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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
The Brown family of Oklahoma has become a rock-crawling staple. Meet the family, Wyatt and Christina, and their boys, Landen and Gunnar. Landen is already a champion rockcrawler, Gunnar won’t be far behind. We love hanging out with these kids, polite and respectful, yet full of energy and daring. Parents and grandparents, listen up, there are opportunities for the youngsters.4:14 – I had no business being in her shed11:14 – had a blast watching guys go through cones18:17 – going so fast, my right leg blew off27:20 – she shoots, I shoot, and only one of us hit it, and that’d be her 35:03 – BOOM!  Big ol’ mushroom cloud comes outta that thing…48:55 – that’s when they found the tumor58:33 – I like that ninja that shoots ice out of his hands; let’s name it SubZero1:13:38 – that’s how Thunder Nation startedWe 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
Larry Trim and his bride, Lois, set themselves up for success. Follow their journey through hard work and consistency to success and freedom to travel and race in this episode of Conversations with Big Rich. It’s a great story of mindset and commitment. Congrats, Larry on a job well-done!4:30 – the start of my dirt addiction11:49 – that’s when I discovered I didn’t have four-wheel drive21:10 – 2.5% unemployment meant that about 2% were working against their will26:32 – it had a manual transmission that Lois either wouldn’t or couldn’t drive 32:25 – RSI is still the primary business I have today37:09 – that’s where Trail Ready came from47:46 – I’m one of those Dust to Glory inspired people55:12 – and that’s how a guy like me can have a trophy truckWe 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
Frank joins us to talk about horses, his 44 years in motorsports with some version of BF Goodrich and all things in between.  It’s a great listen, Frank knows more about motorsports and marketing than most, come along for the ride by listening on your favorite podcast app.5:45 – When you can ride it, I’ll get you a saddle and bridle15:45 – I got hired into BFGoodrich as a tractor-trailer driver22:09 – I chauffeured a van full of ladies any place they wanted to go34:15 – SCORE person of the year 44:56 – the start of my own business54:23 – full circle with BFGoodrich1:26:43 – the 49th running of the Baja 10001:43:47 – The next chapter is Champs Offroad2:00:44 – my #1 passion2:12:33 – become a voting member of the Offroad Hall of FameWe 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
Knowing your limits sounds like good advice, but Kevin Yoder tests them anyway!  Episode 115 has Kevin and Rich talking about the early days of rockcrawling and KOH, life lessons in football and rugby, and everything in between.  Join us on your favorite podcast app.4:30 – My problem with rugby is I kept getting concussions because I couldn't unlearn the football out of it.12:30 – I learned to camp out in a tent20:16 – the railroad has such versatility28:09 – after that, it seemed like the rolls started, it just opened the floodgate36:15 – I don’t go cheap on safety stuff now44:11 – I’ve done an off-road competition every year since 9858:09 – you put on a helmet, you’re driving as hard as you can1:05:11 – The key is to know your limitsWe 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
Uncle Tom’s Cabin is known worldwide as the last stop before hitting the Rubicon Trail. While Uncle Tom’s is owned by the Lawyer family, it is looked after by a variety of cabin holders, Rance MacFarland has been one of those for over 20 years. Listen in as he shares his history of growing up near the Rubicon. You can tune in on any of your favorite podcast players.9:25 – you got in line and got your sack lunch and headed up toward the (Rubicon) trail17:13 – he failed me the first time26:15 – I pulled into a gas station and recognized the truck, asked if they were hiring35:08 – “oh, you’ve got to change your books”40:27 – the trades are still there, it’s still a good career48:16 – it used to be cash-only, and a lot of people don’t carry a lot of cash with them52:25 – this year is 100 years it’s been in the family1:00:53 – I think that’s always been Uncle Tom’s deal – hoping that people have a good experienceWe 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
Variety is the stuff of legends, hear from the master, Ned Bacon, about traveling the world, writing, drawing, competing, and where that landed him. At home now on the ranch in Nevada, Ned has some tales to tell, including managing an 80 car collectors museum. Listen in to Episode 113 on all your favorite podcast channels.3:15 – I’ve been a gearhead and a car nut as long as I can remember11:13 – I think I would have been way safer on a motorcycle23:29 – then I grew up and put it back to stock39:13 – I discovered this ad in a magazine about crossing Africa in a 4WD51:18 – he actually went out and looked at my Jeep, Pewe was the first one1:04:55 – I got started in the magazine industry drawing Cheap Tricks1:31:36 – we were meeting our match, and our vehicles were definitely meeting their match1:44:23 – everything changed in 2010We 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
Based in the hub between Chicago and Milwaukee, Drew Burroughs is making a name for Goatbuilt, not just in off-road, but in the Midwest manufacturing hub.  Drew found his way into off-road through the Polygoats at San Luis Obisbo and hasn’t turned back. Listen in on Episode 112 on any of your favorite podcast channels or even on YouTube. Don’t forget to subscribe!4:22 – I’ve been working on helicopters for as long as I can remember17:35 – I bought a Jeep, and then I bought a magazine, that was the start…24:52 – introduced to the Polygoats34:25 – I got keys to the shop43:12 – they were spraying garlic and fish oil53:28 – that’s my introduction to the industry1:08:18 – let’s make this thing in a machine shop1:18:19 – you can just buy it and weld it together1:28:27 – there’s so much stuff built hereWe 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
Welcome back to the off-road industry, Clifton!  For the last twelve years, Clifton Slay has dedicated his life to other pursuits, now it’s time to return. Founder of Poison Spyder Customs, Clifton shares how that began and his history prior to. Jumping back in with both feet and his new venture, Hoplite VentureTrek, we can’t wait to see where it goes! 6:26 – Shout at the Devil!16:26 – it was either art school or the military31:53 – connecting to Steve Remore38:09 – what we needed didn’t exist48:14 – it was like a sonic boom!53:22 – the pulse of Poison Spyder was function and style1:03:49 – it’s hard to watch because there’s no learning curve1:14:16 – I made some catastrophic mistakes1:32:57 – Medic Clifton and Valkyrie1:42:36 – the next step back to off-roadWe want to thank our sponsors Maxxis Tires and 4Low Magazine.Support the show
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