate sales, Corvette guys and Lambo guys, reading tires, reading firearms, beers and villains, Rutger Hauer, Aussie humor and flipping poles (science!).  Add to that some sharp words about Al Sharpton (you're a bad, bad man), and a serious conversation about the root causes of the Newton shooting, and it's got to be an episode of Hank Watson's Garage Hour.

Mr. Dustin (Top Earner) and .45 Phil cohost with Justin Fort.

Direct download: HWGH122212.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 1:50am EST

11.10.12: Celebrating Veterans Day & Marines Birthday, Drifting Semi Tractors, Computer Tattlers,  Swingline Staplers, Corrosion of Conformity, Mr. Dustin's SEMA Experience, Plus Shocking Post-Election Lament & Understanding Proto-Socialists

Uggh! So much venting, so much post-electoral disdain as the Garage Hour goons get the re-election of President Pickle out of their systems... On top of their cries are heaped the last gasps of low-information progressive and socialist votes in the People's Republic of Kalifornia, which put a supermajority of leftist nutballs in the state capitol, and several deeply flawed pinkos like San Diego's Bob Failner in the mayor's office. Sorry, had to get that out.

This episode was meant to be a celebration of America's fighting men and women, plus a nod to the US Marines' birthday, so on top of some good road-race tales and a good look at the automotive orgasm that is Las Vegas's SEMA show from cohost Mr. Dustin, there's General Petreaus's fall, threats to our Second Amendment, Fatso Jetson, "It's wafer-thin!", a Richard Ryder redux, Bob "Catfish" Failner, leftists-progressives-socialists-communists connections, Bilstein suspensions and shooting at P2K Range. .45 Phil, Crag Maxwell and Dirty Dave also join Hostus Maximus Justin Fort in-studio for this rousing episode.

Direct download: HWGH111012.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:14pm EST

04.16.11: Zombies! Original GH Apocalypse Special, w/ Top-10 To-Be-Eatens, Escape Drivers, Prep List, Weaponry, & Zombie Fighters, Plus Bad Monster Movies & Killing Sparkly Vampires (Just Because)

It took years to get to our first Zombie Apocalypse Special, but it was worth the wait - everything from napalm to snowplows come up in this first adventure in redeading the undead, which also includes shotguns, Thompsons, a mace, escape vehicles, Danica VS Stewart, modern zombie theories, and a discussion about to-cyborg or not-to-cycborg.  The zombies can't keep a good gearhead down, because the Garage Hour goons also figure out the best get-eveners and zombie-resistance personnel, and help you feel better about it all with a list of ideas on how to take out your undead-killing frustration on sparkly vampires.

The Top Men supporting Hostus Maximus Justin Fort in this fine outing of Gearheads Off Topic are none other than Dirty Dave, Grizzly Chris and Mr. Dustin (Top Earner).

Direct download: HWGH041611.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 11:19pm EST

12.13.14: In-Garage Hour! Live from the Garage w/ On-Air Brake Repair, Mel VS Max Brooks, Beer Tasting, Bingewatching Reviews, Queens VS Clutch VS Ministry VS AIC Concerts, Garage Etiquette, Truck Racks, Woodies & The First Ever On-Air Swear

The Garage Hour: ready or not, we're coming in!  The episode's experimental new Pure Podcast sound-test worked better than expected, so we made a show with it.

It's 100% garage-action in this first-ever Pure Podcast, which was recorded during a night of hangoutery and tool spinning in Hostus Maximus Justin Fort's private garage.  This ain't no poseur garage - between swapping rotors on the host's canyon carving STi to a discussion of the value of inch-pound 18-volt DeWalt impact guns, it's all gearhead, all the time.  Friends-of-show Chef Jeff from The Hills and Eastbound restaurants in San Diego, Jaime of Off-Road.com fame, and minivan-wielding Surfer Greg join Justin in the garage.

Have no fear, it's all Garage Hour, so there's enough "other" to plug the hole in the Titanic: sci-fi, Made in the USA, the art of podcasting, music called "Garage Hour", hunting dogs, parties with homemade moonshine, probable Sasquatch Runs for fun and buzz, ringing ears, minivan mods, rusty cars, Jewish humor, Tractor Supply Company, BFGoodrich's Nacho and his tire-grooving terrors, the pervy things Disney artists drew into their kids' movies, and, of course, hipster abuse.

It's a podcast, so we warned you (as we do it in the show) - there's one swear word.  Just one.  You can't miss it, but you might miss the outtakes - this show doesn't end until it ends.  Now get some.

Direct download: HWGH121314.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 8:40pm EST

04.20.13: Big Gov VS Americans' Rights, Up-Armored Police VS Disarmed Americans, Raptor Run Report (w/ Bison), Justin's 4-20 Rant, Domestic Terrorists & Barry Obama, Knives & Guns, Boston Bombing Details & the Texas Fertilizer Explosion, & .45 Phil's Tank

Stunningly good episode - some of the best gearhead talk the Garage Hour goons have ever done.  THIS is big-AM radio.

If you're a gearhead who thinks about more than car and truck parts, this is your Garage Hour.  If you're a geek of any sort who wants to expand your mind with a bunch of other geeks, this is your Garage Hour.  From smart comparisons of the Bostom marathon bombing with the Texas fertilizer explosion, including historic references, to a far-reaching look at the constitutional rights that stand athwart of Massachusetts' efforts to hunt down the Boston bombers, and how local cops are beginning to look a lot like federal agents and the military, this is big-brain blue-collar talksauce - have some.  In addition, it's hard to avoid being a gearhead - this episode's also got .45 Phil's Tank of the Week (WW2 Japan's Hago jungle tank), Hoosier Eric's Raptor Run Report (including a buffalo attack), Clutch, Zach Wilde, Freedom Rock (turn it up!), a little remider about Barry Obama's buddy Bill Ayers, and why it's important to wear running shoes in bear country.

Crag Maxwell, .45 Phil and Agent Aya help Hostus Maximus Justin Fort blow the doors off this one.  KILLER talk radio right here.

Direct download: HWGH042013.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 4:08pm EST

11.07.09: Classic! A Little Everything w/ Skully & Lowbrow Artist David Lozeau, Plus F-150s & Cash/Clunkers, 2WD Xterras, Homer Simpson, James Bonds, Beers @ Hamilton's, Beta Band, and Bridge @ River Kwai

Fantastic Garage Hour Reload: beer, burgers, Arlen Specter and Admiral Ackbar, the Beta Band, vintage movies (roots of our must-see list), The Saint, breaking the studio, Cash for Clunkers and how much sense it didn't make, Explorer VS Commander VS Xterra, remodelling at the Fletcher Hills compound, ranking the James Bonds, worshipping Homer Simspon, Halloween parties and DDing, the All-Wheel Junkies, the Guild of Calamitous Intent, and Chargers VS Raiders.

Up and coming skully and lowbrow artist David Lozeau - longtime drinking and shooting friend of the show - finally makes his way to the broadcast booth for this episode, talking his art, his techniques and his penchant for trucks that don't make sense.

By the by, vintage cohost Grizzly Chris also joins David "Don't Call Me Dave" Lozeau and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort in the Garage Hour studio for this one.  Now download some.

Direct download: HWGH110709.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:09am EST

12.26.09: Classic! Hayabusa Smarts, Holiday Traffic Fails, Weather VS SoCal, 'Vette Flags, DUI for the Holidays, Christmas Truck Parts, Firechicken Cubes, Kimbo Fail, Bad Movies, Bad Colors, Big "O" La Mesa, Ford VS China, and Fluffy VS Pointy

Well, OF COURSE we're going to do that.

It's a full studio in this Garage Hour Reload, chock full of cars and trucks and beers and at least one gun.  Do you like Evos? STis?  Subie parking?  'Vette guys messing up their 'Vettes? Getting truck parts for Christmas?  Kimbo Slice or Mike Tyson?  Menacing people?  How about a little Canoe Reeves and Nick Cage hate?  Unimogs?  Ford Fiestas?  Ford selling Volvo to the Chinese?  GM selling Hummer to the Chinese, and SAAB to Spyker?  How about several reminders about not drinking and driving?  Or perhaps you're just in it for the Hayabusa-powered Smart cars (which is totally understandable...).

It's Hank Freakin' Watson's Garage Hour - have some.

Direct download: HWGH122609.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 4:33pm EST

05.04.13: Tanks & Slayer's Jeff Hanneman (RIP), Bombers VS Boston, CA & Barry VS 2A, UK VS US Media, Blue VS Red States, Blues Brothers VS Venture Bros, Finns VS Russia, Plus Baader-Meinhof VS Lead Coffins

So much good stuff! The Garage Hour goons dig in to the slobbering populist US media and slobbering Ismalic fundamentalists, the importance of where you bury your bodies (and the fancy lead-weighted coffins made for the Baader-Meinhof gang), and a minor comparison of Marines and Chicken of the Sea by the show's resident Master Guns, .45 Phil.

It's not all fun and games, though - most of this is even better.  There's a sporty Garage Hour sendup for Slayer string-maven Jeff Hanneman, plus a less reverent flamejob for Communist State of CA's most recent attempts at ignoring the Second Amendment.  Beyond that, well, it's the Garage Hour, so just like cohosts Agent Aya, Crag Maxwell, .45 Phil and Barrister Hilton - with Master of Disaster Justin Fort - you can count on cars, trucks, beers and guns, tanks and sasquatches, the Venture Bros and the Blues Brothers, and that's just for an appetizer.  This is is gearhead-talk radio at its finest.

Direct download: HWGH050413.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 7:25pm EST

04.24.10: Classic! Evos & Off-Road, Broken FJs & Tijuana Paint Jobs, Mac 10s & AKs & The Suitcase Gun, Sasquatch VS Beer, Turbo 4Runners, Slayer & High On Fire & Die Krupps, Anza-Borrego Earthquakes

Pure gearhead talk superiority right here:  the Garage Hour goons hit every target with this episode.  Cars, trucks, beers and guns, sasquatch ballistics and FJ ignition, hippie hunting and Supra turbo-powered 4Runners, Funco buggies, missing remote controls, heavy rock and sludgy metal, Bilstein suspensions, Mexican paint jobs for rorty SS Camaros, fire damage in Ramona and earthquake damage in the San Diego desert.  That's just for starters - get this one if you like it fast, dense and gearhead.

Direct download: HWGH042410.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:13pm EST

06.13.09: Classic! Second-Ever Garage Hour, w/ Harley Letner & Cory Halopoff & Goodyear Racing, Crap Orange County Traffic, Good Clay Bar Detailing, Formula 1 VS F1 Manufacturers, GM VS the U.S. Taxpayer, Plus Hummer & SAAB Say FU

Holy schnikeys, that's an old one!  This Garage Hour Reload is the second-ever episode of the show, and man, does it stink.  No, actually, it doesn't, but it does do a lot to show how Hank Watson's Garage Hour has evolved over the years - just grab a freshie from 2014 and play 'em back to back.

Dirty Dave and Hostus Newguy Justin Fort did their first big interview for this one, chatting with Goodyear Racing's Cory Halopoff and Harley Letner, who'd just days earlier won the Baja 500 in their Class One, even beating the motorcycles.  This interview was on the heels of a big rules scandal that had taken perennial cheaters like Robbie Gordon off the podium for speeding on public roads and cutting the course, and Harley and Cory had plenty to say about it.

In addition, the Garage Hour goons chatted the usual gearhead goodness - auto detailing and the clay bar, Formula 1 and its FIA-addled battle with Formula 1 manufacturers, the abysmal state of San Diego traffic and why it's Orange County's fault, and the gradual breakdown of government-owned General Motors.

Direct download: HWGTH061309.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 11:26pm EST

09.10.11: Southern Fried Garage Hour, w/ Skynyrd's Innyrds, Off-Roading, Chuck Norris Jokes, P2K & the Tornado, San Diego Beer Week, Manzanita Brewing, Lifted Subies, the AWJunkies, Plus Zach Wylde VS James Hetfield

Epic early Garage Hour...  Everything from San Diego Beer Week and Manzanita Brewing's one-year birthday party to Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band Skynyrd's Innyrds lead Duncan Lancaster and lifted Subaru STis in the dirt - yuuuuuuup, we checked.  It's Hank Watson's Garage Hour.

Joining host Justin Fort in the Garage Hour studio (alongside East County joke machine Duncan Lancaster) are cohosting veterans Dirty Dave and Black Ryan.  The show's pointed chatter and debatery is sighted squarely at rock and/or roll, beer and/or booze, off-roading options, the All-Wheel Junkies, how to land a plane during a blackout and more San Diego power-outage humor (it's the best), and a little bit of love for our fans in Colorado.

Hell yes - have some.  It's the Garage Hour

Direct download: HWGH091011.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 11:41pm EST

09.21.13: Garage Hour Lite w/ The Bullet Points, Plus Volvette, the Coronado Classics, Sandwich Testing the AR-AK, Blackout Season in San Diego, Post-War Rifles, A Little Gun Racism & Feature Fear

Shortened Garage Hours suck, especially when it's a Garage Half-Hour.  Arizombies ate off 3/4 of the show this week, so Hostus Maximus Justin Fort has a hard time getting in to the thick of things The Bullet Points guys (Peter, Tyler and Bort) and Eryk from CalGuns.net.  What a shame, too - they were prepared for everything, including preparedness, rifles, bagels, batteries and bullets, as well as Volvette, chicken bakes, the funk exchange, and Hello Kitty AR-15s (hey, at least they're not black).

Next time.  As for this time, download the briefest Garage Hour ever, 'cause they broke the mold after this one.  Thank goodness.

Direct download: HWGH092113.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 10:58pm EST

09.05.09: Classic! Off-Road @ CO & CleveNat, CO4RJ, Dude Food @ Labor Day (Boneless Chicken & Watermelon Margaritas), Rob Zombie & Nailgun Tales, Plus Breaking  4Runner Parts & Priuses

Whether you're flexing your retro terror or just want to get a glimpse of the Garage Hour's roots, this is a great episode to dive in to the what we call old school.

Grizzly Chris and host Justin Fort spend an entire episode trying to relate a few Dude Food recipes (Justin's boneless chicken w/ a top-secret marinade and Chris's watermelon margaritas), but the goons detour in classic Garage Hour fashion, hitting everything from Dazed & Confused (the movie) to Ahhhnold impresisons, Rob Zombie and nailgun lawsuits, the heat in San Diego (112?) and the Unabomber in a ten-by-ten shack.

It's not all wanderlust, however, because you can't keep a good gearhead down: there's also Grand Cherokee trail rollovers, off-roading in Colorado and the Cleveland National Forest in SoCal, 4Runner parts and how long they don't last, Priuses and how they still can't off-road, Unimogs, and some freaky Unimog-4Runner mutant that roams Colorado doing its best impression of a sasquatch (because everyone's heard of it and no one's seen it).

Why not?  It's the Garage Hour.  Have some.

Direct download: HWGH090509.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 9:47pm EST

05.05.12: Chuck Norris Episode, Plus Motor Mounts, Turn Signals, Miatas & Tornadoes, Old Kung Fu Asskickers, New Viper VS Old, Pedal Footwork, Creature's Truck Wreck, Grilled Cheese, Saigas, Bullet Buttons, & Robin Trower

THIS is a hysterical Garage Hour, with all the back and forth gearhead tomfoolery you've come to expect from the best of the Garage Hour goons.  So much good stuff.

And Yes, you may have heard, this is the Chuck Norris episode, chock full of Chuck facts and witticisms that drive women crazy and cohosts mad...  It's not all ball bearings, however, because it's the Garage Hour - we digress.  There's local dining at Tiger Tiger, Russian shotguns, the new Viper versus the old one, Chuck Norris, turn signals, Evolutions and motorhomes, Chuck Norris, the Indiana report with Hoosier Eric, STi motor mounts, driving Tail of the Dragon, couches and Jerusalem, old kung fu asskickers and new art from David Lozeau, Chuck Norris, Dan Gurney, a tough guy montage, and the tale of sometime cohost Creature  wrecking his Super Duty.

Dirty Dave, Black Ryan, Garrett the Couch and Don't Die Brian help Hostus Maximus Justin Fort Chuck this one up.  Soooooo much good stuff.

Direct download: HWGH050512.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 10:30pm EST

05.25.13: Garage Hour Fan-Mail (w/ Haters!), KGB Humor, Sid Vicious VS Garbage VS King's X, .45 Phil's Tank of the Week, Memorial Day Dos & DUI Don'ts, Hybrid Hypocrisy, #1 Lane Fails, Gun Control = Two Hands, Plus Cool Battleship Stuff

A very high-Q Garage Hour right here: KGB and Russians, the tanks that defeated them, sunken passenger ships and the battleships that didn't, a thoughtful reminiscence of Memorial Day and the men and women who made it possible, and Charles Bronson's Death Wish remodelled for the Andy Griffith show, courtesy of the Simpsons.

Like we promised, though, throughout the show is a hearty review of recent Garage Hour fanmail and listener correspondence (plus one fine hater) by .45 Phil, Crag Maxwell (who introduced his alter-ego, Mag Craxwell, in this episode), Agent Aya (who brought along her handler, one "Angela Black"), and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort, who, despite all of the KGB agents in the studio, was only threatened once.

There's also a goodly heap of rock and roll awesomesauce, including a discussion of the little-known Sid Vicious/Garbage/King's X tour.  Or not.  Oh yeah, the Garage hour goons also make fun of hybrids, but that's like shooting at the side of a barn - you're going to hit it, you're just not sure when.  Then it's a bunch of prattling on about DUIs and how the cops will stick it to you - don't be a fool, and don't drink and drive.

Direct download: HWGH052513.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:12am EST

07.20.13: Gearheads Talk Auto Mechanics & How to Trust a Garage, SeeBees, Car VS Book Geeks, Tactical Shooter Training for Home Defense, The Low-Information Apocalypse, Scientologists, Bad Behavior @ the IRS, Plus Deadbolt & The Graveyard Farmers

Ultra topic Garage Hour: how to pick, know, and trust the people who keep your car on the road (and how to know you're being screwed).  Everything comes across the bench, from how to identify an honest wrench to avoiding being treated like a girl when seeking auto repair, plus a few insightful car-care tricks and the importance of getting a second opinion.

Because Garage Hour (duhhh), the show also deep-dives the same itches you like to scratch: IRS illegitimacy, kill-house versus range shooting, how progressivism is next to communism, NASA history, barn finds in old houses, the creeping fungus that is Scientology, detailing Crag's Model T, a few more well-targeted shots at the Bret Stalbaum's nauseating gun-tracking app, and a happy dose of good old fashioned rockabilly.

Matt Klier, Lead Instructor @ Active Shooter Defense School, who also happens to be an ASE-certified mechanic, joins Agent Aya, Crag Maxwell (of Maxwell's House of Books in downtown La Mesa, CA) and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort on this excellent episode of Hank Watson's Garage Hour.

Direct download: HWGH072013.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 7:55pm EST

07.03.10: Hour @ the 'Port Classic! Beer Tasting & Beer Terms (Trube!), Evo & WRX VS Porsche, Magic Bullet & Original .50-Cal Ricochet Debate, Shooting iPhones, Ford & Toyota Recalls, Plus Boston's Kennedy Problem

Live radio from the brewery: it's an Hour at the 'Port, with the Garage Hour goons joining forces with Pizza Port Carlsbad for one of our first beerhead shows.  Everything from beer tasting - Night Stalker, Good Grief Brown, Coffee Monster, and all the fun beer words that made it happen, including floculate and trube - to Toyota and Ford recalls, an assault on iPhones, earthquakes, Orosco Range, flying children, Miatas, Barona Drags, and a fine pile of Kennnedy humor in honor of guest cohost Boston Rich.

Speaking of, Pizza Port brewer Boston Rich sits down with Dirty Dave, Grizzly Chris, Mr. Dustin (Top Earner) and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort on the 'Port's porch for this one, and rest assured, this is one.

Direct download: HWGH070310.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 9:31pm EST

02.11.12: Hybrid Hatred, Fisker VS Leaf, Stimulus Fund Fails, Trap "Speed Rounds" @ P2K, NASCAR VS F1 VS Prototypes VS Bathurst, King of Hammers, T-Bird Recalls, Plus Vomiting Mayors

Too much good stuff!  Starting with the hybrid hatred (well, it's closer to pity: Fiskers and Leafs es no bueno) and running headlong into UFOs and the new T-Bird recalls, the Garage Hour goons lit it on fire for this one.

Left in the wake of Justin Fort, Dirty Dave, Crag Maxwell and Silent Brian is a pile of topics: "Coexist", Crusaders, Deadbolt (the band, not the door), crack kills (Whitney Houston), barfing mayors, unique old towns, dishonest municipalities, Ozzy and Mr. T, and geek VS dork.  That's followed by the usual Garage Hour suspects: speed rounds at P2K, elk rifles, auto racing (everything from F1 to NASCAR to Prototypes to Bathurst to King of Hammers), garage-built rigs for KOH, and pimping for pizzas.

It's not a living.

Direct download: HWGH021112.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 11:01pm EST

05.11.13: Tanks & Trucks, Bilsteins & ARs, Doc Holliday's Street Howitzer, Expensive Stereotypes, German Planes @ WW2, Zep VS Keith Moon, Plus Scary Movies VS American Literature & Hillary VS Benghazi

The Garage Hour is not complete without an occasional episode that actually demonstrates our actual intelligence.  This is one of those, short on the usual ricochet hillarity and leveraged pretty heavily with the brains of the operation.  Everything from Doc Holliday and his street howitzer to the consumption that ate up he and his fellow lungers.  There's rock and/or roll with Fatso Jetson, Led Zeppelin, Keith Moon (and his handfuls of pills), and a tour down Memory Lane with Nikita Khrushchev.  We also take some pot shots at Hillary's pending Benghazi doom and discuss fine literature and "the American novel".

Beyond the big words and pretty pictures, the Garage Hour goons don't skimp on the necessities: Japan's thirst for 5.56, ARs, scary movies, and birthday wishes to real American guy and president, Harry Truman.  Oh, and there's also a little bit of the Simpsons, knives at gunfights, P2K Range, the Graveyard Farmers, Iowa farmers, and when it's okay to shoot your neighbor's dog.

To have an episode of this magnitude, you need the smart guys: cohost Crag Maxwell, resident bookmonger of Maxwell's House of Books in downtown La Mesa, plus noted history buff .45 Phil join noted satirist and Hostus Maximus, Justin Fort in the studio.

Direct download: HWGH051113.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:57am EST

01.08.11: Tahoe's New Year's Riots, Prius Angst, Track Days for Beaters, 4Runners on Five Holes, the Indiana Report, Earth's Magnetic Poles, Leftist Hypocrisy, and New Year's Resolution Fails

Hank Watson's Garage Hour asks South Tahoe "Why the Hell are you idiots rioting?", plus 100 more questions about Heavenly (a.k.a. Hill Envy) and the whole area's messed up New Year's scene.

That's just the beginning, because this is gearhead radio: track time, WRX parts, Prius angst and No, you can't have your wedding in Costa Rica.  After that, the false humanity that are New Year's resolutions, more broken 4Runner parts (because Toyota!), double taxation, Juan Williams VS NPR, all-wheel drive donuts, your 2A rights, the Earth's shifting magnetic poles (f@*& your compass), the fool that is State Senator Williams from Colorado and Do As I  Say elitism.

Hell yes - it's the Garage Hour.

Direct download: HWGH010811.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:52am EST

10.24.09: Classic! Mogs & Pinzgauers @ Mogfest, District 9, Braun F1, Robbie Knievel, QOTSA & Fatso Jetson, Remodeling Angst & Conservative Conservationism

Vintage supersauce: this Garage Hour Reload is the good old stuff.  From the music-fail intro, F1 and District 9 to the roots of our disdain for Nick Cage and our limitless adoration of Queens of the Stone Age, this one's full of it.  Grizzly Chris and Dirty Dave join Hostus Maximus Justin Fort in-studio.

Once past the basics, the Garage Hour goons also peel away a few layers of their psyche with everything from Mogfest (Unimogs and Pinzgauers, and how easy they are to break on-trail), Deliverance, Robbie Knievel jumping Obama voters with a D9 bulldozer, Led Zeppelin for fun and snowboarding, the joy and agony that is your remodel, treading light on-trail, Richard Nixon on Futurama, exploding truck parts, and an undying hatred of the Cash for Clunkers program.

Remember, conservative conservationism is more than just saving ammo - take care of your resources before someone does it for you.

Direct download: HWGH102409.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:48am EST

07.13.13: Combo Episode: Auto Detailing & Wartime Politics! Off-Road Advocacy, Cruise Missile Diplomacy, Car Washing Humor, East County Dining, Plus Bret "Statist Nozzle" Stalbaum

Another grand experiment in gearhead radio: the Garage Hours' Auto Detailing & Wartime Politics episode, or how we learned to stop worrying and love Cruise Missile Diplomacy.  Also included in this killer pile of smart-guy awesomesauce are such gems as "every Iran deserves a battleship (sitting a few miles offshore)", the anti-gun Stalbaum bashfest, and the introduction of .45 Phil's latest app: the "People Phil Needs to Slap Around" app.

It's not all fun and games, however.  Phil, Crag Maxwell and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort get into off-road advocacy, and auto detailing... details... like car wax, clay bars, and the Two Bucket Method.  The official Garage Hour gullets also Dude Food it up with a fine selection of East County eateries, and talk a little about gun safety before recounting how World War One doughboys used to shoot German hand grenades like it was pigeon season (plus ze Germans) with their scary American shotgun skills.  Then Crag quotes Hobbes and makes the rest of the Garage Hour goons look stupid. Er.

Direct download: HWGH071313.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:46am EST

01.22.11: 4Runner Trail Damage, Ammo Laws, GH Fanmail, GH Parenting, Cows & Kids, Anti-Job Smelt? Led Zeppelin, Hulk VS Batman? Voyager=Awesome, Railguns & Lasers, Plus WW2 in the Pacific ala "With the Old Breed"

One of THOSE episodes of the Garage Hour...  All of the good gearhead stuff, crammed into a one-hour talk show clown car piloted by the Garage Hour goons: trucks, sports, Charger ownership hatred, the Raiders, FaceSlave, Black Ryan and green clothes, ammunition laws in the commie state of CA, rich guys, fan letters, tiger moms, Garage Hour parenting rules, parenting for farmers, turkeys in Ramona (CA - the state, not the person), stupid laws, the smelt versus your job, Barrett-Jackson, CA's awful senators, Led Zeppelin's Wanton Song, Hulk, Batman and Bane, the Voyager probe at the edge of the solar system, railguns, lasers, Avaturd, Hurt Locker, and all about WW2 in the Pacific ala "With the Old Breed".

Yeah, all of that, a bag of chips, Dirty Dave and Justin Fort.

Direct download: HWGH012211.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 4:54pm EST

10.25.14: Mustangs, Movember & Manly Cancer Awareness Month! We Chat Beer, Batteries and Bullets, IT & Information Security, Plus Curvy Roads & Unphoning Yourself

With topics like potatoes, .45 ACP, Mustangs, mustaches, Manly Cancer Awareness Month (better known as Movember), ebola, preparedness and making musclecars dance, it's got to be another episode of the Garage Hour.  This was a semi-special show, because we finally got the guys from Movember and Stachepoint Education (deployed in San Diego for your beer and poker-lovin' pleasure) to join us to chat about the importance of dudes not being afraid to check with the doc about the condition of their brass now and again.  Also, get off the couch, Fatty.

Between details of Movember events in San Diego (including the November 1 Stache Bash - beer, barbecue and giveaways at Helm's Brewing) and tales of ales sipped, the Garage Hour goons do their gearhead 100%-ricochet best with topics ranging from bullets, batteries, a little bit of prepping (it is ebola season, after all) and the wonderment that is turning off your freakin' phone once in a while.

Infosec legend/newb cohost Rick McElroy joined Hostus Maximus Justin Fort in-studio and is already beggin' for a nickname, so this might be one of the better pieces of sheeeeow in Garage Hour history.  Download some. 

Direct download: HWGH102514.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:30pm EST

07.06.13: First Two-Hour Garage Hour! Auto-Detailing Attack, Filner Grope-Attack, Hipster Attack, DUI Attack, Manz Attacks, Germans Attack, Hillary Attack, Attacking Bureaucracy, Plus Lightning Attack Windmills

First-ever two-hour Garage Hour right here, and it's all you'd expect from the best kind of AM talk - gearhead talk.  Enjoy auto detailing? Want to hear about Mayor Bob "Gropomatic" Filner and Mayor Art "Drinkomatic" Madrid?  Going to Manzanita's upcoming third-annniversary party?  Interested in shotgun history, like trench guns VS ze Germans? What do you know about geek VS nerd?  Ever crashed a motorcycle?  How does Anthrax compare to metal?  Hope Diane Feinstein and the NSA eat each other?  Are you a conservatives or the GOP? Drink custom beers?  Where do you come down on bureaucracy VS freedom?  Think new wind turbines are out to get nature?

Yuuuuuup.

Larry and Nina from Manzanita Brewing join Crag Maxwell of Maxwell's House of Books in La Mesa, CA, Agent Aya of the KGB and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort on-air.

Direct download: HWGH070613.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 1:22pm EST

07.10.10: Classic! Impalas & Bars in Milwaukee, Office VS Military Pranks, Jeeper VS PT Cruiser Death, Clutch, Tobin & Sasquatch, Trail Plans for Corral Canyon, Plus the Latest List of Secret Scientologists

This Garage Hour Reload pits some good old cohosts (Dirty Dave and Grizzly Chris, with host Justin Fort) against some of the Garage Hour's good old nemeses: our pal Gravedigger's '67 Impala, off-roading in Corral Canyon, drag racing at Barona, Dr. Tooth, Sasquatch, Clutch, office pranks, and Scientologists.

That's right, in addition to the usual parade of cruising the bars in a 25.1C'd alcohol-huffing Impala, Jeeper death, PT Cruiser death, Amon Tobin, Five Horse Johnson and Mogs, the Garage Hour goons tackle the latest list of the Church of Strange Alienology's ongoing members and pending suckers (courtesy of Cracked Magazine), and you WILL be surprised by whom we discovered.  Or possibly not.

Direct download: HWGH071010.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:06am EST

10.18.14: Mexican (Dude) Food @ San Diego, Commuting on Race Tires, Local Hillclimbing, Polymer AR Lowers, Shoe Goo, Plus Tex-Mex VS Cal-Mex & Bar VS Restaurant, and the Wonderment That is the California Burrito

If you like Mexican food and live in the Garage Hour's home city of San Diego (last bastion of sanity in the glorious People's Republic of California), then this Dude Food episode is right up your alley.  Mr. Dustin (Top Earner and retrosauce cohost) joins Hostus Maximus Justin Fort for the best (and not so awesome) Mexican joints, restaurants, drive-throughs and general munchie action in San Diego, plus a little bit of thought on Tex-Mex versus Cal-Mex, carne asada, the California Burrito, and the big question: is Taco Bell still Mexican food?

Of course, there's a truckload of the usual Garage Hour fun in this truncated episode too, like commuting on race tires (on-ramps need love too), hillclimbs in SoCal (race Palomar, anyone?), polymer AR lowers, the miracle that is Shoe Goo (fix those Copas) and National Stare at a Hybrid Owner Like Something's Wrong With Them Month (coming up in November).

Direct download: HWGH101814.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 7:31pm EST

05.18.13: AR-15 Is Your Friend, Building ARs, Gun Racism, Watching Cannonball Run, Salt Flat Fly-Bys, Dick Trickle (RIP), the State of Barry O's White House, Reloading Ammo, Plus Drunken Sailors & Instigatism of the Idiotlings

It's the second of many Garage Hour AR-15 episodes, this with the boys from Wilde Built Tactical - a fine collection of AR building, AR styles, AR sources, AR-15 versus AR-10, and some of the crackpottery pretending to be laws that states like the People's Republic of California keep putting into play, hoping it'll stick this time.  Remember, the AR-15 is your friend - don't succumb to gun racism.

Have no fear - it's the Garage Hour - so there's also a fine load of gearhead chatter, tomfoolery and explosions too, including sounds from the salt flats, the .50-cal ricochet, Ghostbusters versus Zombieland, the must-see that is Cannonball Run, 9mm and .223/5.56 tales, some words of respect for NASCAR legend Dick Trickle, and a few thoughts about life as the KGB by the Garage Hour's very own Agent Aya, plus .45 Phil, Bryan and Charles from Wilde Built, and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort.

Direct download: HWGH051813.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 9:30pm EST

10.11.14: Road-Racing & Crisis Prepping (Combo Episode!), 24 Hours of Lemons @ Thunderhill, Disaster Awareness, Celebrating Columbus Day and Stare at a Hybrid Month, P2K Safe & Membership Giveaway, & the DOT in your Car (Gettin' Tickets & Sh!t)

Can the Garage Hour goons pull off the ultimate two-faced episode? Two great gearhead topics - road-racing with the 24 Hours of Lemons gang at Thunderhil,l and a little bit of basic "prepping" so you won't need to fight with the low-information idiots at Wal-Mart over a can of Spam - can we do it?

We start with the racing - how can't we? - and the crapcan series nationally known as the 24 Hours of Lemons, and their latest rustastic assault on Thunderhill: everything from adventures in wiring, Civic fails (because of that wiring), rampant cheating and misadventure on and off-course, and how not to win.  Fast Guy and sometime cohost Cram Grebneseir then regales us with tales of his plan to LS1 a 3-Series BMW (cram, indeed), which we approve of wholeheartedly.

Sandwiched between tales of smoking wiring looms is an analysis of what you need to be prepared for a little bit of disaster if the low-information hordes manage to collapse society in your neighborhood - here and there - during the coming Year of the Idiot.  Because you're a Garage Hour listener, we expect you've got the firearms part of the equation figured out (likely overfigured, we bet), so our focus is on the bagels, the batteries and the Band-Aids.  You can handle the bullets.

Cram joins Hostus Maximus Nitsuj Trof and cohosts .45 Lihp and Ekim the Kcud in-studio as they also celebrate Columbus Day, National Stare at a Hybrid Owner Like Something is Wrong with Them Month, and every other holiday that gets in their way.

Direct download: HWGH101114.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 4:21pm EST

06.01.13: Truck Parts In-Studio, Gearhead Boycotts, Turbos VS Superchargers, Hunter S. Thompson, Sterling M. Archer, Working on Fuel Tanks, Drug-Driving Idiots, Enthusiastic Beveraging, and Mazda Miata for Everyone

So much sauce, so few hours...  This is one of the most entertaining Garage Hours ever, with special guest host 220,000-Mile 4Runner Fuel Filter and regular cohost Agent Aya supporting Hostus Maximus Justin Fort as they wade through Archer, the lives and deaths of fuel filters, turbo-supercharging versus mechanical-supercharging, Orgy (the band), Everything Beautiful Rusts (the album), the Garage Hour's official Miata count (we're at eight), boycotting REI, Sierra Nevada and Staples, Toyota truck suspension parts, Hunter S. Thompson stunts, Bilstein Boy Brett's Yawsport grand opening, Diggstown, a visit from Mic the Mike, Dave Stall, and a call-in from DPRK leader and sociopath-in-chief Kim Jong Uno.

Justin and Aya also delve into a few of the basic fast-guy skills that he will be teaching her on her first canyon run the next morning (at whereabouts unknown).

Direct download: HWGH060113.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 10:32pm EST

12.18.10: Classic! Top Gear VS Garage Hour, Rainy Traffic Fail, Installing Gauges, Century Clubbing, Absinthe VS Jagermeister, Little Brothers, Gun Bans VS Crime Rates, and Quantum Mechanics

Uberexcellent early Garage Hour: all of the madness, in a portable old-school one-hour size.

An aborted attempt at discussing how poorly Californians drive (in the rain) leads to a ricochet conversation on everything from how the Garage Hour goons could make an excellent Top Gear, to rock and roll, the Century Club and why you probably ought to avoid it, boost gauges and how to install them with a Sharpie, David Lozeau's Christmas party, geek versus nerd, Assange versus Zuckerberg, little brothers burying their Dodges up to the axles in mud, gun stores like Fine Firearms of La Mesa, CA, and crime rates in cities like Chicago versus towns that let honest civilians defend themselves.  It all ends with tales of Grizzly Chris's liver (it is evil and must be punished) and a chat about quantum mechanics, physics, Tiger Tiger and wildebeastses.

Dirty Dave, DSM (cum Mr.) Dustin and Black Ryan join host Justin Fort in-studio to remind you: create less chaos for Christmas and buy less crap!

Direct download: 01_Hank_Watsons_Garage_Hour_121810.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:27am EST

07.27.13: Hillclimbing, Off-Roading, Dennis Farina Sendoff, Must-Watch Movies for Americans, World War Z Fail, Terminators, Dude Food, Crashing, and the Tank of the Week

What's the difference between World War Z, Bob Filner and .45 Phil's makeup?  Nothing, if you're the Garage Hour goons - everything's a target.  Grab this podcast of a killer episode, chock full of gearhead goodness (including hillclimbing, off-roading, race manners, Minis, old cars VS new prices, and Object 279), and a pile of other entertaining wreckage (hampster robots, suitcase guns, drinking games, Filner VS Popadich, conspiracies, DARPA, and a whole mess of movies that our pet Russian - Agent Aya - needs to see if anyone's going to believe she's not a spy), plus a proper sendoff for awesome acting dude Dennis Farina: RIP, sir, you were one of the good ones.

.45 Phil, Agent Aya and Jesse Caverly, zombie expert (it says so on his card) join Hostus Maximus Justin Fort in KCBQ's gleaming black towers of broadcast superiority for this episode of the Garage Hour.  50,000 watts of havoc ensues.

Direct download: HWGH072713.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:27am EST

08.03.13: How You Drive & What It Says About You, Traffic Carma, Boxer VS Fighter, Fast Guy Training, Good Stereotypes and Bad Politics, Plus Leftist Tool Brett Stalbaum

Another one of the Garage Hour's traffic-psychology spectaculars...  Agent Aya and a medicated Dirty Dave join Hostus Maximus Justin Fort to dig into what your driving says about you, and how your treatment of those around you (and yourself) in traffic is about an open a book as there can be regarding your mental state.

There's also a big pile of rock and roll (Clutch and Man or Astro-Man), carma (:)), boxers versus fighters, Justin versus Grizzly Chris, Admiral Ackbar, and Agent Aya's evolving road-race skillset and Justin's tutorship of said show's pet KGB operator.  Manzanita beers, politics (thus the beer), and liberal versus libertarian rear their heads too...  The Garage Hour goons also go after the creater of the "Geo Gun Marker" app, what's creator, Brett Stalbaum of UCSD, wants to be a way for people to publicly label "bad gun places" on the web...  Yes, it's as stupid and unconstitutional and Orwellian as it sounds, and the gearheads give him the what-for, just for you (and reveal places that Brett likes to eat, just so you can say "Hi").

Direct download: HWGH080313.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 10:32pm EST

09.27.14: Most Dangerous Radio Show in the World? Marines & SEALs & SeaBees & Gearheads Debate Cars, Trucks, Beers & Guns, Politics & Your Vote, Plus Race & Adventure Season in San Diego, With Larry Wilske In-Studio

Scratching the itch: the Garage Hour goons join forces with former SEAL Command Master Chief Larry Wilske for two hours of gearheads talking about the big-picture politics that affect your everyday freedoms, and what you (and Larry) need to do to protect them, plus cars, trucks, beers and guns.

If you want to get an good impression of the person you're voting for, listen to them on long-form talk radio - Garage Hour talk radio.  Starting at gearhead - Evolutions and San Diego's race season, plus Coronado Speedfest, Thunderboats and the upcoming Mirimar Air Show, shooting with Assbleyman Brian Jones, Oktoberfest, and a little bit of former Chargers guys like Dan Fouts and Norv Turner - Justin, Larry and company progress into the work of a congressman and what they're supposed to do as your elected representative, and what the likes of carpetbagging Susan Davis isn't doing for San Diego's 53rd.  Joining Larry in-studio are Mr. Dustin (Top Earner), .45 Phil (That Which Goes Bump in the Night), Matt Klier of Active Shooter Defense School, Mike from Barritus Brewery, and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort.

We also include a sendoff of cohost Mike's nephew, Lt. Nathan Poloski, the pilot who crashed his USS Carl Vinson-attached FA-18 in the Pacific some weeks ago.  R.I.P., airman, you're the best amongst us.

Direct download: HWGH092714.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:04pm EST

06.04.11: Classic! Off-Roading, 'Squatch Goading, German Floozies, Kosher Jokes, CHP @ the 15, Subie & Evo Suspensions, and Pig Hunting in East County

Mmmmmmore reloaded Garage Hour for you - killer off-road and Sasquatch Run fun, plus XJs, Evos and Subies, the Barona Drags, shooting at P2K Range, Germans and their floozies and their jokes, lug nuts, M3s and how to crush them, plus DeLoreans and Wagoneers.

There's also a big old pile of tales of pig and boar hunting in San Diego, with the problems and the solutions and the tags and the snake eating that comes with it.  Black Ryan, Mr. Dustin (Top Earner) and Dirty Dave join Hostus Maximus Justin Fort in-studio.

Direct download: HWGH060411.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 11:03pm EST

06.08.13: Second Amendment in CA, Your Rights VS Bogus Laws, Tower Records, Al Jourgensen VS Ministry, Ammunition & Firearms Retail w/ Wilde Built Tactical

Rock & roll?  Check.  Second Amendment rights?  Check.  Ammo?  Check.  School districts and local cops with MRAPs and APCs?  Check.  Conspiracies and Rachel Madcow?  Check.  Local and national politicians who aren't fans of your Constitutionally-guaranteed freedoms?  Better check...

We brought two guys from Wilde Built Tactical - Charles and Bryan - into the studio for this episode, because there was a lot of new anti-2A activity in California's capitol (nation-wide, as well).  You can't fight what you don't understand, you understand?  Agent Aya and .45 Phil revel in their cohost duties in the meantime (with Silent Craig looking on...), making Hostus Maximus Justin Fort look good.

Direct download: HWGH060813.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 1:08pm EST

09.11.10: Classic! 9-11 Vigilance & Reflection, Moral Behavior, Drag Racing VWs, Desert & Off-Road Season, Trail Access, Lawnmowers, and Playing Football in the Cold; Now, with Informotage!

It's a reloaded Garage Hour from the good (bad) old days of gearhead radio, with a proper discussion of the terrorist attacks from September 11, 2001, plus a little bit about the morality of those involved and how to spot the wrong side of the conflicting persons and pablum stacking up high on each side of the conversation.

Have no fear - this good gearhead radio, so sometime cohost Joe "Creature" Krause joins Dirty Dave and Black Ryan (before he got his nickname) for a sporty hour of off-roading, trail access, drag racing (and the challenge that is launching any sort of Beetle-based drag car), road and track runs that don't kill anyone, Hayabusa tire wear, Fine Firearm's grand opening in downtown La Mesa, CA, and a call-in from cohost Mr. Dustin (Top Earner) for a full report of the Testament/Slayer/Megadeth show that everyone else missed too...  Dammit.

Direct download: HWGH091110.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 7:51pm EST

11.09.13: Buying & Selling Car & Truck Parts @ Craigslist, Blowing Up Turbos (& Evos), Craftsman VS Gearhead?, Testament Live in LA, Big Guns in Yuma, Tag-Team Tank of the Week, and Selling Agent Aya's Commie Mini

Holy atomic warheads, Hank!  Must be the Garage Hour, because that talk show just ricocheted from battle beards to the big guns on display at the Yuma Proving Grounds, then back to stock 4G Evolution blocks, LA traffic and the big metal sound of Testament live in the Hollywood Bowl.  Oh, and how to buy and sell your car and truck parts (plus all the secret stuff) on Craiglist without being taken for a fool (or worse).  Plus, it's really funny.

Now that's a spicy meatball (or in this case, four of them): Hostus Maximus Justin Fort, Mr. Dustin (Top Earner), .45 Phil (That Which Goes Bump in the Night), and Eryk from CalGuns.net.  Grab two hours of the best AM talk - gearhead talk - since Top Gear full of beer.

It's not all gearhead, however...  Oh wait, yes it is.  Tanks, tracks, beer and Broncos, Irwindale Speedway and the Sarcasmotron 5000, French tanks and Mexican Beetles, jarheads and the chair force, cyborgs and crack mayors, unphoning and uploading (more podcasts!), and we build the official Communist Party ad for Agent Aya's official CCCP Mini Turbo.

Direct download: HWGH110913.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 9:33pm EST

05.01.10: Classic! Road Warrior & Aussie Mullets, Big Steam (SF 3751) @ 230psi, Big V8 Sounds @ Salt Flats,  Slayer + Testament + Megadeth VS Fatso Jetson, and Why We Still Love Demon Toyotas

Big steam coming to San Diego - the Garage Hour goons geek on Santa Fe 3751, plus pop a few of the vultures circling Toyota (now, with facts!) and levy a fine defense of a fine automaker (who would believe a vulture, anyway?).  Beyond those stalwart fun bits are more of the good ol' Garage Hour schticks, including a rendition of V8 music, the Road Warrior, burning coils and injectors for fun and pleasure, an indictment of US lawmakers using Mexican illegals as pawns, Freddie Krueger #1 VS #2, plus a ton of rock and roll with Megadeth, Slayer, Testament and Fatso Jetson.

Cohosts Dirty Dave and Grizzly Chris showed up to help Hostus Maximus Justin Fort beat this episode into submission.  Grab it now.

Direct download: HWGH050110.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:50am EST

09.07.13: Lock the Hatch! Tanks & Bumpers & Chuck Norris & Earth Sounds, Firefly VS Farscape, Dimension Rubbing, Monster Magnet, St. Vitus, Scooby, Yeti, and Israel VS the World, w/ Special Guest Tony Sawaya

Another screaming gearhead radio freakout from Hank Watson's Garage Hour's Industrial Incentive Division, with a studio full of all sorts of geeksauce spectacularity.

This is one of those episodes - everything from tanks hatches (and the birth of the saying "Lock the hatch!"), bumpers (they're for bumping), geek VS nerd, dimension rubbing, railguns and capacitors, zombie shows, sci-fi, real-sci (ever heard of "earth sounds"?), epic villain Scorpio, and the introduction of new cohost Husband Guy and epic show advertiser Tony, of Tony's Lube & Tune in San Diego.

It's not just geek stuff, though: we've got thunderboats, Mr. Dustin's Evolution ("Slimer"), shopping for SRXs, Mini suspsensions, flying tanks, mmore railguns, battleships and a little bit of international politics.  Agent Aya, Eryk from CalGuns and SuperMeg join Hostus Maximus Justin Fort in the studio.

Direct download: HWGH090713.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 7:33pm EST

10.29.11: Classic! Torchmate/Goodyear Ultra4 Competitor JT Taylor In-Studio, Building & Racing in Unlimited Buggies, King of Hammers, Fatso Jetson, Zombie Episode Flashback, Toyota & Jeep Stories, Plus Admiral Ackbar

Another great Garage Hour Reload: JT Taylor in-studio for an hour of off-road, race, tires, building, wrecking, winning, shooting and zombies, plus rock and roll groovemasters Fatso Jetson (plus the Deadbolt Report and Secret Samurai), how the Garage Hour has more listeners than Keith Olberman has viewers, how to say "booger" in Italian, and the awesomeness that is a used Toyota.

We get really far into the weeds with JT, talking suspension and setup for Ultra4-style buggies, as well as how he races is on ice, Pike's Peak, and every other track he can find, plus his OEM Goodyear MT/Rs and a good look at Torchmate and Lincoln Welder products.

Direct download: 01_Hank_Watsons_Garage_Hour_102911.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:54pm EST

11.02.13: Off-Roading for Newbies (Get That Truck on the Trail), plus Tires, Tank of the Week, the Crag Report, the 4:44AM Report, Russians and Germans, a Little Prepping for SoCal, and Johnny Lee Hooker

Excellent gearhead chat! Off-roading for newbies is one of those unending topics that we love to talk up - who doesn't have an Exploder, Toyoter or Heep in their driveway that could get them nice and lost - but it's not just off-roading this episode.  There's also SoCal preparedness (don't let them call it prepping - if you ain't a little, you're a fool), some zombie revisitations, crashing bikes, Chargers VS Raiders, raisins and Johnny Lee Hooker.

As for the off-roading, the Garage Hour goons - Hostus Maximus Justin Fort is joined by Big Hunka .45 Phil and Agent Aya of the KGB - for talk about tires, suspension, paying attention to maintenance, off-road recovery annd the importance of the buddy system while off the beaten path.

Direct download: HWGH110213.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:03pm EST

07.17.10: Classic! Toyota VS NHTSA (and Big Gov), Corral Canyon Trail Action, Stuffing a Viper Truck, Mr. Dustin's Evo, Guns & Bears, Burnout Videos and More Obama Fails

Great Garage Hour Reload: Evos, Toyotas, warranties, off-roading, trail damage, Corral Canyon (outside San Diego), guns and bears, boba choking, tennis ball exploding, 511hp at the wheels, Where's Grizzly Chris?, a flipped over burnout fail by an SRT-10 truck still wearing dealer tags, the NHTSA's crony-government attacks on Toyota, five Daves, four Miatas, and the Flat Earth report from Hoosier Eric, who's ironically in SoCal a the time.

Mr. Dustin (Top Earner) and Dirty Dave appear on-air with Hostus Maximus Justin Fort.

Direct download: HWGH071710.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 5:30pm EST

08.30.14: 100% Everything, w/ Black Boxes for Your Car, Aussie Movies (Road Games!), King Crimson and the Beta Band, Diamond Hole Saws, Fort Garage Hour, Eating Vegan(s), Mexican Food, and One Good Prius Guy

So much good stuff crammed into two hours...  Everything from Mexican restaurants in San Diego (Dude Food!) to great movies in Australia, plus cars, trucks, beers and guns.

.45 Phil, Nick the Trick and Justin Fort bore down to the details on a host of gearhead funsauce, including learning to enjoy King Crimson and the Beta Band (but not at the same time), plus finding and using a diamond hole saw for tile, "unhonest" VS "dishonest", the Garage Hour's new fort in the River Thames, old Nazi flak towers (You Shall Not Pass), hissing beetle death, eating vegans (because Phil's going vegan), crashing Bugattis, the government getting into your car (and where it goes, who's in it and how fast you're going), and a little about the upcoming tactical shoot at Lemon Grove Rod & Gun Club.

It's a great episode of Hank Watson's Garage Hour - get it now.

Direct download: HWGH083014.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 4:38am EST

01.15.11: Classic! Oh Canada (How Dare You?), Dyno VS Road Tuning, Ram Trucks, Goulash, Indiana Weather, Detroit Boo, South Park Abuse, Pro-CCW Evidence, and Maintaining Our East County Cred

Gearhead VS Beerhead? Everything from old hangovers to new dyno tuning (and its arch nemesis, road tuning), plus union disdain, podcasts promises, the Frozen Stuff Report with Indiana-based Hoosier Eric, CCWs and why they work, the ongoing failure of Detroit and other Democrat pits, and, of course, blaming Canada.  We love our nothern neighbors, but you banned a 20-year old Dire Straits song from playing on Canadian radio.  What the Hell is that?

Mr. Dustin (Top Earner) and Black Ryan join host Justin Fort on the mics. The only thing they're banned from is professionalism.

Direct download: HWGH011511.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 8:57pm EST

04.28.12: Classic! East County Cred, Car Chases, W VS Obama, W + the Lama, Charger Bashing, Political Freakouts (Local to Global), and Knife VS Butcher

Holy bunch'a politics, Batman! It's not the Garage Hour without a lot of gearhead stuff (including 2012 GM warranty, South China Sea, windmill and solar theories that all came true in 2014...), but Hostus Maximus Justin Fort takes Crag Maxwell, Don't Die Brian and Dirty Dave for a big fat government freakout in this episode.  It's all there - international intrigue, local BS, Obama and Biden and the rest of their commie horde - plus the threat that is the silent majority (and the fail that was a prediction of a Romney landslide in 2012).

Oh well - we're not ALWAYS right.

Direct download: HWGH042812.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:24am EST

08.23.14: Lot'sa Guns and Lot'sa Bad Driving, Springfield Armory History, Cooking 100,000 Birds, Shooting Improvements (In the Foot), Oktoberfest Planning, and More Scary CA Gun Laws

Ahhhh, the Garage Hour.  Nothing but everything gearhead, with guest cohost Randy from Springfield Armory in the studio to correct all our firearms misconceptions.  Starting from Go, the Garage Hour goons go round and round with new ammo laws, old rifles, new DUIs and old reasons to wear your freakin' seatbelt.

Joining Randy and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort in the KCBQ studio are none other than .45 Phil, 27-year Marine and That Which Goes Bump in the Night, and Mike from Barritus Brewery, which is 100% warfighter-operated.  Beyond the basics, they also tackle the obscene numbers of birds being destroyed by solar plants around the US (as well as Mike's time playing center for the Ducks with Dan Fouts' hand on his butt).  Of course, the saga of Ben Hueso's DUI is just getting started, but hey, he's a Democrat politician - no one expects him to follow the law.  Then the guys (ironically, with faces for radio) dive back into their unending ugly rocker rant, this time worshipping COC's Pepper Keenan's guitaring ability while lamenting his general appearance.  Shortly thereafter, they pause to lament Justin's shooting appearance.

Oh well - not everyone belongs on TV (including a lot of people on TV).  See you next week.

Direct download: HWGH082314.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:04pm EST

11.19.11: Home Defense Special (Strategies & Laws for Armed Defense in CA), plus Evo Abuse, Miata Abuse, Host Abuse, Crowbars, Spare Keys and Being Nice to Mormons

So much good stuff! Great Garage Hour reload here, straight from 2011: it's all about home-defense, and how you can keep yourself safe from burglaring and home-invading so you don't even neeeeed to shoot anyone (as much as they might deserve it).

Dennis from P2K Range joins Hostus Maximus Justin Fort and cohosts Dirty Dave and Mr. Dustin (Top Earner) for a great chat about why locking doors, watching your back, ditching the blingy things and keeping your wits about you go a long way to keeping you safe from bad people and their ascribed intents.

Of curse (little wordplay there...), this is the Garage Hour, so it all devolves into tools and cars and beers, including Mr. Dustin's assault on his Evolution, heckling at teenie-bopper vampire movies (bring a Creature), being nice to the people who are nice to you (Mormons at the door come to mind - have they ever not been nice?) and V8 swaps for fun and ridiculousness.

Direct download: HWGH111911.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 5:54pm EST

08.16.14: Good Mechanics, Bad Politics, Tony Stewart's Sprint Car Accident, Cruise Missile Diplomacy, Cleaning K&Ns, Beer Growlers, Tesla's Infinity Warranty, Republican VS Conservatives Contenders, and Appliance Repair

Want war? Auto racing? Mechanics? Exploding Teslas? Appliance repair? How about beer, or the vodka-swilling troll from under the bridge?  K&N Filters?  Growlers? Conservatives VS Republicans?  This Garage Hour's got it all.

.45 Phil and Scarecrow join Hostus Maximus Justin Fort for two hours of a killer romp through all the gearhead adventure you can take, including a serious discussion of the Justin Fort's ongoing development of the "Cruise Missile Diplomacy" theory of international affairs, a gentle conversation about Tony Stewart's awful sprint-car incident with Kevin Ward Jr., how to recognize a good mechanic (and not be taken for a ride by bad ones and fraudsters), plus Tesla's new attempt to put growing warranty fears to rest with the "infinite-mile" warranty (paid for by Elon Musk's ego).

Direct download: HWGH081614.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:14pm EST

06.23.12: Classic! Boris Said, BBQ Marinades, F1 Golfballs, Bacon (Duhh), Crawlers, Miata Ownership, Pig Hunting, Farcebook's Fraud, Progressive Frauds, Rev. Horton Heat

Yummy!  Good radio right here (in podcast form...).  Dirty Dave, Don't Die Brian and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort practice exacting gearhead conversation with a big ball of worship for the road-race awesomesauce that is Boris Said, as well as talk trail crawlers, overheating Miatas, more GM recalls (duhhh), Dave coulthard catching a golfball (off a driver!) in a moving car, as well as hunting pigs for fun and bacon, eating bacon, plus standard off-issue freakouts like Farcebook's fraud on humanity, progressivism's fradulent souls, the Reverend Horton Heat and fixing barbecues (and marinades for meat cooked within them).

Direct download: HWGH062312.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:56pm EST

08.09.14: Curvy Roads in San Diego, Off-Road Adventures in Mammoth (and Shouts Out), Getting Newbies Involved, Toyota Truck Part Mods, Circle Track Racing, Operators Shootin', Fox VS Speedvision, and Tilting (Angrily) at Windmills

Ahhh, that's the stuff - start at cars and trucks (canyon carving in San Diego, serious trail time in Mammoth) and get lost immediately in the shooting sports, windmills killing birds and bats by the thousands, dirt track racing (and trailer racing), the LAPD VS ganstas VS Rampart VS the LA riots, DUIs (not for we), great A-movies and B-movies (redux), drive-throughs, and Toyota lockers and axles and roll bars and spindles and brakes and ratios (oh my).

Aaaaaand because it's the Garage Hour, we promise - there's beers too, plus our howdies to people we meet on our adventures (Mammoth Brewing and Carlsbad Jeeper Guy).  In-studio with Hostus Maximus Justin Fort is .45 Phil (27-year Marine and Master Guns) and Seth "Metal" (guitar instructor and off-roader), plus Sort'a Silent Craig and Seriously Silent Misty.

jf

Direct download: HWGH080914.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 1:15pm EST

06.16.12: Classic! Plentiful Rant Episode w/ Diesel V12s, 24 Hrs of LeMans, Land Engines, Speedvision, Obama Predictions, Crazy Women, Nuke Shutdown Lunacy and Dying Mustangs

You've got to love these 100%-everything episodes, now with more race, more car, more breakdown, more buildup, more diesel, more trike,  and more rants.  Also, this one's hysterical - have some.

Grab this podcast if you're any fan of 24 Hours of LeMans (no lemons here), AJ-USA's Garage Hour discount, Arley Irmy, (Gunny!), nuke plants, stupid kneejerk government behavior, Nissan's LeMans trike, passed out LeMans fans, land engines, Speedvision (RIP) and why it's dumb to wait until you're old to make a bucket list.

Host Justin Fort stars with Dirty Dave and long-lost cohost Don't Die Brian.

jf

Direct download: HWGH061612.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:57pm EST

07.02.11: Classic! VR-4 VS 323 GTX, Time Trials, Sasquatch Runs, Swingline Staplers, Israel VS Hamas, and the Chargers Owners VS San Diegans

Do we call these early Garage Hours "classics" or "reloads"?  It's a fiery argument down at GHHQ, but either way, here's the goods: this one is all about the gearheads.  From VR-4 Mitsu Galants and Mazda's nasty little 323 GTX, and a complete Sasquatch Run report (#1, to be exact, complete with leaking Broncos) VS KCBQ's notorious Swingline stapler, we take it apart and might put it back together.  There's also a look at the upcoming Lone Pine Time Trials, and a review of Team America, just because. Oh yeah, Dirty Dave also lays his "Top Men" list for 2010/2011 on us, also because.

Black Ryan (East County Jew) is in the studio with host Justin Fort, Dirty Dave and Bret Norgaard from Bilstein (or is it Terb Draagron from not Bilstein?), so it's inevitable that the gearhead savants also chat international politics and the sharp spear that is Israel, and why picking fights with the baddest guy in the neighborhood usually doesn't work out - even if you're as mad as the psychos running Gaza.

Direct download: HWGH070211.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 10:09pm EST

02.12.11: Classic! Subied Boxsters, Off-Road Vans, F1, BAR, VIR + Crashes, Dirty Dave Quits Smoking, and Sh!t My Dad Says

This show's got a little bit of everything, from open-wheel road racing, off-roaded vans, Schumacher love and Danica hate, Subaru-powered Porsche Boxsters, piles of crashes at Virginia International Raceway, Mogs, B.A.R., TDS, the bar VS saloon debate, Hillary + monkeys, the comic genius that is Shatner on Sh!t My Dad Says, spies, art with David Lozeau, guns and bullets at P2K Range, beer at Manzanita, and Dirty Dave quits smoking.

On-air with Hostus Maximus Justin Fort are Garage Hour stalwarts Dirty Dave, Mr. Dustin (Top Earner) and Grizzly Chris.

jf

Direct download: HWGH021211.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:24pm EST

05.14.11: Classic! Off-Road w/ Toy VS Jeep, the Garage Hour Navy, Ducks Unlimited, New Subies, Hillclimbing Lightnings  (Don't), Diesel Drifting, Patton Quotes, and Knife Hunting Pigs

Killer roots Garage Hour right here: everything from broken mics to broken Jeeps, plus Justin and Mr. Dustin's midnight run, side-by-sides VS real trucks, Corral Canyon, battleships and railguns, domestic automaker's San Francisco fail, Subaru BRZs and Toyota FRSs, how to break an SVT Lightning hillclimbing, out of touch Californians, drifting, rifles, Ducks Unlimited, epic full-auto Saigas, hog hunting, pig ambushing and Mr. Dustin and Slimer on the road...  Also, this might be the origin-episode of the Garage Hour's fascination with covering the USS Iowa with railguns.

Joining Hostus Maximus Justin Fort in the studio this fine eve are Mr. Dustin, Top Jeeper, and Dirty Dave, Ultrabaggage.

Direct download: HWGH051411.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 7:21pm EST

07.26.14: Top Sci-Fi Movies (From Serenity to Black Hole) and Railgun Science-Fact w/ US Navy, Plus Sci-Fi VS Near-Fi (and More Movie Rules)

The Garage Hour's sci-fi special: all of the best movies, including Star Wars and Star Trek, the Fifth Element and District 9, Dune and 2001, Blade Runner and Logan's Run, plus dozens more - everything we could think of (including some of the bad ones).  There's also a pile of rules about what's sci-fi and what's not, what's good and what couldn't be, as well as why any movie with Tom Cruise is disqualified unless his character dies repeately.

The Garage Hour goons (including SuperMeg and .45 Phil), were joined in the studio by Mike from Barritus Brewery (dedicated to helping returning warfighters find jobs) and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort.

This episode also helps grow the Garage Hour's long-running love affair with railguns, as the Justin Fort interviews Commander Jason Fox of the US Navy, who's in charge of their growing (and now prototyping!) railgun program.  Cmdr. Fox is a gearhead like the rest of us (though he might not realize it yet), and he shares lots of good details and tech behind the lug-slinging beast now on the back of the USS Millinocket in San Diego Bay (and then tells us what other groovy railgun details are still classified - nuts).

 

Direct download: HWGH072614.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 10:19pm EST

06.12.10: Classic! Toyota Recall Kickback and GM Recalls "Chevy", NASCAR on Road Courses, Union Suckage, Complicateder Cars, Acetylene Blimps, and Croaking Toads for Fun and Profit

Killer throwback Garage Hour: road-racing with NASCR, toad killing in the Australian outback, tiger-attacked slingshot stoners sue the zoo, face-melting with the Ark of the Covenant, Buick recalls, Toyota recall (plus kickback), more GM recalls including the name "Chevy" (which was unrecalled the next day), plus corporate moronitity and more made up words, shooting with Mr. Dustin, more automaker recalls, union suckage, heavier and complicateder cars, eyeballs are from Shakespear, melting Bill Clinton melting, Jew-hating Helen Thomas (good riddance, Madame Crackpot), acetylene blimps, beer in Baja, militarized Toyotas, and eating your veggies.

Hosted by road-racing mother father Justin Fort and ably cohosted by Miata-wielding beardfan Dirty Dave.

Direct download: HWGH061210.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 7:07pm EST

07.19.14: Gearheads on Chasing Bad Guys, Testing Railguns, Breaking Overdrives, Missing Anthrax, Burning Windmills, Simmering International Tensions, Shooting Springfields, Buying Pistols, Cursing Farcebook

Gearhead-issue Garage Hour target-rich environment: police chases in San Diego, the CDC loosing anthrax and Metallica and Helmet, our upcoming railgun interviews, broken drivetrain parts, input/non-output overdrives, Farcebook spying on us all, windmills burning toxicly in the desert, plus .45 Phil, Jeff from Twisted Manzanita Ales & Spirits, Taylor from Direct Action Solutions, and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort.

Oh, and just to be thorough, there's also good eatin' on BUK2 missile launchers, beer brewing, turbines, pimping for the upcoming sci-fi episode, shooting Springfield Armory things, and why we're not chicken so we'll happily take up Grade "A" nozzle Eric Holder's challenge to talk about races.  Or racing.  Whatever he wants.

jf

Direct download: HWGH071914.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:37pm EST

03.31.12: 100% Everything w/ F1, Alonso & Kimi, Ugly Rockers, Ruger Backorder, Bricking Fiskers, Electric Car Fails, Race Baiters, Anthrax, Helmet, and the Super Pooper

This is one of those Garage Hours where you probably want to stand back - there's everything from the Supreme Court to the Colt 1911, Porsches and Unimogs, wrenching on Dirty Dave's Super Pooper (Trooper) and building homemade electric cars, and no one knows how it'll end.

Hostus Maximus Justin Fort is joined on-air by Crag Maxwell (owner and proprieter of Maxwell's House of Books in lovely, scenic, unmolested downtown La Mesa) and Dirty Dave (owner and proprieter of an Isuzu Trooper that's so pooper Justin Fort got splinters repairing it at TDS...).

Also coming to lucky podcastees everywhere are tales of Trayvon (lesson: don't jump people), Al Sharpton (race-baiter and teleprompter-hater), Antonin Scalia (Supreme Court machine), F1 when it's fun (or drunk, in Kimi's case), and yes, the Ugly Rocker Report.

jf

Direct download: HWGH033112.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:12pm EST

07.12.14: Racer & Fast Guy Special! Hillclimbing and a Potential Palomar Race, Road Racing and the 24 Hours of Lemons, Broken Parts  Show & Tell and How to Get Started

It's another Garage Hour full of fast guys, with factory test driver and host Justin Fort joined in-studio by hillclimb specialist and Yawsport overseer Bret Norgaard, and miserable hot shoe Marc Riesenberg, driving instructor and 24 Hours of Lemons racer.  Norgaard and Riesenberg go all in about their 2014 go-fast events, including the competition at this year's Buttonwillow Lemons 24 and Bret's latest stab at the 2014 Larison Rock Hillclimb.  Justin Fort leads them through details of their efforts, including Riesenberg's into-crash of the team's BMW 318 and their record number of penalties, and Bret gets into the weeds about keeping his wide-by-long TL hillclimber out of the weeds.  The fast guys also talk about how to get yourself started in go-fast fun like hillclimbing and the Lemons 24 series, plus the potential of there being a SoCal hillclimb if Bret's plans for Palomar Mountain bear fruit.

Alteruniverse Garage Hour antihosts Nitsuj Trof, Terb Draagron and Cram Grebneseir also brought Show & Tell for this episode, with broken shocks, holed pistons and bent rods by the boxfull.  Tune in a have some: yes, now.

jf

Direct download: HWGH071214.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 11:31pm EST

05.29.10: Classic! Hour at the 'Port, w/ Ferraris, Lexi, Fords, TPMS, Layoffs, Everest, the Bottle Shop, the Scoupe, Coffee, the Explorer Tire Recall, the Magic Bullet and an Analysis of East Coast People

Hostus Maximus Justin Fort brings you one of the Garage Hour's classic "Hour at the 'Port" episodes from 2010, with a little bit of everything car, truck, beer and gun from such vintage cohosting awesomeness as Boston Rich, Grizzly Chris, plus Mr. Dustin and Dirty Dave. Plus, you get to listen as Justin slowly taste-tests himself into a fine buzz that makes for fun radio...

Now, for the goods:  this Garage Hour's stacked with everything from boston's Rich's new job, the Pizza Port's new joint in Ocean Beach, master brewer Diamond Jeff Bagby his damn self, Poochie the Dog, beer vocabulary, trains, Carlsbad (or worse), a magic bullet, scoupe Story #2, plus Lexuses (Lexi?), Ferraris, Ford Exploders, and how everything in the world is two degrees from the Simpsons.

jf

Direct download: HWGH052910.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 7:23pm EST

10.26.13: Top Gear, Superstition Run, Cannonball Run, Escape from New York, Escape from Yuma, The Stand, Zombie Batman, Zombie Politicians, Twisted Manzanita Ales & Spirits and Volvos for Everyone!

A Garage Hour for all seasons:  Top Gear - props for the limey edition (Formula Off-Road on water and TVR headaches), the upcoming Superstition Run in San Diego's Chocolate Mountains, the Blue Angels, bill and disteering, shipping beer from coast to coast, new spirits coming from Manz's new distillery, making pumkin beer, a conversation about concealed carry and the balance of good versus evil, Captain Ron, Hal Needham, Steve McQueen, Anthrax, Stephen King, the Coast to Coast bridge, West Coast railroads, Goat Canyon Trestle, zombie stuff, Zombie Batman, jailbreaking phones, Bob Failner and the populist stoplight camera shutdown, off-road tire brands, crashy crashy south-of-the-border Tacos and rebar fixes, new political alignment, Brody's burgers and beer, and Volvos for everyone.

Hostus Maximus Justin Fort are joined in-studio by .45 Phil, Dirty Dave (Escaping from Yuma at the south end of a northbound studio) and Jeff Trevaskis of Manzanita Brewing - whoops, Twisted Manzanita - and an empty chair shout-out for missing Agent Aya (KGB), who was scared away by all the warfighters in the studio.

jf

Direct download: HWGH102613.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 11:41pm EST

07.05.14: 4th of July, Patriotism and Dude Food, Plus Gov Motor's Growing Recall, Breech VS Chamber, Beer in San Diego, Flags in Fletcher Hills, the Scary State of the US's Southern Border, and Our Ongoing Assault on Hipsters

Yummy stuff: on this Fourth (Fifth) of July episode, the Garage Hour goons spend time feeling good about America, watching out for America, talking about America, and then reminiscing about all the great stuff we ate while doing it.

.45 Phil, Chef Jeff from The Hills in La Mesa, CA, and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort discuss chicken, marinades, grilling, peppers (again!), tri-tip, Beth Burgers and all the beers we can enjoy with them before taking a knife to the Oobama-made crisis on America's southern border, taking a bite out of the latest numbers from the massive (MASSIVE) Gov't Motors recall, sticking our toungue out at the crisis of violence that is gun-free Chicago (how's taking guns away from law-abiding citizens working out?), and pinching our nose at the crisis that is hipster culture.

Of course, this is the Fourth (Fifth) of July episode, so we also spent some time on what Independence Day means to each of us, and the sacrifices that got us here (and you'd better start paying attention, or we're going to need to make some more).

jf

Direct download: HWGH070514.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:14pm EST

02.05.11: Classic! Epic Roots GH w/ Genesis of the Jalopy Plan, When Animals Attack, .50-Cal Ricochet, STi VS Evo Midnight Run, Geek VS Nerd, Propane Explosion UberTopics

Holy epic historical Garage Hour: the genesis of so many great things, including Dirty Dave's Jalopy race plan, Justin Fort's fascination with exploding propane and propane accessories, the geek VS neerd continuum, the .unending .50-cal ricochet debate, When Animals Attack the Garage Hour, the Car Tsar (host Justin), the iPhone Tsar (Mr. Dustin), the Connectivity Tsar (Dirty Dave), with call-ins from Mr. Dustin (up to his elbows in stripped Evo) and Black Ryan (up to his elbows in a hangover).

It wouldn't be a Garage Hour without a crapton of segues, including a new segment called "Just Because You're Rich Does Not Mean You're Competent", the supersecret Midnight Run, everything that's wrong with the Egyptian Revolution, Superbowl predictions, Homer Simpson and why Justin fort is awesome at go-karting.

This is a Garage Hour Reload not to be missed.

jf

Direct download: HWGH020511.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 7:15pm EST

04.17.10: Classic @ Mr. Dustin's Wrenching Palace, w/ Ramona Off-Roading, Prius Punting, the Roadburn Festival, Tax Day Pays, Black Jack Pershing and Jaime's FJ

Hank Watson's Garage Hour: Making a point of making a point.  This GH reload's got everything from the US's southern border, taxes, Jaime's FJ, Ramona trails and our plans to use 'em, the big Roadburn stoner metal festival in Amsterdam, Toyota liability defenses, hybrid hatred, Talk Like a Pirate Day (really?), Black Jack Pershing, updates from Barona Drags, a big LA traffic fail from Dirty Dave, and all of it from Mr. Dustin's Wrenching Palace.

In-studio with host Justin Fort is Grizzly Chris, Dirty Dave and Mr. Dustin, Top Earner.  Have some.

jf

Direct download: HWGH041710.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 7:14pm EST

06.28.14: Garage Hour International! Democracy VS Bureaucracy, Scary World Crises, Jobs in CA, the Southern Border Freakout, All with Larry Wilske (Running for San Diego's 53rd) In-Studio

We Garage Hour types need to unload more than just ammo - this episode is all about the political madness gripping an uneasy American electorate that we usualy restrain ourselves from mentioning during more gearheadulous episodes.  We dip into a pile of hotbeds, including America's perilous employment situation, the massive giveback of blood and treasure to Islamic extremists in nothern Iraq, the looming Red Chinese threat in the South China Sea, Russians on Eastern Europe's border, the waves of illegals flooding America's southern border (thank God for Canada, eh?), plus some really good big-picture thinking on the part of Larry Wilske, former Command Master Chief of SEAL Team 7 and now a candidate for San Diego's 53rd congressional district.

Joining Larry in-studio are Matt Klier (told you he'd be back) of Active Shooter Defense School, .45 Phil (Master Guns) and host with the most car parts not attached to cars, Justin Fort.

jf

Direct download: HWGH062814.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 4:24pm EST

06.18.11: Classic! DUI Show #2, or Cops VS Lawyers, Plus Drunks, Checkpoints, Costs, Good Law and Bad Law and How the Fuzz is Gonna Get'Cha

Vintage Garage Hour Reload - the seminal DUI episode.

DUI Arrest Machine Mark McCullough of the SDPD takes on attorneys Frank Pabst and the Garage Hour's very own Grizzly Chris about all of the ways the cops are going to catch you, jamb you up and make you pay for driving drunk (don't do that...), and the lawyers take a run at how they're going to get you out of it, all the while the state and the courts and the attorneys take all of your money.

It's the Garage Hour, so you can count on host Justin Fort also chatting Creature beatings, beer and breweries, plus cars, truck and guns.

The moral of the story is that a DUI will cost you $22,000 over the span of ten years - minimum.  Don't do that, but do download this Garage Hour upcast, because it's excellent.

jf

Direct download: HWGH061811.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:36pm EST

06.21.14: Black Guns & Brown Bottles (Learn to Love the AR/Don't Be a Gun Racist), Plus AR Tech and History, Jet Turbines for Fun and Pleasure, Rock and/or Roll, and Jeff from Twisted Manzanita

Good stuff - the Garage Hour guys get into a chat about why the AR-15 rifle is not only fun to build and great to shoot, but is an excellent home-defense weapon (especially for women and young adults - Joe Biden can stick his shotgun where the sun don't shine), and the goons also dig into some AR/M4 history because, well, history is awesome.

Jeff Trevaskis from Twisted Manzanita Ales & Spirits joins former factory test-driver, Death Star leftover and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort and cohost .45 Phil, 27-year Marine and That Which Goes Bump in the Night for two hours of the good stuff, plus jet turbines, Manz's upcoming fourth-anniversary party, the brewing scene in San Diego, a few discussions with Nick the Trick about John Paul Jones and additional rock awesomeness, and an honest assessment of the sh!tstorm brewing in the Middle East and why the eggheads in the White House both caused it and are making it worse.

Remember, the AR-15 was originally designed by Satan, the AR will fire automatically if it smells fear, and if you're shot with an AR, you become one and shoot others, turning them into ARs.  THESE and other fun AR facts are discussed, dispelled and disproven on dis week's Garage Hour.  Yes, have some.

jf

Direct download: HWGH062114.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:37pm EST

05.21.11: Classic! RIP Macho Man, Patton VS Chuck Quotes, Off-Road @ Corral Canyon, Death Threats, Border Patrol, Open Carry, Disaster Relief, Purgatory, and Why The Barry Administration's Huge Heads Don't Mean They're Smart

Oh. My. God.  Mega-humor Garage Hour right here - everything from one of our most unprofessional intros to how to ghost-ride your whip in Donk Town.  Also, Patton VS Chuck, off-road plans, Charlie Sheen (before he got all cracky), unfandom of the CHP, our bizarre hatred of the Honda Ridgeline, more stuff about zombies (duhh), the new Stinky Hippy Pizza at Pizza Port OB and the uterus shirt.  Seriously, or not.

Dirty Dave, Mr. Dustin and Grizzly Chris join host Justin Fort in KCBQ's gleaming black towers of broadcast superiority for this one.  Grab it.

jf

Direct download: HWGH052111.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 4:43pm EST

10.22.11: Zombie Apocalypse #2 - Ten Dudes Debate the Zombie Apocalypse, Plus 100 More Ways to Thin the Horde

Uploaded by popular demand, it's the Garage Hour's second-ever Zombie Apocalypse special.    On this iteration of the famous zombie episode is a collection of the most important questions you'll need to ask when it's time to mow down hordes of brain-eatin' hipsters and growling neighbors: shotgun VS .45, flamethrower VS snowblower, BAR VS UZI, baseball bat VS three feet of rebar, Palin VS Clinton (either of 'em), and whether Al Gore will blame the Zombie Apocalypse on global warming.

We also delve into the list of top-10 celebrities we'd pay to see eaten by zombies, the zombie RISCI score (Regionally Interpreted Susvivavility/Conquest Index) of your hometown, and whether New York or San Francisco will be human-free first.

On-air was nothing short of a zombie-defense brain trust, the Human Preservation Think Tank - Dirty Dave, Grizzly Chris, Black Ryan, Double-Mint Cameron, author Jesse "The Potty" Caverly, Matt Walsh of Matt Walsh Wood Floors and Skynyrd's Innyrds lead Duncan Lancaster.  Oh yeah, and B-58 Hostler Justin Fort, the apolcalypse's favorite wheelman this side of Mad Max.

This is epic Garage Hour - download it while you still can.

jf

Direct download: HWGH102211.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:25am EST

06.14.14: Distracted Driving Fails (Plus Actual Solutions), 24 Hours of LeMans and Assorted Nurburgring Awesomeness, Texting Tickets, NFL Freebies VS Minnesota Taxpayers, and Making Fun of Yourself

As if you needed 100 more reasons to stop devicing while driving, texting while driving, phoning while driving, or eating your makeup while putting on a hamburger while driving, we've got them: the Garage Hour takes a running stab at the pathalogically reckless (sadly, not wreckless) in-car behavior that is distracted driving, which has managed to make drinking and driving look like crashing your dirt bike into a stop sign.

In this episode, the Garage Hour guys also dig around in the details of an NFL turning robber baron (to use the abused term correctly), how the NFL literallly shoots itself in the leg, take a tour of the ongoing 24 Hours of LeMans (if you are so lazy as to have a bucket list, put this on it), crashing M5s, speeding tickets in Montana, and why it's okay to make fun of an ethnicity when it's your ethnicity.  Allen Sammaan from San Diego's Stereo Depot and his pal Silent Eddie join Hostus Maximus Justin Fort in-studio with cohost Chef Jeff from The Hills in La Mesa.

jf

Direct download: HWGH061414.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:09pm EST

10.19.13: Zombie Apocalypse! The Garage Hour's Hysterical Guide to Zombie Attack, Strategy, Survival, Suppression, Weaponry, and Which Idiots Are Assigned to Operation Hipster Shield

Epic Garage Hour Alert: this is 50,000 watts of humanity's last hope, the third Zombie Apocalypse special, complete with the firepower, machinery, thought processes and personnel necessary to survive and dominate during the coming zombie apocalypse.  And yes, there will be blood. We promise.

The Garage Hour's very own Hostus Murderous Justin Fort is joined by Master Destructor .45 Phil, East County Gunlord Eryk from CalGuns.net, and Jesse "The Potty" Caverly (author and zombie expert) for almost two hours (it would have been longer if Arizombies hadn't tried to overrun the studio) of the best recipes and strategies for thwarting zombie attack.

San Diego's Last Hope (the Garage Hour goons) develop theories on fortification, firearms, flamethrowers and the brown note, and debate age-old zombie questions like who's better to have on your side, the Chicago Bears or the Chicago Police; and which regions of the US will survive and thrive during the zombie apocalypse (the Florida Panhandle, for instance) versus which will be reduced to shambling idiots in minutes (San Francisco).

This is one of the best - tune in immediately (while there's still time).

jf

Direct download: HWGH101913.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:25am EST

06.07.14: 5th-Anniversary Uncelebration, 'Squatch VS Vespa, GM VS Recalls, GM VS Itself, International Podcasting Awesomeness and Garambiance

Ahhh yes, one of those episodes...  We hit on everything that makes gearheads tick (now, in our fifth year!), ratcheting up the garambiance for a review of Gov'ment Motors' troubles with millions of recalls, unsold Cadillac hybrids littering dealership lots, the Aztek (yuuuuup), using a whole bunch of made up words to describe them. We're gearheads - if there ain't a word for it, we'll build one to suit.

Taking time out from congratulating Command Master Chief Larry Wilske, candidate for the 53rd District, and reminding you that if you don't vote, you don't get to argue, Hostus Maximus Justin Fort and SuperMeg (fresh from her Vespa-crashing Sasquatch attack) also dig into Calvin & Hobbes creator and super-recluse Bill Watterson, Anthrax, Michelle "Call Me Patrick" Obama, Dr. Who's repeated new-season fails, pot-use fails, Seth "Fail" McFarland, gun rights, doubling our Swiss audience, and why Bill "Ruby Ridge" Gore is not good.

Remember, just because the Simpsons did it doesn't mean you shouldn't.

jf

Direct download: HWGH060714.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 1:50pm EST

04.02.11: Classic Hour - Volvos for Everyone, Ford VS Unions, Getting a Skyline in the US, the B58 Hustler, GM Fails, the Promo Promo, Fukashima Disastersauce and UnF@#$ing the Everglades

Reloaded Garage Hour awesomeness: everything from Volvos, Skylines, G8s, Ford, GM, the gov'ment, the B58 Hustler, the SR71 Blackbird, Charlie's brain, brains in bogs, heads in bogs, Megadeth, Clutch, Tony's Econolube, Fukashima shift, multiculturalisticism, bears eating stoners, women in sinkholes, Florida swamps, and yes, English corpses in bogs.

Host Justin Fort is backed up by Mr. Dustin (Top Earner) and Dirty Dave in this one, and it's a excellent bit of ricochet radio - download the upload, rrrrrrright now.

jf

Direct download: HWGH040211.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 10:01pm EST

05.31.14: Sasquatch Run Off-Road Report, Scary CA Laws to Track Your Driving, Local Fairs and Fine Dining, Beer (Duhh), Sci-Fi Movie Preview, and Get Off Your Ass and Vote!

This Garage Hour has tons of good stuff: off-road details from the latest Sasquatch Run (including creaky Toyotas, 22R noises, Jaime's stunning candlepower and a Jeeper named Mark), tales of CA's proposed mileage tax, a look at Wings Over Gillespie, some new Hills menu items, and how the web's getting more and more nichey and less and less centralized every day.  We also toy with details of the upcoming sci-fi movie episode. Cohost .45 Phil and Chef Jeff from The Hills in La Mesa joined host Justin Fort to assist with the ruckus.

There's also plenty of rock and/or roll, fixin' stuff, Prong, Goatsnake, stereo parts, a promo for the latest ASDS/Calguns pistol event, Direct Action Solutions' KRISS SMG, and a serious look at how many people fascists killed versus commies like Stalin, Pol Pot and Mr. Red himself, Mao.

We don't mess - grab the podcast immediately, follow us at GarageHour.com, and like us on Farcebook, but before you do any of that, go vote!

jf

Direct download: HWGH053114.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 10:04pm EST

03.24.12: Classic! Two Hours You Can't Have Back: Bad Movie Episode (w/ Bad Movie Rules: Sequel Syndrome, Bad Choice Rule and the Dreaded Double-Suck), Plus the Hyundai Elantra and Naming Don't Die Brian

Awesome retrosauce: this is the Garage Hour's vaunted Bad Movies Special (Two Hours You Can't Have Back), complete with the Bad Choice Rule (actors can screw themselves, apparently), the dreaded Double-Suck Rule, and the Sequel Syndrome, wherein the number of numbers on the end of your movie reliably heralds pending suckage.  Or suckstacy.

Join us for an hour on-air with Hostus Maximus Justin Fort, Dirty Dave and Don't Die Brian (who earned his name in the span of this very episode) as they list a fine collection of some of the worst things you've ever wished you've never seen.

Oh, and there's cars, trucks, beers and guns, including designing cars that make you think, Monster Magnet, Bruce Campbell, Wikipedia's porn problem and why family blogs are lazy.

jf

Direct download: HWGH032412.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 1:22am EST

05.24.14: Memorial Day, Plus Full-Cluster Episode; Including Road Racing, Active Shooting, Beer in SD, Squatch Run #3 and UKIP's Nigel Farage

With Memorial Day right around the corner, .45 Phil and host Justin Fort run an old-fashioned cluster-Garage Hour, with a host of gearhead thoughts about everything from bighorn sheep in the East County, Jesse James' pretty new (but kind'a flimsy-looking) 1911s, how to enjoy politics again with UKIP's Nigel Farage and his it's-raining-beer weather report, more beers with Twisted Manzanita, road racers from the USCA and beyond, the Garage Hour's upcoming Sasquatch Run and a proper bit of remembrance of America's fallen on this, the eve of Memorial Day.

jf

 

Direct download: HWGH052414.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:33pm EST

11.20.10: Classic! Parking, Toyota's Warranty Trainwreck, WW1 v WW2, the LA Auto Show, Dirty Dave @ Superstition, Vipers, Texas Rangers, Hippie Bashing and Alligator Bashing

This is the good stuff (like all the other good stuff): parking, designer hippies, Toyota's warranty troubles, WW 1, 2 and 3, the Poles, 9/11, the FIAT 500, beating the crap out of your car, beating the crap out of Miatas, Johnny Cash, the Cannonball Run, the FIAT Viper, CNN's worthlessness, alligators, Texas Rangers, Steve Freakin' McQueen, cancer, celepities, Gov. Moonbeam, Bill Romanowski and Helmet.  Justin Fort hosts, with Dirty Dave and a very hungover Black Ryan.

Also, remember Rule #1: blame the Prius owner.

jf

Direct download: HWGH112010.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:52am EST

05.17.14: Gearhead Questions for Larry Wilske (Congress: CA's 53rd), San Diego Fire Report, P2K's Listener Giveaway, And An Angry Letter to the NFL

The Garage Hour goons welcome Larry Wilske to KCBQ's gleaming black tower of broadcast superiority. The retired Navy SEAL Command Master Chief is running for California's 53rd congressional district, and to make sure our listeners know the guy, we asked the questions our listeners would: Ford V Chevy, chicken V steak, Ukraine V South China Sea, and bacon V the world. We include Larry in a wide-ranging chat about San Diego's powerful response to the May firestorm, as well as discuss P2K Range's gun safe/membership giveaway.

This is also the episode in which host Justin Fort unloads both barrels on the politicization of the NFL, and how it's ruining football for football fans.

Before you groan, don't worry - Larry was a great guest (with help from .45 Phil and Doc Fred Simon, candidate for the 52nd), with a SEAL's-eye view of government that you will find inspiring.  Larry's working to unseat unrepentant leftist and Pelosi acolyte Susan Davis, who's been in the 53rd for years with very little to show for it, and he needs our support.

jf

Direct download: HWGH051714.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 1:36pm EST

03.02.13: Off-Road Trails, Women in the Infantry, Sequestergeddon, Sasquatch and Swap Meets

Hate windmills?  Love HG Wells?  Like movies?  Despise big government?  Tired of Farcebook?  Have an opinion about women in front-line infantry?  Think Quebecois chicks are hot?  Need to know more about hunting, eating, drinking, racing and Sasquatch?  Want to hear a Marine, a well-read socialite and a professional wheelman argue everything from cars to trucks and beers to guns?  Grab this Garage Hour.

When you absolutely positively have no clue what to talk about on your radio show, just put .45 Phil, 27-year Marine, and Crag Maxwell, political mover and shaker and secret bookstore owner, and former factory test-driver and ongoing adventure journalist Justin Fort in the same studio and pour on the indignation.

jf

PS> Admit it, as soon as you saw the image for this episode, you remembered the alien ray-beam noise from "War of the Worlds". Best sci-fi sound ever.

Direct download: HWGH030213.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:07am EST

05.10.14: Summer Off-Roading, Sasquatch Off-Road Prep, BLM Catches Fire for Starting Chariot Fire, and a Chat With the Ultimate Street Car Association

Getting back to our roots - this Garage Hour is all off-road, all the time.  Well, some of the time, because we also promoted our next Sasquatch Run, talked trash on Jeepers (Toyota guys, go figure), hit a bunch more high-Q gearhead stuff like all the parts that don't break on Toyotas, and took a few cheap shots at the Prius - fish in a barrel, there.

We also managed to get Jimi Day from the Ultimate Street Car Association on the horn to speak about the series' upcoming Daytona and Fontana speedway events.  We'll have them back, because anyone who's making race-time available for part-time racers is worth our full-time attention.

jf

Direct download: HWGH051014.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:08pm EST

05.03.14: Gearhead Questions for Aspiring Reps, Sasquatch Run #3, Judges and Surgeons and Marines (Oh My)

The political silly season is on, so the Garage Hour is using some of its gearhead cred to dig up answers from real candidates, with Dr. Fred Simon (San Diego's 52nd) and Judge Pro-Tem Ken Gosselin (running for San Diego County's 25th Superior Court seat) joining us in the studio. How else would we learn about their understanding of important challenges like boxers V briefs, Ford V Chevy, beef V chicken, and actual serious issues like parents rights, distracted driving, international leadership, and all those trivialities you always wanted to ask about but forgot when the SEIU guy thumped you in the back of the head for raising your hand.

Don't worry - we've also got cars, trucks, beers and guns, and we'll have .45 Phil go get the SEIU guy.  Grab the podcast.

jf

Direct download: HWGH050314.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 7:31pm EST

09.28.13: Clarkson VS Piers Morgan, Dogfights, NASCAR @ Road Courses, Elsinore GP, Marines Birthday,  Joseph Stalin Tank, Oktoberfest, MRAPs and Neighborhood Legislature.

One of those Garage Hours: everything from tanks to trucks and Speedvision to Jeremy Clarkson punching out Piers Morgan, plus WW2 dogfights, Paths of Hate (just search for the video and you'll understand), the Lake Elsinore Grand Prix, shooting with ASDS in South Bay, local police becoming a staging area for military equipment (dark clouds forming), and the definition of a absentee politician (AKA Tom Harkin).

jf

Direct download: HWGH092813.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 8:21pm EST

08.31.13: CA Gun Laws, CA Traffic, Marines and Their Shotguns, Fletch, Old Rockers (Ugly!), Windmill Poison, Scary Progressives, Muggers VS Rugby Guys

This one's an educational show: we learn about the gun-banning laws and regulations being pushed by the deliriously nutty progressive freakshow called the state of CA (some in the dead of night), and how those laws are going to make you suffer (if you're lucky) or instantly turn you into a criminal.

Eryk from Cal Guns (.net), .45 Phil and host Justin Fort explore everything from the laws, the bad behavior and backroom deals necessary to sneak some of the scarier laws through, and how the groundless (and often feckless) regulatory actions will affect regular Californians - and not just Californians who like the Second Amendment.

This is big AM talk, after all, so the gearhead goons of the Garage Hour also take some shots at CA traffic, CA politicians, Marines, shotguns, old actors and old metal artists, and makers VS takers.  There's also a sporty tale of two rugby guys pounding on some muggers, which makes everyone feel good (except the muggers...).

jf

Direct download: HWGH083113.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 7:06pm EST

08.17.13: Attack of the Board Ops! 100%-Everything, with Check-Engine Lights, the Bear Patrol, Mad Max, Tanks, Failner, Nickname Origins, Celeb Bashing and Honda in F1

This is what happens when you let the guys who usually operate the show take over the mic...  With a 100%-everything list of gearhead topics, from international racing, local politics, the idiots in movies, the idiots in the real world, the shame that is a remake of Mad Max (some movies are too perfect - leave 'em alone), and Mr. Rogers VS the Frugal Gourmet guy, we set every trap and the board ops fall in every one.

Hostus Maximus Justin Fort and retrohost Dirty Dave let alllllll of the old Garage Hour board ops into the studio, from Cameron "Scacrow" Bradna, Daniel "Barrister" Hilton, Paul "Snaggletooth" Drivas, Todd "Missing Man" James to Nick "The Trick" Lane, and they proceed to demonstrate to the world why they belong on the other side of the glass.  Grab this podcast and prepare to thank your lucky stars for on-air talent.

jf

PS>  Special thanks to Missing Man for cooking up this episode's promo poster.

Direct download: HWGH081713.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 4:44pm EST

08.25.12: Villains! Classic GH, w/ Jaws, Blofeld, Joker, Angel Eyes, Beetlejuice VS Darth, and the Introduction of the Villains Cage Match

Killer Garage Hour: the Villains Episode.  We collect more than 70 movie villains of every stripe, from Blofeld to Little Bill, Darth to Ming, Jaws to Angel Eyes, plus Cruella DeVille and the horde of nutbars from Fatal Attraction.  Dirty Dave, Crag Maxwell and host Justin Fort put together some rules for villains, too, and in the process discover that Jaws is much more of a uberhenchman than an outright villain, much to Justin's dismay.

Credit where credit is due: the genesis of this classic Garage Hour episode was at a brewery in Ouray, Colorado - Mr. Grumpy Pants, to be exact.  Off-Road.com editor Jaime Hernandez asked what had happened to Richard Keil (Jaws), and it all spun out of control from there.  Good times.

jf

Direct download: HWGH082512.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 11:40pm EST

04.26.14: Cars, Trucks, Beers and Punks! Pop Core "Look Up Here", Mobile Devicing Tickets, Explosions, Twisted Manzanita, GM's "Fat Keys" Scandal, Santee's Street Fair, Desert Toys on Craig's List, Gas Prices, Sasquatch and Awesomesauce.

With the guys from Look Up Here in-studio, SuperMeg, East County Beerlord Jeff Trevaskis and former factory test driver Justin Fort whip up a batch of gearhead-talk radio superiority on Saturday's show.  You can't go wrong (well, you probably could) with a room full of punk rockers, and we pull off a show full of explosions (propane, acetlyne, Sobe and snow), desert toys (LS1, anyone?), gas prices, corporate skulduggery and beer-sipping refinement.  Someone even mentions brisket.

The call is also out for Sasquatch Run 3: The 'Squatchening; which is looking likely late in May, so stay tuned.

jf

Direct download: HWGH042614.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:34pm EST

04.19.14: Guitar Dudes! Rock/Roll, Best Guitar Players, Best Rock Bands, What's a Pickup, Plus Off-Road, The Hills in La Mesa, Toyota VS Jeep and Smashing Instruments for Profit

Put a bunch of guitar experts on a gearhead show and you'll get more than you bargained for, including all sorts of stories about the rock and rollists, tales of humbuckers (whatever the Hell they is), pickups and frets, plus cars, trucks, beers and guns (of course).

Joining host Justin Fort and irregular cohost/food ninja Chef Jeff on this week's Garage Hour are none other than off-roading buddy Seth Hollander, guitar instructor of some repute (SethMetal.com) and the proud owner of the DeathRunner and lots of guns, and Battleship Dan, pro guitar builder (TopGearGuitar.com), guitar tech to the stars and confirmed Garage Hour superfan.

Also, the sincerest of Garage Hour apoligies: due to an ill-timed Kong infestation of KCBQ's 50,000-watt broadcast tower on the east side (of El Cajon), we lost a few minutes of the second hour.  Better luck next time.

jf

Direct download: HWGH041914.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:29am EST

04.27.13: Screamin' Jesus! (the 320mm Spigot Mortar) Plus Prius Bashing, Windmill Bashing, Nick Bashing, Batman Bashing, Hipster Bashing, and Stereo Equipment

With everything from electric cars to electric stereo parts, this Garage Hour episode is chock-full of good gearhead talk.  Mike the Mic joined Hostus Maximus Justin Fort, Agent Aya and .45 Phil for what was originally slated to be an episode about stereo equipment (a fondness held by Mike and Justin), but the ship of state quickly veered off course in true Garage Hour fashion.  The topic list expanded to Solzhenitsyn, Batman, Freud, Chuck Norris, ammunition prices, new beer, old bombs, new tanks, and monoliths versus obelisks.

We also get a tidy history of the WW2 siege mortar called the Type 98 by the Japanese who lobbed 'em at us, and Screamin' Jesus by GIs who had to watch them tumble, from our very own military historian, .45 Phil.

jf

Direct download: HWGH042713.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 5:46pm EST

06.22.13: A Big Pile of Conspiracies (Flight 800, the .50-Cal Ricochet, NSA, Drones, MRAPs, McChrystal VS Hastings) and 100 More Reasons to Pay Attention

This is the episode that catapulted the Garage Hour to doubled listenership, and the show that put the gearhead goons from San Diego into an expanded time slot.  Download a full hour of everything from Flight 800, the FBI, NSA, DHS, drones, Stingers, the .50-cal ricochet, Sasquatch, Japan's thirst for 5.56 ammo, the populist media's unfortunate contribution to it all, and how the Garage Hour plans to fix it.  Oh yeah, with cars, trucks, beers and guns.

Grab a load of this podcast for a big fat conspiratory freakout, with Agent Aya (suspiciously good with a handgun), .45 Phil (27-year Marine storm trooper from back in the Reagan days) and former factory factory test driver and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort, because they'll also take a few shots at Mayor Bob Failner, Manzanita Brewing's Apricot Blonde, Restore the 4th, antique steaem, the patheticness that is Joe Biden, and the value of America's enlisted military in times of crisis.

jf

Direct download: HWGH062213.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

04.12.14: Fast Guys Talk Lone Pine Time Trials, Plus Hillclimbing, Radical Crawlers, Smart Car Tipping, Smart Cars with Hayabusa Motors, the Demise of the RamRunner, Rio Shotgun Shells and a Bunch of Other Stuff We've Broken

All gearhead, all the time...  Host Justin Fort has Bret Norgaard from Yawsport and Neil Alexander from the Lone Pine Time Trials (coming up in May) to talk their little slice of road-racing heaven, the adventure that is high-speed time-attack on a real airport course, and the parties that go on in tandem with it all.  We also get into everything from Hayabusa-powered Smart cars (why people are tipping them over), to the failed Dodge RamRunner (and why it was no Raptor), hillclimbing for folks on the West Coast, Powerstroke and 502-powered crawlers and a truckload of other awesomeness.

Okay, so Han Solo and Greedo get into the mix, and there's some chatter about Rio shotgun shells, the police and English politics, but it's the Garage Hour - we digress.

jf

Direct download: HWGH041214.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:25pm EST

09.19.09: Classic! Thunderboats, Cannibals @ the Fair, Claimer Racing, Taking a Dive in F1, Smog Laws, Brett Farvrere and Conservative Conservationism

Excellent early Garage Hour - episodes like this are what brought the show to life way back in 2009...  Everything from CanAm to Batman, fake mechanics and poseur Farves, Orwellian education, chicken legs, Grand Prix.com, team orders, TV laws, smog laws, thunderboats and deep-vees, the unfortunately named Dimebag Darrell (RIP) and tales of a mentally insane cannibal who was taken to the fair.

And like every Garage Hour, there's a serious moment or two - Dirty Dave, Grizzly Chris and hillclimbin' slicer-dicer Justin Fort chat about the need for conservatives to conserve on their own, before someone with less scruples but a bigger stick up their butt tries to force you to.

jf

Direct download: HWGH091909.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 1:19pm EST

06.11.11: Ferd FTeenthousand VS Sasquatch, 24 Hours of LeMans, Shooting Trap, Broken Studios, Beck & Scientology, Engineers' Brains and the DMV

Killer show! This reloaded Garage Hour features a pile of legendary topics, including the Ferd FTeenthousand (whale house!), Sasquatch, scary celebrities, Beck's Scientology, Gavin Newsbag, Amon Tobin, stoner metal, Israel, the 24 Hours of leMans, Franchi shotguns, busting clay and Kevlar tornado shelters.

While we're at it, Black Ryan, Dirty Dave and former factory test driver Justin Fort also beat the Hell out of Glenn Danzig (who hasn't?), Moby (everyone should) and President Pickle (he's asking for it), and talk up the awesomeness that is engineers, shooting trap and the British VS the Argentines.

It's gearhead radio: who are you to resist?

jf

Direct download: HWGH061111.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:29am EST

04.05.14: Fred Simon and District 52, Ford VS Chevy, Jag VS Benz, Dog VS Cat, King Crimson, Plus 100 More Garage Hour Questions for Candidates

You can't spell politics without... a "p"... and the Garage Hour can't get this close to the mid-term elections without having some hopeful congressional candidates in the studio.  What can we say?  Gearheads like to vote.  Besides, we all want some more change.

This episode featured Dr. Fred Simon, candidate for San Diego's 52nd Congressional District, and before you get bent out of shape that we were talking politics again, don't you want to hear his thoughts on things that matter, like Ford VS Chevy, protections for off-road access, and whether Fred plans to run guns for Islamic terrorists in the Philippines with a Chinese mobster named Shrimp Boy (which we advised him against)?

There's also some actual serious questions, such as the good doc's positions on the Second Amendment, getting things done instead of talking about getting things done, equal opportunity VS equal outcomes, and who his favorite Supreme Court justice is.  He had very good answers for everything but his preference for Chevys.

Grab the podcast, complete with Eryk from CalGuns.net and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort.  Because you ought.

jf

Direct download: HWGH040514.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 4:28am EST

06.29.13: Semi-Vintage Garage Hour - the ComicCon Episode, with Batman VS Superman VS Aquaman VS Brock Sampson VS Han Solo, Plus Filner VS Madrid, Gun Stores, Venn Diagrams and the Weather

Well, some episodes don't stay gearhead for long, and this one went decidedly cartoon in about five minutes.  Join us for an hour (one of the last hour-only Garage Hours) of unrelenting comic book action, with none other than SuperMeg (before the nickname), Jesse Caverly, author and zombie expert, and .45 Phil, a walking, talking comic book hero in his own right.

It's not like we didn't try - there were gun stores, shooting events, big Buicks, an attack on hipsters (because they're there) and an attack on mayors (because Failner), but we kept winding up talking ComicCon, Batman, Superman, bad guys, Aquaman, Han Solo, Brock Sampson (just because), geek VS nerd and the Venn diagram necessary so it all makes sense.

There will be cars and trucks and beers and guns in the next episode.  Promise.

jf

Direct download: HWGH062913.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 7:24pm EST

03.29.14: We Care A Lot - About Off-Roading, Sasquatch, Gun-Running Senators, Dolphins (They Don't Taste Like Fish), Tactical Shotguns, Environmentalists, E-Cigs and Tilting at Windmills

How about something completely different? The Garage Hour goons (and the vice mayor of La Mesa) had a really involved conversation about the environment, with none other than a real environmentalist!  Apparently, nature tastes like steak.

Sure, cohosts .45 Phil and Crag Maxwell happily joined Justin Fort to chat off-roading and shotguns (sounds like we're ready for a Sasquatch Run!), but they were also educated by an environmentally aware friend of the show, Leslie Rapp, on the topics of dolphins, Blackfish, free-range whales (did we say that right?), and we were escorted through the serious California politics behind the attacks on Seaworld by Kristine Alessio, vice Mayor of La Mesa.  We also figured out that it's the silly names people give killer whales that make them... kill people...  What the Hell kind of name is Tillikum?  Call the poor things Tyrone or Pete or Emily and they'll be so much happier.  There's also a fun bit of shrapnel for the nutjob envirowhackos who are giving granola a bad name.  Chill out!

Podcast it up immediately, before Seaworld finds out about it.

jf

Direct download: HWGH032914.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 11:54pm EST