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Steve Magnante, also known as Steve Mags, was born in 1964, at the tail end of the Baby Boom era. Ever since his mother gave him his first Hot Wheels toy car at age 8, Steve has been infatuated with all things automotive. Steve has made his passion a career, first by writing for nationally circulated car magazines like Hot Rod, Car Craft, Muscle Car Review, Mopar Muscle, Chrysler Power and others as well as hosting automotive TV shows like Roadkill’s Junkyard Gold, Rides Reunited, Classic Ca ...
 
"The Sound of New York City" is a project born from the idea of its founder back in 2006 to encourage the rediscovery of the Disco Sound, including Soul - Funk - House, while at the same time make use of my extensive vinyl collection, much of which was gathered from underground sources, dating back to 1975. In December 2009 the initial project was transformed into a live, 24/7 web radio station: TSoNYC™ The Sound of New York City™. The station's programming is based on the history of New Yor ...
 
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This week I spoke to Tom Rightler, founder of Mid Atlantic Muscle Cars in Bridgeton, NJ. Tom is know for his excellence in restoring most muscle cars, but specifically Chevelle's. Tom's dad was a mechanic for thirty years so he grew up around cars and wrenching on them for fun. Like a lot of us, cars were his escape and relaxation! He walked into h…
 
Eighteen frisky Ford facts including why Ford painted the 1976 Starsky and Hutch Torino's TWICE, why the 1994 Mustang hood grew a barrel shaped profile, the long and winding route taken by every 1983-1993 Fox Mustang convertible from factory to completion and a lot, lot more. Brought to you by Autoworldstore.com. Support the show (https://www.buzzs…
 
RIP Mr. Norm. Thank you so much for your contributions to the Hi-Performance Heritage of Mopar! Special Note: This episode, as well as any previous and future episodes featuring Mr. Norm and Grand-Spaulding Dodge are dedicated in his memory. Thank you Mr. Norm! The Mopar community will never forget you! #GrandSpauldingForever Social Media: @Talking…
 
This is Part 3 of the Facebook live stream of Direct Connections - LIVE #2 with the Motley Crew of Mopar hanging out and talking Mopars. (Note: This is the replay of the Facebook live stream from 01/30/2020 @ 8:30PM) TalkingMopars.com Social Media: @TalkingMopars On-screen personalities: Chris (@The.Mopar.Hunter), Jonny (@JonnyMopar), Blake (DIYHEM…
 
This week I caught up with a very special friend of the show, Mike Finnegan. I met Mike on The Hot Rod Power Tour in 2015. That later fostered into a friendship that launched the Kibbe and Finnegan Podcast in 2016 (which today is the Kibbe and Friends Show). Mike's best known as the host of popular automotive shows Roadkill (Motor Trend), Finnegan'…
 
This is Part 2 of the Facebook live stream of Direct Connections - LIVE #2 with the Motley Crew of Mopar hanging out and talking Mopars. (Note: This is the replay of the Facebook live stream from 01/30/2020 @ 8:30PM) TalkingMopars.com Social Media: @TalkingMopars On-screen personalities: Chris (@The.Mopar.Hunter), Jonny (@JonnyMopar), Blake (DIYHEM…
 
Investing: In this day and age of huge government stimulus packages, thoughts turn to rising costs and inflation. Since our audience could invest in something, why not follow Rick's model and invest in what they know best; cars! Rick shared that one of the lessons his father believed most was to invest in yourself first, and as such the stock marke…
 
This is Part 1 of the Facebook live stream of Direct Connections - LIVE #2 with the Motley Crew of Mopar hanging out and talking Mopars. (Note: This is the replay of the Facebook live stream from 01/30/2020 @ 8:30PM) TalkingMopars.com Social Media: @TalkingMopars On-screen personalities: Chris Albrecht (@The.Mopar.Hunter), Jonny Mopar (@JonnyMopar)…
 
A 1997 telephone interview between Steve Magnante and Don Williamson, second owner of the legendary Brutus 1965 altered wheelbase funny car. Williamson describes the circumstances that led to near destruction of Brutus during a 1968 accident at the Irwindale Dragstrip. Support the show (https://www.buzzsprout.com/1340482)…
 
I have decided to hold off on buying a modern Challenger for my 40th birthday, and I am now on the hunt for a good deal on a Scat Pack Charger. This is a 2 part podcast, and we're talking about what I think about these modern Chargers, how I inspect used cars, and how not to get bent over when buying a car at a dealership. TalkingMopars.com Social …
 
This weeks interview is very special and very different from my normal routine. I got to hang out with my longtime friend Joe Weldon and experience the purchase of a lifetime with he and his family; a brand new mid-engine C8 Corvette, delivered to him at the Corvette Museum! The post TMCP #455: Joe Weldon’s 14-Month Saga of Buying A New C8 Corvette…
 
The 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona is a legendary winged warrior Mopar that dominated NASCAR during its reign. It was such a force to be reckoned with that NASCAR had no choice but to ban it from competition. It was the first of its kind, and is one of the most sought after Mopar muscle cars on the planet. TalkingMopars.com Social Media: @TalkingMopars…
 
This weeks interview is with Matt Vaudrin of the RumBuilder YouTube channel to talk about Dirt Rally Racing in his "clapped out" 1994 Mustang. In the past year he has found that his (mostly) stock 5.0 Mustang is the key to amazing fun in the sport of "Rallycross!" The post TMCP #454: Dirt-tastic! Amazing, Affordable, Sponsored, Rallycross Fun in 19…
 
2021 is now here! This week in particular marks my 10 year anniversary if leaving the corporate world behind to chase some crazy new dreams. While I can't say it went exactly to plan, I CAN say that I wouldn't change any second of it. The friends, the adventures, and the experiences have been overwhelming. Thank YOU! I tried my best to share the go…
 
Description: In this episode, Steve delivers 26 final Buick Facts from the Suspension and Brakes and Number Crunching / Press Commentary segments of his book; Steve Magnante’s 1001 Muscle Car Facts. Get ready FORD fanatics your next !! Support the show (https://www.buzzsprout.com/1340482)By Christopher Roberts
 
Hunting Mopars was an experimental FB video show where I broke down cars posted to The Mopar Hunter FB page to give you an inside look at what goes on in my head when I choose the cars to post. This content may end up being exclusively available to supporters of The Mopar Hunter FB page, but for now, enjoy this first experimental episode. TalkingMo…
 
Listen to Steve Magnante’s 1996 telephone interview with Detroit street racing legend Jimmy Addison as Steve gathers information for a magazine article he wrote for the October 1996 issue of Mopar Action magazine. Addison’s 1967 Hemi GTX was factory-backed and went undefeated on the Woodward Avenue street race scene. Listen as Addison describes how…
 
It may be 2020, but the Christmas episode of TMCP is live and features the most sought after guest (internationally) for this time of year: Santa Claus! This his his record breaking 12th year in a row, in fact. He makes it a point to come on this show every Christmas and marks this as the ONLY official media interview he does each year. That's righ…
 
This is Part 2 of the first Facebook live stream of Direct Connections with Jonny Mopar as my cohost, and a small group of our Mopar buddies just hanging out and talking Mopars. (Note: This is the replay of the Facebook live stream from 11/28/2020 @ 9PM) Other on-screen guests: HEMIBill (HemiBill.com), Blake Andermann (DIYHEMI.com), Bud Mac (@Muscl…
 
This week I had the great privilege to talk with Bill Rhine, owner and founder of Rhine Enterprises. If you LOVE watching vintage stock cars, love the history of NASCAR, and LOVE the idea of restoring and racing vintage stock cars....this is the episode you've been waiting for. Bill has NASCAR racing in his blood and may love the sport more than he…
 
This is Part 1 of the first Facebook live stream of Direct Connections with Jonny Mopar as my cohost, and a small group of our Mopar buddies just hanging out and talking Mopars. (Note: This is the replay of the Facebook live stream from 11/28/2020 @ 9PM) Other on-screen guests: HEMIBill (HemiBill.com), Blake Andermann (DIYHEMI.com), Bud Mac (@Muscl…
 
This week I had the pleasure of once again talking with my great friend, my brother from another mother, and the owner of Allison Customs, Jeff Allison! It has been a little while since we just talked and ten years since we started collaborating on the build of my Chevelle. Jeff launched his business (officially) in spring of 2011 and my Chevelle w…
 
Like episodes 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11, Episode 12 focuses on Pontiac muscle car history, but its’ also the last Pontiac episode before the podcast – and the book (Steve Magnante’s 1001 Muscle Car Facts) – shift over to 200 Oldsmobile facts. In this final Pontiac episode, author Steve Magnante narrates Facts 186 through 200, revealing how the transmissi…
 
My dad is the reason I am a car enthusiast, and he is the person who sparked my interest in Mopars. I originally asked him to be the first guest of Direct Connections when I launched the show in 2019. He was reluctant, so I did what any son would do, and tricked him into being on the podcast. I’m pretty sure he caught on pretty quick, but he was a …
 
Episode 11 covers facts 170 through 185 from the Pontiac chapter of the book: Steve Magnante’s 1001Muscle car facts. In this episode, Steve discusses the merits of Pontiac’s various aluminum brake drum options, what went into Pontiacs Radial Tuned Suspension (RTS) system of the 1970’s, the surprising fact that far more 4-speed 1969 Trans Am’s were …
 
This week I spoke to Marc Methot, the Editor and Publisher of CARtoons magazine! The original automotive comic book publication ceased production in 1991, and Marc brought it back to life in 2015. This is the story of its rebirth...and how "Krass and Bernie" were able to come back once again! The post TMCP #449 Marc Methot and The Return of Your Fa…
 
Continuing the Pontiac muscle car coverage started in Episodes 7, 8 and 9, episode 10 covers Facts 152 through 169 of the book; Steve Magnante’s 1001 Muscle car Facts with explorations into how Pontiac sized clutch disc diameters to match vehicle weight and engine torque output, what it took to create the 194.5 cubic inch Tempest four cylinder engi…
 
Like episodes 7 and 8, episode 9 continues the Pontiac coverage as Steve reads facts 134 through 151 from his book; Steve Magnante’s 1001 Muscle car Facts. In this episode, Steve tells how many GTO’s were built with factory-issued Ram Air equipment, how Pontiac engineers merged two Corvair Powerglide transaxles to create the four-speed Powershift t…
 
Presented with Holley! Holley has two insane contests going on right now, and you can enter! Click here to enter to win a $20,000 small block Ford AND David Freiburger's '66 Buick! http://bit.ly/TMCPHolleyRoadkill and http://bit.ly/TMCPHolleyFord Charlie Hyatt loved working on hot rods and had a career of working in hot rod shops throughout Minneso…
 
Pontiac- Pontiac- Pontiac. This episode Steve continues to tell facts about how the Pontiac 326 really started out as a 336 which was 10 cubes oversize. How the 1974 GTO had the only operational shaker hood that year. And how Burt Reynolds needed a little help with Nitrous Oxide during the Smokey and the Bandit movie. That and a whole lot more comi…
 
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