Do you love trucks, Jeeps, customs, wheeling, fabrication, new products, events, and the latest in truck news? Then you won't want to miss this fun and irreverent look at today’s world of trucks. Hosted by veteran Los Angeles radio personality and producer Jay “Lightning” Tilles (KROQ) and truck expert and longtime automotive journalist Sean P. Holman (Truck Trend, Four Wheeler, Diesel Power, Truckin, Jp, and Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road), the Truck Show Podcast brings a unique and entertaining perspective to all things truck, including those lifted, lowered, and everything in between.
This week the guys talk to GM Performance Chief Engineer Mark Dickens and GM Engineering Group Manager Tom Gierman and experience the ’20 Chevy Silverado BITD race truck firsthand. Could this be the precursor to the Silverado ZR2? We also talk to Gatormade Trailers about HD trailers that are designed to support the loads of the latest HD trucks. Lastly, Ram Trucks just announce that the highly anticipated Ram TRX is happening. Stay tuned!
The guys talk to Josh Wiese from Eaton to find out more about their Michigan Proving Grounds and check in with Power Tank founder Steve Sasaki to hear the entrepreneurial story behind one of the best onboard air systems around. Lightning also discusses his disdain for keyboard warriors and his plan to win them over. Holman shares the official 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel fuel economy numbers.
Kory Willis from PPEi, Clint Cannon of ATS Diesel Performance, Diesel Power’s KJ Jones, and SEMA’s Peter Treydte lend some insight about the recent emissions storm that that has shaken the diesel performance industry. The guys also share the truck news from the State Fair of Texas, including the rad 2020 Nissan Titan and question what Ford says you can tow with the new Super Duty. Lastly, find out what our future will be like when autonomous vans and rogue monkeys join up to become our new overlords.
Promises kept: the guys track down the owner of the Fall Guy jump truck! Hear the story behind the only mid-engine Fall Guy jump truck from the current owner and find out whether or not he’s taken it out for a jump yet. Hear from Banks Power’s John Espino about the beginning of emissions scrutiny in the diesel space and find out what UPDATE Jordan from Daytona Truck Meet has. Also, you can finally order your very own Truck Show Podcast T-shirt!
Truck Show listener and TV personality Ian Johnson joins the podcast to talk about his new TV show, Four Wheeler and the guys interview powder coating expert Kelly Inman to answer the age-old question, “What is powder coating?” Lightning also attempts to do the 2019 Nissan Titan justice by delivering his very first truck review and Holman finally reveals what he was doing in the UK a few months ago, now that an important embargo has lifted.
Friends of the show Theresa and Jason Contreras, and Sara Morosan, from LGE-CTS Motorsports, fondly remember good friend Jessi Combs, discuss the Real Deal, and talk about owning their successful custom truck business. We’ll also bring you the latest truck news, including evidence that Ford will be removing leaf springs from the Raptor, and maybe even the upcoming redesigned F-150. And just what did we get in the mail from Daytona Truck Meet’s Jordan Muhlbauer?
Don’t miss Diesel Power’s KJ Jones as he reviews the 2020 Ram 1500 Eco Diesel and compares it to the GM half-ton-twin’s 3.0L Duramax. The guys have Joe Rode from Eddie Motorsports in studio to talk about what it means to manufacturer functional bling for your ride and a curious trademark filing has us wondering if the return of the factory sport truck is just around the corner.
The guys are back in studio and ready to talk about recent adventures that included submerged vehicles intended to float and raised vehicles intended to be submerged. We also check in with Jason Gonderman from Truck Trend on his review of the new 3.0L Duramax diesel-powered half-ton Chevy and GMC trucks and hear from Bubba Rope president Jim Flowers about the best piece of recovery gear you might not even know about.
(Special thanks to the US Navy and Submarine Group Ten for special access to SSBN-734)
You’ve seen the logo, you’ve heard the rumors, and now find out the story behind the Gambler 500. Tate Morgan talks to the guys about entering this infamously awesome event, drinking whiskey, and the weirdest vehicles ever to compete, possibly setting into motion a TSP entry for 2020. We talk to Susan Pieper of DMOS collective to find out about a Kickstarter for the most badass shovel you never knew you needed, and Nissan drops some news on the future Titan XD and Cummins 5.0L turbo diesel.
Scores of listeners descend on the MotorTrend Group HQ in EL Segundo, CA as Omar and Emme discuss their ongoing “beefs” with Holman and Lightning, while listeners from as far away as Texas hang out to feast on BBQ, drink Dr. Pepper, and talk trucks with the guys.
The incomparable Emme Hall shares exploits and misadventures from road, and in her first conversation with Lightning ever, squashes their beef. Holman returns from vacation, where he hooked up with the Catalina Island company to check out some of their fleet vehicles, repowers, and bio fuel production while trackin down the best buffalo burger on the island. Lastly, a reader poses the question, “Wasn’t the Lil’ Red Express the REAL first factory sport truck?”, and the guys discuss.
An episode so awesome, it has two Lightnings! Join the guys for a sit down with Motorator Matt D’Andria to talk about his first-gen Lightning, trucks, cars, podcasts, celebrities, and go wherever else the conversation leads them. We’ll also cover electric pickups pulling trains, GM 3.0L Duramax fuel economy, and a production truck that can do 0-60 in under 4 seconds. Lastly, find out how to win a DECKED system and a trip to our Southern California studios for our 500 5-Star Review Listener Meetup.
Planning on storming Area 51 in September? Don’t go without hearing some tips from our go-to desert guru Nena Barlow of Barlow Adventures. Meet Old World Industries’ CEO Charles Culverhouse and product manager Mark Alexander and learn everything you’ve always wondered about DEF. Also, find out about Lightning’s new truck, or at least the one he suckered someone in to letting him borrow for a week.
Find out the story behind a Mexican Lobo Raptor that Holman spotted in the UK, hear a first-hand account from photographer Josh Jones on the train derailment that cost many Jeep Gladiators and GM 1500s their salable lives, and catch up with Jim Suty, President of the Friends of Oceano dunes for a land use update you won’t want to miss. Also, find out what hot-button issue has Lightning ranting about this time.
Barn finds are all the rage these days, so you’ll want to hear our interview with Hot Rod contributor Ryan Brutt, who has found everything from Dodge Dudes to Boeing B-17s tucked away in barns and fields. The guys also catch up with MegaRaptor creator Jeremy Dixon and find out what awaits at the next level when your Raptor just doesn’t turn heads anymore. Also, did Ford just fire a shot over Ram’s bow with a new Super Duty Tremor package?
You don’t need a college degree to support your truck habit, instead learn real skills that are valuable in today’s world from The Fab School. The guys also check out new auto enthusiast platform Wheelwell.com and find out who makes the best truck, according to JD Power. Lastly, you won’t want to miss some additional details about our upcoming 500 5-star Listener Meetup with Nissan and DECKED!
Thank you to all of our great fans who have left more than 500 5-star reviews for The Truck Show Podcast! We’d like to celebrate this achievement by hosting a listener meetup at the Motor Trend in El Segundo, CA with our friends from Nissan and Decked on Saturday, August 10th. We’ll have food, previous guests, editors, and swag to give away. If you aren’t from So Cal, be sure to head over to decked.com/truckshow and enter to win an all-expense paid trip to be a part of the fun (oh, and a DECKED system
The guys dig a little deeper into the new Duramax 3.0L I-6 with Duramax Assistant Chief Engineer John Barta and discover the origins of off-road racing talent through the eyes of kids short course racing in a new documentary, Mod Kids USA. We also say goodbye to off-road legend and friend Rod Hall, who passed away recently at the age of 81. Lastly, the Truck Show Podcast defends its honor in the world of five-star reviews.
Did you hear? The guys went to Diesel Power Challenge and ended up exploring Casa Bonita with Gale Banks… and also talking to KJ Jones from Diesel Power and getting the DPC 2019 recap. You’ll hear some great stories from DPC and then head over to the CFT Performance shop where owner Josh Chapman will walk you through his compound-turbo’d Nissan Titan XD. How does a 1,000 lb-ft Cummins 5.0L sound to you?
The guys head east this week to cover one of the nation’s biggest truck shows, the Daytona Truck Meet in Daytona Beach, Florida. From burnout contests and drifting golf carts, to lowered rat rods and height-shifting pickups, this episode will take you through all of the antics as Lightning and Holman see the elusive Carolina squat firsthand and finally find a cool Honda pickup. Don’t miss catching up with old friends, making new ones, and keeping up with the latest trends in the world of trucks.
Find out everything you wanted to know about truck emissions, but were afraid to ask, with SEMA Director of Emissions Compliance Peter Treydte. Hear how you can rent a tank for your next party and get up to speed with all the latest happenings in the truck and off-road world, including how the Jeep community came together to remember a hero.
Come explore Overland Expo West with Holman as he gets the latest product news from such great brands as Nissan, Decked, RIVIAN, Camburg, Go Fast Campers, Westin, Off Road Power Products, DeeZee, VTX Wheels, listener Marvin, Warn, ARB, Goose Gear, Poolahoop, Rhino Rack (PSA: there are no Rhinoceroses in Australia), and Sherp.
Episode 69 is the second part of the show started in Ep. 68. We’ll introduce you to the creator of The Manual Gearbox Preservation Society, Alan Macey, who turns out to be way more than just the force behind TMGPS. The guys will discuss the story behind TMGPS, how vehicles are designed, and, as usual take the show way off the rails for a while in search of interesting conversation. We’ll also hatch a plan to have a listener party at our studio – but only if we get to 500 five-star reviews!
This is Part 1 of a two-part show, featuring KJ Jones, Editor of Diesel Power, who gives the guys a recap of the Ultimate Callout Challenge and gives an update on the upcoming 2019 Diesel Power Challenge. We’ll also talk to SEMA Launch Pad alumni Kansas Sartin, who will tell us why an extruded and TIG-welded aluminum hitch basket is the last one you’ll ever need. We also tease a secret in-studio guest that will make himself known in Part 2 (Ep. 69) and help you identify a truck in today’s crazy world.
Did you see it on Instagram? Dirthead Dave flopped Dirt Every Day’s LS7-powered Off-Roaderhome at LS Fest and lives to tell the tale. Rob Kibbe of the Muscle Car Place and the Kibbe and Friends podcast helps the guys get a little deeper in their quest for information on the Fall Guy stunt trucks and Jordan from Daytona Truck Meet gets put on blast. We’ll also tell you about the most intense Ford vs. Chevy battle ever!
The guys catch up after Lightning survives his Mexican vacation and interview Tuscaloosa’s Nick Hallum and talk about his GMC tribute to kids with Autism. Find out how you can help! We also get current with the inbox and the 5 Star Hotline.
Listen to our 2019 Easter Jeep Safari exploits and hear from Fred Williams, Dave Chappelle, Rick Péwé, Verne Simons, Trent McGee, Jeep’s Mark Allen, Steve Sanders from Cummins, Carter from BDS, and all of our awesome listeners that we met along the way, plus more!
Lasers have jumped the shark and are now lighting up the off-road industry. Innovator Alan Roach of Baja Designs walks the guys through this awesome new technology and talks about being the most imitated inventor in the history of ever. The Truck Show moves to its new home and listeners come out of the woodwork to tell Lightning he’s no less of a truck enthusiast with a Mini in the driveway.
This year marks the 100thanniversary for Cummins and to celebrate, Steve Sanders from Cummins Repower has a gift for you. The guys also interview Dylan Evans and Jeremy Headlee from ICON Vehicle Dynamics and find out all the things they are doing to make trucks perform better. Lastly, the embargo has lifted and Holman finally gets to tell you what he thinks about the 2020 Jeep Gladiator after driving it for the first time.
Did you enjoy our previous episode with “The Truck No One Saw Coming”? We’ll recap that and all of the April Fools fun from around the internet. The guys talk to ICON 4x4 founder Jonathan Ward about the world’s most expensive Bronco and give you the details on what makes for good replacement rubber with Derek Churchill from Precision Replacement Parts.
We have breaking news that you will not want to miss about a truck no one saw coming! Thanks to an unnamed outlet breaking an embargo, we decided to open up and share what we know. It would be foolish to not download this awesome episode! Hope you enjoyed our April Fools episode!
Explore the world of wheels with Wheel Pros CMO Scott Cobett, hear the history of the brands and find out where they are headed next. Scott shares some exciting news and talks about how to keep clear brand identities when you have a family of brands in your portfolio. The guys also talk to Jesse McGuiness of Watch This Freight and discuss the Ram TRX. Hellcat engine? Check. 8-lug axles? Check. Big travel? Check. Raptor killer? We’ll see.
Have you ever wondered what a portal axle is, or why it might be the ultimate upgrade for your 4x4? 74Weld’s Quinn Pulz joins the guys in studio to talk about performance portals, and a bunch of other topics you won't see coming. Also, find out where Lightning’s truck is headed, and what new project vehicle will sit out in front of his house next.
Hear the story behind former-NFL center Joe Hawley and how he sold it all to buy a 4x4 van and rescue a dog in order to have less to experience more. Find out if a tiny house owner can convince Holman to hate them less and the guys get you up to speed with all of the latest truck news. Thank you to all of the listeners who have made this a successful first year of the Truck Show!
The guys talk automotive with MotorTrend’s Jonny Lieberman, Holman finally reveals what it is like to drive the 2019 Ram HD and Power Wagon, and Lightning gets an e-mail lashing from our good friend Emme Hall.
The guys take The Truck Show Podcast on the road this week and bring you back trucks, people, and stories from the first major truck show of the season, Lone Star Throwdown, in Conroe, Texas. Also, Jordan from Daytona Truck Meet, almost turns to dust.
The highly anticipated Jeep Gladiator solid-axle pickup has arrived and we have interviews with some of the key people behind the new Jeep truck. Is it a Wrangler with a bed? Or is it something more? Listen to this episode and find out!
Everything you’ve wanted to know about air suspension, but were afraid to ask, answered by AccuAir’s Reno Heon. The guys discuss all the amazing truck news that came out of the Chicago Auto Show, plus share some sad news for anyone excited about the Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison. Holman is bestowed the award of being an honorary Texan, so don’t forget to RSVP for the Lone Star Throwdown Listener Meetup and have a beer with the newest Texan! And Lightning.
It’s the HUGE, MASSIVE, and content-packed HDisode! PPEI super tuner Kory Willis comes on to talk tuning, while the guys go behind the scenes of the HD Truck Wars with Ram and Chevy. You'll hear from chief engineers Rod Romain from Ram and Jaclyn McQuaid from GM, as well as Rich Scheer from Chevy exterior design and hear about Ford’s BIG Super Duty announcement. Also take a dive into the all-new GM 6.6L gasser, the updated 6L90E, and find how much Allison is in the new 10-speed GM trans.
The guys catch wind of the very first Gladiator to go under the knife as it gets prepped for King Of Hammer’s Pro Comp 4600 stock class. Gerald Lee from Savvy Motorsports talks about the Jeep pickup’s build-up for KOH and who will be piloting it for the race. Jeff Transou from Transou design also comes on to explain the hubless Super Duty that resides on his Instagram page and the guys give details about their upcoming listener meetup at Lone Star Throwdown.
King of the Hammers is arguably the most innovative off-road race in North America, and the guys talk to founder and owner Dave Cole about his struggles and victories in making KOH what it is today. KJ Jones, Editor-in-Chief of Diesel Power, talks about the introduction of the all-new 2020 GMC Sierra HD and Holman receives a mystery package from one of our first listeners.
The 1,000 lb-ft of torque glass ceiling has been shattered with the new Cummins 6.7L in the 2019 Ram HD! To get the scoop, Holman stalks the Ram display at the North American International Auto Show and catches up with Ram VP Jim Morrison and the crew from Cummins. The guys also talk to first-gen Dodge Ram Cummins owner Dave Couvillion from 179 Garage about his super clean truck, which he bought with a surprise under the hood. And don’t forget to have some cake and lift a glass with us to our 50th episode
What does it take to do a painstakingly detailed frame-off restoration on a Hummer H1 and reimagine it as a modern, yet capable, luxury vehicle? The guys get the scoop from the team behind Mil-Spec Automotive and find out why they had to retool relatively innocuous parts, such as the door handles, themselves. Deaver’s own Scott Born answers everything you’ve ever wondered about leaf springs and why they are still relevant today. Also, is Jeep already working on a performance variant of the Gladiator pic
It’s the first show of 2019 and the guys are off to a solid start with guest Greg Alberalla, known for his popular Cummins YouTube channel. Truck industry veteran Marcel Venable finally gives us the phone number we’ve been waiting for, talks classics, and exposes his mistaken identity as a mini trucker. We also find out which new cop headlights you should fear in your rearview and catch up on listener rants (and raves).
It’s the last show of the year and we have packed it full of discussions on the 2020 Ram and Chevy HDs (yet Holman is still holding back!) and the new video rendering from Chase Carroll from Innov8 Design Lab. The guys talk to Michael Guittilla from Multimatic about the company’s entry into the truck market, examine an incident that gives truck guys a bad name before delving into EV and truck electrification, and Lightning has to guess an epic exhaust note. Lastly, will you buy Lightning’s truck alrea
Merry Christmas to all of our Truck Show Listeners! In this episode we find out that the guys survived the Fruitcakeisode, share a newsworthy throwback to “Boom Trucks”, exchange Christmas gifts from California Car Cover and Magellan, and talk to Truck Trend’s Brett Evans about the all-new 2019 Ford Ranger first drive. From us to you, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a great holiday season!
Nothing captures the spirit of the holidays like enjoying a delicious fruitcake, even if it is a three-year-old fruitcake that helped launch the longest truck warranty in America. Chef Cory Bahr and Dr. Mo add their two cents on eating aged fruitcake. Also the guys check in with Four Wheeler’s 2019 PTOTY judges, rescue errant adventurer Neil Calder, talk to Mark Allen, Head of Jeep design, about the new Jeep Gladiator, and discuss photos of the upcoming 2020 heavy-duty trucks from Ram and Chevy.
The guys have a conversation with fellow podcaster Ronnie Wetch from C10 Talk, a look at electric trucks with the founder and CEO of electric vehicle startup Bollinger Motors, Robert Bollinger, and air a great clip from SEMA’s Brew Talks about mentorship and vocational education. Ben Palmer from American Expedition Vehicles also drops by with pizza, Dr. Pepper, and a little truck insight.
Holman brings you along on his adventure wheeling Nissan trucks in the Western Sahara desert, while the incomparable Emme Hall makes for some good comedy. The guys also launch the 5-Star Hotline as a new way to interact with the Truck Show Podcast Listeners. Lightning joins some Truck Show fans for a day of rock crawling in Johnson Valley, CA.
Steve Sanders from Cummins returns to talk R2.8 swaps, while the guys try to get answers about upcoming Cummins-powered trucks. Lightning and Holman dial up the future to find out what kind of Rhinos come from Australia and what Aussie accessories help your truck carry more. Plus, the time has come for Lightning to sell his beloved brodozer, and Holman teases a survivor XJ that needs a new home.
After several episodes on the road, the guys return to the studio and catch up and with Will Baty of Centerforce Clutches, reconnect with Bobby Martin of Sadistic Iron Werks, and discuss what was missed at SEMA. Plus, find out which manufacturers are hinting at future products with concepts that are in plain sight.
In this episode, the guys are back on the road, er trail, putting a 2018 Chevy Colorado ZR2 through its paces. Along the way, they pay respects at the Mojave Desert’s Husky Memorial and speak to those with loved ones to remember. Before heading home, they make a stop in the historic gold town of Randsburg and chat with the owner of the town’s working General Store.
It’s SEMA week! In our last Bonus Episode, the guys focus on family businesses and Made in the USA parts. This episode features Mike Sapgnola from SEMA, a listener from Ford, award-winning truck builder Chris Church, Stan Chen from Toyo, Mike Stickney from Westin, John Angelastro from sPOD, Mark Dickens from Chevrolet Performance, Mike Sype from Rancho, Lonnie McCurry Jr from SkyJacker, Jim McGean from Dynatrac, James Fonnesbeck from Expedition One, Shane Casad from Bilstein, and Greg Randolph from DECKED
It’s SEMA week! In this Day 4 Liftasode Bonus Episode, the guys take a closer look at the world of lifted trucks with Rob Pigue from Plan B Fab, Kyle Bennett from Stryker Off-Road and SORD Performance Shocks, Listener Carter Reed from BDS, Aaron Aldrich from Any Level Lift, and long-time big-truck innovator Jeff Kelderman from Kelderman.
It’s SEMA week! In this Day 3 Bonus Episode, Gale Banks is back to discuss SEMA, differential covers, mentoring, and his newfound love of energy drinks. Other guests include Ryan Morgan from Sparks Motors and Diesel Brothers, Jason Gauci from Lund International, Matt Feldermann from AEV, and Chase Carroll from Innov8 Design Labs. Oh, and find out what famous person Gale snubbed to be on our show!
It’s SEMA week! In this Day 2 Bonus Episode, the guys catch up with Brent Hagan from Nissan, SEMA’s Launch Pad winner Matt Beenan, Melanie Hellwig White from Hellwig Products, Craig Jackson of Barrett Jackson, Kevin Stearns from Tillman Motorsports/Pacific Fab, and Titan racer Walter Cheney from Venom Racing.
The guys catch up with Truck Guru Chris Payne, Jordan Muhlbauer from Daytona Truck Meet, Jason Sandusky from American Force Wheels, John Hennessey from Hennessey Performance, and Jerry Zaiden from Camburg. We also check out the first slammed 2019 Ram1500 we’ve seen and enjoy the best marketing move of the day as DECKED hired a local high school band to serenade the entire South Hall. Well done.
Roadkill’s Mike Finnegan comes back to tell more magazine guy stories, talk Carolina Reaper peppers, and discusses his induction in the Mini Truck Hall of Fame. One man makes his mark on 1.5 million Super Duty trucks and Holman shares his insight from Truck Trend’s 2019 Pickup Truck of the Year Competition.
Roadkill’s David Freiburger returns and no topic is off the table. From speed records and Doritos to autonomous driving and cliff diving vehicles, the guys go deep to explore the true definition of a pickup. Herb Helbig, retired Viper engineer, talks about how the Ram SRT-10 became the world’s fastest production truck and Lightning and Holman discuss the whether aftermarket diff covers really work.
The Truck Show Podcast with Lightning and Holman is a fun, irreverent and edgy look at today’s world of trucks. Hosted by veteran Los Angeles radio personality and producer Jay “Lightning” Tilles and truck expert and longtime automotive journalist Sean Holman, the duo brings a unique and entertaining perspective to all things truck, including those lifted, lowered, and everything in between.
Aaron Kaufman returns to the show to talk about what he’s been up to, giving the guys an update on his second season of Shifting Gears, Arclight Fab’s product launch, and of course more F-100 talk. Jim Morrison, Head of Ram Trucks, walks us through 2019 Ram updates and Nissan’s Brent Hagan shares the Titan updates for 2019. Jordan Muhlbauer of Daytona Truck Meet, has a little more info to share about the 2019 event.
The guys reveal the secret life of reliable six-liter Power Strokes with Jeff Dahlin of Bullet Proof Diesel, talk to Chase from Innov8 Design Labs about his photorealistic concept truck renderings, and explore the concept of California pompousness while apologizing for California pompousness.
Will the Ranger Raptor come to the US? The guys speak to Hermann Salenbauch, the Global Director for Ford Performance Vehicles, to discuss the expansion of the Raptor brand and what it means to Ford. They’ll also hear from Jordan Muhlbauer from Daytona Truck Meet with a special announcement, and talk to the founder of Born For Adventure about adventuring out in the world with old iron.
Off Road Motorsports Hall of Famer and off-road racing legend Dick Landfield discusses taking a Ford Raptor racing in Baja for the NORRA Mexican 1000, Chevy’s Performance Manager for Midsize Trucks, Brad Schreiber, returns to tell the guys all about the 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison, and our listeners settle a score between Lightning and Holman about whether or not to pursue a Fall Guy episode.
The guys talk to Paul Wilson of Duramaxtuner.com and Calibrated Power Solutions about diesel tunes and invite Brett Oakes, the founder of truck club juggernaut Severed Ties, in studio to tell stories about the rise and fall of truck clubs and where clubs stand today. We also discuss the announcement of the Chevy ZR2 Bison and the 2019 Ram fuel economy numbers, while Nissan launches the “Calling All Titans” movement.
Sheldon Brown from Toyota talks about the 2019 TRDPro line-up and their shift to Fox shocks. Rory Connell, formerly of West Coast Customs fame, has a killer solution for operating any electrical accessory on your truck. Lastly, Nat Havholm tells Lightning and Holman about the inspirations behind his automotive lifestyle company, California Grilled Tees.
Ted Moncure, former TRD Product Development Manager for Toyota and current Director of Development for Transamerican Wholesale joins Lightning & Holman to discuss how TRD trucks came to be and what it takes to develop a quality lift kit in today’s competitive market. Find out about Ted’s passion for desert racing and his unique commute to work. The guys also find the original owner of a 2005 Nissan Titan with 417,000 miles on and discover what it really takes to reach the 400K mark.
Lightning and Holman welcome Jonathan Ward from ICON on the show to talk about his amazing business of restoring and remaking classic vehicles, including ICON’s line of bespoke FJs and Broncos, as well as his Reformer and Derelict line of pickup-ups. Randy Carlson, appraiser on the show Sticker Shock talks mini trucks, classics, and the value of vintage trucks and Holman shares his first review of the 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500.
Massive budgets. Bombshell revelations. Those are other podcasts. This is The Truck Show podcast, where radio personality Jay "Lightning" Tilles and automotive journalist Sean Holman cover all things truck - lifted, lowered, and everything in between.
Camburg’s Jerry Zaiden and Greg Randolph of DECKED join the guys in studio for a fun-filled show covering the truck modification gamut, from suspension to cargo management that works. Hear how Camburg started and how the company has evolved to be an industry leader in off-road performance. Also, get the inside scoop on DECKED, one of the most innovative cargo management solutions available for your truck bed. The guys read your mail and fight over the keys to Nissan’s Titan Surf Camp concept.
Sticker Shock’s Dennis Pittsenbarger stops by the Truck Show Podcast to talk about some of the unique truck stories from season one and Chris Paiva, Ford Performance Engineer for Vehicle Dynamics, tells all about how Fox’s new Live Valve technology made the 2019 Raptor even better. The guys also have Jason Gonderman, editor of Truck Trend, in studio to share his review the 2018 GMC Denali 2500HD Crew Cab Duramax, oh and he saves the guys after locking themselves out of the studio.
Everywhere you look, entrepreneurs are innovating in the automotive space. The guys take a look at two fledgling companies that found problems that needed solving. Any Level Lift gives you the ability to adjust the height of your lifted truck on the fly and LIINC provides a new spin on garage lighting. Ford also solves a “problem” of not offering exclusive power levels in the company’s top-of-the-line F-150 Limited by installing the Raptor’s high-output V-6 in the 2019 model.
Aaron Kaufman from Fast N’ Loud and Shifting Gears fame talks about his love for trucks, his beginnings as a mini-trucker, and his thoughts on TV and celebrity. The guys get the scoop on Aaron’s latest venture, Arclight Fabrication, and find out what’s up with the Fun Hundred Run. Also joining the podcast in this episode is Chad Callandar, Marketing Manager for the all-new 2019 Ford Ranger. The Truck Show Podcast studio is inundated with ants, who’s to blame for leaving that chili dog behind?
Sit back and relax as the one and only Gale Banks walks us through his career, exploring topics that range from his early days as a struggling shop owner, other career paths, false starts, speed record runs, and early successes. You’ll learn how Gale got into turbos and the backstory behind some of your favorite factory trucks. Gale will also tell which trends diesel enthusiasts have wrong and why. So sit back, relax, and make sometime for this podcast. It’s a long one, but well worth it.
The guys welcome Christian Hazel, Editor of Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road, who is fresh off the 2018 Ultimate Adventure and ready to talk about this year’s epic event. In addition to UA, the guys drink Slurpees while discussing industry snake oil and marketing tactics, their love for the documentary “Winnebago Man’, and whether there is a place in the truck world for electric pickups. Holman also tries to convince Lighting of why the all-new Suzuki Jimny needs to come to the US.
Go for a ride along with Holman and Jim Morrison, Head of Ram Trucks, North America in a 2018 Cummins-powered Ram 3500HD at FCA’s Chelsea Proving Grounds while finding out all about the 2019 Ram 1500, and join the fun as hit the trails in a 2018 Ram Power Wagon. Then listen to Lightning’s interviews from the ground at Nitto’s Auto Enthusiast Day with PCH Rods and their C10R and learn from Daley Visual all about paint protection and the best ways to keep your truck looking its best!
Find out how the Chevy Colorado went from a one-off concept to a green-lit production truck, as guest Brad Schreiber, Chevy’s Performance Variant Manager for Midsize Trucks, joins Lightning and Holman. Sharing the background of just how the ZR2 came to be, Schreiber gives the guys insight that won’t be heard anywhere else. Holman also talks about his Father’s Day road trip in Chevy’s midsized Colorado Redline edition, and the guys find out if Daytona Truck Meet lived up to the hype as SEMA of the So
If you are commuting in your truck, be warned, you have met the ire of a Mazda 2-driving “journalist” who thinks your truck should be banned. Lightning and Holman discuss the ridiculous article written by Elizabeth Werth, as well as talk to Legacy Classic Trucks founder Winslow Bent, who makes adult Hot Wheels for people with a quarter million dollars to spare. Rick Péwé also checks in to talk about his start with David Freiburger in the off-road magazine world.
The guys talk to the competitors and reveal the winner of Diesel Power’s 2018 Diesel Power Challenge, discuss DPF-friendly diesel performance with Clint Cannon from ATS Diesel Performance, and argue about whether or not a Commercial Driver’s License is worth it for the average person. Also, find out if Baker, CA is really more than just a tall thermometer.
From mini-trucks to supercars, Bobby Martins of Sadistic Iron Werks has evolved with the times. Once a staple on the cover on Mini Truckin magazine, Sadistic is now the go-to shop for bagged Ferraris and Lambos. We’ll also take a look at the evolution of car camping into what is called overlanding today and talk about the explosive growth of Overland Expo. Plus, the guys go behind-the-scenes with Nissan’s built-to-be-used concept trucks.
Mike Finnegan from Roadkill stops by the Truck Show Podcast to talk about his path to Roadkill, his start as a truck magazine editor, and some of his favorite stories from along the way. He also opens up about his biggest disappointment working on Roadkill and gives Lightning and Holman a behind-the-scenes look at what really happened when Roadkill battled Fast N’ Loud.
Are you ready for the four-cylinder-equipped 2019 Chevy Silverado? The guys discuss the new Silverado engine option and first-drive experience with Brett Evans of Truck Trend. Andrew Hoit from Milestar checks in to talk truck tires and explain how Tireco became a big deal. Lightning talks about driving his bro-dozing ROQ Crusher in So Cal traffic and Holman reveals the one thing that will ruin GM trucks for you, plus shares a fond memory of the legendary Ram SRT-10 “Viper Truck.”
Spy photographers are an important part of the truck industry and you’ll hear an insider story of how spy photography affected the fate of the Raptor. The guys also explore the importance of sway bars with Hellwig Products and laugh a little at the expense of a well-meaning announcer at the Ultimate Callout Challenge. All of this and more can be found in Episode 10 of the Truck Show Podcast!
It's our first Dieselisode! The guys have Diesel Power Magazine Editor-in-Chief KJ Jones in the studio to chat about the latest diesel industry trends and to talk to guests from Ford Motor Company and Cummins. Dave Ives from Ford gives us the inside scoop on the new 3.0L Power Stroke and Steve Sanders from Cummins joins us to discuss all things diesel and shares his thoughts on the Great DPF Delete Debate.
Greg Higgs shares the story of how Fab Fours bumpers got its start and why we have Grumpers, Mike Hamrick of Wilwood checks in to talk about the importance of performance brakes for trucks, and we ask Ryan Kibbe of Kibbetech how he got big taunting Jesse James and making magazine-worthy truck builds. Lightning also springs a new segment to test Holman’s truck knowledge.
Get to know Tim Herrick, GM’s Chief Engineer of next-generation fullsize trucks and SUVs. The guys talk to Tim about past GM trucks, what's on the horizon, and what his favorite mountain bike to ride is. Then Jordan from Daytona Truck Meet, tells us where you and 14,999 of your truck-loving buddies can get together to share your love of trucks. Finally we welcome our first in-studio guest, Eric Bajza from AMP Research, to talk about all of the ways AMP makes accessing your truck easier.
Lightning and Holman thank all the listeners for their support in helping the podcast make the automotive Top 5 list on iTunes, talk 2020 Chevy Silverado HD, and tell the story of a 101-year-old retired Chevy truck engineer. Also in this episode the guys explore why Holman is against teenagers on his lawn, Lightning name drops, and we learn why Holman hates tiny houses so much. Also, we find out what was in Holman’s hotel room and who will be on the show in Episode 7!
Lightning and Holman talk adventure with Matt Feldermann from AEV, get the behind-the-scenes scoop on Roadkill from none other than David Freiburger, and learn the ins and outs of show truck building and sponsorships from Cris Payne of Truck Guru. They also take a quick look at news from the New York Auto Show, including the Volkswagen Tanoak and GMC Sierra AT4, as well as dissect renderings of the 2019 Jeep Scrambler pickup. Oh, and don’t miss our youngest fan Hannah sing the intro!
In this episode, the guys dig deep into shocks with Shane Casad from Bilstein, talk about some of the technology found in the 2019 Ram 1500, and learn from Bump Nation founder Brad Taber about where F-100 guys go to find like-minded enthusiasts. They also dissect what happens to a cow when it is hit by a trophy truck at 112 mph and chat with Fred Williams of Dirt Every Day about what it’s like to go behind the scenes of his hit show.
The Truck Show Podcast with Lightning and Holman debuts with guests from Alpine Electronics, the chief interior designer from Ram Trucks, and a co-founder of Lone Star Throwdown, plus the guys speak to an international journalist who wrote an article exposing the battle over Truck Nuts.