Big Rich Klein - Off-Road Podcast

Hear off-road podcast with conversations with the legacy stars of rockcrawling and off-road. Big Rich interviews the leaders in rock sports.

Derek Trent, owner of Trent Fab on Episode 224

Derek Trent, master fabricator and owner of Trent Fab joins us on Episode 224. Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. 9:11 – a couple of times I got in some trouble with the law and was told to push my motorcycle home 16:16– I was 21 years [...]

OG Rockcrawler, extreme sports afficionado, Bart Jacobs on Episode 223

Bart Jacobs hails from Utah and has participated in every extreme sport the state offers – from skiing to mountain biking to OG rockcrawling. Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. 3:41 – I decided, as stupid 16-year-olds do, that drag racing would be fun. 10:40 – I [...]

Episode 222 features Logan Backus, ProTrail competitor at WE Rock.

Diesel mechanic – because he had to be – Logan Backus shares life in the trenches, the rockcrawling trenches, with all of us. Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. 4:48 – We were known for the kids in the neighborhood to build the biggest, baddest jumps out [...]

John James, D-Toy, on Episode 221.

Meet the Desert Rat in his Desert Toy, John James, D-Toy in the old Pirate days shares his history in rock-crawling. Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. 3:57 – We learned how to fight early, and we were little guys, so if one us got in a [...]

Episode 220 features Cal Wells, founder of PPI, legendary driver/owner in the racing world

Cal Wells III on Episode 220. Such a privilege to interview Cal Wells. We talk about all the racing, racing, racing that Cal has been a part of. Cal was inducted in the Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2020. Cal is why we say; legends live at ORMHOF.org.  [...]

Episode 219 with Sean P. Holman, media mogul.

From multiple subscriptions to multiple books – Sean P. Holman, writer, editor, businessman, dad. Follow his journey through the media. Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. 5:06 – growing up, you could get yourself in as much trouble as you wanted to 8:57 – what can I [...]

Lonnie McCurry, Jr shares his faith, family and the future of Skyjacker Suspensions

Skyjacker President Lonnie McCurry, Jr. shares his faith, family, and future with us on Episode 218. A strong family man, he brings West Monroe, Louisiana, to life for us. Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. 2:45 – this area of Louisiana is all about hunting, fishing, and [...]

Episode 217 has Alan Johnson telling stories, his true passion.

Our very own people person, Alan Johnson, has spent a lifetime helping people. With good listening and great photography skills, Alan is a storyteller. I’m proud to call him my friend. Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. 4:03 – my dad took typing because that’s where the [...]

Stuntman extraordinaire, Rich Minga, shares life lessons and opportunities on Episode 216

Rich Minga got his start in off-road racing, then turned it into a career in the movie business.  Stuntman to the stars, winners do daily what losers do occasionally. Rich is a winner. Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. 9:57 – I thought I’d learn from the [...]

Mad Cow Hembel, champion speed skier turned rockcrawler on Episode 215

World champion speed skier turned rockcrawler, John Hembel, shares techniques in improving all skills on Episode 215. Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. 9:48 – I worked ski rentals, at the end of the day there’d be a huge pile in the middle of the ski shop; [...]

Episode 214 features Brent Bradshaw, a self-proclaimed Simple Man

Brent Bradshaw is a master with many things, known for supporting the Samurai community as the hands behind TrailTough, he’s transitioned to a cancer-free simpler life. Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. 4:24 – my dad was real proud of the parts he was able to sneak [...]

From bratty kid to responsible adult, grow-up with Justin Hall on Episode 213

Justin Hall began as a rockcrawling and racing competitior. Moving from a Suzuki Samurai to an Unlimited car, then jumping over to the 4500 class, Justin grew up in rock sports. If you’re looking to do the same, listen in for some great advice. Be sure to listen on your [...]

Episode 212 features Amy Granat from CORVA

Land use warrior, Amy Granat, Managing Director of CORVA (California Off Road Vehicle Association) joins us for a discussion of what’s on the table for off-road and why it matters to her. Amy is a leader in the fight to keep public lands open to the public. Be sure to [...]

Episode 211 features Ivan “Ironman” Stewart dreaming the big dreams that came true

Ivan Stewart on Episode 211. Such a privilege to interview the Ironman. We talk about all the dreams and adventures, and the timing, the all-important timing! Ivan was inducted in the Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2006. Ivan is why we say; legends live at ORMHOF.org.  Be sure [...]

Frank “Butch” Arciero Jr. instills winning into all he does on Episode 210

Born to a family of Italian immigrants, Butch Arciero and his brothers understood the value of hard work. A lifetime of commitment to that landed him in the Hall of Fame.  Butch was inducted in the Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2019. Butch is why we say; legends [...]

Kicking off Season 5 with Sean Pond discussing outdoors and the Halt the Dolores Movement

After four full years of podcasting, we bring you the most important episode to date to kick off Season 5. An interview with Sean Pond, the de facto leader of the Halt the Dolores Movement shares why stopping this National Monument designation in its tracks. Please listen on your favorite [...]

Episode 208 features Wrong Seat filler, Chris Rea talking about life, bikes, and commitment.

Wrong seat filler, Chris Rea, shares perspective on what it takes to be lucky. Listen in as one of the Lost Boys shares how going all in (on whatever you’re doing) has an impact on life. Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. SHOW NOTES 4:25 – my [...]

Ray Moon, warrior, on Episode 207

A warrior in all respects, Ray Moon fought in Vietnam and continued fighting for our rights when he returned. Land warriors were as important in the beginning as they are now. Ray was inducted in the Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1979. Ray is why we say; legends [...]

Peri Kalar, daughter of Mastercraft founder, Jack Miller talks about life in the safety lane with her family in Episode 206.

Mastercraft has had some powerful owners, from founder Jack Miller to daughter, Peri Kalar, to ORMHOF inductee Robbie Pierce. Hear about how it began all those years ago and the forces behind it. Peri shares some life-changing experiences with you. Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. 4:16 [...]

Episode 205 features Mark McMillin, chairman, racer, legacy builder.

Family legacy racer, Mark McMillin, chairman of the Board of the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame shares life in the McMillin family. It’s all about people, with a few race cars and some river-time thrown in. Mark was inducted in the Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2018. Mark [...]

Johnny Campbell, American Honda Champion, on Episode 204

Johnny Campbell, 11-time Baja Champion, Johnny has raced, supported, and managed the American Honda team. A fun listen, Johnny shares stories from around the world. Johnny was inducted in the Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2018. Johnny is why we say; legends live at ORMHOF.org.  Be sure to [...]

Episode 203 features Brendon Thompson, little brother, family man, and TV personality with mad skills.

TV Personality, Brendon Thompson, enlightens on us on the finer points of being on American Chopper – the builds, the craziness; but that’s not all, we get insight into his early life and his parenting, throw in a little 5150 racing and you’ve got the full meal deal. Be sure [...]

Les Figueroa from FigSpeed dishes on drag racing on Episode 202

FigSpeed honcho, Les Figueroa dishes about drag racing, off-road, and being at “that” level with the big boys. It’s a great listen, plenty of stories to keep you entertained. Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. 5:17 – I still have the car that my dad raced and [...]

Introducing Andy DeVercelly x 4 on Episode 201

All American racing family, we’d like to introduce you to Andy DeVercelly – numbers, 2,3,4, and 5.  #2 is 93 years young and raced in the first Baja 1000; #5 just graduated to go-karts from mini-dwarf cars.  It’s a fun listen of four generations of racers. Be sure to listen [...]

Episode 200 with Todd Young, fabricator, promoter, rockcrawler and Pirate

Our favorite pirate, Todd Young, shares life in the hood, work, rockcrawling, and unexpected life changes. This is a great one, if you’ve ever had a chance to be around Todd, you’ll appreciate that he tells it like it is. Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. 3:57 [...]

Pioneer woman, Mary McGee, on Episode 199

Mary McGee is a legend in off-road racing; solo’d the Baja 500 on a bike as the first person to do so; a woman who never learned to quit and always said yes to everything offered. She thinks she’s the luckiest woman ever, her history is a great story. Mary [...]

North Carolina based cowboy/rockcrawler, Matt Deas on Episode 198.

Cowboy Matt Deas, one of the OG rockcrawlers hails from North Carolina where he raises kids and horses. Matt shares with us some great stories about rockcrawling in the early days.. Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. 5:16 – Man, I love my childhood going to school [...]

Keeping the Stoke alive at Total Chaos, Nicole Pitell on Episode 197

Nicole Pitell brings her own brand of hype to every conversation, she shares the inside scoop of Total Chaos to the podcast. Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. SHOW NOTES 6:12 – at the end of the day, it’s what makes each of us individually happy is [...]

Shock champion, Glenn Classen of Radflo on Episode 196.

Glenn Classen made a big move from South Africa to the US to expand his market for shock absorbers – almost 20 years in, he’s continued to grow and develop Radflo for the off-road market. Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. 3:46 – as a kid, being [...]

Mega-Rock Sports Supporter, Stan Haynes of Branik Motorsports on Episode 195

Stan Haynes has rock sports under his skin; a long-time supporter of both series and competitors, Stan shares life in a family-run business with us. Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. 6:07 – I thought I was getting drafted to go die in Vietnam 11:24 – 57’ [...]

Nacho, Nacho Lights, join Steven Adams on Episode 194.

Steven Adams is a lighting master; one of the founders of Rigid Lights, he’s stepped up again with Nacho Offroad Technology. The world is brighter with Steve in it, be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. 5:33 – I’m sure he thought I would just throw my life [...]

Nicole Johnson takes a Detour to talk with Big Rich on Episode 193.

YouTube star Nicole Johnson brings a load of experience to her channel, she’s on a mission to drive everything – but we shouldn’t be surprised she’s already mastered race cars, rockcrawlers and Monster trucks! Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. 5:36 – Snow? People live in snow, [...]

Emme Hall entertains in Episode 192, join this media darling for some great stories.

Meet Emme Hall, off-road racer; Miata lover, cat herder, freelance journalist. A woman of many talents and a bright personality, you’ll enjoy this one! Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. 6:30 – I was never the ingenue, I’m way too weird for that! 10:42 – because life [...]

Land Use warrior Don Amador on Episode 191

Don Amador has been a land user for a lifetime, and a land use warrior for almost as long. Don was inducted into the Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2016. Don is why we say; legends live at ORMHOF.org.  Be sure to tune in on your favorite podcast [...]

Episode 190 brings us Joe Thompson, buggy-builder extraordinaire.

Buggy builder, Joe Thompson lays it all out in Episode 190; self-taught welder and bike enthusiast, Joe brings his varied background to the winningest drivers. Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. 4:08 – I would think to myself, there’s a bada**, I want to be like that! [...]

The founder of NORRA, ORMHOF, and “off-road” Ed Pearlman is remembered in Episode 189

Ed Pearlman was ahead of his time, creating the first Mexican 1000 which later translated into NORRA; he founded the Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame, as well. Today we remember him with a conversation with his son, Mike Pearlman. Ed is why we say; legends live at ORMHOF.org.  Be [...]

The Valtastrophe herself, Val Douglas on Episode 188

I don’t want to say Val Douglas is a catastrophe because wherever she is, there’s a whole lot of fun going on.  Listen in on some great stories from this off-road maven; and her connections to some of the biggest brands in off-road. Be sure to listen on your favorite [...]

Three-peat Champion Melissa Clark on off-roading, Rebelle skills and Ford

Rebelle Rally 3x champion, Melissa Clark, shares her life in off-road from Pritchett Canyon to the Glamis Sand Dunes. A Ford sponsored driver, Melissa brings Tread Lightly! policies to everyone she teaches. Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. 5:00 – I still consider myself an OR nurse [...]

Clyde Bynum, on Episode 186 doesn’t waste time on negatives.

Some men are always motivated, Clyde Bynum, the godfather of rock-bouncing shares his best advice on Episode 186. Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. 9:17 – the truth is, I enjoy work 13:45 – we focused on mini-trucks until about 10 years ago 17:59 – climbing hills [...]

Scott Taylor, 2022 ORMHOF inductee on Episode 185, winning champion short course racer

A champion of vocational education, Scott Taylor is a winning short course racer, race shop owner, and manufacturer of performance competition parts. Congratulations to Scott Taylor, a 2022 inductee into ORMHOF; Scott is why we say; legends live at ORMHOF.org.  Be sure to tune in on your favorite podcast app. [...]

He tried to quit us, turns out he’s back in off-road, welcome Chris Bolger on Episode 184

Some personalities just transcend the airways; Chris Bolger is one of those. Always a storyteller at heart. Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. 7:26 – when I say I was a nerd, I mean mathlete, academic decathlon, and all the nerd stuff you could possibly do 10:12 [...]

Barrier breaker, Evan Evans, newest ORMHOF inductee on Episode 183

We can’t always plan our lives, an accident near the start of his career put Evan Evans in a wheelchair. But that didn’t slow him down; Evan went on to win 57 times and six Championships! Congratulations to Evan Evans, a 2023 inductee into ORMHOF; Evan is why we say; [...]

Lightning strikes often with the King of Pirate 4×4 and Glitter, Erik “Camo” Linker on Episode 182

What do glitter and rockcrawling have in common? Only the lightning strikes of Erik “Camo” Linker – Camo is the co-founder of Pirate 4×4 and a good friend; we are thrilled to have him on the podcast (finally!)  Buckle up; you are in for an adventure. Be sure to listen [...]

Super spotter turned competitor Jody Everding brings concrete advice to Episode 181

Warning:  For mature audiences only. To say Jody Everding has a storied past is an understatement.  Jody tells it like it was and it’s a great listen, be sure to tune in on your favorite podcast app. 5:26 – I played a little flag football with the after-school kids, but [...]

Combatant Matt Westrich brings his experience to land-use on Episode 180

Land use warrior Matt Westrich brings his Army experience to the battlefields of organizational combat. Matt has great experience and knowledge to share with all of us. It’s a great listen, be sure to tune in on your favorite podcast app. 4:04 – Al Bundy is modeled after me 8:30 [...]

Jim Bramham is preaching to the Campfire on Episode 179

Advocacy and education are what ORMHOF inductee Jim Bramham, brings to the table. Leading the fight for years in preserving public lands, Jim does the hard part, a walking encyclopedia of OHV knowledge and land use, we are pleased to introduce him to more than California. Congratulations to Jim Bramham, [...]

No fear, no failure, Curt Leduc on Episode 178

ORMHOF inductee Curt Leduc, Class of 2015, shares some great storytelling; living life to the best of his abilities, Curt has made his own luck along the way with hard work and dedication to his craft. Congratulations to Curt Leduc, a 2015 inductee into ORMHOF; Curt is why we say; [...]

Small-town girl, Laura Butcher, shares big-city experiences on Episode 177

Classic over-achiever, Laura Butcher, shares an unparalleled perspective into off-road. Currently heading up VORRA and Farmy’s Off Road Park, along with her full-time gig at Tread Lightly! Laura is a wonder. Listen in on the experience she brings to the table. It’s a great listen, be sure to tune in [...]

Class 3 Champion Don Moss on Episode 176

There’s never a direct path to the finish line. Don Moss started in Demo Derbies, raced Circle Track and then found his way to Class 3 Championships. If you’ve ever wondered how to get into off-road, this is what it’s all about. It’s a great listen, be sure to tune [...]

Traveler, photographer, and storyteller, Chris Collard on Episode 175

ORMHOF inductee Chris Collard, Class of 2015, shares some great storytelling, which is right in his wheelhouse. Who knew you could go from UPS driver to premier magazine editor and writer?  That’s my favorite part of the story, how Chris gets invited and takes the opportunity to get in the [...]

The Master of Photography, Boyd Jaynes on Episode 174

Renowned automotive photographer, Boyd Jaynes is a publisher, off-road racer, and head of the Dusty Times publication.  It’s a great listen, be sure to tune in on your favorite podcast app. 8:03 – I really aspired to be an artist like my mom, but I couldn’t draw to save my [...]

Quinn Pultz at 74 Weld on Episode 173

Have you been looking at portals for your Jeep, Bronco or Tacoma, we found your source. Quinn Pultz at 74 Weld gives the low-down on building his business. Great stories, good insight.  It’s a great listen, be sure to tune in on your favorite podcast app. 5:45 – I followed [...]

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. [...]

Another ORMHOF OG, Brian Chuchua, class of 1978 on Episode 171

ORMHOF inductee Brian Chuchua, Class of 1978 drops some cherry bombs on us as he tells the Jeep history from the beginning. From paying $5,000 for a Jeep franchise to participating in year 2 of Jeep Jamboree to racing the first Mexican 1000. So grateful to interview long-time history-makers in [...]

Industry pro and fellow podcaster, Tyler Laursen on Episode 170

Community-minded, Tyler Laursen is on episode 170 of Conversations with Big Rich. Tyler brings a rich history of giving back to the industry, from improving products at MorrFlate to educating wheelers on best practices on the SnailTrail 4×4 podcast; listen in to see what all he’s up to.  It’s a [...]

ORMHOF OG, Vic Wilson, class of 1978 on Episode 169

Class of 1978 inductee Vic Wilson comes with many accolades including the first ever winner of the Mexican 1000 in 1967. Long-time racer, track promoter and Volkswagen guy, Vic brings the memories alive for us. Congratulations to Vic Wilson, a 1978 inductee into ORMHOF, Vic Wilson is why we say; [...]

Jimmy Lewis, off-road motorcycle racer extraordinaire on Episode 168

King of the Motos, Rebelle Rally, Dirt Bike Test, Dakar, and the Jimmy Lewis Off-Road Riding School…there are a lot of balls in the air for a self-proclaimed washed-up motorcycle racer. Take a trip around the world with Jimmy and Rich while they talk about the evolution of motorcycles in [...]

Episode 167 features the Milkman, Nate Hurst

Family man, Nate Hurst – the milkman, joins us on Episode 167 to talk about competitive rockcrawling, Rock Crawlers for Sale, and the Delta Classic Rock Crawl. Still on a high from a great weekend at Delta, Nate tells some funny stories about him and Ryan Maxfield. It’s a great [...]

Looking for a family – Mike Shatynski knows all about it on Episode 166

If you’re a military vet, look up Admiral Mike with Mag7 and WarFighter Made, you’ll likely find him in Baja; he’ll help you find your family. Offroad or military, there is so much love. Mike tells a great story and the history of Mag7 – real and embellished. It’s a [...]

Racing pioneer, Larry Minor on Episode 165

Larry Minor credits his friends for a great racing career, from Rodney Hall to Herman Booy to Bill Stroppe – they all started at the beginning. It’s always a great time to be in off-road, but the beginning was pure magic. Following a compass or a paper map is very [...]

Ryan Maxfield explains all the deets about Delta Classic Rock Crawl on Episode 164

Are you headed to the Delta Classic Rock Crawl this weekend?  Listen in to this great interview with Ryan Maxfield to hear all the details.  It’s not just about Delta; it’s about life in Utah, building a business, and addictive rockcrawling. Be sure to tune in on your favorite podcast [...]

Bob Ham, CORVA pioneer and state legislative lobbyist on Episode 163

We don’t tend to think of influencers in the octogenarian stage, but Bob Ham certainly qualifies. Bob spent his career influencing people where it mattered, in land use advocacy in the California State Legislature. From forming CORVA to being on the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Board of Directors, Bob [...]

Meet the Ricks – Deremo and Gersch on Episode 162

Dove Creek, Colorado produces pinto beans, hay, and one of the finest rockcrawling teams. Rick Deremo and Rick Gersch have known each other for a lifetime and rockcrawled as a team for many years.  Retired now, at least from crawling, they share their take on life in a small community. [...]

We honor Frank “Scoop” Vessels in Episode 161

ORMHOF Class of 2007 inductee Frank “Scoop” Vessels was inducted into multiple Halls of Fame in his short lifetime. Taken in a plane crash in 2010; Scoop took the Off-Road world by storm until his return to Quarter Horse life in 1993, where he was born and bred. Join his [...]

Enter the Sand Man, Herman Booy, on Episode 160

ORMHOF Class of 2004 inductee Herman Booy was larger than life. Listen in as his daughter and nephew, Sherry and Steve, share life on the sand with Herman and his brother, Hal, and all the adventures they had. We are thrilled to be able to offer interviews with inductees’ families [...]

Wheel man Chris May has done it all, listen in on Episode 159

If it has an acronym, Chris May has probably raced there – KOH, ECORS, UROC, WE Rock, XRRA – it’s been a long road and now he’s started on the next generation of racers. Great stories of a couple of guys with high budget dreams and low-budget pockets; it’s a [...]

Episode 158 features Duane Garretson from Come Get Ya Some In Arkansas

Come Get Ya Some’s Duane Garretson lights up the podcast this week with some great stories. Learn how Duane got to be the ultimate competitor at WE Rock, Dirt Riot and Ultra4.  Good man to know, with great friends. 3:56 – I gained a lot of independence just by having [...]

Tribe 16 Founder, Adam Scherer, shares Texas wisdom and fun in Episode 157

Self-taught, all-in kinda guy Adam Scherer, founder of Tribe 16 near Fort Worth, Texas, is a helluva nice guy. Talented and likable, Adam brings the best to the build; whether it’s a racecar or a trail car, Adam and his guys have the talent to deliver. Be sure to listen [...]

Episode 156 features Skinny Lunn; OG rockcrawler, trophy truck driver, fab guy

The title can never quite describe the podcast; Adam ‘Skinny” Lunn is so much more. Coming out of North Texas, he wiggled his way into the Arizona scene as a sweeper in the Campbell shop and expanded from there to 11 years driving and winning desert races – great stories [...]

Tire guy, Jeff Cummings shares tremendous knowledge and insight on Episode 155

Tire guy, Jeff Cummings, is a great storyteller; it must have been a prerequisite at BFG – listen in as he shares some great insight on tires and life. From Wisconsin farmer to Baja Pro, Jeff brings life to every story. Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app. [...]

The Grand Ol’ Dame of Off-Road Racing, Judy Smith, on Episode 154

Judy Smith, the Grand Ol’ Dame of Off-Road Racing was honored by the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame in the Class of 2008. Having moved from Connecticut to SoCal in the 40’s, she was introduced to off-road with her husband in the 1960’s. Over the years she told many a [...]

All things Land Cruiser with Kurt Williams of Cruiser Outfitters on Episode 153

Land Cruiser Afficionado, Kurt Williams, knows every little thing you can know about Land Cruisers. That’s what happens when you take them apart piece-by-piece and then put them back together. From business to cars, Kurt knows his stuff; since 2001 he’s been at the head of Cruiser Outfitters. Join us [...]

On Episode 152, a Man with Many Talents, Marty Fiolka, Wearing Many Hats

Interested in the secret sauce?  You’re going to have to listen to it all to hear the incredible history of Marty Fiolka, Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee in 2014. Marty has had experiences we all dream about.  Listen in to catch them all, this is what we call [...]

Rob McKenney: rockcrawler, racer, bump skier, crane operator; great stories for all on Episode 151

With the attention span of a 3-year-old, competitor Rob McKenney, shares some great stories. New York to the PNW, this crane operator knows his stuff and his friends. So good to talk to him again. Listen in on your favorite podcast app. 4:20 – early on, I got relieved of [...]

Episode 150 with former Four-Wheeler staffer, Robin Stover

Former Four-Wheeler writer, Robin Stover gives us some insight on what it was like to travel during the heyday. Dakar, Baja, South Korea, it’s all there!  Listen on your favorite podcast app. This is Episode 150 – feels like a milestone!  Thank you for your support and encouragement! 2:56 – [...]

Brian Ellinger on Episode 149 features Toyotas, rockcrawling and Front Range Offroad

Toyota expert, Brian Ellinger, joins us on Episode 149. Brian is the owner of Front Range Offroad and Diamond Axles, a former rockcrawling competitor, Brian aspires to a quiet life where it’s less people-y. Tune in to your favorite podcast app to listen in. 6:30 – wood does things metal [...]

Episode 148 with Taylor Anderson features, company culture, off-road racing and lights.

One of the co-founders of Rigid Lighting, Taylor Anderson, shares life in the off-road lighting industry and what has come after. Company culture, offroad racing, and lights are part of Episode 148. Tune in on your favorite podcast app. 5:53 – the cool pines of Arizona 12:21 – who rolled [...]

RTF President, Ken Hower, on Episode 147

Ken Hower and the Rubicon Trail Foundation is all about education, that’s their mission. As a 501(c)(3) Education foundation, RTF hopes to educate all to enhance the future health of the Rubicon Trail. There’s a lot going on right now with the Trail, listen in so you can stay informed, [...]

The Brown Guy, Armando Verdugo, on Episode 146

Armando Verdugo shares his love for off-road and why he gets up in the morning to go to work! Founder of Herooffroad.org and BAM Strategic, Armando has been around the off-road block learning how to help the small business guy tie everything together. It’s a good conversation between two friends. [...]

CORVA President Michael McGarity explains Land Use you can understand on Episode 145

Want the insider’s view of Land Use? This is the episode you need to listen to, then go back and listen to Del Albright and John Stewart and stay tuned for future episodes. Michael McGarity leads the conversation in Episode 145; the current President of CORVA brings a lot to [...]

Outlaw Desert Racings Chris Brahs and Drew Garcia on Episode 144

The mission has changed, the passion has not. Chris Brahs and Drew Garcia talk with us about the changes at Outlaw Desert Racing due to government-mandated changes in their state and how they pivoted. Adrenaline Therapy, pit support and off-road racing across the region in support of combat veterans is [...]

First generation car guy Bryant Blakemore on Episode 143

First-generation car guy Bryant Blakemore talks off-road racing in Texas and Mexico. He and Big Rich go in-depth on what happens when dust and brains combine. A great conversation about TDRA and TORRA mixed in with some charity work, check out https://www.torraracing.com/charity/ for some good works heading into the new [...]

From 4th place to champion, rockcrawler Dave Wong on Episode 142

Mr. 4th Place, Dave Wong, has shaken off that title to become a champion trail breaker. Dave shares his history in California, and now Utah. Listen in to one of the kindest men in rockcrawling on your favorite podcast app. Be sure to Subscribe on your favorite podcast app! 7:42 [...]

Rich in storytelling, Episode 141 features Sue Mead, Off-road Journalist Extraordinaire

“Write the story you just told me,” that’s the advice Sue Mead got when she was struggling, “just simply put those words down on paper,” and it wasn’t bad advice. That’s the secret to getting started with just about anything. Begin with what you know. Big Rich was privileged to [...]

Krawlzone.tv host and creator, Nathan Riddle animates life in Utah on Episode 140

Gunfighter, animator, filmmaker…I love the labels off-roaders accumulate. Everyone comes with a myriad of talents. Krawlzone.tv creator, Nathan Riddle, has been bringing us off-road content for more than ten years; it’s an awesome history. Listen in to Episode 140, and if you need to catch up – you can find [...]

Family-man, Levi Shirley shares life in Dodge City and on the racecourse in Episode 139

Want to know about the women in Levi’s life? He tells all about Lently, Layla, and Loretta in this conversation with Big Rich. Watching this kid grow up in racing has been a pleasure, from XRRA to Dirt Riot to racing internationally and KOH, Levi is a good egg – [...]

Episode 138 features Tech Tim Lund as the luckiest man in the industry

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 [...]

Internet fact checker, Ryan Miller, on Episode 137

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 [...]

The Darling of the Campbell Racing Royal Family, Bailey Campbell, on Episode 136

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 [...]

Renaissance Man, Rob Usnick, will surprise and delight you in Episode 135

“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. Be sure [...]

Tom Wayes takes us around the world on skis, mountain bikes, and race cars.

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. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to Conversations with Big [...]

Rufus Racings Chip MacLaughlin on Laughter, Living, and Loss

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. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to Conversations with Big Rich [...]

Shawn Rants, 4500 class driver running the ship on Episode 132

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. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to Conversations with Big Rich [...]

MetalCloak co-founder, Matson Breakey communicates on Episode 131

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. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to Conversations with Big Rich on your favorite Podcast Player 5:07 – You think back [...]

Crossfit coach and KOH champion navigator, Jason Berger, on Episode 130

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. [...]

Sports photographer Steven Bisig on Episode 129

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. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to Conversations [...]

Jason Blanton in constant motion on Episode 128

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 [...]

Electronics Wunderkin Steven Lutz on Episode 127

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 [...]

Join Scott Steinberger on Episode 126 as PCI celebrates 50 Years

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 [...]

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