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A Shunpiker's Journal

A Shunpiker's Journal, hosted by Steve Purdy, covers the stories of its host and others who shun the turnpikes and freeways of America to better enjoy the businesses and life that revolve around the automobile.

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Michigan Motorists Rights Update

A Shunpiker's Journal
May 26, 2017 1:00 PM

Our friend and colleague Jim Walker is back for our regular update on motorists rights issues in Michigan and around the country. Jim and I are both activists with the Michigan Chapter of the National Motorists Association and Jim also acts as executive director of the National Motorists Association Foundation. We talk about updated speed limits in Michigan and around the country as well, what’s happening ing the legislature as lots of other topics of interest to those who use public roads for business and pleasure.

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Opening of GM's Durant-Dort Factory One

A Shunpiker's Journal
May 25, 2017 3:00 PM

General Motors officials recently cut the ribbon to open the historic Durant-Dort Factory One building in Flint that is considered the birthplace of GM. The Flint Road Cart Company was established there in 1886 by Billy Durant who partnered with Josiah Dort to make carriages. That partnership later evolved into auto manufacturing officially becoming General Motors in 1908. Our guest Kevin Kirbitz is the operations manager for the new facility in the restored and reconstructed factory. It is now home to the extensive manufacturing archives from Kettering University (formerly General Motors Institute) and an exceptional event space. 

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Find Your Bearings with CW Bearing USA, Inc.

A Shunpiker's Journal
April 20, 2017 11:00 AM

Did you ever wonder how they make a bearing ball . . . or a ball bearing . . . or what the difference is? Well, we did. So when we noticed the CW Bearing USA, Inc. booth we had to stop and talk to senior sales and account manager Michael Wieck about all of that. He did a fine job of helping us understand the answers to those questions and how this Northville, MI company fits into the auto supplier business. 

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Young Engineers with New Ideas

A Shunpiker's Journal
April 20, 2017 10:00 AM

As Steve Purdy was wrapping up his stroll around the SAE show floor for he ran across these talented and enthusiastic lads from the University of Maine Clean Snowmobile Club - Cameron Dick, Mitchell Burgess and Eric Stuckey - who are in the process of engineering a snowmobile fueled by CNG (compressed natural gas) and hydrogen.

 

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Society of Automotive Engineers Tidbits

A Shunpiker's Journal
April 19, 2017 2:00 PM

While attending the annual SAE show in Detroit we spent some time with Robert Evans, president of US operations for the large and diverse tier one auto supplier Freudenberg, a 166-year-old family owned automotive company headquartered in Germany.

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General Motors Sells European Brands To PSA

A Shunpiker's Journal
April 18, 2017 9:00 AM

In the news this month is General Motors’ sale of its European Brands - Vauxhall in the UK and Opel in Germany - to French automaker PSA. Our guest, Raj Kothari, managing director of Cascade Partners helps us understand why GM wanted to sell, why PSA wanted to buy and why now. We explore a variety of topics around that unexpected move and what it means to the industry. Mr. Kothari is a deeply knowledgable and articulate investment banker experienced in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures within the automotive, healthcare and technology sectors.

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Paving Her Own Legacy by Off-Roading

A Shunpiker's Journal
March 13, 2017 9:30 AM

Shelby Hall, granddaughter of  famous off-road racer and rally driver Rod Hall. Being third generation she is steeped in the world of off-roading and, after 4 years racing with the Hall team she’s starting her own legacy, an independent racing and rallying career. Shelby has raced and rallied vehicles as diverse as an old Ford Bronco to a Hummer H1 and she has raced on at least three continents. We talk to Shelby about racing, rallying, her family and the Rod Hall Drive programs where she is event director. and that wonderful, 50-year-old Bronco she just campaigned in the Mint 400 race in the Mojave Desert.  

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Insights Into the 2017 Concours Show Season

A Shunpiker's Journal
March 10, 2017 5:00 PM

Ed Lucas, voice of many of the finest Concours events in the country and consummate expert on classic and collector cars. We record this program as the 2017 Concours show season begins with Amelia Island where Ed will be emcee. We talk about these wonderful shows, the auctions surrounding them and related events as well as what’s hot and what’s not in the collector car business and hobby. We also talk about some of Ed’s restoration and other projects, including the relatively unknown but spectacular Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance in northern Ontario. Some years ago Ed co-hosted a radio program emanating from Southern California and you’ll find him colorful and entertaining to listen to. 

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Wrap-up of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit

A Shunpiker's Journal
January 30, 2017 5:00 PM

This episode of 'A Shunpiker's Journal' program is a wrap-up of the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Steve Purdy is joined by lively guest co-host, Michael Bernstein, a 20-year auto industry veteran who shares his impressions and insights on the show and other topics about the auto industry. We also present three interviews recorded at the show at COBO:

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The huge auto aftermarket show in Las Vegas

A Shunpiker's Journal
January 3, 2017 4:00 PM

Steve Purdy talks with John Larson, CEO of Bestop Corporation, maker of Jeep soft tops, both OEM and aftermarket, about the huge auto aftermarket show in Las Vegas, the biggest trade show of its kind anywhere, put on by the Specialty Equipment Market Association. Bestop does much of its R&D in the Detroit area working closely with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. John gives us a good sense of the show and his company’s role in the auto industry.

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