Hank Watson's Garage Hour podcast
12.11.10: Vintage Garage Hour (w/ the Hoarsest Host), plus Railguns, Hydroshocks, Beetlejuice, Texas, Antigravity, Antimatter and Armored Vacuums

Ready for a 100%-random Garage Hour? This one's got it all - Buck Rogers, bullets, Beetlejuice, plus Texans declaring war (again?), the famous armored vacuum discussion, a how-to on heckling at movies (Step 1: bring Creature), ecoterrorists, plus antigravity, antimatter, and probably Auntie Entity for all we know.

The show must go on, even when the host doesn't have a voice. This is a fun one - you can hear Hostus Croakthemost Justin Fort try to push through a blown set of pipes while the cohosts just make it worse...  Special thanks to Grizzly Chris, Black Ryan and Mr. Dustin, Top Earner for revelling in Justin's suffering.

jf

Direct download: 01_Hank_Watsons_Garage_Hour_121110.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:58pm EST

01.11.14: A Preview of Manzanita Brewing's New Distillery, Plus Fallujah, Tequila, Shooting, Writing Checks, Ronald Reagan, Tires,  San Diego Drivers, Suburbans, Superstition, Spirits, and Pawns VS Minions

Ahhhh, the Garage Hour.  We bring intriguing and offensive to a whole new level without upsetting the FCC.  Much.  On this epsiode, we chat up Jeff Trevaskis, head of Manzanita Brewing, about their new distillery.  We also discuss what it takes to be a small brewer (and a small company) in San Diego's blue-collar nexus, East County (Santee, to be exact), and in California.

Following the formalities, however, the conversation will wander.  You insist.  We hit off-roading, big trucks, tire care and how Southern Californians screw themselves again and again in crappy weather, preparedness, rock and/or roll, as well as plans for a visit to the range, local beers, the cost of a good still (which has a whole lot of zeros), and more reasons to unphone yourself.

Justin Fort - former factory test-driver, off-roader, shooter, eater, and Hostus Maximus - is joined in the studio to chat up Trevaskis by none other than .45 Phil, 27-year Marine and That Which Goes Bump In The Night.

Grab the podcast immediately, or we'll tell Phil where you live.

jf

Direct download: HWGH011114.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:59am EST

08.21.10: When Animals Attack the Garage Hour/Bears, Bulls and Sharks, Oh My (... Or Solutions to San Diego's Pig and Seal Infestations) plus Jeeps, Darwin and Chicks from Montreal.

Vintage Garage Hour right here - it's "When Animals Attack the Garage Hour".  If you hear about bears eating nature fans, bulls goring bullfight fans, sharks attacking boats, and you ask why they didn't shoot it with a bazooka, well, you're going to love this hour of killer gearhead talk.

We dip into San Diego's pig problem (not enough bears) and seal problem (not enough sharks), mooses, as well as San Diego's sasquatch, Bubba the Bear from Tahoe, and why Darwin is on their side.  We also visit with the scoupe origin story, Zach Wilde, Clutch, Ballers with Dollars, the hot and the short in Montreal, Megaman and Jeeps in Holy Jim Canyon.

On-air with Hostus Maximus Justin Fort is cohosting cornerstone Dirty Dave, with a rare appearance by Charlie, Justin's Other Brain, and a call-in from DSM Dustin.

Podcast it now, before the pigs get us.

jf

Direct download: HWGH082110.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:50am EST

02.15.14: Attacking Politicians, Making Friends in High Places, 2A vs. CA's 9th Court, UAW and VW vs. Its Employees,  Not Hillary and Not Shooting Windmills

We get politics, politicians and political BS out of our systems on this episode of Hank Watson's Garage Hour, and yes, you want to listen. We hit all of the big targets: the weaponization of Obama's White House (scary), Hillary in 2016 (less likely than you think), and we connect it with local issues like San Diego's new mayor (Faulconer - is half-good enough?), term limits (purging ossified career politicians in small towns like La Mesa, CA), and the definition of ossified, La Mesa's 30-year mayor, Art Madrid (more likely to have a drink).

It's not all political, though - this is the Garage Hour.  We dabble in auto manufacturing (UAW and VW vs. Americans), Dude Food (Mexican dining options in San Diego), the shooting sports (including the CalGuns San Diego's carbine educational event at Matt Klier's Active Shooter Defense School), the invasion of the solar panels in San Diego's rural communities, and the suggestion that you avoid shooting windmills unless they shoot at you first.

In studio? Awesomeness: Kristine Alessio, Vice Mayor of the city of La Mesa; .45 Phil, 27-year Marine and Special Assistant to the Vice Mayor; Crag Maxwell, musclebound antagonist of crooked politicians and owner of Maxwell's House of Books; Hoosier Eric (all the way from Indiana); and the host with the most... speeding tickets... Justin Fort.

jf

Direct download: HWGH021514.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 4:47pm EST

09.14.13: Vintage Racing, BMWs and Jeff Gerken, Thunderboats, Awesomesauce VS Thousand Island, Scary National Politics, CO's Political Payback, Bikers in DC and Jean Claude Van Damme's Glass Jaw.

The Garage Hour goons get a Coronado Classics/Speed Fest primer from Jeff Gerken of BMW of El Cajon in this episode of the best gearhead talk show since Top Gear full of beer, but that's only the tip of the iceberg. This is one of those little-bit-of-everything episodes you've come to demand from Hank Watson's Garage Hour.

On top of Jeff Gerken, we stacked everything from Thunderboats, Sasquatch and the Bilstein Boys, Jean Claude Van Damn He Just Got His Ass Kicked By A Hell's Angel (that's his full legal name), Colorado's political regurgitation of bad laws, California's black economy, how Debbie Wassername Schultz might be the love-child of Barney Fife and Chelsea Clinton, millions of bikers riding in protest through Washington D.C., and a reminder to unphone, just a little.

In studio? Justin Fort, professional gearhead, test driver and all around wheel to be reckoned with, and '45 Phil, 27-year Marine, Master Guns, and That Which Goes Bump in the Night. Join us for an hour, won't you, and grab the podcast.

jf

Direct download: HWGH091413.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 5:56pm EST

01.25.14: The Smog Guy Episode, Plus Old Trucks, Old Catalytics, Old Volvos, New Rock, Tactical Shooting, Camp 'Yota and Killing the Hostage Chicken

Do you have questions about passing smog?  Curious about how to make your hot rod/ricer/sled/trail rig/show car/commuter slug survive two more years in California's growing emisions police state?  Want to know about all the new "regulations" CA has passed to make your car's life harder?  Hank Rotten's Garage Hour's Smog Guy episode peels back a few layers on what to do to pass the test, why old Volvos never fail smog and how the state is going to screw you, tuners, reprogrammers, the smog guy - Hell, even the hybrids are going to get screwed. Mike the Smog Guy also reveals a whole bunch of smog-testing secrets that CA's state of desperation probably wishes it could keep secret.

Don't worry - we won't let you down.  When the Garage Hour's Hostus Maximus Justin Fort and Mike Petscheck, of Smog Only/STAR-Certified Smog in El Cajon finally digress from the smog thing, they'll hit on why they always get beaten by old Marines at tactical shotgun competitions and how a fainting hostage chicken sure looks like a dead hostage chicken.  They'll also revisit ObmaFail #lostcount that was Cash for Clunkers, CA's ongoing electric and hybrid plug pig infrastructure fail, Swedish sniper rifles rechambered in .308 Winchester, Dude Food at Camp 'Yota, and Mike the Mic stands in for long-lost cohost Crag Maxwell and gets the station to use its liability warning on us.

Why? Because it's chock-full of great. Podcast it now.

jf

Direct download: HWGH012514.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 1:02pm EST

02.08.14: WRX and STi VS Evo, King of Hammers, SHOT Show, Deep Purple, Army VS Marines VS Navy VS Coasties, and 9mm VS .40 S&W.

Fastest Garage Hour podcast ever! We hit all the buttons on this mammoth show, with WRX and STi versus Evolution, all the fun stuff at this year's SHOT Show, all the things that are wrong with "stanced" cars, all kinds of sauce, East County chin armor, the new mullet (the fauxhawk), Max Mosley's Nazi hooker orgy, military branch back-slapping, skeet shooting with prizes (otherwise known as Amazon drones), and why the most important rule when shooting anything is to make sure you look cool.

In studio with Hostus Maximus Justin Fort is a frightening array of cohosting awesomesauce: Dirty Dave, who escaped from Yuma; Hoosier Eric, who escaped from Indiana; Eryk from CalGuns.net, who'd like to escape from California; Charles from Wilde Built Tactical, who will probably help everyone escape; and Silent CJ (otherwise known as Godzilla), whose Evo is probably fast enough to escape Earth's gravity.

jf

Direct download: HWGH020814.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:31am EST

03.27.10: An Hour at the 'Port - the Garage Hour Live at Pizza Port's Belgian Beer Party.

Awesome retrosauce right here: it's the Garage Hour live with old-school cohosts at the Pizza Port's Belgian Beer Party in 2010.  We brought all of Hank Watson's killing power to the 'Port, with Diamond Jeff Bagby and Tomme Arthur (both formerly of Pizza Port, with Tomme now at Lost Abbey and Diamond Jeff's new brewery about to open its doors), as well as ubercohosts Grizzly Chris, Mr. Dustin (Top Earner), Dirty Dave, skully artist David Lozeau (davidlozeau.com) and Mary Bowen.

We make the most of this one - live interviews with Jeff and Tomme, plus massively mispronounced Belgian beer names, lots of pro sipping, more Evo versus STi tomfoolery from Justin and Dustin, and tales of doom and merriment from the Garage Hour goons.  Just tune in and hold on - we make live radio something to warn your friend about.

jf

Direct download: 01_Hank_Watsons_Garage_Hour_032710.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:37pm EST

08.24.13: the Detailing Episode, or How to Wash Your Sled; Plus Batman, Choppers, Bacon and the Death Star.

On this Garage Hour, the crew will tell you how to wash your cars.  There's a studio full of expertise, and we tap into Mother's Polish's online Detail Guide to support a serious chat about the finer details of fine detailing for your car/truck/moped/tank/submarine.  Soap, detailer, microfiber, sponges, clearcoats, chamoises (?), clay bar, water spots, cotton towels and chrome polish, to name a few...

On air with Hostus Maximus (Justin Fort) is a large contingent of the Garage Hour's bad news bastion: the big slab of doom that is .45 Phil, a former KGB agent named Agent Aya, plus evil mastermind Wes Luthor, zombie expert/author Jesse Caverly, and the walking mystery that is Silent Strix.  Yeah, we brought everyone.

It's not a Garage Hour without some digression, however - we've got cougars, cougars (the other kind), pilots, terrorists, Batman, Clint Eastwood, the Death Star, Bob Failnure, plus .45 Phil's Tank of the Week and a hilarious duel between Agent Aya and Justin Fort. Download it now!

jf

Direct download: HWGH082413.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 9:39pm EST

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