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Making a big impact on the tire scene, Maxxis National Director of Sales, Brad Williams talks about his hobby job at Maxxis in Motorsports. Automotive and Light Truck Tires is what he really does, but thank goodness he had time in his schedule to attend a rock crawl. It changed the path of history for many drivers and event series, including WE Roc…
 
Some people quietly make an impact on an industry, others do it with a big splash. We’d like to introduce you to the Quiet Man, Ben Bower, making a ripple through off-road since the 1970’s. Gold medals and chrome are his M.O., but so is listening – learn why it matters. 3:34 – there’s lots of time to think with a ShopSmith 6:19 – making surfboards …
 
We’re celebrating our one-year anniversary on Conversations with Big Rich with a release of the first episode of Season 2 – Episode 52 features Thomas Kingston of Spidertrax fame. Thom Kingston, self-professed, highly competitive, problem-solver, shares all-things Spidertrax, from Birfield rings to Spider 9’s and how one led to the next. An authent…
 
Big Willy Jeep builder, Burner, and flatfender enthusiast Ian Liljeblad shares life in Arizona and how one gets started building a 2:1 rig. Caution: serious fab skills are involved! From a history of learning from the best, Ian has built some cool rigs. 4:12 – early influences 7:54 – the Impala from beginning to end 14:34– really happy I’m a Jeep g…
 
Off-road innovator and industry leader, Pat Gremillion, shares stories from his 30 years in off-road. Seller of Premier Power Welder and PullPal, Pat brings a wealth of knowledge and good cheer to our podcast. Listen in as we present Episode 50 with Pat and Big Rich. 2:39 – growing up with a junkyard 6:13 – I’ve always loved welding 7:56– the begin…
 
Forty-seven years in any industry makes you an expert, in drivelines, that makes you Jim Reel. Listen in on Episode 49 as Jim takes Big Rich through the intricacies of drivelines and why we see failures. Hint: it’s not the driveline. This is a very informative interview with news you need to hear – including how to measure your replacement drivelin…
 
The most positive woman in off-road, Trail Mom, Barbara Rainey joins us for Episode 48. This episode is long on story, from Reno Rock to the Off-Road Hall of Fame. Innovation and grit at its finest. Barbara’s interview tells a bigger story, though, we all have to get involved in preserving our stories. The Off-Road Hall of Fame is a great place to …
 
BFGoodrich has had a remarkable program for years supporting racers, especially in Baja. Listen in as Rich talks with Richard Winchester about all things BFG. Richard was at the start of the program and gives some great insight into how they built up Baja and why. 3:14 – Sliding into the cornfield 5:38 – then Uncle Sam sent me an invite for a visit…
 
Are you ready for an education? Raceline’s Greg Mulkey has more knowledge about tires and wheels than anyone we know. Take a trip down memory lane with Greg and Rich as they share some rad knowledge about the industry. It’s impressive 2:29 – Greg as a little whippersnapper 3:23 – selling a box of tear-offs got me a job 7:09 – I was on a mission 12:…
 
Modified Stock Champion, Announcer, fabricator, and all-around good guy, Jake Good, of Kansas City joins Rich for a reminder of what family means. Another family man teaching his kids about rock crawling and the family you choose. Listen in to hear Jake’s journey to rock crawling. 2:17 – I’ve lived 97% of my life on the same piece of property 7:57 …
 
Join us for a few laughs with Eric Filar, jokester extraordinaire. Rich and Eric talk about so much history, building Sniper, racing Baja, working at Motive Gear. All good stuff with a lot of insight and history. We thought it was a great time to release this episode with KOH going on. Eric is the master behind these two masterpieces: https://www.y…
 
The elusive Harry Wagner, he’s here in the heart of off-road, and then he’s off finding unexploded bombs in places the rest of us would never think to look. I’m glad there are geophysicists, like Harry, out there looking! With an early history in the Jeep market, Harry has moved through many vehicles through his editorial marching orders. Today he …
 
Not quite a return from the dead, but close, too damn close. Our guest today, Kevin Carey, suffered a hemorrhagic stroke in December of 2017. He’s had a long road of recovery, but the future is bright. Kevin shares his history of wheeling, the Rubicon, and military life with us on this episode of Conversations with Big Rich. 5:20 – part of the BMX …
 
Family life dominates this week’s guest, Doug Bigelow, as he raises boys to be as driven as he has always been. An intense competitor on the course, but fun-lovin’ round the campfire, Doug shares life in Maryland, football, future plans and life at home with us. 4:34 – I thought I was king of the world 6:21 – Lessons from the field 9:29 –I thought …
 
Trail Boss Jacquelyne “Bebe” White takes us through running Hummers on the trail. Together with land use and our need to pay attention, Bebe shares her history as our first land use guest on the podcast. She brings a wealth of experience to the trail and to the Calls-to-Action we need to keep our trails open. 3:08 – the first Hummer purchase 4:36 –…
 
Clayton Walters is an industry icon, building Clayton Off-Road from the ground up. He is the name in long-arm kits. Listen to his story and how it began and where it’s headed next. There’s a lot of laughs with a guy like Clayton.. 3:22 – always had a knack with mechanical stuff 6:26 – lifting Grand Cherokees, “it’s just terrible” 9:48 – I’ll build …
 
Making shifting great again, Rory DesJardin, from RADesigns joins us to share info on his products and business and the path he has been on to make it a success. Get to know Rory as we have these last couple of seasons. 1:47 – getting started with motorcycles 4:23 – gotta have the right tires 11:22 – first-generation shifter for my Toyota 13:36 – T…
 
The most revolutionary car in rockcrawling history is undoubtedly, Tiny. Today we interview, Jon Bundrant, the driver Tiny was built around. John won 18 events in two years in the early days with this incredible car, then went on to off-road industry fame with All-Pro Offroad. Catch up with Jon in this episode. 3:21 – history of racing goes back a …
 
The 2021 WE Rock schedule just released, Big Rich brings you another new competitor's perspective on competitive rockcrawling. Hear Jason Childs talk about his journey to get started, why he choose to jump straight into the Unlimited class, and what it is really like. If you are interested in competing, check out the rules on www.werocklive.com; th…
 
New competitor to WE Rock, Jeff Houser, shares what it is like to start. You know, when you are new to a sport how you are excited and nervous and learning your car…Jeff describes his first season, the ups and downs. The 2021 WE Rock season schedule just released, if you’re thinking about competing in rockcrawling this next season, listen up, hear …
 
Media mogul, Fred Williams, having successfully migrated from Print to Video shares some insights on how to tell a story on Episode 34 of Conversations with Big Rich. From the farm to four-wheel drives, Fred continues to “cross-pollinate” the off-road industry as he explores more Dirt Every Day. 3:46 – What makes a Jeep most like a tractor? 8:03 – …
 
The Godfather of competitive rockcrawling, the man behind the idea, Phil Howell, shares life on the road as an award-winning DJ, a magazine editor, and the leader of the band. Phil’s stories showcase a piece of Americana that few rarely see. Go back in time with us as this whole crazy off-road world, as we know it today, was just getting started. 6…
 
OG rockcrawler turned desert racer, Mike Shaffer, joins us for Episode 32. There’s some great stories in here! From stuffing the back of a trophy truck at 70+ miles an hour to driving through Ensenada with only three wheels. Catch up with one of the originals. 4:18 – “If it doesn’t have a motor, it’s not a sport.” 6:26 – New kid on the Rubicon brea…
 
Super-spotter Randall Davis from Team Lasernut and Axial Racing joins us for a look at his career at Axial and the 2020 season as East and West champion at WE Rock. Coming off a great season and a great weekend at Lasertown, we got tired Randall to spend time with us. Enjoy. 3:47 – From Boring to Outdoors 6:43 – Kimmie from the fourth grade 14:05 –…
 
Fresh from their win at the Rebelle Rally, Team Blondetourage, Kaleigh Miller and Teralin Petereit join me for our first three person interview. Kaleigh and Teralin are not new to off-road, both have lots of different events under their belts, but the Rebelle has been their place to shine. With three firsts, a second and a third between them. Liste…
 
Rebelle Rally founder, Rod Hall prodigy, media and marketing guru – Emily Miller, joins us just 24 hours after the close of the last basecamp of the 2020 Rebelle Rally. That’s commitment. We get some insight into the background of one of the most powerful women in off-road. Join us for some great takeaways in perseverance. 3:46 – The similarities b…
 
Spotters play as big a role as drivers in the sport of rockcrawling. Spotter extraordinaire, Josh Wilson from Kentucky gives us the lowdown on getting started in the early days. 3:48 – Mom said no! 4:50 – an auto accident introduced me to my first wheeling 7:16 – think twice before leaving your Jeep behind before you go on vacation 10:09 – Learning…
 
OG Rockcrawler, magazine hero and the Ultimate Fab guy, Chris Durham of Chris Durham Motorsports joins us this week. Chris tells us about growing up in South Carolina, how he hates mud, rock crawling competitions and Ultimate Adventure. http://cdmracing.com/ 2:56 – 55 BelAir or 79 Ford pickup 3:34 – how muddy can you get? 5:32 – automotive vs. cons…
 
Team Smiles Captain, Jeremy Hammer – owner of Fly-N-Hi Total Performance Center joins us for Episode 26 – our ½ year anniversary. Jeremy talks football, growing up in Arizona, Garage Rehab and more. Join us to catch up on all the latest. No matter where you are, Jeremy and his team can help you out, reach out to. https://fly-n-hi.com/ for all your …
 
Three time KOH Champion Jason Scherer talks all things rock crawling, Ford, racing and family. The stories are epic, they take place all over the country with all kinds of characters. And characters they are, get to know Jason and his friends. Check out https://www.rage4th.com/ for great quality bumpers. 1:55 – A pivotable moment 5:30 – Every kid w…
 
The Iceman Cometh…Dean Bulloch, all-around adrenaline junkie is on this weeks episode with stories for days. This one is a long one, but there’s so much good stuff, you’ve just got to listen. Dean is a world champion in so many disciplines and part of the 2020 class of Off-Road Hall of Fame inductees. We are proud to call him a friend. Listen in on…
 
Dixie Four-Wheel Drive Founder, Milt Thompson shares his story this week. It’s not just about four-wheel drive, it’s about raising a family, hiring well and being around at the beginning of the competitive scene. Now with two shops in Utah, St. George and Moab, Milt and family have built a terrific business. If you are in either area, and need some…
 
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