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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

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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New Elements Arrive at the North American International Auto Show

A Shunpiker's Journal
January 3, 2017 2:00 PM

With the North American International Auto Show coming up in Detroit we talk with the chairman, area auto dealer Sam Slaughter. Some new elements of the show include an exhibit of auto technology called Automobili-D during media and industry days. We talk about the Charity Preview and the importance of the show to the industry and the region.

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Air Lift Company takes air suspension to new heights

A Shunpiker's Journal
December 2, 2016 2:00 PM

Steve Purdy talks to Ryan Feyer, marketing manager of the Load Support division of the Air Lift Company, a 75-year-old, family-owned Michigan-based company that makes air suspension systems for the aftermarket.

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Mayor Hollister working the 2nd Shift

A Shunpiker's Journal
December 2, 2016 1:00 PM

Steve Purdy spends the first half of this Shunpiker's Journal episode talking to former Lansing mayor David Hollister. They discuss the documentary film and book he co-produced with Ray Tadgerson and others.

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Brad Oleshensky: The M1 Concourse Business

A Shunpiker's Journal
October 5, 2016 9:00 AM

This show is all about one of the most fascinating Michigan business success stories that is also great news for car people - the M1 Concourse, a complex of garage condos, race track, event space and soon even an automobile-related retail space. The M1 Concourse occupies the site of a former GM factory on Woodward Avenue in Pontiac, MI. Our guest is founder and CEO, Brad Oleshensky, a lawyer by training and serious car enthusiast who had a great idea that few people saw as possible.  

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MTU Develops STEM educational Programs For Next Generation

A Shunpiker's Journal
August 16, 2016 2:00 PM

Steve Purdy interviews the Associate Director of Industry Relations for Michigan Technological University, Pete Cattelino. They talk about Michigan Tech’s programs that help out with getting kids interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects. Pete carries on the STEM education subject talking about Michigan Tech’s programs that help out with getting kids interested in STEM subjects and filling the university’s pipeline to educate students in these fields.

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How Tata Motors is Different From Other Brands

A Shunpiker's Journal
August 16, 2016 1:00 PM

Roger Townsend, VP of Engineering, Research and Development talks about the difference between the Tata Motors business unit that presides over Jaguar, Land Rover and other brands you will know and Tata Technologies, a contract engineering firm with big projects throughout the automotive industry. Much of the design, engineering and integration of the two is done by firms like Tata that can augment the resources of OEMs.

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Innovative Navigation System Evaluates Relative Risk

A Shunpiker's Journal
August 16, 2016 12:00 PM

Steve Purdy interviews Director of Advanced Development of Mitsubishi Electric, Gareth Williams. They talk about his company’s new innovative system that can see and evaluate a car’s surroundings and evaluate relative risk. They have also partnered with AccuWeather to integrate minute-by-minute weather predictions into the car’s navigation system.

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Nothing Better Than Quality Education!

A Shunpiker's Journal
August 16, 2016 11:00 AM

JC Irvine, Game Design and Programming instructor, talks about efforts to interest kids from kindergarten through 12th grade STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education subjects.

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Learn About New Technology From Continental Automotive!

A Shunpiker's Journal
August 16, 2016 10:00 AM

Tejas Desai, Head of IES North America, talks about  new technology his company is promoting - one can see around blind corners and the other can see traffic signals ahead and calculate for a driver the speed to maintain to catch it green.

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