18th May2017

CAMcast: Pizza Dad Watches Formula Drift

by Michael Chandler

Well hey there!  How are you guys?  We’re doing awesome, because you’re here for another episode of this here CAMcast.  Mike gets to spend some quality time with Pizza Dad, because the Professor was at a Drift Utah event and Gavin was shooting a concert.  No matter, Fearless Leader and our resident absentee parent talk about a lot of stuff:

  • Formula Drift had a wild round at Road Atlanta
  • Formula 1 went to Spain, and McLaren Honda didn’t suck as bad!
  • NASCAR had a very scary wreck
  • A Canadian did something very un-Canadian
  • An electric supercar blows away every other ‘Ring lap time
  • YOUR $3k KSL Performance Car Challenge entries!
    • Good news! Contest is running for another week!

Thank you guys for joining us again, it means a lot that you’re willing to spend your time listening to us.  Stream the episode above, head over to iTunes to get a copy there, or download it here.  And if you head to iTunes, please leave us a rating and a comment, and continue to spread the good word!  We’ll be back next week, maybe with a special guest!

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04th May2017

Children With An Agenda: The CAMcast

by Michael Chandler

May the 4th be with you!  That’s the only Star Wars reference you’re getting on this episode, because neither Pizza Dad, The Professor, P-Car, nor Fearless Leader realized that this episode would be dropping on May 4th.  What they lack in Star Wars, they make up for in discussion topics!  On this episode:

  • Formula 1 stuff!
  • Could we be getting 100 octane at the pump?
  • Everyone needs technicians
  • The next GT500 is testing in Detroit
  • The Driving Experience!
  • Listener Mail
  • And more!

Thank you so very much for listening to this little podcast of ours.  You can stream the episode above, find it on iTunes, or download it here.  If you haven’t subscribed, rated, and commented on iTunes: why not?  We’d do the same for you if you had a podcast.  While you’re at it, share this episode!  Let the people know where you got it, and send them our way.  We’re friendly.  We’ll be back next week!

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20th Apr2017

CAMcast: Dodge’s New Slogan

by Michael Chandler

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Welcome back to the basement ladies and gentlemen!  It may be unfinished, and littered with old CRT televisions, but it will always feel like home.  The gang is all here for this week’s episode, and boy is it a doozy!

  • Pizza Dad catches us up on Formula 1
  • Dave and Mike review a curiously optioned BMW
  • Mike goes to a dark place
  • Gavin and Mike talk about ISS
  • Everyone talks about car shows vs car meets
  • Dodge Demon and Jeep Track Hawk
  • Supercars
  • Fast and Furious movies
  • And listener questions!

Thank you for spending some of your week with us, it means a lot that you’re willing to support us as we try to bring you better and more polished content.  You can stream the episode in the player above, or download it here.  If you haven’t, please share this podcast with your friends! Word of mouth is a great way for us to grow.  So is leaving us a review and rating on iTunes, preferably positive and 5 stars.  While you’re there, subscribe to us!  Then head over to YouTube and subscribe to our channel.  We’ve got some cool stuff coming.  And as always, follow us on our social media feeds!

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06th Apr2017

CAMcast: Scott and Cody Walk Into a Basement

by Michael Chandler

How is everybody doin?  We’re doing pretty good, because we have a new episode of the CAMcast for you!  Pizza Dad makes a court appointed visit, and the gang is also joined by Scott Michael Chamberlain and Mystery Man Cody!  The guys go over so many things:

  • Pizza Dad gives a Formula 1 update
  • Mike and Dave get into Formula Drift Long Beach
  • We talk to Scott about driving HPDE and how he got into dialing in cars
  • Cody tells us he has an 84 Camry, in addition to Big Rhonda
  • And Gavin talks about The Driving Experience, our new YouTube series!


Thank you everyone for listening and sharing!  Please keep it up, it helps us grow and do more things.  Fun, awesome things.  You can stream the episode via the player above, download it here, or find it on iTunes.  As always, follow us on our social media platforms; and comment, rate and subscribe to us on iTunes!

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16th Mar2017

Court Appointed Pizza: The CAMcast

by Michael Chandler

HELLO, FRIENDS AND VIEWING PUBLIC!  We’re back with another episode of what I can only assume is the fastest growing automotive podcast on the east side of the Salt Lake Valley.  We’ve got a full crew, and a packed show for you:

  • Pizza Dad talks about Formula 1
  • Mike talks NASCAR fights
  • Everyone gets in on the dream inheritance, which gets us talking about E30 BMW’s
  • And we answer some listener questions, which has us talking classic racing

You can stream the episode below, download it here, or head over to iTunes.  We’d also appreciate it if you kept on spreading the good word of this here podcast.  We’d do the same for you if you had a podcast.  We’ll see you at NASA Utah Round 1, or Scrapefest this weekend!

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05th Jan2017

CAMcast: 2017 Races to Watch

by Michael Chandler

The CAMcast crew managed to survive those last, rough weeks of 2016, and are back in this new year with a new podcast for your ears!

In this episode Dave, Gavin, Brandon, and Me (me being Mike, sorry for all the coughing) tell you what races to watch this year, where to find them, and we ramble on about some other stuff.  It’s mostly the racing stuff though.  Give us a listen!  You can stream the episode here, get it on iTunes, or download it here.  

We mention some YouTube channels where you can watch races either live, or after their air date.  Here’s a brief list:

  • WorldChallenge TV, home of Pirelli World Challenge
  • IMSA Official, IMSA on YouTube
  • IMSA.tv, IMSA streaming on their own page
  • NISMO TV, The place to watch SuperGT, and Blanpain Endurance and Sprint races.  Also a bunch of cool Nissan stuff.
  • Climb Dance, a short film of a Peugeot 405 T16 GR climbing Pike’s Peak in the 80’s

And there you have it, more goodness for your ears, and things for you to do during the year.  We’ll be back next week!

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27th Dec2016

CAMcast: The Holiday Ramblefest!

by Michael Chandler

The end of this awful year is finally in sight!  Head into 2017 by listening to Brandon, Dave, Gavin, and myself ramble about the year that was.  We went off for two and a half hours, so we made this our first TWO PARTER.

 

YES, instead of having one massive episode, we are giving you two! In part one there are some deep dives into drifting (again), dirt track racing, auto/gymkhana, and some other stuff

 

And in part two, the guys give you their best and worsts of the year along with some other stuff.

Thank you everyone for listening and downloading these podcasts.  We enjoy making them, and we hope you enjoy listening to them.  You can download part one here, and part two here.  If iTunes is more your flavor, then you can find us on there!  Just search for CAMautoMag.  Please subscribe, rate, and review us!  And as always, you can email us at [email protected]  See you all in 2017!

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08th Dec2016

You Didn’t Order The Pizza: CAMcast Weekly

by Michael Chandler

Recorded in the frigid basement on December 6; Mike, Dave and Brandon talk about a lot of things:

  • Nico Rosberg
  • NASCAR’s title sponsor
  • Progressing in different motorsports
  • Safety regulations
  • How to ruin your business on Instagram
  • And much, much more

Grab the latest episode on iTunes, and wherever else fine podcasts can be acquired.  Send us an email, and you could win a bag full of awesome prizes!  Direct your correspondence to [email protected]

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10th Nov2016

Hiroyuki Hasegawa, Co-Founder of HKS, Dead at 71

by Michael Chandler

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Hiroyuki Hasegawa, co-founder of legendary tuning company HKS, has passed away at age 71.  The company released a brief statement, which contained no specific details of his death.

Founded in 1973 by Hasegawa and Goichi Kitigawa, and with an investment from Sigma Automotive, HKS has been one of the premier tuners in the world.  Crafting everything from one of the fastest R35 GTRs in the world (pictured above), to outright drag racing monsters, top speed machines, and even developing a Formula 1 engine, HKS cemented itself in the lexicon of those who know about speed and craftsmanship.  

A former Yamaha engineer, Hasegawa worked tirelessly to develop and release his first aftermarket turbocharger kit in 1974.  From there his company developed many turbo kits and upgrade kits, eventually developing electronic devices that would become staples in the tuning world: boost controllers and turbo timers.  HKS has been involved in all levels of motorsport, from D1GP to JGTC, Formula 3 to drag racing.  Demand became so great that the company expanded into the United States, Europe and the United Kingdom, and Thailand.

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19th May2016

The Way It Were: Why Nothing Is Ever As Good As It Was

by Michael Chandler

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CAUTION: OPINIONS AHEAD

A few years ago Niki Lauda suggested that for F1 to be more exciting, they needed to go to wider tires and bigger wings and lots more horsepower.  Basically, turn the clock back to when he was racing.  He’s not the first person to suggest going back to “the old ways”.  When the new turbo motors came out, everyone complained and wanted to go back to the V10 era.  Was the V10 era that much better?  Were the 70’s the peak of F1?

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People in drifting have some thoughts on the current state of the sport as well.  There was a time where 500 horsepower was considered a lot, and the steering mods you needed were rack spacers and modified knuckles.  Now the top Formula D cars make around 800 horsepower, completely redesigned steering components for crazy amounts of angle, and over fenders on over fenders to cover the tires because the steering mods have pushed the wheels so far out from their original location.  But were the lower power, simpler days so much better than today?

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Back in the day, you could fix damn near any car with nothing more than a socket set and a bucket of carb cleaner.  The bodies were made of steel, and they were designed by guys with slide rulers and very little understanding of aerodynamics.  Modern cars are massive compared to the old cars, and the technology is so deeply embedded in every aspect of them that working on them is nearly impossible.  But were the old steel bodied classics better than the stuff you can drive off a dealer’s lot?

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Well… No.  Modern race cars are demonstrably faster, more efficient and safer than their old counter parts, drifting has graduated from “a bunch of idiots in a parking lot” to a legitimate motorsport, and modern cars are faster, safer, more efficient, and better equipped than the designers ever thought cars could be.  When Niki Lauda won his first World Championship in 1975, he turned a 1:26.40 lap in qualifying.  In 2011 Sebastian Vettel ran a 1:13.556.

With more knowledge and data, the Formula D cars are moving through the courses faster and making more tire smoke.  Couple that with the amount of angle the drivers are using going through the corners, and you have something far more interesting to watch than what was happening in 2007.

Modern cars are heavier and bigger because they have more stuff in them.  Stuff like multiple air bags and other safety equipment, infotainment systems that play your Pandora stations and read your text messages to you!  In 1975, a V8 Camaro 13 mpg in the city and 19 on the highway.  A 2016 Camaro does 16 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway.  The humble Corolla went from 21/33 forty-one years ago to 28/37 now.  Modern cars of all varieties are demonstrably better.  But why do we keep holding up examples from the past?  In my opinion, it’s a familiarity issue.

Let me try to explain this with an analogy.  Michael Jordan is the best basketball player I’ve ever seen.  I say this because I watched him for more than a third of my life.  I saw him win multiple championships, MVP awards, and even a gold medal.  Now if you were to ask someone ten years younger than me, they probably wouldn’t say MJ was the best.  They’d probably say Kobe Bryant, or LeBron James, or even Steph Curry is the best.  Why?  Because they watched them at their peaks, like I did with Jordan.  That hypothetical person grew up knowing only an old MJ and young, rising talents in LeBron, Steph and Kobe.  Now replace MJ and LeBron with an AE86 and a new FRS/BRZ.  The Corolla was amazing, but that’s not the hero car for the new generation.  It’s legendary, and they know about the old Corolla; but, the FRS/BRZ has been around since some of these kids became aware of cars and their coolness.

Same with F1.  Some people came into the sport WITH the turbo V6s, and have no idea about the previous eras.  There are countless hoards of people out there that are convinced that to have a fun drift car you need a high horsepower 2JZ or LS, all of the Wisefab you can get your hands on, and as much fender as one can fit on a car.  And let’s be honest, spending an hour in stop and go traffic in a car with weak A/C, a semi-functioning tape deck, and an ever falling fuel needle isn’t as good a place to be as a car where you can throw it in D, crank up the A/C, listen to your Spotify playlist of choice, and not having to stop for gas at every exit.  It’s easy to look at the past with rose colored spectacles, but you can’t deny that things are better now than they used to be.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to watch this and then this.

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