PT #75{The Great Jeff Smith on Everything Right – And Wrong – with Pro-Touring!

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The Nitty Gritty:

Welcome to Episode 75 of  the Podcast!

We’re simul-posting the show show here on as well as on so everyone can get their fix.

For those new to the scene, the podcast show is hosted by myself and Larry Callahan, the owner of

The show is sponsored by the fantastic hot rod wiring supply company, Ron Francis Wiring, and we’re very appreciative that they were our FIRST EVER show sponsor, and the first sponsor to re-sign for 2014!


Jeff Smith running his ’65 Chevelle at the 2010 OUSCI. Image: Robert Kibbe (Really! I shot this video during my first SEMA trip.)

The Great Jeff Smith!

In this episode of the podcast show Larry and I had a chance to bring on Jeff Smith, the famous tech editor from Car Craft and Hot Rod Magazine fame. Jeff ended up on the outside during the last shakeup at Source Interlink, but he landed on his feet and is now doing very well as a writer for Power and Performance News.

Since he made a HUGE name for himself with his in depth tech and editorial articles (i.e. he’s never at a loss for words), we thought it would be fun to bring him on the show to pick his brain about a few of the tech and cultural things he’s seen in his years covering Pro-Touring. We asked him to give us his opinion on everything that is right – and wrong – with the movement.

Truth be told though, he was literally at the dawn of the movement and was the first person Mark Stielow ran the phrase by for his opinion. As we learned during the interview, the PT movement took a long time to gain real traction (pardon the pun), and was something he spent years keeping in the magazines in the early days because he knew the great future it had.

You’ll like this one. Thanks for the interview, Jeff!

-Rob & Larry
p.s. As a complete aside, I learned during this interview that both Jeff and I are Iowa State grads!


Upcoming Events

Fall 2014:

Just a reminder that in Episode 60 we released the full season list of events for all series schedules that we have available as of the release of this show. As always, you can always get year round updates for upcoming event locations, times, and details in the Events section in the forums.

-Rob & Larry

October 3-5, 2014

Goodguys Lone Star Nationals

Fort Worth, TX

Texas Motor Speedway

October 3-5, 2014


Wampum, PA

Pittsburg International Race Complex

Octobe 24-26, 2014

NMCA West World Street Finals

Fontana, CA

Auto Club Dragway

October 24-26, 2014

Goodguys Southeastern Nationals

Charlotte, NC

Charlotte Motor Speedway

November 4-7, 2014


Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas Convention Center

November 6, 2014

SEMA Pro-Touring Dinner

Las Vegas, NV

Clarion Hotel and Casino

November 8-9, 2014


Pahrump, NV

Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch

November 8-9, 2014

Goodguys Autumn Get-Together

Pleasanton, CA

Fairgrounds in Pleasanton

November 14-16, 2014

Goodguys Southwest Nationals

Scottsdale, AZ

WestWorld of Scottsdale

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