The Truck Show Podcast

By Jay "Lightning" Tilles and Sean Holman

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Do you love trucks, Jeeps, customs, wheeling, fabrication, new products, events, and the latest in truck news? Then you won't want to miss this fun, irreverent, and edgy look at today’s world of trucks. Hosted by veteran Los Angeles radio personality and producer Jay “Lightning” Tilles and truck expert and longtime automotive journalist Sean Holman, the Truck Show Podcast brings a unique and entertaining perspective to all things truck, including those lifted, lowered, and everything in between.

Episode Date
The Truck Show Podcast Trailer

The Truck Show Podcast trailer gives you a quick introduction to the #1 truck enthusiast podcast.

Aug 16, 2018
Camburg’s Jerry Zaiden, Make Your Truck Bed More Useful, Nissan Gets Beachy

Camburg’s Jerry Zaiden and Greg Randolph of DECKED join the guys in studio for a fun-filled show that covers the truck modification gamut, from suspension to cargo management that works. Hear how Camburg got its start and how the company has evolved to be one of the industry leaders in off-road performance. Also, get the inside scoop on DECKED, one of the most innovative cargo management solutions available for your truck bed. The guys read your mail and fight over the keys to Nissan’s Titan Surf Camp concept.

Aug 13, 2018
Sticker Shock’s Dennis Pittsenbarger, Raptor Gets Better, HD Truck Review, Perceived Fuel Economy

Sticker Shock’s Dennis Pittsenbarger stops by the Truck Show Podcast to talk about some of the unique truck stories from season one and Chris Paiva, Ford Performance Engineer for Vehicle Dynamics, tells all about how Fox’s new Live Valve technology made the 2019 Raptor even better. The guys also have Jason Gonderman, editor of Truck Trend, in studio to share his review the 2018 GMC Denali 2500HD Crew Cab Duramax, oh and he saves the guys after locking themselves out of the studio.

Aug 06, 2018
Entrepreneurisode – A Height Shifting Truck, A Garage Product You Can’t Live Without, and The Raptor Engine Finds A New Home

Everywhere you look, entrepreneurs are innovating in the automotive space. The guys take a look at two fledgling companies that found problems that needed solving. Any Level Lift gives you the ability to adjust the height of your lifted truck on the fly and LIINC provides a new spin on garage lighting. Ford also solves a “problem” of not offering exclusive power levels in the company’s top-of-the-line F-150 Limited by installing the Raptor’s high-output V-6 in the 2019 model.

Jul 30, 2018
Aaron Kaufman, Return of the Ranger, Fun Hundred Run, Ants Everywhere!

Aaron Kaufman from Fast N’ Loud and Shifting Gears fame talks about his love for trucks, his humble beginnings as a mini-trucker, and his thoughts on TV and celebrity. The guys also get the download on Aaron’s latest venture, Arclight Fabrication, and find out what’s up with the Fun Hundred Run. Also joining the podcast in this episode is Chad Callandar, Marketing Manager for the all-new 2019 Ford Ranger. The Truck Show Podcast studio is inundated with ants, is it Lightning or Holman to blame for leaving chili dog remnants behind?

Jul 23, 2018
The Galeisode - A Sit Down With Performance Pioneer Gale Banks

Sit back and relax as the one and only Gale Banks walks us through his career, exploring topics that range from his early days as a struggling shop owner, other career paths, false starts, speed record runs, and early successes. You’ll learn how Gale got into turbos and the backstory behind some of your favorite factory trucks. Gale will also tell which trends diesel enthusiasts have wrong and why. So sit back, relax, and make sometime for this podcast. It’s a long one, but well worth it.

Jul 17, 2018
Ultimate Adventure, Our Favorite Truckumentary, Allegedly Snake Oil, Electric Pickups?

The guys welcome Christian Hazel, Editor of Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road, who is fresh off the 2018 Ultimate Adventure and ready to talk about this year’s epic event. In addition to UA, the guys drink Slurpees while discussing industry snake oil and marketing tactics, their love for the documentary “Winnebago Man’, and whether there is a place in the truck world for electric pickups. Holman also tries to convince Lighting of why the all-new Suzuki Jimny needs to come to the US.

Jul 09, 2018
Inside Ram Trucks, Auto Enthusiast Day, C10R, Paint Protection

Go for a ride along with Holman and Jim Morrison, Head of Ram Trucks, North America in a 2018 Cummins-powered Ram 3500HD at FCA’s Chelsea Proving Grounds while finding out all about the 2019 Ram 1500, and join the fun as hit the trails in a 2018 Ram Power Wagon. Then listen to Lightning’s interviews from the ground at Nitto’s Auto Enthusiast Day with PCH Rods and their C10R and learn from Daley Visual all about paint protection and the best ways to keep your truck looking its best!

Jul 02, 2018
How The Colorado ZR2 Was Born, Road Trips, Following-up on SEMA of the South

Find out how the Chevy Colorado went from a one-off concept to a green-lit production truck, as guest Brad Schreiber, Chevy’s Performance Variant Manager for Midsize Trucks, joins Lightning and Holman. Sharing the background of just how the ZR2 came to be, Schreiber gives the guys insight that won’t be heard anywhere else. Holman also talks about his Father’s Day road trip with his daughter in Chevy’s midsized Colorado Redline edition, and the guys find out if Daytona Truck Meet lived up to the hype as the biggest truck show in the South.

Jun 25, 2018
Ban All Trucks, The Story Behind Dirt Every Day, Classic Trucks Worth More Than Your House

If you are commuting in your truck, be warned, you have met the ire of a Mazda 2-driving “journalist” who thinks your truck should be banned. Lightning and Holman discuss the ridiculous article written by Elizabeth Werth, as well as talk to Legacy Classic Trucks founder Winslow Bent, who makes adult Hot Wheels for people with a quarter million dollars to spare. Rick Péwé also checks in to talk about his start with David Freiburger in the off-road magazine world.

Jun 18, 2018
Diesel Power Challenge, DPF-Friendly Performance, Guess That Diesel, Drive A Big Rig, World’s Tallest Thermometer

The guys talk to the competitors and reveal the winner of Diesel Power’s 2018 Diesel Power Challenge, discuss DPF-friendly diesel performance with Clint Cannon from ATS Diesel Performance, and argue about whether or not a Commercial Driver’s License is worth it for the average person. Also, find out if Baker, CA is really more than just a tall thermometer.

Jun 11, 2018
What Mini Trucks and Ferraris Have In Common, Car Camping Gone Wild, Concepts Trucks Built To Be Used

From mini-trucks to supercars, Bobby Martins of Sadistic Iron Werks has evolved with the times. Once a staple on the cover on Mini Truckin magazine, Sadistic is now the go-to shop for bagged Ferraris and Lambos. We’ll also take a look at the evolution of car camping into what is called overlanding today and talk about the explosive growth of Overland Expo. Plus, the guys go behind-the-scenes with Nissan’s built-to-be-used concept trucks.

Jun 04, 2018
Roadkill's Mike Finnegan Talks Trucks, His Bogus Battle Against Richard Rawlings, and Stories From His Wild Mini-Truckin’ Days Before Roadkill

Mike Finnegan from Roadkill stops by the Truck Show Podcast to talk about his path to Roadkill, his start as a truck magazine editor, and some of his favorite stories from along the way. He also opens up about his biggest disappointment working on Roadkill and gives Lightning and Holman a behind-the-scenes look at what really happened when Roadkill battled Fast N’ Loud.

May 29, 2018
Holman Ruins The Silverado For You, Get Ready For A 4-Cylinder Half-Ton, Lightning Almost Drives Over A Fan, A New Tire Brand, The V-10 Sport Truck

Are you ready for the four-cylinder-equipped 2019 Chevy Silverado? The guys discuss the new Silverado engine option and first-drive experience with Brett Evans of Truck Trend. Andrew Hoit from Milestar checks in to talk truck tires and explain how Tireco became a big deal. Lightning talks about driving his bro-dozing ROQ Crusher in So Cal traffic and Holman reveals the one thing that will ruin GM trucks for you, plus shares a fond memory of the legendary Ram SRT-10 “Viper Truck.”

May 21, 2018
An Insider Story About Raptor, Importance of Truck Spy Photography, Sway Bars For Trucks, Event Announcer Flubs

Spy photographers are an important part of the truck industry and you’ll hear an insider story of how spy photography affected the fate of the Raptor. The guys also explore the importance of sway bars with Hellwig Products and laugh a little at the expense of a well-meaning announcer at the Ultimate Callout Challenge. All of this and more can be found in Episode 10 of the Truck Show Podcast!

May 14, 2018
The Dieselisode - Diesel Power, Half-Ton Diesels, Diesel Crate Engines, To Delete Or Not To Delete

Episode 9 is our very first Dieselisode! The guys have Diesel Power Magazine Editor-in-Chief KJ Jones in the studio to chat about the latest diesel industry trends and to talk to guests from Ford Motor Company and Cummins. Dave Ives from Ford gives us the inside scoop on the new 3.0L Power Stroke and Steve Sanders from Cummins joins us to discuss all things diesel and shares his thoughts on the Great DPF Delete Debate.

May 07, 2018
What About Grumpers, Big Brake Upgrades For Trucks, and a Shop That Got Big On Social and in Life

Greg Higgs shares the story of how Fab Fours bumpers got its start and why we have Grumpers, Mike Hamrick of Wilwood checks in to talk about the importance of performance brakes for trucks, and we ask Ryan Kibbe of Kibbetech how he got big taunting Jesse James and making magazine-worthy truck builds. Lightning also springs a new segment to test Holman’s truck knowledge.

Apr 30, 2018
Inside GM Truck Engineering, Daytona Truck Meet Blows Up, and How AMP Research Makes Your Truck Better

Get to know Tim Herrick, GM’s Chief Engineer of next-generation light-duty trucks, heavy-duty trucks, and full-size SUVs. The guys talk to Tim about past General Motor’s trucks, what is on the horizon, and what his favorite mountain bike to ride is. Also on the show is Jordan from Daytona Truck Meet, where you and 14,999 of your truck-loving buddies can get together to share your love of trucks. Lightning and Holman also welcome their first in-studio guest, Eric Bajza from AMP Research, to talk about all of the ways AMP makes accessing your truck easier.

Apr 20, 2018
2020 Silverado HD Teaser is Revealed, The Truck Show Makes The Top 5, and Holman Exposed As A Tiny House Hater

Lightning and Holman thank all the listeners for their support in helping the podcast make the automotive Top 5 list on iTunes, talk 2020 Chevy Silverado HD, and tell the story of a 101-year-old retired Chevy truck engineer. Also in this episode the guys explore why Holman is against teenagers on his lawn, Lightning name drops, and we learn why Holman hates tiny houses so much. Also, we find out what was in Holman’s hotel room and who will be on the show in Episode 7!

Apr 14, 2018
Roadkill’s Freiburger, Adventuring with AEV, and Discussing the World of Sponsorships with Truck Guru

Lightning and Holman talk adventure with Matt Feldermann from AEV, get the behind-the-scenes scoop on Roadkill from none other than David Freiburger, and learn the ins and outs of show truck building and sponsorships from Cris Payne of Truck Guru. They also take a quick look at news from the New York Auto Show, including the Volkswagen Tanoak and GMC Sierra AT4, as well as dissect renderings of the 2019 Jeep Scrambler pickup. Oh, and don’t miss our youngest fan Hannah sing the intro!

Apr 06, 2018
The Truck Show Invades Easter Jeep Safari In Moab, Utah

This week the Truck Show goes on the road to Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, to find out why EJS is so important to the off-road industry and dirt-loving enthusiasts.

Mar 30, 2018
Dirt Every Day's Fred Williams, Talking Shocks, New Truck Tech, and Bumpsides,

In this episode, the guys dig deep into shocks with Shane Casad from Bilstein, talk about some of the technology found in the 2019 Ram 1500, and learn from Bump Nation founder Brad Taber about where F-100 guys go to find like-minded enthusiasts. They also dissect what happens to a cow when it is hit by a trophy truck at 112 mph and chat with Fred Williams of Dirt Every Day about what it’s like to go behind the scenes of his hit show.

Mar 23, 2018
From Counterman Stories to 800hp Pickups

Checking in with a Lone Star Throwdown co-founder, behind the parts counter with LGE-CTS Motorsports, an inside look at The Roadster Shop, inside Nissan's new Titan, and drooling over the $100K Yenko Silverado.

Mar 15, 2018
Let’s Launch This Thing Right!

The Truck Show Podcast with Lightning and Holman debuts with guests from Alpine Electronics, the chief interior designer from Ram Trucks, and a co-founder of Lone Star Throwdown, plus the guys speak to an international journalist who wrote an article exposing the battle over Truck Nuts.

Mar 08, 2018