Episode 40 – The Guy Behind the Scenes – A Conversation with Read Fleming

Read Fleming represents everything we wanted to focus on with this podcast. He is truly the person who is always there and is extremely passionate about motorsports. We talked with Read about his path to Autocross and the interesting vehicle he is campaigning. He gives some really great advice for novices in any motorsport. Read has our continued gratitude for all that he does for all the local clubs.

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Episode 39 – Talking classic MINIs with David Baker of Misfit Mutts Garage

Kathy, Audra and Jess had the pleasure of meeting David Baker a MINI enthusiast and restorationist who educates them about MINIs and entertains with his stories of life experiences. After some technical difficulties, shared stories of some cool restorations and talked about his varied car adventures. He documents his adventures with his partner Matt at Misfits Mutts Garage on YouTube and, with his wife, is the owner of Baker’s Boffins LLC. You should check him out at:

https://www.youtube.com/c/MisfitMuttsGarage

Instagram: misfit_mutts_garage, savetheminis and dextervw

Facebook: David Baker

https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/forum/build-projects-and-project-cars/project-youtube-misfit-mutts-garage/183294/page1/

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Episode 38- The Murder House and Other Updates

Join Kathy, Jess and Audra for some updates on their recent adventures. They discuss Meetyourheroes.tv, Porsche Performance Drives, Jess’ car purchase of a new Crosstrek, and MINIs Take Vermont. The highlight, of course, is the Murder House. 

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MINIs Take Vermont
Crosstrek
The murder loft
The ladder leading to the murder loft
The Porsche Experience
The Porsche Experience
Audra’s Porsche drive!

Episode 37 – Holding hands while driving fast

Audra, Jess and special Co-Host Mark Joyce sit down with autocrossing couple Doug DeFonzo and Laura Rosen. What you will miss on this episode is the delicious homemade maple ice cream that Laura brought. What you will get is a great conversation about how this couple started autocross, how they help and encourage each other and a whole bunch of other random conversations with good stuff about improving at Autocross and how supportive motorsports people really are.

Some bits from our discussion:

  • You don’t make it up all in one piece of the course
  • Seat time really is the key to getting faster
  • It’s hard to drive fast when you are holding hands and looking into each other’s eyes
  • Just because you are in first place, doesn’t mean that you can’t complain
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Mark Joyce using GPS/feedback apps while autocrossing

Episode 36 – We Almost Went to Canaan with GHIT

So close. So, so close. We almost went to Canaan for an HPDE event with our fellow podcast friends Garage Heroes – In Training. However, Canaan turned into Canaan’t, and our Ladies Track Day turned into lemonade with us continuing on our hiking plans regardless. Originally scheduled as a two-parter with GHIT, we first discuss our thoughts on excitement, nervousness and prep, and then it goes into the aftermath of what could have been. Spoiler alert for a future episode – we still had a great weekend. Even with the murder loft.

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Off Road 1 – Liz-isms on motorsports and life

This is our first Off Road episode and off roading is just as it sounds. We are deviating from our normal path and driving into uncharted territory. For this episode we interviewed Liz Sargent. We thought we were just going to be  grilling her about her experience as a novice at rally cross and Autocross, but, what we got was so much more than that. Liz’s story and her outlook on life is truly inspiring. We hope that you will listen on for our conversation with Liz and that you enjoy it as much as we did.

Episode 35 – Audra has a screw loose

In this episode Jess and Kathy interview Audra about her recent experience as a driver at a 24 Hour of LeMONS event. She describes her first impressions as a novice driver and Jess and Kathy help her along with their view of the event as spectators. Audra and Jess are still trying to get Kathy comfortable with doing a track day soon.

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SAMSUNG CSC

Episode 34 – Jess Needs A New Car

In their first post-COVID in-person session, Kathy and Audra help Jess finalize her decision on her next new vehicle and impart some other sage wisdom in the process. We tossed in a couple of other random topics and some gin, the resultant mixture brings us back to pre-COVID when smiles and laughter could be seen and not just heard (well you know by us, this is a podcast after all).

Photo by Daniel Quaroni
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Short Shift 6 – Back at the Bar!

Audra, Kathy and Jess are at the bar for the first time since COVID. They meet a couple of new friends, Alex Schmidt and Nick Facciolo, and are joined by Matt Cwieka. They discuss Kathy and Jess’ first event in 18 long months, a Test and Tune. Matt managed to drive an amazing array of cars. And we debate/discuss, and are highly impressed by, a Tesla.

Jess and Kathy fight over who gets to drive Audra’s M2
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