Sorenson's Speed Talk

Sorenson's Speed Talk

Sorenson’s Speed Talk features gearheads from around BC taking all things car culture. From racing to custom car-building, host Cole Sorenson takes you behind the scenes and gets the inside scoop from some of the province’s leading automotive figures.

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September 21, 2021 58 min
This week's episode of Sorenson's Speed Talk features Midgley Motorsports owner Dick Midgley. Dick's time in racing started back in the 1950's as a car owner at Western Speedway. Dick's cars have competed in events around the world with drivers such as Bobby Allison, Dave Marcis, Roy Smith, George Follmer, Herschel McGriff, Ron Hornaday and Jim Richards to name a few. Cole and Dick discuss how he got started in ...
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This week's episode of Sorenson's Speed Talk features Formula Photographic Inc. founder and owner Warwick Patterson. Warwick and Cole talk about how he got started in motorsports photography and videography, the popular Subaru Launch Control series, getting behind the wheel himself and filming Travis Pastrana's recent record breaking run at the Mount Washington Hill Climb.
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This week's episode of Sorenson's Speed Talk features La Carrera Panamericana racer Karlo Flores. Karlo races a replica of a GT40 in the famed Mexican road rally. Cole and Karlo discuss how he got his start in racing, his first La Carrera experience, the filming of the Driving La Carrera documentary and vintage racing here in B.C.
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This week's guest is stunt performer and drifter Zanadara Kennedy. Zandara's stunt career began when she was introduced to the industry by a friend. She is currently the stunt coordinator for the CW's Nancy Drew series. When Zandara is not working you can find her drifting with the Spec D Drift Series at tracks like Mission Raceway Park and Edmonton International Raceway.
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The latest episode of Sorenson's Speed Talk with former Northwest Pro Street drag racer Glen Braid is now on Spotify, Spreaker, Google Podcasts and iHeartRadio. Glen and Cole talk about his start in racing, the Murray vs Braid rivalry at Mission Raceway Park in the 90's and early 2000's, how John Force saved his NHRA license, the best Rock 101 promotions and pit parties and a possible Border Wars return. Make sure to li...
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On this week's episode of Sorenson's Speed Talk Cole talks with Terry Denomme, the editor and publisher of Canadian Hot Rod and Muscle Cars Bone Stock & Modified magazines. Terry started Canadian Hot Rod back in 2005 and it has since grown into one of Canada's most popular automotive publications. Terry talks about how his interest in cars began, what led him to start a magazine and some of the cool experiences and ...
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The latest episode of Sorenson's Speed Talk with Grant King Race Shops and Top Gun Racing owners Bill & Stephanie Throckmorton is now on Spotify, Spreaker, Google Podcasts and iHeartRadio. Grant King was a renowned builder, crew chief and owner of IndyCars, Sprint Cars, Midgets, Silver Crown Cars and Modifieds. Grant called Victoria home before moving to Idaho and Indiana to chase his motorsports dreams. Bill is Grant's...
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This week's episode of Sorenson's Speed Talk features another individual from the world of drag racing, Stan Sipos. Stan won 4 NHRA National Events in Top Alcohol Funny Car from 1990 to 1992 with tuning help from the legendary Les Davenport. Stan and Cole discuss Stan's first drag car, his time in Modified and Competition Eliminator, the highs and lows of racing on the NHRA tour and his highly successful development com...
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July 26, 2021 40 min
This week's episode of Sorenson's Speed Talk features Don Murray. Don has been a fixture in the Northwest Pro Street racing scene for over 30 years, and piloted his green street legal '56 Corvette to many record breaking performances. Cole and Don chat about his start in racing on the streets of Surrey, the story behind his famed Vette, and his return to racing with 604 Street Legit and his latest car, a Plymouth Barrac...
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July 19, 2021 39 min
This episode of Sorenson's Speed Talk features 2019 US Formula 4 champion Marco Kacic. Marco started driving go karts at the age of 5 and quickly began climbing the North American open wheel development ladder. Cole and Marco discuss his early days in karting, the challenges of forging a career in racing, and where he sees himself going in the next few years.
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July 12, 2021 47 min
This week's episode of Sorenson's Speed Talk features former Capital Drift champion Danny Cox. Danny and Cole discuss how Danny got his start in drifting, beating Pro Am drift teams at Evergreen Speedway, roadtrip hijinks with the Husky Situations team and the future of the sport in BC.
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This week's guest is Coachwerks restoration specialist Eric Cherneff. In 2015 Eric traded off a career as an accountant to pursue his dream of restoring classic cars. We talk about some of the rides he's had over the years as well as past restorations at Coachwerks, one of Canada's top classic car restoration shops.
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This week's Sorenson's Speed Talk features Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Famer Larry Pollard. Larry's love of racing started by helping crew for his dad Earl, and before he could legally drive he was hotlapping a Stock Car at Western Speedway. From becoming the first Canadian to win a race in what's now the NASCAR Xfinity Series to being the co-crew chief for Richard Petty, Larry's done it all in the world of NAS...
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This week's episode of Sorenson's Speed Talk features Al Clark, the man behind Northwest Deuce Days. Al's love of cars has spanned from his teenage years to present day, from drag racing around the Pacific Northwest to building a variety of hot rods in his own garage. He also guided Deuce Days from a small show in Oak Bay to one of the largest gatherings of 1932 Fords in the world. We'll talk about all of that and m...
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On this week's episode of Sorenson's Speed Talk, Cole chats with 1983 Sebring 12 Hour winner Kees Nierop. Kees has driven everything from Porsche 935's and 962's at Daytona to a Cayenne SUV on the grueling 7200km Transsyberia Rally. Currently Kees works as a driving instructor with the Porsche Sport Driving School and also runs Area 27's Camaro Driving Academy. You'll learn about all of that and more in the ...
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This week on Sorenson’s Speed Talk we speak with one of the fastest guys on Vancouver Island, Phil Ruskowski. Phil has been running front engine dragsters since the 1980’s and for the past few seasons (pre-COVID) has competed in the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series’ Nostalgia Top Fuel category. From the struggles of running a Nitromethane powered vehicle on a budget to Phil’s battle with Parkinson’s disease, we discuss it all.
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June 4, 2021 45 min
This week’s episode of Sorenson’s Speed Talk features Bill Drossos, the man behind Area 27 in Oliver. Bill’s motorsports connections run deep, from befriending a young Jacques Villeneuve at the Spenard David Racing School and getting an invite to watch the 1988 Monaco Grand Prix to racing in the ultra-competitive Player’s GM Challenge Series. We’ll touch on all of that and more, including how Area 27 came to be.
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Episode 1 of Sorenson’s Speed Talk features renowned Pacific Northwest motorsports photographer and journalist Larry Pfister. Through his lens he’s seen it all, from NHRA to IndyCar and many other events in between. Cole and Larry talk about the photo that launched a career, close calls on track, Larry’s old website Horsepower Heaven and why he took an 8-year break from attending races.
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