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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.

1:00 PM every Wednesday
Replay: 7:00 PM, 1:00 AM, 7:00 AM


Recent Posts

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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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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