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:
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Tune and post your comments on our Facebook and Instagram and let’s help Kathy out with her anxiety as she faces her first track event.
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).
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.
Kathy, Jess, and Audra met with a special guest, Lana Tsurikova, who told us the fabulous story of her driving and riding path starting from a small girl to a national Autocross Champion. Now she is looking to conquer the GS Trophy|BMW Motorrad competition in a motorcycle.
We talked about:
The value of taking instructors.
If you are contemplating going to Nationals, do not wait until you think you have a chance to win. Just do it for the experience.
Value of autocross in daily life and in training for the motorcycle competition.
The intensive training needed to prepare for the GS Trophy (off-road challenges on a 550-pound bike).
Women in motorsports.
How Lana wants to help educate and empower the younger generations.
In this episode we find out what happens when you decide to enter a LeMons race and the car you’re building breaks in half. For these two brothers, Josh and Mark Fuller, you build an inside joke that turns into an internet sensation.
Join us for the journey of the car called The Yikes Peak Escudon’t. We had a great talk and lots of laughs with them and covered many topics, including:
How to prep yourself and your car to pass inspection your first time out.
The importance of reading the rules and playing by the rules.
Craft projects better known as a giant red wing.
The trouble with passing Cressidas.
Shoutout to Roger Getsner, who built their rollcage and was part of the team Jason Hopkins, who did a ton of networking for them, and Brian Hirth, who fed them really awesome food.
And we picked our new favorite quote:
“It was awful. It was terrible. It was the most fun I’ve ever had.”