The Truck Show Podcast

By Jay "Lightning" Tilles and Sean P. Holman

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Best podcast of it's kind. maybe the only one of it's kind. If you like trucks and truck stuff, these guys are where it's at. fun and technical where it needs to be.


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 and irreverent look at today’s world of trucks. Hosted by veteran Los Angeles radio personality and producer Jay “Lightning” Tilles (KROQ) and truck expert and longtime automotive journalist Sean P. Holman (Truck Trend, Four Wheeler, Diesel Power, Truckin, Jp, and Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road), the Truck Show Podcast brings a unique and entertaining perspective to all things truck, including those lifted, lowered, and everything in between.

Episode Date
Ep. 90 - Could this be the future Silverado ZR2?, Badass HD Trailers, This Performance Truck Just Got Official

This week the guys talk to GM Performance Chief Engineer Mark Dickens and GM Engineering Group Manager Tom Gierman and experience the ’20 Chevy Silverado BITD race truck firsthand. Could this be the precursor to the Silverado ZR2? We also talk to Gatormade Trailers about HD trailers that are designed to support the loads of the latest HD trucks. Lastly, Ram Trucks just announce that the highly anticipated Ram TRX is happening. Stay tuned!

Oct 14, 2019
Ep. 89 - Testing To The Limit, Onboard Air, Hurt Lightning And Get A Gift Card?

The guys talk to Josh Wiese from Eaton to find out more about their Michigan Proving Grounds and check in with Power Tank founder Steve Sasaki to hear the entrepreneurial story behind one of the best onboard air systems around. Lightning also discusses his disdain for keyboard warriors and his plan to win them over. Holman shares the official 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel fuel economy numbers.


Oct 07, 2019
Ep. 88 - The Emissionsisode with PPEi, ATS, Diesel Power, and SEMA, ‘20 Nissan Titan and State Fair of Texas News, Autonomous Vehicles And Monkeys

Kory Willis from PPEi, Clint Cannon of ATS Diesel Performance, Diesel Power’s KJ Jones, and SEMA’s Peter Treydte all check in to lend some insight about the recent emissions storm that that has shaken the diesel performance industry. The guys also share all the truck news that came out of the State Fair of Texas, including the highly anticipated 2020 Nissan Titian and question what Ford says you can tow with the new Super Duty. Lastly, find out what our future will be like when autonomous delivery trucks and rogue monkeys join up to become our new overlords.


Sep 30, 2019
Ep. 87 - The Fall Guy Truck!!!, CARB Talk, TSP T-Shirts

Promises kept: the guys track down the owner of the Fall Guy jump truck! Hear the story behind the only mid-engine Fall Guy jump truck from the current owner and find out whether or not he’s taken it out for a jump yet. Hear from Banks Power’s John Espino about the beginning of emissions scrutiny in the diesel space and find out what UPDATE Jordan from Daytona Truck Meet has. Also, you can finally order your very own Truck Show Podcast T-shirt!

Sep 23, 2019
Ep. 86 - Ian Johnson, Powder Coating, Land Rover Defender Unveiled, Nissan Titan Review

Truck Show listener and TV personality Ian Johnson joins the podcast and makes an announcement about his new TV show, Four Wheeler, and the guys interview powder coating expert Kelly Inman to answer the age-old question, “What is powder coating?”. Lightning also attempts to do the 2019 Nissan Titan justice by delivering his very first truck review and Holman finally reveals what he was doing in the UK a few months ago, now that an important embargo has lifted.

Sep 16, 2019
Ep. 85 - Remembering Jessi Combs, Custom Truck Shop, Next Half-Ton To Drop Leaf Springs

Friends of the show Theresa and Jason Contreras, and Sara Morosan, from LGE-CTS Motorsports, fondly remember good friend Jessi Combs, discuss the Real Deal, and talk about owning their successful custom truck business. We’ll also bring you the latest truck news, including evidence that Ford will be removing leaf springs from the Raptor, and maybe even the upcoming redesigned F-150. And just what did we get in the mail from Daytona Truck Meet’s Jordan Muhlbauer?

Sep 09, 2019
Ep. 84 - ’20 Ram EcoDiesel Review, Functional Bling, GMC Bringing Back The Sport Truck?

Don’t miss Diesel Power’s KJ Jones as he reviews the 2020 Ram 1500 Eco Diesel and compares it to the GM half-ton-twin’s 3.0L Duramax. The guys have Joe Rode from Eddie Motorsports in studio to talk about what it means to manufacturer functional bling for your ride and a curious trademark filing has us wondering if the return of the factory sport truck is just around the corner.

Sep 02, 2019
Ep. 83 - Missile Trucks and Jet Skis, Bubba Rope, How Fuel Efficient is GM’s 3.0L Duramax Diesel?

The guys are back in studio and ready to talk about recent adventures that included submerged vehicles intended to float and raised vehicles intended to be submerged. We also check in with Jason Gonderman from Truck Trend on his review of the new 3.0L Duramax diesel-powered half-ton Chevy and GMC trucks and hear from Bubba Rope president Jim Flowers about the best piece of recovery gear you might not even know about.


(Special thanks to the US Navy and Submarine Group Ten for special access to the USS Tennessee SSBN-734)

Aug 26, 2019
Ep. 82 - Gamble With Cheap Trucks, Get The Scoop On A New Tool, Goodbye Cummins 5.0?

You’ve seen the logo, you’ve heard the rumors, and now find out the story behind the Gambler 500. Gambler principal Tate Morgan talks to the guys about entering this infamously awesome event, drinking whiskey, and the weirdest vehicles ever to compete, possibly setting into motion a Truck Show Podcast entry for 2020. We talk to Susan Pieper of DMOS collective to find out about a Kickstarter for the most badass shovel you never knew you needed, and Nissan drops some news on the future Titan XD and Cummins 5.0L turbo diesel.

Aug 19, 2019
Ep. 81 - 500 5-Star Listener Meetup, Beef Squishing, Nissan Trucks, DECKED Winner

Scores of listeners descend on the MotorTrend Group HQ in EL Segundo, CA as Omar and Emme discuss their ongoing “beefs” with Holman and Lightning, while listeners from as far away as Texas hang out to feast on BBQ, drink Dr. Pepper, and talk trucks with the guys.

Aug 12, 2019
BONUS: Winner! Winner! DECKED OUT Contest Winner Announced!

Congrats to Listener Jack Sandoz from Grenada Hills, CA! Can't wait to see your truck with a new DECKED system in the bed!

Aug 08, 2019
Ep. 80 - Emme Hall Drove what!?!, Hummers and Buffalo Burgers, The First Factory Sport Truck

The incomparable Emme Hall shares exploits and misadventures from road, and in her first conversation with Lightning ever, squashes their beef. Holman returns from vacation, where he hooked up with the Catalina Island company to check out some of their fleet vehicles, repowers, and bio fuel production while trackin down the best buffalo burger on the island. Lastly, a reader poses the question, “Wasn’t the Lil’ Red Express the REAL first factory sport truck?”, and the guys discuss.

Aug 05, 2019
Ep. 79 - Motorator Matt D’Andria, Last Chance To Get DECKED Out, Electric Pick-Up Yanks Million-Pound Train

An episode so awesome, it has two Lightnings! Join the guys for a sit down with Motorator Matt D’Andria to talk about his first-gen Ford Lightning, trucks, cars, podcasts, celebrities, and go wherever else the conversation leads them. We’ll also cover electric pickups pulling trains, GM 3.0L Duramax fuel economy, and a production truck that can do 0-60 in under 4 seconds. Lastly, don’t miss out on entering to win a fully kitted DECKED system and a trip to our Southern California studios for our 500 5-Star Review Listener Meetup.

Jul 29, 2019
Ep. 78 - Storm Area 51 Invasion, The Biggest Company You Didn’t Know You Knew, Lightning’s (Borrowed) Truck

Planning on storming Area 51 in September? Don’t go without hearing some tips from our go-to desert guru Nena Barlow of Barlow Adventures. Meet Old World Industries’ CEO Charles Culverhouse and product manager Mark Alexander and learn everything you’ve always wondered about DEF. Also, find out about Lightning’s new truck, or at least the one he suckered someone in to letting him borrow for a week.

Jul 22, 2019
Ep. 77 - Raptor Spotting in the UK, $14 Million Train Wreck, Good News From Oceano Dunes

Find out the story behind a Mexican Lobo Raptor that Holman spotted in the UK, hear a first-hand account from photographer Josh Jones on the train derailment that cost many Jeep Gladiators and GM 1500s their salable lives, and catch up with Jim Suty, President of the Friends of Oceano dunes for a land use update you won’t want to miss. Also, find out what hot-button issue has Lightning ranting about this time.

Jul 15, 2019
Ep. 76 - Barn Finds, When A Raptor Isn’t Enough, Ford Power Wagon?

Barn finds are all the rage these days, so you’ll want to hear our interview with Hot Rod contributor Ryan Brutt, who has found everything from Dodge Dudes to Boeing B-17s tucked away in barns and fields. The guys also catch up with MegaRaptor creator Jeremy Dixon and find out what awaits at the next level when your Raptor just doesn’t turn heads anymore. Also, did Ford just fire a shot over Ram’s bow with a new Super Duty Tremor package?

Jul 08, 2019
Ep. 75 - Learn To Fab, Rad Online Automotive Community, The Most Reliable Trucks, 500 5-Star Meetup

You don’t need a college degree to support your truck habit, instead learn real skills that are valuable in today’s world from The Fab School. The guys also check out new auto enthusiast platform and find out who makes the best truck, according to JD Power. Lastly, you won’t want to miss some additional details about our upcoming 500 5-star Listener Meetup with Nissan and DECKED!

Jul 01, 2019
BONUS: 500 5-Star Announcement With Billy Bargain!

Thank you to all of our great fans who have left more than 500 5-star reviews for The Truck Show Podcast! We’d like to celebrate this achievement by hosting a listener meetup at the Motor Trend Group HQ in El Segundo, CA with our friends from Nissan and Decked on Saturday, August 10th. We’ll have food, previous guests, editors, and swag to give away. If you aren’t from So Cal, be sure to head over to and enter to win an all-expense paid trip to be a part of the fun (oh, and a DECKED system!).

Jun 30, 2019
Ep. 74 - Inside the Duramax 3.0L I-6, What We Wish We Spent Our Childhood Doing, A Legend Crosses the Final Finish Line

The guys dig a little deeper into the new Duramax 3.0L I-6 with Duramax Assistant Chief Engineer John Barta and discover the origins of off-road racing talent through the eyes of kids short course racing in a new documentary, Mod Kids USA. We also say goodbye to off-road legend and friend Rod Hall, who passed away recently at the age of 81. Lastly, the Truck Show Podcast defends its honor in the world of five-star reviews.

Jun 24, 2019
Ep. 73 - Diesel Power Challenge, 1000 lb-ft Nissan, Casa Bonita From The Eyes of Gale Banks

Did you hear? The guys went to Diesel Power Challenge and ended up exploring Casa Bonita with Gale Banks… and also talking to KJ Jones from Diesel Power and getting the DPC 2019 recap. You’ll hear some great stories from DPC and then head over to the CFT Performance shop where owner Josh Chapman will walk you through his compound-turbo’d Nissan Titan XD. How does a 1,000 lb-ft Cummins 5.0L sound to you?

Jun 17, 2019
Ep. 72 - Daytona Truck Meet 2019

The guys head east this week to cover one of the nation’s biggest truck shows, the Daytona Truck Meet in Daytona Beach, Florida. From burnout contests and drifting golf carts, to lowered rat rods and height-shifting pickups, this episode will take you through all of the antics as Lightning and Holman see the elusive Carolina squat firsthand and finally find a cool Honda pickup. Don’t miss catching up with old friends, making new ones, and keeping up with the latest trends in the world of trucks.

Jun 11, 2019
Ep. 71 - Emissions Explained, You Need A Tank, Jeep Community Celebrates A Hero

Find out everything you wanted to know about truck emissions, but were afraid to ask, with SEMA Director of Emissions Compliance Peter Treydte. Hear how you can rent a tank for your next party and get up to speed with all the latest happenings in the truck and off-road world, including how the Jeep community came together to remember a hero.

Jun 03, 2019
Ep. 70 - The 2019 Overland Expoisode

Come explore Overland Expo West with Holman as he gets the latest product news from such great brands as Nissan, Decked, RIVIAN, Camburg, Go Fast Campers, Westin, Off Road Power Products, DeeZee, VTX Wheels, listener Marvin, Warn, ARB, Goose Gear, Poolahoop, Rhino Rack (PSA: there are no Rhinoceroses in Australia), and Sherp.

May 28, 2019
Ep. 69 - The Manual Gearbox Preservation Society, Five Hundred Five Star Party

Episode 69 is the second part of the show started in Ep. 68. We’ll introduce you to the creator of The Manual Gearbox Preservation Society, Alan Macey, who turns out to be way more than just the force behind TMGPS. The guys will discuss the story behind TMGPS, how vehicles are designed, and, as usual take the show way off the rails for a while in search of interesting conversation. We’ll also hatch a plan to have a listener party at our studio – but only if we get to 500 five-star reviews!

May 20, 2019
Ep. 68 - Ultimate Callout Challenge, DPC Announcement, Pack More Gear, What Makes A Truck

This is Part 1 of a two-part show, featuring KJ Jones, Editor of Diesel Power, who gives the guys a recap of the Ultimate Callout Challenge and gives an update on the upcoming 2019 Diesel Power Challenge. We’ll also talk to SEMA Launch Pad alumni Kansas Sartin, who will tell us why an extruded and TIG-welded aluminum hitch basket is the last one you’ll ever need. We also tease a secret in-studio guest that will make himself known in Part 2 (Ep. 69) and help you identify a truck in today’s crazy world.

May 13, 2019
Ep. 67 - Dirt Every Day Flops A 4x4 Winnie, Kibbe Helps With Fall Guy, Daytona Truck Meet On Blast, Ultimate Ford vs. Chevy Argument

Did you see it on Instagram? Dirthead Dave flopped Dirt Every Day’s LS7-powered Off-Roaderhome at LS Fest and lives to tell the tale. Rob Kibbe of the Muscle Car Place and the Kibbe and Friends podcast helps the guys get a little deeper in their quest for information on the Fall Guy stunt trucks and Jordan from Daytona Truck Meet gets put on blast. We’ll also tell you about the most intense Ford vs. Chevy battle ever!

May 06, 2019
Ep. 66 - Trucks For Causes, New Muscle Truck, Lightning Survives Vacation

The guys catch up after Lightning survives his Mexican vacation and interview Tuscaloosa’s Nick Hallum and talk about his GMC tribute to kids with Autism. Find out how you can help! We also get current with the inbox and the 5 Star Hotline.

Apr 29, 2019
Ep. 65 - Easter Jeep Safari 2019

Listen to our 2019 Easter Jeep Safari exploits and hear from Fred Williams, Dave Chappelle, Rick Péwé, Verne Simons, Trent McGee, Jeep’s Mark Allen, Steve Sanders from Cummins, Carter from BDS, and all of our awesome listeners that we met along the way, plus more!

Apr 22, 2019
Ep. 64 - Lights with Lasers, We Moved, Mini Cooper or Mini Trucks

Lasers have jumped the shark and are now lighting up the off-road industry. Innovator Alan Roach of Baja Designs walks the guys through this awesome new technology and talks about being the most imitated inventor in the history of ever. The Truck Show moves to its new home and listeners come out of the woodwork to tell Lightning he’s no less of a truck enthusiast with a Mini in the driveway.

Apr 15, 2019
Ep. 63 - Cummins Turns 100, Outfit Your Truck To Perform, 2020 Jeep Gladiator First Drive

This year marks the 100thanniversary for Cummins and to celebrate, Steve Sanders from Cummins Repower has a gift for you. The guys also interview Dylan Evans and Jeremy Headlee from ICON Vehicle Dynamics and find out all the things they are doing to make trucks perform better. Lastly, the embargo has lifted and Holman finally gets to tell you what he thinks about the 2020 Jeep Gladiator after driving it for the first time.

Apr 08, 2019
Ep. 62 - April Foolishness Recap, World’s Most Expensive Bronco, Restoration Rubbers

Did you enjoy our previous episode with “The Truck No One Saw Coming”? We’ll recap that and all of the April Fools fun from around the internet. The guys talk to ICON 4x4 founder Jonathan Ward about the world’s most expensive Bronco and give you the details on what makes for good replacement rubber with Derek Churchill from Precision Replacement Parts.


Apr 02, 2019
Ep. 61 - Exclusive! The Truck No One Saw Coming! ***APRIL FOOLS!***

We have breaking news that you will not want to miss about a truck no one saw coming! Thanks to an unnamed outlet breaking an embargo, we decided to open up and share what we know. It would be foolish to not download this awesome episode! Hope you enjoyed our April Fools episode!

Mar 31, 2019
Ep. 60 - Inside The World Of Wheels, Hot Shot Transportation, Upcoming Ram TRX In The Wild

Explore the world of wheels with Wheel Pros CMO Scott Cobett, hear the history of the brands and find out where they are headed next. Scott shares some exciting news and talks about how to keep clear brand identities when you have a family of brands in your portfolio. The guys also talk to Jesse McGuiness of Watch This Freight and discuss the Ram TRX. Hellcat engine? Check. 8-lug axles? Check. Big travel? Check. Raptor killer? We’ll see.


Mar 25, 2019
Ep. 59 - The Case For Portal Axles, Super Duty Tweener, Lightning Sells His Truck

Have you ever wondered what a portal axle is, or why it might be the ultimate upgrade for your 4x4? 74Weld’s Quinn Pulz joins the guys in studio to talk about performance portals, and a bunch of other topics you won't see coming. Also, find out where Lightning’s truck is headed, and what new project vehicle will sit out in front of his house next.

Mar 18, 2019
Ep. 58 - Former NFL Star Sold It All For Freedom, Tiny House Or Huge Trailer, Truck News From NTEA, The Truck Show is One Year Old!

Hear the story behind former-NFL center Joe Hawley and how he sold it all to buy a 4x4 van and rescue a dog in order to have less to experience more. Find out if a tiny house owner can convince Holman to hate them less and the guys get you up to speed with all of the latest truck news. Thank you to all of the listeners who have made this a successful first year of the Truck Show!

Mar 11, 2019
Ep. 57 - Jonny Lieberman, 2019 Ram HD First Drive, More Lightning Hate Mail

The guys talk automotive with MotorTrend’s Jonny Lieberman, Holman finally reveals what it is like to drive the 2019 Ram HD and Power Wagon, and Lightning gets an e-mail lashing from our good friend Emme Hall.

Mar 04, 2019
Ep. 56 - Lone Star Throwdown 2019

The guys take The Truck Show Podcast on the road this week and bring you back the stories behind the trucks and people from the first major truck show of the season, Lone Star Throwdown, in Conroe, Texas. Also, Jordan from Daytona Truck Meet, almost turns to dust.

Feb 25, 2019
Ep. 55 - Bonus Jeep Gladiator Deep Dive Episode

The highly anticipated Jeep Gladiator solid-axle pickup has arrived and we have interviews with some of the key people behind the new Jeep truck. Is it a Wrangler with a bed? Or is it something more? Listen to this episode and find out!

Feb 21, 2019
Ep. 54 - Air Suspension Systems Explained, Catch Up On All The Recent Truck News, Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison Update

Everything you’ve wanted to know about air suspension, but were afraid to ask, answered by AccuAir’s Reno Heon. The guys discuss all the amazing truck news that came out of the Chicago Auto Show, plus share some sad news for anyone excited about the Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison. Holman is bestowed the award of being an honorary Texan, so don’t forget to RSVP for the Lone Star Throwdown Listener Meetup and have a beer with the newest Texan! And Lightning.

Feb 18, 2019
Ep. 53 - HUGE HDisode! PPEI’s Kory Willis, HD Truck Wars Heating Up, New HD Engines, New HD Trans, New HD Trucks!

It’s the HUGE, MASSIVE, and content-packed HDisode! This show is packed with so much content, you’ll need an HD truck to haul it home in! PPEI super tuner Kory Willis comes on to talk tuning, while the guys go behind the scenes of the HD Truck Wars with Ram and Chevy. You'll hear from chief engineers Rod Romain from Ram and Jaclyn McQuaid from GM, as well as Rich Scheer from Chevy exterior design and hear about Ford’s BIG Super Duty announcement. Also take a dive into the all-new GM 6.6L gas engine, the updated 6L90E six-speed auto, and find how much Allison is in the new 10-speed 10L1000 GM trans.

Feb 11, 2019
Ep. 52 - First Gladiator Gets Gutted, Electrified and Hubless 1-tons, Lone Star Meetup Details

The guys catch wind of the very first Gladiator to go under the knife as it gets prepped for King Of Hammer’s Pro Comp 4600 stock class. Gerald Lee from Savvy Motorsports talks about the Jeep pickup’s build-up for KOH and who will be piloting it for the race. Jeff Transou from Transou design also comes on to explain the hubless Super Duty that resides on his Instagram page and the guys give details about their upcoming listener meetup at Lone Star Throwdown.

Feb 04, 2019
Ep. 51 - King Of The Hammers, 2020 GMC Sierra HD, Return Of The Ants

King of the Hammers is arguably the most innovative off-road race in North America, and the guys talk to founder and owner Dave Cole about his struggles and victories in making KOH what it is today. KJ Jones, Editor-in-Chief of Diesel Power, talks about the introduction of the all-new 2020 GMC Sierra HD and Holman receives a mystery package from one of our first listeners.

Jan 28, 2019
Ep. 50 - Cummins Hits 1,000 lb-ft From The Factory, 2019 Ram Heavy Duty, First-Gen Ram With A Surprise, We Celebrate 50 Episodes!

The 1,000 lb-ft of torque glass ceiling has been shattered with the new Cummins 6.7L in the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty! To get the scoop, Holman stalks the Ram display at the North American International Auto Show and catches up with Ram VP Jim Morrison and the crew from Cummins. The guys also talk to first-gen Dodge Ram Cummins owner Dave Couvillion from 179 Garage about his super clean truck, which he bought with a surprise under the hood. And don’t forget to have some cake and lift a glass with us to our 50th episode!

Jan 20, 2019
Ep. 49 - Reimagined Hummer H1s, Leaf Spring Are Awesome, Herculean Gladiator (Maybe)

What does it take to do a painstakingly detailed frame-off restoration on a Hummer H1 and reimagine it as a modern, yet capable, luxury vehicle? The guys get the scoop from the team behind Mil-Spec Automotive and find out why they had to retool relatively innocuous parts, such as the door handles, themselves. Deaver’s own Scott Born answers everything you’ve ever wondered about leaf springs and why they are still relevant today. Also, is Jeep already working on a performance variant of the Gladiator pickup?

Jan 14, 2019
Ep. 48 - Greg A. Loves Cummins, Truck Industry’s Kevin Bacon, Beware of New Police Headlights

It’s the first show of 2019 and the guys are off to a solid start with guest Greg Alberalla, known for his popular Cummins YouTube channel. Truck industry veteran Marcel Venable finally gives us the phone number we’ve been waiting for, talks classics, and exposes his mistaken identity as a mini trucker. We also find out which new cop headlights you should fear in your rearview and catch up on listener rants (and raves).

Jan 07, 2019
Ep. 47 - Happy New Year! 2020 HDs, Multimatic, Trucks Behaving Badly, Know Your Note, Billy Bargain

It’s the last show of the year and we have packed it full of discussions on the 2020 Ram and Chevy HDs (yet Holman is still holding back!) and the new video rendering from Chase Carroll from Innov8 Design Lab. The guys talk to Michael Guittilla from Multimatic about the company’s entry into the truck market, examine an incident that gives truck guys a bad name before delving into EV and truck electrification, and Lightning has to guess an epic exhaust note. Lastly, will you buy Lightning’s truck already?

Dec 31, 2018
Ep. 46 - Merry Christmas! Boom Trucks, Truck Gifts, 2019 Ford Ranger

Merry Christmas to all of our Truck Show Listeners! In this episode we find out that the guys survived the Fruitcakeisode, share a newsworthy throwback to “Boom Trucks”, exchange Christmas gifts from California Car Cover and Magellan, and talk to Truck Trend’s Brett Evans about the all-new 2019 Ford Ranger first drive. From us to you, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a great holiday season!

Dec 22, 2018
Ep. 45 - Holiday Fruitcakeisode, 2019 Four Wheeler Pickup Truck of the Year, Rescued Adventurer, 2020 Jeep Gladiator, Upcoming 2020 HDs

Nothing quite captures the spirit of the holidays like enjoying a delicious fruitcake, even if it is a three-year-old fruitcake that helped launch the longest truck warranty in America. Chef Cory Bahr and Dr. Mo add their two cents on eating aged fruitcake. Also the guys check in with Four Wheeler’s 2019 Pickup Truck of the Year judges, rescue errant adventurer Neil Calder, talk to Mark Allen, Head of Jeep design, about the new Jeep Gladiator, and discuss photos of the upcoming 2020 heavy-duty trucks from Ram and Chevy.

Dec 17, 2018
Ep. 44 - Finding C10 Ronnie, EV 4x4s Are Here, Importance of Mentorship

Episode 44 is full of goodness, including a conversation with fellow podcaster Ronnie Wetch from C10 Talk, a look at electric trucks with the founder and CEO of electric vehicle startup Bollinger Motors, Robert Bollinger, and a great clip from SEMA’s Brew Talks about mentorship and vocational education. Ben Palmer from American Expedition Vehicles also drops by with pizza, Dr. Pepper, and a little truck insight.

Dec 10, 2018
Ep. 43 - Off-Roading in The Sahara, Lightning Finds Low Range, Introducing The 5-Star Hotline

Holman brings you along on his adventure wheeling Nissan trucks in the Western Sahara desert, while the incomparable Emme Hall makes for some good comedy. The guys also launch the 5-Star Hotline as a new way to interact with the Truck Show Podcast Listeners. Lightning joins some Truck Show fans for a day of rock crawling in Johnson Valley, CA.

Dec 03, 2018
Ep. 42 - Bizarre Cummins Swaps, Australian Parts For Better Adventures, Buy Lightning’s Truck

Steve Sanders from Cummins returns to talk R2.8 swaps, while the guys try to get answers about upcoming Cummins-powered trucks. Lightning and Holman dial up the future to find out what kind of Rhinos come from Australia and what Aussie accessories help your truck carry more. Plus, the time has come for Lightning to sell his beloved brodozer, and Holman teases a survivor XJ that needs a new home.

Nov 26, 2018
Ep. 41 - Centerforce Clutches, Sadistic Iron Werks, What We Missed At SEMA

After several episodes on the road, the guys return to the studio and catch up and with Will Baty of Centerforce Clutches, reconnect with Bobby Martin of Sadistic Iron Werks, and discuss what was missed at SEMA. Plus, find out which manufacturers are hinting at future trucks with concepts that are in plain sight.

Nov 19, 2018
Ep. 40 - Adventures On The Trail, A Memorial to Off-Roaders, Ghost Town Burgers

In this episode, the guys are back on the road, er trail, putting a 2018 Chevy Colorado ZR2 through its paces. Along the way, they pay respects at the Mojave Desert’s Husky Memorial and speak to those with loved ones to remember. Before heading home, they make a stop in the historic gold town of Randsburg and chat with the owner of the town’s working General Store.

Nov 12, 2018
Ep. 39 - Bonus SEMA USAisode Day 5

It’s SEMA week! In this Day 5 Bonus Episode, the guys take a closer look at the world of family owned businesses and parts and products made in the USA. This episode features Mike Sapgnola from SEMA, a listener from Ford, award-winning truck builder Chris Church, Stan Chen from Toyo Tires, Mike Stickney from Westin Automotive, John Angelastro from sPOD, Mark Dickens of Chevrolet Performance Parts, Mike Sype of Rancho/Dynomax/Thrush, Lonnie McCurry Jr. of SkyJacker, Jim McGean of Dynatrac, James Fonnesbeck of Expedition One, Shane Casad from Bilstein, and Greg Randolph from DECKED.

Nov 05, 2018
Ep. 38 - Bonus SEMA Liftisode Day 4

It’s SEMA week! In this Day 4 Bonus Episode, the guys take a closer look at the world of lifted trucks with Rob Pigue from Plan B Fab, Kyle Bennett from Stryker Off-Road and SORD Performance Shocks, Listener Carter Reed from BDS, Aaron Aldrich from Any Level Lift, and long-time big-truck innovator Jeff Kelderman from Kelderman.

Nov 03, 2018
Ep. 37 - Bonus SEMA Episode Day 3

It’s SEMA week! In this Day 3 Bonus Episode, Gale Banks is back to discuss SEMA, differential covers, mentoring, and his newfound love of Monster Energy drinks. Other guests include Ryan Morgan from Sparks Motors and Diesel Brothers, Jason Gauci from Lund International, Matt Feldermann from AEV, and Chase Carroll from Innov8 Design Labs. Oh, and find out what famous person Gale snubbed to be on our show!

Nov 02, 2018
Ep. 36 - Bonus SEMA Episode Day 2

It’s SEMA week! In this Day 2 Bonus Episode, the guys catch up with Brent Hagan from Nissan, SEMA’s Launch Pad winner Matt Beenan, Melanie Hellwig White from Hellwig Products, Craig Jackson of Barrett Jackson, Kevin Stearns from Tillman Motorsports/Pacific Fab, and Titan racer Walter Cheney from Venom Racing.

Nov 01, 2018
Ep. 35 - Bonus SEMA Episode Day 1

It’s SEMA week! In this Day 1 Bonus Episode, the guys catch up with Truck Guru Chris Payne, Jordan Muhlbauer from Daytona Truck Meet, Jason Sandusky from American Force Wheels, John Hennessey from Hennessey Performance, and Jerry Zaiden from Camburg. We also check out the first slammed 2019 Ram1500 we’ve seen and enjoy the best marketing move of the day as DECKED hired a local high school band to serenade the entire South Hall. Well done.

Oct 31, 2018
Ep. 34 - Mike Finnegan Hangs, 2019 Half-Tons, One Man Touches 1.5 million Super Duty Trucks

Roadkill’s Mike Finnegan comes back to tell more magazine guy stories, talk Carolina Reaper peppers, and discusses his induction in the Mini Truck Hall of Fame. One man makes his mark on 1.5 million Super Duty trucks and Holman shares his insight from Truck Trend’s 2019 Pickup Truck of the Year Competition.

Oct 29, 2018
Ep. 33 - Freiburger is Back, Infamous Viper Truck, Diff Covers Uncovered

Roadkill’s David Freiburger returns and no topic is off the table. From speed records and Doritos to autonomous driving and cliff diving vehicles, the guys go deep to explore the true definition of a pickup. Herb Helbig, retired Viper engineer, talks about how the Ram SRT-10 became the world’s fastest production truck and Lightning and Holman discuss the whether aftermarket diff covers really work.

Oct 22, 2018
Ep. 32 - Off Road Expoisode!

The Truck Show Podcast with Lightning and Holman is a 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 duo brings a unique and entertaining perspective to all things truck, including those lifted, lowered, and everything in between.

Oct 15, 2018
Ep. 31 - Aaron Kaufman Returns, Texas State Fair, Daytona Truck Meet Update

Aaron Kaufman returns to the show to talk about what he’s been up to, giving the guys an update on his second season of Shifting Gears, Arclight Fab’s product launch, and of course more F-100 talk. Jim Morrison, Head of Ram Trucks, walks us through 2019 Ram updates and Nissan’s Brent Hagan shares the Titan updates for 2019. Jordan Muhlbauer of Daytona Truck Meet, has a little more info to share about the 2019 event.

Oct 08, 2018
Ep. 30 - Bullet Proof Six Liter Fords, Realistic Renderings, California Pompousness

The guys reveal the secret life of reliable six-liter Power Strokes with Jeff Dahlin of Bullet Proof Diesel, talk to Chase from Innov8 Design Labs about his photorealistic concept truck renderings, and explore the concept of California pompousness while apologizing for California pompousness.

Oct 01, 2018
Ep. 29 - Raptor Goes Global, Daytona Truck Meet Announcement, Born For Adventure

Will the Ranger Raptor come to the US? The guys speak to Hermann Salenbauch, the Global Director for Ford Performance Vehicles, to discuss the expansion of the Raptor brand and what it means to Ford. They’ll also hear from Jordan Muhlbauer from Daytona Truck Meet with a special announcement, and talk to the founder of Born For Adventure about adventuring out in the world with old iron.

Sep 24, 2018
Ep. 28 - Badass Grandpa Takes A Raptor Racing, Chevy/AEV Collaboration, Most Affordable Truck in America, Vintage TV Show

Off Road Motorsports Hall of Famer and racing legend Dick Landfield discusses taking a Ford Raptor racing in Baja for the NORRA Mexican 1000, Chevy’s Performance Manager for Midsize Trucks, Brad Schreiber, returns to tell the guys all about the partnership with AEV to create the 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison, we drive the most affordable truck in a America, and our listeners settle a score between Lightning and Holman.

Sep 18, 2018
Ep. 27 - Diesel Tuning, Truck Club Antics, Rad Midsize Pickup Gets Radder

The guys talk to Paul Wilson of and Calibrated Power Solutions about diesel tunes and invite Brett Oakes, the founder of truck club juggernaut Severed Ties, in studio to tell stories about the rise and fall of truck clubs and where clubs stand today. We also discuss the announcement of the Chevy ZR2 Bison and the 2019 Ram fuel economy numbers, while Nissan launches the “Calling All Titans” movement.

Sep 10, 2018
Ep. 26 - ’19 TRD Pro Trucks, Electrical Accessories Made Easy, Awesome Apparel

Sheldon Brown from Toyota talks about the 2019 TRD Pro line-up and their shift to Fox shocks. Rory Connell, formerly of West Coast Customs fame, has a killer solution for operating any electrical accessory on your truck. Lastly, Nat Havholm tells Lightning and Holman about the inspirations behind his automotive lifestyle company, California Grilled Tees.

Sep 03, 2018
Ep. 25 - The Early Days Of Toyota TRD’s Foray Into Trucks, Lift Kit Development, 417K Mile Pickup

Ted Moncure, former TRD Product Development Manager for Toyota and current Director of Development for Transamerican Wholesale spends some time in studio talking about the rise of TRD trucks inside Toyota and what it takes to develop a quality lift kit in today’s competitive market. Ted shares his love of desert racing and what it is like to commute to work by airplane. The guys also talk to the original owner of a 2005 Nissan Titan with 417,000 miles on it to figure out just how well a Titan holds up and what maintenance is really required to reach the 400K mark.

Aug 27, 2018
Ep. 24 - Amazing One-Off Trucks From ICON, Figuring Out Your Truck’s Worth, 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 Review

Lightning and Holman welcome Jonathan Ward from ICON on the show to talk about his amazing business of restoring and remaking classic vehicles, including ICON’s line of bespoke FJs and Broncos, as well as his Reformer and Derelict line of pickup-ups. Randy Carlson, appraiser on the show Sticker Shock talks mini trucks, classics, and the value of vintage trucks and Holman shares his first review of the 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500.

Aug 20, 2018
The Truck Show Podcast Trailer

Massive budgets. Bombshell revelations. Those are other podcasts. This is The Truck Show podcast, where radio personality Jay "Lightning" Tilles and automotive journalist Sean Holman cover all things truck - lifted, lowered, and everything in between.

Aug 16, 2018
Ep. 23 - 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
Ep. 22 - 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
Ep. 21 - 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
Ep. 20 - 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
Ep. 19 - 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
Ep. 18 - 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
Ep. 17 - 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
Ep. 16 - 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
Ep. 15 - 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
Ep. 14 - 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
Ep. 13 - 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
Ep. 12 - 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
Ep. 11 - 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
Ep. 10 - 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
Ep. 09 - The Dieselisode - Diesel Power, Half-Ton Diesels, Diesel Crate Engines, To Delete Or Not To Delete

It's the 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
Ep. 08 - 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
Ep. 07 - 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
Ep. 06 - 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
Ep. 05 - 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
Ep. 04 - 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
Ep. 03 - 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
Ep. 02 - 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
Ep. 01 - 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