PODCAST: George Kennedy Hosts the Automotive Equivalent of “The Moth”

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Our latest podcast is up, and it’s a great talk with George Kennedy, an automotive writer and commentator who hosts “MotorMouth,” his take on “The Moth,” but for car fans.

If you haven’t heard “The Moth” on a podcast or on an NPR affiliate, it’s a live storytelling event, presented to an audience without notes. “MotorMouth” is a similar setup, but the themes always have cars at their root. Over the last three years, George Kennedy has hosted this event at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, Massachusetts to an appreciative audience.

Kennedy has been featured in Hemmings Motor News, Hagerty, the Boston Globe, Consumer Reports and more. He also contributes to CarGurus.com, U.S. News & World Report, and Boston.com. He is a graduate of the Skip Barber Open-Wheel program, but his first experience in wheel-to-wheel racing was in a Lemons event this spring.

The next event takes place on the evening of September 21, and the speakers will all be relaying their experiences in grassroots motorsports. From drag racing to dirt ovals to the 24Hrs of Lemons, the speakers will all be talking about how they got into racing on a shoestring budget, with barely the knowledge, skills and wherewithal to complete a first lap, let alone a race.

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Along with George, the speakers include:

Andrew Lawton who has been racing in Lemons since 2013. Previous race experience includes time trial ice racing featuring daily drivers with the BMW Car Club. His career in railroading incorporates engineering ingredients and design, train-operations, and track maintenance. Andrew is the captain of the Park Bench Racing Team that will be featured in this evening’s event.

Kamil Kaluski, a Project Manager at an engineering firm and also the East Coast Editor of Hooniverse.com, an auto enthusiast site. In his ten years of writing about cars he has contributed to Boston.com, the Boston Globe, and The Truth about Cars. Having mastered the Park Bench Buick, he has his sights set on racing a much worse vehicle, a Russian Lada 2107, one of the more obscure entries in Lemons history.

Justin Tilton, who has been in racing since he was 13. Now, at 38, he has raced asphalt sportsman, pure stock, and open wheel modified (ump style). He has also drag raced a 87′ Monte Carlo SS (which he still has), a 68′ Chevrolet and currently races a 65′ Chevy C10 named Lucille.

Also on the podcast, we talk about how to avoid buying a flood damaged car, and we preview the 2018 Toyota Camry.

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