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Tech Tim joins us to share his love of learning, self-proclaimed luckiest man in the industry; friendships and gumption have offered a lot of opportunities. ARB to Northridge with some stops along the way; Tim Lund has been all over making friends. It’s a great story, tune in on your favorite podcast app.5:56 – Beautiful bike, right out of Monkey Ward or Sears catalog11:46 – “wow. You did really good, just like your older brother.”21:31 – we ate like kings 35:20 – I had a neighbor with a first gen Toyota pickup…47:20 – …there’s got to be more to a differential57:17 – “understand, we buy the beer.”1:17:57 – there was the honeymoon period, we had so much business1:28:56 – that was the infamous Scherer and Campbell drag race in the Hooters parking lotWe want to thank our sponsors Maxxis Tires and 4Low Magazine.www.maxxis.comwww.4lowmagazine.com Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. Support the show
Of all the titles Ryan Miller carries, internet fact checker is one of my favorite – it’s not that he’s a smartass, he just remembers everything. What rock to turn at, which race was won by whom, how many turns of the wrench gets you the exact ride height you need. Ryan is smart and talented, listen in to this rockcrawler/navigator/racer/husband/dad/rattlesnake bite survivor, I promise you’ll learn some things!10:31 – I don’t like to suck at stuff17:44 – “I want you to be lost to find me”24:54 – the idea of the Arizona Wildcat Off Road club was if you go out into the desert and get stuck, at least you have some buddies to come get you unstuck 33:15 – I was like, I don’t know how I’m winning, but I am39:43 – all those Southwest guys didn’t even know what mud and trees were50:37 – it’s easy to go our and break something, but just as easy on the equipment and get through it1:00:24 – how do I tell Bailey that her race is over?1:05:36 – oh, yeah, you wear out the refresh button. Refresh, refresh, refresh!!We want to thank our sponsors Maxxis Tires and 4Low Magazine.www.maxxis.comwww.4lowmagazine.com Support the show
Bailey admits to not being very interested in motorsports as a youngster, but once she got the bug, it’s been a steady rise to the top. It’s a great place to be for this girl!  A talented driver and a great role model for all, Bailey Campbell shares her interests with us on this episode. Give it a listen on your favorite podcast app.3:53 – my dad told me I couldn’t race unless I got down to the shop and got my hands on some of the cars myself15:42 – my Uncle Nick spotted for me and I accidentally ran him over23:55 – my dad’s biggest thing was always throttle control 33:25 – my favorite part is probably pre-running because you’re going at a slow enough pace to really see the terrain change42:17 – I can’t believe how far they’ve come in technology and way they work with us50:42 – I just have these main goals that I need to accomplish – the first is to be the first Queen of the Hammers54:06 – I grew up with a never quit attitude59:50 – every co-driver I’ve had, every spotter I’ve had, has taught me something newWe want to thank our sponsors Maxxis Tires and 4Low Magazine.www.maxxis.comwww.4lowmagazine.com Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. Support the show
“You don’t know what you can do until you do it, right?” Our man, Rob Usnick is still pushing the limits. From Ranger School to Bridal Fashion, and everything in between.  No, seriously, this renaissance man is throwing things up and hitting them out of the park daily. 4:35 – I put all my cards and chips in the middle9:55 – small towns are bad when they are your small town14:50 – it’s hard to get into a firefight 22:18 – when you’re with people who are badasses, you don’t realize you are one too33:13 – the paparazzi’s here, it was a training distractor41:32 – then I did King of the Motos, which is up there in the five dumbest things I’ve ever done45:13 – there’s not many days to make your whole nut for the year52.25 – “what are you doing in here, boy?” I’m here to get some fabric, I’m like, “daddy can sew!”1:00:06 – one thing I hate is when people say, “oh, you can’t do that”We want to thank our sponsors Maxxis Tires and 4Low Magazine.www.maxxis.comwww.4lowmagazine.com Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. Support the show
Ready for an adrenaline rush? Tom Wayes is living a storied life, it was great to hear some of that tale. Want to hear how he fought off a bear, we’ve all heard part of the story, Tom tells all right here.5:41 – the first person to introduce me to skiing, and I was completely obsessed with it8:48 – I wasn’t planning on staying12:28 – as long as I had my ice tools, my crampons, and a rope, I dropped into anything 18:57 – we chartered a Russian heli…and just pointed at stuff and landed on it and skied whatever we felt like21:21 – Putin’s coming, Putin’s coming…29:28 – I kind of enjoy just keeping people guessing on where I’m going to qualify35:08 – never grab your gummy snacks with your race gloves…38:31 – I gather up some lawn chairs, I gather up a golf cart, and then…42:16 – always use the best equipment54:25 – the bear encounterWe want to thank our sponsors Maxxis Tires and 4Low Magazine.www.maxxis.comwww.4lowmagazine.com Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. Support the show
Humor is how you get through the tough stuff.  Chip MacLaughlin of Rufus Racing shares memories of early KOH, racing with friends, making memories, and Zandy Willems. This is life and how we live it. Thanks, Chip for a beautiful reminder.6:25 – we built a lot of fences, dug a lot of holes9:44 – I got pulled out by four train cars17:25 – oh, by the way, it has to float 21:33 – I sold the buggy, then you called and said I had a spot at Hammers26:06 – the Crawling Chaos guys out of Central Texas were my first race friends37:38 – don’t be afraid to ask somebody questions46:17 – we were meant to be together49:08 – almost all males get prostate cancer, the majority die before they know55:36 – we did it with humor, and I think we helped some other people57:13 – the whole point of the team was, let’s go make some memories and find friends1:08:08 – my last words to Zandy while I was standing in the spotter stand at Crandon…We want to thank our sponsors Maxxis Tires and 4Low Magazine.www.maxxis.comwww.4lowmagazine.com Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app.Support the show
Our personal pit crew captain for many years, Shawn Rants shares stories of KOH, raising kids and working on high end equipment. One of our favorite because of his pure generosity of spirit. Listen up to see what makes the man.5:26 – if it snowed 4 feet, the bus came to get us with chains on, there were no snow days14:07– it was trying to do things differently…but a lot of times you end up drifting back17:45 – Top Eliminator Sand Drags, that’s high horsepower, 3000 HP; 300 ft in under 2.9 seconds 23:28 – these are around $5 million , we have well over 100 of them…28:17 – it was enjoyable, but I can’t say it was easy32:05 – “well. I went and paid your entry fee today, so you have to go.”39:56 – you might drive 2000 miles to make two 3 second runs42:34 – my life long goal was to win KOH (in the 4500 class)47:22 – we always want to do whatever it takes to finishWe want to thank our sponsors Maxxis Tires and 4Low Magazine.www.maxxis.comwww.4lowmagazine.com Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. Support the show
Master communicator, Matson Breakey, shares growing up in California’s various cultures; car culture in Japan; MetalCloak’s history, and aspirations as a father of youngsters in his 50’s. It’s a great listen.5:07 – You think back and go, wow, I’m still alive8:45 – I learned early the value of communication and communication skills17:37 – it’s easy to say you care, it’s harder to actually demonstrate that you care 26:46 – my goal in life was to become a starving artist34:17 – there was a general sense of being self-oriented, it was a survival mechanism51:06 – I had this bright idea that I needed to be more professional57:09 – by hour five there was too much beer1:08:43 – we got so flamed because it was ugly, so we listened and responded1:30:45 – Today we live in a world where ’70s is like the new ’50sWe want to thank our sponsors Maxxis Tires and 4Low Magazine.www.maxxis.comwww.4lowmagazine.com Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. Support the show
Self-acclaimed wimp (yeah, right?) Jason Berger on checking off bucket-list items; living in Truckee, and racing with his best friend. Lots of great quotes and plenty of laughter with Jason and Rich in this 130th episode of Conversations with Big Rich. Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast channel.6:05 – I’m the oddest local to live in Truckee because I’ve never skied Squaw and I’ve never smoked pot13:22– I put 1000 miles on that truck going back and forth in my parent's driveway21:51 –… Chris Durham, I swear, I was like, this is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. 26:14 – how much time before I lose my finger?30:10 – the 4wd community reached pretty deep for the Disabled Sports Run36:37 – you don’t need to win by 10 minutes, you just need to win43:09 – I’m retiring right now, Shannon Campbell wants my autograph!50:20 – I don’t think Crossfit is for everybody, I think it is for anybody1:04:26 – I took JT and Tom Wayes to Baja for two very good reasons…We want to thank our sponsors Maxxis Tires and 4Low Magazine.www.maxxis.comwww.4lowmagazine.com Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. Support the show
Sports photographer, off-road enthusiast, marketing genius – Steven Bisig wears a ton of different hats. Listen in to two old friends talk about all the things they love in off-road. It’s a fun listen. Be sure to tune in on your favorite podcast app.6:41 – I was home by myself and I had a BB gun12:04– it took you this long to get a ticket??19:18 – that’s where I met a lot of the industry people I still consider friends. 25:41 – my main role was anything photography related28:01 – a pretty crazy event we went down for Supercrawl one year in Vegas…39:17 – It’s an enthusiast-run company where everybody in the company are car people44:18 – I special ordered one with a diesel, firecracker red and very minimal options54:09 – my break into sports photography was through a contact I met at ARBWe want to thank our sponsors Maxxis Tires and 4Low Magazine.www.maxxis.comwww.4lowmagazine.com Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. Support the show
Family Man, Jason Blanton on racing vs. rockcrawling; working the grind and working to win. Always great to see work ethic pay off, spend some time with Rich and Jason on this episode of Conversations with Big Rich. Good things come to those who work for them. Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast platform.5:57 – Snowboarding was pretty big in my life9:40– I never had a problem because I don’t think I got enough power17:47 – I’m sure if my first car had been a car, I might have been into streetcars 22:12 – I started with nothing in a Honda25:18 – If I go to a job and they have me bid against other people, I don’t even bid30:35 – You guys got to move your camp, you’re on the start/finish line37:35 – they wanted pictures all day long of dudes with beards46:09 – it’s serious, we’re there to win and it’s a businessWe want to thank our sponsors Maxxis Tires and 4Low Magazine.www.maxxis.comwww.4lowmagazine.com Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app.Support the show
When it comes to low-voltage electronics, Steven Lutz is the grand master. A Nissan buff he leads a band of off-roaders who don’t often get recognized. Listen is on a fascinating story told in Episode 127, you’ll learn more about some resources you didn’t know existed. Check it out on your favorite podcast platform.5:03 – I was a nerd11:11– I was just as serious about that class as my teacher was teaching it16:30 – Rather than learning foundational knowledge and then building to the top, I kind of start at the top and work my way down… 25:58 – I started building the website after a snowboarding accident29:54 – Kirkwood was probably the single best experience of my life35:34 – I ended up inheriting the Pathfinder, two-wheel drive basically stock everything43:49 – getting support for pretty much anything Nissan has been historically difficult49:09 – I need to know so I can apply the mapping methodologies to the off-road world1:00:44 – the amount of data these images take up on disk is absolutely hugeWe want to thank our sponsors Maxxis Tires and 4Low Magazine.www.maxxis.comwww.4lowmagazine.com Support the show
Another multi-generation company, PCI Race Radios, joins us on the podcast with President Scott Steinberger. Scott is generation #2 with all three of his kids making up generation #3 as they learn the ins and outs of the company. We talk about Weatherman, Baja, and the future of PCI on Episode 126. Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app to Conversations with Big Rich – subscribe to find out who drops next week.5:48 – I have three kids that are maybe a little spoiled9:51– PCI has been able to keep stuff in stock12:04 – we’ve got to carry a year’s worth of product on hand so we don’t ever run out 15:10 – the stars on top of Diablo are incredible, it’s like a light show every night18:00 – the advent of satellite communications has really filled in a lot of gaps23:59 – Bill’s like, “think you can put radios in the cars?” – the birth of Weatherman33:19 – racers are last minute, I’d be up half the night wiring helmets so we’d be ready42:34 – I really think having a single seat car where when you break down you have to help yourself taught me problem solving47:26 – he came in as a guy on the tour and now he’s living the life for sure56:13 – it’s not the car that’s passing you that’s the problem, it’s the car that’s trying to pass himWe want to thank our sponsors Maxxis Tires and 4Low Magazine.www.maxxis.comwww.4lowmagazine.com Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app.Support the show
Companies that survive five generations are a rarity, Austin Harrah shares some perspective about what it’s like in families with that kind of history. It’s an identity he wears on his sleeve as they ramp up for even more work.  Always a pleasure to talk to old friends.4:16 – I actually started off-roading in high school when I shouldn’t have been off-roading10:38 – I am not cut out for this kind of freedom19:06 – my sister and I are fifth-generation, we started in 1895 26:21 – just a couple of guys having too many beers36:56 – we had to have a tow truck come and they used a HiLift jack to jack up the tongue of the trailer47:52 – And then one fateful day at church, foster family in our church had a little boy. He was meant to be ours1:00:08 – we’re going back to being Bloomfield Manufacturing againWe want to thank our sponsors Maxxis Tires and 4Low Magazine.www.maxxis.comwww.4lowmagazine.com Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app.Support the show
Former land use officer for Red Rocks, history buff and teacher, video star, David Adams has an impressive resume that includes handling wheeling with grace and notoriety despite his mobility issues. David shares his life history, his addiction to wheeling and Jeep grills and the accommodations necessary to stay out on the trail. It’s a great listen!4:16 – “if you get shot down, here’s $10K to bribe your way out of the country”7:41 – my wiring sucks12:35 – you’re never going to be a construction worker, you’ve got to do well in school 16:26 – I wanted a Jeep so I could still get out in nature25:17 – I was the land use officer for 13 years37:50 – Pritchett Canyon is just iconic50:37 – the way you reduce damage is to expand the number of trails1:00:51 – …I literally bent my steering wheel with my face1:17:37 – I keep the old girl, she’s cantankerous, she breaks down and has issues, always need something, but that’s what all Jeeps are, We want to thank our sponsors Maxxis Tires and 4Low Magazine.www.maxxis.comwww.4lowmagazine.com Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. Support the show
John Stewart devoted his career to the Navy, and his extra time to Land Use. A lifetime advocate for using public lands, John continues to use his time to keep the government and others from closing off our recreational access to public lands. Listen up to find out where the fight is now, and what you can do to help.9:05 – I joined the Navy and visited the world13:08 – I got out of the Navy and then two months later went back to work for the Navy17:30 – Hey, wait a minute, you close these areas off and we got a lot of problems23:55 – getting local businesses to really stress what the economic impact would be helps28:17 – lawsuits are a last resort34:31 – it’s an easy sell in downtown NYC40:16 – the difficult part is to get them to understand what we are losing51:55 – why do you want them to have the permit?  Why not?1:07:02 – the Hot Topics right now are in UtahWe want to thank our sponsors Maxxis Tires and 4Low Magazine.Support the show
Alabama business builder, Dan Dubose, shares some amazing insights on building a business, defying death, and finding that miraculous work-life balance on Episode 122. Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app – Apple, Spotify, even YouTube!5:59 – we’re not going to pass you to go to high school unless you agree to go to trade school.11:59 – my life sucks, I’ve got all the symptoms, I should probably try some of the samples I’ve got in the back seat14:16 – I thought someone was messing with me21:37 – big paradigm shift…metal fabrication is an art26:23 – well, that’s what the people want34:10 – I don’t go halfway on anything, ever37:18 – are you willing to give up everything, because everything means everything.46:26 – Here you go, this is how you fix it!57:41 – the Dothan double-wide strip club1:02:02 – lit me up like a Christmas tree and separated my soul from my body1:08:59 – one way or another I’ll be involved in off-roadwww.motobilt.com We want to thank our sponsors Maxxis Tires and 4Low Magazine.www.maxxis.comwww.4lowmagazine.com Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. Support the show
James Schofield dishes on racing, and tuning, and the stories are awesome. Join us to listen in on the fun and danger of off-road racing and more. Listen in on your favorite podcast app. Tune in and share Conversations with Big Rich with others.7:43 – if you didn’t play football, you’re nobody in the south9:45 – the thing I learned in team sports is never quit17:51 – you just had to have 4 wheels and a tank of gas28:52 – that peace of mind to know that those parts are good34:04 – don’t tie up a lot of people’s effort if you just want to be a participant44:32 – that’s when you start bringing everything in house47:17 – you’re basically treating it like a rental car with full coverage52:06 – I was very clear, “this dude doesn’t need to know anything!”56:20 – that’s the style of racing I try to do, where you just leave every single thing on the table1:10:25 – it’s great to be able to shake people’s hands and tell them thank you and stuff like thatWe want to thank our sponsors Maxxis Tires and 4Low Magazine.www.maxxis.comwww.4lowmagazine.com Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. Support the show
Roger Lovell, of Colorado Springs’ Lovell Racing, on the impact of racing on his family. Part of the duo of Roger and Brad, Roger has had some incredible experiences that are worth hearing about. Be sure to listen in and find out what’s in store for the future of this family. 5:34 – stupid, little competitions9:39 – the thing about engineering is it teaches you a different way to think15:03 – that’s some of the joy of being young19:01 – the highlight of my racing career 27:23 – the Bronco is something that would compete with Jeep, but not replicate the Jeep42:42 – it’s everything about a dirt road…46:06 – we can recognize each other just by the driving style, or by the breathing52:06 – “you’re not as bad as she said you were”55:50 – what racing has done for me is really make me value family and value the relationships that I haveWe want to thank our sponsors Maxxis Tires and 4Low Magazine.www.maxxis.comwww.4lowmagazine.com Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app.Support the show
Steve Sharp has been outside for as long as he can remember. He shares his passion for outdoors, being a great leader, and knowing when to ask for help with us on this episode of Conversations with Big Rich.  Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app.4:40 – If I missed the bus, I got to walk the 3 ½ miles to school8:25 – just like Mayberry RFD15:36 – how come you always need tires?24:41 – I need a job, I’ll work for half the going rate for 30 days 31:04 – everyone that I can genuinely call a friend, I met four-wheeling40:14 – it’s a blessing that I get to do what I’m passionate about55:47 – kind of set the Bronco world upside down1:02:29 – two things are as hard on the caregiver as the patient – cancer and mental illness, if there’s something going on – seek help1:08:46 – the sport is great, but it always comes back to the peopleWe want to thank our sponsors Maxxis Tires and 4Low Magazine.www.maxxis.comwww.4lowmagazine.com Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. Support the show
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