Intervention??? Are the ladies quitting gin?? We hate to spoil a good surprise. But, we love welcoming back our good friends Bill and Vicki Fischer from the Garage Heroes in Training podcast. Bill and Vicki not only surprise one of our hosts, but they launch a welcome and game-changing intervention.
Kathy and Audra interview Jonah Delgenio, a longtime car enthusiast who talks to us about the history of harlequins (Volkswagen that is), the history of oval track and a bunch of other racing venues. In 2012, Jonah found Lemons and has been racing with Lemons ever since. Like many others we have talked to, he expounds on the kindness and camaraderie that you find at Lemons. We also find out that Kathy never saw snow until she was 15!! Jonah has a well-rounded spirit of competition, beginning with BMX biking and currently to “not CrossFit” workouts/competitions. He is impressively and hilariously connected to track owners and makers of world-challenge cars. And believe it or not, Kathy met him at the gym.
He has some seriously great stories that we will not ruin by mentioning here. So please listen to hear all about Jonah. You won’t be sorry, we’re not! We loved this interview. You can find Jonah and his team on Facebook and Instagram under Monkey House Racing.
The ladies sat down for an interview with the amazing talented gentlemen of meetyourheroes.tv. Sterling Vernon, Richard Viard and Larry Levin produce a wonderful YouTube series that features matching car people with their dream cars while hearing their stories along the way. We get some inside information on how their show is created; including some interesting information about La Nuit americaine (you budding filmmakers need to know about this). We hear about their dream cars. As an added bonus, we had a great conversation with some great tips on taking good photos of cars. We found out that if you say it, you must do it. It’s life changing. And, you may recognize one of our own in an upcoming episode.
You can subscribe to them here: https://www.youtube.com/c/MeetYourHeroes. Also find them on Facebook and Instagram.
The ladies are back from their holiday break, in-person (with gin) and talking to John Xander Swig. Swig’s story includes details of some of the 58 cars he has driven at autocross and a surprising hatred of one in particular.
In this episode, the ladies get caught up on some recent events. Kathy has some struggles with the winter tire changeover, Jess has a new experience with a Subaru meet-up and Audra has a final track-day of the season.
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.
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:
Instagram: misfit_mutts_garage, savetheminis and dextervw
Facebook: David Baker
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.