Hank Watson's Garage Hour - Cars, Trucks, Beers & Guns

Garage Hour's Hostus Maximus Justin Fort and cohosting powerslab Chef Jeff join the boys from Burning Beard Brewing in their secret hilltop lair (apparently called Castle Beardenstien) to spin the best rock and roll (plus metal and punk) on vinyl while sipping fine local beers.  ... And because Mike "Tape Deck" Maass and Jeff "Captain Sideburns" Weideker wouldn't have it any other way, let's just list the goodness on this episode and get to the show:

Bands, in order of appearance: Creepy Creeps, Slayer, Alice In Chains, Electric Wizard, The Sword, KMFDM, 16 Volt, John Paul Jones, Them Crooked Vultures, Queens of the Stone Age, Faith No More, Booya Tribe, Die Krupps, Dwarves, Puny Human, Cramps, Mother Filner and the Mother Filners, Bitch Queens, Dio, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Ozbourne, Halford, Deep Purple, Scorpions, Voivod, Monolord, Mastodon, Led Zeppelin, Gwar, Les Claypool, Primus, Rush, Hawkwind, Hellacopters, Glucifer, Sinister, Volbeat, Gogol Bordello, Deadbolt, and the Reverend Horton Heat.

Beers, in order of appearance: El Jefe, Benchmark Table Beer, June Lake's Sasquatchito, Rogue Dead Guy, Protector, The Dude, and June Lake's Deer Down Brown.

When we're done, be sure to come see us with the Archduke of North Park and his barbershop quartet, "Soul-patch Seeking Sideburns".

Direct download: HWGH051118mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 4:49pm EDT

Garage Hour's Hostus Maximus Justin Fort and cohosting powerslab Chef Jeff join the boys from Burning Beard Brewing in their secret hilltop lair (apparently called Castle Beardenstien) to spin the best rock and roll (plus metal and punk) on vinyl while sipping fine local beers.  ... And because Mike "Tape Deck" Maass and Jeff "Captain Sideburns" Weideker wouldn't have it any other way, let's just list the goodness on this episode and get to the show:

Bands, in order of appearance: Creepy Creeps, Slayer, Alice In Chains, Electric Wizard, The Sword, KMFDM, 16 Volt, John Paul Jones, Them Crooked Vultures, Queens of the Stone Age, Faith No More, Booya Tribe, Die Krupps, Dwarves, Puny Human, Cramps, Mother Filner and the Mother Filners, Bitch Queens, Dio, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Ozbourne, Halford, Deep Purple, Scorpions, Voivod, Monolord, Mastodon, Led Zeppelin, Gwar, Les Claypool, Primus, Rush, Hawkwind, Hellacopters, Glucifer, Sinister, Volbeat, Gogol Bordello, Deadbolt, and the Reverend Horton Heat.

Beers, in order of appearance: El Jefe, Benchmark Table Beer, June Lake's Sasquatchito, Rogue Dead Guy, Protector, The Dude, and June Lake's Deer Down Brown.

When we're done, be sure to come see us with the Archduke of North Park and his barbershop quartet, "Soul-patch Seeking Sideburns".

Direct download: HWGH051118.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 4:43pm EDT

These no-notes episodes are candy when they go right.  This Garage Hour reload has all the good stuff - NASCAR road racing, Colorado 4Runner Jamboree, camping on the hotel's lawn, cute chicks from New Zealand, engine racism, the cyclops eye, 3.55s versus 3.73s, old motocrossers trying new trucks, the Subaru Brat ("Trucknically, it's a car."), and ballahs with dollahs.

Tourist cohost Hoosier Eric ("Corn is always interesting.") joins Black Ryna (his first appearance) and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort for an hour of good trucks (with 40psi in the Goodyears), good parts (so long as you know your limitations), good off-roading (so long as you're not stuck behind a bunch'a dicks in Jeeps), good saves (don't forget your cranium) and good blowoff valves (if you like metal-on-metal violence).

Direct download: HWGH080710mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:47pm EDT

These no-notes episodes are candy when they go right.  This Garage Hour reload has all the good stuff - NASCAR road racing, Colorado 4Runner Jamboree, camping on the hotel's lawn, cute chicks from New Zealand, engine racism, the cyclops eye, 3.55s versus 3.73s, old motocrossers trying new trucks, the Subaru Brat ("Trucknically, it's a car."), and ballahs with dollahs.

Tourist cohost Hoosier Eric ("Corn is always interesting.") joins Black Ryna (his first appearance) and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort for an hour of good trucks (with 40psi in the Goodyears), good parts (so long as you know your limitations), good off-roading (so long as you're not stuck behind a bunch'a dicks in Jeeps), good saves (don't forget your cranium) and good blowoff valves (if you like metal-on-metal violence).

Direct download: HWGH080710.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:41pm EDT

You head out to your favorite trailhead for a fun day-run and BLAMMO! There's a yuge tank gate. Who installed it? Who locked it? Why's it there? Is the universal key enough to open that door or will you need an actual tank?

What's already a big problem in San Diego and the third-world kleptocracy of Kalifornistan can become a problem for you because your loss of access is driven by a mindset and an agenda, not real issues - look out, cats and kitties, THIS is watermelon environmentalism. The Garage Hour goons take a stab at this thorny issue and try to spur folks to pay attention. Recorded at the show's home brewery (Helix Brewing in La Mesa), the good gearheads at the Garage Hour might not raise everyone's alarms, but they're sure to raise some glasses...

The special guest-host on this episode is Morgan Murtaugh, who's running for the 53rd congressional district in central-southern San Diego county, and guess what, boys and girls? She likes guns.

Direct download: Hank_Watsons_Garage_Hour_032218mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:34pm EDT

You head out to your favorite trailhead for a fun day-run and BLAMMO! There's a yuge tank gate. Who installed it? Who locked it? Why's it there? Is the universal key enough to open that door or will you need an actual tank?

What's already a big problem in San Diego and the third-world kleptocracy of Kalifornistan can become a problem for you because your loss of access is driven by a mindset and an agenda, not real issues - look out, cats and kitties, THIS is watermelon environmentalism. The Garage Hour goons take a stab at this thorny issue and try to spur folks to pay attention. Recorded at the show's home brewery (Helix Brewing in La Mesa), the good gearheads at the Garage Hour might not raise everyone's alarms, but they're sure to raise some glasses...

The special guest-host on this episode is Morgan Murtaugh, who's running for the 53rd congressional district in central-southern San Diego county, and guess what, boys and girls? She likes guns.

Direct download: Hank_Watsons_Garage_Hour_032218.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:33pm EDT

Don't let the delay fool you - the Garage Hour goons have been up to their necks in parts (the good kind and the bad), but you can only do so much.  The Diesel Ayatollah, Dustin V2 (Mr. Pink?  You decide.) and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort got back together in the Jeep Hole for an hour of tales from Tierra del Sol's annual Desert Safari, and this episode happened.

What's on tap for this episode?  One day of 'froading madness, with everything from FJ 9-coils ($5 a coil!), complicated driveshafts, kerploded hubs, portalled Jeeps, two-wheel drive Bugs, drooped leafs, Driveshaft Hill, bobbed 4Runners and WJs, full-time versus part-time four-wheel drive, viscous couplings, too many weird Jeeps, and why it's good not to flip your truck.

The usual Garage Hour digression was well in hand, with hybrid drivers versus public perception, Subaru CD players, post-Obamunism increases in car ownership, 40-eary old blenders and the wonder that is BlendTech's "Will It Blend" series, plus Stephen Seagal attempting to kill everyone in a restaurant.

Direct download: Hank_Watsons_Garage_Hour_030618mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 9:13pm EDT

Don't let the delay fool you - the Garage Hour goons have been up to their necks in parts (the good kind and the bad), but you can only do so much.  The Diesel Ayatollah, Dustin V2 (Mr. Pink?  You decide.) and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort got back together in the Jeep Hole for an hour of tales from Tierra del Sol's annual Desert Safari, and this episode happened.

What's on tap for this episode?  One day of 'froading madness, with everything from FJ 9-coils ($5 a coil!), complicated driveshafts, kerploded hubs, portalled Jeeps, two-wheel drive Bugs, drooped leafs, Driveshaft Hill, bobbed 4Runners and WJs, full-time versus part-time four-wheel drive, viscous couplings, too many weird Jeeps, and why it's good not to flip your truck.

The usual Garage Hour digression was well in hand, with hybrid drivers versus public perception, Subaru CD players, post-Obamunism increases in car ownership, 40-eary old blenders and the wonder that is BlendTech's "Will It Blend" series, plus Stephen Seagal attempting to kill everyone in a restaurant.

Direct download: Hank_Watsons_Garage_Hour_030618.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 9:11pm EDT

Just when you thought it was safe…  No you didn't - hide your guns, hide your ammo: Spongebrain Brownpants and the third-world kleptocracy of Kalifornistan are out to get you and your Second Amendment rights. Reasonable, schmeasonable.

The Garage Hour goons are here to help: we captured Mike Schwartz of San Diego County Gun Owners and sometime cohost Matt "Killer" Klier of Active Shooter Defense School to discuss the state of firearms ownership in the failing state of California.  It's ugly and getting dumber, and your Constitutionally-guaranteed right to shoot, hunt, defend your home and person are in jeopardy.  The Garage Hour will help you understand how, and then ridicule someone foolish.

Direct download: HWGH010818mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 10:16pm EDT

Just when you thought it was safe…  No you didn't - hide your guns, hide your ammo: Spongebrain Brownpants and the third-world kleptocracy of Kalifornistan are out to get you and your Second Amendment rights. Reasonable, schmeasonable.

The Garage Hour goons are here to help: we captured Mike Schwartz of San Diego County Gun Owners and sometime cohost Matt "Killer" Klier of Active Shooter Defense School to discuss the state of firearms ownership in the failing state of California.  It's ugly and getting dumber, and your Constitutionally-guaranteed right to shoot, hunt, defend your home and person are in jeopardy.  The Garage Hour will help you understand how, and then ridicule someone foolish.

 

 

Direct download: HWGH010818.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 10:10pm EDT

Live from Helix Brewing Co in lovely industrial La Mesa, the Garage Hour goons have assembled to take a whack at Christmas gift shopping, in particular, buying gearhead bits (gifts included) via Craig's List.

FNG cohost Gringo Rich joins .45 Phil and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort to reveal his yearlong investigation/harassment of Craig's scammers, and between sips of fine Helix ales, the three chat up some of the essentials rules for shopping on the cash-and-carry geek goldmine that is the internet.

It's not all ball bearings nowadays, however: there's more desert racing, ORW at TDS 2018, the Helix water system (just say "flume"), dude versus chick Christmas gifts (Black Purses Matter) and the incomprehensible Purse Logic Black Hole, Silent Dennis and Not So Silent Craig, plus #ScrewIt.

Direct download: HWGH122017mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:08pm EDT

Live from Helix Brewing Co in lovely industrial La Mesa, the Garage Hour goons have assembled to take a whack at Christmas gift shopping, in particular, buying gearhead bits (gifts included) via Craig's List.

FNG cohost Gringo Rich joins .45 Phil and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort to reveal his yearlong investigation/harassment of Craig's scammers, and between sips of fine Helix ales, the three chat up some of the essentials rules for shopping on the cash-and-carry geek goldmine that is the internet.

It's not all ball bearings nowadays, however: there's more desert racing, ORW at TDS 2018, the Helix water system (just say "flume"), dude versus chick Christmas gifts (Black Purses Matter) and the incomprehensible Purse Logic Black Hole, Silent Dennis and Not So Silent Craig, plus #ScrewIt.

Direct download: HWGH122017.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 5:53pm EDT

From the fancy "nomnom" intro (because food-truck BLT) to the battle of one-upmanship that kills the session (because VW powa!), it's a great time for gearhead talk.  The Garage Hour goons assemble the consultancy for an hour about the Great American Beer Festival and diesel tuning ensued (Maximum Gearhead), but that's okay - you'd have done the same.

Joining the usual suspects (.45 Phil, Chef Jeff and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort) on-air were Instagram sensation "SDBeerTour" founder, Rob Strudel, as well as Garage Hour groupie sensations Jennifer and Blaire.  Why would we assemble this dreadnaught of talk-radio charm?  Because of new beers at Helix Brewing Co., the annual gathering of small glasses that is the Great American Beer Fest in Denver, wild and crazy beers versus asparagus beer (yup!), as well as Americans' irrational hatred of Miatas, the latest bush-fire rampage in San Diego, as well as a little taste of desert season and the how-big-is-your-engine melee that ruined everything.

Why not?  Because gearhead.

Direct download: HWGH120517mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 8:42pm EDT

From the fancy "nomnom" intro (because food-truck BLT) to the battle of one-upmanship that kills the session (because VW powa!), it's a great time for gearhead talk.  The Garage Hour goons assemble the consultancy for an hour about the Great American Beer Festival and diesel tuning ensued (Maximum Gearhead), but that's okay - you'd have done the same.

Joining the usual suspects (.45 Phil, Chef Jeff and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort) on-air were Instagram sensation "SDBeerTour" founder, Rob Strudel, as well as Garage Hour groupie sensations Jennifer and Blaire.  Why would we assemble this dreadnaught of talk-radio charm?  Because of new beers at Helix Brewing Co., the annual gathering of small glasses that is the Great American Beer Fest in Denver, wild and crazy beers versus asparagus beer (yup!), as well as Americans' irrational hatred of Miatas, the latest bush-fire rampage in San Diego, as well as a little taste of desert season and the how-big-is-your-engine melee that ruined everything.

Why not?  Because gearhead.

Direct download: HWGH120517.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 8:27pm EDT

It's beers and gears season in San Diego, and the Garage Hour goons are out visiting new makers of fine sippables like Protector Brewery (thanks to the support of Helix Brewing).

When one of our teams buddies suggested we needed to visit another teams guy making beer, who were we to refuse?  Sean from Protector has carved out a niche in San Diego's grand brewing scene by going 100% organic with his ingredients (it's harder than you think) but that's about where his beers stopped following any rules.  Protector's got a delightful - and eccentric - brigade of tastes and styles, and cohost/Master Guns .45 Phil joined Hostus Maximus Justin Fort on-air to sample as many as the taste buds would permit.

It's a Garage Hour that's heavy on the beer and not much else.

Direct download: HWGH120417.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 4:44pm EDT

It's beers and gears season in San Diego, and the Garage Hour goons are out visiting new makers of fine sippables like Protector Brewery (thanks to the support of Helix Brewing).

When one of our teams buddies suggested we needed to visit another teams guy making beer, who were we to refuse?  Sean from Protector has carved out a niche in San Diego's grand brewing scene by going 100% organic with his ingredients (it's harder than you think) but that's about where his beers stopped following any rules.  Protector's got a delightful - and eccentric - brigade of tastes and styles, and cohost/Master Guns .45 Phil joined Hostus Maximus Justin Fort on-air to sample as many as the taste buds would permit.

It's a Garage Hour that's heavy on the beer and not much else.

Direct download: HWGH120417.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 4:40pm EDT

The Garage Hour brain trust gets together to debate the great questions of our time.  Who's the better villain, Darth Vader or Little Bill Daggett?  You'd be surprised.  Who has more rights, your car or you?  Will Isaac Asimov or Mary Shelley's vision of the robots in our future prevail?  Will .45 Phil's September Temper spell the end of life on Planet Earth, or just wind up causing a pile of broken robots?  Can Crag Maxwell cross "choke out Che Guevara" off his list of crazy sh!t he never thought he'd get to do?

These questions and more (like Jagermeister versus Olde English, Morphine versus Spinal Tap, Nazis versus Imperial Stormtroopers, and Wikipedia's porn problem), all on this episode of Hank Watson's Garage Hour.  Get some, because now.

Direct download: HWGH092912.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:46pm EDT

The Garage Hour brain trust gets together to debate the great questions of our time.  Who's the better villain, Darth Vader or Little Bill Daggett?  You'd be surprised.  Who has more rights, your car or you?  Will Isaac Asimov or Mary Shelley's vision of the robots in our future prevail?  Will .45 Phil's September Temper spell the end of life on Planet Earth, or just wind up causing a pile of broken robots?  Can Crag Maxwell cross "choke out Che Guevara" off his list of crazy sh!t he never thought he'd get to do?

These questions and more (like Jagermeister versus Olde English, Morphine versus Spinal Tap, Nazis versus Imperial Stormtroopers, and Wikipedia's porn problem), all on this episode of Hank Watson's Garage Hour.  Get some, because now.

Direct download: HWGH092912.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:45pm EDT

Let's get right to it: the Garage Hour goons gathered for a glorious getogether goading the girl from the Ladies Off-Road Network, none other than Charlene Bower, and she brings it.  Jeeps and BFGs, Nittos and junkyards, Craig's parts and loud... women...  it's just what you ordered - another groovy Garage Hour.

Between sips of Helix's Praugenosis and the inimatable RNA red ale, the tales of tools and turbochargers quickly spin out of control.  Fortunately, that's how we like it.  Have yourself a Garage Hour, because gearhead.

Direct download: HWGH100817.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:32am EDT

Let's get right to it: the Garage Hour goons gathered for a glorious getogether goading the girl from the Ladies Off-Road Network, none other than Charlene Bower, and she brings it.  Jeeps and BFGs, Nittos and junkyards, Craig's parts and loud... women...  it's just what you ordered - another groovy Garage Hour.

Between sips of Helix's Praugenosis and the inimatable RNA red ale, the tales of tools and turbochargers quickly spin out of control.  Fortunately, that's how we like it.  Have yourself a Garage Hour, because gearhead.

Direct download: HWGH100817.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:19am EDT

Reloaded Garage Hour gearhead awesomeness for you...  Hostus Maximus Justinius Rex and longtime superfan Nacho "K" scatter stories and shrapnel about desert racing w/ the old BFGoodrich crew (while grooving Goodyears, ironically).  Details include running from pit bikes and commiserating with federales, the men and the personalities of the Baja 1000 and/or 2000, Deadbolt, Frampton, stadium trucks, movies and Dougies.

There's also a call from Alex at the Coronado Classics - because vintage Trans-Am, obviously - and various diverging topics like nailguns at weddings, Bizarro Justin, Brown's Chicken in Naperville, rallycross, Operation Hipster Shield, the Festival of Beers at Lost Abbey Brewing, plus puking on Rainer.  Cohosts Dirty Dave and Grizzly Chris do their best to hold on.

Direct download: HWGH092609.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 9:37pm EDT

Reloaded Garage Hour gearhead awesomeness for you...  Hostus Maximus Justinius Rex and longtime superfan Nacho "K" scatter stories and shrapnel about desert racing w/ the old BFGoodrich crew (while grooving Goodyears, ironically).  Details include running from pit bikes and commiserating with federales, the men and the personalities of the Baja 1000 and/or 2000, Deadbolt, Frampton, stadium trucks, movies and Dougies.

There's also a call from Alex at the Coronado Classics - because vintage Trans-Am, obviously - and various diverging topics like nailguns at weddings, Bizarro Justin, Brown's Chicken in Naperville, rallycross, Operation Hipster Shield, the Festival of Beers at Lost Abbey Brewing, plus puking on Rainer.  Cohosts Dirty Dave and Grizzly Chris do their best to hold on.

Direct download: HWGH092609.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 9:22pm EDT

Gearhead talk radio starts in the garage, and the Garage Hour goons got together in the Fletcher Hills compound to talk about their recent weeklong run to high-mountain Colorado.  Jeeps and leafs, Toyotas and tires, Silver Gulch, Imogene, Ouray and Ophir, plus trail-building and rotten weather, and you have a spectacular time on-trail: Dustin V2 and the Diesel Ayatollah join Hostus Maximus Justin Fort to talk about it all.

The truck-guy party gets even better as brave neighbors come over for sips and bits and the pile of new truck parts in the garage from Total Chaos and BDS Suspension.  Add a few growlers of Helix Brewing's "Honor, Not Inner" (a fine chocolatey stout) and "CentenniAll" (a one-hop pale), and we're in business.

We ARE cars, trucks, beers and guns.

PS>  By the way, the second hour of the show was mistakenly deleted during mixing (seriously - more than eight years on-air, hundreds of episodes, and that's never happened).  We'll do it over, once we've had enough to drink.  Promise.

Direct download: HWGH092317.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 1:28am EDT

Gearhead talk radio starts in the garage, and the Garage Hour goons got together in the Fletcher Hills compound to talk about their recent weeklong run to high-mountain Colorado.  Jeeps and leafs, Toyotas and tires, Silver Gulch, Imogene, Ouray and Ophir, plus trail-building and rotten weather, and you have a spectacular time on-trail: Dustin V2 and the Diesel Ayatollah join Hostus Maximus Justin Fort to talk about it all.

The truck-guy party gets even better as brave neighbors come over for sips and bits and the pile of new truck parts in the garage from Total Chaos and BDS Suspension.  Add a few growlers of Helix Brewing's "Honor, Not Inner" (a fine chocolatey stout) and "CentenniAll" (a one-hop pale), and we're in business.

We ARE cars, trucks, beers and guns.

PS>  By the way, the second hour of the show was mistakenly deleted during mixing (seriously - more than eight years on-air, hundreds of episodes, and that's never happened).  We'll do it over, once we've had enough to drink.  Promise.

Direct download: HWGH092317.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:41am EDT

Vintage Garage Hour reload for you:  vintage cohosts Dirty Dave and Grizzly Chris show how digression is done in this episode, which reminds you why the Garage Hour's old slogan was "Intriguing or Offensive, but Never Boring".

Let's keep this simple:  Like dirty trucks?  Used truck parts?  Rallycross?  Used car logic?  Pike's Peak?  Cars that make you ugly?

How about WW2 history?  "Panther Soup"?  Tanks?  Fortresses?  Blowing things up?  

How about politics?  Khadaffi, Madoff, Dilbert, New Jersey, Commies and their holidays, or Monty "Walled Him Up In the Old Coke Oven" Burns, or Cash for Clunkers?

We've got it.  Come get it.

Direct download: HWGH091209.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 5:14pm EDT

Vintage Garage Hour reload for you:  vintage cohosts Dirty Dave and Grizzly Chris show how digression is done in this episode, which reminds you why the Garage Hour's old slogan was "Intriguing or Offensive, but Never Boring".

Let's keep this simple:  Like dirty trucks?  Used truck parts?  Rallycross?  Used car logic?  Pike's Peak?  Cars that make you ugly?

How about WW2 history?  "Panther Soup"?  Tanks?  Fortresses?  Blowing things up?  

How about politics?  Khadaffi, Madoff, Dilbert, New Jersey, Commies and their holidays, or Monty "Walled Him Up In the Old Coke Oven" Burns, or Cash for Clunkers?

We've got it.  Come get it.

Direct download: HWGH091209.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 5:01pm EDT

The Garage Hour goons got together at Helix Brewing for a late-night chat under the stars.  You can hear the freeway and WRXs going by at speed (with an HKS tweet!), you can hear the earth breathing, and you can hear the Diesel Ayatollah and Rob from Facetagram sensation "SD Beer Tour" chat about gears and beers with Hostus Maximus Justin Fort.  So much good stuff.

Gearhead?  This episode has crotch rockets at speed, taking care of your 12-volt battery, pride of ownership and why gearheads take better care of their bits, wenches in the garage, truck poseurs versus gas mileage, off-roading for the Persieds (and dragging a Prius behind), adaptable 4Runners, Palomar Mountain's curves, and going fast versus going too fast (and when is which).

Beers?  San Diego's very own Helix Brewing, Mosaicaholic, Stoner Moment and the Red Rufus, San Diego's beer fests in September, hazy versus lazy, and a little preamble of Helix's second birthday party on August 26.

Direct download: HWGH081617mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:18pm EDT

The Garage Hour goons got together at Helix Brewing for a late-night chat under the stars.  You can hear the freeway and WRXs going by at speed (with an HKS tweet!), you can hear the earth breathing, and you can hear the Diesel Ayatollah and Rob from Facetagram sensation "SD Beer Tour" chat about gears and beers with Hostus Maximus Justin Fort.  So much good stuff.

Gearhead?  This episode has crotch rockets at speed, taking care of your 12-volt battery, pride of ownership and why gearheads take better care of their bits, wenches in the garage, truck poseurs versus gas mileage, off-roading for the Persieds (and dragging a Prius behind), adaptable 4Runners, Palomar Mountain's curves, and going fast versus going too fast (and when is which).

Beers?  San Diego's very own Helix Brewing, Mosaicaholic, Stoner Moment and the Red Rufus, San Diego's beer fests in September, hazy versus lazy, and a little preamble of Helix's second birthday party on August 26.

Direct download: HWGH081617.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:03pm EDT

Hey, it's summer - too much gearheadventure to be had.  We're back now, though, with miles in our eyes, dust on our tunics and gristle in our teeth.  Well, not gristle, really, more like bacon.  But we're back.

The Garage Hour goons joined our buddies from Helix Brewing to record a live "Where's Garage Hour?" special at this year's San Diego Beer & Music Fest.  Joined on-air and in person by local brewers like Belching Beaver and Julian Hard Cider, the Diesel Ayatollah, .45 Phil and Silent Craig whipped out a great gearhead chat with Hostus Maximus Justin Fort.  What about?  The beer scene in San Diego, independent beers versus industrial pet loss-leader beer, new restaurants, cider versus beer, the secret story of Julian's apple pie (It's made with people!), and why people at beerfests wear pretzel clothing.  The Garage Hour goons also make their way to a few of the 50-plus brewers at the SD Beer & Music Fest, and we tell you about what we drank.

It's because we care.

Speaking of because, because the folks with Helix were so damn busy at this event, we were unable to capture them for radio time, so we Bogarted Andy from the Beaver and Brian from Julian Hard Cider to join us on-air instead.  It's great radio about great beer - who are you to resist?

Justin case you aren't just a beerhead, yes, we'll always be gearheads.  There's our recurring love affair with the mystery of Amelia Earheart's disappearance, e-locked Tacos, beer powers, Bob "Red Catfish" Failner, cirrhosis of the fescue, flare wrenches, the alcohol app, low-flying aircraft (DUCK!), and the never-ending saga of brake bleeding.

Because beerhead, except because gearhead.

Direct download: HWGH070717.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:10am EDT

Hey, it's summer - too much gearheadventure to be had.  We're back now, though, with miles in our eyes, dust on our tunics and gristle in our teeth.  Well, not gristle, really, more like bacon.  But we're back.

The Garage Hour goons joined our buddies from Helix Brewing to record a live "Where's Garage Hour?" special at this year's San Diego Beer & Music Fest.  Joined on-air and in person by local brewers like Belching Beaver and Julian Hard Cider, the Diesel Ayatollah, .45 Phil and Silent Craig whipped out a great gearhead chat with Hostus Maximus Justin Fort.  What about?  The beer scene in San Diego, independent beers versus industrial pet loss-leader beer, new restaurants, cider versus beer, the secret story of Julian's apple pie (It's made with people!), and why people at beerfests wear pretzel clothing.  The Garage Hour goons also make their way to a few of the 50-plus brewers at the SD Beer & Music Fest, and we tell you about what we drank.

It's because we care.

Speaking of because, because the folks with Helix were so damn busy at this event, we were unable to capture them for radio time, so we Bogarted Andy from the Beaver and Brian from Julian Hard Cider to join us on-air instead.  It's great radio about great beer - who are you to resist?

Justin case you aren't just a beerhead, yes, we'll always be gearheads.  There's our recurring love affair with the mystery of Amelia Earheart's disappearance, e-locked Tacos, beer powers, Bob "Red Catfish" Failner, cirrhosis of the fescue, flare wrenches, the alcohol app, low-flying aircraft (DUCK!), and the never-ending saga of brake bleeding.

Because beerhead, except because gearhead.

Direct download: HWGH070717.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 1:53am EDT

'Tis the season for fine beers and high-mountain off-roading.  We did a little better with the succulent sipping on this episode, however, because the Garage Hour and its goons were at Helix Brewing Co. in La Mesa's little industrial district (where the road goes in a circle but the beer just goes).


Hostus Maximus Justin Fort (He Who Speaks the Sharpest) is joined by the Diesel Ayatollah (The One With Too Many Trucks), Rob (He Who Sips Everywhere) from SDBeerTour - as found on Instagram - and the brewmaster himself, Cameron from Helix Brewing (He Who Makes the Best) for an hour of crowd-fueled gearhead talk.  

There's beers - what's C-Ball's making (including the new "Bomb, Hop Bomb" and "Centinale"), plans for his fine leather-bound collection of sours, and what he's got up his sleeve for the Great American Beer Festival in Colorado.  Then the going gets truckier, because Rob, Justin and the Diesel Ayatollah get after trail and rock season, old 4Runners and older CJ-5s.  There's also a chat about Humble Farmer Brewing's Carrot Ale (made in Holtville, CA), and what it takes for a enthusiast-fueled Instagram page like Rob's "SDBeerTour" to hit 1500 followers just by drinking.

On the plus side, because we missed the Ferdfull of truck buggery that had been planned for this episode, there should be a dually's share of it in the next show.  Oh, and we still owe you guns - promise.

Direct download: HWGH062917.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 5:17pm EDT

'Tis the season for fine beers and high-mountain off-roading.  We did a little better with the succulent sipping on this episode, however, because the Garage Hour and its goons were at Helix Brewing Co. in La Mesa's little industrial district (where the road goes in a circle but the beer just goes).

Hostus Maximus Justin Fort (He Who Speaks the Sharpest) is joined by the Diesel Ayatollah (The One With Too Many Trucks), Rob (He Who Sips Everywhere) from SDBeerTour - as found on Instagram - and the brewmaster himself, Cameron from Helix Brewing (He Who Makes the Best) for an hour of crowd-fueled gearhead talk.  

There's beers - what's C-Ball's making (including the new "Bomb, Hop Bomb" and "Centinale"), plans for his fine leather-bound collection of sours, and what he's got up his sleeve for the Great American Beer Festival in Colorado.  Then the going gets truckier, because Rob, Justin and the Diesel Ayatollah get after trail and rock season, old 4Runners and older CJ-5s.  There's also a chat about Humble Farmer Brewing's Carrot Ale (made in Holtville, CA), and what it takes for a enthusiast-fueled Instagram page like Rob's "SDBeerTour" to hit 1500 followers just by drinking.

On the plus side, because we missed the Ferdfull of truck buggery that had been planned for this episode, there should be a dually's share of it in the next show.  Oh, and we still owe you guns - promise.

Direct download: HWGH062917.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 5:08pm EDT

Some good beer-on-radio gearhead talk for you…  The Garage Hour goons get together with our other favorite brewery in the East County's Circle of Hops to sip and chat rock, bikes and beers.

We usually record at Helix Brewing Co. in La Mesa, but they were ultra-busy with a new wave of beers, so Hostus Maximus Justin Fort, Chef Jeff and the lovely Karen dropped in at Burning Beard Brewing in El Cajon to hang out with 1/2 of the outfit's dynamic duo, Mike Maass.

This episode is heavy on the music and the beer to go with it, and we have good debates about ingredients, beer styles, concerts in SoCal, bands that matter, and single versus double-bass.  Beard also announces their pairing of a tap takeover at the Pizza Port in Solana Beach with a Sword show at the Belly (Corporate) Up on July 18.

We also chase details of the secret tracks on the epic Beard jukebox, Owner #2's (Jeff) pursuit of Liberace, Menudo and New Kids on the Block, and whether Al Jourgenson and Ministry opened for Bing Crosby or Soundgarden first.  Then, it's all about side effects: tapeworms, loss of etiquette and projectile leprosy.

Direct download: HWGH061517mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:33pm EDT

Some good beer-on-radio gearhead talk for you…  The Garage Hour goons get together with our other favorite brewery in the East County's Circle of Hops to sip and chat rock, bikes and beers.

We usually record at Helix Brewing Co. in La Mesa, but they were ultra-busy with a new wave of beers, so Hostus Maximus Justin Fort, Chef Jeff and the lovely Karen dropped in at Burning Beard Brewing in El Cajon to hang out with 1/2 of the outfit's dynamic duo, Mike Maass.

This episode is heavy on the music and the beer to go with it, and we have good debates about ingredients, beer styles, concerts in SoCal, bands that matter, and single versus double-bass.  Beard also announces their pairing of a tap takeover at the Pizza Port in Solana Beach with a Sword show at the Belly (Corporate) Up on July 18.

We also chase details of the secret tracks on the epic Beard jukebox, Owner #2's (Jeff) pursuit of Liberace, Menudo and New Kids on the Block, and whether Al Jourgenson and Ministry opened for Bing Crosby or Soundgarden first.  Then, it's all about side effects: tapeworms, loss of etiquette and projectile leprosy.

Direct download: HWGH061517.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:17pm EDT

Why does it feel like being a gearhead makes us a target?  Cars, trucks, beers or guns, they're all in the sights of the politicians in Sacramento, and you should be worried.

What's wrong with a government bureaucracy that levies more and more taxes and fees on an overtaxed (literally and figuratively) electorate?  How can a state with some of the most burdensome regulations on auto and vehicle ownership create more?  Why do politicians in the capitol of California behave like they don't want citizens to enjoy the constitutional freedoms guaranteed them?  Does it look to you like the leftist elitists in Sacramento have figured out that the time's running out on their party?

In this episode, Hank Watsons's Garage Hour and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort take an hour to pull back some of the curtains shrouding the scary statists who've been chaperoning the pending failure of the third-world cleptobureaucracy of Kalifornistan, and how the Big Gov't policies of these "Democrat" progressives and statists have taken direct aim at our wallets, our hobbies and our cars.

Don't be low-info: the Gearhead Consultancy is here to help.  The Garage Hour's got insight into the precipitously unglued bureaucratic mindset of politicians and quasi-governmental institutions that are running the state like drunks at a liquor sale.  This is not a drill: CA's coming after you, and the taxes and fees that Sacto has once again levied in the face of every reason not to are yet another sign of the pending Fool's Apocalypse.

Direct download: HWGH052217mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:10pm EDT

Why does it feel like being a gearhead makes us a target?  Cars, trucks, beers or guns, they're all in the sights of the politicians in Sacramento, and you should be worried.

What's wrong with a government bureaucracy that levies more and more taxes and fees on an overtaxed (literally and figuratively) electorate?  How can a state with some of the most burdensome regulations on auto and vehicle ownership create more?  Why do politicians in the capitol of California behave like they don't want citizens to enjoy the constitutional freedoms guaranteed them?  Does it look to you like the leftist elitists in Sacramento have figured out that the time's running out on their party?

In this episode, Hank Watsons's Garage Hour and Hostus Maximus Justin Fort take an hour to pull back some of the curtains shrouding the scary statists who've been chaperoning the pending failure of the third-world cleptobureaucracy of Kalifornistan, and how the Big Gov't policies of these "Democrat" progressives and statists have taken direct aim at our wallets, our hobbies and our cars.

Don't be low-info: the Gearhead Consultancy is here to help.  The Garage Hour's got insight into the precipitously unglued bureaucratic mindset of politicians and quasi-governmental institutions that are running the state like drunks at a liquor sale.  This is not a drill: CA's coming after you, and the taxes and fees that Sacto has once again levied in the face of every reason not to are yet another sign of the pending Fool's Apocalypse.

Direct download: HWGH052217.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:05pm EDT

The Garage Hour's Gearhead Consultancy talks truck parts and the third-world cleptobureaucracy of Kalifornistan's latest plan to screw its taxpayers right out the door over new beers and the new brewer at Helix Brewing Co.

This Helix-homebase episode is a choose-your-own-adventure special:  1. Like beer?  We've got the FNG: Mike Schlerethenbergenhofer (that's how HE spelled it), who talks hops like Idaho 7 (powering the new Hop Bomb) and HPC 369 and 342, which underpin other on-tap creations by head brewer CamBall.  Oh, yeah, and Cameron got a haircut, which will offset his fancy surfer abs when he brews shirtless - you heard it here, ladies.

2. Like trucks?  There's trucks.  Big brakes and where to get them (Mexico versus China), bleeding brakes and whether brake fluid is flammable (apparently not), and blown rings in a master cylinder.  Then it's diesels, functionality and the cost of buying old versus the penalty of buying new.  Oh, and apparently urea is bad for you AND for your truck.

3. Like guns?  We review a day at the range with Active Shooter Defense School and sometime cohost and full-time hardcase Matt Klier, and then get into the Weaver stance (think Miami Vice) versus Matt's isosceles stance (think Special Forces).

 4. Like always, there's the fact that whether or not you are interested in politics, politics is interested in you (especially in the Garage Hour's home state of panic that is CA).  The statist creeps that have infested the capitol just passed a few more up-yours laws, like a huge increase in gas and diesel fuel taxes.  And, just when they hybrid and electric car owners thought they were safe because they'd drunk the Kool-Aid, Gov. Spongebrain Brownpants and his low-info zealots included fees for them, too.  Flee while you can.

Direct download: HWGH050217mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:21am EDT

The Garage Hour's Gearhead Consultancy talks truck parts and the third-world cleptobureaucracy of Kalifornistan's latest plan to screw its taxpayers right out the door over new beers and the new brewer at Helix Brewing Co.

This Helix-homebase episode is a choose-your-own-adventure special:  1. Like beer?  We've got the FNG: Mike Schlerethenbergenhofer (that's how HE spelled it), who talks hops like Idaho 7 (powering the new Hop Bomb) and HPC 369 and 342, which underpin other on-tap creations by head brewer CamBall.  Oh, yeah, and Cameron got a haircut, which will offset his fancy surfer abs when he brews shirtless - you heard it here, ladies.

2. Like trucks?  There's trucks.  Big brakes and where to get them (Mexico versus China), bleeding brakes and whether brake fluid is flammable (apparently not), and blown rings in a master cylinder.  Then it's diesels, functionality and the cost of buying old versus the penalty of buying new.  Oh, and apparently urea is bad for you AND for your truck.

3. Like guns?  We review a day at the range with Active Shooter Defense School and sometime cohost and full-time hardcase Matt Klier, and then get into the Weaver stance (think Miami Vice) versus Matt's isosceles stance (think Special Forces).

 4. Like always, there's the fact that whether or not you are interested in politics, politics is interested in you (especially in the Garage Hour's home state of panic that is CA).  The statist creeps that have infested the capitol just passed a few more up-yours laws, like a huge increase in gas and diesel fuel taxes.  And, just when they hybrid and electric car owners thought they were safe because they'd drunk the Kool-Aid, Gov. Spongebrain Brownpants and his low-info zealots included fees for them, too.  Flee while you can.

Direct download: HWGH050217.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:10am EDT

Sorry about the slow uploading - too much work to do.  Got to pay the bills.  Lots of new Garage Hour coming in May.

This vintage reload is all about the 'froadin: we have near-death experiencer Cliff-Diving Dave in-studio to talk about how he's not dead, despite his Jeep's best efforts to fling him off a cliff on Saddleback in Orange County.  Seriously, above-the-clouds cliff.  Fortunately, there were a bunch of Toyotas nearby to save him.

Dave #1 and Dave #4 join in the usual Garage Hour fare after that: V8 BMW M3s versus V-10 Dodges, homologation versus homos, Speedvision versus Fox and Fox Network versus gearheads, the Isle of Mann Tourist Trophy, historic road racing on Torrey Pines, off-roading in San Diego, plus sasquatches and bears and what caliber is better than a .22LR (all of them).  Then we counsel Cliff-Diving Dave about tow points and off-roading with friends, and then it's off to Ballas with Dollas for Gamblothon at Barona Drags.

Because gearhead.

Direct download: HWGH051510.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 1:14pm EDT

Sorry about the slow uploading - too much work to do.  Got to pay the bills.  Lots of new Garage Hour coming in May.

This vintage reload is all about the 'froadin: we have near-death experiencer Cliff-Diving Dave in-studio to talk about how he's not dead, despite his Jeep's best efforts to fling him off a cliff on Saddleback in Orange County.  Seriously, above-the-clouds cliff.  Fortunately, there were a bunch of Toyotas nearby to save him.

Dave #1 and Dave #4 join in the usual Garage Hour fare after that: V8 BMW M3s versus V-10 Dodges, homologation versus homos, Speedvision versus Fox and Fox Network versus gearheads, the Isle of Mann Tourist Trophy, historic road racing on Torrey Pines, off-roading in San Diego, plus sasquatches and bears and what caliber is better than a .22LR (all of them).  Then we counsel Cliff-Diving Dave about tow points and off-roading with friends, and then it's off to Ballas with Dollas for Gamblothon at Barona Drags.

Because gearhead.

Direct download: HWGH051510.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 1:12pm EDT

We've got your microaggression right here, plus the other kinds.  In a rare two-hour Garage Hour, tonight's contestants invaded Dustin V.2's Jeep Kitchen for a good sipping session, and then let a radio show break out.  If you like hot-boxing your CBR1000RR or arguing about four-wheel drive versus all-wheel drive, THIS is an episode for you.

Share our theory about "two-degrees from the Olds Cutlass"?  Wish your World Class T-5 didn't need rebuilding?  Getting sick of the fools and poseurs who think they're off-roaders because they dropped $20Gs on a new side-by-side?  Like a good night run to whereabouts unknown?  Think a vehicle should go 'froading because it says Jeep on it?  Want to self-identify as a rich guy when your bank account has the genes of a SoCal homeowner?  Tired of stepping over automotive victim groups?  Want to laugh when people start prepping now that Trump's the president?  Yes, have some Garage Hour

There's a lot of good stuff in this one.  The Bearded Wonder.  FJ Summit.  AMC VS Jeep.  Loose bolts.  Mr. Dustin versus Dustin V.2.  Brake lines.  Burnout shrapnel.  V8-powered FJ60s.  Harmonic unbalancers.  4Runner mods and fixes. Music by Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold (and Sevendust), Skynyrd and KMFDM.

This is a BS-proof show, cats and kiddies.  Remember, it's when the nut behind the wheel comes loose that you've got a problem.

Direct download: HWGH031617mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:49pm EDT

We've got your microaggression right here, plus the other kinds.  In a rare two-hour Garage Hour, tonight's contestants invaded Dustin V.2's Jeep Kitchen for a good sipping session, and then let a radio show break out.  If you like hot-boxing your CBR1000RR or arguing about four-wheel drive versus all-wheel drive, THIS is an episode for you.

Share our theory about "two-degrees from the Olds Cutlass"?  Wish your World Class T-5 didn't need rebuilding?  Getting sick of the fools and poseurs who think they're off-roaders because they dropped $20Gs on a new side-by-side?  Like a good night run to whereabouts unknown?  Think a vehicle should go 'froading because it says Jeep on it?  Want to self-identify as a rich guy when your bank account has the genes of a SoCal homeowner?  Tired of stepping over automotive victim groups?  Want to laugh when people start prepping now that Trump's the president?  Yes, have some Garage Hour

There's a lot of good stuff in this one.  The Bearded Wonder.  FJ Summit.  AMC VS Jeep.  Loose bolts.  Mr. Dustin versus Dustin V.2.  Brake lines.  Burnout shrapnel.  V8-powered FJ60s.  Harmonic unbalancers.  4Runner mods and fixes. Music by Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold (and Sevendust), Skynyrd and KMFDM.

This is a BS-proof show, cats and kiddies.  Remember, it's when the nut behind the wheel comes loose that you've got a problem.

Direct download: HWGH031617.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:25pm EDT

Long-lost Garage Hour found: you've got it right here.  It's one of our auto-detailing specials, with everything from crappy clear coats, clear versus enamel, polishing by hand versus machine, professional detailers versus amateurs, the danger sauce that is dish soap, dish soap versus auto wax, microfiber, majorfiber, meltofiber, carnauba, the two-bucket maneuver, cotton versus polymer, chasing drips with compressed air, clay bar and clay elbow, plus Mothers Polish, Griot's Garage (Hour) and San Diego's Chemical Brothers.

There's also new Dodges and used Evos, track ZR-1s and trailed Jeeps, Smart cars, dumb 'Vette flags, a bacon smoothie, the Indian Garage Hour (weird), Terry Crews and Old Spice ads (funny), rock and industrial and down-tempo lushbeat (Dog Fashion Disco, Ozzy Osbourne and Amon Tobin), one of the Garage Hour's Villains Cage Matches (Hannibal Lecter beats Scorpio), a 'Squatch Run, board-opp humor and the Bilstein Boys.

Direct download: HWGH090812.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:04pm EDT

Long-lost Garage Hour found: you've got it right here.  It's one of our auto-detailing specials, with everything from crappy clear coats, clear versus enamel, polishing by hand versus machine, professional detailers versus amateurs, the danger sauce that is dish soap, dish soap versus auto wax, microfiber, majorfiber, meltofiber, carnauba, the two-bucket maneuver, cotton versus polymer, chasing drips with compressed air, clay bar and clay elbow, plus Mothers Polish, Griot's Garage (Hour) and San Diego's Chemical Brothers.

There's also new Dodges and used Evos, track ZR-1s and trailed Jeeps, Smart cars, dumb 'Vette flags, a bacon smoothie, the Indian Garage Hour (weird), Terry Crews and Old Spice ads (funny), rock and industrial and down-tempo lushbeat (Dog Fashion Disco, Ozzy Osbourne and Amon Tobin), one of the Garage Hour's Villains Cage Matches (Hannibal Lecter beats Scorpio), a 'Squatch Run, board-opp humor and the Bilstein Boys.

Direct download: HWGH090812mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:59pm EDT

Just add gearhead!  The Garage Hour goons gathered in Dustin v2's garage for an hour of broken parts - Toyota AND Jeep (who knew?), shouldered bolts and Loctite's new "Black Hold" supersauce, wall urinals for convenient garage peeing, salvage nails and screws, Jeep V8s (and the blown ones littering Dustin v2's garage), and the wonder that is a garage being remodelled around a CJ-7 being rebuilt.  This was in tandem with the show's look back at the 2017 Superstition Run, which contributed to the pile of broken bits.

Because we're such big fans of microagression (as well as the other kind), we also snowflaked it up with Jeep V8s, failed half-shafts, oil loss, broken plumbing, broken femurs, Kalifornistan versus Arizonafforable, and how the six-cylinder WJ Selectrac can be adapted to replace the V8 Quadratrac.  Reality bubbled back to the fore, thankfully, and everything from buying ourselves a hardware store in Silverton to renting ourselves a warehouse in San Diego came up as the gearhead goons spread logic all over the place.

Rock and roll backing this triumphant expression of gearheadulation includes 16 Volt, Prong and Ministry.

Direct download: HWGH020117mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 4:53pm EDT

Just add gearhead!  The Garage Hour goons gathered in Dustin v2's garage for an hour of broken parts - Toyota AND Jeep (who knew?), shouldered bolts and Loctite's new "Black Hold" supersauce, wall urinals for convenient garage peeing, salvage nails and screws, Jeep V8s (and the blown ones littering Dustin v2's garage), and the wonder that is a garage being remodelled around a CJ-7 being rebuilt.  This was in tandem with the show's look back at the 2017 Superstition Run, which contributed to the pile of broken bits.

Because we're such big fans of microagression (as well as the other kind), we also snowflaked it up with Jeep V8s, failed half-shafts, oil loss, broken plumbing, broken femurs, Kalifornistan versus Arizonafforable, and how the six-cylinder WJ Selectrac can be adapted to replace the V8 Quadratrac.  Reality bubbled back to the fore, thankfully, and everything from buying ourselves a hardware store in Silverton to renting ourselves a warehouse in San Diego came up as the gearhead goons spread logic all over the place.

Rock and roll backing this triumphant expression of gearheadulation includes 16 Volt, Prong and Ministry.

Direct download: HWGH020117.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 4:41pm EDT

01.23.10 (MP3): Classic! Drag Racing & F1 (& Schumie's Return), Tiger VS GM (& Ambien), Automotive Design Faves, Bugeye VS STi, Selling Cars in SD, w/ My Life w/ Thrill Kill Cult, Stone Foxes + Sweat Engine, + Studio Invasion by San Diego's Halloran

Long-lost Garage Hour awesomeness right here:  gearhead friend of the show Mark Deadrick joined Hostus Maximus Justin Fort and Dirty Dave for an episode, and he brought along his punk/talk/DJ buddy of note, Mike Halloran.  Then Halloran tries (and fails, thankfully for fans of cars, trucks, beers and guns) to take over the show, and a pretty damn good episode ensues.  Because gearhead.

Not firstly, but first, the rock and/or roll that has been rendered one of the Garage Hour's cornerstones is called into question by longtime airplay savant Halloran, so a running debate of whether if/which/how tracks are rolled in the background of every episode infects every other stage of the show.  Some punk and garage rock goodness percolates to the surface, including My Life with the Thrill Kill Cult, SOMA, Stone Foxes, Beauty Bar, and Mark's old band, Sweat Engine.  But gearhead.

Surprisingly, there's a ton of good automotive chatter in this episode as well - somewhat unlike the occasional Garage Hour that goes off to live in the digression.  Automotive design, Acura's beaks versus Caddy's creases, Pontiac's G8, little Benzes and Audis, car designs of the eras, commuting in the rain, street-riden old 'Glides versus Halloran's "Shriner Bike", F1 in Abu Dhabi, Schumacher in a Mercedes, bugeye versus hawkeye Subies, and GM versus Tiger Woods versus Ambien.  Then someone complained about Jeeps and Dirty Dave had to defend his Miata.  Go gearhead.

Direct download: HWGH012310mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 1:23am EDT

01.23.10: Classic! Drag Racing & F1 (& Schumie's Return), Tiger VS GM (& Ambien), Automotive Design Faves, Bugeye VS STi, Selling Cars in SD, w/ My Life w/ Thrill Kill Cult, Stone Foxes + Sweat Engine, + Studio Invasion by San Diego's Halloran

Long-lost Garage Hour awesomeness right here:  gearhead friend of the show Mark Deadrick joined Hostus Maximus Justin Fort and Dirty Dave for an episode, and he brought along his punk/talk/DJ buddy of note, Mike Halloran.  Then Halloran tries (and fails, thankfully for fans of cars, trucks, beers and guns) to take over the show, and a pretty damn good episode ensues.  Because gearhead.

Not firstly, but first, the rock and/or roll that has been rendered one of the Garage Hour's cornerstones is called into question by longtime airplay savant Halloran, so a running debate of whether if/which/how tracks are rolled in the background of every episode infects every other stage of the show.  Some punk and garage rock goodness percolates to the surface, including My Life with the Thrill Kill Cult, SOMA, Stone Foxes, Beauty Bar, and Mark's old band, Sweat Engine.  But gearhead.

Surprisingly, there's a ton of good automotive chatter in this episode as well - somewhat unlike the occasional Garage Hour that goes off to live in the digression.  Automotive design, Acura's beaks versus Caddy's creases, Pontiac's G8, little Benzes and Audis, car designs of the eras, commuting in the rain, street riden old 'Glides versus Halloran's "Shriner Bike", F1 in Abu Dhabi, Schumacher in a Mercedes, bugeye versus hawkeye Subies, and GM versus Tiger Woods versus Ambien.  Then someone complained about Jeeps and Dirty Dave had to defend his Miata.  Go gearhead.

Direct download: HWGH012310.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 1:10am EDT

02.02.17 (MP3): An Hour of Beer @ Helix Brewing, w/ Fine Brews, Selling Diesel Trucks, Tuning FN/FALs for Fun & Profit, Home Stilling, Stupid San Diego Weather & Flying Quonset Huts, w/ the Anarchist-In-Chief & Beer Tourism

Live from San Diego's Circle of Hops (yes, that's a thing now), the Garage Hour goons - with everyone from .45 Phil, Chef Jeff & Ms. Karen, to the Diesel Ayatollah and our newest cohost, Vinnie the Screw (or Drywall Vinnie - we can't decide) joining Hostus Maximus Justin Fort - chat up Helix Brewing's primary and head keg wiper Cameron Ball about his luscious selection of finely crafted beers.  From there, it's all gearhead: bullets and tornados and flooding, but hey, it's got beer and guns.  And trucks - surely someone said "diesel" at some point.

We free Cam Ball's taste buds from beer jail for long enough to try a suite of his finest ales, including his Pale, the piece of art that is Galaxy Rye, Active IPA, the latest - and most subtle - batch of Stoner Moment, a creamy Honor Not Inner stout on nitro, while .45 Phil gets outside of the last keg of the sublime Pumpkin Basic.  Beer vibes included beer honesty and beer fun, which then detours into why home stilling might blow up your garage.

There's also .45 Phil's dissertation on Laotian HVAC guys in San Diego (way more interesting than you'd think), hot places from Thailand to Iraq, making an FAL run like you plan to take over a small third-world nation, FAL and Luger ergonomics, RIPs for recently deceased SEAL Team 6 SSgt Bill Owen, tarps, flooding at NASSCO, what kind of ruckus is a Helix ruckus, bone tours, and America's newest anarchist, Uncle Donald, and how he plans to go tiger mom on the state of California's gun banning troglodyte horde in Sacramento.

Should be a show.  We certainly are - grab some Garage Hour, and we'll see you in the garage.

Direct download: HWGH020217mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:38am EDT

02.02.17: An Hour of Beer @ Helix Brewing, w/ Fine Brews, Selling Diesel Trucks, Tuning FN/FALs for Fun & Profit, Home Stilling, Stupid San Diego Weather & Flying Quonset Huts, w/ the Anarchist-In-Chief & Beer Tourism

Live from San Diego's Circle of Hops (yes, that's a thing now), the Garage Hour goons - with everyone from .45 Phil, Chef Jeff & Ms. Karen, to the Diesel Ayatollah and our newest cohost, Vinnie the Screw (or Drywall Vinnie - we can't decide) joining Hostus Maximus Justin Fort - chat up Helix Brewing's primary and head keg wiper Cameron Ball about his luscious selection of finely crafted beers.  From there, it's all gearhead: bullets and tornados and flooding, but hey, it's got beer and guns.  And trucks - surely someone said "diesel" at some point.

We free Cam Ball's taste buds from beer jail for long enough to try a suite of his finest ales, including his Pale, the piece of art that is Galaxy Rye, Active IPA, the latest - and most subtle - batch of Stoner Moment, a creamy Honor Not Inner stout on nitro, while .45 Phil gets outside of the last keg of the sublime Pumpkin Basic.  Beer vibes included beer honesty and beer fun, which then detours into why home stilling might blow up your garage.

There's also .45 Phil's dissertation on Laotian HVAC guys in San Diego (way more interesting than you'd think), hot places from Thailand to Iraq, making an FAL run like you plan to take over a small third-world nation, FAL and Luger ergonomics, RIPs for recently deceased SEAL Team 6 SSgt Bill Owen, tarps, flooding at NASSCO, what kind of ruckus is a Helix ruckus, bone tours, and America's newest anarchist, Uncle Donald, and how he plans to go tiger mom on the state of California's gun banning troglodyte horde in Sacramento.

Should be a show.  We certainly are - grab some Garage Hour, and we'll see you in the garage.

Direct download: HWGH020217.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:36am EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT