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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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Recent Posts

Latest Jeep Broke New Ground Stylistically

A Shunpiker's Journal
January 31, 2018 11:00 AM

Engineer Mike Downey, vehicle line executive for the freshly-redesigned Jeep Cherokee gives us the rundown on the much-improved, off-roady mid-size crossover. Cherokee was widely dissed with its last generation design that broke new ground stylistically, particularly for a Jeep. This one continues that dramatic design language that people seem to have warmed to, and it adds a lot of important content. 

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Automotive Journalist & Enthusiast Micah Wright

A Shunpiker's Journal
January 31, 2018 10:00 AM

Our friend and colleague, Micah Wright, is a young automotive journalist from the Cincinnati area and specializes in automobile and life-style topics.

While at the "press days" of the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Steve Purdy asks him for some punditry from his perspective as an enthusiast and “influencer," in media terms.

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Prototype 9: The Striking Electric Race Car

A Shunpiker's Journal
January 31, 2018 9:00 AM

Infiniti won the prestigious Eyes On Design Best Concept Car Award for the Q-Inspiration, but in the back corner of their booth we found a different treasure: the most amazing design exercise we’ve seen in a long time. Created for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance last summer, the “Prototype 9” represents what Infiniti’s designers think they would have built had they been a leading automaker in the 1930s. The striking electric race car pays homage to the German Silver Arrow cars, but adds distinctively modern, aesthetic elements. We might call it a faux-heritage design. Infiniti PR guy, Kyle Bazemore, tells us about the project and the car. It was there only to impress the press and will not be there for public days. Sorry, y’all.

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A Drive Home III with Max Munchey

A Shunpiker's Journal
December 18, 2017 2:00 PM

Max Munchey and Steve Purdy take a pair of segments to discuss The Drive Home III, the third running of this inspired road rally involving cross-country drives of old cars from the LeMay, America’s Car Museum to arrive at NAIAS in time to help open the show.

The first event involved three wonderful examples of Detroit iron - a ’57 Nomad, ’66 Mustang and ’61 Chrysler - driving from Tacoma, WA. Then last year the same cars drove from Boston down the east coast and across the Midwest. This year it will start in Boca Raton with a batch of different cars.  

 

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2018 North American International Auto Show with Max Muncey

A Shunpiker's Journal
December 18, 2017 1:00 PM

A Shunpiker's Journal new episode is all about the 2018 North American International (Detroit) Auto Show, one of the most important motor shows in the world held every January at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. Steve's guest is the NAIAS public relations manager, Max Muncey who fills us in on all the details of the show.

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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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