Hank Watson's Garage Hour - Cars, Trucks, Beers & Guns (gearhead personality)
12.30.16 (MP3): New-For-2017 @ San Diego Auto Show Show! Truck & Car Intros, Robot Cars VS Your Liberties, Diesel & Eco, CF Wheels, Pickup Beds, Cute Utility Vehicles + Gearhead Christmas, Good Beers, Candy Snatchers & Fatso Jetson

The Garage Hour goons did a slow troll through the halls of San Diego's International Auto Show, but the fireworks didn't hit until they got back to the garadtch.  They also tried to get HCM Carbon and California Motorsports on-air with us at the show, but the exorbitant table-rental fees levied by the show-hall unions meant they couldn't even afford to sit down.  

On new cars: what's small is bigger, what's tested in steel is tried in aluminum, what's electric becomes efficient, and what's ugly was far too many.  Luckily, there's still a high-Q selection of pretty metal coming from dealerships near you, so don't fret.  Dirty Dave made a rousing defense of Miatas come and gone, but his protestations regarding the new big Volvo fell on poorly manufactured Chinese ears.  Majid from GSR Car finally got a nickname (Diesel Ayatollah), and he was a serious threat in the second inning on the issue of Kia's robot triathlete chaser, the Rino (did we spell that right?).  Hostus Maximus Justin Fort argued the logic of making cars with less content more expensive, and espoused on the coming fall of Elon Musk's government-funded pyramid scheme.

From that point, it devolved into the usual Garage Hour spectacularity: far-ranging conversations about Germans in hotted-up station wagons, the practicality of carbon-fiber wheels, cleaning guns with diesel fuel, what medication is necessary for Miatosis, the shame that is market-engineering cars with genres that only make sense to two people at a time, the Volvette, the new turbo'd 2.3-liter Mustang, and why idiots getting stoned at the Pike's Peak are very economical.

The beer was pouring, with the show graced by Helix Brewing's red, Garage Brewing's Marshmallow Stout and Leiny's Grapefruit Shandy, and there will be a second hour of ale-fueled coverage to follow this episode - stay tuned (because gearhead).

Direct download: HWGH123016h1mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:39am EST

12.30.16: New-For-2017 @ San Diego Auto Show Show! Truck & Car Intros, Robot Cars VS Your Liberties, Diesel & Eco, CF Wheels, Pickup Beds, Cute Utility Vehicles + Gearhead Christmas, Good Beers, Candy Snatchers & Fatso Jetson

The Garage Hour goons did a slow troll through the halls of San Diego's International Auto Show, but the fireworks didn't hit until they got back to the garadtch.  They also tried to get HCM Carbon and California Motorsports on-air with us at the show, but the exorbitant table-rental fees levied by the show-hall unions meant they couldn't even afford to sit down.  

On new cars: what's small is bigger, what's tested in steel is tried in aluminum, what's electric becomes efficient, and what's ugly was far too many.  Luckily, there's still a high-Q selection of pretty metal coming from dealerships near you, so don't fret.  Dirty Dave made a rousing defense of Miatas come and gone, but his protestations regarding the new big Volvo fell on poorly manufactured Chinese ears.  Majid from GSR Car finally got a nickname (Diesel Ayatollah), and he was a serious threat in the second inning on the issue of Kia's robot triathlete chaser, the Rino (did we spell that right?).  Hostus Maximus Justin Fort argued the logic of making cars with less content more expensive, and espoused on the coming fall of Elon Musk's government-funded pyramid scheme.

From that point, it devolved into the usual Garage Hour spectacularity: far-ranging conversations about Germans in hotted-up station wagons, the practicality of carbon-fiber wheels, cleaning guns with diesel fuel, what medication is necessary for Miatosis, the shame that is market-engineering cars with genres that only make sense to two people at a time, the Volvette, the new turbo'd 2.3-liter Mustang, and why idiots getting stoned at the Pike's Peak are very economical.

The beer was pouring, with the show graced by Helix Brewing's red, Garage Brewing's Marshmallow Stout and Leiny's Grapefruit Shandy, and there will be a second hour of ale-fueled coverage to follow this episode - stay tuned (because gearhead).

Direct download: HWGH123016h1.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:31am EST

04.03.10 (MP3): Classic! Dude Food (Fried Fair Fare & Heavy Tanks), Nissan Leaf VS Taxpayers & Logic, F1 & Ferrari Fails, TVR VS Top Gear, Drawbridges & Moats, + Led Zeppelin, Ozzy, Deftones & Mr. Dustin's Fantasy Factory (Enter the Warehouse)

Somewhere between a hungry gearhead and the toolbox is the Garage Hour: so much good stuff.  Beginning with beer at the Pizza Port, carrying through to how to outfit your personal castle with turrets, and landing on tanks and mines and machine guns for your neighbors, the intro serves up a fine compliment of the best piece of show since Top Gear full of beer.

Speaking of Top Gear, the Garage Hour goons reminisce about a few episodes (does anyone else's head hurt?), and then it's on to tanks in World War 1 and TVRs at World War 2 airports in England.  The Nissan Leaf and its taxpayer bungling and general government giveback thievery take over the conversation from there, only to be wiped out by the wonderment that is Dude Food: yes, have some.  Minds are detoured to the fine fried fair fare of the Del Mar Fair, but get back on track with DMS and Mitsu product being banged against the local Mustang crowd at Barona 1/8-mile drags before returning to tortillas, baloney, hack brown quiches, the Destroying Angel, the Grease Mutant and a proper marinade.

The episode is also graced with the presence of Ozzy Osborne, Led Zeppelin and the Deftones, then visits with the Trenchcoat Mafia and how it ruined the goth scene combined with your long, painful relationship with lighting.  It all ends on F1 and Sebastian Vettel's giant head, but hey, that thing's yuge - how can't we?

Direct download: HWGH040310mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 9:58pm EST

04.03.10: Classic! Dude Food (Fried Fair Fare & Heavy Tanks), Nissan Leaf VS Taxpayers & Logic, F1 & Ferrari Fails, TVR VS Top Gear, Drawbridges & Moats, + Led Zeppelin, Ozzy, Deftones & Mr. Dustin's Fantasy Factory (Enter the Warehouse)

Somewhere between a hungry gearhead and the toolbox is the Garage Hour: so much good stuff.  Beginning with beer at the Pizza Port, carrying through to how to outfit your personal castle with turrets, and landing on tanks and mines and machine guns for your neighbors, the intro serves up a fine compliment of the best piece of show since Top Gear full of beer.

Speaking of Top Gear, the Garage Hour goons reminisce about a few episodes (does anyone else's head hurt?), and then it's on to tanks in World War 1 and TVRs at World War 2 airports in England.  The Nissan Leaf and its taxpayer bungling and general government giveback thievery take over the conversation from there, only to be wiped out by the wonderment that is Dude Food: yes, have some.  Minds are detoured to the fine fried fair fare of the Del Mar Fair, but get back on track with DMS and Mitsu product being banged against the local Mustang crowd at Barona 1/8-mile drags before returning to tortillas, baloney, hack brown quiches, the Destroying Angel, the Grease Mutant and a proper marinade.

The episode is also graced with the presence of Ozzy Osborne, Led Zeppelin and the Deftones, then visits with the Trenchcoat Mafia and how it ruined the goth scene combined with your long, painful relationship with lighting.  It all ends on F1 and Sebastian Vettel's giant head, but hey, that thing's yuge - how can't we?

 

Direct download: HWGH040310.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 9:57pm EST

11.21.09 (MP3): Classic! Motorcycles & Dude Food? Bikers VS SoCal Traffic, Crashing V-Maxes & the Low-Side Slide, Leather & Mopeds, Dump Exhaust & Creepy Holiday Cartoons, Luau-Style Turkey, Peppers & Onion Carne, Homepies, + KMFDM & Deadbolt

Good food and bad motorcycles accidents, plus trucks and cars and shooting holes in things: it must be the Garage Hour.

Skully and low-brow artist Dave Lozeau joined Hostus Maximus Justin Fort in the studio for this pre-holiday festival of gearhead supersauce, and Yes, there were mopeds: how to jump them, how to fix them, how to swallow your pride and look cool despite the fact that they'll always be silly.

Speaking of our world-famous Dude Food experiments in manly dining, the Garage Hour goons get into the weeds with carne asada, flap steak, fajitas, luau-style turkeys cooked in-ground, and the cohosts describe making peppers & onions carne and the world-infamous homepie (what's basically cooking on a caveman version of the Foreman Grill).

As we promised, though, there's a flatbed full of motorcycle and moped chatter in this episode.  V-Maxes are dropped, mopeds parked in hedges, Triumphs not ridden to Harley cruises, cool biker leather jackets and Jesse James versus Robert Ford.

On top of the two-wheel talk, the host also gets after some auto-business news and makes another powerful (and powerfully accurate) Garage Hour prediction: following Chrysler's gift to the FIAT unionists in Europe by President Badidea Obama, in only a few years, Jeeps will be sold with FIAT underpinnings…  Surprise!  It's already come true.

Direct download: HWGH112109mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:34pm EST

11.21.09: Classic! Motorcycles & Dude Food? Bikers VS SoCal Traffic, Crashing V-Maxes & the Low-Side Slide, Leather & Mopeds, Dump Exhaust & Creepy Holiday Cartoons, Luau-Style Turkey, Peppers & Onion Carne, Homepies, + KMFDM & Deadbolt

Good food and bad motorcycles accidents, plus trucks and cars and shooting holes in things: it must be the Garage Hour.

Skully and low-brow artist Dave Lozeau joined Hostus Maximus Justin Fort in the studio for this pre-holiday festival of gearhead supersauce, and Yes, there were mopeds: how to jump them, how to fix them, how to swallow your pride and look cool despite the fact that they'll always be silly.

Speaking of our world-famous Dude Food experiments in manly dining, the Garage Hour goons get into the weeds with carne asada, flap steak, fajitas, luau-style turkeys cooked in-ground, and the cohosts describe making peppers & onions carne and the world-infamous homepie (what's basically cooking on a caveman version of the Foreman Grill).

As we promised, though, there's a flatbed full of motorcycle and moped chatter in this episode.  V-Maxes are dropped, mopeds parked in hedges, Triumphs not ridden to Harley cruises, cool biker leather jackets and Jesse James versus Robert Ford.

On top of the two-wheel talk, the host also gets after some auto-business news and makes another powerful (and powerfully accurate) Garage Hour prediction: following Chrysler's gift to the FIAT unionists in Europe by President Badidea Obama, in only a few years, Jeeps will be sold with FIAT underpinnings…  Surprise!  It's already come true.

Direct download: HWGH112109.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 5:57pm EST

06.05.10 (MP3): Classic! Garage Hour @ the P'Port Real Ale Fest, w/Beer Smells & Beer Sours, Nazis VS Viet Cong, Tipper Gore VS Suicidal Tendencies, Gore VS Ruby Ridge, Berlin VS Old Bombs, Celebrity Soldiers, + Bashlacks, Overhangs, Excrooses & Ornidance

One of the Garage Hour's original brewery shows, live from the Pizza Port Carlsbad's Real Ale Festival.  Beer technology, beer tastes, beer names, beer sours and beer brewing: it's an Hour at the Port, complete with brewmaster Diamond Jeff Bagby, skully and lowbrow artist Dave Lozeau, Dirty Dave, Grizzly Chris, Mr. Dustin and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort.

Aiming for center-mass bottom, the Garage Hour goons are off to the races in short order once the fine beers from the P'Port start pouring: bad movies, Big Trouble in Little China, Groundhog Day, Libyans and their gigawatts, beer umbrellas, bombs over Berlin and how to explode them, and the true definition of "ABV" (Absolute Booze Volume).

It's not all dumpster dives, though: there's a heartfelt thanks to US veterans for the close-at-hand Memorial Day and a list of warfighters who turned out to be celebrities (guess which branch Chuck Norris was in), and the show pretends to have hope that Jerry "30 Years Ago I Was Moonbeam, Now I'm Just Old" Brown will lose the coming gubernatorial election against Meg "Dreadful" Whitman.

Direct download: HWGH060510mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 7:11pm EST

06.05.10: Classic! Garage Hour @ the P'Port Real Ale Fest, w/ Beer Smells & Beer Sours, Nazis VS Viet Cong, Tipper Gore VS Suicidal Tendencies, Gore VS Ruby Ridge, Berlin VS Old Bombs, Celebrity Soldiers, + Bashlacks, Overhangs, Excrooses & Ornidance

One of the Garage Hour's original brewery shows, live from the Pizza Port Carlsbad's Real Ale Festival.  Beer technology, beer tastes, beer names, beer sours and beer brewing: it's an Hour at the Port, complete with brewmaster Diamond Jeff Bagby, skully and lowbrow artist Dave Lozeau, Dirty Dave, Grizzly Chris, Mr. Dustin and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort.

Aiming for center-mass bottom, the Garage Hour goons are off to the races in short order once the fine beers from the P'Port start pouring: bad movies, Big Trouble in Little China, Groundhog Day, Libyans and their gigawatts, beer umbrellas, bombs over Berlin and how to explode them, and the true definition of "ABV" (Absolute Booze Volume).

It's not all dumpster dives, though: there's a heartfelt thanks to US veterans for the close-at-hand Memorial Day and a list of warfighters who turned out to be celebrities (guess which branch Chuck Norris was in), and the show pretends to have hope that Jerry "30 Years Ago I Was Moonbeam, Now I'm Just Old" Brown will lose the coming gubernatorial election against Meg "Dreadful" Whitman.

Direct download: HWGH060510.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:59pm EST

11.16.16 (MP3): Gearheads & Beerheads! Garage Hour Goons Talk Fine Sips @ Burning Beard w/ Rock & Roll, Grunge, Prog Rock, Folk Punk VS Folk Metal, Rifle Building, Kalifornistan Fails, Christmas Movies, + Video Game Brewing Hijinks & the OJ Bronco

Ahhhh, so yum.  The Garage Hour trips out of its home base at Helix Brewing in La Mesa, KA, to visit with another Circle of Hops brewer of note, Burning Beard.  'Beard primaries Jeff "Get a Haircut" Weideker and Mike "Tape Deck" Maass join Chef Jeff and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort for an hour of beers, music, guns, and something about the Titanic and World War 1.  Because gearhead.

Bear with: we're just getting going.  From a broad sampling of sips from the 'Beard's taps, the beerfans at the Garage Hour steer Jeff and Mike into a chat about good holiday beers, the importance of keeping true to a recipe, why Ms. Pac-Man is a hazard to brewers worldwide, and how to avoid lumbersexuals ruining your sideburns.

There's also a fine pile of audio review as only the Garage Hour can provide: from Alice in Chains to Mastodon, ELP to the Edgar Winters Group ("Die, you chalk-faced goons!"), Kurt Cobain, Gogol Bordello and King Crimson, plus Tool and Kashmir covers, we've got it.  Finally, after the guns, A.S.D.S., cohost Matt Killer and more props to Helix Brewing, the guys and gals get down to what matters most: the movies we watch on Christmas Day.

Direct download: HWGH111616Beard2mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:16pm EST

11.16.16: Gearheads & Beerheads! Garage Hour Goons Talk Fine Sips @ Burning Beard w/ Rock & Roll, Grunge, Prog Rock, Folk Punk VS Folk Metal, Rifle Building, Kalifornistan Fails, Christmas Movies, + Video Game Brewing Hijinks & the OJ Bronco

Ahhhh, so yum.  The Garage Hour trips out of its home base at Helix Brewing in La Mesa, KA, to visit with another Circle of Hops brewer of note, Burning Beard.  'Beard primaries Jeff "Get a Haircut" Weideker and Mike "Tape Deck" Maass join Chef Jeff and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort for an hour of beers, music, guns, and something about the Titanic and World War 1.  Because gearhead.

Bear with: we're just getting going.  From a broad sampling of sips from the 'Beard's taps, the beerfans at the Garage Hour steer Jeff and Mike into a chat about good holiday beers, the importance of keeping true to a recipe, why Ms. Pac-Man is a hazard to brewers worldwide, and how to avoid lumbersexuals ruining your sideburns.

There's also a fine pile of audio review as only the Garage Hour can provide: from Alice in Chains to Mastodon, ELP to the Edgar Winters Group ("Die, you chalk-faced goons!"), Kurt Cobain, Gogol Bordello and King Crimson, plus Tool and Kashmir covers, we've got it.  Finally, after the guns, A.S.D.S., cohost Matt Killer and more props to Helix Brewing, the guys and gals get down to what matters most: the movies we watch on Christmas Day.

Direct download: HWGH111616Beard2.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:08pm EST

02.20.10 (MP3): Classic! Off-Road Season & Four-Wheel Advocacy, Tierra del Sol Leadup, Elmer Fudd w/ Irma, Ruth, Gertrude & Phyllis, Fat-Foot Braking & Me-Too Media Fear Mongers, Temple of Doom & Tiger Woods, + Burnout & Drifting Non-Expertise

You can't have this sort of awesome without a license, or a warrant: it's the Garage Hour and their goon-approved truckload of gearhead goodness.

To keep things level, in this show, we chased one of our Superstition Mountain episodes with a primer for the big Tierra del Sol off-road jamboree: thousands of trucks and tens of thousands of 'froading fans on one excellent piece of terrain in the SoCal desert.  What's not to love? Certainly not the raffle, because that's excellent - who doesn't need $115,000 in free parts?  That, plus Driveshaft Hill, the Gulches, the Notches and the lovely, scenic Salton Sea.

The Garage Hour crew stays true to form in this one, with attacks on bad media, their lousy non-coverage of the fools fat-footing their cars into the bushes and off of cliffs, and why you need to have your brains turned on when you plan to film your next drifting, burnouting or truck-jumping protofail…

It's the Garage Hour, kids, we're here to help.  Have some.

Direct download: HWGH022010mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 5:37pm EST

02.20.10: Classic! Off-Road Season & Four-Wheel Advocacy, Tierra del Sol Leadup, Elmer Fudd w/ Irma, Ruth, Gertrude & Phyllis, Fat-Foot Braking & Me-Too Media Fear Mongers, Temple of Doom & Tiger Woods, + Burnout & Drifting Non-Expertise

You can't have this sort of awesome without a license, or a warrant: it's the Garage Hour and their goon-approved truckload of gearhead goodness.

To keep things level, in this show, we chased one of our Superstition Mountain episodes with a primer for the big Tierra del Sol off-road jamboree: thousands of trucks and tens of thousands of 'froading fans on one excellent piece of terrain in the SoCal desert.  What's not to love? Certainly not the raffle, because that's excellent - who doesn't need $115,000 in free parts?  That, plus Driveshaft Hill, the Gulches, the Notches and the lovely, scenic Salton Sea.

The Garage Hour crew stays true to form in this one, with attacks on bad media, their lousy non-coverage of the fools fat-footing their cars into the bushes and off of cliffs, and why you need to have your brains turned on when you plan to film your next drifting, burnouting or truck-jumping protofail…

It's the Garage Hour, kids, we're here to help.  Have some.

Direct download: HWGH022010.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 5:12pm EST

07.14.16 (MP3): Dangerous Choices: Truck Frame VS Unibody & Canklegate VS Trump! What Makes a Truck a Truck, the Corruptopotamus Party, Are Jeeps Trucks?, Bed VS Frame, Ridgeline Fail, Clinton Crises, Invading Canada, Benghazi, Gov Religion, + Dead-End V

It started with trucks (and what ain't), but like any good party, the Garage Hour rarely winds up where it began.  If you like trucks, hate cars, have a soft spot for Jeeps, are looking for a checklist of what's a truck, or just can't bring yourself to count all the Honda Ridgelines in the Starbucks parking lot, have we got a show for you.

Joined at Helix Brewing (drinkhelix.com) by a few of the Cohosts of Gearhead Superiority, Hostus Maximus Justin Fort chats all the way through "What's truck" to "Who's a corruptopotamus?" with Active Shooter Defense School's Matt Killer and Miss Pinkerton (ASDSchool.com) - who can honestly say "Hillary Killed My Friends" - and Majid Gol, owner and operator of Global Resource Remarketing (GSRCar.com - need truck?).

Like we said, it's not all trucks, but at least we tried.  What's a wagon?  Unibody versus frame?  Do beds matter?  Are transformers hiding in plain sight as Chevy Avalanches?  Can a Toyota be a truck?  But, because we digress (says so right here), how can a talk show full of real people not take some shots at the dangerously fraudulent Usurper of Reality that is the dead-end voting government worshippers of the political left?  We get to it all.  Well, no, that's not true, but the Garage Hour goons sure managed to get a pizza delivered during the recording of this episode.

Direct download: HWGH071416mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 5:29pm EST

07.14.16: Dangerous Choices: Truck Frame VS Unibody & Canklegate VS Trump! What Makes a Truck a Truck, the Corruptopotamus Party, Are Jeeps Trucks?, Bed VS Frame, Ridgeline Fail, Clinton Crises, Invading Canada, Benghazi, Gov Religion, + Dead-End Voters

It started with trucks (and what ain't), but like any good party, the Garage Hour rarely winds up where it began.  If you like trucks, hate cars, have a soft spot for Jeeps, are looking for a checklist of what's a truck, or just can't bring yourself to count all the Honda Ridgelines in the Starbucks parking lot, have we got a show for you.

Joined at Helix Brewing (drinkhelix.com) by a few of the Cohosts of Gearhead Superiority, Hostus Maximus Justin Fort chats all the way through "What's truck" to "Who's a corruptopotamus?" with Active Shooter Defense School's Matt Killer and Miss Pinkerton (ASDSchool.com) - who can honestly say "Hillary Killed My Friends" - and Majid Gol, owner and operator of Global Resource Remarketing (GSRCar.com - need truck?).

Like we said, it's not all trucks, but at least we tried.  What's a wagon?  Unibody versus frame?  Do beds matter?  Are transformers hiding in plain sight as Chevy Avalanches?  Can a Toyota be a truck?  But, because we digress (says so right here), how can a talk show full of real people not take some shots at the dangerously fraudulent Usurper of Reality that is the dead-end voting government worshippers of the political left?  We get to it all.  Well, no, that's not true, but the Garage Hour goons sure managed to get a pizza delivered during the recording of this episode.

Direct download: HWGH071416.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 5:01pm EST

01.09.10 (MP3): Classic! Superstition Mtn Run w/ SD 4-Wheel, Jeep Wrangler Chassis Codes, 4.0 VS V6, MT/Rs & Kevlar, Refinancing for Mods, Family Off-Roading, Rocks VS Sand, 'Froading Cubes & Scions, A Little Bit of Winch Tech, & Backflipping Migs

This classic Garage Hour reload brings RJ from San Diego 4-Wheelers into the studio to talk through the upcoming Superstition Mountain Run. Trails, terrain, rocks, sand (and the legendary Sand Dam), raffle prizes, and the family-friendly goodness that off-roading at Superstition.

How about cool desert junk?  XJs versus TJs and Jeep's 4.0 versus the new minivan-based V6?  Crawling on the starter, crawl ratios, knobby tires and the Blue Angels, tire pressure and power tanks, winches, trail recovery, Town & Country neutral drops, 'Vette flag clutch burnouts, boba 4Tundras, and the upcoming first-ever Econobox Rally.

Direct download: HWGH010910.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:49am EST

01.09.10: Classic! Superstition Mtn Run w/ SD 4-Wheel, Jeep Wrangler Chassis Codes, 4.0 VS V6, MT/Rs & Kevlar, Refinancing for Mods, Family Off-Roading, Rocks VS Sand, 'Froading Cubes & Scions, A Little Bit of Winch Tech, & Backflipping Migs

This classic Garage Hour reload brings RJ from San Diego 4-Wheelers into the studio to talk through the upcoming Superstition Mountain Run. Trails, terrain, rocks, sand (and the legendary Sand Dam), raffle prizes, and the family-friendly goodness that off-roading at Superstition.

How about cool desert junk?  XJs versus TJs and Jeep's 4.0 versus the new minivan-based V6?  Crawling on the starter, crawl ratios, knobby tires and the Blue Angels, tire pressure and power tanks, winches, trail recovery, Town & Country neutral drops, 'Vette flag clutch burnouts, bob a 4Tundras, and the upcoming first-ever Econobox Rally.

Direct download: HWGH010910.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:31am EST

08.20.16 (MP3): Beers & Bond! Best Bad Guys & Best Bonds, Local Beers & Awful Aliens, Skully Art, Two-Sided Boxes, Rio Fails, Deadbolt Threats, Bond Cars, Bond Chases, Bond Quotes & Sherif JW Pepper

Do you like beer?  Do you like Bond?  Well, then this is your favorite episode of the Garage Hour and you haven't even listened yet.  Skully/lowbrow/Day-Dead artist Dave Lozeau and Garage Hour host and gearhead savant Justin Fort team up in the Lozeau studios to take an X-Acto knife to James Bond movies across the ages, all of it powered by local beers.

What's on tap?  Bond's Lotus and Bond's Citroen, the brutality of Sean Connery versus the femininity of Daniel Craig, why Roger Moore was the best Bond, why Pierce Brosnahan missed the mark, Bond misogyny versus bad women, and the movie-stealing genius that was Sheriff JW Pepper.  Oh yeah, plus Jaws, Jaws, Jaws, Octopussy, Blofeld, Stromberg, A View to a Kill, Walken, Kronstein, From Russia With Love, Diamonds are Forever, Mr. Winn and Mr. Kidd, the voodoo guy, For Your Eyes Only, Skyfall, Yaphet Kotto, Man with the Golden Gun, Christopher Lee (ala Scaramanga), The Spy who Loved Me, and Live and Let Die.  There's also beer:  Helix's RNA red, Wavelength's hibiscus red, Cali Creamin' and the Creamin' black & tan, and Garage Brewing's Orange Vanilla Creme Ale.

Shaken into the mix are trick toes, gearhead art, Miami Vice (how about a Miami Vice episode?), X-Acto knives (duhh), apricots (don't put them in tanks), aliens, Ripley (dog or alien), Deadbolt (because rockabilly), black licorice, tactical training with Matt Klier at ASDS (because home-defense awesomeness), and more bad transitions than you can shake a paper silhouette at.

Direct download: HWGH082016mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:55pm EST

08.20.16: Beers & Bond! Best Bad Guys & Best Bonds, Local Beers & Awful Aliens, Skully Art, Two-Sided Boxes, Rio Fails, Deadbolt Threats, Bond Cars, Bond Chases, Bond Quotes & Sherif JW Pepper

Do you like beer?  Do you like Bond?  Well, then this is your favorite episode of the Garage Hour and you haven't even listened yet.  Skully/lowbrow/Day-Dead artist Dave Lozeau and Garage Hour host and gearhead savant Justin Fort team up in the Lozeau studios to take an X-Acto knife to James Bond movies across the ages, all of it powered by local beers.

What's on tap?  Bond's Lotus and Bond's Citroen, the brutality of Sean Connery versus the femininity of Daniel Craig, why Roger Moore was the best Bond, why Pierce Brosnahan missed the mark, Bond misogyny versus bad women, and the movie-stealing genius that was Sheriff JW Pepper.  Oh yeah, plus Jaws, Jaws, Jaws, Octopussy, Blofeld, Stromberg, A View to a Kill, Walken, Kronstein, From Russia With Love, Diamonds are Forever, Mr. Winn and Mr. Kidd, the voodoo guy, For Your Eyes Only, Skyfall, Yaphet Kotto, Man with the Golden Gun, Christopher Lee (ala Scaramanga), The Spy who Loved Me, and Live and Let Die.  There's also beer:  Helix's RNA red, Wavelength's hibiscus red, Cali Creamin' and the Creamin' black & tan, and Garage Brewing's Orange Vanilla Creme Ale.

Shaken into the mix are trick toes, gearhead art, Miami Vice (how about a Miami Vice episode?), X-Acto knives (duhh), apricots (don't put them in tanks), aliens, Ripley (dog or alien), Deadbolt (because rockabilly), black licorice, tactical training with Matt Klier at ASDS (because home-defense awesomeness), and more bad transitions than you can shake a paper silhouette at.

Direct download: HWGH082016.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:41pm EST

08.17.16 (MP3): Helix's One-Year Spectacular! Burning Beard & Helix Brewing On-Air: It's All Beer - Mosaicoholic, Stoner Moment, Circle of Wet Hops, Mouth Feel VS Girth, Taste VS Texture, CD VS Tape, + Mastodon, Zep, Psychotic Waltz & Good Jukebox

Now that's a Garage Hour - all beer, all the time (well, there was some rock & roll too, but we know you like it).  Hostus Maximus Justin Fort brings beer friends (and fine brewers in their own right) Mike "Underinsured" Maass and Jeff "Flex" Weideker of Burning Beard Brewing (burningbeardbrewing.com) to Helix Brewing in lovely, scenic, unmolested industrial La Mesa, where they're joined by the brain behind (and in front of) this up-and-coming brewer, Cameron "Deep" Ball (drinkhelix.com).

Together, the gearhead brain trust reassembles like a buzzed Autobot and talks Helix's first-year celebration and the custom sauce they'll have on tap, the science of beer, the good stuff that goes into it, how to avoid kersploding a keg line all over the walk-in, beer sap, brewing with barrels, and the business of beer in the second-world vulture taxation trainwreck that is Kalifornistan.

Where to start?  Helix had just released their second batch of Mosaicoholic ("Moe's Tavern?"), this on the heels of the wildly popular Stoner Moment (it's got real stoner in it), and we taste both to discover that if you know what you're doing, too much hop might be just right.  Ask Cameron, if you can find him.  There's also talk of kegging and tanking and a litany of fun brewery moments that you only get when you gather the locals who are making a living of brewing beer.  Mike and Jeff from 'The Beard also get a chance to chat up their freshly wet-hopped Circle of Wet Hops ale, which is to be followed (they assured us) by the second round of Rye the Lightning.

While we're at it, who doesn't like to have tracks playing with a good sip?  Yeah, no one, so we also discuss what rock we're rolling at the time - anywhere from Cameron's reggae to Mike's Mastodon and Jeff's pursuit of local progressive hitters Psychotic Waltz, bookended by Justin's affinity for Led Zeppelin and disdain for the Peppers.

Don't let the underinsurance worry you - this is pure Garage Hour.  Indegenerate or offensive, but never boring.

Direct download: HWGH081716mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 5:22pm EST

08.17.16: Helix's One-Year Spectacular! Burning Beard & Helix Brewing On-Air: It's All Beer - Mosaicoholic, Stoner Moment, Circle of Wet Hops, Mouth Feel VS Girth, Taste VS Texture, CD VS Tape, + Mastodon, Zep, Psychotic Waltz & Good Jukebox

Now that's a Garage Hour - all beer, all the time (well, there was some rock & roll too, but we know you like it).  Hostus Maximus Justin Fort brings beer friends (and fine brewers in their own right) Mike "Underinsured" Maass and Jeff "Flex" Weideker of Burning Beard Brewing (burningbeardbrewing.com) to Helix Brewing in lovely, scenic, unmolested industrial La Mesa, where they're joined by the brain behind (and in front of) this up-and-coming brewer, Cameron "Deep" Ball (drinkhelix.com).

Together, the gearhead brain trust reassembles like a buzzed Autobot and talks Helix's first-year celebration and the custom sauce they'll have on tap, the science of beer, the good stuff that goes into it, how to avoid kersploding a keg line all over the walk-in, beer sap, brewing with barrels, and the business of beer in the second-world vulture taxation trainwreck that is Kalifornistan.

Where to start?  Helix had just released their second batch of Mosaicoholic ("Moe's Tavern?"), this on the heels of the wildly popular Stoner Moment (it's got real stoner in it), and we taste both to discover that if you know what you're doing, too much hop might be just right.  Ask Cameron, if you can find him.  There's also talk of kegging and tanking and a litany of fun brewery moments that you only get when you gather the locals who are making a living of brewing beer.  Mike and Jeff from 'The Beard also get a chance to chat up their freshly wet-hopped Circle of Wet Hops ale, which is to be followed (they assured us) by the second round of Rye the Lightning.

While we're at it, who doesn't like to have tracks playing with a good sip?  Yeah, no one, so we also discuss what rock we're rolling at the time - anywhere from Cameron's reggae to Mike's Mastodon and Jeff's pursuit of local progressive hitters Psychotic Waltz, bookended by Justin's affinity for Led Zeppelin and disdain for the Peppers.

Don't let the underinsurance worry you - this is pure Garage Hour.  Indegenerate or offensive, but never boring.

Direct download: HWGH081716.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 5:09pm EST

06.20.09 (MP3): Classic! Mitch Dorr Interview, Building Stock Class Off-Road, OEMs & Stimulus Fail, Cash for Clunkers &Death of Good Used Cars (Logic Fail & Taxpayer Bail), 24 Hours-LeMans, NASCAR-Sears Point, F1 Twit Olympics, Diesel VS Gov't, + Clay Bar

Pure Garage Hour reload right here: Hostus Maximus Justin Fort does a rare solo show and displays some of the chops that helped turn a few moments of gearhead powa into a five-plus year talk show juggernaut.

Who's on?  Mitch Dorr, Goodyear Super Stock racer at Crandon and son of short-course Rough Rider legend "Geoff "Mr. Personality" Dorr.  What's in it?  Cash for Clunkers (we were right), how big business kills good ideas (right again), how government involvement makes everything worse (right , right, right), and why the Lexus People from Orange County are a threat to San Diego.

Moving right along, there's also reports from the 24 Hours of LeMans (it's Audi's fault), NASCAR racing at Sears Point (it's Kyle Busch's fault), why F1 is turning into the Twit Olympics (it's the Nazi's fault - what's his name?  Mosely?), and CART's clumsy intermingling with Indy (they all sucked that one up).  Following good racing, however, we get back to the basics and try to teach you a few things about washing your car (because you're probably doing it wrong).

Hank Watson's Garage Hour: we're here to help.

Direct download: HWGH062009mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:45am EST

06.20.09: Classic! Mitch Dorr Interview, Building Stock Class Off-Road, OEMs & Stimulus Fails, Cash for Clunkers & Death of Good Used Cars (Logic Fail & Taxpayer Bail), 24 Hours-LeMans, NASCAR-Sears Point, F1 Twit Olympics, Diesel VS Gov't, + Clay Bar

Pure Garage Hour reload right here: Hostus Maximus Justin Fort does a rare solo show and displays some of the chops that helped turn a few moments of gearhead powa into a five-plus year talk show juggernaut.

Who's on?  Mitch Dorr, Goodyear Super Stock racer at Crandon and son of short-course Rough Rider legend "Geoff "Mr. Personality" Dorr.  What's in it?  Cash for Clunkers (we were right), how big business kills good ideas (right again), how government involvement makes everything worse (right , right, right), and why the Lexus People from Orange County are a threat to San Diego.

Moving right along, there's also reports from the 24 Hours of LeMans (it's Audi's fault), NASCAR racing at Sears Point (it's Kyle Busch's fault), why F1 is turning into the Twit Olympics (it's the Nazi's fault - what's his name?  Mosely?), and CART's clumsy intermingling with Indy (they all sucked that one up).  Following good racing, however, we get back to the basics and try to teach you a few things about washing your car (because you're probably doing it wrong).

Hank Watson's Garage Hour: we're here to help.

Direct download: HWGH062009.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:17am EST

07.13.16 (MP3): Second Amendment Issues in Kalifornistan (Live from Helix Brewing), Assault Weapons Ban VS Civil Rights, Glock Factory Triggers, Legislators VS Voters, Government Creatures, Reservoir Dogs VS Usual Suspects, + Gun Care w/ Brake Cleaner

Sometimes there's just enough episode for one really big point, and this was one of those nights.  Recording at Helix Brewing Co. in La Mesa, CA, the Garage Hour goons (well, just two goons plus Miss Pink) spent some solid time talking about what California's misguided (or likely just wrong) "elected" representatives have been doing to your Second Amendment.  Don't be shocked - bad things are coming.  Worse.  Worser.

Matt Klier from Active Shooter Defense School (along with Miss Pink, of ASDPink) joined the Garage Hour's Hostus Maximus (Justin Pink) to chat about the anti-2A bills that have recently been signed by Kalifornistan Gov. Spongebrain Brownpants, and touch on Matt's plan to sue the state on civil rights grounds for one of the laws, which outright bans "assault weapons".  Sadly, there is has been no mention of the state going after "assault" behavior, "assault" cars or "assault" governance.

Count on the Garage Hour for other associated gearhead awesomeness:  there is the lifelong question of whether Honda has ever really made a "truck", whether you'd trade your Constitutional rights for a cup of coffee, if Steven Seagal is, in fact, a murder robot, how to clean your firearms with brake cleaner, how not to treat your rifle, and about 72 attempts to avoid talking about Hillary "I'm too cankly to arrest" Clinton.

Direct download: HWGH071316mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:43pm EST

07.13.16: Second Amendment Issues in Kalifornistan (Live from Helix Brewing), Assault Weapons Ban VS Civil Rights, Glock Factory Triggers, Legislators VS Voters, Government Creatures, Reservoir Dogs VS Usual Suspects, + Gun Care w/ Brake Cleaner

Sometimes there's just enough episode for one really big point, and this was one of those nights.  Recording at Helix Brewing Co. in La Mesa, CA, the Garage Hour goons (well, just two goons plus Miss Pink) spent some real time talking about what California's misguided (or likely just wrong) "elected" representatives have been doing to your Second Amendment.  Don't be shocked - bad things are coming.  Worse.  Worser.

Matt Klier from Active Shooter Defense School (along with Miss Pink, of ASDPink) joined the Garage Hour's Hostus Maximus (Justin Pink) to chat about the anti-2A bills that have recently been signed by Kalifornistan Gov. Spongebrain Brownpants, and touch on Matt's plan to sue the state on civil rights grounds for one of the laws, which outright bans "assault weapons".  Sadly, there is has been no mention of the state going after "assault" behavior, "assault" cars or "assault" governance.

Count on the Garage Hour for other associated gearhead awesomeness:  there is the lifelong question of whether Honda has ever really made a "truck", whether you'd trade your Constitutional rights for a cup of coffee, if Steven Seagal is, in fact, a murder robot, how to clean your firearms with brake cleaner, how not to treat your rifle, and about 72 attempts to avoid talking about Hillary "I'm too cankly to arrest" Clinton.

Direct download: HWGH071316.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:16pm EST

02.16.13 (MP3): Off-Road Access (& Who's Blocking it), F-15 VS Tupolev, Trench Guns VS Shovels, Shotguns VS Iraq, Interior Dept's Sally Jewell VS Freedom, REI+Sierra Nevada=Evil, + Goatsnake, St. Vitus, Five Horse Johnson, Coverdale-Page &the FAL of Tanks

Wondering why your favorite trail is locked up now?  Can't figure out why the off-roading that Americans have always done is suddenly verboten and frowned upon?  Can't stand the tree-hugging watermelon environmentalist elitists who seem to keep taking away the freedoms you hold dear?  Well, have we got a show for you - a bit of a glimpse into the behavior (and the names) of people and companies that are standing athwart history in an frighteningly expansive effort to use greenthink and green excuses and green behavior to undermine your red, white and blue.

From Sally Jewell, creepy statist CEO of REI who's now the head of the US Interior Department (and who's never met a road she didn't want to block) to companies like Sierra Nevada and Anheiser Busch, the Garage Hour goons go through why these footpath zealot regressed-Earth elitists believe taking away your trail access is good (often because it's bad), and a little bit about the logic they piss on while digging your rights' grave.  Hmmmm, these flat-foreheaded freaks in the federal government sure seem to waste a lot of resources while taking away yours...

Don't worry - it's still a Garage Hour.  There's shotguns and trench guns, .45 Phil calling out Skull & Bones and calling President Selfie Stick a wussie, there's fighter jets and Russian bombers, tanks and the Homer Tax, rock and roll, Crag Maxwell attempts to strangle a wind turbine, Dirty Dave calls out every Marine he can find, and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort realizes that he still has Ministry's Psalm 69 on cassette.

If you're prefer the high-res M4A version of this episode, just dig up the same date without the "MP3" tag in the title.

Direct download: HWGH021613mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 1:12pm EST

02.16.13: Off-Road Access (& Who's Blocking it), F-15 VS Tupolev, Trench Guns VS Shovels, Shotguns VS Iraq, Interior Dept's Sally Jewell VS Freedom, REI+Sierra Nevada=Evil, + Goatsnake, St. Vitus, Five Horse Johnson, Coverdale-Page & the FAL of Tanks

Wondering why your favorite trail is locked up now?  Can't figure out why the off-roading that Americans have always done is suddenly verboten and frowned upon?  Can't stand the tree-hugging watermelon environmentalist elitists who seem to keep taking away the freedoms you hold dear?  Well, have we got a show for you - a bit of a glimpse into the behavior (and the names) of people and companies that are standing athwart history in an frighteningly expansive effort to use greenthink and green excuses and green behavior to undermine your red, white and blue.

From Sally Jewell, creepy statist CEO of REI who's now the head of the US Interior Department (and who's never met a road she didn't want to block) to companies like Sierra Nevada and Anheiser Busch, the Garage Hour goons go through why these footpath zealot regressed-Earth elitists believe taking away your trail access is good (often because it's bad), and a little bit about the logic they piss on while digging your rights' grave.  Hmmmm, these flat-foreheaded freaks in the federal government sure seem to waste a lot of resources while taking away yours...

Don't worry - it's still a Garage Hour.  There's shotguns and trench guns, .45 Phil calling out Skull & Bones and calling President Selfie Stick a wussie, there's fighter jets and Russian bombers, tanks and the Homer Tax, rock and roll, Crag Maxwell attempts to strangle a wind turbine, Dirty Dave calls out every Marine he can find, and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort realizes that he still has Ministry's Psalm 69 on cassette.

If you're prefer the low-fi MP3 version of this episode, just dig up the same date with the "MP3" tag in the title.

Direct download: HWGH021613.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:47pm EST

06.22.16 (MP3): Garage Hour Learns Weird Beer @ Helix Brewing (+ Return of Stanky Dank), Food Trucks, AR-15s & AK-47s, Barrels & Bricks, Special Forces & Forklifts, Old Soldiers & Tales from Laos, + First-Person Analysis of the JFK Shooting by .45 Phil

True to form, the Garage Hour goons have recorded another ricochet episode: so much topic, so little time.  Too many good guests and too many powerful cohosts means what little rudder this episode had won't be enough - beer craft and hop styles, AR-15s and AK-47s (and how to wreck an AK, from someone who did it back when the bad guys wore black PJs), wine versus Prius owners, forklifts, food truck, hipsters versus snobs, weird beers, brewing in barrels, Oklahoma humor, and a first-person dissertation on the defilade angles of the JFK shooting (because who doesn't enjoy a little conspiracy?).

Throw a Garage Hour and a party happens, especially when you do it at Helix Brewing in La Mesa's scenic industrial district.  Escorted into the gravity well by Hostus Maximus Justin Fort, none other than .45 Phil and Chef Jeff answer the call, followed by Mrs. Jeff and Mike the Duck, as well as a few long-time neighbors of the show, Mr. and Mrs. Green Beret (John & Gayle).

Everyone's host at this episode of brick-lined excellence was the defatigueable Cameron from Helix Brewing, big fan of the ladies and one-man brewing army.  If you listen loosely, you'll even hear Cameron admit that he talks to his beers.  The big question is whether they talk back.

If you prefer to listen to this episode in hi-fi marble-countertop fancypants M4A mode, search for the same date episode without the "MP3" tag on it.

Direct download: HWGH062216mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 11:12am EST

06.22.16: Garage Hour Learns Weird Beer @ Helix Brewing (+ Return of Stanky Dank), Food Trucks, AR-15s & AK-47s, Barrels & Bricks, Special Forces & Forklifts, Old Soldiers & Tales from Laos, + First-Person Analysis of the JFK Shooting by .45 Phil

True to form, the Garage Hour goons have recorded another ricochet episode: so much topic, so little time.  Too many good guests and too many powerful cohosts means what little rudder this episode had won't be enough - beer craft and hop styles, AR-15s and AK-47s (and how to wreck an AK, from someone who did it back when the bad guys wore black PJs), wine versus Prius owners, forklifts, food truck, hipsters versus snobs, weird beers, brewing in barrels, Oklahoma humor, and a first-person dissertation on the defilade angles of the JFK shooting (because who doesn't enjoy a little conspiracy?).

Throw a Garage Hour and a party happens, especially when you do it at Helix Brewing in La Mesa's scenic industrial district.  Escorted into the gravity well by Hostus Maximus Justin Fort, none other than .45 Phil and Chef Jeff answer the call, followed by Mrs. Jeff and Mike the Duck, as well as a few long-time neighbors of the show, Mr. and Mrs. Green Beret (John & Gayle).

Everyone's host at this episode of brick-lined excellence was the defatigueable Cameron from Helix Brewing, big fan of the ladies and one-man brewing army.  If you listen loosely, you'll even hear Cameron admit that he talks to his beers.  The big question is whether they talk back.

If you prefer to listen to this episode in low-fi knuckle-draggin' portable MP3 mode, search for the same date episode with the "MP3" tag on it.

Direct download: HWGH062216.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 10:45am EST

03.23.13 (MP3): Prius Driver Fails, MRAPs for Everyone, F1 Malaysia, Lewis Hamilton's Boyband Beard, Tesla V Edison, Planes, Trains & Dead Actors, Gopher 'Sploding & Local 'Froading, Zombies or Low-Info, +Great Cowboy Bad Guys & La Mesa's Mayor Methuselah

So much good stuff…  Do you like your gearhead awesomeness covered in political gravy and conspiracy sauce?  This Garage Hour has your number.  Hell, all of 'em do.

Right out of the gate, it's cohost Crag Maxwell versus La Mesa's Mayor Methuselah (who had the kimchee to threaten the only guy in East County who can tuck in his shirt), but that doesn't last - this episode dives quickly towards the Malaysian Grand Prix and boy-racer Lewis "I'm Such a Dick I Fired my Dad" Hamilton and his silly Ahab beard, and swerves back to how local police are getting MRAPs before the best gearhead show on the air falls off a cliff with Gary Larson versus Mark Larson, and who looks better in a ten-gallon hat.

Important program notes: .45 Phil's Tank of the Week is the M551 Sheridan, which was supposed to float, and putting Not-Yet-Agent-Aya on the same comm channel as .45 Phil does not good mic balance make.

The political questions never end: how did Joe Biden spend half a mil of taxpayer dollars in Paris in one night, is the US gov using "zombie" training to desensitize its agents against shooting the low-info hordes, and why when the government is here to help, it never is?

Back to the good stuff: this episode also has spaghetti westerns, great bad guys (Lee Van Cleef versus Henry Fonda as Angel Eyes), Corey Farley versus John Candy, old versus remake-based cinema, and as promised, moral narcism and its newfound chew toy, the Prius (and Crag's artful analysis of where you can put yours).

A high-fi version of this episode is available in M4A form if you search for the same date without an "MP3" tag.

Direct download: HWGH032313mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 1:30pm EST

03.23.13: Prius Driver Fails, MRAPs for Everyone, F1 Malaysia, Lewis Hamilton's Boyband Beard, Tesla VS Edison, Planes, Trains & Dead Actors, Gopher 'Sploding & Local 'Froading, Zombies or Low-Info, + Great Cowboy Bad Guys & La Mesa's Mayor Methuselah

So much good stuff…  Do you like your gearhead awesomeness covered in political gravy and conspiracy sauce?  This Garage Hour has your number.  Hell, all of 'em do.

Right out of the gate, it's cohost Crag Maxwell versus La Mesa's Mayor Methuselah (who had the kimchee to threaten the only guy in East County who can tuck in his shirt), but that doesn't last - this episode dives quickly towards the Malaysian Grand Prix and boy-racer Lewis "I'm Such a Dick I Fired my Dad" Hamilton and his silly Ahab beard, and swerves back to how local police are getting MRAPs before the best gearhead show on the air falls off a cliff with Gary Larson versus Mark Larson, and who looks better in a ten-gallon hat.

Important program notes: .45 Phil's Tank of the Week is the M551 Sheridan, which was supposed to float, and putting Not-Yet-Agent-Aya on the same comm channel as .45 Phil does not good mic balance make.

The political questions never end: how did Joe Biden spend half a mil of taxpayer dollars in Paris in one night, is the US gov using "zombie" training to desensitize its agents against shooting the low-info hordes, and why when the government is here to help, it never is?

Back to the good stuff: this episode also has spaghetti westerns, great bad guys (Lee Van Cleef versus Henry Fonda as Angel Eyes), Corey Farley versus John Candy, old versus remake-based cinema, and as promised, moral narcism and its newfound chew toy, the Prius (and Crag's artful analysis of where you can put yours).

A low-fi version of this episode is available in MP3 form if you search for the same date with an "MP3" tag.

Direct download: HWGH032313.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:53pm EST

01.26.13 (MP3): US VS Chinese Jeeps (Jeep Inline 4.0 VS Minivan V6), .45 Phil's Tank of the Week (M18 Hellcat VS Tigers), Birthdays for Stonewall & MacArthur, Snipes VS Stallone (Demolition Man VS Copland), Panther Soup +Perverse Savant VS Sage Roast Beef

From a steamroller intro charged with goon-hosin' wankery to our favorite government agency, the ATF (Alcohol, Trucks & Firearms), THIS is one of the epic ricochetfest Garage Hours that have made the show famous.  Cohosts .45 Phil and Crag Maxwell buttressed Hostus Maximus Justin Fort for this one.

Forget the storyline - how about a list?

1. Sasquatch, 2. Sasquatchy chicks, 3. Imperial red beers, 4. Pinko Bob "Catfish" Filner, 5. Martin Luther versus Martin Luther King Jr. (hint: they both win), 6. fighter plane flybys, 7. model tanks, 8. virtue versus vice (have some!), 9. Mayor Daley versus Hitler, 10. elected officials versus representatives, 11. American-made Jeeps versus Chinese ones, 12. union membership in government, 13. the awfulness that is divide & conquer, 14.  Crown Vics from Mexico and Jeep engines from minivans, 15. happy birthday to Stonewall Jackson and George MacArthur.

And that's just the first half-hour.  In segments three and four:

1. Offending aliens, 2. senile versus crazy, 3. Demolition Man versus Copland, 4. Tank of the Week and the M18 Hellcat, 5. .45 Phil's dissertation on the Hellcat versus German panzers and "Panther Soup", 6. the problem that is a gasoline-powered tank (don't flick your Bic), 7. reading "Armed Response", 8. Israel versus Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood, 9. why President Kardashian is giving the MusBros 200 Abrams and a few dozen Block 52 F-16s, 10. junkyard moments and Dodge 2500 shocks, 11. load versus damping, 12. Sasquatch v2 (49 states!), 13. national versus local police forces, 14. subtlety versus conspiracy, 15. Hot Blonde at Manzanita!

Phew.

If you'd like the hi-fi quiche-eatin' version of this episode, look for the same date podcast without an "MP3" tag in the title.

Direct download: HWGH012613mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 7:42pm EST

01.26.13: US VS Chinese Jeeps (& Jeep Inline 4.0 VS Minivan V6), .45 Phil's Tank of the Week (& M18 Hellcat VS Tigers), Birthdays for Stonewall & MacArthur, Snipes VS Stallone (& Demolition Man VS Copland), Panther Soup +Perverse Savant VS Sage Roast Beef

From a steamroller intro charged with goon-hosin' wankery to our favorite government agency, the ATF (Alcohol, Trucks & Firearms), THIS is one of the epic ricochetfest Garage Hours that have made the show famous.  Cohosts .45 Phil and Crag Maxwell buttressed Hostus Maximus Justin Fort for this one.

Forget the storyline - how about a list?

1. Sasquatch, 2. Sasquatchy chicks, 3. Imperial red beers, 4. Pinko Bob "Catfish" Filner, 5. Martin Luther versus Martin Luther King Jr. (hint: they both win), 6. fighter plane flybys, 7. model tanks, 8. virtue versus vice (have some!), 9. Mayor Daley versus Hitler, 10. "elected officials" versus "representatives", 11. American-made Jeeps versus Chinese ones, 12. union membership in government, 13. the awfulness that is divide & conquer, 14.  Crown Vics from Mexico and Jeep engines from minivans, 15. happy birthday to Stonewall Jackson and George MacArthur.

And that's just the first half-hour.  In segments three and four:

1. Offending aliens, 2. senile versus crazy, 3. Demolition Man versus Copland, 4. Tank of the Week and the M18 Hellcat and "Panther Soup", 5. .45 Phil's dissertation on the Hellcat versus German panzers, 6. the problem that is a gasoline-powered tank (don't flick your Bic), 7. reading "Armed Response", 8. Israel versus Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood, 9. why President Kardashian is giving the MusBros 200 Abrams and a few dozen Block 52 F-16s, 10. junkyard moments and Dodge 2500 shocks, 11. load versus damping, 12. Sasquatch v2 (49 states!), 13. national versus local police forces, 14. subtlety versus conspiracy, 15. Hot Blonde at Manzanita!

Phew.

If you'd like the low-fi knuckle-draggin' version of this episode, look for the same date podcast with an "MP3" tag in the title.

Direct download: HWGH012613.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 7:21pm EST

01.05.13 (MP3): Nissan Delta VS LeMans & .45 Phil VS Iraqi Tanks, Cigarette Smuggling in Cigarette Boats, Efficient VS Electric Cars & Fisker VS DeLorean, Piers Morgan VS Detroit, High Beams VS Speed Traps & Other Stupid Laws, + Ozzy's Perry Mason

With everyone in the studio either dying or trying, this Garage Hour was doomed to be awesome from the start.  Who doesn't love reminding the English that the nation which brought us Churchill and Thatcher and Clarkson and Ozzy is now known for Piers Morgan?  The Garage Hour goons figure they'll just drop his silly 2A-hating limey butt in Detroit for a night or three and he'll change his limo-liberal tune or die trying.  Of course, they're going to outlaw kitchen knives in England now, so everything will be fine.  Besides, Ozzy is here in America writing songs about lawyers.  Perfect.

Following that, it's all about whiskey and Chargers versus the Raiders (and La Mesa legend and former Raider Ben "I Kicked Conan's Ass" Davidson) and a revisitation of the unending efficient-versus-electric car argument spurred by the San Diego Auto Show.  What about comparing Fisker cars with good old John DeLorean?  Who's the bigger crook?  Speaking of crooks, the boys also dissect the failed Cash for Clunkers program, and how it damaged the used car market, parts yards, made no improvements in efficiency, and set the "succeeding at failure" Obama administration on its unending course of Santa Clausing the hordes into a low-information apocalypse.

Don't fear: this episode's as goontastic as any Garage Hour.  Bad behavior on LA freeways, barfing in cabs, the best way to smuggle smokes into Australia, ammunition prices, and why most guys might wish there was never a song written called "My Ghoulfriend."  Hostus Coughemus Justin Fort is met at the bend by .45 "Huggy Bear" Phil, Crag "Where's the Floor?" Maxwell, and Dirty "Medical Science" Dave.

If you'd prefer the hi-fi tea-drinkin' fancy new software version of this episode, look for the same date without an "MP3" tag in the header.

Direct download: HWGH010513mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:50pm EST

01.05.13: Nissan Delta VS LeMans & .45 Phil VS Iraqi Tanks, Cigarette Smuggling in Cigarette Boats, Efficient VS Electric Cars & Fisker VS DeLorean, Piers Morgan VS Detroit, High Beams VS Speed Traps & Other Stupid Laws, + Ozzy's Perry Mason

With everyone in the studio either dying or trying, this Garage Hour was doomed to be awesome from the start.  Who doesn't love reminding the English that the nation which brought us Churchill and Thatcher and Clarkson and Ozzy is now known for Piers Morgan?  The Garage Hour goons figure they'll just drop his silly 2A-hating limey butt in Detroit for a night or three and he'll change his limo-liberal tune or die trying.  Of course, they're going to outlaw kitchen knives in England now, so everything will be fine.  Besides, Ozzy is here in America writing songs about lawyers.  Perfect.

Following that, it's all about whiskey and Chargers versus the Raiders (and La Mesa legend and former Raider Ben "I Kicked Conan's Ass" Davidson) and a revisitation of the unending efficient-versus-electric car argument spurred by the San Diego Auto Show.  What about comparing Fisker cars with good old John DeLorean?  Who's the bigger crook?  Speaking of crooks, the boys also dissect the failed Cash for Clunkers program, and how it damaged the used car market, parts yards, made no improvements in efficiency, and set the "succeeding at failure" Obama administration on its unending course of Santa Clausing the hordes into a low-information apocalypse.

Don't fear: this episode's as goontastic as any Garage Hour.  Bad behavior on LA freeways, barfing in cabs, the best way to smuggle smokes into Australia, ammunition prices, and why most guys might wish there was never a song written called "My Ghoulfriend."  Hostus Coughemus Justin Fort is met at the bend by .45 "Huggy Bear" Phil, Crag "Where's the Floor?" Maxwell, and Dirty "Medical Science" Dave.

If you'd prefer the low-res cromag mouth-breathin' version of this episode, look for the same date with an "MP3" tag in the header.

Direct download: HWGH010513.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:37pm EST

05.12.16 (MP3): Sipping Beer w/ Burning Beard (Because Garage Beer!), AR Builds & Cohost Breakdowns, Skateboards & Orwell, East County Industrial Charm VS German Fairy Chairs, Nitrates VS Less Filling, + Canlers & Crowlers & Stouts & Lagering

Our live-from-the-brewhouse episodes are some of the best talk radio ever to grace the airwaves.  So much personality, so much information, and a pure drill-down on what really makes a brewery tick.

The Garage Hour goons - .45 Phil, Chef Jeff, Kurtis Who Shall Be Named, and Troy from Powder1 - join Hostus Maximus Justin Fort in his chat with Mike and Jeff, the East County originals behind Burning Beard Brewing.  They talk beer recipes, the great beer-drinkin' neighbors in Burning Beard's vicinity, smoking meat and the best beers for cooking, and FNG Kurtis does a great job acting like a professional broadcaster, conversating with Mike and Jeff about some details of San Diego's beer-sipping universe.  Special thanks to Helix Brewing in La Mesa, which has become an official sponsor of the show, and is kind enough to back our adventures in the endless brewing scene in San Diego..

Following the quick learning curve for Mike and Jeff, the Garage Hour names their next two beers - "German Fairy Chair" and "Pleasure Trawler" - and then Troy from Powder 1 poured beer on our laptop.  Hey, it's a risky business.

Tune in for all about beer, Burning Beard's enemies list, putting NRA stickers on unsuspecting hybrids, the killer jukebox load at the 'Beard, and why Jeff loves the hipsters.

If you'd prefer the hi-fi version of this episode, look for the same date without an "MP3" tag in the title.

Direct download: HWGH051216BurningBeardmp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 10:25pm EST

05.12.16: Sipping Beer w/ Burning Beard (Because Garage Beer!), AR Builds & Cohost Breakdowns, Skateboards & Orwell, East County Industrial Charm VS German Fairy Chairs, Nitrates VS Less Filling, + Canlers & Crowlers & Stouts & Lagering

Our live-from-the-brewhouse episodes are some of the best talk radio ever to grace the airwaves.  So much personality, so much information, and a pure drill-down on what really makes a brewery tick.

The Garage Hour goons - .45 Phil, Chef Jeff, Kurtis Who Shall Be Named, and Troy from Powder1 - join Hostus Maximus Justin Fort in his chat with Mike and Jeff, the East County originals behind Burning Beard Brewing.  They talk beer recipes, the great beer-drinkin' neighbors in Burning Beard's vicinity, smoking meat and the best beers for cooking, and FNG Kurtis does a great job acting like a professional broadcaster, conversating with Mike and Jeff about some details of San Diego's beer-sipping universe.  Special thanks to Helix Brewing in La Mesa, which has become an official sponsor of the show, and is kind enough to back our adventures in the endless brewing scene in San Diego..

Following the quick learning curve for Mike and Jeff, the Garage Hour names their next two beers - "German Fairy Chair" and "Pleasure Trawler" - and then Troy from Powder 1 poured beer on our laptop.  Hey, it's a risky business.

Tune in for all about beer, Burning Beard's enemies list, putting NRA stickers on unsuspecting hybrids, the killer jukebox load at the 'Beard, and why Jeff loves the hipsters.

If you'd prefer the low-fi version of this episode, look for the same date with an "MP3" tag in the title.

Direct download: HWGH051216BurningBeard.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 10:12pm EST

02.02.13 (MP3): Armored! Tank of the Week &Armored Vacuums, Silver State Camaro, Galaxie, Chevelle, Ford PU, Feinstein VS Star Wars (Han Shot First), Pinko Placation &Potemkin Shooters, Operation Coin Slot & Dustin's Trip Up Puke Puke Hwy (+ Pearl Harbor)

From armored vacuums to Logan's Run, Star Wars on VHS and Operation Coin Slot, you can count on the Garage Hour to find your soft spot and stick it with something sharp.

So, does anyone believe Han didn't shoot first?  Sen. Feinstein was there, and now she wants to take away your blasters.  Then the unions blasted Obamacare (along with everything else), the Super Pooper blasted TDS, Bob "Catfish" Filner blasted red light cameras, and Mr. Dustin blasted up the Puke Puke Highway headed to Pearl Harbor (just after the Japs blasted that).

Crag Maxwell, Punxsutawney Phil, Dirty Dave and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort made this Garage Hour a great one.  Tanks, Israelis, how to trail-clearance your truck, President Kardashian's fraudulence (again) (and again), and Crag's latest episode of Birthdays that Matter.

Have no fear - gearheads here.  There's a whole segment on Silver State, including a host of high-RPM flybys and details on how to find 'em your own damn self.  Then Nick is fired.

If you'd like this episode in hi-fi wine-drinking I-Own-a-Porsche mode, you can find the M4A at the same date, without the "MP3" tag.

Direct download: HWGH020213mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:42pm EST

02.02.13: Armored! Tank of the Week & Armored Vacuums, Silver State Camaro, Galaxie, Chevelle, Ford PU, Feinstein VS Star Wars (Han Shot First), Pinko Placation & Potemkin Shooters, Operation Coin Slot & Mr. Dustin's Trip Up Puke Puke Hwy (+ Pearl Harbor)

From armored vacuums to Logan's Run, Star Wars on VHS and Operation Coin Slot, you can count on the Garage Hour to find your soft spot and stick it with something sharp.

So, does anyone believe Han didn't shoot first?  Sen. Feinstein was there, and now she wants to take away your blasters.  Then the unions blasted Obamacare (along with everything else), the Super Pooper blasted TDS, Bob "Catfish" Filner blasted red light cameras, and Mr. Dustin blasted up the Puke Puke Highway headed to Pearl Harbor (just after the Japs blasted that).

Crag Maxwell, Punxsutawney Phil, Dirty Dave and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort made this Garage Hour a great one.  Tanks, Israelis, how to trail-clearance your truck, President Kardashian's fraudulence (again) (and again), and Crag's latest episode of Birthdays that Matter.

Have no fear - gearheads here.  There's a whole segment on Silver State, including a host of high-RPM flybys and details on how to find 'em your own damn self.  Then Nick is fired.

If you'd like this episode in low-res cromag knuckledragging mode, you can find the MP3 at the same date, with the "MP3" tag.

Direct download: HWGH020213.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:02pm EST

11.27.10 (MP3): Classic! Desert 'Froading, Buggy Kerploding, Traffic Poking, Machine Gun Toting, Islamist Goading, Rock/Roll Blowing, REI Loathing, Border Guarding, Manners Smarting Solo Filthy Hosting Awesomeness

Trucks and traffic, Manxes on Craig's, holiday traffic (poor idiots), rockers and rollers (including Zach Wilde, Randy Rhodes, COC and Willie Nelson), Sal Giunta's uncomfortable time receiving the Medal of Honor from presidential jellyfish Barry Obama, Texas declares war, Iran finds Hell in a centrifuge, and why every good 'froader hates REI.  THIS is gearhead talk radio: Hank Watson's Garage Hour.

One of the rare solo shows the Garage Hour has done in its time, this episode came on the heels of a long Thanksgiving week of shooting things and off-roadin' stuff between bottles of good sauce and truckloads of turkey in its natural form - cooked and waiting to be eaten.

Remember, the Garage Hour doesn't have an anger problem, we have an idiot problem.

If you'd prefer the high-res version of this episode, search for the same date without the "MP3" tag.

Direct download: HWGH112710mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:53pm EST

11.27.10: Classic! Desert 'Froading, Buggy Kerploding, Traffic Poking, Machine Gun Toting, Islamist Goading, Rock/Roll Blowing, REI Loathing, Border Guarding, Manners Smarting Solo Filthy Hosting Awesomeness

Trucks and traffic, Manxes on Craig's, holiday traffic (poor idiots), rockers and rollers (including Zach Wilde, Randy Rhodes, COC and Willie Nelson), Sal Giunta's uncomfortable time receiving the Medal of Honor from presidential jellyfish Barry Obama, Texas declares war, Iran finds Hell in a centrifuge, and why every good 'froader hates REI.  THIS is gearhead talk radio: Hank Watson's Garage Hour.

One of the rare solo shows the Garage Hour has done in its time, this episode came on the heels of a long Thanksgiving week of shooting things and off-roadin' stuff between bottles of good sauce and truckloads of turkey in its natural form - cooked and waiting to be eaten.

Remember, the Garage Hour doesn't have an anger problem, we have an idiot problem.

If you'd prefer the low-res version of this episode, search for the same date with the "MP3" tag.

Direct download: HWGH112710.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:20pm EST

04.22.16 (MP3): Rollbars & Cheeseboroughs, Elvis's Van & VW's Diesels, Connery & Moore, Beers @ Helix Brewing, Zep, Beatles, Trower, Menomena, + GH Cohost Speedboat Goes Gilligan w/ Laser Dolphins & Vessel Assist

Hell's bells, it's another in-garage Garage Hour.  THIS is the purest gearhead talk, surrounded by fire extinguishers and beers and Muslim wrenches and ammunition and AR parts and truck parts and racecar parts and beer!

We've got to confess: this one's a little dark.  Hostus Maximus Justin Fort, Surfer Greg and Majid from GSR Car talk near-death experiences, ethnicity and religious humor, things in the ocean that could kill you, attack Muppets, bullets and where to put them…  But then again, if the Garage Hour did it, you know it's PG, and meant to make you think, not close your mind.

Topics on this one vary from the show's budding relationship with Helix Brewing Company in lovely, scenic industrial La Mesa, beers that matter, why black guns matter, why Justin is an honorary black guy, truck parts, truck mud, making a black & tan with vanilla cream ale and chocolate porter, and and why no one will order the Ocean Beach Pizza Port's Stinky Hippie Pizza.

From there, the cohosts hit their rhythm - Bond versus Bond, Twitting versus Instagramming, engineers versus ARs, blowtorch versus vice, technology versus trendy, VW versus the US gov't, red versus yellow versus pink beer, and attack dolphins versus SEALs.

To tie it all up, yup, we do indeed chat about cohost Majid's recent escapade of driving (sorry, sailing) his new deep-vee to Catalina for only making it four miles offshore before it shuts down on him…  Of course, the first thing he did was call the Garage Hour, mostly because we're awesome, but also because we have friends with tugboats.

If you'd like the high-fi version of this edition, grab the same date podcast without the "MP3" tag in the header.

Direct download: HWGH042216mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:41am EST

04.22.16: Rollbars & Cheeseboroughs, Elvis's Van & VW's Diesels, Connery & Moore, Beers @ Helix Brewing, Zep, Beatles, Trower, Menomena, + GH Cohost Speedboat Goes Gilligan w/ Laser Dolphins & Vessel Assist

Hell's bells, it's another in-garage Garage Hour.  THIS is the purest gearhead talk, surrounded by fire extinguishers and beers and Muslim wrenches and ammunition and AR parts and truck parts and racecar parts and beer!

We've got to confess: this one's a little dark.  Hostus Maximus Justin Fort, Surfer Greg and Majid from GSR Car talk near-death experiences, ethnicity and religious humor, things in the ocean that could kill you, attack Muppets, bullets and where to put them…  But then again, if the Garage Hour did it, you know it's PG, and meant to make you think, not close your mind.

Topics on this one vary from the show's budding relationship with Helix Brewing Company in lovely, scenic industrial La Mesa, beers that matter, why black guns matter, why Justin is an honorary black guy, truck parts, truck mud, making a black & tan with vanilla cream ale and chocolate porter, and and why no one will order the Ocean Beach Pizza Port's Stinky Hippie Pizza.

From there, the cohosts hit their rhythm - Bond versus Bond, Twitting versus Instagramming, engineers versus ARs, blowtorch versus vice, technology versus trendy, VW versus the US gov't, red versus yellow versus pink beer, and attack dolphins versus SEALs.

To tie it all up, yup, we do indeed chat about cohost Majid's recent escapade of driving (sorry, sailing) his new deep-vee to Catalina for only making it four miles offshore before it shuts down on him…  Of course, the first thing he did was call the Garage Hour, mostly because we're awesome, but also because we have friends with tugboats.

If you'd like the low-fi version of this edition, grab the same date podcast with the "MP3" tag in the header.

Direct download: HWGH042216.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:02am EST

06.26.10 (MP3): Classic! Zip-Ties & Beer Cans, Hungover Bears VS Pistol-Packin' Geologists (Now, w/ Choppers), Genius VS Felony Stupid, Marmots VS Your Truck, Physical Graffiti VS Master of Puppets, Dude Food w/ Off-Road Manifold Onions &Mountain Burritos

So much goodness…  Tales of mountain climbing on Mt. Whitney and bears attacking on three hours sleep, with zombies and whether they care about how long they last, plus so much rock and roll it'll make your head go all explodey, it's got to be another of Hank Watson's Garage Hours.  Why fake praise when you can throw rocks instead?

While off-roaders and Jeepers cook onions on the intake manifold, the rest of the gang wraps the truck with chicken wire to deter high-mountain attack marmots, because if it's not bears on too many downers it's the Garage Hour and our unending quest to figure out the best way to kill that which goes bump in the night.  The rangers say .357 ain't enough for grizzlies in these here parts nowadays, so how about .458 Casul?  A nice Desert Eagle .50?  What about the ongoing argument of 12-gauge deer slug versus double-ought buck?  The Garage Hour goons hit it all, including their new line of simulated fur velour sasquatch silhouettes.

There's also a rich vein of musical awareness in this episode, with everyone from Zep to Metallica, Corrosion, Floyd, Sabbath, Purple, Skynyrd, Rush, Testament, and a fitting discussion of noted gearhead and epic drumslayer, John "Bonzo" Bonham, and his penchant for earning the finest in speeding tickets.  Then several drunken friends of the show call in with suggestions of Dr. Dre and Miles Davis...

As it often begins as it ends, Hank Watson's Garage Hour finishes on Dude Food, with tales of fair food (and the dreaded zucchini weenie), as well as the age-old argument of flapjack versus pancake.

If you'd prefer the hi-fi wine-and-cheese version of this episode, search for the same date without an "MP3" in the header.

Direct download: HWGH062610mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 4:03pm EST

06.26.10: Classic! Zip-Ties & Beer Cans, Hungover Bears VS Pistol-Packin' Geologists (Now, w/ Choppers!), Genius VS Felony Stupid, Marmots VS Your Truck, Physical Graffiti VS Master of Puppets, Dude Food w/ Off-Road Manifold Onions & Mountain Burritos

So much goodness…  Tales of mountain climbing on Mt. Whitney and bears attacking on three hours sleep, with zombies and whether they care about how long they last, plus so much rock and roll it'll make your head go all explodey, it's got to be another of Hank Watson's Garage Hours.  Why fake praise when you can throw rocks instead?

While off-roaders and Jeepers cook onions on the intake manifold, the rest of the gang wraps the truck with chicken wire to deter high-mountain attack marmots, because if it's not bears on too many downers it's the Garage Hour and our unending quest to figure out the best way to kill that which goes bump in the night.  The rangers say .357 ain't enough for grizzlies in these here parts nowadays, so how about .458 Casul?  A nice Desert Eagle .50?  What about the ongoing argument of 12-gauge deer slug versus double-ought buck?  The Garage Hour goons hit it all, including their new line of simulated fur velour sasquatch silhouettes.

There's also a rich vein of musical awareness in this episode, with everyone from Zep to Metallica, Corrosion, Floyd, Sabbath, Purple, Skynyrd, Rush, Testament, and a fitting discussion of noted gearhead and epic drumslayer, John "Bonzo" Bonham, and his penchant for earning the finest in speeding tickets.  Then several drunken friends of the show call in with suggestions of Dr. Dre and Miles Davis...

As it often begins as it ends, Hank Watson's Garage Hour finishes on Dude Food, with tales of fair food (and the dreaded zucchini weenie), as well as the age-old argument of flapjack versus pancake.

If you'd like the low-fi cromag version of this episode, search for the same date with an "MP3" in the header.

Direct download: HWGH062610.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:35pm EST

03.23.16 (MP3): Beer Makin' & Dude Foodin' w/ Gearheads @ Helm's, LS1 Buggy Fail, F-35 VS F-14 Tomcats VS Nato F-16, Jungle Juice, New Zealish Beer, Short Beer, Grapefruit & Mango Beer, Brewing History, Beer Floats, Pork Belly Sandwiches, +San Diego Beers

Ahhhhh, that's the stuff.  The Garage Hour goons got together with friends at Helm's Brewing and talked about what's good for your stomach: brewing beer, brands of beer, new beers being brewed, and the yummy (and not so yummy) beers on tap around town.  That's not enough to satisfy the needs of our gearhead gullets, though: we have Dude Food with FNG Alex, who walks us through his pork belly sandwich recipe, which results in a near fistfight in the studio over lobster and snow crabs versus blue claw crabs.

Hostus Maximus Justin Fort guides Dan Lawrence - head brewer at Helm's - as well as cohosts .45 Phil, Chef Jeff, FNG Alex and the lovely Karen (Mrs. Chef Jeff) through this episode of the Garage Hour.

This one's heavy on beer, so if you want to know more about what's being brewed, how beer's made, some beer history (like short beer and table beer), hereyago.  The Garage Hour also chats up/comer Helix Brewing in La Mesa, how their head brewer is hot (hey, Dan said it, Cameron), jungle juice, how to suck the sock, making a kiwi beer with puree instead of extract (and why), marzen beers and how a lager is different than an ale.

On the heels of all that beer talk (or because of it), the gearhead lords of the galaxy also take apart some analysis of the new F-35 and why it can't dogfight worth a dam (and why the Tomcat and the F-16 both take its lunch money head to head), visit with that fool who bonked his LS1 buggy right through San Diego and into a jail cell, Russian spies as cohosts (Agent Aya, anyone?), Shermans versus Tigers, the Phoenix missile, and our impending Philbecue.

If you'd like to listen to this episode in high-fi, search for the same show date without the "MP3" tag in the header.

Direct download: HWGH032316mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:46pm EST

03.23.16: Beer Makin' & Dude Foodin' w/ Gearheads @ Helm's, LS1 Buggy Guy Fail, F-35 VS F-14 Tomcats VS Nato F-16, Jungle Juice, New Zealish Beer, Short Beer, Grapefruit & Mango Beer, Brewing History, Beer Floats, Pork Belly Sandwiches, + San Diego's Beer

Ahhhhh, that's the stuff.  The Garage Hour goons got together with friends at Helm's Brewing and talked about what's good for your stomach: brewing beer, brands of beer, new beers being brewed, and the yummy (and not so yummy) beers on tap around town.  That's not enough to satisfy the needs of our gearhead gullets, though: we have Dude Food with FNG Alex, who walks us through his pork belly sandwich recipe, which results in a near fistfight in the studio over lobster and snow crabs versus blue claw crabs.

Hostus Maximus Justin Fort guides Dan Lawrence - head brewer at Helm's - as well as cohosts .45 Phil, Chef Jeff, FNG Alex and the lovely Karen (Mrs. Chef Jeff) through this episode of the Garage Hour.

This one's heavy on beer, so if you want to know more about what's being brewed, how beer's made, some beer history (like short beer and table beer), hereyago.  The Garage Hour also chats up/comer Helix Brewing in La Mesa, how their head brewer is hot (hey, Dan said it, Cameron), jungle juice, how to suck the sock, making a kiwi beer with puree instead of extract (and why), marzen beers and how a lager is different than an ale.

On the heels of all that beer talk (or because of it), the gearhead lords of the galaxy also take apart some analysis of the new F-35 and why it can't dogfight worth a dam (and why the Tomcat and the F-16 both take its lunch money head to head), visit with that fool who bonked his LS1 buggy right through San Diego and into a jail cell, Russian spies as cohosts (Agent Aya, anyone?), Shermans versus Tigers, the Phoenix missile, and our impending Philbecue.

If you'd like to listen to this episode in low-fi, search for the same show date with the "MP3" tag in the header.

Direct download: HWGH032316.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:20pm EST

05.07.11 (MP3): Dead Stuff Episode? US Manufacturing VS China, Buick, Getrag, Osama, Kung-Fu Fighting, Empire Carpet Guy & King Stahlman, Matt Marker, + Cobalt, WRX & Miata Mileage, Taco Bell VS Slaughterhouses, & the .50-cal Ricochet

They tried so hard - the "Dead Stuff" topic was supposed to be a collection of slightly serious topics that would allow the Garage Hour goons to explore gearhead topics with their brains instead of a schnoz full of boba, and bash China's ham-fisted attempts at regional hegemony (while undermining the US at every turn).  Unfortunately, it's the Garage Hour, and banjos happened, as did WRXs and shark-jumping and Targa Trophy and the dreaded .50-cal ricochet argument.

All this digression aside, it WAS a good episode, with excellent chatter, a call-in from Mr. Dustin, important conversations about Dude Food and where your food comes from (hmmm, slaughteryards…), plus stealth Blackhawk helicopters, the painfully gradual arrival at as-promoted topics like Osama bin Laden's death at the hands of US spec-ops types, Duane Johnson versus Vin Diesel (what's his real name? Chauncey?), and the humorousness of a custom 12-gauge load that goes soft and makes your bird gun fart like a fat guy after Thanksgiving freaking dinner.

It's the Garage Hour - have some.  If you'd like the hi-fi version of this show, search for the same episode date without "MP3" in the title.

Direct download: HWGH050711mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 1:11pm EST

05.07.11: Dead Stuff Episode? US Manufacturing VS China, Buick, Getrag, Osama, Kung-Fu Fighting, Empire Carpet Guy & King Stahlman, Matt Marker, + Cobalt, WRX & Miata Mileage, Taco Bell VS Slaughterhouses, & the .50-cal Ricochet

They tried so hard - the "Dead Stuff" topic was supposed to be a collection of slightly serious topics that would allow the Garage Hour goons to explore gearhead topics with their brains instead of a schnoz full of boba, and bash China's ham-fisted attempts at regional hegemony (while undermining the US at every turn).  Unfortunately, it's the Garage Hour, and banjos happened, as did WRXs and shark-jumping and Targa Trophy and the dreaded .50-cal ricochet argument.

All this digression aside, it WAS a good episode, with excellent chatter, a call-in from Mr. Dustin, important conversations about Dude Food and where your food comes from (hmmm, slaughteryards…), plus stealth Blackhawk helicopters, the painfully gradual arrival at as-promoted topics like Osama bin Laden's death at the hands of US spec-ops types, Duane Johnson versus Vin Diesel (what's his real name? Chauncey?), and the humorousness of a custom 12-gauge load that goes soft and makes your bird gun fart like a fat guy after Thanksgiving freaking dinner.

It's the Garage Hour - have some.  If you'd like the low-fi version of this show, search for the same episode date with an "MP3" in the title.

Direct download: HWGH050711.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:43pm EST

10.13.12 (MP3): Get In the Dirt! Off-Roading Basics, + Volvo People, Sasquatch & the Bilstein Boys, Creature's Thing, Bathurst & F1 (& F1's Bobbleheads), Guitars for Nick, Metallica VS Anthrax VS Megadeth VS Helmet VS Rammstein VS QOTSA VS COC

The Garage Hour goons try to make an episode of getting your driveway anchor ready for trail season - tires, maintenance, parts and such - and find themselves waylaid by jackassery and rock and roll, all of which conspire to make a good episode of gearhead talk radio even better.

It all begins so well - Bathurst and F1 dominate the early chatter, and then board-op Nick the Trick sidetracks Hostus Maximus Justin Fort and cohost/beardfan/Miata man Dirty Dave into a bunch of rock, roll, metal and some high-Q southern fried doom.

From that point, it's a delicious descent into sometime cohost Creature (and his Thing), Volvo people, cohost Mr. Dustin's failed call from the Formula D finals at Irwindale, shooting alligators, and why the Radio Shack in Blythe is so successful, but wait - lo and behold, the Garage Hour undigresses and actually gets the episode's topic back under control.  Huh!

Need to know a few basics for getting the Exploder/Taco/4Runner/S-10/Tahoe out of your driveway and on to the trail?  This episode can actually help, with pointers on where to start paying attention, how to find cheap fixes, what maintenance matters, and why we drink beer AFTER the run, not before.

This excellent episode ends where so many Garage Hours do - plans for a Sasquatch Run with the Bilstein Boys (as well as representatives from Off-Road.com, the San Diego Police Department, the US military, and some corporate big wigs who like to pretend they're not overfunded).

If you'd like a high-res version of this episode, look for the same show date without the "MP3" tag in the title.

Direct download: HWGH101312mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:29pm EST

10.13.12: Get In the Dirt! Off-Roading Basics, + Volvo People, Sasquatch & the Bilstein Boys, Creature's Thing, Bathurst & F1 (& F1's Bobbleheads), Guitars for Nick, Metallica VS Anthrax VS Megadeth VS Helmet VS Rammstein VS QOTSA VS COC

The Garage Hour goons try to make an episode of getting your driveway anchor ready for trail season - tires, maintenance, parts and such - and find themselves waylaid by jackassery and rock and roll, all of which conspire to make a good episode of gearhead talk radio even better.

It all begins so well - Bathurst and F1 dominate the early chatter, and then board-op Nick the Trick sidetracks Hostus Maximus Justin Fort and cohost/beardfan/Miata man Dirty Dave into a bunch of rock, roll, metal and some high-Q southern fried doom.

From that point, it's a delicious descent into sometime cohost Creature (and his Thing), Volvo people, cohost Mr. Dustin's failed call from the Formula D finals at Irwindale, shooting alligators, and why the Radio Shack in Blythe is so successful, but wait - lo and behold, the Garage Hour undigresses and actually gets the episode's topic back under control.  Huh!

Need to know a few basics for getting the Exploder/Taco/4Runner/S-10/Tahoe out of your driveway and on to the trail?  This episode can actually help, with pointers on where to start paying attention, how to find cheap fixes, what maintenance matters, and why we drink beer AFTER the run, not before.

This excellent episode ends where so many Garage Hours do - plans for a Sasquatch Run with the Bilstein Boys (as well as representatives from Off-Road.com, the San Diego Police Department, the US military, and some corporate big wigs who like to pretend they're not overfunded).

If you'd like a low-res version of this episode, look for the same show date with the "MP3" tag in the title.

Direct download: HWGH101312.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:06pm EST

02.28.16 (MP3): Tires & Trucks, Superstition & Sand Dam, Beer & a Blowtorch, HP VS 4Runner, Toy Diesel VS Lexus V8, Hybrids VS Reality, Big Bear Off-Road Terrain, Chinese Product Fails, Stock Truck Abuse, + the Happy Patrol & Daring to be Special

Like the title says: Super Duties and 4Runners, V-10s and diesels, Lexus and GM V8s, sweet mountain bike tires and crappy Chinese ones, trails in Big Bear and Superstition, Foresters and stock pickups on the dunes, nighttime runs at Sand Dam, plus dirt, beer, whether the White House is just "Revenge of the Nerds" and MLK versus Black Lies Matter.

Hostus Maximus Justin Fort and able cohosting Powerstroke guy Majid do a garage-only workbench episode from the Fletcher Hills compound in scenic death-spiraling southern Kalifornistan.  The topics are standard-issue gearhead superiority - horsepower in sand and rock, engine swaps for trail rigs, the plug & play niceness of OE transplants, off-roading pre-production Ford Super Duty pickups, and a small look at the need for consumers to beware of any products made in China, not just the fakes. There's also a tidy little chat about how hybrid car technology can work when used in the real world, and not narcissistic little commuter dust-busters.

The Garage Hour goons spent some time looking back at their visit to the Superstition mountains just west of El Centro as well for the annual Superstition Run (put on by San Diego 4-Wheelers) and the near-perfect off-roading terrain afforded by wet SoCal sand and rock.  There's tales of a Class 8 desert truck bombing the famous Sand Dam in full roost-mode, as well as a bunch of other metal that didn't make it.  Then they try to figure out how much 4Runner Majid can afford for a trail beater - the beatier the better.  In gratitude, the newest Garage Hour cohost attempts to burn Justin's new MTB tires with a blowtorch.

Good talk radio starts in the garage - Hank Watson's Garage (Hour).  

If you'd prefer to download a high-res version of this episode, grab the same date without the "MP3" tag in the title.

Direct download: HWGH022816mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:45pm EST

02.28.16: Tires & Trucks, Superstition & Sand Dam, Beer & a Blowtorch, HP VS 4Runner, Toy Diesel VS Lexus V8, Hybrids VS Reality, Big Bear Off-Road Terrain, Chinese Product Fails, Stock Truck Abuse, + the Happy Patrol & Daring to be Special

Like the title says: Super Duties and 4Runners, V-10s and diesels, Lexus and GM V8s, sweet mountain bike tires and crappy Chinese ones, trails in Big Bear and Superstition, Foresters and stock pickups on the dunes, nighttime runs at Sand Dam, plus dirt, beer, whether the White House is just "Revenge of the Nerds" and MLK versus Black Lies Matter.

Hostus Maximus Justin Fort and able cohosting Powerstroke guy Majid do a garage-only workbench episode from the Fletcher Hills compound in scenic death-spiraling southern Kalifornistan.  The topics are standard-issue gearhead superiority - horsepower in sand and rock, engine swaps for trail rigs, the plug & play niceness of OE transplants, off-roading pre-production Ford Super Duty pickups, and a small look at the need for consumers to beware of any products made in China, not just the fakes. There's also a tidy little chat about how hybrid car technology can work when used in the real world, and not narcissistic little commuter dust-busters.

The Garage Hour goons spent some time looking back at their visit to the Superstition mountains just west of El Centro as well for the annual Superstition Run (put on by San Diego 4-Wheelers) and the near-perfect off-roading terrain afforded by wet SoCal sand and rock.  There's tales of a Class 8 desert truck bombing the famous Sand Dam in full roost-mode, as well as a bunch of other metal that didn't make it.  Then they try to figure out how much 4Runner Majid can afford for a trail beater - the beatier the better.  In gratitude, the newest Garage Hour cohost attempts to burn Justin's new MTB tires with a blowtorch.

Good talk radio starts in the garage - Hank Watson's Garage (Hour).  

If you'd prefer to download a low-res version of this episode, grab the same date with the "MP3" tag in the title.

Direct download: HWGH022816.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:21pm EST

02.17.16 (MP3): SEALs, Marines & Gearheads! We Chat w/ Retired SEAL Commander Larry Wilske About ISIS, Putin, Benghazi, Laser-Attack Dolphins, President Weak Broad, the South China Sea, Blowing Up Noriega's Yacht & Tugboats

Now THIS is the kind of sauce we're talking about.  In another "Where the Hell is the Garage Hour?" special, Hostus Maximus Justin Fort and cohosts .45 Phil (That Which Goes Bump in the Night) and Majid from GSR board retired SEAL Command Master Chief Larry Wilske's pleasure trawler for a cruise around San Diego Bay, a visit to Pacific Tugs, and some excellent insight on what nasty threats America faces from the world in the next decade.

If you're any fan of U.S. special warfare or America's burgeoning spec-ops community, Larry Wilske's been in it for more than 30 years, and he knows serious things that he's always willing to chat up.  Between him and .45 Phil, who joined the Marines back when Ronald Reagan made people want to serve their country, you'll get a great look at the thorny issues facing our country.

Interested in the ISIS threat? How about since they pilfered the SAM candy store known as Libya?  Curious how bad Benghazi really was?  Want to know what makes a document secret?  How about how screwed Hillary is if the law catches up with her?  Interested in opinion after opinion about Barry Obama's track record as President Weak Broad?  Want to hear Larry threaten Vladimir Putin?  Feel like the Obama-Iran nuke Christmas looks a lot like the one Clinton did for North Korea?  Need to know more about Larry's plan to get military veterans elected to all of San Diego's political seats?  Worried about China's ongoing imperialism in the South China Sea?  Larry knows stuff and the Garage Hour went along for a ride.

It's a typically excellent Garage Hour, so we've got the typical supersauce: F-150 versus F-250, laser-attack dolphins (and how Flipper had his way with Larry and his combat-swimming buddies), demo practice on civilian ships, plastic versus steel, steel versus teak, battleships versus the bottom of the harbor, mothballing versus decommissioning, Obama versus Trump, Holm versus Rousey, and tugboats, tugboats, tugboats.

Special thanks to Larry's pal Bob and Pacific Tug Service. Bob's the master of all things wet at Pacific Tug, and he came along for the ride to explain the large floating awesomeness that goes on in a tugyard.

If you'd prefer the hi-fi pixie dust version of this episode of the Garage Hour, search for the same date without the "MP3" tag in the header.

Direct download: HWGH021716WilskeMP3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 4:12pm EST

02.17.16: SEALs, Marines & Gearheads! We Chat w/ Retired SEAL Commander Larry Wilske About ISIS, Putin, Benghazi, Laser-Attack Dolphins, President Weak Broad, the South China Sea, Blowing Up Noriega's Yacht & Tugboats

Now THIS is the kind of sauce we're talking about.  In another "Where the Hell is the Garage Hour?" special, Hostus Maximus Justin Fort and cohosts .45 Phil (That Which Goes Bump in the Night) and Majid from GSR board retired SEAL Command Master Chief Larry Wilske's pleasure trawler for a cruise around San Diego Bay, a visit to Pacific Tugs, and some excellent insight on what nasty threats America faces from the world in the next decade.

If you're any fan of U.S. special warfare or America's burgeoning spec-ops community, Larry Wilske's been in it for more than 30 years, and he knows serious things that he's always willing to chat up.  Between him and .45 Phil, who joined the Marines back when Ronald Reagan made people want to serve their country, you'll get a great look at the thorny issues facing our country.

Interested in the ISIS threat? How about since they pilfered the SAM candy store known as Libya?  Curious how bad Benghazi really was?  Want to know what makes a document secret?  How about how screwed Hillary is if the law catches up with her?  Interested in opinion after opinion about Barry Obama's track record as President Weak Broad?  Want to hear Larry threaten Vladimir Putin?  Feel like the Obama-Iran nuke Christmas looks a lot like the one Clinton did for North Korea?  Need to know more about Larry's plan to get military veterans elected to all of San Diego's political seats?  Worried about China's ongoing imperialism in the South China Sea?  Larry knows stuff and the Garage Hour went along for a ride.

It's a typically excellent Garage Hour, so we've got the typical supersauce: F-150 versus F-250, laser-attack dolphins (and how Flipper had his way with Larry and his combat-swimming buddies), demo practice on civilian ships, plastic versus steel, steel versus teak, battleships versus the bottom of the harbor, mothballing versus decommissioning, Obama versus Trump, Holm versus Rousey, and tugboats, tugboats, tugboats.

Special thanks to Larry's pal Bob and Pacific Tug Service. Bob's the master of all things wet at Pacific Tug, and he came along for the ride to explain the large floating awesomeness that goes on in a tugyard.

If you'd prefer the low-fi cromag version of this episode of the Garage Hour, search for the same date with the "MP3" tag in the header.

Direct download: HWGH021716Wilske.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:34pm EST

01.22.16 (MP3): Gearhead Studio Attack w/ Dave Lozeau! Low-Brow/Day of the Dead Art, Robots VS Humans (First They Become Our Cars) & Asimov's Rules, Technology VS Morality, Skill Set VS Safety Net, & Snoop Job VS Perp Jam

Soooo much gearhead, so little time.  Old pals Dave Lozeau (San Diego skully/low-brow artist of repute) and Garage Hour host Justin Fort (former test driver and wall of mouth) beer it up for this two-hour in-studio special.  Want to learn about Dave's creative process?  His brush techniques?  What he's got coming up?  Why he's so damn popular in Nepal?  How about his knack for authenticity (how many guns on a P-47, Dave?)?  Whether he prefers painting or framing?  Where he keeps his ideas?  Take a gonzo trip into his mind with the Garage Hour.

It's not all nightmares and automotive enamel, though - this is the Garage Hour.  Give us an inch, we'll take your whole brain.  Dave the globe-trotting artist and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort (who's never met a button he didn't push) peel apart a few layers of the looming world crisis that is robot and smart cars, and the peril they pose to man's individuality, capability, responsibility, and safety (and what Isaac Asimov would have had to say about it).

In true Garage Hour form, Dave and Justin digress into movie soundtracks (Maximus Overdrive versus Judgement Night, plus Pelham 123 and Bullitt), why David Bowie was afraid of Americans (not the emo midget Trent Reznor in his "Afraid of Americans" video, however), old tech versus new Venture Brothers, and a tale of clobbering Sand Dam out at Superstition with a two-wheel drive Class 8 truck.

Remember, never buy a rental car because one of us might have rented it.

If you'd prefer the refinement and freshly cut tulip aroma of the M4A version of this episode, search for the same date without an "MP3" tag in the title.

Direct download: HWGH012216mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:01am EST

01.22.16: Gearhead Studio Attack w/ Dave Lozeau! Low-Brow/Day of the Dead Art, Robots VS Humans (First They Become Our Cars) & Asimov's Rules, Technology VS Morality, Skill Set VS Safety Net, & Snoop Job VS Perp Jam

Soooo much gearhead, so little time.  Old pals Dave Lozeau (San Diego skully/low-brow artist of repute) and Garage Hour host Justin Fort (former test driver and wall of mouth) beer it up for this two-hour in-studio special.  Want to learn about Dave's creative process?  His brush techniques?  What he's got coming up?  Why he's so damn popular in Nepal?  How about his knack for authenticity (how many guns on a P-47, Dave?)?  Whether he prefers painting or framing?  Where he keeps his ideas?  Take a gonzo trip into his mind with the Garage Hour.

It's not all nightmares and automotive enamel, though - this is the Garage Hour.  Give us an inch, we'll take your whole brain.  Dave the globe-trotting artist and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort (who's never met a button he didn't push) peel apart a few layers of the looming world crisis that is robot and smart cars, and the peril they pose to man's individuality, capability, responsibility, and safety (and what Isaac Asimov would have had to say about it).

In true Garage Hour form, Dave and Justin digress into movie soundtracks (Maximus Overdrive versus Judgement Night, plus Pelham 123 and Bullitt), why David Bowie was afraid of Americans (not the emo midget Trent Reznor in his "Afraid of Americans" video, however), old tech versus new Venture Brothers, and a tale of clobbering Sand Dam out at Superstition with a two-wheel drive Class 8 truck.

Remember, never buy a rental car because one of us might have rented it.

If you'd like the cromag low-pro version of this episode, search for the same date with an "MP3" tag in the title.

Direct download: HWGH012216.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 1:33am EST

02.27.10 (MP3): Classic! Screw Tibet & Free Yourself? Anti-Stupid Traffic Freakout or Top Gear Hilux Destruction? Replace Injectors or Carnivalé at Lost Abbey? Beck's Music or Scientology? B-17 Strafer or C-130 Spectre? Beretta or Glock? Zaphod or Homer?

How about some Grade "A" Garage Hour goodness?  With the bad weather, bad drivers, bad habits and bad injectors, this one's got it all.  Or, possibly some sort of infection, but hey, what's a contagious disease between cohosts?  Just drink some white Bronco and take some good beer, some good music (The Faint or Beck?), some good cartoons (South Park versus The Simpsons), a good party (Carnivalé at Lost Abbey) and some ill-gotten gains from misappropriating small arms in the Iraqi combat theater, and it's good gearhead radio.

Oh, and as if that's not enough to blow up your M92, there's always the age-old argument of Beretta versus Glock, Ballahs with Dollahs at Barona Drags, Second Amendment Clothing, good soundtracks for bad movies, train wrecks, our ad girl's sexy Kiwi gag reel, Toyota on a bad day and Zaphod Bebblebrox.

If you'd prefer to enjoy this fine piece of show in the high-brow plastic-fantastic wonderment of M4A bliss, just search the same episode date without an "MP3" tag.  You're welcome.

Direct download: HWGH022710mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:21am EST

02.27.10: Classic! Screw Tibet & Free Yourself? Anti-Stupid Traffic Freakout or Top Gear Hilux Destruction? Replace Injectors or Carnivalé at Lost Abbey? Beck's Music or Scientology? B-17 Strafer or C-130 Spectre? Beretta or Glock? Zaphod or Homer?

How about some Grade "A" Garage Hour goodness?  With the bad weather, bad drivers, bad habits and bad injectors, this one's got it all.  Or, possibly some sort of infection, but hey, what's a contagious disease between cohosts?  Just drink some white Bronco and take some good beer, some good music (The Faint or Beck?), some good cartoons (South Park versus The Simpsons), a good party (Carnivalé at Lost Abbey) and some ill-gotten gains from misappropriating small arms in the Iraqi combat theater, and it's good gearhead radio.

Oh, and as if that's not enough to blow up your M92, there's always the age-old argument of Beretta versus Glock, Ballahs with Dollahs at Barona Drags, Second Amendment Clothing, good soundtracks for bad movies, train wrecks, our ad girl's sexy Kiwi gag reel, Toyota on a bad day and Zaphod Bebblebrox.

If you'd prefer to enjoy this fine piece of show in cro-mag caveman knuckledraggin' MP3 bliss, just search the same episode date with an "MP3" tag.  You're welcome.

Direct download: HWGH022710.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:03am EST

01.03.16 (MP3): New Cars & Trucks 2016! Garage Hour Does San Diego Auto Show, w/ 4R TRD Pro, Diesel Colorado, Jeeps, the Slingshot, Best & Worst, BMW VS BMW, Big Engine VS Big Fat, Reality VS Hybrids, Tesla VS Warranties, + Where's Our Flying Cars?

Ultra-live new car and truck report from the finest little-big city auto show - it's the Garage Hour goons versus the San Diego Auto Show.  Recording live from the floor of the best looking S.D. display in a decade, Hostus Maximus Justin Fort and Majid from Global Source Remarketing (he sells used trucks, folks, lots of 'em) point their remarkably advanced understanding of the auto industry, its consumers and its wherewithal at the cars, trucks, electrics, diesels, innovators and relegators at the show, and killer gearhead talk results.  Yes, have some.

What'cha like?  We've got it: Lotus Elises, LS'd Chevy SSs and Duramaxed Colorados, Jeep TJs and CJs, the 4Runner TRD Pro, interior quality, Civics, brake fires, station wagons, the BMW 540i, Top Gear versus the Hilux, Dodge versus Ford work vans, coil versus leaf, rattle-can versus 4R, manual versus auto, Subaru CVT versus driving satisfaction, electricity versus ego, M3 versus M4, the Slingshot (from Canuckistan!), Tesla and Lincoln prototypes, hydrogen versus government, and where the hell are our flying cars? (you promised).

There's plenty of the usual Garage Hour subterfuge, so don't worry.  We take a fine slice at the auto unions, diesel repowering, yard work, rental adventure, overpriced San Diego, overvalued Chargers, engineers versus effectiveness, and of course, bear attacks.

If you'd prefer the high-fi version of this fine piece of sheeeeow, grab the same date without the "MP3" tag.

Direct download: HWGH010316mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 1:23pm EST

01.03.16: New Cars & Trucks 2016! Garage Hour Does San Diego Auto Show, w/ 4R TRD Pro, Diesel Colorado, Jeeps, the Slingshot, Best & Worst, BMW VS BMW, Big Engine VS Big Fat, Reality VS Hybrids, Tesla VS Warranties, + Where's Our Flying Cars?

Ultra-live new car and truck report from the finest little-big city auto show - it's the Garage Hour goons versus the San Diego Auto Show.  Recording live from the floor of the best looking S.D. display in a decade, Hostus Maximus Justin Fort and Majid from Global Source Remarketing (he sells used trucks, folks, lots of 'em) point their remarkably advanced understanding of the auto industry, its consumers and its wherewithal at the cars, trucks, electrics, diesels, innovators and relegators at the show, and killer gearhead talk results.  Yes, have some.

What'cha like?  We've got it: Lotus Elises, LS'd Chevy SSs and Duramaxed Colorados, Jeep TJs and CJs, the 4Runner TRD Pro, interior quality, Civics, brake fires, station wagons, the BMW 540i, Top Gear versus the Hilux, Dodge versus Ford work vans, coil versus leaf, rattle-can versus 4R, manual versus auto, Subaru CVT versus driving satisfaction, electricity versus ego, M3 versus M4, the Slingshot (from Canuckistan!), Tesla and Lincoln prototypes, hydrogen versus government, and where the hell are our flying cars? (you promised).

There's plenty of the usual Garage Hour subterfuge, so don't worry.  We take a fine slice at the auto unions, diesel repowering, yard work, rental adventure, overpriced San Diego, overvalued Chargers, engineers versus effectiveness, and of course, bear attacks.

If you'd prefer the low-fi version of this fine piece of sheeeeow, grab the same date with the "MP3" tag.

Direct download: HWGH010316.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:57pm EST

12.23.15 (MP3): Garagey Kind'a Christmas! Fools in the Rain (SoCal Drivers VS the Liquid Lobotomy), Duct Tape Halfshafts, Powerstroke Fords, New Star Wars Heckling, Life of a Farm Truck, + Hawkeyes VS Gophers & Homemade Grill Repairs w/ Rebar

When you get gearheads together for good talk radio, you know what to expect: a whole lot of random awesomesauce like blown bushings, auto repair with timber, Murphy's Law, snowboard versus ski, filthy 4Runners, long-range shooting, rebar barbecues (a rebarbecue), Big Government VS your hobbies, Jabba the Hut and whatever the Hell a camper rifle is - and that's before the caffeine sets in.

So many tales of Garage Hours past…  Get a newb cohost and the old gems come percolating back to the surface - Majid from GSR joins Houstus Maximus Justin Fort for a Christmas Eve Eve attempt at analysis of the roadways' dire state at the hands of a wet San Diego winter, and everything descends into Trooper parts and gunshot residue.

From there, the Garage Hour goons go for gearhead: farm trucks, iron pall versus trichinosis, weird laptop Mitsubishi vans, blowtorches and remarketing, the free speech of warning other motorists about a speed trap with your headlights, whether the pizza guy will get to your house faster than the police when you call, the hilarity that is a DUI checkpoint, and the shame that is how the CHP leaves crash shrapnel on the roadway to be cleaned up by your tires.

Oh, and yes, this is our Christmas episode, so we're extra festive.  If you'd like the high-res snooty M4A version of this episode, look for the same date without an "MP3" tag on it.

Direct download: HWGH122315mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 10:12pm EST

12.23.15: Garagey Kind'a Christmas! Fools in the Rain (SoCal Drivers VS the Liquid Lobotomy), Duct Tape Halfshafts, Powerstroke Fords, New Star Wars Heckling, Life of a Farm Truck, + Hawkeyes VS Gophers & Homemade Grill Repairs w/ Rebar

When you get gearheads together for good talk radio, you know what to expect: a whole lot of random awesomesauce like blown bushings, auto repair with timber, Murphy's Law, snowboard versus ski, filthy 4Runners, long-range shooting, rebar barbecues (a rebarbecue), Big Government VS your hobbies, Jabba the Hut and whatever the Hell a camper rifle is - and that's before the caffeine sets in.

So many tales of Garage Hours past…  Get a newb cohost and the old gems come percolating back to the surface - Majid from GSR (and his dad Mo) joined Houstus Maximus Justin Fort for a Christmas Eve Eve attempt at analysis of the roadways' dire state at the hands of a wet San Diego winter, and everything descends into Trooper parts and gunshot residue.

From there, the Garage Hour goons go for gearhead: farm trucks, iron pall versus trichinosis, weird laptop Mitsubishi vans, blowtorches and remarketing, the free speech of warning other motorists about a speed trap with your headlights, whether the pizza guy will get to your house faster than the police when you call, the hilarity that is a DUI checkpoint, and the shame that is how the CHP leaves crash shrapnel on the roadway to be cleaned up by your tires.

Oh, and yes, this is our Christmas episode, so we're extra festive.  If you'd like the low-res caveman version of this episode, look for the same date with an "MP3" tag on it.

Direct download: HWGH122315.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 9:48pm EST

01.30.10 (MP3): Classic! Fat-Foot Recalls & Toyota Mother-Computer, Daytona & LeMans 24Hrs, Miata People, Death @ 1000ft in a Cobra Gunship, Nain Rogue & Mothug Doug, & Why Danica Patrick's a Nasty Jerk

Yo! Who wants a C4 'Vette? How 'bout one with a motor as big as a whale with a cog-drive blower that works just great for smokey 'Jersey burnouts?  Make the check out to Mothug Doug.

Don't blink or you'll miss this excellent early Garage Hour, complete with Hostus Maximus Justin Fort, Grizzly Chris and Dirty Dave, as well as a bucketful of big words, the Chicago flag, Toyotas and Mazdas and that creepy "Zoom-Zoom" thing the Miata people do, the difference between stinky rat mummies and the smell of death from 1000ft over Iraq in a Cobra gunship, Spyker buying SAAB, Geely buying Volvo (and whatever the Hell a Geely is), and What the Hell #2: Nain Rogue.  Yup, Detroit's got a demon, and we don't meant the unions - they're more of an unwanted vampire-zombie lovechild.

It IS the Garage Hour, however, so there's got to be racing - we've got the Daytona and LeMans 24 Hours, what it's like to attend in person, and why Juan Pablo might be fast, but he's still a nozzle.  There's also some storyline about the Panoz LMPs from LeMans and why they're so awesome despite never having won the whole scheme, plus how to get Danica Patrick to stop being such a prissy twat - now that she's in NASCAR, just let Tony Stewart beat her up.

This one's special, by the by, because it's the foundation for one of the original Garage Hour promos (as heard on-air for years).

If you'd like a high-res version of this episode, grab the one with the matching date and no "MP3" in the title.

Direct download: HWGH013010.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:22am EST

01.30.10: Classic! Fat-Foot Recalls & Toyota Mother-Computer, Daytona & LeMans 24Hrs, Miata People, Death @ 1000ft in a Cobra Gunship, Nain Rogue & Mothug Doug, & Why Danica Patrick's a Nasty Jerk

Yo! Who wants a C4 'Vette? How 'bout one with a motor as big as a whale with a cog-drive blower that works just great for smokey 'Jersey burnouts?  Make the check out to Mothug Doug.

Don't blink or you'll miss this excellent early Garage Hour, complete with Hostus Maximus Justin Fort, Grizzly Chris and Dirty Dave, as well as a bucketful of big words, the Chicago flag, Toyotas and Mazdas and that creepy "Zoom-Zoom" thing the Miata people do, the difference between stinky rat mummies and the smell of death from 1000ft over Iraq in a Cobra gunship, Spyker buying SAAB, Geely buying Volvo (and whatever the Hell a Geely is), and What the Hell #2: Nain Rogue.  Yup, Detroit's got a demon, and we don't meant the unions - they're more of an unwanted vampire-zombie lovechild.

It IS the Garage Hour, however, so there's got to be racing - we've got the Daytona and LeMans 24 Hours, what it's like to attend in person, and why Juan Pablo might be fast, but he's still a nozzle.  There's also some storyline about the Panoz LMPs from LeMans and why they're so awesome despite never having won the whole scheme, plus how to get Danica Patrick to stop being such a prissy twat - now that she's in NASCAR, just let Tony Stewart beat her up.

This one's special, by the by, because it's the foundation for one of the original Garage Hour promos (as heard on-air for years).

If you'd like a low-res version of this episode, grab the one with the matching date and an "MP3" in the title.

Direct download: HWGH013010.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:07am EST

10.10.09 (MP3): Classic! Strafing B-25s + Doolittle Falsies, Robocop VS Detroit Unions, Ford VS Poncho VS Chrysler Burnouts, CamRon's Swine Flu VS Cohagen Raising the Price of Air, Dirty Dave VS the SEALS, Shine VS Lightning, & Metallica VS Kyuss

Sporty vintage Garage Hour reload - from Dirty Dave's creepy shoes and Grizzly Chris's Mogfest plans to which makes (Ford, Pontiac or Chrysler) do the best burnouts.  Like the inevitable gravy of which the Garage Hour is full of, we descend from there into the depths of strafing-only B-25s in the Pacific and how much real estate you plow up with ten forward-facing .50-cals, Robocop and his best bud Clarence Boddicker and how the unions did far worse to the city of Detroit than either one of these guys could on their worst day, and the wonderment that is the Bossco magnetic work light.

From there, it's 100% gearhead - shine versus lightning (either its corn or apple - you choose your poison).  Off-Road Expo.  Chopping the top your Miata at home for fun and pleasure.  Salmonella.  Party commuting in a tweeting bugeye WRX.  Nacho from Wisco and the price of air.  Dirty Dave challenging SEALs to a fight.  And if you like rock, we've got Metallica, Kyuss and the Blues Brothers in this one too.

If you want the high-res version of this episode, look for the same date without "MP3" in the title.

Direct download: HWGH101009mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 7:17pm EST

10.10.09: Classic! Strafing B-25s + Doolittle Falsies, Robocop VS Detroit Unions, Ford VS Poncho VS Chrysler Burnouts, CamRon's Swine Flu VS Cohagen Raising the Price of Air, Dirty Dave VS the SEALS, Shine VS Lightning, & Metallica VS Kyuss

Sporty vintage Garage Hour reload - from Dirty Dave's creepy shoes and Grizzly Chris's Mogfest plans to which makes (Ford, Pontiac or Chrysler) do the best burnouts.  Like the inevitable gravy of which the Garage Hour is full of, we descend from there into the depths of strafing-only B-25s in the Pacific and how much real estate you plow up with ten forward-facing .50-cals, Robocop and his best bud Clarence Boddicker and how the unions did far worse to the city of Detroit than either one of these guys could on their worst day, and the wonderment that is the Bossco magnetic work light.

From there, it's 100% gearhead - shine versus lightning (either its corn or apple - you choose your poison).  Off-Road Expo.  Chopping the top your Miata at home for fun and pleasure.  Salmonella.  Party commuting in a tweeting bugeye WRX.  Nacho from Wisco and the price of air.  Dirty Dave challenging SEALs to a fight.  And if you like rock, we've got Metallica, Kyuss and the Blues Brothers in this one too.

If you want a lower-res version of this episode, look for the same date with an "MP3" in the title.

Direct download: HWGH101009.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:50pm EST

10.02.10 (MP3): Classic! Distracted Driving Facts w/ Crash Rates for Alcohol VS Device, Outlawing VS Mocking Stupid People, Education VS Laws, GH Ideas for Getting Even w/ Distracted Drivers, How Cops Know, + Nasty Vauxhalls, Diesels, SB Cobras & Evos

This is one of those episodes that we weren't sure how it would turn out - esoteric topic, lots of research and numbers, and a host of personal realities that may not jive with the facts. Boy, were we wrong - what a great episode.

Distracted driving: it causes more accidents than drunk people, is ignored by more people, is engaged in by more people, and makes it way more likely that Garage Hour hosts will screw with you on the road.  Stupid drivers, beware: you ARE a target, of both Hostus Maximus Justin Fort, Mr. Dustin (Top Earner) and Dirty Dave, and of any motorist who's sick of your Bott's dot/Braille-driving/lane slowing/exit-missing/signal-ignoring foolishness.

The Garage Hour goons have calls in from Hoosier Eric (didn't crash) and Jaime from Off-Road.com (with tales of seven-second 1-ton diesel trucks), and then it's back to distracted drying, the NHTSA and AAA's failures to recognize (or decision to ignore) the problem, how states with sensible people (Indiana, anyone?) tend to weed out the idiots, why parents are a necessary (and often missing) element of driving fails, and why you're safer with a beer in your gullet than with a phone in your hand.  Batting cleanup: the fact that the cops and carma will get you if the Garage Hour doesn't, but then again, we'd be happy to do it if carma won't, and we list how we'll turn your distracted driving into disturbed ditching.

Following that, we chase down all that other garagey goodness: blown Vauxhalls and their weirdly awesome noises, small-block Cobras and how to flog them around the Nurburgring, the Bullitt crashing sound, Subie wrenching, tractor dodging, propane farts, Evo and STi paint, and why on-ramps should be called "Speed Up, You Moron" lanes.

If you'd prefer the smooth, dulcet tones of an M4A version of this episode, just search for the same date without an "MP3" tag.

Direct download: HWGH100210mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 4:56pm EST

10.02.10: Classic! Distracted Driving Facts w/ Crash Rates for Alcohol VS Device, Outlawing VS Mocking Stupid People, Education VS Laws, GH Ideas for Getting Even w/ Distracted Drivers, How Cops Know, + Nasty Vauxhalls, Diesels, SB Cobras & Evos

This is one of those episodes that we weren't sure how it would turn out - esoteric topic, lots of research and numbers, and a host of personal realities that may not jive with the facts. Boy, were we wrong - what a great episode.

Distracted driving: it causes more accidents than drunk people, is ignored by more people, is engaged in by more people, and makes it way more likely that Garage Hour hosts will screw with you on the road.  Stupid drivers, beware: you ARE a target, of both Hostus Maximus Justin Fort, Mr. Dustin (Top Earner) and Dirty Dave, and of any motorist who's sick of your Bott's dot/Braille-driving/lane slowing/exit-missing/signal-ignoring foolishness.

The Garage Hour goons have calls in from Hoosier Eric (didn't crash) and Jaime from Off-Road.com (with tales of seven-second 1-ton diesel trucks), and then it's back to distracted drying, the NHTSA and AAA's failures to recognize (or decision to ignore) the problem, how states with sensible people (Indiana, anyone?) tend to weed out the idiots, why parents are a necessary (and often missing) element of driving fails, and why you're safer with a beer in your gullet than with a phone in your hand.  Batting cleanup: the fact that the cops and carma will get you if the Garage Hour doesn't, but then again, we'd be happy to do it if carma won't, and we list how we'll turn your distracted driving into disturbed ditching.

Following that, we chase down all that other garagey goodness: blown Vauxhalls and their weirdly awesome noises, small-block Cobras and how to flog them around the Nurburgring, the Bullitt crashing sound, Subie wrenching, tractor dodging, propane farts, Evo and STi paint, and why on-ramps should be called "Speed Up, You Moron" lanes.

If you'd like a low-fi/easy-downloading MP3 version of this episode, just search for the same date with an "MP3" tag.

Direct download: HWGH100210.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 4:33pm EST

08.15.09: Classic! Clunker Program Logic FAIL, Shovel-Head Drifter (So 'Jersey!), Puking Down Rainer, Chuck Dempsey on Goodyears & Desert-Race Goodness, Barona Drags Funny Car Nights, + Liver Patrol @ Jack Murphy

Raise deflector sacrasm!  It's a classic Garage Hour.  There are serious issues to bring to the light of day, such as the Kardashian administration's ongoing Cash for Clunkers program fails (destroy a perfectly good car and/or truck lately?) the pending fails powering electric car manufacturers and their government stilts, and the hosts' pending partying at Qualcomm… ahem! Jack Murphy Stadium pre-Chargers fail.

The Garage Hour goons also reach deep into Hostus Maximus's bag of great race-team relationships (no, not the people with the shouting, the people with the racing) for an interview with Goodyear-shod Chuck Dempsey.  Chuck, Justin and cohost Grizzly Chris talk about the 860hp Speed Technologies Class One buggy, Trophy Truck (hey, we've got to put that 6000lbs somewhere), Pro 2 (it's cheaper to crash) and Super Light (it's cheaper to race), Best in the Desert (BITD), Southern California Off-Road Experience (SCORE), and take time to take a shot at Carl "Big Shoulders" Rentedzeder…  Renezedder…  Rentalcenter…  Whatever, the rich guy who crashes everyone.

It's the Garage Hour, however, so you can depend on them to as big life-questions too, such how awesome District 9 was, whether Kalifornistan's on fire again, how to puke so much you can't climb Mt. Rainer, as whether Morgan Freeman can be a ninja in a suit, why Admiral Ackbar has potential as a president (and a cereal called Ackbar Flakes), why that big-hair New Hersey-lookin' muscledude with the tire-smoking '69ish Mustang Fastback is hitting himself with a shovel, and how to answer a rhetorical question with a rhetorical answer.

If you'd like to listen to the MP3 version of this episode, just search this show date with "MP3" in the title.

Direct download: HWGH081509.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:26pm EST

08.15.09 (MP3): Classic! Clunker Program Logic FAIL, Shovel-Head Drifter (So 'Jersey!), Puking Down Rainer, Chuck Dempsey on Goodyears & Desert-Race Goodness, Barona Drags Funny Car Nights, + Liver Patrol @ Jack Murphy

Raise deflector sacrasm!  It's a classic Garage Hour.  There are serious issues to bring to the light of day, such as the Kardashian administration's ongoing Cash for Clunkers program fails (destroy a perfectly good car and/or truck lately?) the pending fails powering electric car manufacturers and their government stilts, and the hosts' pending partying at Qualcomm… ahem! Jack Murphy Stadium pre-Chargers fail.

The Garage Hour goons also reach deep into Hostus Maximus's bag of great race-team relationships (no, not the people with the shouting, the people with the racing) for an interview with Goodyear-shod Chuck Dempsey.  Chuck, Justin and cohost Grizzly Chris talk about the 860hp Speed Technologies Class One buggy, Trophy Truck (hey, we've got to put that 6000lbs somewhere), Pro 2 (it's cheaper to crash) and Super Light (it's cheaper to race), Best in the Desert (BITD), Southern California Off-Road Experience (SCORE), and take time to take a shot at Carl "Big Shoulders" Rentedzeder…  Renezedder…  Rentalcenter…  Whatever, the rich guy who crashes everyone.

It's the Garage Hour, however, so you can depend on them to as big life-questions too, such how awesome District 9 was, whether Kalifornistan's on fire again, how to puke so much you can't climb Mt. Rainer, as whether Morgan Freeman can be a ninja in a suit, why Admiral Ackbar has potential as a president (and a cereal called Ackbar Flakes), why that big-hair New Hersey-lookin' muscledude with the tire-smoking '69ish Mustang Fastback is hitting himself with a shovel, and how to answer a rhetorical question with a rhetorical answer.

If you'd like to listen to the high-zoot M4A version of this episode, just search this show date without the "MP3" in the title.

Direct download: HWGH081509mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:04pm EST

10.24.15 (MP3): Pure Garage! Detailing Dirty Trucks, Microfiber VS Cotton, Dry VS Detail, Tire Goo VS Preservative, Mothers Powerball, Car Care Resources, + Frankenmower, Nacho & Sheriff Clark, STi VS Elise & How Politicians Cause Water Shortages

Instead of the usual everyone's here madness, it's time for a garage-pure one-on-one with Garage Hour Hostus Maximus Justin Fort.  Sure, he'll ramble and go on about road-racing and shooting raccoons, but between the segues there's a lot of great thinking about how to detail your filthy truck (and why it's always a great idea to make a clean truck dirty).

There are the resources: detailguide.comMothers.comOff-Road.com, and griotgarage.com.  There are the logics: what towels to use, what detailer works, which tire sprays help and which are a pain, plus sealing against corrosion (or corrosion because of it), changing towels, cotton and microfiber, why drying is different from detailing, how to clean and polish powdercoating, and the chemicals of instant detailer.  There are also the go-tos: Anderson Truck Trail, CA's dangerous ideologue politicians and how they cause water shortages, and pop-tops versus twist-offs (ouch).

Following the tales of detailing, there's the Frankenmower, schitzo iPod tracks, shooting raccoons, fuel pumps and fuel filters, potting plants with trail dirt, and tire grooving with Nachos from Wisconsin.

Music: Big John Bates, Type "O" Negative, Cream, Zep, the Rev.

Beer: Sea Dog's Blueberry Pale, Ballast Point's Grapefruit Sculpin, and Twisted Manzanita's Rustic Red.

Now, we demand you go make your truck dirty.  If' you'd like an M4A version of this show, just search the same date without the "MP3" tag.

Direct download: HWGH102415mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:45pm EST

10.24.15: Pure Garage! Detailing Dirty Trucks, Microfiber VS Cotton, Dry VS Detail, Tire Goo VS Preservative, Mothers Powerball, Car Care Resources, + Frankenmower, Nacho & Sheriff Clark, STi VS Elise & How Politicians Cause Water Shortages

Instead of the usual everyone's here madness, it's time for a garage-pure one-on-one with Garage Hour Hostus Maximus Justin Fort.  Sure, he'll ramble and go on about road-racing and shooting raccoons, but between the segues there's a lot of great thinking about how to detail your filthy truck (and why it's always a great idea to make a clean truck dirty).

There are the resources: detailguide.com, Mothers.com, Off-Road.com, and griotgarage.com.  There are the logics: what towels to use, what detailer works, which tire sprays help and which are a pain, plus sealing against corrosion (or corrosion because of it), changing towels, cotton and microfiber, why drying is different from detailing, how to clean and polish powdercoating, and the chemicals of instant detailer.  There are also the go-tos: Anderson Truck Trail, CA's dangerous ideologue politicians and how they cause water shortages, and pop-tops versus twist-offs (ouch).

Following the tales of detailing, there's the Frankenmower, schitzo iPod tracks, shooting raccoons, fuel pumps and fuel filters, potting plants with trail dirt, and tire grooving with Nachos from Wisconsin.

Music: Big John Bates, Type "O" Negative, Cream, Zep, the Rev.

Beer: Sea Dog's Blueberry Pale, Ballast Point's Grapefruit Sculpin, and Twisted Manzanita's Rustic Red.

Now, we demand you go make your truck dirty.  If' you'd like an MP3 version of this show, just search the same date with the "MP3" tag.

Direct download: HWGH102415.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:56pm EST

08.18.12: Flaming Fiskers, Hot & Humid VS HWY Stupid, V8-Zeta, Daytona & Rolex Prototypes VS Diesel, Gov't Motors VS 'Vette Design, Red Bull F1 VS Lincoln Tunnel, Cop Armor VS Cop Donuts, + 9mm VS .45 ACP & Mayor Filner VS Madrid?

What'cha like?  Some road racing like the production and prototypes at Circuit Giles Villeneuve in Canada?  How about the return of GM's good ideas with the rebirth of the G8 (or another GM fail with our analysis of the new 'Vette?)?  Want some news on self-immolating Fisker Karmas, and should they have stuck with making scissors?

It's the Garage Hour - we've got that, plus puking politicians, catfish-faced mayors, tales of pinkos from the Obammunists in office.  This episode also has what cruisers cops prefer (and a little insight on why), some thoughts on how to make your crappy cars all run (just sell your nice ones), why Charlie Sheen is doing ads for Alfa, and what damage has been done by the gub'ment's heavy foot on the neck of the new Corvette's designers.  After that, it's all tupperware jokes, what handgun goes best with skinny jeans, and why Miatas run too hot.

If you'd like an MP3 version of this podcast, just search for the same date with the "MP3" tag.

Direct download: HWGH081812.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:36pm EST

08.18.12 (MP3): Flaming Fiskers, Hot & Humid VS HWY Stupid, V8-Zeta, Daytona & Rolex Prototypes VS Diesel, Gov't Motors VS 'Vette Design, Red Bull F1 VS Lincoln Tunnel, Cop Armor VS Cop Donuts, + 9mm VS .45 ACP & Mayor Filner VS Madrid?

What'cha like?  Some road racing like the production and prototypes at Circuit Giles Villeneuve in Canada?  How about the return of GM's good ideas with the rebirth of the G8 (or another GM fail with our analysis of the new 'Vette?)?  Want some news on self-immolating Fisker Karmas, and should they have stuck with making scissors?

It's the Garage Hour - we've got that, plus puking politicians, catfish-faced mayors, tales of pinkos from the Obammunists in office.  This episode also has what cruisers cops prefer (and a little insight on why), some thoughts on how to make your crappy cars all run (just sell your nice ones), why Charlie Sheen is doing ads for Alfa, and what damage has been done by the gub'ment's heavy foot on the neck of the new Corvette's designers.  After that, it's all tupperware jokes, what handgun goes best with skinny jeans, and why Miatas run too hot.

If you'd like an M4A version of this podcast, just search for the same date without the "MP3" tag.

Direct download: HWGH081812mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:16pm EST

10.17.15 (MP3): Backcountry Range Day, w/ Second Amendment Awesome, Close-Quarter Fun & Touching Steel at 700yd, Plus More VW Diesel VS Electric & Bureaucratic BS, Truck-Use Goodness, Volvo People, Traffic Laws & Delicate Bicycle Wienerkids

Some Garage Hours are put together in breweries, others in garages, a few at gun stores, some more in the studio, but when was the last time you got to hear a broadcast from a covert black-ops and first-names-only three-letter training range in backcountry San Diego?  Yeah, try to contain your 2A jealousy.

The Garage Hour goons - with sometime cohorts and full-time shooters Matt Klier of Active Shooter Defense School (as well as ASDPink) and Smog Mike - made their way to this excellent spot in San Diego's remarkably rural backcountry for a day of tactical thinking, paramilitary designation, handgun drills and reaching out with the long guns.  Grab the podcast - Hostus Maximus Justin Fort needed something to do when he ran out of bullets - and have yourself some.

Fighting the distraction of endless range time and chats with the shooters that be, Justin also delves into a few ditties about ballistics (the little he knows), traffic and newbie drivers for fun and liability, bike lanes and the new victim status that is pedal power, local off-roading, lone-wolf terrorism's asymmetrical threat to America.  Then the lethal amigos track back to gearhead - VWs ongoing battle with the auto workers' union and the Kardashian administration, the wonder that is efficient diesel power (don't let the fools on the news trick you - VW's getting the Obama treatment), and why Volvo people are a different kind of people.

If you'd like a version of this podcast in M4A form, just search for the same date without "MP3" in the title.

Direct download: HWGH101715mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:53am EST

10.17.15: Backcountry Range Day, w/ Second Amendment Awesome, Close-Quarter Fun & Touching Steel at 700yd, Plus More VW Diesel VS Electric & Bureaucratic BS, Truck-Use Goodness, Volvo People, Traffic Laws & Delicate Bicycle Wienerkids

Some Garage Hours are put together in breweries, others in garages, a few at gun stores, some more in the studio, but when was the last time you got to hear a broadcast from a covert black-ops and first-names-only three-letter training range in backcountry San Diego?  Yeah, try to contain your 2A jealousy.

The Garage Hour goons - with sometime cohorts and full-time shooters Matt Klier of Active Shooter Defense School (as well as ASDPink) and Smog Mike - made their way to this excellent spot in San Diego's remarkably rural backcountry for a day of tactical thinking, paramilitary designation, handgun drills and reaching out with the long guns.  Grab the podcast - Hostus Maximus Justin Fort needed something to do when he ran out of bullets - and have yourself some.

Fighting the distraction of endless range time and chats with the shooters that be, Justin also delves into a few ditties about ballistics (the little he knows), traffic and newbie drivers for fun and liability, bike lanes and the new victim status that is pedal power, local off-roading, lone-wolf terrorism's asymmetrical threat to America.  Then the lethal amigos track back to gearhead - VWs ongoing battle with the auto workers' union and the Kardashian administration, the wonder that is efficient diesel power (don't let the fools on the news trick you - VW's getting the Obama treatment), and why Volvo people are a different kind of people.

If you'd like a version of this podcast in MP3 form, just search for the same date with the "MP3" tag in the title.

Direct download: HWGH101715.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:13am EST

12.17.11 (MP3): GH VS PBID! Small Business VS La Mesa Mayor, Old Trucks, Military History, Sean Connery, Skateboard Sawing, Jaegermeister VS Beer VS Dirndls, Crimey Businesses, Warm Beer & British Teeth,  Plus Tales of DUIs & Mayors

The Garage Hour goons dig into some neighborhood charm and explore a local manifestation of Big Government in Chicago By The Sea, otherwise known as the Jewel in the Hills, La Mesa, CA.

Joined by La Mesa businessfolk Craig "Elect My Muscles" Maxwell, Bill "British Make Things Too" Jaynes and Deena "I'm Here to Make These Guys Look Good" While, Hostus Maximus Justin Fort talks through the "no" side of the city's attempted business-improvement district (PBID), otherwise as the El Cajonification of La Mesa.  Needless to say, the locals ain't big fans, y'know, because they like to do things like earn a living and afford their rent.  There's also an exploration of how "improved" business districts attract crime but not income.

Promise: we've got the usual Garage Hour charm in this one.  There's British jokes, British cars, British - heh, Scottish - actors, drinking jokes (La Mesa's mayor tends to invite them), DUI seriousness (don't), tinpot dictators marked for death, tinpot mouthpieces marked for a role in the Kardashian White House, the unmanned US-Mexico border, and how many old trucks we can cram into one conversation.

If you'd prefer an M4A version of this episode, look for the same date without the "MP3" tag in the title.

Direct download: HWGH121711mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 10:20pm EST

12.17.11: GH VS PBID! Small Business VS La Mesa Mayor, Old Trucks, Military History, Sean Connery, Skateboard Sawing, Jaegermeister VS Beer VS Dirndls, Crimey Businesses, Warm Beer & British Teeth,  Plus Tales of DUIs & Mayors

The Garage Hour goons dig into some neighborhood charm and explore a local manifestation of Big Government in Chicago By The Sea, otherwise known as the Jewel in the Hills, La Mesa, CA.

Joined by La Mesa businessfolk Craig "Elect My Muscles" Maxwell, Bill "British Make Things Too" Jaynes and Deena "I'm Here to Make These Guys Look Good" While, Hostus Maximus Justin Fort talks through the "no" side of the city's attempted business-improvement district (PBID), otherwise as the El Cajonification of La Mesa.  Needless to say, the locals ain't big fans, y'know, because they like to do things like earn a living and afford their rent.  There's also an exploration of how "improved" business districts attract crime but not income.

Promise: we've got the usual Garage Hour charm in this one.  There's British jokes, British cars, British - heh, Scottish - actors, drinking jokes (La Mesa's mayor tends to invite them), DUI seriousness (don't), tinpot dictators marked for death, tinpot mouthpieces marked for a role in the Kardashian White House, the unmanned US-Mexico border, and how many old trucks we can cram into one conversation.

If you'd prefer an MP3 version of this episode, look for the same date with an "MP3" tag in the title.

Direct download: HWGH121711.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 9:53pm EST

09.30.15: Back At It-->GH @ Helix for Beers, Powdercoating, a Realist's Take on the VW Diesel Mess (and Why It's Big Gov's Fault), Pretty Girlfriends & Mr. Burns's Mom, Hank Watson's Origin Story, Plus a Beer Named AR-15

From La Mesa's burgeoning brewing district, the Garage Hour goons are back for another run at the super sips from Helix Brewing (drinkhelix.com!) and a rowdy rendition of Hank Watson's Garage Hour.  Yes, have some.

Start with the goodies - a running discussion about the magical off-roading coating called powdercoating with newb cohost Troy from Powder 1 in El Cajon (don't install a roll bar without 'em - powder1.com), the VW diesel error that was trusting the US government to ignore fossil fuel's mighty potential, and fine ales present and future from Helix Brewery's very own Cam Ball.  Speaking of, Twisted Manzanita's got their Witch's Hair Pumpkin Ale on nitro in the tasting room - it's a must-have.

Take another step and we're all about the other - the new Tesla wagon, Slash's Snake Pit, a beer we're developing with Helix called AR-15, and where the Garage Hour's cohorts would be without their marvelous girlfriends.  There's also flak towers, Jewish jokes (hey, we're at least 1/2 Jewish), how to pick up chicks with Dr. Who, Hum's "Stars", and soot.

Yeah, we're awesomesauce, and we're not even trying.  Tell your friends.

For the MP3 version of this episode, download the podcast of the same date with "MP3" in the title.

Direct download: HWGH093015Helix.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 4:02am EST

09.30.15 (MP3): Back At It-->GH @ Helix for Beers, Powdercoating, a Realist's Take on the VW Diesel Mess (and Why It's Big Gov's Fault), Pretty Girlfriends & Mr. Burns's Mom, Hank Watson's Origin Story, Plus a Beer Named AR-15

From La Mesa's burgeoning brewing district, the Garage Hour goons are back for another run at the super sips from Helix Brewing (drinkhelix.com!) and a rowdy rendition of Hank Watson's Garage Hour.  Yes, have some.

Start with the goodies - a running discussion about the magical off-roading coating called powdercoating with newb cohost Troy from Powder 1 in El Cajon (don't install a roll bar without 'em - powder1.com), the VW diesel error that was trusting the US government to ignore fossil fuel's mighty potential, and fine ales present and future from Helix Brewery's very own Cam Ball.  Speaking of, Twisted Manzanita's got their Witch's Hair Pumpkin Ale on nitro in the tasting room - it's a must-have.

Take another step and we're all about the other - the new Tesla wagon, Slash's Snake Pit, a beer we're developing with Helix called AR-15, and where the Garage Hour's cohorts would be without their marvelous girlfriends.  There's also flak towers, Jewish jokes (hey, we're at least 1/2 Jewish), how to pick up chicks with Dr. Who, Hum's "Stars", and soot.

Yeah, we're awesome sauce, and we're not even trying.  Tell your friends.

For the M4A version of this episode, download the podcast of the same date without "MP3" in the title.

Direct download: HWGH093015HelixMP3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:32am EST

08.27.11 (MP3): Low-Fi German-Infested Twilight VS Apocalypse Bear Attack Awesomeness, Plus Bender's Musings (Must Kill All Humans), Toyota Recalls, Boba Choking, Jap Tsunami Cars, Abercrombie Zombies, Manz Kegging, SD Beer Week & Ford FE Blocks

Ahhh, yes, a show to end all shows (or just this one).  With almost no tracking of topics and the digression tsunami the Garage Hour goons are famous for, this episode doesn't want for good stuff: from 5.0 blocks to pig hunting in Campo, plus Top Gear's Tesla train wreck, 911 calls for Sasquatch, Targa Trophy reports from Mr. Dustin, to kegging stories from Jeff at Manzanita Brewing, we've got it all.  Sorry.

There's more to it than just those goodies: bear attacks, Nick Cage VS cohost Grizzly Chris (and the sad tale of Nick Cage's son, Foolistophecles), bullet 'Birds, skirts VS cranks, exploding cargo, Russians (and FPS Russia), sex in space, and a big about rusty cars, Toyota warranty fails, and tsunami cars from post-Tohoku Japan.

Hostus Maximus Justin Fort is joined on-air by friend-of-show Matt Walsh (of Matt Walsh Wood Floors), plus Black Ryan, Barrister "Daniel" Hilton, with call-ins from Mr. Dustin and Jeff Trevaskis of Manzanita Brewing.

If you'd like the M4A version of this show, grab the podcast with a matching date and no "MP3" in the title.

Direct download: HWGH082711.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 8:32pm EST

08.27.11: Low-Fi German-Infested Twilight VS Apocalypse Bear Attack Awesomeness, Plus Bender's Musings (Must Kill All Humans), Toyota Recalls, Boba Choking, Jap Tsunami Cars, Abercrombie Zombies, Manz Kegging, SD Beer Week & Ford FE Blocks

Ahhh, yes, a show to end all shows (or just this one).  With almost no tracking of topics and the digression tsunami the Garage Hour goons are famous for, this episode doesn't want for good stuff: from 5.0 blocks to pig hunting in Campo, plus Top Gear's Tesla train wreck, 911 calls for Sasquatch, Targa Trophy reports from Mr. Dustin, to kegging stories from Jeff at Manzanita Brewing, we've got it all.  Sorry.

There's more to it than just those goodies: bear attacks, Nick Cage VS cohost Grizzly Chris (and the sad tale of Nick Cage's son, Foolistophecles), bullet 'Birds, skirts VS cranks, exploding cargo, Russians (and FPS Russia), sex in space, and a big about rusty cars, Toyota warranty fails, and tsunami cars from post-Tohoku Japan.

Hostus Maximus Justin Fort is joined on-air by friend-of-show Matt Walsh (of Matt Walsh Wood Floors), plus Black Ryan, Barrister "Daniel" Hilton, with call-ins from Mr. Dustin and Jeff Trevaskis of Manzanita Brewing.

If you'd like an MP3 version of this show, grab the podcast with a matching date and the "MP3" in the title.

Direct download: HWGH082711.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:58pm EST

09.09.15 (MP3): Garage Hour Visits Helix Brewing (Made in the USA), Turning Homebrew Into a Business (Nano VS Micro), Building a Brewery, Ingredient Percentages, Plus What Uber's Up To, Old Laptops, Pork Chop Cruise Missiles, AR-15s + Kelly's Heroes

The Garage Hour goons managed to check off one of the to-dos on their list with a broadcast from the brewhouse at Helix Brewing, a charming new brewery that just opened for business in La Mesa, CA, just down the street from the Garage Hour compound in Fletcher Hills.  This is the definition of craft brewer - making fun, tasty beers that you can enjoy in a small, cloistered setting.

While chatting with owner/operator/engineer/bottle washer Cameron Ball, Hostus Maximus Justin Fort and cohosts .45 Phil and Chef Jeff really dug into the new ales offered by Cameron and company, as well as little bit of the thinking behind starting and running a new brewery in the Bureaucratic State of Kalifornistan.

It's the Garage Hour, though, so don't worry: this episode also has AR-15s (and Cameron's plans to brew a beer inspired by the AR), tow trucks and towed 5.0s, off-roading, running trails versus running trails, good soundtracks and bad movies, .45 Phil's VW bus, and why Uber is up to something.

There's an M4A version of this podcast available on this micropage - just check the sound file for the same show with no "MP3" label.

Direct download: HWGH090915Helixmp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 10:23pm EST

09.09.15: Garage Hour Visits Helix Brewing (Made in the USA), Turning Homebrew Into a Business (Nano VS Micro), Building a Brewery, Ingredient Percentages, Plus What Uber's Up To, Old Laptops, Pork Chop Cruise Missiles, AR-15s + Kelly's Heroes

The Garage Hour goons managed to check off one of the to-dos on their list with a broadcast from the brewhouse at Helix Brewing, a charming new brewery that just opened for business in La Mesa, CA, just down the street from the Garage Hour compound in Fletcher Hills.  This is the definition of craft brewer - making fun, tasty beers that you can enjoy in a small, cloistered setting.

While chatting with owner/operator/engineer/bottle washer Cameron Ball, Hostus Maximus Justin Fort and cohosts .45 Phil and Chef Jeff really dug into the new ales offered by Cameron and company, as well as little bit of the thinking behind starting and running a new brewery in the Bureaucratic State of Kalifornistan.

It's the Garage Hour, though, so don't worry: this episode also has AR-15s (and Cameron's plans to brew a beer inspired by the AR), tow trucks and towed 5.0s, off-roading, running trails versus running trails, good soundtracks and bad movies, .45 Phil's VW bus, and why Uber is up to something.

There's an MP3 version of this podcast available on this micropage - just check the sound file for the same show with an "MP3" label.

Direct download: HWGH090915Helix.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 8:19pm EST

02.04.12 (MP3): Tech Zep Junkyard Gearhead Fanmail Star Wars Off-Road Talk Radio! HOB LA, Miata Parts, Superbowl + Star Wars Fails, SERE Training, Dust & Rent, Counting Daves, Lozeau Harleys, Plus Domino's Pizza ala Superfan Tristain

Hank Watson's Garage Hour: the creek for which you forgot your paddle. One of those excellent 100%-everything shows, with tons of great things that gearheads dig...  off-roading, Army goading, Cutlass smoting, nerd versus geeking, fanmail reading, pizza eating, Patriot fleeting, Jar Jar beating, tech meeting, geek freaking, John Paul Jones meeting and junkyard tweeting.  Without the tweeting.  Oh, and Led Zeppelin.

Beyond the usual awesomesauce, there's David Lozeau's latest Harley-Davidson creation, Dirty Dave's off-roading psuedo-experience, the overall number of "D"s and "Dave"s in the Garage Hour studio, the geek-nerd Venn diagram, Smog Mike's super-shooting son, lots of great email comments from our listeners, and that dumb Audi vampire ad during last year's superbowl.  It's all followed by some serious Star Wars trashing, a neat new USB outlet from Newer Tech (we'll install and report), some looks at House of Blues Los Angeles shows, and Lozeau's Hard Rock art show (complete with $20 drinks - screw that noise).  It all ends at the junkyard.  Of course.

There's an M4A version of this podcast available online alongside this MP3 - just click to the same date without the "MP3" notation.

Direct download: HWGH020412.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 7:54pm EST

02.04.12: Tech Zep Junkyard Gearhead Fanmail Star Wars Off-Road Talk Radio! HOB LA, Miata Parts, Superbowl + Star Wars Fails, SERE Training, Dust & Rent, Counting Daves, Lozeau Harleys, Plus Domino's Pizza ala Superfan Tristain

Hank Watson's Garage Hour: the creek for which you forgot your paddle. One of those excellent 100%-everything shows, with tons of great things that gearheads dig...  off-roading, Army goading, Cutlass smoting, nerd versus geeking, fanmail reading, pizza eating, Patriot fleeting, Jar Jar beating, tech meeting, geek freaking, John Paul Jones meeting and junkyard tweeting.  Without the tweeting.  Oh, and Led Zeppelin.

Beyond the usual awesomesauce, there's David Lozeau's latest Harley-Davidson creation, Dirty Dave's off-roading psuedo-experience, the overall number of "D"s and "Dave"s in the Garage Hour studio, the geek-nerd Venn diagram, Smog Mike's super-shooting son, lots of great email comments from our listeners, and that dumb Audi vampire ad during last year's superbowl.  It's all followed by some serious Star Wars trashing, a neat new USB outlet from Newer Tech (we'll install and report), some looks at House of Blues Los Angeles shows, and Lozeau's Hard Rock art show (complete with $20 drinks - screw that noise).  It all ends at the junkyard.  Of course.

There's an MP3 version of this podcast available online alongside this M4A - just click to the same date with the "MP3" notation.

Direct download: HWGH020412.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 7:20pm EST

06.29.09: Classic! 4th-Ever Show, w/ Formula 1 Rich Guy Fights, Building Toyota Trucks, Venture Bros., Tow Straps, Backwoods Rescues, Slow Rangers, Stupid Subie Moments, Plus NASCAR Road Racing & San Diego Rallycross

Old Garage Hours sound so different from the new ones - more car and truck (which is good), less guns and beer (which is not good).  Oh, and you can tell we don't have the rhythm yet.  That's okay - we were almost as good at making it up back then as we are now.

This one starts with pointing out that the last thing awesome about NASCAR is the road-course races, and proceeds to the anti-NASCAR, local SCCA-sanctioned rallycross.  Other horsepowery goodness includes the classic "Nissan Partrol" [sic] hillclimb video, the SoCal Euro show we missed, junkyards and Formula 1 owners (bickering like a clutch of old hens).  Then, once all the horsepower is gone, weh chat about modding Toyota trucks and 4Runners for off-road adventure (see? they have no power) and play with lift recipies and tales of rescuing idiots from themselves.  Friends of the show innclude Bilstein, Downey, Rubicon, SCCA, ARB, TRD and the junkyard.

Beer Mike joins host Justin Fort for this episode, so, of course, there's beer and cartoons, plus a prank call from cohost Grizzly Chris.

An MP3 version of this podcast file is also available - just click to the same date, with the "MP3" marking.

Direct download: HWGH062709.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:07pm EST

06.29.09 (MP3): Classic! 4th-Ever Show, w/ Formula 1 Rich Guy Fights, Building Toyota Trucks, Venture Bros., Tow Straps, Backwoods Rescues, Slow Rangers, Stupid Subie Moments, Plus NASCAR Road Racing & San Diego Rallycross

Old Garage Hours sound so different from the new ones - more car and truck (which is good), less guns and beer (which is not good).  Oh, and you can tell we don't have the rhythm yet.  That's okay - we were almost as good at making it up back then as we are now.

This one starts with pointing out that the last thing awesome about NASCAR is the road-course races, and proceeds to the anti-NASCAR, local SCCA-sanctioned rallycross.  Other horsepowery goodness includes the classic "Nissan Partrol" [sic] hillclimb video, the SoCal Euro show we missed, junkyards and Formula 1 owners (bickering like a clutch of old hens).  Then, once all the horsepower is gone, weh chat about modding Toyota trucks and 4Runners for off-road adventure (see? they have no power) and play with lift recipies and tales of rescuing idiots from themselves.  Friends of the show innclude Bilstein, Downey, Rubicon, SCCA, ARB, TRD and the junkyard.

Beer Mike joins host Justin Fort for this episode, so, of course, there's beer and cartoons, plus a prank call from cohost Grizzly Chris.

An M4A version of this podcast file is also available - just click to the same date, without the "MP3" marking.

Direct download: HWGH062709.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

06.02.12 (MP3): NYC Traffic Attack VS Voter Guidance, Mach 1 Theft Dump VS SD Mayoral Madness, Wrenching Zen VS Union Agony, + Five Horse Johnson, Contagion, Die Krupps, Deftones & Dead Kennedys VS Dead Milkmen

Killer episode right here...  One of those have-cohost, will-prognosticate.  Any topic in a storm.  This one's a twofer: traffic and speed parts (gearhead!) and a collection of voter guidance for upcoming local San Diego elections (politics!).

Dirty Dave and Crag Maxwell assist Hostus Maximus Justin Fort in picking through a pile of bad ideas and broken bits, while he keeps trying to detour them to tales of MST3K, estate sales, really good darkwave and industrial music, and why anyone with "Coexist" sticker is a raving fool.

In addition to all that shrapnel, there's the definition of a technical conservative, license plate funds versus stimulus funds, broken sway bars, beer and bites at Manzanita Brewing and Eastbound Bar & Grill, feral drivers, jumping Geos, and why you should never, ever buy a rental car.

PS> This is the MP3 version of the 06.02.12 podcast.  Check the podcast page for the M4A version, which was posted a few minutes earlier.

Direct download: HWGH060212.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:36pm EST

06.02.12: NYC Traffic Attack VS Voter Guidance, Mach 1 Theft Dump VS SD Mayoral Madness, Wrenching Zen VS Union Agony, + Five Horse Johnson, Contagion, Die Krupps, Deftones & Dead Kennedys VS Dead Milkmen

Killer episode right here...  One of those have-cohost, will-prognosticate.  Any topic in a storm.  This one's a twofer: traffic and speed parts (gearhead!) and a collection of voter guidance for upcoming local San Diego elections (politics!).

Dirty Dave and Crag Maxwell assist Hostus Maximus Justin Fort in picking through a pile of bad ideas and broken bits, while he keeps trying to detour them to tales of MST3K, estate sales, really good darkwave and industrial music, and why anyone with "Coexist" sticker is a raving fool.

In addition to all that shrapnel, there's the definition of a technical conservative, license plate funds versus stimulus funds, broken sway bars, beer and bites at Manzanita Brewing and Eastbound Bar & Grill, feral drivers, jumping Geos, and why you should never, ever buy a rental car.

Direct download: HWGH060212.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

11.14.09 (MP3): Classic! Gearhead Myths? Unintended Acceleration VS Fat Feet, Vega Decapitation VS Showroom Rust, Exploding Pintos & Pickups, Water & Mothballs In the Tank, Hoffa Hubcaps, Why It's Usually the Media's Fault, + Miata VS Miata & Tricky Dick

The explosion experts at Hank Watson's Garage Hour would like to invite you grab this Garage Hour reload from way back in our first year.  Dirty Dave, El Jaime and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort took a walk down Mythbuster Lane and chatted through a few of the best automotive myths, weird automotive facts and strange stories that wind up being someone's fault, whether or not they're held responsible.

So, were fat American feet responsible for the "unintended acceleration" freakout that ruined Audi in the US for 10 years?  Did General Motors really burn the last of the six Grand Sport Corvettes?  Did Pintos explode because they wanted to, or because they had too?  Did saddle-tank Chevys explode because they had to, or because the media rigged them with blasting caps?  Did Vegas decapitate people before or after rusting on the showroom floor?  Is Jimmy Hoffa in the Meadowlands or a Lincoln hubcap?

On top of that smoking pile of wreckage, we've got Miata versus Miata (and Miata versus bulldozer), Tricky Dick on Futurama, Ministry, Testament, boobs, tire pressure and something about mothballs being good for octane. Be sure to click on the M4A version of this podcast for that style of file.

Direct download: HWGH111409mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 8:21pm EST

11.14.09: Classic! Gearhead Myths? Unintended Acceleration VS Fat Feet, Vega Decapitation VS Showroom Rust, Exploding Pintos & Pickups, Water & Mothballs In the Tank, Hoffa Hubcaps, Why It's Usually the Media's Fault, Plus Miata VS Miata & Tricky Dick

The explosion experts at Hank Watson's Garage Hour would like to invite you grab this Garage Hour reload from way back in our first year.  Dirty Dave, El Jaime and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort took a walk down Mythbuster Lane and chatted through a few of the best automotive myths, weird automotive facts and strange stories that wind up being someone's fault, whether or not they're held responsible.

So, were fat American feet responsible for the "unintended acceleration" freakout that ruined Audi in the US for 10 years?  Did General Motors really burn the last of the six Grand Sport Corvettes?  Did Pintos explode because they wanted to, or because they had too?  Did saddle-tank Chevys explode because they had to, or because the media rigged them with blasting caps?  Did Vegas decapitate people before or after rusting on the showroom floor?  Is Jimmy Hoffa in the Meadowlands or a Lincoln hubcap?

On top of that smoking pile of wreckage, we've got Miata versus Miata (and Miata versus bulldozer), Tricky Dick on Futurama, Ministry, Testament, boobs, tire pressure and something about mothballs being good for octane. Be sure to click on the MP3 version of this podcast for that style of file.

Direct download: HWGH111409.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 7:51pm EST

12.05.09 (MP3): Classic! Rock & Roll VS Drunk Drivers? Rev. Heat VS Liberace, Rollins VS Fans, Deadbolt VS CO, Velvet Acid Christ VS Hunter S., Hemmingway & Hendrix & Staley & Snoop, Plus Sopwith Camels & Chasing Drunk Drivers to Their Garage

From Horton Heat to DUI attorneys, and ether martinis to dogfighting, from Admiral Ackbar to Hillary Clinton, and Hunter S. Thompson to Gonzo host Justin Fort, this Garage Hour will not disappoint.  This is a great old Garage Hour reload - all of the excellent topics, all of the digression, and you can really feel the on-air talent figuring out if they've got any.

Dip into this one for something special - a truly schitzo journel with rock and rollers, getting lost in the woods with cohost Grizzly Chris, "Fun with Drugs" (it's a song - no hateful emails, please), cylinder control in the Sopwith Camel, Michael Medved versus Charlie, My Other Brain (and sometime cohost), and the all-loving topic of [not] chasing drunk drivers on the 5 south right into their garages.  Seriously, the rich fool parked her 'Benz at 30mph and then wanted it to be OUR fault.  Screw you, lady.

We're going to try something new with this episode - you can grab the iTunes-friendly M4A from the same date as this MP3, but it's not marked "MP3".  The exact protocol for the go-here/go-there links isn't figured out yet, though, so bear with us.  The Garage Hour will make it work, and if we need to force it (or use the force), well, we're the guys to do it.

Direct download: HWGH120509.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 4:08pm EST

12.05.09: Classic! Rock & Roll VS Drunk Drivers? Rev. Heat VS Liberace, Rollins VS Fans, Deadbolt VS CO, Velvet Acid Christ VS Hunter S., Hemmingway & Hendrix & Staley & Snoop, Plus Sopwith Camels & Chasing Drunk Drivers To Their Garage

From Horton Heat to DUI attorneys, and ether martinis to dogfighting, from Admiral Ackbar to Hillary Clinton, and Hunter S. Thompson to Gonzo host Justin Fort, this Garage Hour will not disappoint.  This is a great old Garage Hour reload - all of the excellent topics, all of the digression, and you can really feel the on-air talent figuring out if they've got any.

Dip into this one for something special - a truly schitzo journel with rock and rollers, getting lost in the woods with cohost Grizzly Chris, "Fun with Drugs" (it's a song - no hateful emails, please), cylinder control in the Sopwith Camel, Michael Medved versus Charlie, My Other Brain (and sometime cohost), and the all-loving topic of [not] chasing drunk drivers on the 5 south right into their garages.  Seriously, the rich fool parked her 'Benz at 30mph and then wanted it to be OUR fault.  Screw you, lady.

We're going to try something new with this episode - you can grab the iTunes-friendly version here, or the MP3 at the matching upload of the same date.  The exact protocol for the go-here/go-there links isn't figured out yet, though, so bear with us.  The Garage Hour will make it work, and if we need to force it (or use the force), well, we're the guys to do it.

Direct download: HWGH120509.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:26pm EST

11.28.09: Classic! Thanksgiving Shoots, Off-Road Cube, Tundra Recall, GM's SAAB Fail, Edward R. Murrow, Glamis Drags & "Nobody Cares Until LifeFlight Shows Up", Old Guns, Sherlock Holmes VS Air America, + Tiger "I LIke Hookers" Woods VS The Nine Iron

Killer throwback shows! This post-Thanksgiving episode has the Dukes of Hazzard, desert shooting (a family that shoots together survives the zombie apocalypse together), all-terrain tires, gun and target fun in the rocky Socal desert, why LifeFlight is a sign that you're a bad parent, plus GM's inability to sell SAAB to rich guys in Sweden (Koenigsegg) and Saturn to rich guys in America (Penske), and why Sherlock Holmes is cooler when Watson breaks things and shoots stuff.  Then it's all about the A-Team and Clash of the Titans remakes, commuter trucks versus actual "pro" trucks in the desert, the wisdom of Edward R. Murrow, the lack thereof of Tiger "She Won't Mind" Woods and hand-thrown clay targets, and the multidimensional awesomeness that is the Large Hadron Collider and the magical disappearing truon.

Hostus Maximus Justin Fort and lowbrow/skully artist David Lozeau demonstrate the Garage Hour form that got the show on the airwaves: wit, intelligence, ricochet topic acquisition, breadth of topic knowledge (and the ability to admit when they don't know), and a willingness to shoot holes in things, just because.

A late-show call-in from superfan Jesse "Tile Guy" also segues the Garage Hour goons into how to make Jesse's newest toy - a Nissan "I'm a dad now" Cube - capable of getting around off-road and in the sand at Glamis, and inspires the debate of whether drilling holes in a perfectly good roof is a good idea.

Direct download: HWGH112809.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:06pm EST

07.11.09: Classic! Distracted Driving Fails, Gov't Motors & Chrysler Jokes, GM Lawsuit & Red Bull VS F1 Predictions, Buffalo VS Humvee, Honda VS Porsche, Shelby VS Saleen Bankruptcy Battle, Texting VS Drunk Driving, Goatsnake & the Rolling Bomb

Maxi-early Garage Hour right here: Dirty Dave and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort continue their adventures in big AM talk with their sixth-ever show. It's also one of the early seguefests, with repeated attempts to dig into the device-addled shame that is distracted driving thwarted by IEDs andTV versus AM and the unending debate that is double-A batteries versus 5.56.

With visits to Carroll Shelby and Steve Saleen's... bankruptcies... (who's more broke?), Lutz versus Leno, Max "I Love Hitler" Mosley versus Ari Vattanen and Jean Todt, Ralph Nader and Vince Neil, the birth of the Garage Hour's broadcast superiority is under way.  It's all optimism, though, as the Garage Hour goons make their level best effort to find the sunny side of things, even if that thing is our prescienct visions for Red China's disturbing expansionism in the Pacific.

It's not just that good stuff, though - we've got 4Runner brake swaps, Tundra parts for small Toyotas, the F-22, Miata spring & swap swaps, ugly rockers, Goatsnake awesomeness ("Burial at Sea", anyone?), Texas's solution to its idiots, Darmwin's love for the same, and Honda's battle with Brawn F1 and Porsche.

Remember, just because you don't advocate violence doesn't mean you can't enjoy it.

Direct download: HWGH071109.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 5:22pm EST

12.14.13: Gearheadulation! Bullet Points Join Garage Hour for Gearhead Gifting, Thanksgiving VS Xmas, Justin VS REI, FDE VS OD, AR-AK VS Red Ryder, Lando VS Han Solo, Pickups VS Pterodactyls, Plus Zep, Vultures, & the Intergalactic Smiley Face

Epic Garage Hour: gearhead gifting, speed parts, guns, pterodactyls, political soothsaying, Arnold's 9mm pizza and Italian versus Russian jokes (In ReSoviet Russia, president assasinates you!); just a taste.

Tyler and Peter from The Bullet Points join Hostus Maximus Justin Fort and Agent Aya for one of the most thorough, most complete Garage Hours ever put to podcast, and they talk through a host of the fantastic tomfoolery you care about.  Black Friday versus your new Tazer?  Microdots versus a vacuum?  John Paul Jones versus awesomeness?  Obamacare versus a kick in the nuts?  What about REI and Sierra Nevada versus your trail access rights?  Vinyl?  Cassettes?  White versus dark meat?  Ant that's before the Bloody Marys have a chance to kick in.

There's also the cornucopia of excellent that would be the Garage Hour's unintended topics: blown MTRs, flimsy atomic super golf carts, wrecked Dregs-class Rangers, Chuck Norris, Jesse "The Body" Ventura, ammo gifting, the UTS-15 failmachine, Tesla versus Edison, modular Mustang parts (P and PE heads, anyone?), the GT-40 at LeMans, one versus two-way slings, and how Metallica helped win the Battle of Athens.

So much awesome.  Have some.

Direct download: HWGH121413.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 9:35pm EST

11.26.11: Superstition Run @ El Centro (w/ SD 4Wheelers), Ferd FTeenthousand VS X-90 Trucklet, Klingon Fiveheads, Hoosier Eric's Brat 2.2 EJ Swap, Black Ryan's Copper Wire & Bargaining Humor, Mr. Dustin's XJ, N. County VS E. County, w/ Eggnog!

From beard wookies to Star Trek tricycles, it's the Garage Hour - so much good stuff.  Want to EJ your Subaru Brat?  Need to do donuts in the desert?  Like watching the repo man try to haul away a forty foor toy hauler in deep sand?  How about Barrett-Jackson?  The true definition of "SWAG"?

The crux of this episode - which the Garage Hour goons rapidly chuck out the window - was promoting San Diego Four-Wheelers' annual Superstition Run, held in the Chocolate Mountains west of El Centro. Black Ryan, Barrister Hilton and Dirty Dave helped Hostus Maximus Justin Fort and ultracohost Rod Gilmore from SD4Wheelers, with call-ins from Mr. Dustin (Top Earner) and Hoosier Eric.

Remember, if you're still listening, you're as bad as we are.

Direct download: HWGH112611.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 1:53am EST

05.28.15: An Hour @ Helm's Brewing: San Diego Beer VS the World, the Booming Beer Biz, Gov't Tracking of Your Mileage, bin Laden's Reading List, Shopping .22 Rifles, Plus Ministry, STP, Primus  & Mars Volta

Cars, trucks, beers, guns!  It's the Garage Hour - go figure.  This week, we pried ourselves out of the garage to put together another one of our adventure episodes, sitting down for an hour of sipping and salacious talk with the folks from Helm's Brewing, most notably GM Matt Johnson.  There's a good chat about the business of craft/micro/up-and-coming brewing, and where San Diego's excellent beer scene stands in relation to the rest of the world's beer (definitely not on the bottom rung).

We've also got a discussion of pros and cons to consider when picking up a .22-cal rifle for plinking duty, a visit with Osama bin Laden's reading list (lots of porn to go with his leftist and terrorist topics), and we briefly (far too briefly) visit with the pending epic fail that is state-mandated mileage taxes and what you can do to stop it (or how low-information fools let it happen).  Along with those goodies are rock/roll in the form of big-time weirdness from Mars Volta, stuff we're missing (Pixies annd The Smiths), and plane-Jane goodness like Primus, Ministry and the Stone Temple Pilot's kickoff, Core.  

On-air for this one with Hostus Maximus Justin Fort and Matt from Helm's were .45 Phil, Chef Jeff, Rick McElroy, Kurtis from JBA Speed Shop and Majid from GSR. Download us immediately.

Direct download: HWGH052515.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 5:39pm EST

12.04.10: Classic! Christmas Holiday Traffic Rage & Lane-Change Logic, Don't Feed the Hippies, Rating Idiot VS Stupid, Bob Hansen & Quadalcanal, Cat VS Gator, Plus the Happy Patrol & Animal House's Eat Me Special (a.k.a. the Deathmobile)

When you're this good, who needs a plan? From the scattered intro to the return of Grizzly Chris, this one's pure Garage Hour.  There's Grizzlies Gone Wild, Mr. Dustin's (Top Earner) report from Irwindale Speedway, Dirty Dave and Black Ryan, plus big new truck bumpers and where we're going to put them (in a Prius), plus the Happy Patrol, how to rate an idiot's stupidity, Juan Williams versus Howard Dean (we all lose), fraternity chef and Guadalcanal first-wave Bob Hansen, and that's just to get things rolling.

Once the Garage Hour's crack team of gearhead consultants get started on the retrograde traffic of the silly season, it's all ball bearings - Miata rage, bumper rage, lane-change rage, Ryan rage, grizzly rage, and then it's conserving ammunition, shotguns, the Deathmobile, Wikileaks, and the government taking over the web (we warned you - didn't we warn you?).

Direct download: HWGH120410.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:41am EST