Let’s Talk Dubs

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The Volkswagen air cooled podcast. Good VW Talk and interviews from around the world. Car talk. Show talk & parts & restoration.

  • 51 minutes 4 seconds
    EP 274 VW Family Rod Larry schultz SUM FUN Drag car

    Origanlly hailing from Boston Mass. A cross crounty trip in a new 1968 VW Bus would change this family hobbies. Moving to California then the meet MR Lee Leighton. The family sarts racing with Rodney Jr. known as "Radical Rod" Dad (Rodney Seinor) gets the itch & Lee sells them a Drag car fomally known as the Pied Piper that would soon become the "Sum Fun" Pro Stock drag bug. Larry the younger brother has a 56 Oval hes driving to highschool. in 1984 he pulls it apart for a restoration. The car never get put back together unitll the early 2000's. Its ultimatly featured in Hot VW's . The Drag car is eventually sold to Collector / enthusiest Russell Ritchie. Its agreat story with history of the 80's-90's drag racing.  Larry latest project is featured in Hot VW's February 2024 "My Hot 56"

    12 July 2024, 1:45 pm
  • 54 minutes 55 seconds
    Ep 273 Mexxspeed worlds fastest NA Volkswagen

    Martin Freidschröder is the pilot of the Mexxspeed Ghia. This is the worlds fastest naturally asperated Volkswagen. With a best ET of  8.6 secons in the 1/4 mile. Martin is a bit excited about his car. So excited you can feel it through his interview. He never stops thinking. He has custom built most parts on this what started life out as a karmann Ghia. From the carbon fiber body parts to the overhead fuel injection rails that quirt the menthonal into this beast of an engne. He custom built his own cylinderheads, intake manifolds, throttle boddies, and so much more. The trans axel uses a Porsche G50 housing with all custom internals handles the power to the axel. He has a enuique perspective on thinking & theories that he has put to the test in prusute of being the fastest naturally asperated Volkswagen. 

     

    Here is some video footage I took while at EBI 2024

    https://youtu.be/-dPyHB63Oa8?si=JPiQgkunGtVfSPmZ

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    www.vwtrends.com

    www.rosswulf.com

    Follow Mexxspeed here

     

     

    7 July 2024, 2:20 pm
  • 1 hour 6 minutes
    Ep 272 Cal-Look Caravan 2024 experiance

    The cal-look caravan started as an Idea. Woudlnt it be cool to see a bunch of California Look VW's Drive from Wolfsburg Germany to Chimay Belgium. Russell Ritchie  & George Otto collaberated on the plan. Start at Wolfsburg tour the VW museum Photo shoot in front of the factory. Then a 138 mile drive to the Karmann factory for a special tour of proptorypes. Also a special photo in front of the factory. From Onsabruck, on to Gelderland Porsche in the Netherlands. for lunch & a tour of the Porsche, VW & Audi collection. Then to the Fletecher Hotel. Then the final leg was to Flatliner Lowrider Kurt Von Perre Massive Empi collection and add more cars to the group. Then to Chimay. We also talk to Podcast alumni DKP's Bill Schwimmer & Lanny Hussey talk about their experiance on the caravan so far.

    www.callookvw.com

    www.letstalkdubs.com

    www.rosswulf.com

    www.vwtrendsmagazine.com

     

    28 June 2024, 5:19 am
  • 41 minutes 30 seconds
    Ep 271 Headed to some EMPI history

    For most of us, EMPI  has been a name that has been synonymous with the aftermarket parts since we started the hobby. Especially for those of us that were in the hobby in the 80s and 90s there was a time when vintage EMPI stuff was on the rampage. The culmination of which was Scott Smith, 1967 black EMPI accessorized to the max sedan. On this podcast I talk about headed to EMPI this weekend as well as some of the history from a short part of the early history what started EMPI to the different levels of products that they took as well as the name change. a year by year catalog decripton with the first time products are scene. 

    So this Saturday 9:00am 2024 Engine Battle.

    EMPI YouTube channel

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    www.thewagen.com

    www.vwtrendsmagazine.com

    www.rosswulf.com

     

     

    14 June 2024, 5:43 am
  • 1 hour 21 minutes
    Ep 270 Joe Chirco VW Chirco VW

    If you're familiar at all with Arizona or the southwest, you have for sure heard of Chirco Vw. Joe Cihrco started the business in 1984. As a teenager he met a neighbor that had a classic Volkswagen and he would go hang out one day that neighbor gave him that Volkswagen. His family built a shop and he started Turco Vw 16,000 ft.² of Vw heaven. In this podcast, we talk about the last 40 years of being in business. The customers he's met. The cars he's purchased and sold. From split windows to double cab. He also has connection to Dean Lowry famous drag racer from the 60s and 70s. At Churco they do everything from maintenance to full restoration. It's obvious you can hear in the interview. The love that Joe still has for this hobby of great people and great cars. When one of his suppliers stop selling wholesale fiberglass buggy Part needed. Joe decided to manufactured them himself making him one of the only manufactures for Baja buggy parts and five VW parts selling on eBay to shipping parts around the world. Joe has experienced every aspect of the Vw hobby. He'll be surprised to hear where some of his mechanics Hale from but it totally makes sens, a good podcast with a great guy! 

     

    www.letstalkdubs.com

    www.vwtrendsmagazine.com

    www.rosswulf.com

     

    7 June 2024, 12:51 am
  • 1 hour 29 minutes
    Ep 269 Update: Shows to attend, Zorba the Ghia, Cal-look Caravan & More

    On this episode, George and I discuss the upcoming show season Southern California which events we will be at. We discuss Zorba the Ghia  and Spike's Vintage Restoration process with  the restoration. Its moving fast for sure. Bill almost has the interior re-done due to camera Color That's taking place. We reach out to John Limnios, the winner of the real Street class for the Volks group race in Samoa. 900 hp drift widebody bus being built by Kenny Pfitzer. Lots of cars coming down for one crazy weekend this year. We also discuss a special trophy for cars that will be debuting at one crazy weekend. Is George going to trade his bus for a stock 58 single cab? We talk about Bill's trip in the next few weeks to the UK for the Cal-look Caravan 2024 that's gonna go from bad Camberg to Chimay Belgium. We also review a few of the podcast that just came out John Maher, Ron revere Russell with old speed and more. We read some listener emails and also of course give some shot outs. its a fun episode.

    www.letstalkdubs.com

    www.vwtrendsmagazine.com

    www.rosswulf.com

    https://www.callookvw.com

     

    31 May 2024, 1:47 am
  • 1 hour 40 minutes
    Ep 268 the story of Auto Haus with Ron Rosevear

    Autohaus! The name that is synonomus with VW aftermarket parts. Started by Ron Rosevear in 1968. Starting as a small stereo shop in Buena Park California. Ron decides to buy some chorme VW accessories and they started selling like hot cakes. We find out about thier business stratagies. Who drew the world famous logo. How they started as a parts re-seller and then on to a VW empire with brands like Race-trim and fiberglass manufacturing. The connection with Paul Schley. Armorall and so much more. A business pioneer with a vison to teh future. Theres also a connection about Micky Thompson. The first VW Trends magazine with their 40 page catalog included. Bruce Meyers ex-wife tries to get him to make some kits of the Manx SR. So many stories you'll love the history and behind the scene to our hobby.

     

    https://www.letstalkdubs.com

    www.vwtrendsmagazine.com

    www.rosswulf.com

    www.thewagen.com

     

    24 May 2024, 5:42 am
  • 2 hours 22 minutes
    Ep 267 John Maher Racing VW Drag Racer & Engine Builder

    John Maher is known to some people as the drummer for the early punk rock band the Buzzcocks. Starting in a punk band in the beginning of the punk rock era is pretty legendary. He also happen to be at the same place in the UK in the early days of when Volkswagen dragracing started to takeoff. John, after being in a band had an engine mishap (done by another shop) started repairing Volkswagens and soon after started rebuilding engines. His competition started at his first VW event when he entered the engine pull competition. Soon after he was building competition race engines on to building his first oval window drag car studying the pages of hot VW's magazine to see what was happening in the US. On this podcast you'll hear a lot about the early days of drag racing in the United Kingdom. Lots of good information and we go over what John's favorite engine build. Why did he move to Isle of Harris and more. Although he's living on the isle of Harris off of Scotland. He still builds engines to this day, so if you're needing an excellent motor built, check him out at johnmarracing.com 

     

    https://johnmaherracing.com

    www.letstalkdubs.com

    www.vwtrendsmagazine.com

    www.rosswulf.com

     

    18 May 2024, 1:29 am
  • 57 minutes 49 seconds
    Ep 266 Full TUBED SQUAREBACK Illegal Speed Shops Harrison Evans

    Some projects are more extreme than others. When buidling a custom VW, how far do you go? Well, if its an all out project and you team up with illegal speed shop prepare for it to go crazy. This project started as a brainchild of one of their customers that laid dead in another shop for about 10 years. It was put up for sale and when Harrison saw it, he reached out to the owner to talk about the project and he ends up, convincing the owner to bring it to illegal speed shop and get that project finish. Already started on a full frame down the center, they went forward and full tubed the whole car moving the seats back for the driver who 6 foot eight. This thing has it all 400 hp TDI motor. Six speed manual transmission, C6 front brakes and cantilever rear suspension. Harrisons' a hard-core VW guy and we also talk about his 64 Beetleand some of the cool ways that he slammed the living crap out of it and drove it static. Check out their YouTube channel on the link below and give them a follow on Instagram. I believe these guys will be around doing some cool stuff so be on the lookout. 

    https://www.illegalspeedshop.com

    https://www.youtube.com/@Illegalspeedshop

    https://www.instagram.com/illegalspeedshop/

    www.letstalkdubs.com

     

    10 May 2024, 3:33 am
  • 1 hour 37 minutes
    Ep 265 Trans-axel Talk with Ben Berniklau from BENCO Trans-axels

    Transaxles have always been a shifty subject. With less and less people rebuilding them it seems the world is getting smaller in the world of transaxles. Ben Berniklau is a second generation transactional builder. His father was half owner of one of the largest transaxle rebuilding shops in Riverside. He learned how to build tranny mostly on his own after not listening to his dad and following his heart and being in the VW industry. Working for several different shops and learning how to build transaxles because he was always good with his hands. We always hear their VW stories and we get to hear the trail as how he learned to build trans axles. Now today he's the owner of Benco transaxles in Riverside California. He personally has built hundreds of transmissions over the years. His years of experience in dealing with parts alone give him the insight as to what parts work and what parts don't. With an industry leading five year, unlimited mileage warranty on his trans axles we peel back the layers and a him lots of questions specifically pertaining to your transaxle needs. from diff covers to shift forks bearing covers and axle tube and castings. We talk about it all. What are some of his favorite trans axle combinations for gearing and what he thinks about five speeds. He'll also change your gears for free for the life of your transaxel.

    https://bencotransaxles.com

    www.letstalkdubs.com

    www.rosswulf.com

    www.vwtrends.com

    George's Youtube channel

    LTD Youtube Channel

     

     

    3 May 2024, 12:44 am
  • 1 hour 38 minutes
    Ep 264 UK's Rusty Lees Rock N Roll Beds

    Rusty Lee Pickering started in the Volkswagen hobby with a bright pink beetle. He couldn't have been more proud to drive that pink beetle in the early 90s. That led to a succession of different Volkswagens to own and always looking to make friends with other VW enthusiasts. When his neighbors owned buses and he wanted to meet him, an opportunity came where they could use his skill set. After leaving school, he learned to become a welder fabricator. When his new friend needed help with a rock 'n' roll bed, he looked at it and thought he could make a better version. That begins Rusty Lee's rock 'n' roll beds. At first he was just making them to presold orders by word-of-mouth before long. He was missing shows for an entire weekend because he never made it out of the car park from delivering pre-sold rock 'n' roll beds. With the help of a supportive wife who told him to bet on himself, he decided to go full-time and into making rock 'n' roll beds. He now has eight people helping build those beds in their workshop he's never been busier, a hard-core VW enthusiast from the beginning and a love for all things. Volkswagen is clear when you talk to him. Betting on yourself to win. Check out his website below. 

    https://www.vwrustylee.com

    www.letstalkdubs.com

    www.vwtrendsmagazine.com

    www.rosswulf.com

    www.kompressorhaus.uk

    use code LTD for a discount.

    19 April 2024, 1:00 am
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