Automotive Industry Interviews

In this interview with Jarod Shelby, CEO of SSC North America, Kristin talks with the hypercar maker about the experience of building the world’s fastest production car, shattering the world speed record, and, most importantly, about the emotions, family, and camaraderie that comes from an endeavor such as this.

Jarod not only designed and built the fastest production car ever made, but built the work around his family with the support of his late wife, his sons, and with newfound friend (and soon to be dad) Oliver Webb. The personal story drives the fastest car in the world more so than does the horsepower or tarmac.

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Most of us know someone who’s “into cars.” Sometimes it’s classics, sometimes it’s muscle cars, and occasionally it’s trucks or mechanics. Rarely is it all cars, all the time, of any kind. Meet fellow traveler Matt McIvor, who not only loves cars, but who also has a revolving collection of a dozen models at any given time.

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See the IIHS 1959 Bel Air crash test video here:

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Kristin interviews Melissa Stockwell, who lost her left leg in Iraq while in the U.S. Army and is now a multi-time Paralympian who is a part of Team Toyota aiming for the 2020 games. Melissa talks about what it’s like to compete as a triathlete with a disability, her beloved Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro, and life as a busy mom in Colorado.

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In this episode, Aaron talks about heavy duty pickups with Tim Esterdahl of The HD truck industry has changed a lot in the past couple of years and continues to make rapid developments in powertrains, comfort, and capability. Tim explains where things are and what’s coming soon, including information on the new electric HD truck from Bollinger and the upcoming Ford Tremor package, which will compete with the Ram Power Wagon in off-road prowess. That and more in this informative chat with Tim.

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See Kristin’s interview with an engineer at GM about HD trucks here:

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In this interview, I talk to off-road legend Sue Mead. A journalist, photojournalist, and multi-time winner of several rally races that include the Baja 1000, Dakar, and more, Sue is a legend in the field. She’s becoming a pilot and continues her world adventures while chronicling them with many well-known magazines and online publications. Learn what motivates her, what it’s been like being a female journalist over the past 30-plus years, and where she’s going from here.

Find her favorite up-and-coming racers here:

Find Sue on LinkedIn here:

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If the COVID-19 quarantine has you on lockdown and in financial stress, expert Rebecca Lindland says there is a lot of help available out there. Beyond the government tax refunds and pandemic payments, car manufacturers, lending institutions, and even lease financiers are offering a lot of ways to help if the chips are down for you. Don’t let coronavirus get you down and find help!

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Talking with Mike Quincy of Consumer Reports, we learn about favorite cars, why he’s an automotive journalist, and some surprising things about Tesla, cars of the future, and the changing face of car shopping today.

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In this interview, Kristin talks with HondaPro Jason, one of the most well-known Honda experts worldwide. Jason teaches dealerships and salespeople everything there is to know about Honda products. He has a one of a kind Civic Type R, but actually recommends something very surprising as a first drive for anyone interested in Honda vehicles.

Find HondaPro Jason at his website:

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In this interview, Kristin talks with Shane Heidemann, chief engineer at Nissan, about the new 2020 Titan XD and its Pro-4X model. After hitting the trail for some mud, the two talk about the underpinnings of the truck and what has (and hasn’t) changed with this new Titan.

For more on the 2020 Nissan Titan XD, check out Kristin’s interview with Ari:

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