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.

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May 3, 2021 30 min
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 s...
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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...
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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 vehicle...
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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 engi...
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After introductions, Rich explains the origins of their book "1970 Maximum Muscle" (2:20) and Mark explains the criteria for determining what Muscle Cars made it into their book (5:07). Mark and Rich explain that muscle cars were designed to appeal to the youth of the era, which was challenging considering the tumultuousness of '69-70 (11:17). Then Robert takes a detour to ask what a 'Pony Car' is (13:24) and th...
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After an introduction, Robert asks Greg to share what The Collector Car Podcast is about and its unique approach and connection to the auction marketplace (1:18). Then, the two men turn their attention towards some recent auction surprises, including the recent Bonhams auction in Scottsdale, AZ (8:00), Greg explains his involvement in the auction process as a consultant for RM Sotheby's (9:13), and then thoughts on collector ca...
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Robert jumps right back in by asking how many and what variety of cars and collections Scott has photographed, including some favorites (0:41), before turning his attention to an interesting project Scott did involving American muscle cars (5:11), and the importance of good design and provenance (7:21). After a short break, Scott shares some of the most difficult cars he's ever had to photograph and how he was uniquely suited ...
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Robert begins by introducing and describing his long-time friendship with Scott Williamson (1:11). Scott then shares how a trip to Antarctica as a young man ultimately introduced him to the world of photography (3:38), how he moved to commercial photography (5:56), and how his unique history with and approach to cars uniquely qualified him for automotive photography (8:49). After a short break, Scott shares what makes his studio s...
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Robert begins by sharing the story of how he and Matthew met at the Inaugural Chantilly Concours and shared a deeper appreciation for art and luxury (1:05). Then Matthew shares his unconventional path to a men's style expert through photography (4:15), the founding of the William Brown Project (5:50), and the origins of his latest book, "A Man & His Car" (7:07). Then Matthew shares how and why watches and cars have ...
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After introducing Jakob, Robert shifts the conversation to discuss how Bonhams will be handling online auctions and how that's changed things for bidders (2:03) before examining some special cars going on sale (3:58), such as a Curtis (4:47) , a '58 Porsche Speedster (6:19), a '56 Continental Mark II (10:09), and a '56 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Roadster (10:49).  After a quick break, Robert can't resist reviewing a ...
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After an introduction, Robert dives in to uncover the impetus for the book (2:02) before jumping into the advice that truly set Don on his path to become an automotive icon and his early life in the San Fernando Valley (3:44). Then Don shares the origins of his nickname "The Snake" and his rival and friend's, Tom McEwen, "The Mongoose" (6:30). Then Robert asks Don to share the notable people who got him where he...
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After a brief introduction, Robert and Jon begin by discussing "Best in Class," a documentary about the first-ever Audrain Concours D'Elegance (1:15). Then Jon continues to share his unique approaches and insights in his films "The Golden Hour" (10:55), "Unrivaled" (15:28), and "100,000 Cameras." (17:09) After a short break, Robert asks Jon to share how his automotive passions led him to filmmak...
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December 28, 2020 38 min
Preserving a piece of history: 'Most vehicles that sit outside unattended for four decades aren’t destined to ever move again. But this 1966 Volkswagen Type 2 Deluxe Station Wagon isn’t just any Bus – it’s a piece of civil-rights history, and a memory of a family that spent decades working to make the country a better place.' Travel through the history of 'The Jenkins' Bus'--beginning with VW origins in WW2, thr...
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After introducing Donald, Robert discusses Donald's fairly recent appointment as CEO of the Audrain and the efforts Donald is undertaking to increase the outreach of the museum (2:30), before turning to the origins of the building housing the collection (4:43) and some of the ways the museum is 'digitizing' to connect with car lovers with a brief detour into a discussion about their latest video comparing Ferraris (9:29...
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