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Wisconsin Hot Rod Radio Show and Podcast

288: A Christmas present for a true car friend.

(Season 13: EP 51) If you follow Wisconsin Hot Rod Radio, then you know about our friend Bob Bennett. He operates Bennett Coachworks, one of the country’s best hot rod shops, located in Milwaukee. Recently, he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome. It’s a disease that can quickly spread, eventually paralyzing your whole body. In Bob’s…


287: American’s Brother JD and is wife / girl friend Lexi.

(Season 13, EP 50) Brother JD is a popular celebrity who has crafted such TV shows as Turn n Burn, Wrench Wars and his traveling adventures he calls Nationwide Danger Ride. His El Rey Hot Rod Shop in Venice California is still operating while he is seeing America. Brother travels with his wife / girlfriend…


286: Javier “Shorty” Ponce from Shorty’s Custom Paint and TV’s Iron Resurrection.

(Season 13 EP 49) Shorty has a long history of customizing cars with his smooth cuts, lines, flat surfaces and paint that one could reach into it. It was because of that reputation that when Joe Martin of Iron Resurrection was approach to film a TV series – he demanded that Shorty must be part…


285: Steve Darnell from Welder Up and TV’s Vegas Rat Rod.

(Season 13 EP 48) Steve is an artist and cartoonist. He doesn’t use pencils, markers or brushes to create. He uses old metal, farmer implements and barbwire. All held together with a welding stick. Some think he’s a modern day renaissance man who sees the automotive world differently than those in Detroit. The definition of…


284: Automotive young guns, innovations and the laws with Ira Gabriel from SEMA.

(Season 13, EP 47) Ira Gabriel sat down with us even with his massive responsibilities at the 2019 SEMA show in Las Vegas. His current title is the Vice President of Marketing where he oversees marketing initiatives and supervises the marketing department and support teams. In this interview Ira shares his views on the youth…


283: Ring Brothers, 2019 SEMA Best of the Builders and Bob Ashton with Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals.

(Season 13 EP 46) Mike and Jim RingThey just won the Battle of the Builders award at this year’s 2019 SEMA show in Las Vegas. They put their touch on a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro for a customer in Belgian. The entire car is made of carbon fiber which has never been done before. The rear…


282: Jay Leno, Jo Coddington and Wayne Carini

(Season 13 EP 45) Automotive Aftermarket Report with Jay Leno, Jo Coddington, Wayne Carini. This is a series of interviews conducted at the 2019 SEMA convention held in Las Vegas, Nevada.  SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) is the largest organization that supports the automotive aftermarket. Part one in the series: Interviews with Jay Leno with…


281: Colby Martin with SEMA Action Network

The SEMA Action Network (SAN) is a nationwide partnership between vehicle clubs, enthusiasts and members of the specialty auto parts industry who want to protect their hobby. Founded in 1997, the SAN was designed to help stamp out legislative threats to the automotive hobby and pass favorable laws. We are going to have Colby Martin…


280: Two of TV’s coolest cats, Ian Roussel and Joe Zolpher.

(Season 13 EP 43) Ian Roussel of Full Custom Garage and Joe Zolpher of Garage Squad. Wisconsin Hot Rod Radio will have two cool cats on the same bill. It’s going to be a full show. Ian Roussel is a favorite because he builds artful rides that channels Ed Roth and Gene Winfield. He creates…


279: Hospital bedside with Milwaukee’s mechanic, Bob Bennett

(Season 13, EP 42) Bob Bennett is owner of Bennett Coachworks located in downtown Milwaukee. His team has builds that have won international prestigious awards like Pebble Beach Concourse. However, Bob is still an everyday hot rodder. He has supported the local car scene for years. Throwing his support behind car shows and hosting classes…


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Some Highlights

Troy Trepanier - winner 2017 SEMA
Ring Brothers - Mike and Jim
Joe Martin - Iron Resurrection
Ted Vernon - South Beach Classics
Dave Kindig - Bitchn' Rides
James Wheary - Nash
Ralph Holguin, RMD Garage
Bob Bennett - Bennett Coachworks
Bob Ashton - Muscle Car and Corvette
Wayne Carini - Chasing Classic Cars
Karen Salvaggio - Car Girl Extraordinary
Steve Darnell - Vegas Rat Rods
Noah Alexander - Speed is the New Black
Mark Worman - Grave Yard Carz
Johnathon Klinger - Haggerty
Kevin Flood - UK
Jo Coddington - American Hot Rod
KC Mathieu - KC's Paint Shop
Jay Leno - Jay's Garage
John Force
Darryl Starbird - Custom Builder
Donald Osborne
Colin Comer
Jason Wilson - Douche Larouche Motorcycle Club
Jimmy Shine
Gary Klutt - Legendary Motorcar Company
John "Gunner" Gunnell - Author
Gary Esse - Swap Meets
Colby Martin SEMA - SANS
Stacey David - GEARZ
Chip Foose
Jose Fuentes, Imports
Jeff Johnson - AlStar
Darryl Stuermer - Genesis
Dan Short - Fantom Works
Jessi Combs
Cary Brobeck - Easy Rider
Dave Frieburger - Road Kill
Barry Mequiar
Adam Genei - Mobsteel
John Kraman - Mecum Auctions
Rick Dore - Custom Builder
Tommy Christmas - Fat n Furious
Dennis Pittsenbarger
Slick - Highway to Hell
Aaron Kaufman - Fast n Loud
Chuck Palumbo
Lou Santiago - Car Fix
Richard Rawlings - Fast n Loud
Don Prudhomme
Tom McEwen
Corky Coker
Gene Winfield - Custom Builder
TV Tommy IVO
Danny Koker - Counting Cars
Edsel B Ford
Faith Granger
Henry Winkler
Linda Vaughn
Big Daddy Don Garlits

A visit to Cuba
Traffic intersection cameras
World of Wheels
Muscle Car and Corvettes
History of Nash
Elements of a Stance
Storing your classic
Atlanta Rhythm Section
Mobil Tire Repair
Yellowstone Trail
Car Shows, Car Shows, Car Shows
Coach building
Harley Davidson Museum
Ma Ma Tried Motorcycle Show
Great Lakes Dragaway
Blessing your vehicle
Largest Swap Meet in the Midwest
6 or 12 volt - positive or negative ground?
A visit from Jay Leno in Wisconsin Dells
Guardians of Children Belle City Chapter
Bikers Against Child Abuse
UK motoring laws
Southern Illinois car shows
The wreck of the Hemi Under Glass
Cars from a Women's Perspective
History of Car Clubs
SEMA Action Network
Music with the Cowsills