Ford Bronco, Jeff Dorgay’s BMW Fever, and Tesla Cybertruck | #421
Kicking off the show, Car Coach Reports Publisher, Lauren Fix, discusses the newly revealed and revamped Ford F-150 and the reason why Ford pushed the Bronco release date back again. Next up, MYBMWHabit Publisher, Jeff Dorgay, tells the story of how his BMW 325E found him, and shares with us his addiction – being a BMW Hoarder. Changing gears, JoshCAR Hollywood Car Consultant, Josh Hancock, brings us some good news – the Petersen Automotive Museum is back up and running! They have had a particular display that has been holding onto a lot of attention, the Tesla Cybertruck. Josh shares why he thinks the Ford Bronco improves on the Wrangler formula, and how the Bronco and electric vehicles have origins in the military. Closing out the show, we chat with the Co-Founder of Cartender, and Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report, George Kennedy III, about the Tesla Cybertruck and its competition, the New England Motor Press Awards and his opinion on the Ford Bronco as a die hard Jeep Wrangler fan.
·[00:00:00] Ford Revamps the F-150
·[00:06:19] The New Bronco is the Jeep Competitor
·[00:12:30] Ford Pushed Back Bronco Release Again
·[00:19:51] How Jeff Dorgay’s BMW 325E Found Him
·[00:28:16] Jeff Dorgay is a BMW Hoarder
·[00:35:52] The Most Collectible BMW for 5-20k?
·[00:42:13] The Petersen Automotive Museum Opens
·[00:48:34] Military Origins of EVs and the Bronco
·[00:54:44] Ford Bronco Improves Wrangler Formula
·[01:02:05] Bronco Opinion from an Offroad Guy
·[01:11:14] Tesla Cybertruck and Its Competition
·[01:18:06] New England Motor Press Awards
[00:00:00] Ford Revamps the F-150
Ford’s most iconic vehicle is probably the Ford F-150. It’s known for being a reliable work truck that can handle almost anything you throw at it. Car Coach Reports Publisher, Lauren Fix, attended Ford’s online release of the 2021 Ford F-150 and brings us some details. When Ford was designing this truck they asked people that already owned an F-150 what they liked, and what they didn’t like, about their flagship pick-up. They then took that constructive criticism and gave the new F-150 a facelift, with a new grill and headlights. Ford has a new powertrain for the F-150, now offering a hybrid Driveline and they’re using some of the hybrid technology to have on-board generators. The F-150 is a work truck, so it has been designed to be used on the job.
[00:06:19] The New Bronco is the Jeep Competitor
Jeep has had a reputation for being the most capable off-road machine for a long time, but Ford is taking that as a challenge. Ford has set its sights on the Jeep Wrangler market with their new Bronco. Car Coach Reports Publisher, Lauren Fix, says that Ford must be pretty confident about the capability of the new Ford Bronco to market it in such a way. Ford asked consumers what they liked, and didn’t like, about the F-150 they already had and will integrate this research into the Bronco.
[00:12:30] Ford Pushed Back Bronco Release Again
We all know the story of OJ Simpson running from the cops in a white Ford Bronco. That coupled with the fact that OJ Simpson’s birthday was on July 9th ruined the original reveal date that Ford had set for the Bronco. As soon as Ford realized this, they pushed back the release date to July 13th. Car Coach Reports Publisher, Lauren Fix, says she thought it was a good idea to release it on the 9th and they should have rolled with. The new Bronco is supposed to compete with the Jeep Wrangler which means it’s a pretty capable machine, but its looks don’t make you go “wow”. It will be interesting to see what the aftermarket community does with the Ford Bronco.
[00:19:51] How Jeff Dorgay’s BMW 325E Found Him
Jay Leno once said, “You don’t find the cars, the cars find you.” MYBMWHabit Publisher, Jeff Dorgay, tells the story of an older lady he saw driving a BMW 325E in his neighborhood six years ago. The 325E was red with black and red leather interior, had a manual transmission, and was in perfect condition! Jeff knew he had to have that car, so he offered to buy it, but she didn’t want to sell. She took Jeff’s number anyway. He ran into her multiple times but she still didn’t want to sell it. Recently she had to be moved into an assisted living facility and Jeff is trying to buy the car. Hear the conclusion of this story in the next segment.
[00:28:16] Jeff Dorgay is a BMW Hoarder
To conclude the last segment, Jeff ended up picking up his long sought after BMW 350E for a great price. The car was pretty much a time capsule. It looked like it had been hand washed everyday and it had an oil change every 3,000 miles. MYBMWHabit Publisher, Jeff Dorgay, did some freshening up on the car by giving it some new shocks and hoses, and it’s probably better than new. Jeff currently has 15 BMWs And he might be buying Alan’s son’s 1974 BMW.
[00:35:52] The Most Collectible BMW for 5-20k?
MYBMWHabit Publisher, Jeff Dorgay, has 15 BMWs in his collection; this collection consists of a 1983 BMW 320i, a couple of BMW E30 Series (1986, 1989, and a 1992 convertible), and also a couple of BMW Z3’s. Jeff’s two favorite cars in his collection are his 1989 BMW 325i he just overhauled, and his 2002 BMW Z3 M Roadster with the s54 motor in it. When his Z3 M Roadster was new it had about $60,000 put into it. Tune in to hear more about this juicy BMW collection.
[00:42:13] The Petersen Automotive Museum Opens
JoshCAR Hollywood Car Consultant, Josh Hancock, is the bearer of good news; the Petersen Automotive Museum has reopened! If you haven’t heard of the Petersen, it is probably one of the most iconic automotive museums in America. The museum has had a certain visitor that has been stealing the show so much that they are extending its stay. That’s right, the Tesla Cybertruck has been a huge draw, even though some people find it to be huge and ugly. Elon Musk says that the vehicle will be 10% smaller than the concept, which means it will look a lot different. You can tell this Tesla Cybertruck wasn’t designed for people that actually use their truck for typical truck things.
[00:48:34] Military Origins of EVs and the Bronco
Did you know that they’ve legislated that electric vehicles need to emit a sound when they drive? Which is interesting, because their origins (or at least those of one of the prototypes, the Fisker Karma), can be traced back to military projects to create a silent vehicle. JoshCAR Hollywood Car Consultant, Josh Hancock, tells us about another vehicle that has roots in military projects, the Ford Bronco. Back in the 60s, the Ford Bronco was developed to be a Jeep replacement, but didn’t quite get accepted. That’s why it was then released to the public in the mid 1960s. With that, we catch up to today with a reveal of the new, retro Ford Bronco on July 13th. Tune in to learn more.
[00:54:44] Ford Bronco Improves Wrangler Formula
If you’re a fan of the Jeep Wrangler, then the new Ford Bronco might be worth a look. JoshCAR Hollywood Car Consultant, Josh Hancock, fills us in on some of the awesome new features of the Bronco that we know of so far. First off, in addition to good off road capability, the Bronco will also be much more polite to drive on the freeway. The Bronco will also feature a place to store your removable doors, a 2.3L turbo as the base model engine, and a 7-speed manual transmission. Josh also gives us one nugget of information he has about the new Ford F-150. Tune in to keep up to date with the latest from Ford.
[01:02:05] Bronco Opinion from an Off-road Guy
While we don’t really know all the details about the new, as-of-yet shrouded in mystery Ford Bronco, it is fun to speculate. Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report, George Kennedy III, gives us his opinion about what we already know about the Ford Bronco. It’s bad ass! With a two and four door variant available, lots of removable parts, and a stout looking body, George is fully on board. George also tells us why he thinks the new Chevrolet Blazer should have probably just been called the Chevrolet Camaro SportCross. Tune in to find out why.
[01:11:14] Tesla Cybertruck and Its Competition
There are a lot of people who don’t really care for the Cybertruck’s design, but Tesla had to make a bold statement. Alan doesn’t believe that they will even be making the truck that they unveiled last year, but Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report, George Kennedy III, says the production truck will reportedly be close to that design. In a world where other companies are taking more conventional shots at the electric truck, like Rivian, Nikola, and even Bollinger, Tesla decided they needed to stick out with a truck that looked like it was from far into the future. Tune in as we discuss the Cybertruck, its rivals, and capabilities.
[01:18:06] New England Motor Press Awards
It might seem like weird timing, but the New England Motor Press Awards for best winter vehicle and best convertible were recently unveiled. Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report, George Kennedy III, explains that this isn’t a typical year, and going with that theme they’ve broken up their usual two categories into more parts. This year we have a category for best winter SUV, truck, and sedan, which were taken by the Kia Telluride, Jeep Gladiator, and Genesis G70 respectively. Tune in to find out what happened with the convertible category.
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CreditsHost: Alan Taylor
Producer: Dave Milligan
Audio Engineer: Dave Milligan
Copy Editor: Cody Castleberry
Copy Editor: Caleb Hayward
Contributor: Josh Hancock
Contributor: George Kennedy III
Special Guest: Lauren Fix
Special Guest: Jeff Dorgay