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 exp…
Join Holman as he gets behind the wheel of a preproduction 2022 GMC Hummer EV Pickup at GM's Milford Proving Grounds in Milford, Michigan. Lightning gets surprised with keys to a 2022 Nissan Frontier and gives his own review.
Holman finally opens up about his 1,500-miles of experience behind the wheel of Rivian's R1T all-electric pickup and the guys bring on friend, Mike Rice, who shares his insider experience with lemon laws. We will also bring you up to speed on all the latest news.
The guys revisit the age-old topic of “what is a truck?”, journalist Jason Gonderman comes on to talk about the all-new Toyota Tundra and updated Toyota Tacoma, and Ford's Mike Levine makes the case for the 2022 Ford Maverick.
GM's Executive Chief Engineer for Full Size Trucks, Jaclyn McQuaid, returns to the show with some inside information on the all-new 2022 Chevy Silverado. Explorer Billy Creech once again regales the guys with Mojave Desert lore, along with an invite to the 42nd annual Mojave Road Rendezvous, and a goat delivers a stunning G.O.A.T. impersonation.
Ram Truck CEO Mike Koval comes on to talk about the Ram Brand in 2022 and reveal some major news. Holman finally opens up on some of his recent trips and then fails miserably at knowing the notes found in listener Ben Palmer's yard.
Holman drives the all-new 2021 Ford Raptor and gives his take on Ford's extensive new upgrades, Nick Psomas from Peak Suspension talks about entrepreneurship and how he grew a successful business in a crowded category, and the chip shortage continues to ravage the industry.
Builder Matt Ryce proves that even a '55 Dodge truck on a Chevy S-10 frame can be used as a getaway rig. Christian Hazel comes on the show to discuss the upcoming Ultimate Adventure '21 and shares his love of old flat fender Jeeps.
Take a deep dive with Dustin Whipple of Whipple Superchargers and learn about what it takes to supercharge today's trucks and SUVs. Toyota drops a video about diesel technology, leaving the industry to wonder if a new Toyota diesel is coming. Also find out what Holman and Lieberman think when they compare two dissimilar trim levels of Bronco and Wrangler.
Have you heard the news about California's scary new smog check procedure? You know, the one that scans your ECU for non-standard files and modifications? Well, the guys hook up with Peter Treydte from SEMA's emissions lab to get the straight scoop on what this really means for enthusiasts. We'll also check in with our favorite new Australian friend, Duralast-sponsored racer Josh Robinson, and find out why he is putting an LS-based V-12 in a Datsun mini truck.
Hang out with the guys as they host an unofficial meetup at Four Sons Brewery in Huntington Beach, California and Holman gets behind the wheel of the new '22 Nissan Frontier to give his take on Nissan's new midsize. Nissan also tells the guys about the latest addition to the Nissan Heritage Collection.
After explaining how he almost burned down his 79-year-old flat fender GPW, Holman talks about the direction of his latest project. Jonathan Peace from Sparc Industries shares his story of entrepreneurship and how he is designing and manufacturing the perfect complement to any build while listeners weigh in on Lightning's quest to rejoin the ranks of truck ownership.
Learn what it takes to make a quality tie-down strap and why Mac's Custom Tie-Downs is the leader in cargo management with the president of Mac's, Colin McLemore. Colin shares common mistakes people make when securing loads and why it is important to use good equipment and techniques to get your precious cargo from Point A to Point B. The guys also discuss the latest news in trucks while listeners put a new spin on “Know Your Note”.
Learn about the death wobble phenomenon by signing up for this Death Wobble 101 audio course at the Truck Show Podcast satellite campus of Death Wobble University from none other than our own death wobble expert, Dr. Death Wobble, who may or may not have a real degree from the internet. Also, Lightning and Holman create two more social accounts that they won't maintain with any regularity.
Our first guest, Alpine's Steve Brown, returns to talk about the company's new state-of-the-art, audiophile-quality F1 Status sound system. The guys discuss the quickest police “car” to date, and find out that it is a truck, and talk about the sales fallout of the current chip shortage.
As Hummer H1s get harder to find, one company is pushing the limits of what the ultimate H1 could be. Mil-Spec Automotive rebuilds Hummers from the ground up, reimagining them with performance and luxury, and the latest example will blow your mind. From design details to old-school craftsmanship, find out why the M1-R is the ultimate expression of the H1 platform. Hear from Mil-Spec's President, Ian Broekman, and get a little whiskey bonus thrown in.
Holman finally gets behind the wheel of the all-new Ford Bronco and gives his review, Jeep responds to Ford's Sasquatch package with the Xtreme Recon package, and the guys from Campworks Co. tell the guys all about their off-grid adventure trailer.
So, if you had an opportunity to race a Toyota 4Runner at King of the Hammers, you would naturally pull out the stock drivetrain and replace it with one from a Nissan Leaf, wouldn't you? Well Kyle Seggelin did just that. Hear more about his electrified journey and how he made it happen. Also hear from Ed and Romina Tansingco from ThinSkinz, which is a great product to protect your door panels from destructive cargo, man's best friend, and messy passengers.
Come along on Four Wheeler's Overland Adventure where you will hear from participants and their unique vehicles, podcast listeners, and some great companies who attended this 400-mile trip through the backcountry. Toyota upgrades the Tacoma lineup for '22 and we attempt to settle the burger wars with a spokesperson from the Texas contingent.
Walk around the ’21 Ford Raptor with exterior designer Tom Liu and hear from Billy Creech about why it is so important to explore the backcountry prepared. Our buddy Jordan from Daytona Truck Meet returns for a giveaway and Holman tries to talk Lightning through his latest automotive dilemma.
Ride along in the Army’s latest vehicle, the Chevy Colorado ZR2-based Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV). Utilizing 90-percent commercial off the shelf parts, hear the amazing background on how the ISV came to be and how GM Defense intends to disrupt the defense industry using by the same parts found on your truck. Holman rides in the new Ford Bronco with a surprise driver and the guys get deeper into chicken Sandwich territory.
The insightful and renowned Reeves Callaway steals the show with an enlightening and informative interview that will take you to unexpected places with history, storytelling, and an overview of the latest Callaway Silverado performance truck. This one is a real treat for any true automotive enthusiast. Also, the guys, in a poor showing, apparently no longer “Know Your Note”.
Our buddy Mike Finnegan makes a surprise visit to the studio to say “hi” and we turn it into an entire show! Find out what’s up with Mike’s C10, who has banned him for life (and why it was worth it), how fast he’s been in his jet boat, and what he does when he can’t enjoy the Lord’s Chicken.
Enjoy a walkaround of the all-new 2022 Nissan Frontier with its lead exterior designer, Hiren Patel, and go for a ride in the Jeep Magneto concept with Jeep’s Jim Morrison. The guys also get a listener truck review and hear from Gene Fugatt, owner-operator of a nearly million-mile Duramax pickup.
We meet up with a pristine 1991 Nissan Hardbody King Cab SE V-6 from the Nissan Heritage Collection for a walkaround and convince the powers that be to let us drive it! Holman also hangs with Jeep’s head designer, Mark Allen, to talk about the Easter Jeep Safari Concepts in Moab, Utah.
The guys discuss a recent article that attacks and labels truck owners, David Borla from Borla Exhaust shares his company’s story and how the premium parts manufacturer continues to thrive while making performance exhaust systems in the U.S.A., and find out how SAE’s J1349 will better allow comparisons between traditional ICE engines and future powertrains.
Mutual friend of the show and nationally syndicated radio personality Nicole Alvarez taps the guys to help her design her dream Bronco and Kory Willis of PPEi checks in to give an update on his battle with the EPA. Jeep also teases the company’s Easter Jeep Safari concepts.
Go on a deep dive with some of the members of the global Ford Ranger Tremor team and hear about how the latest Ranger variant came to market and the technical changes that made it possible. The guys will also talk with Danny Hentges from Levvel Air about the slickest air line setup we’ve ever seen and will discuss the new Alpha Wolf EV adventure truck startup.
Friend of the show Matt Feldermann from American Expedition Vehicles returns to give an update on product availability and what’s new for the JT, Ram HD, and Colorado, while the guys discuss the value of Facebook Groups and DECKED winner, listener Jack Sandoz, gives us his review about how much abuse a DECKED system can take.
Edelbrock’s product manager of forced induction, David Page, joins the show to talk superchargers and what goes in to making them powerful, drivable, and reliable. He’ll also share with us the challenges today’s aftermarket manufactures face when adding forced induction to modern vehicles. The guys discuss Firepunk Diesel’s new record-breaking, Cummins-powered S-10 and how long it will be before Chevy joins Ford’s Raptor and Ram’s TRX in the go-fast segment.
Our old friend Ben Palmer joins the guys to talk about his company, 406 Garage, which specializes in the location and repair of vintage International iron. Holman takes you for a tour of the Petersen Automotive Museum’s new “Extreme Conditions” exhibit and we find out which host is experiencing bigger renovation problems in the battle for home improvement supremacy.
Former Transamerican Auto Parts and 4 Wheel Parts owner, Greg Adler, talks about the rise and ultimate sale of his family’s booming business and why he chose to start all over and do it again, instead of becoming a television personality or spending his time on a private island in the Caribbean, sipping cocktails. Holman discusses his decision to switch to a particular power-tool brand’s cordless platform and Lightning earns his chance to report the news.
This forward-looking episode focuses on the future of trucks with Magna’s Executive Vice President of Corporate R&D, Sherif Marakby. Hear about the challenges that face the truck market and the technologies that will be needed to overcome them to win over truck buyers. Hear opinions on whether electrification is the answer to everything, how long until battery technology rivals diesel, and an answer to an age-old question.
Mini trucker, former magazine guy, and founder of Flo Airride, Mike Alexander, joins the guys to chat about his company’s recent acquisition by Air Lift and his story of how he went from working at Circuit City to being embraced by the automotive aftermarket. Listen to Mike A. and Holman share stories from their magazine days and hear what’s next for Flo Airride and Air Lift Performance. We’ll also read some listener feedback about a past guest and find out if Holman will ever get his timing down.
The ’22 Nissan Frontier and ’21 Ford Raptor have been announced! Listen to this bonus episode as the guys discuss the new trucks and share the important info that you need to know. Will the Nissan have a manual? Will the Raptor have a V-8? Find out all this and more...
Go Fast Campers co-founder Graeme MacPherson returns to extol the virtues of the company’s new bar raising V2 camper, platform tent, and topper, while sharing GFC’s entrepreneurial philosophy that has helped the company grow while keeping manufacturing and high-paying jobs in the US. The guys share the winners of the 2021 Four Wheeler of the Year awards and Lightning finds himself in the middle of some law enforcement action.
Go behind the scenes of Heat Shield Products with Steve Heye to learn about thermal management products, the proper way to absorb sound, and why hot-rodding a smoker with Heat Shield Products is a good idea. The guys also get an update on Daytona Truck Meet from their favorite truck enthusiast in Florida, Jordan Muhlbauer. Lastly, Lightning tests Holman’s truck IQ.
Never one to shy away from gracing our podcast (or any others) with his knowledge and opinion, automotive personality and journalist Jonny Lieberman returns to shed light on Toyota’s decision to cancel the Land Cruiser in America, while touching on midsize trucks, Ram’s TRX, Land Rovers, and Portuguese sausages. DECKED breaks their own embargo and announces, to our listeners first, the new product we’ve all been waiting for.
Welcome back! The guys are excited to release their first episode of 2021 and welcome explorer Billy Creech to the podcast to talk about the Eastern Mojave Heritage Trail and exploring the Mojave in his modified Avalanche. The guys also discuss Toyota’s decision to kill the Land Cruiser in America and talk about which trucks sold top the most-bought list in 2020.
Come along for the ride with Jeremiah Proffitt of Proffitt’s Resurrection Land Cruisers and hear all about Toyota Land Cruisers and Mega Cruisers from one of the premier restorers in the country. Also learn the difference between frame-off and body-off and why only one term is the correct one. The guys also check in with Truck Trend’s Jason Gonderman for a review of the ’21 F-150 Hybrid and catch up on “Know Your Note”.
Curious about welding, or what equipment you might need to start? Learn the basics and hear some tips from master welder Rick Wright of Wright Designs, LLC. Brent Hagan from Nissan returns to talk about the redesigned ’21 Nissan Armada and the guys want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and thank you for listening to all of our antics this year!
For those gearheads who love to fly, this episode will be a pretty special one, as the guys become fast friends with retired Air Force pilot Major Bert G. Garrison Jr. What started as a campfire conversation about overlanding in vintage iron morphed into some incredible storytelling about his time in the EF-111, B-52, T-43, U-2, and as the very last SR-71 Blackbird pilot. Lightning finally experiences Ram’s TRX and a listener rediscovers a favorite holiday drink from the past.
While it isn’t quite the Towisode, the guys have a lively discussion with commercial driver René Garza who has over 2 million miles logged hauling freight from the ice roads of Alaska to turnpikes of Florida. Apportioned at 46,000 pounds, Rene talks about putting his GM dually to the test on a daily basis. We also discuss the latest Nikola bombshell and Holman nerds out on his latest off-road adventure through history.
Learn the BlueDEF Platinum difference with Old World Industry’s Jay Gagnon and hear about Worksport’s innovative new solar tonneau cover, the Terravis, from CEO Steve Rossi. The guys also bring you Matthew Glunt, the human diesel engine impressionist, in an entertaining segment of Know Your Note.
The guys go deep with Dan Tourino from Carli Suspension and talk about everything from how to properly set up your full-size truck suspension to the legendary Carli Pintop. Lightning does a walkaround on one incredible dually and we learn how not to leave 5-Star hotline messages.
The guys get an update from Atlis Motor Vehicles founder Mark Hanchette and a post-TRX follow-up from Ram’s Head, Mike Koval. Also, did you know Lightning had a brother? Us either. Meet Ryan Tilles, owner of a Nissan Frontier.
Emme Hall talks about being the first person outside of Rivian to test the upcoming R1T electric pickup, after successfully piloting one through the Rebelle Rally. Find out what she’s done to her off-roadster Miata, and if she’ll ever take Lightning anywhere. The guys also spend some time with entrepreneur Tim Miller of Surf City Garage and hear the story behind his epic new venture (and Holman’s favorite new place to spend time), Hot Rods & Handguns. Find out how a ’58 Chevy pickup started it all and how Tim turned a lifelong dream into the ultimate enthusiast hangout.
OEM Audio Plus, known for premium plug-and-play audio upgrades for your Toyota Truck or SUV, is expanding into the Jeep market and the guys learn about what goes into the design and engineering of their killer systems. They also get the scoop on Arnott’s acquisition of AccuAir’s assets and when enthusiasts can expect the brand to relaunch.