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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

Classic Cars Get Insured by World's Best

A Shunpiker's Journal
August 15, 2016 5:00 PM

In this segment of A Shunpiker's Journal, Steve Purdy interviews Vice President of Marketing for Hagerty Insurance.. They talk about Hagerty’s role at the Concours d’Elegance and other auto shows around the country including their kids judging program. Hagerty is the largest private employer in Traverse City and one of the largest purveyors of classic and collector car insurance in the country.

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Automotive Air-bag Problems Mitigated With Innovation

A Shunpiker's Journal
July 12, 2016 10:00 AM

This portion of ' A Shunpikers Journal' comes from AutoCom’s annual Tech Crawl where we always find interesting technology stories among auto supplier companies represented by AutoCom. Our friend and colleague, veteran automotive journalist, Thom Cannell, brings us an interview from innovator Thomas Parker, from Inficon. Thomas Parker educates on the nuances of high-zoot leak testing and how that could have mitigated some of the air-bag problems of the past few years.

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Watching Hella Light Up The Automotive Industry

A Shunpiker's Journal
July 11, 2016 4:30 PM

From AutoCom's annual Tech Crawl Thom Cannell talks with Stefan Pietzonka, from lighting company Hella. Stefan explains how magic happens in the design of automotive lighting.

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The Unsung Heroes of the Automotive Industry - Door Latches

A Shunpiker's Journal
July 11, 2016 3:30 PM

This second half of this week’s program comes from AutoCom’s annual Tech Crawl where we always find interesting technology stories among auto supplier companies represented by AutoCom. These are the bits and pieces, processes and services that are essential to making the automobiles we love. Our friend and colleague, veteran automotive journalist, Thom Cannell talks with Hector Verde, from Kiekert. Hector discusses the importance of his product, door latches, and some of the other mundane, but crucial, parts of a car.

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Agreement reached on Volkswagen Scandal!

A Shunpiker's Journal
July 11, 2016 2:30 PM

We begin 'A Shunpikers Journal' with the details of the agreement reached recently between Volkswagen, the U.S. government and attorneys representing owners, regarding the diesel cheating scandal. You’ll recall, the problem came to light little over a year ago.

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World Car Awards with Henny Hemmes!

A Shunpiker's Journal
June 27, 2016 11:05 AM

Our intrepid European correspondent, racing driver and A-list journalist, Henny Hemmes from The Hague, reports on the prestigious World Car Awards presented at the recent Geneva Motor Show. A couple of surprises in both the overall winner and within a variety of categories. All of the major auto shows around the world have some kind of awards but the World Car Awards in Geneva are among the most important. Join us for this extra segment of A Shunpiker’s Journal.

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Shifting Into High Gear With Henny Hemmes

A Shunpiker's Journal
June 13, 2016 2:00 PM

This week’s instalment of A Shunpiker’s Journal features an update on the automotive industry and auto enthusiasm across the big water with our European correspondent Henny Hemmes from The Hague, Netherlands. Henny is a knowledgeable and well-connected, A-list automotive journalist and race car driver who regularly contributes to our radio program. You last heard her in our wrap-up of the North American International Auto Show. Henny talks about some of the impressive cars she has driven lately including the new, big Mercedes S-Class convertible. We discuss the continuing Volkswagen diesel cheating scandal, Formula One racing politics and a wide variety of other issues.

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Corvette Racing and the Value of Racing for the Automotive Industry

A Shunpiker's Journal
May 9, 2016 5:00 PM

Doug Fehan, director of Corvette Racing, talks to Bob Giles and Steve Purdy about the involvement of Corvette Racing in the Detroit Grand Prix. We spoke at a special meeting of the Automotive Press Association in Detroit, hosted by Michelin, to feature racing car design.

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Development of a Homogenous Charge Compression Ignition Engine

A Shunpiker's Journal
May 9, 2016 4:00 PM

Terry Morris, project manager for Nautilus Engineering, a company developing a “Homogenous Charge Compression Ignition” engine. The idea is to gain the efficiencies of a diesel engine (compression ignition) while using conventional gasoline, taking advantage of that fuel source. Others have been working on this problem, but Nautilus' solution is very interesting indeed.

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Wild and Crazy Extreme Off-Roader

A Shunpiker's Journal
May 9, 2016 3:00 PM

Our old friend, Steve Pasteiner, well-known and respected designer, shows us a project he has been working on. It is a wild and crazy extreme off-roader with a Mad Max sort of style and demonstrates products from some of Steve’s clients.

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