Car Stories with Sung Kang and Emelia Hartford

Car Stories with Sung Kang and Emelia Hartford

Fast and Furious star Sung Kang and car builder and driver Emelia Hartford take us into the wild and eccentric world of car people, the gear heads and fanatics who live and breathe car culture, and what their obsession tells us about ourselves, whether we’re car people or not.

Episodes

February 15, 2024 44 mins

Sung and Emelia sit down with industry veteran and car community legend, RJ de Vera. RJ shares his journey from his early beginning selling car parts out of his mom's condo, consulting on (and appearing in) the first Fast and Furious films, through his current position as SEMA's marketing vice president. They also share their upcoming car projects and talk about the future of car films.

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Sung and Emelia talk sit down with Playstation Productions producer, Carter Swan. Carter talks about the persistence and patience behind bringing the film Gran Turismo to life. They also reminisce about Paul Walker, discuss good (and bad) directors, and share their perspectives for aspiring actors.

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February 1, 2024 45 mins

Sung and Emelia sit down with drift champion and driving legend, Dai Yoshihara. Dai shares his journey, from a self-taught driver on local canyon roads in Japan, through his highly accomplished career in Formula D and to his recent passion of stunt driving for film and television. They also talk about personality traits for success, financial perspectives, and the impact of having kids.

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January 25, 2024 45 mins

Sung and Emelia talk with noted Porsche aficionado but true enthusiast of all cars, Magnus Walker. Magnus shares how his life has woven through fashion, the film location business - and of course, cars - and how his common thread is a relentless pursuit of passion. They also get personal about fathers and dealing with loss.

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January 18, 2024 45 mins

Sung and Emelia talk with Creative Director and Artist, Rod Chong. Rod shares his journey directing music videos and designing racing games to his current position as Race Service's Chief Creative Officer. They also talk about representation in the car community and what it takes to be successful.

Note: the building was testing fire alarms when this episode was recorded - apologies for the inconvenience.

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January 11, 2024 39 mins

Sung and Emelia sit down with Hoonigan co-founder, Brian Scotto. Brian shares how his early dual passions for cars and storytelling were foundational for his future in the car world. They also talk about creative evolution, legacy building, as well the late great Ken Block. And if you live in a nice neighborhood, Sung might be sleeping outside your house...

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January 4, 2024 46 mins

Sung and Emelia talk with drift driver, builder and content creator Hert. After his departure as an influential force with the Hoonigan team, Hert shares how his new partnership with T-Pain aims to build representation and promote inclusivity in the car community, and Sung talks about how his connection to cars is more about the people behind them.

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December 25, 2023 1 min

Car Stories is wishing you a Happy Holiday season and taking two weeks off for the break.
Also, our New Years resolution is to get serious with our socials, so get a head start and subscribe on Instagram and TikTok @CarStoriesPodcast.
Tune back for a new episode on January 4!

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December 14, 2023 45 mins

In the interview that started it all, Sung and Emelia talk about where their connection originated. Emelia shares how her introduction to the car community came after the passing of her father and they both share perspectives on the acting process, the pros and cons of social media, and the future of wrenching.

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December 7, 2023 45 mins

Sung and Emelia talk with racing legend Stephan Papadakis. Stephan shares how his pursuit of knowledge shaped his journey through the automotive world, moving from drag racing to drifting and earning not only numerous records but an unmatched level of respect among the racing community.

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November 30, 2023 38 mins

Sung and Emelia talk with master car builder, Dennis McCarthy. Dennis shares stories from his career turning conceptual designs into on-screen realities as one of the top Picture Car Coordinators in Hollywood, including for the Fast and Furious franchise. They also discuss the effects of CGI in film and discover who is probably responsible for popularizing street takeovers...

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November 23, 2023 14 mins

Sung and Emelia sit down for a quick catch up before the Thanksgiving holiday. They talk about F1 in Las Vegas, visiting Poland, mastering the egg, and the many, many wonders at Costco. Join us for another full length interview episode on November 30th.

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November 16, 2023 43 mins

Sung and Emelia talk with race car driver, engineering genius and mad scientist Bisi Ezerioha. Bisi shares how his relentless pursuit of knowledge guides his path through the automotive world, from his street racing beginning to becoming a trailblazer of classic car EV conversions. They also talk about sharing knowledge to keep the car community alive, and reminisce about Circuit City and AOL.

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November 9, 2023 47 mins

Sung and Emelia sit down with co-founder of Donut Media and Race Service, James Kirkham. James shares his path beginning in real estate and an early stint with GoPro, to now working with F1 and NASCAR. They have an honest discussion about their individual failures, talk about maintaining optimism and reframing negativity as a force for motivation and purpose.

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November 2, 2023 41 mins

Sung and Emelia talk with professional drift driver and highly accomplished stunt driver, Samuel Hübinette. Samuel shares his journey starting as a Volvo test driver in northern Sweden, to the upper echelon of Formula D racing, to one of the legendary names in Hollywood stunt driving. They also talk about pursuing your passion and the lack of recognition for Hollywood's stunt drivers.

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October 26, 2023 42 mins

Sung and Emelia sit down with NASCAR driver Jesse Iwuji. Through his relentless dedication to hard work and perseverance, Jesse shares his journey from the highest levels of college football to Lieutenant Commander in the Navy to becoming a pro NASCAR driver. They also talk about maintaining optimism and purpose in the face of adversity, dealing with racism and negativity, and maybe someone will even explain why electrolytes are so...

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October 19, 2023 41 mins

Sung and Emelia talk with expert craftsman and true artisan, Rod Emory. Widely regarded as the world's preeminent specialist and custom builder of the Porsche 356, Rod shares how his childhood and family work ethic laid the foundation for his career in the car world. They also talk about adaptability through Rod's business pivot after the 2008 recession and maintaining perspective on what truly matters.

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October 12, 2023 44 mins

Sung and Emelia talk with the Wikipedia of cars himself, host of The Smoking Tire podcast and Road & Track's Editor at Large, Matt Farah. Matt talks about how his memorization of car magazines and an early job at an exotic car rental company gave him a jump start in the car world. They share perspectives on navigating the YouTube grind and also get into Vespas, minivans, and cupholders.

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October 5, 2023 41 mins

Sung and Emelia sit down with the side of James the cameras don't get to see; introspective and mellow, but unsurprisingly just as funny. James shares how his roots in comedy and his passion for cars serendipitously converged in his current role as Editor in Chief of Donut Media. They also talk about their shared experience of a parent absence and the impact is had on their individual perspectives.

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September 28, 2023 44 mins

Sung and Emelia talk with John about his biggest passion outside of music - cars. John shares stories from his incredible career, including touring in a GTO, racing karts and snaking Rod Stewart's 930 Turbo. They also dive into the parallels of craftsmanship between musicians and car builders, and discuss the rapid acceleration of technology from area codes to AI.

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