(Season 15 EP 2)
Topics for this week:
Guest Mel “Dragonman” Bernstein
We had several listeners ask that we reach out to the Dragonman. They had seen his Youtube videos showing his massive hot rod collection and his patriotic approach to life.
In doing our research we quickly realized the title on Dragonman did not mean he is big into drag racing, even though he goes grocery shopping in a front engine dragster. We watched several videos of Mel Bernstein proudly educating the viewer on his collection of cars. You sense that he isn’t showing his collection for bragging rights but to understand his need to preserving part of America’s automotive history. Those days of shade tree mechanics and grease monkeys tweaking their hot rods for more horse power before going out and challenging others to a race. Or those that took a car off the assembly line and modified it to a point of pride while cruising through town.
Along with preserving the hot rod culture he has a collection of military memorabilia that rivals the Smithsonian. He opened a museum to honor those that served and the weapons used.
His passion for preservation is fueled by his several business ventures. He operates a fully stocked weapon store located within acres of land that houses a gun store, several shooting ranges, a massive paintball park. Mel calls this area Dragon Land. He still operates a motorcycle shop where years ago he became a celebrity while building a fire-breathing and bullet spuing motorcycle. That bike is still functioning and well documented by the media and the many shows he attends.
Tune in to our first conversation with Mel “Dragonman” Bernstein.
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