Cars That Matter

Cars That Matter

Cars that Matter is all about cars that have captured people’s hearts. They are the special cars, and they come from every decade since the dawn of the Automotive Age. They might be from the Brass Era or today’s Battery Era. They have names like 911 or SL, Corvette or Countach, or simply M. All have fueled passion in the people who created them, owned them, raced them, or sometimes—with remorse—parted with them. From CurtCo Media. On Cars That Matter, we talk with designers, engineers, race-car drivers, market experts, historians, restorers and collectors about the brightest luminaries in the automotive universe. What connects our guests and our audience? Like ourselves, each has a love affair with the automobile. Or maybe many. For all of us, these cars are not merely brands, like toothpaste or a pair of tennis shoes. Each one bears a marque, with a crest or ornament atop its hood. And every one of them has a fascinating story to tell.


January 23, 2023 41 min

Today, Cars That Matter has the great fortune of welcoming on the legendary John Kraman to the show. John is the host of the Mecum Broadcast where he gets to fully represent all the car fans of the world on Motortrend TV. 


Robert and Mecum start by chatting (3:50) about how televised car auctions impact the market today. (6:00) Robert reminisces about some of the great sales that he’s seen on the Mecum auction (such as the rare S...

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Cars That Matter is back with a special episode. On this week’s show, Robert chats with long time competition judge and owner of Bobileff Motorcar company Gary Bobileff. Gary specializes in Italian car restoration and is one of the leaders in the country for his custom work.

Gary and Robert start off (1:50) chatting about their recent trip judging at the Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance at the Wynn and how this event is uniquely posit...

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After Robert introducing the panel of guests, Robert asks Derek to describe what it was really like to drive in Le Mans in the 1970s (3:20). Then Marshall explains how the film came to be (6:15) and Jay dives into the intertwined histories of the movies and the 917 (7:17). Then Robert puts the conversation into high gear by asking what making the movie was actually like (8:41).

Then Robert asks what Steve McQueen was like as a pers...

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After Robert justifies an entire episode about motorcycles, he introduces Bobby Haas and Stacey Mayfield and asks them to detail their museum (1:59), its stunning collection (6:57), and how they go about commissioning custom bikes (13:14).

Following a short break, Robert redirects the conversation into "Leaving Tracks," Haas and Mayfield's new documentary: how it came to be (18:37), the people involved (23:43), and how ...

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After a brief introduction, Robert asks Alex to detail the recent founding of Automobili Estrema (1:46) and how he got involved with Fulminea and what the vehicle is designed to be (3:22). Then Robert and Alex share their thoughts on the rapid embracing of electric vehicles (13:53).

After a short break, Alex details when the car will come to market and what he thinks the future of cars will be (23:49). Finally, Alex shares how he g...

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After introducing Marlon, Robert asks about the origins and goals of the company (1:26) before diving into some specific models Robert had seen in Marlon's workshop (6:41). Then, the two men dig into the details of the engines and how Marlon approaches his work on those parts of the automobiles (13:22). 

After a short break, Robert asks Marlon to explain the torque and suspension in Marlon's latest Porsche update (18:58). R...

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In honor of Memorial Day, Robert Ross re-examines the origins of Jeep--a vehicle that ultimately turned the tides of WW2 for America. By delving back into interviews with author Paul Bruno and Director Head of Design for Jeep, along with a new interview with Randall Withrow of the U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum (which houses an impressive collection of Jeeps used in the U.S. military, including the oldest surviving Jeep, the Ford Py...

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May 24, 2021 37 min

After introductions, Robert asks Mark to delve into the origins of Jeep as a brand and how it was 'sold' to Americans following WWII (1:07). Then Mark drills down into how Jeep upholds the 'authentic' reputation it's had since its creation (3:35), how new designs must pay tribute to its past (6:52), and how the brand new 2021 Wagoneer continues that tradition (13:13).

After a short break, Mark shares how Bronco&...

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May 17, 2021 38 min

After introducing Tim, Robert asks Tim to explain what make M1 Concourse so special and the events that will be held there (21:20), including by focusing on the Woodward Dream Cruise and Show (4:41). Then detours to discuss their own personal relationship as it has related to cars over the years (6:36), before asking Tim to consider the difference between the CA car community and the Detroit car community (12:59).

Then Tim shares d...

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Jim Marietta and Ted Sutton, members of the Original Venice Crew, join to discuss their time working with Carroll Shelby, Ken Miles, Peter Brock, and Phil Remington, and the purpose of their new company and the cars they seek to create and preserve.

Robert picks up where they left off and Jim explains the origins of The Original Venice Crew and how their designs came directly from the original designers and drivers (0:33). Then Jim...

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Jim Marietta and Ted Sutton, members of the Original Venice Crew,  discuss their time working with Carroll Shelby, Ken Miles, Peter Brock, and Phil Remington, and the purpose of their new company and the cars they seek to create and preserve.

Robert introduces Jim and Ted (0:39) and Jim explains 'who' the Original Venice Crew is and what they do (1:04). Then, Ted shares the story of how he got hired by Carroll Shelby and so...

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This week, we revisit a "Classic" Episode of Cars That Matter: Conversations with Carroll Shelby. In anticipation of next week's guests, who knew and worked with Shelby, Robert shares previously unheard conversations recorded eight years apart, introducing you to the man behind the legend and reviewing his place in history.

Episode Notes:

0:05 - Prologue - Robert explains the importance and purpose of revisiting these r...

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After some introductory banter, Robert dives into what Hagerty Insurance does (2:22). Then, McKeel shares a story of how he realized he should take his company to the next level by introducing initiatives for the next generation of car collectors (5:01). Then McKeel shares the different ways that children can interact with cars--ways no generation has been able to experience it before (12:49). Then Robert takes a moment to discuss ...

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After introductions, Robert and Dustin begin by discussing the road trip he recently completed in the 2021 VW ID.4 (0:57), what the ID.4 means to Volkswagen (4:10), and the benefits that come from owning an electric vehicle and what makes the ID.4 different (7:07). Then Robert asks Dustin to explain VW's longterm objectives for EV models (11:41) and how the car's marketing differs between the US and the rest of the world (1...

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Eddie jumps straight back into the conversation by asking about Robert's fascination with watches and analog vs. digital (0:35) before digging into what makes a car 'matter' to Robert (3:04). Then Robert shares his regrets over the current 'grill wars' on the road and the loss of honest design in automobiles (5:30).

Then Eddie asks Robert where he thinks the automotive landscape is heading with electric vehicles...

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After introducing Robert, Eddie asks Robert to detail where his passions originated in his childhood (2:43). Then Eddie and Robert consider the value and purpose of collections and how one approaches them (4:23) before finding out where his early interest in cars came from (7:46) and touching on Robert's art degree and how it ties into his overall passions (10:23).
After a short break, Eddie asks Robert to explain how he turned ...

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Following introductions, Robert asks Bert to reveal some details of how his book, Carchitecture: Houses with Horsepower,  came together (1:30). Then, Robert dives into some chapters, photographs, and cars that caught his attention, including 'Classical Gas' (4:03) and a rare BMW 502 called the 'Baroque Angel' (5:43). Bert and Robert muse on how the twentieth century had to adapt to the automobile (7:06) before turni...

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After introducing Charlie Randall, Robert asks how Charlie got started at McIntosh Labs and how the company has changed over his time there (1:44). Then, Charlie shares McIntosh's partnership with Jeep on the upcoming release of their re-launched Wagoneer (5:05). Robert and Charlie discuss the pros and cons of working with car audio (8:52) and some of the other brands McIntosh Group is collaborating with in sound for automobile...

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Robert Ross is joined (virtually) by Sam Fiorani to discuss the disruption of electric vehicles, the global market shift into trucks and SUVs, and the future of the car collector industry at large.

After introductions, Robert asks Sam to share how he ended up at AutoForecast Solutions (1:08) and exactly what they do (2:30). Then Robert shifts gears to deep dive into the topic of electric vehicles and their impact on the car market ...

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Robert Ross is joined again (virtually) by Rich Truesdell and Mark Fletcher to finish their conversation about the history, design, and impact of the American Muscle Car on automotive history.

Robert gets things going right away by asking Rich and Mark what muscle cars they'd each put in their imaginary garages--which yields some surprising answers (0:31). Then Robert asks the two authors to detail the history of the hemi engin...

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