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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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Insights on the Ford Motor Company

A Shunpiker's Journal
October 20, 2017 9:00 AM

We call this "a week of punditry." Friend and colleague, auto industry veteran Ken Zino, joins to co-host as we talk about a variety of issues and news. Ken managed international PR for Ford for part of his career and offers some insightful thoughts on the company’s change of direction away from being a maker of cars and trucks.  Politics . . . racing . . . technology: we talk about it all. 

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Demonstration of Self-driving Technology from Windsor to Traverse City

A Shunpiker's Journal
September 20, 2017 4:00 PM

Steve Purdy recently attended and covered the Center for Automotive Research’s annual Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City.

He talked to some experts on self-driving technology, including Continental Automotive’s Steffen Hartmann. Continental partnered with Pure Michigan and a few others to demonstrate this technology by driving from Windsor to Traverse City in mostly autonomous mode. Amazing!

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Storm Damage to Classic and Collector Cars

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

Steve Purdy welcomes VP public relations Jonathan Klinger from Hagerty Insurance of Traverse City to talk about storm damage to classic and collector cars and what owners can do in cases of natural disasters like these.

Collector car insurance is considerably different than conventional coverage in many ways, most notably that the vehicles are insured for an agreed value that often does not include its intrinsic or sentimental value.

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Can Vehicles Damaged by Water be Salvaged?

A Shunpiker's Journal
September 20, 2017 9:00 AM

Steve Purdy welcomes Attorney Dani Liblang on these segments of a Shunpiker's Journal. Dani is one of Michigan’s leading Lemon Law experts and has been on our show before.

She joins us this time to talk about an important element of the recent flooding in Texas and Florida - what happens to the tens-of-thousands, maybe hundreds-of-thousands, of vehicles damaged by water.

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Car Enthusiast Michigan State Senator Steve Bieda

A Shunpiker's Journal
August 14, 2017 4:00 PM

Michigan Senator Steve Bieda of Macomb County chairs the Michigan Legislative Auto Caucus. The senator, coincidentally is the chairman of the MotorCities Leadership Council and a car enthusiast. Senator Bieda talks about the founding of the caucus, the breadth of their concerns and his enthusiasm for cars.

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The most recent automotive inductee

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August 14, 2017 3:00 PM

The Historic Vehicle Association in Washington DC recognizes special vehicles for inclusion in the Library of Congress much like the National Registry of Historic Places recognizes buildings. HVA president Mark Gessler was on the show when the HVA was founded in 2014. Mark is back to talk about the HVA and the most recent automotive inductee, a 1933 Graham Eight Blue Streak that exemplifies the move to aerodynamic design.

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The MotorCities National Heritage Area

A Shunpiker's Journal
August 14, 2017 12:00 PM

The MotorCities National Heritage Area, an entity within the National Park Service, promotes the preservation of our automotive history and supports education and tourism. Executive director Shawn Pomaville gives us an update on MotorCities’ projects events and mission. 

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Auto Update from European Corespondent Henny Hemmes

A Shunpiker's Journal
July 26, 2017 9:00 AM

While the European auto markets are finally getting back to a relatively normal level of sales many issues threaten to keep it struggling - Brexit, the Volkswagen diesel scandal and more.

Henny is an A-list automotive journalist, race car driver and thoroughly knowledgeable observer of the automotive scene both there and in the U.S. Henny is a regular on our program and always provides a lively, relevant overview of the auto industry across the pond.

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Interviews from Tech Crawl by Thom Cannell - A Shunpikers Journal

A Shunpiker's Journal
July 25, 2017 5:00 PM

Our friend and colleague Thom Cannell collected some interviews from the recent AutoCom Associates Tech Crawl event where a variety of automotive industry suppliers gather to tell the stories of their companies and products. In addition to being a veteran auto journalist Thom also provides editorial services to AutoCom. 

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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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