Last of a Driving Breed

Last of a Driving Breed

A celebration of classic cars and the owners who drive them everyday. No garage queens or show cars here, The Last of a Driving Breed Podcast interviews car enthusiasts who commit to their classic cars that are more than just weekend cruisers.

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August 1, 2021 18 min

2021 hasn't gone to plan, but that hasn't stopped Brendon from quitting his job. This episode is a quickie, covering the new direction for this podcast and covering an adventure that started with a camp and ended at the Mexican border. 

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Dave Cormack is the former tech editor of VW Trends Magazine, Dune Buggies and Hot VWs Magazine, and of VolksAmerica Magazine.  Dave's history in the VW scene from his first time racing (and losing) to Darrel Vittone in the famed Inch Pincher, to being schooled by Gene Berg, to being banned from Irwindale Speedway for an epic cover photo opportunity is retold in this first part, covering just some of the wild rides of a VW Jour...

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Dave Cormack is the former tech editor of VW Trends Magazine, Dune Buggies and Hot VWs Magazine, and of VolksAmerica Magazine.  Dave's history in the VW scene from his first time racing (and losing) to Darrel Vittone in the famed Inch Pincher, to being schooled by Gene Berg, to being banned from Irwindale Speedway for an epic cover photo opportunity is retold in this first part, covering just some of the wild rides of a VW Jour...

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January 17, 2021 67 min

Ben Chavez is the owner of a daily driver 1993 Chevy S-10 and a project Mitsubishi Starion, but this episode takes a look at his previous career as a photojournalist for the once upon a time website OMGDrift and how this podcast likely wouldn't exist if it weren't for him taking Brendon on some great trips for the website. 

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After a rollercoaster of a year, LOADB is excited to bring the feel good story of the year with Team Lucas, the Kusak family and friend Clayton met up with LOADB on a VW road trip to Oklahoma City. 

Rick Kusak is the owner of several air cooled Volkswagens but one very special Bus in particular that came to him in light of his newborn son Lucas, who needs a wheelchair and how Rick and his family came to acquire their wheelchair acce...

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The conclusion to Performance Garbage, Markos continues to tell the stories of building his 1965 Beetle, breaking it, and rebuilding it as he reminisces on young adulthood when he first started with Volkswagens, and offers advice for his daughter when she inevitably gets the 'Buzz Bomb'. 

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To some, the art piece is the art. To others, the art is how the piece came to be. And Markos Markakis demonstrates how art is the evolution of expression with his 1965 VW Beetle that started as a free gift to his brother as young adults. The story of his bug is far from over, but on this episode he tells the stories of how through fires, tossed wheels, junkyard engines, and countless paint jobs his Volkswagen went from his young a...

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The GMC Syclone, Ian argues, is the American answer to Japan's GTR. In Part 2 of our sit down, Ian talks about his experience with his Audi A6, why he bought his Quadrasteer Suburban, and what it's like to have a "project plane" to live in and then come home to his daily driver, the GMC Syclone. 

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This one was a long time coming. Ian has been a kind of internet friend of mine for a decade; knowing each other from a certain car related image board of Japanese influence. Finally, we got to sit down while he was on a cross-country road trip to buy a specific kind of Chevy Suburban with Quadra-steer, but this episode covers each of his drivers from a GMC Syclone to his assortment of Toyotas, Hondas, and Mazdas. 

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June 29, 2020 39 min

This episode is a solo one. After consulting the LOADB Facebook discussion group and announcing that Mark has stepped back from the podcast officially to focus on his new job, Brendon moved ahead will filling in a gap in episodes with 3 stories. This episode features The $400 Comanche, the story of the best truck that one could buy for less than a video game console. My first drive in a 911, and how it changed Brendon's underst...

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Conclusion to The Westmoreland Wagen

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June 15, 2020 63 min

This week (and next) will be centered on Instagram user @Tonyseizes. Tony drives this excellent 1981 diesel VW Rabbit that hails from the short lived Pennsylvania Volkswagen factory and he got it for a steal. Check it out and be sure to listen as he and Brendon talk about what it's like to be into VWs at age 30

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In Part 2 of The Girl Next Door, Brendon and our guest George discuss building engines and get into stories of V10 powered Dodge Rams. We also discuss our predictions for what cars already on the market will become the next collectible classics. George also gives his answer to the question, what makes a classic car? 

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George Davis III is a mechanic for the Los Angeles Fire Department and owner of a very high mileage BMW for a commute car. But on this episode of LOADB, Brendon and George talk about racing Mustangs, how to beat speeding tickets, what it's like working for Jonathon Ward at ICON, the impact of a certain famous RX-7 youtube video, and so much more. Part 1 of our first 2-episode discussion about what life is like with The Girl Nex...

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May 25, 2020 90 min

Introducing Mark Sakurado, the TEQ tattoo sporting Toyota for Life. He joins Brendon as co-hosts for this episode of The Last of a Driving Breed with Alex. Alex tells the story of how he acquired his daily driver, which might be one of the cleanest 1988 Toyota Land Cruisers in California. 

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For the inaugural episode of the LOADB Podcast, Brendon sits down with Cliff Crate, the eccentric San Fernando Valley resident with 21 air cooled Volkswagens, several of which he drives regularly. We discuss his history with the formation of what became the Vintage VW Club of America, his time with early VW scenesters, the jewels of his collection, and more. 


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