Flat Fender Aficionado, Travis C. Bunch, on Episode 172


Technically homeless, Travis C. Bunch lives in Moab with his ten cars. Yep, that says cars, not cats. Travis produces the Flat Fender Aficionado, a storytelling periodical. He’s got great insight into the world of Jeeps.  It’s a great listen, be sure to tune in on your favorite podcast app.


3:35 – with a Jeep you can turn it off when you’re getting over your head

12:29 – I’ve had over 62 cars so far, around 30 of them have been Jeeps

21:47 – You guys are living in a school bus, right?

27:29 – it took me a while to get over the programmed fear of getting shot on private property to be able to explore public lands

35:12 – we call those guys freegans

41:15 – I always say you got to have a love for pain and suffering if you’re going to be a flat fender driver

58:13 – the Go Devil Run is more of a reenactment of what the people do with the WWII stuff


[00:01:40.520] – Big Rich Klein

On today’s episode of Conversations with Big Rich, we have Travis C. Bunch. We’re going to find out about the C. We’re also going to find out about periodical book that he’s been putting out. Him walking away From 20 plus years as a mechanic in 2020 and going full head into his book, and the periodical book, I have to remind everybody, and that’s Flat Fendering Aficionado. He also runs flatfendering.com and has a bunch of product there that you can look at or purchase, not look at. Go ahead and buy, man. Keep this guy going. Anyway, Travis, thank you so much for coming on board and spending some time with us and telling some stories.

[00:02:30.040] – Travis C. Bunch

Yeah, absolutely. I’m glad to have the chance.

[00:02:34.560] – Big Rich Klein

Let’s start way back in the beginning. Where were you born and raised?

[00:02:41.810] – Travis C. Bunch

Yeah, I was born and raised in the Lake of the Ozarks. And it’s basically an industrial tourism hotspot if you don’t know where that is and what goes on there. But it’s a lot like Moab. It’s a little further ahead in their tourism. But yeah, it’s feast or famine there. And a lot of times I ended up doing a lot of mechanic work in different fields there. But it’s really similar to where we’re at, just a little different climate and different types of people that come and recreate and different things to do.

[00:03:19.060] – Big Rich Klein

Right. The humidity is a lot different.

[00:03:22.810] – Travis C. Bunch

Absolutely. Yeah. You hardly have to drink water. You soak it up through your skin as osmosis.

[00:03:29.110] – Big Rich Klein

There you go. So what town did you live in around the Lake of the Ozarks?

[00:03:35.430] – Travis C. Bunch

The town, usually it was a couple of different ones. Camden, Missouri, it was. And then we have a horse farm out in Montreal, Missouri. So I grew up on a horse farm, which a lot of people would see me today and never think that. But that also gave me the love of getting out on the trail early on and the adrenaline rush of climbing things that you’re not sure if you’re going to be able to make or not. It’s real similar to four wheeling, but I got tired of getting thrown off of horses and with a Jeep or whatever. You can turn it off when you’re getting over your head where you can’t with a horse.

[00:04:14.670] – Big Rich Klein

Yeah, my dad says that he’ll never ride a horse because it doesn’t have a key.  READ MORE


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