012 VIDEO Hottest Gaming Trends with GamerTagRadio

Get behind the joystick with Danny Peña, founder of Gamertag Radio! We caught up with Danny, celebrating his birthday today at the 2016 Podcast Movement Convention in Chicago! “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my special day,” says Danny.

“I love meeting people who want to share their unique message though the fastest-growing medium out there; podcasting.” – Danny Peña

Danny is a pioneer in podcasting about Hip Hop and video games since 2001. Danny has over a million downloads of his ever popular Gamertagradio Podcast. Danny was the recipient of the esteemed, Microsoft MVP award 3 Consecutive Years 2005 – 2008.

Even though Danny has been featured on MTV True Life, In The Qube, The Miami Herald, Miami New Times, Official Xbox Magazine UK, Gamespot, 1up, Penny Arcade Expo Panel, IGN, Joystiq, and other media outlets, “Being featured on the Motormouth Podcast is truly the highlight of my career!”

Listen in to our exclusive Motormouth interview and learn about the latest trends in gaming.  Follow the Motormouth Video Podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcast app. When you’re done gaming, visit us at streetvw.com and carcatcher.netand you’ll discover that finding the car of your dreams is easier than the 1975, Atari release of Pong!

012 AUDIO What’s new in gaming with GamerTagRadio’s Danny Peña

Get behind the joystick with Danny Peña, founder of Gamertag Radio! We caught up with Danny, celebrating his birthday today at the 2016 Podcast Movement Convention in Chicago! “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my special day,” says Danny.

“I love meeting people who want to share their unique message though the fastest-growing medium out there; podcasting.” – Danny Peña

Danny is a pioneer in podcasting about Hip Hop and video games since 2001. Danny has over a million downloads of his ever popular Gamertagradio Podcast. Danny was the recipient of the esteemed, Microsoft MVP award 3 Consecutive Years 2005 – 2008.

Even though Danny has been featured on MTV True Life, In The Qube, The Miami Herald, Miami New Times, Official Xbox Magazine UK, Gamespot, 1up, Penny Arcade Expo Panel, IGN, Joystiq, and other media outlets, “Being featured on the Motormouth Podcast is truly the highlight of my career!”

Listen in to our exclusive Motormouth interview and learn about the latest trends in gaming.  Follow the Motormouth Video Podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcast app. When you’re done gaming, visit us at streetvw.com and carcatcher.netand you’ll discover that finding the car of your dreams is easier than the 1975, Atari release of Pong!

011 AUDIO: Steven Raichlen Reveals BBQ Secrets for Quick Smoke

This Memorial Day weekend, service men and women in the U.S. will be honored for their service and those who served will be remembered.  Many of these celebrations will occur in backyards and over hot, smoky barbecue grills and cold, refreshing beverages.

If you’re planning on throwing anything on the grill this weekend you must watch this exclusive interview with multi-award-winning author, journalist, cooking teacher, and TV host, Steven Raichlen!

Raichlen shares secrets of the grill with our Motormouth Podcast recently. Raichlen is the man who reinvented barbecue. His best-selling Barbecue! Bible cookbook series (5 million copies in print) and Primal Grill™ and Barbecue University™ TV shows on PBS have helped people all over the world ascend the ladder of grilling enlightenment.

“I’m visiting Amarillo to have some fun and help my friends at Panhandle PBS raise awareness of all their great programing,” says Raichlen.

Learn barbecue smoke secrets from the Master; Steven Raichlen
Learn barbecue smoke secrets from the Master; Steven Raichlen

Raichlen’s obsession with live fire cooking began with The Barbecue Bible (Workman, 1998), an IACP/Julia Child Award-winning encyclopedic study of global grilling chronicling his 4-year, 200,000-mile odyssey in pursuit of the world’s most remarkable grilling. How to Grill (Workman, 2000) was the world’s first step-by-step guide to live fire cooking, with more than 1000 color photographs, hailed by the New York Times as “astute, approachable, and eminently appealing.” How to Grill won an IACP Award and has more than 1.8 million copies in print.

The Street Auto Group; Street Toyota and Street Volkswagen, have served the Amarillo area for over 34 years and has received the prestigious Toyota President’s Award for the past 11 years.  Street Toyota was named the 2012 Automotive News ‘100 Best Dealerships To Work For.’  The Street Auto Group has been a valuable corporate citizen in the Panhandle area. They provide support to area nonprofit organizations such as Boy Scouts of America, United Way, The Mavericks Boys and Girls Club, High Plains Food Bank, Eveline Rivers Christmas Project, Snack Pak 4 Kids, Amarillo Symphony, Amarillo Museum of Art, Discovery Center, CACHA (Hispanic Chamber of Commerce), West Texas A&M University and many other organizations.

Media Contact: Flo Lopez, Street Toyota of Amarillo, Texas, (806) 355-9846, flo_lopez@street-toyota.com

For more stories from the West Texas Panhandle area, check out all of our latest Motormouth Podcast episodes on iTuneshttps://goo.gl/4rlAOP

Transcript:

John: Here we are again in Amarillo. I’m John ‘Motor Mouth’ Luciano from Street Auto Group. We’ve got something…

Flo: Hi, guys.

John: Really fun today!

John: You know my cohort over here, Flo. We’ve got Steven Raichlen with us today. We’re going to talk a little bit about his book, Project Smoke, his show Project Smoke, so I’m kind of guessing it’s all about smoke for you, right?

Steven: It’s all about smoke. Yes, because all barbecue is smoke, but not all smoked foods are barbeque, right? Think of smoked salmon. Think of smoked cheese. Think of even bacon, that’s not barbecue. The book is really about smoke in all of it’s tasty splendor.

John: That is awesome. In all kinds of different types of food, right? You can barbecue anything. Am I right?

Steven: Well, you can smoke anything.

John: Okay.

Steven: I don’t know that you can barbecue a cheesecake, but you can smoke a cheesecake.

John: [laughs]

Steven: And you will actually find a smoked cheesecake recipe in my book.

John: Okay. There’s our first word for today. Flo, you’ve got to find a smoked cheesecake.

Flo: That’s why you didn’t write the book.

John: That’s why I didn’t write the book. You’re exactly right. I think I’ll stay in the car business. We’re in Amarillo, Texas, as you guys know. And we’re talking about the Panhandle PBS today, who we love and is dear to our heart, as you know. And It’s awesome that your show is shown by them and take it. And now, we talk about your book. One here. So you’re signing autographs today with Boyd’s equipment, on the canyon.

Steven: Boyd’s carries the books and also my Best of Barbecue cooking accessories. You can also find it at Hasting’s book store and Barnes and Noble, online at biblebarbecue.com, which is my website, widely available.

John: Barbequebible.com?

Steven: Yes. B-A-R-B-E-C-U-E-B-I-B-L-E.com.

John: That is awesome.

[crosstalk]

John: Okay. There’s another one, so we’ll put that website down here below. We’ll talk a little bit about that. Tell us the big question that everybody’s going to want to know, and mainly your biggest fan, Laverne Davis. Laverne, we’re asking your question.

Flo: Laverne.

Steven: Hi, Laverne.

John: Hi, Laverne. Let’s make sure we take care of that.

Flo: And you’re going to autograph her steak, if that’s okay.

John: Yes, we’ll get that autographed. How did it all start? You didn’t just wake up in Massachusetts one day, and say, “I think I’ll smoke something or…”

Steven: No. Actually, it’s a very funny…

John: The bell means the steak’s ready. We got a bunch of cooking going on. Yes, dive up. Somebody at the drive through.

[“Ding, ding,” bell rings]

Flo: The fries are ready!

Steven: Funny and weird story. I actually have a degree in French Literature, believe it or not.

John: [laughs] And that lead to…

Steven: [speaks French]

John: How do you pronounce bar-be-cue in French Literature?

Steven: It’s a strange story but it actually– I got grant, after college, to study Medieval Cooking in Europe.

John: Where was college?

Steven: Reed College in Puerto Rico.

John: Okay, Reed College. But you always got to get those in there. And the mascot was?

Steven: I didn’t have a–

John: Wasn’t a chicken wing or anything, right?

Steven: No. It was actually the Griffin.

John: [laughs]

Steven: A mythological Greek cre–

Flo: Well, it’s an Eagle.

Steven: The head of an Eagle and.–

Flo: Here we go. That’s kind of Griffin.

John: [laughs][unintelligible 00:02:36]

Steven: No. Anyway, but [sic] I think the important thing is about 20 years ago, I had this realization that people grill and smoke all over the world, but they do it differently in each country and culture. So, I set out to travel the world’s barbecue trail. Document how grilling and barbecuing are don in each culture. The result of that was the Barbecue Bible, which became a Runaway Best Seller and that’s how–

John: We got one of those here, right?

Steven: Yes.

John: We got that here too.

Steven: And that’s how I got into barbecue.

John: And how long ago was that?

Steven: Well, 1994 I started the book and it was published in 1998. So, I’m coming up on my 20th anniversary.

John: That is awe– That’s a lot of cooking.

Steven: Well, it’s cooking. It’s teaching. It’s TV shows. It’s travel. Yes.

John: Is there–

Steven: And writing, of course.

John: Is there a signature dish? Is there a favorite, like, “This is my favorite dish?”

Steven: Well, in terms of dishes, they’re all my children, they’re all my favorites. But, these Slam Dunk Beef Ribs, on the cover of the book. These are beef plate-ribs that are smoked for about ten hours. And I would-

Steven: And I would have to say that if I had to pick my last meal-

John: [laughs]

Steven: – God forbid, that’s what I would want.

John: I’m guessing it’s charcoal or wood over gas?

Steven: No. Actually– Well, you can smoke with all three of those fuels. Wood is essential for smoke. Alright, if you cook ribs over charcoal but [sic] they will not taste smoky. So, you either build a bed of charcoal fire and then you add wood chips, or chunks of logs. Or you build just a straight wood fire. Or you work in a gas smoker that burns wood chips. But, wood is the key.

Flo: I spilled coffee all over John’s desk last week. He was smoking. But that’s a different king of-

John: [laughs] That was a different kind of smoke.

Flo: Thatís a different kind of smoke.

John: Just a quick question. Longer is better in most cases? Slower?

Steven: Not necessarily. Depends [sic] what you’re smoking. Here we are in Texas. This is the Epi Center of barbecued beef. And that is general-

John: We’re in the beef capital of the world right now.

Steven: – And that is generally cooked low and slow. Meaning a low heat, 250 degrees for– brisket might take 12, 14, 16 hours. But, in Project Smoke, There are a lot of dishes that don’t require that much cooking. In fact, the new show, which starts airing this weekend, on– Let’s see, Panhandle PBS.

John: Panhandle PBS.

Steven: One of the shows is called Smoke in a Hurry. And it’s all about dishes that you can smoke in ten minutes or less.

John: Wow. And still get that smoked flavor?

Steven: And still get a great [unintelligible 00:05:10].

John: And not artificially. Not by pouring silly liquid on it?

Steven: One secret is to smoke with hay instead of wood. That’s a very good smoking method. Another, I’ve got a recipe for a smoked ice-cream that I demonstrate. You’ve got to smoke that fast before it melts.

John: Sounds good though.

[crosstalk]

John: I’m still thinking about the smoked cheesecake. That sounded awfully good.

[crosstalk]

John: It is?

Flo: Smoked cheesecake is what they told me.

John: That would be awesome.

Flo: His recipes are inspired.

John: If you get the chance, you need to come down to Boyd’s Equipment and see your utensils and different things that you sell. You can also get the book. He has this amazing line. He’s got some of the coolest grills. I’ve ever seen.

Steven: Yes. This is a great collection.

John: Depending which way you want to grill? Looks like he’s got gas. He’s got charcoal. He’s got–

Steven: Gas, he’s has charcoal, Kamados, pellet smokers. Yes, this is the kind of place where you feel like, if you’re into grilling and smoking, you died and went to heaven.

John: Beautiful job went into the location.

Flo: – Boyd told me this is not a backscratcher I found out.

Steven: [laughs]

Flo: [inaudible 00:06:08]

Steven: Is that what he told you, to take it out of your shirt?

Flo: Yes.

Steven: That’s a very good thing. [laughs]

Flo: [laughs]

John: Miami is kind of where the mail goes, you told me?

Steven: No. Miami is where the mail goes.

John: But you are on the road so much.

Steven: I’m on the road for about four months a year, yes.

John: Well, that’s good. We’re really glad that you made it– You been to Amarillo before, I understand?

Steven: I have. So this was a second trip. Yes, absolutely.

John: That’s awesome. And from here unto–?

Steven: Tomorrow is Austin, with Aaron Franklin, the–

John: Famous Franklin’s barbecue, right?

Steven: Major heavy weight in barbecue.

John: Oh my gosh. You bet.

Steven: And then–

John: People waiting four to five hours. My wife and the kids from young life, they’ve waited four or five hours in line to do the deal. It’s amazing.

Steven: I know. It just makes me wonder, “Does anybody in Austin ever work?” It seems like all anybody in Austin does is wait in line for barbecue.

John: Keep it weird. They got their t-shirt. You’ll see plenty of that.

Steven: And then I head up to Toronto.

John: Wow. That’s quite a jump from Austin to Toronto. Hopefully, youíre going to fly, right?

Steven: I am.

John: Okay. [laughs] That’s a good thing.

Flo: And you eat the barbecue chips on the plane?

Steven: I do not eat on flights.

Flo: I don’t

John: [laughs] Don’t eat on flight at all?

Steven: I draw– I do now. I draw the line on that.

John: [laughs]

Flo: [laughs]

John: Well, Steven. It’s just been awesome.

[crosstalk]

John: It’s just great that you would take the time to talk to us.

Flo: Thank you.

Steven: Thank you.

John: We’ll put it out there. And we’re going to get a signed book for–

Steven: Is it Laverne, right?

John: Laverne Davis.

Steven: Laverne? Okay, Laverne. I’m watching you.

John: Yes, thanks. She’s watching you. She is your big fan.

Flo: Absolutely.

John: From Street Auto Group. From Street Volkswagen and Street Toyota, we want to thank Steven and the people at Boyd’s. And you really got to come see this. This is a great, wonderful store. Just another hidden treasure in Amarillo, Texas. There it is. It’s Memorial weekend coming up and everybody’s going to be barbecuing. Two things you are going to need. You got to get Boyd’s. Get your barbecue equipment. And you got to have this book. Steven will tell you exactly the best way to do the best barbecue, right?

Steven: That’s right.

John: We talked about it a minute ago and we’re talking about it more.

Steven: Yes. Project Smoke. Everything from the gorgeous monster beef ribs, on the cover of the book, to pork shoulders, smoked fish, smoked vegetables, even smoked ice-cream for dessert.

Flo: That’s it?

John: Awesome. Smoked cheesecake. We’re going to try that tonight.

Steven: Smoked cheesecake, tonight. Yes.

Flo: Smoked cheesecake, too.

John: Boyd’s in Amarillo on the canyon [unintelligible 00:08:06]. Come see us. Come sit. Thanks to PBS, we had a part of this. And Steven, thanks for coming to Amarillo.

Steven: Alright, Thank you.

John: Thank you.

[00:08:22] [END OF AUDIO]

011 VIDEO: No Smoke Screen; Steven Raichlen Reveals Weekend BBQ Secrets

This Memorial Day weekend, service men and women in the U.S. will be honored for their service and those who served will be remembered.  Many of these celebrations will occur in backyards and over hot, smoky barbecue grills and cold, refreshing beverages.

If you’re planning on throwing anything on the grill this weekend you must watch this exclusive interview with multi-award-winning author, journalist, cooking teacher, and TV host, Steven Raichlen!

Raichlen shares secrets of the grill with our Motormouth Podcast recently. Raichlen is the man who reinvented barbecue. His best-selling Barbecue! Bible cookbook series (5 million copies in print) and Primal Grill™ and Barbecue University™ TV shows on PBS have helped people all over the world ascend the ladder of grilling enlightenment.

“I’m visiting Amarillo to have some fun and help my friends at Panhandle PBS raise awareness of all their great programing,” says Raichlen.

Steven Raichlen, Project Smoke

Raichlen’s obsession with live fire cooking began with The Barbecue Bible (Workman, 1998), an IACP/Julia Child Award-winning encyclopedic study of global grilling chronicling his 4-year, 200,000-mile odyssey in pursuit of the world’s most remarkable grilling. How to Grill (Workman, 2000) was the world’s first step-by-step guide to live fire cooking, with more than 1000 color photographs, hailed by the New York Times as “astute, approachable, and eminently appealing.” How to Grill won an IACP Award and has more than 1.8 million copies in print.

The Street Auto Group; Street Toyota and Street Volkswagen, have served the Amarillo area for over 34 years and has received the prestigious Toyota President’s Award for the past 11 years.  Street Toyota was named the 2012 Automotive News ‘100 Best Dealerships To Work For.’  The Street Auto Group has been a valuable corporate citizen in the Panhandle area. They provide support to area nonprofit organizations such as Boy Scouts of America, United Way, The Mavericks Boys and Girls Club, High Plains Food Bank, Eveline Rivers Christmas Project, Snack Pak 4 Kids, Amarillo Symphony, Amarillo Museum of Art, Discovery Center, CACHA (Hispanic Chamber of Commerce), West Texas A&M University and many other organizations.

Media Contact: Flo Lopez, Street Toyota of Amarillo, Texas, (806) 355-9846, flo_lopez@street-toyota.com

For more stories from the West Texas Panhandle area, check out all of our latest Motormouth Podcast episodes on iTuneshttps://goo.gl/4rlAOP

Transcript:

John: Here we are again in Amarillo. I’m John ‘Motor Mouth’ Luciano from Street Auto Group. We’ve got something…

Flo: Hi, guys.

John: Really fun today!

John: You know my cohort over here, Flo. We’ve got Steven Raichlen with us today. We’re going to talk a little bit about his book, Project Smoke, his show Project Smoke, so I’m kind of guessing it’s all about smoke for you, right?

Steven: It’s all about smoke. Yes, because all barbecue is smoke, but not all smoked foods are barbeque, right? Think of smoked salmon. Think of smoked cheese. Think of even bacon, that’s not barbecue. The book is really about smoke in all of it’s tasty splendor.

John: That is awesome. In all kinds of different types of food, right? You can barbecue anything. Am I right?

Steven: Well, you can smoke anything.

John: Okay.

Steven: I don’t know that you can barbecue a cheesecake, but you can smoke a cheesecake.

John: [laughs]

Steven: And you will actually find a smoked cheesecake recipe in my book.

John: Okay. There’s our first word for today. Flo, you’ve got to find a smoked cheesecake.

Flo: That’s why you didn’t write the book.

John: That’s why I didn’t write the book. You’re exactly right. I think I’ll stay in the car business. We’re in Amarillo, Texas, as you guys know. And we’re talking about the Panhandle PBS today, who we love and is dear to our heart, as you know. And It’s awesome that your show is shown by them and take it. And now, we talk about your book. One here. So you’re signing autographs today with Boyd’s equipment, on the canyon.

Steven: Boyd’s carries the books and also my Best of Barbecue cooking accessories. You can also find it at Hasting’s book store and Barnes and Noble, online at biblebarbecue.com, which is my website, widely available.

John: Barbequebible.com?

Steven: Yes. B-A-R-B-E-C-U-E-B-I-B-L-E.com.

John: That is awesome.

[crosstalk]

John: Okay. There’s another one, so we’ll put that website down here below. We’ll talk a little bit about that. Tell us the big question that everybody’s going to want to know, and mainly your biggest fan, Laverne Davis. Laverne, we’re asking your question.

Flo: Laverne.

Steven: Hi, Laverne.

John: Hi, Laverne. Let’s make sure we take care of that.

Flo: And you’re going to autograph her steak, if that’s okay.

John: Yes, we’ll get that autographed. How did it all start? You didn’t just wake up in Massachusetts one day, and say, “I think I’ll smoke something or…”

Steven: No. Actually, it’s a very funny…

John: The bell means the steak’s ready. We got a bunch of cooking going on. Yes, dive up. Somebody at the drive through.

[“Ding, ding,” bell rings]

Flo: The fries are ready!

Steven: Funny and weird story. I actually have a degree in French Literature, believe it or not.

John: [laughs] And that lead to…

Steven: [speaks French]

John: How do you pronounce bar-be-cue in French Literature?

Steven: It’s a strange story but it actually– I got grant, after college, to study Medieval Cooking in Europe.

John: Where was college?

Steven: Reed College in Puerto Rico.

John: Okay, Reed College. But you always got to get those in there. And the mascot was?

Steven: I didn’t have a–

John: Wasn’t a chicken wing or anything, right?

Steven: No. It was actually the Griffin.

John: [laughs]

Steven: A mythological Greek cre–

Flo: Well, it’s an Eagle.

Steven: The head of an Eagle and.–

Flo: Here we go. That’s kind of Griffin.

John: [laughs][unintelligible 00:02:36]

Steven: No. Anyway, but [sic] I think the important thing is about 20 years ago, I had this realization that people grill and smoke all over the world, but they do it differently in each country and culture. So, I set out to travel the world’s barbecue trail. Document how grilling and barbecuing are don in each culture. The result of that was the Barbecue Bible, which became a Runaway Best Seller and that’s how–

John: We got one of those here, right?

Steven: Yes.

John: We got that here too.

Steven: And that’s how I got into barbecue.

John: And how long ago was that?

Steven: Well, 1994 I started the book and it was published in 1998. So, I’m coming up on my 20th anniversary.

John: That is awe– That’s a lot of cooking.

Steven: Well, it’s cooking. It’s teaching. It’s TV shows. It’s travel. Yes.

John: Is there–

Steven: And writing, of course.

John: Is there a signature dish? Is there a favorite, like, “This is my favorite dish?”

Steven: Well, in terms of dishes, they’re all my children, they’re all my favorites. But, these Slam Dunk Beef Ribs, on the cover of the book. These are beef plate-ribs that are smoked for about ten hours. And I would-

Steven: And I would have to say that if I had to pick my last meal-

John: [laughs]

Steven: – God forbid, that’s what I would want.

John: I’m guessing it’s charcoal or wood over gas?

Steven: No. Actually– Well, you can smoke with all three of those fuels. Wood is essential for smoke. Alright, if you cook ribs over charcoal but [sic] they will not taste smoky. So, you either build a bed of charcoal fire and then you add wood chips, or chunks of logs. Or you build just a straight wood fire. Or you work in a gas smoker that burns wood chips. But, wood is the key.

Flo: I spilled coffee all over John’s desk last week. He was smoking. But that’s a different king of-

John: [laughs] That was a different kind of smoke.

Flo: Thatís a different kind of smoke.

John: Just a quick question. Longer is better in most cases? Slower?

Steven: Not necessarily. Depends [sic] what you’re smoking. Here we are in Texas. This is the Epi Center of barbecued beef. And that is general-

John: We’re in the beef capital of the world right now.

Steven: – And that is generally cooked low and slow. Meaning a low heat, 250 degrees for– brisket might take 12, 14, 16 hours. But, in Project Smoke, There are a lot of dishes that don’t require that much cooking. In fact, the new show, which starts airing this weekend, on– Let’s see, Panhandle PBS.

John: Panhandle PBS.

Steven: One of the shows is called Smoke in a Hurry. And it’s all about dishes that you can smoke in ten minutes or less.

John: Wow. And still get that smoked flavor?

Steven: And still get a great [unintelligible 00:05:10].

John: And not artificially. Not by pouring silly liquid on it?

Steven: One secret is to smoke with hay instead of wood. That’s a very good smoking method. Another, I’ve got a recipe for a smoked ice-cream that I demonstrate. You’ve got to smoke that fast before it melts.

John: Sounds good though.

[crosstalk]

John: I’m still thinking about the smoked cheesecake. That sounded awfully good.

[crosstalk]

John: It is?

Flo: Smoked cheesecake is what they told me.

John: That would be awesome.

Flo: His recipes are inspired.

John: If you get the chance, you need to come down to Boyd’s Equipment and see your utensils and different things that you sell. You can also get the book. He has this amazing line. He’s got some of the coolest grills. I’ve ever seen.

Steven: Yes. This is a great collection.

John: Depending which way you want to grill? Looks like he’s got gas. He’s got charcoal. He’s got–

Steven: Gas, he’s has charcoal, Kamados, pellet smokers. Yes, this is the kind of place where you feel like, if you’re into grilling and smoking, you died and went to heaven.

John: Beautiful job went into the location.

Flo: – Boyd told me this is not a backscratcher I found out.

Steven: [laughs]

Flo: [inaudible 00:06:08]

Steven: Is that what he told you, to take it out of your shirt?

Flo: Yes.

Steven: That’s a very good thing. [laughs]

Flo: [laughs]

John: Miami is kind of where the mail goes, you told me?

Steven: No. Miami is where the mail goes.

John: But you are on the road so much.

Steven: I’m on the road for about four months a year, yes.

John: Well, that’s good. We’re really glad that you made it– You been to Amarillo before, I understand?

Steven: I have. So this was a second trip. Yes, absolutely.

John: That’s awesome. And from here unto–?

Steven: Tomorrow is Austin, with Aaron Franklin, the–

John: Famous Franklin’s barbecue, right?

Steven: Major heavy weight in barbecue.

John: Oh my gosh. You bet.

Steven: And then–

John: People waiting four to five hours. My wife and the kids from young life, they’ve waited four or five hours in line to do the deal. It’s amazing.

Steven: I know. It just makes me wonder, “Does anybody in Austin ever work?” It seems like all anybody in Austin does is wait in line for barbecue.

John: Keep it weird. They got their t-shirt. You’ll see plenty of that.

Steven: And then I head up to Toronto.

John: Wow. That’s quite a jump from Austin to Toronto. Hopefully, youíre going to fly, right?

Steven: I am.

John: Okay. [laughs] That’s a good thing.

Flo: And you eat the barbecue chips on the plane?

Steven: I do not eat on flights.

Flo: I don’t

John: [laughs] Don’t eat on flight at all?

Steven: I draw– I do now. I draw the line on that.

John: [laughs]

Flo: [laughs]

John: Well, Steven. It’s just been awesome.

[crosstalk]

John: It’s just great that you would take the time to talk to us.

Flo: Thank you.

Steven: Thank you.

John: We’ll put it out there. And we’re going to get a signed book for–

Steven: Is it Laverne, right?

John: Laverne Davis.

Steven: Laverne? Okay, Laverne. I’m watching you.

John: Yes, thanks. She’s watching you. She is your big fan.

Flo: Absolutely.

John: From Street Auto Group. From Street Volkswagen and Street Toyota, we want to thank Steven and the people at Boyd’s. And you really got to come see this. This is a great, wonderful store. Just another hidden treasure in Amarillo, Texas. There it is. It’s Memorial weekend coming up and everybody’s going to be barbecuing. Two things you are going to need. You got to get Boyd’s. Get your barbecue equipment. And you got to have this book. Steven will tell you exactly the best way to do the best barbecue, right?

Steven: That’s right.

John: We talked about it a minute ago and we’re talking about it more.

Steven: Yes. Project Smoke. Everything from the gorgeous monster beef ribs, on the cover of the book, to pork shoulders, smoked fish, smoked vegetables, even smoked ice-cream for dessert.

Flo: That’s it?

John: Awesome. Smoked cheesecake. We’re going to try that tonight.

Steven: Smoked cheesecake, tonight. Yes.

Flo: Smoked cheesecake, too.

John: Boyd’s in Amarillo on the canyon [unintelligible 00:08:06]. Come see us. Come sit. Thanks to PBS, we had a part of this. And Steven, thanks for coming to Amarillo.

Steven: Alright, Thank you.

John: Thank you.

[00:08:22] [END OF AUDIO]

 

Amazing Race to Benefit 1,000 Kids

Watch this week’s Motormouth Podcast and find out about an amazing challenge for a worthy cause. Maverick’s AMAZING Race is a fund-raising event benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Amarillo & Canyon, Texas. This scavenger-hunt-like race is patterned after the TV show “The Amazing Race,” and features teams of two competing in mental and physical challenges at popular locations throughout a 5-mile radius of downtown Amarillo. Don’t wait! The deadline to register is May 1st. Simply text Maverick to 51555 and you’re in! Ready, set, go!

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Amarillo & Canyon, Texas.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Amarillo & Canyon, Texas.

Check out our weekly Motormouth Video Podcast for all the latest news and events for the Street Auto Group; Street Toyota, Street Volkswagen and Street Select.

Check out our weekly Motormouth Video Podcast on iTunes:https://goo.gl/MGYDlM  and follow us @MotormouthShow

10 AUDIO: “That’s one fun run!” Maverick’s Amazing Race

“I’ve had to drag around a 200-pound dummy before!” – J. Luciano

Watch this week’s Motormouth Podcast and find out about an amazing challenge for a worthy cause. Maverick’s AMAZING Race is a fund-raising event benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Amarillo & Canyon, Texas. This scavenger-hunt-like race is patterned after the TV show “The Amazing Race,” and features teams of two competing in mental and physical challenges at popular locations throughout a 5-mile radius of downtown Amarillo. Don’t wait! The deadline to register is May 1st. Simply text Maverick to 51555 and you’re in! Ready, set, go!

The Maverick Club; Boys & Girls Club of Amarillo, Texas
The Maverick Club; Boys & Girls Club of Amarillo, Texas

Check out our weekly Motormouth Video Podcast for all the latest news and events for the Street Auto Group; Street Toyota, Street Volkswagen and Street Select.

Check out our weekly Motormouth Video Podcast on iTunes:https://goo.gl/MGYDlM  and follow us @MotormouthShow

010 VIDEO: Amazing Race Benefits 1,000 Kids

Watch this week’s Motormouth Podcast and find out about an amazing challenge for a worthy cause. Maverick’s AMAZING Race is a fund-raising event benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Amarillo & Canyon, Texas. This scavenger-hunt-like race is patterned after the TV show “The Amazing Race,” and features teams of two competing in mental and physical challenges at popular locations throughout a 5-mile radius of downtown Amarillo. Don’t wait! The deadline to register is May 1st. Simply text Maverick to 51555 and you’re in! Ready, set, go!

The Maverick Club; Boys & Girls Club of Amarillo, Texas
The Maverick Club; Boys & Girls Club of Amarillo, Texas

Check out our weekly Motormouth Video Podcast for all the latest news and events for the Street Auto Group; Street Toyota, Street Volkswagen and Street Select.

Check out our weekly Motormouth Video Podcast on iTunes:https://goo.gl/MGYDlM  and follow us @MotormouthShow

‘Election-style campaigns for dealers’ or ‘Making Dealers Great Again?’

Check out our weekly Motormouth Podcast as we simulcast with AutoAlert’sFuzeNews and discuss everything from nap pods to election-style campaigns for automotive dealers!

Time Magazine's Dealer of the Year, Kitty Van Bortel talks with Joey Little of AutoAlert.
Time Magazine’s Dealer of the Year, Kitty Van Bortel talks with Joey Little of AutoAlert.

‘Election-style campaigns for dealers’ or ‘Making Dealers Great Again?’  Social Media strategist Joey Little addresses election-style campaigns for dealers.

Street Auto Group’s Motormouth Podcast was honored to interview “@SocialLittleMan” Joey Little of AutoAlert at the NADA Convention & Expo in Las Vegas recently.

“Joey has demonstrated an outstanding knowledge of social media as it relates to us the automotive industry” says Brad Paschal, E-Commerce Director for the Street Auto Group in Amarillo, Texas.  “Joey is so creative.  His unique ideas are original and real” says Brad.

Joey is the Director of Digital & Social Engagement at AutoAlert, LLC.  MotoFuze, LLC recently combined forces with industry leader, AutoAlert.  AutoAlert is a company that offers retailers a single login platform that integrates all the tools they need to run their online social media, marketing and campaigning strategies in a revolutionary way.  Little is tasked with ensuring AutoAlert’s and MotoFuze’s continued growth and success in assisting automotive dealers sell more cars.

Street Toyota and Street Volkswagen of Amarillo offer a Texas size selection with small town customer service. We are located at 8707 Pilgrim Drive in Amarillo and easy to get to from anywhere in the Amarillo or Texas Panhandle area. Please call (806) 350-8999.

Check out our weekly Motormouth Video Podcast on iTunes:https://goo.gl/MGYDlM  Check out Joey Little on FuzeNews and follow his weekly social media blog: @SocialLittleMan

@MotormouthShow

@SocialLittleMan

009 AUDIO: Our simulcast with AutoAlert’s FuzeNews discuss everything from nap pods to election-style campaigns for automotive dealers

Check out our weekly Motormouth Podcast as we simulcast with AutoAlert’sFuzeNews and discuss everything from nap pods to election-style campaigns for automotive dealers!

Time Magazine's Dealer of the Year, Kitty Van Bortel talks with Joey Little of AutoAlert.
Time Magazine’s Dealer of the Year, Kitty Van Bortel talks with Joey Little of AutoAlert.

‘Election-style campaigns for dealers’ or ‘Making Dealers Great Again?’  Social Media strategist Joey Little addresses election-style campaigns for dealers.

Street Auto Group’s Motormouth Podcast was honored to interview “@SocialLittleMan” Joey Little of AutoAlert at the NADA Convention & Expo in Las Vegas recently.

“Joey has demonstrated an outstanding knowledge of social media as it relates to us the automotive industry” says Brad Paschal, E-Commerce Director for the Street Auto Group in Amarillo, Texas.  “Joey is so creative.  His unique ideas are original and real” says Brad.

Joey is the Director of Digital & Social Engagement at AutoAlert, LLC.  MotoFuze, LLC recently combined forces with industry leader, AutoAlert.  AutoAlert is a company that offers retailers a single login platform that integrates all the tools they need to run their online social media, marketing and campaigning strategies in a revolutionary way.  Little is tasked with ensuring AutoAlert’s and MotoFuze’s continued growth and success in assisting automotive dealers sell more cars.

Street Toyota and Street Volkswagen of Amarillo offer a Texas size selection with small town customer service. We are located at 8707 Pilgrim Drive in Amarillo and easy to get to from anywhere in the Amarillo or Texas Panhandle area. Please call (806) 350-8999.

Check out our weekly Motormouth Video Podcast on iTunes:https://goo.gl/MGYDlM  Check out Joey Little on FuzeNews and follow his weekly social media blog: @SocialLittleMan

@MotormouthShow

@SocialLittleMan

009 VIDEO: ‘Election-style campaigns for dealers’ or ‘Making Dealers Great Again?’ Social Media strategist Joey Little addresses election-style campaigns for dealers

Check out our weekly Motormouth Podcast as we simulcast with AutoAlert’sFuzeNews and discuss everything from nap pods to election-style campaigns for automotive dealers!

Time Magazine's Dealer of the Year, Kitty Van Bortel talks with Joey Little of AutoAlert.
Time Magazine’s Dealer of the Year, Kitty Van Bortel talks with Joey Little of AutoAlert.

‘Election-style campaigns for dealers’ or ‘Making Dealers Great Again?’  Social Media strategist Joey Little addresses election-style campaigns for dealers.

Street Auto Group’s Motormouth Podcast was honored to interview “@SocialLittleMan” Joey Little of AutoAlert at the NADA Convention & Expo in Las Vegas recently.

“Joey has demonstrated an outstanding knowledge of social media as it relates to us the automotive industry” says Brad Paschal, E-Commerce Director for the Street Auto Group in Amarillo, Texas.  “Joey is so creative.  His unique ideas are original and real” says Brad.

Joey is the Director of Digital & Social Engagement at AutoAlert, LLC.  MotoFuze, LLC recently combined forces with industry leader, AutoAlert.  AutoAlert is a company that offers retailers a single login platform that integrates all the tools they need to run their online social media, marketing and campaigning strategies in a revolutionary way.  Little is tasked with ensuring AutoAlert’s and MotoFuze’s continued growth and success in assisting automotive dealers sell more cars.

Street Toyota and Street Volkswagen of Amarillo offer a Texas size selection with small town customer service. We are located at 8707 Pilgrim Drive in Amarillo and easy to get to from anywhere in the Amarillo or Texas Panhandle area. Please call (806) 350-8999.

Check out our weekly Motormouth Video Podcast on iTunes:https://goo.gl/MGYDlM  Check out Joey Little on FuzeNews and follow his weekly social media blog: @SocialLittleMan

@MotormouthShow

@SocialLittleMan

NADA; 25,014 People Can’t Be Wrong

The Street Auto Group of Amarillo was one of more than 25,000 new-car and truck dealers and their managers, as well as dealers from over 30 countries, auto industry executives and exhibitor staff who attended the 2016 NADA Convention & Expo in Las Vegas recently. Check out the fun on our weekly Motormouth Video Podcast.

“NADA is a great opportunity for dealers to learn about the latest products and technologies that can help their customers” says Mike Good, General Manager of Street Toyota. “We’re all learning a lot!”

Flo Lopez & Chip Perry
Flo Lopez & Chip Perry

“There’s no bigger event where dealers can connect, one-on-one” says Chip Perry, CEO of TrueCar, Inc.

This year’s NADA Convention featured keynote speakers; comedian Jeff Foxworthy and NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning.

NADA was founded in 1917 to help dealerships all over the World. NADA will celebrate its 100-year anniversary during the 2017 NADA Convention & Expo in New Orleans, which will run from Jan. 26-29.

Learn more about the Street Auto Group; Street Toyota and Street Volkswagen of Amarillo on our weekly Motormouth Video Podcast on iTunes.

008 AUDIO: NADA Conference & Expo Draws over 25,000 Automotive Experts

The Street Auto Group of Amarillo was one of more than 25,000 new-car and truck dealers and their managers, as well as dealers from over 30 countries, auto industry executives and exhibitor staff who attended the 2016 NADA Convention & Expo in Las Vegas recently.

“NADA is a great opportunity for dealers to learn about the latest products and technologies that can help their customers” says Mike Good, General Manager of Street Toyota. “We’re all learning a lot!”

Flo Lopez & Chip Perry
Flo Lopez & Chip Perry

“There’s no bigger event where dealers can connect, one-on-one” says Chip Perry, CEO of TrueCar, Inc.

This year’s NADA Convention featured keynote speakers; comedian Jeff Foxworthy and NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning.

NADA was founded in 1917 to help dealerships all over the World. NADA will celebrate its 100-year anniversary during the 2017 NADA Convention & Expo in New Orleans, which will run from Jan. 26-29.

Learn more about the Street Auto Group; Street Toyota and Street Volkswagen of Amarillo on our weekly Motormouth Video Podcast on iTunes.

008 VIDEO: 25,014 People Can’t Be Wrong; NADA 2016

The Street Auto Group of Amarillo was one of more than 25,000 new-car and truck dealers and their managers, as well as dealers from over 30 countries, auto industry executives and exhibitor staff who attended the 2016 NADA Convention & Expo in Las Vegas recently.

“NADA is a great opportunity for dealers to learn about the latest products and technologies that can help their customers” says Mike Good, General Manager of Street Toyota. “We’re all learning a lot!”

Flo Lopez & Chip Perry
Flo Lopez & Chip Perry

“There’s no bigger event where dealers can connect, one-on-one” says Chip Perry, CEO of TrueCar, Inc.

This year’s NADA Convention featured keynote speakers; comedian Jeff Foxworthy and NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning.

NADA was founded in 1917 to help dealerships all over the World. NADA will celebrate its 100-year anniversary during the 2017 NADA Convention & Expo in New Orleans, which will run from Jan. 26-29.

Learn more about the Street Auto Group; Street Toyota and Street Volkswagen of Amarillo on our weekly Motormouth Video Podcast on iTunes.

Larry Gatlin to perform a benefit concert at West Texas A&M University

Canyon, TX, March 26, 2016 (Newswire) –Grammy-award winning singer and songwriter Larry Gatlin will be performing in an intimate dinner concert to benefit the establishment of his wife’s new music scholarship at West Texas A&M.  “Janis Moss Gatlin grew up in Odessa and was once a student here at WTAMU” says Dr. Darrell Bledsoe, senior lecturer at the University.  “This scholarship will help our students in the new music industry program here at the WTAMU School of Music Bledsoe says.

This special event, entitled ‘An Evening of Dinner and Song with Larry Gatlin,’ will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5th at Legacy Hall in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center on the WTAMU Campus.  A meet-and-greet with this world-renowned artist will be prefaced before dinner at 6:30 pm. Gatlin’s country-pop performance of his well-known repertoire will highlight the evening.

David Walker, Dr. Darrell Bledsoe and John Luciano
David Walker, Dr. Darrell Bledsoe and John Luciano

“Gatlin started singing as a young man at his church in Seminole, Texas” explained Bledsoe, recently on the weekly Motormouth Podcast, show sponsored by Street Toyota and Street Volkswagen of Amarillo, Texas.  “He sang on his local radio station too” says Bledsoe.  Gatlin is best know for his musical hits with his group Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers.  Gatlin joined the Imperials, a gospel group while at the University of Houston.  “That’s when he met up with Dottie West and things started to skyrocket for him” says Bledsoe.  Gatlin secured a solo deal with Monument Records in 1973.  A prolific season of albums and Top-20 hits soon followed.  The Gatlin Brother’s song All the Gold in California was released under the Columbia label.

Broken Lady, released in 1975 was Gatlin’s second big hit on the Hot Country Songs chart at number 5. This song won him a Grammy award in 1976 for Best Country Song and has also been recorded by Dottie West.

To purchase concert tickets, RSVP by April 1, 2016 by calling (806) 651-2840 or emailing mlittle@wtamu.edu. For additional information, contact the marketing department at Street Auto Group at (806) 355-9846 or (806) 350-8999.

“We’re honored to help Dr. Bledsoe in promoting this great cause” says Mike Good, General Manager of Street Toyota.  “We’ve been a long-time supporter of the University and we’re so excited to have a hand in spreading the word about Larry Gatlin coming to town.”

‘Like,’ Share and Comment on Street Toyota’s Facebook post for a chance to win a pair of tickets before Monday, March 28th!

Street Toyota is the largest, high-volume dealership in the West-Texas Panhandle region.  For more information about Street Toyota, visit the dealership at 4500 South Soncy Road in Amarillo, Texas or online at http://www.streettoyota.com/ Call (806) 355-9846 for more information.

Street Toyota has served the Amarillo area for over 34 years and has received the prestigious Toyota President’s Awards for the past 12 years.  Street Toyota was named the 2012 Automotive News ‘100 Best Dealerships To Work For.’  Street Toyota has been a valuable corporate citizen in the West-Texas Panhandle area.  They provide support to area nonprofit organizations such as Boy Scouts of America, United Way, The Mavericks Boys and Girls Club, High Plains Food Bank, Eveline Rivers Christmas Project, Snack Pak 4 Kids, Amarillo Symphony, Amarillo Museum of Art, Discovery Center, CACHA (Hispanic Chamber of Commerce), West Texas A&M University and many other organizations.

Media Contact: Flo Lopez, Street Toyota of Amarillo, Texas, (806) 355-9846, internet@street-toyota.com http://www.streettoyota.com/

006 AUDIO: Meet Larry Gatlin and 300 of his closest friends

Get ready for a night of dinner and song with #LarryGatlin at #wtamu Check out the fun: https://goo.gl/SLA6lZ 

Mosey on up and pour yourself a cold one as we discuss the golden age of country music with Dr. Darrell Bledsoe, Coordinator of Music Business at the School of Music at West Texas A&M University. “It was fun strumming with David Walker” says Darrell. “Luciano, however, can’t carry a tune in a bucket!”

Darrell came to play on our weekly Motormouth Video Podcast and tell us about next month’s rare and intimate concert with one of Country Music’s greats; Larry Gatlin.

Join us for ‘An Evening of Dinner and Song with Larry Gatlin’ of Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brother’s fame on Tuesday, April 5th at Legacy Hall in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center on the WTAMU Campus. Meet and greet with this Grammy award winning legend at 6:00 pm, followed by dinner at 6:30 pm. A concert performance with Larry will highlight this fun-filled evening! Proceeds will benefit the creation of the Janis Moss Gatlin Scholarship in Music Industry.

RSVP by April 1, 2016 to Monica at (806) 651-2840 or mlittle@wtamu.edu. For more information, contact the marketing department at the Street Auto Group at (806) 355-9846 or (806) 350-8999.

‘Like,’ Share and Comment on this Facebook post for a chance to win a pair of tickets before Monday, March 28th!

What’s your favorite Gatlin Brother’s song?

The sounds of smooth country-pop will fill the air when singer/songwriter Larry Gatlin performs in concert Tuesday, April 5 at West Texas A&M University. The WTAMU School of Music will host the world-renowned singer at the Jack B. Kelley Student Center, Legacy Hall on campus.

The special event starts at 6 p.m. with a dinner, followed by a performance by Gatlin. The evening will highlight not only Gatlin’s well-known repertoire but also the establishment of a new scholarship honoring the singer’s wife, Janis Moss Gatlin. Janis, who grew up in Odessa, was once a student at WTAMU. The scholarship will benefit students in the University’s new music industry program in the School of Music and under the direction of Dr. Darrell Bledsoe, senior lecturer.

Gatlin, best known for his hits with the Gatlin Brothers, was born in Seminole and got his start in music as young boy singing in church and at the local radio station. As a student at the University of Houston, Gatlin joined a gospel group called the Imperials, which gave him the opportunity to meet Dottie West. That chance opportunity opened a door to Nashville and a solo deal with Monument in 1973. Albums and Top 20 hits soon followed. Gatlin’s brothers also started accompanying him on his records, and their number one hit, “All the Gold in California,” was recorded in 1979 under Gatlin’s new label, Columbia.

The Gatlin Brothers’ success earned them more Top 10 hits and another number one with the 1983 song “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You).” The group retired in 1991, and Gatlin starred in the Broadway production of . Since then, the group has continued to perform at their theatre in Myrtle Beach, N.C., and record albums.

Tickets for the Gatlin event are priced at $50 per person. The deadline to reserve seats is Friday, April 1 at the WTAMU School of Music at 806-651-2840.

 

 

006 VIDEO: A night of dinner and song with Larry Gatlin

Mosey on up and pour yourself a cold one as we discuss the golden age of country music with Dr. Darrell Bledsoe, Coordinator of Music Business at the School of Music at West Texas A&M University. “It was fun strumming with David Walker says Darrell. John Luciano, however, can’t carry a tune in a bucket!”

Darrell came to play on our weekly Motormouth Video Podcast and tell us about next month’s rare and intimate concert with one of Country Music’s greats; Larry Gatlin.

David Walker, Dr. Darrell Bledsoe and John Luciano
David Walker, Dr. Darrell Bledsoe and John Luciano

Join us for ‘An Evening of Dinner and Song with Larry Gatlin’ of Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brother’s fame on Tuesday, April 5th at Legacy Hall in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center on the WTAMU Campus. Meet and greet with this Grammy award winning legend at 6:00 pm, followed by dinner at 6:30 pm. A concert performance with Larry will highlight this fun-filled evening! Proceeds will benefit the creation of the Janis Moss Gatlin Scholarship in Music Industry.

RSVP by April 1, 2016 to Monica at (806) 651-2840 or mlittle@wtamu.edu. For more information, contact the marketing department at the Street Auto Group at (806) 355-9846 or (806) 350-8999.

‘Like,’ Share and Comment on this Facebook post for a chance to win a pair of tickets before Monday, March 28th!

What’s your favorite Gatlin Brother’s song?

Let the Car Catchers capture the car of your dreams!

Unleash the power of Car Catcher to capture the car of your dreams! Street Volkswagen in Amarillo, Texas announces their high-tech website tool to help you locate the exact car, truck or SUV that you’ve always wanted. “We’ll find whatever you’re looking for” says General Manager, John ‘Lucky’ Luciano. “You won’t even need your elephant gun.” Check out all the details of this world-class, Jurassic-sized program in our most recent ‘Motormouth Video Podcast.’

007 AUDIO: Car Catcher; You CAN get some satisfaction!

“If you find it, they will come.” – ‘Lucky’ Luciano

Unleash the power of Car Catcher to capture the car of your dreams! Street Volkswagen in Amarillo, Texas announces their high-tech website tool to help you locate the exact car, truck or SUV that you’ve always wanted. “We’ll find whatever you’re looking for” says General Manager, John ‘Lucky’ Luciano. “You won’t even need your elephant gun.” Check out all the details of this world-class, Jurassic-sized program in our most recent ‘Motormouth Video Podcast.’

007 VIDEO: Find the car of your dreams with Car Catcher

“We’ll find whatever you’re looking for!” – John Luciano

Unleash the power of Car Catcher to capture the car of your dreams! Street Volkswagen in Amarillo, Texas announces their high-tech website tool to help you locate the exact car, truck or SUV that you’ve always wanted. “We’ll find whatever you’re looking for” says General Manager, John ‘Lucky’ Luciano. “You won’t even need your elephant gun.” Check out all the details of this world-class, Jurassic-sized program in our most recent ‘Motormouth Video Podcast.’

005 VIDEO: Peek behind the private doors: Amarillo Club & Club 30

“Come check out the Club and I’ll treat you to lunch!” – Andrea Reinert

I was honored to speak with the Young Professional’s Association (YPA) of Amarillo, Texas recently.  This ambitious group of business owners is just one of the many benefits exclusive to Amarillo Club’s members in downtown Amarillo.

Flo Lopez, Abhishek Sonar, John Luciano and Andrea Reinert
Flo Lopez, Abhishek Sonar, John Luciano and Andrea Reinert

As the General Manager for Street Volkswagen, I was able to share the Street Auto Group’s unique business model.  Our approach is simple and straightforward; Put customers first and tell the World that you do!

Whether it’s our 5-star-resort style of Customer Concierges, our in-house Gourmet Café, our personalized Kwik Video Service Videos, our weekly Motormouth Video Podcast or our FISH-inspired culture, the YPA group received several good ideas to implement in their own businesses.

The YPA is great opportunity for Amarillo Club members 40 years and younger to network and grow as individuals as well as business leaders in the community. All Amarillo Club members 40 years of age and younger are automatically enrolled in the Young Professional’s Association. YPA hosts networking and educational opportunities that will include Executive Roundtables, game nights, happy hours and other special events throughout the year. For more information about Young Professional’s Association, please contact Andrea Reinert.

Check out our blog post that we posted for this fun event.  We had including the YPA in our weekly video podcast; Motormouth:

“If you’ve never been to the top of the Chase building in Amarillo, then you haven’t seen all that Amarillo has to offer” – A. Reinert

As you’ll see in our video Andrea Reinert is sitting on top of the World… No, really.  As General Manager of the Amarillo Club in downtown Amarillo, Texas, Andrea has a catbird-seat view, 31 stories above the city. “If you’ve never been to the top of the Chase building in Amarillo, then you haven’t seen all that Amarillo has to offer” says Andrea. “I invite you to come take a look at our awesome club and restaurant; you won’t believe your eyes!”

MotormouthJohn ‘Lucky’ Luciano had the opportunity to speak to the Young Professionals Association at the club recently about Street Auto Group‘s unique culture and way of doing business. “This is an amazing group of young business owners here in Amarillo that are always looking for new ways to connect with their customers” says John. “It was an honor to share with them the innovative things we’re doing at Street Toyota and Street Volkswagen that let our customers know we care.”

Some of the attendees of today’s Young Professional’s Associationroundtable included:

Cam McCainMcLain Building Company

Cory WilsonVillage Cleaners

Puente ChemaAmarillo Gear Company

Tessa SlaydonLegacy Supportworks

 Wes Hawkins

 Chris MorrisChase Bank

 Thomas HillTHNCit, Inc.

Ashby DawsonEdward Jones

For more information on the Amarillo Club or Club 30, contact Andrea Reinert, General Manager at (806) 373-4361 or visit www.amarilloclub.net.

Subscribe to the Street Auto Group’s weekly Motormouth Car-Buying Podcast on iTunes for the latest in good news from the West Texas Panhandle region. Apple iPhone users: 1) Select the purple Podcast logo on your iPhone 2) Search for ‘Motormouth’ 3) Click on the red, podcast logo and listen! Bingo!

Capture all your bad singing Tacoma adventures with a standard GoPro mount!

Now you can capture all your epic Tacoma adventures!  Watch the GoPro Show here!

Micah Barfield, Sean Boyles, Sarah Bond, Chris Villegas and Flo Lopez
Micah Barfield, Sean Boyles, Sarah Bond, Chris Villegas and Flo Lopez

With a standard GoPro mount in the all-new 2016 Tacoma from Toyota USA, you can document every bad note that your Carpool Karaoke can belt out!

Check out the fun in our epic video adventure on the streets of Amarillo, Texas and let our Street Soprano Singers know what song you’d like them to ruin next!

Test drive the exciting 2016 Tacoma for yourself here at Street Toyota. You’ll find that you can drive one home for a song! Visit us at 4500 South Soncy Road in Amarillo, Texas or visit us online at http://www.streettoyota.com/ to learn more.

#KaraokeCarpool

004 VIDEO: Capture all your bad singing Tacoma adventures with a standard GoPro mount!

4Now you can capture all your epic Tacoma adventures!  Watch the GoPro Show here!

Micah Barfield, Sean Boyles, Sarah Bond, Chris Villegas and Flo Lopez
Micah Barfield, Sean Boyles, Sarah Bond, Chris Villegas and Flo Lopez

 

 

With a standard GoPro mount in the all-new 2016 Tacoma from Toyota USA, you can document every bad note that your Carpool Karaoke can belt out!

Check out the fun in our epic video adventure on the streets of Amarillo, Texas and let our Street Soprano Singers know what song you’d like them to ruin next!

Test drive the exciting 2016 Tacoma for yourself here at Street Toyota. You’ll find that you can drive one home for a song! Visit us at 4500 South Soncy Road in Amarillo, Texas or visit us online at http://www.streettoyota.com/ to learn more.

#KaraokeCarpool

003 AUDIO: Listen to win a 1962 custom Chrysler 300 hot rod!

334Amarillo, TX, March 8, 2016 (Newswire) –Get behind the wheel of the 32nd Annual Make-A-Wish Car Show with Street Auto Group’s Motormouth Video Podcast. “We had the best turn out ever” says Alba Austin, Development Officer of the Make-A-Wish North Texas branch.  “Thousands of people came from all over to help make our kid’s dreams come alive.”

Laid Out Kustom Cars
Laid Out Kustom Cars

Held at the Amarillo Civic Center, this year’s car show wasn’t able to accommodate all the entrants who wanted to participate. “We received an overwhelming amount of support” says Austin. “We were hoping for 300 vehicle entries and we exceeded that by far; Thank you Amarillo, Texas!”

The Make-A-Wish Foundation assists children with life-threatening illnesses by making their most special dreams come true. “It can be a real game changer in their life” says Austin.

The Panhandle Council of Car Clubs in Amarillo, Texas helped sponsor this year’s event.  Laid Out Kustoms of Amarillo, featured a 1962 Chrysler 300 at the show which will be restored and customized by the donated efforts of assorted automotive, tire, glass, paint and mechanic shops throughout Amarillo.  For a chance to win this custom hot rod, the public is encouraged to participate in a Facebook raffle being sponsored by the Street Auto Group of Amarillo.

“The Make-A-Wish Car Show has been a West Texas Panhandle tradition for decades” says John Luciano, General Manager of Street Volkswagen.  Street Toyota and Street Volkswagen are proud to help support such a very important cause” says Luciano. “This show started over thirty years ago with an old school car group; the Panhandle Council of Car Clubs, getting together every Saturday morning to talk about their love of cars” says Luciano.  “Today, they’re helping hundreds of kids be a little happier.”

Street Auto Group will select four, randomly drawn participants to receive a $25 raffle ticket from Laid Out Kustoms, with the proceeds to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Raffle tickets can also be purchased from Laid Out Kustoms directly through May 18th, 2016. Check out the Motormouth Video Podcast for a ‘before and after’ view of this custom-built Chrysler 300. For more information visit the Laid Out Kustoms website: http://www.laidoutkustoms.com/.

For more information on how you can assist the Make-A-Wish Foundation visit http://ntx.wish.org/. Subscribe to the Motormouth Car-Buying Podcast on iTunes for the latest in good news from the West Texas Panhandle region. Apple iPhone users: 1) Select the purple Podcast logo on your iPhone 2) Search for ‘Motormouth’ 3) Click on the red, podcast logo and listen!

Street Toyota is a high-volume store in Amarillo, with a population 196,000.  For more information about Street Toyota, visit the dealership at 4500 South Soncy Road in Amarillo, Texas. To speak with a representative call the dealership at (806) 355-9846.

Street Toyota has served the Amarillo area for over 34 years and has received the prestigious Toyota President’s Awards for the past 11 years.  Street Toyota was named the 2012 Automotive News ‘100 Best Dealerships To Work For.’  Street Toyota has been a valuable corporate citizen in the Panhandle area. They provide support to area nonprofit organizations such as Boy Scouts of America, United Way, The Mavericks Boys and Girls Club, High Plains Food Bank, Eveline Rivers Christmas Project, Snack Pak 4 Kids, Amarillo Symphony, Amarillo Museum of Art, Discovery Center, CACHA (Hispanic Chamber of Commerce), West Texas A&M University and many other organizations.

Media Contact: Flo Lopez, Street Toyota of Amarillo, Texas, (806) 355-9846, internet@street-toyota.com

003 VIDEO: See how you can win a 1962 custom Chrysler 300 hot rod!

Amarillo, TX, March 8, 2016 (Newswire) –Get behind the wheel of the 32nd Annual Make-A-Wish Car Show with Street Auto Group’s Motormouth Video Podcast. “We had the best turn out ever” says Alba Austin, Development Officer of the Make-A-Wish North Texas branch.  “Thousands of people came from all over to help make our kid’s dreams come alive.”

Laid Out Kustom Cars
Laid Out Kustom Cars

Held at the Amarillo Civic Center, this year’s car show wasn’t able to accommodate all the entrants who wanted to participate. “We received an overwhelming amount of support” says Austin. “We were hoping for 300 vehicle entries and we exceeded that by far; Thank you Amarillo, Texas!”

The Make-A-Wish Foundation assists children with life-threatening illnesses by making their most special dreams come true. “It can be a real game changer in their life” says Austin.

The Panhandle Council of Car Clubs in Amarillo, Texas helped sponsor this year’s event.  Laid Out Kustoms of Amarillo, featured a 1962 Chrysler 300 at the show which will be restored and customized by the donated efforts of assorted automotive, tire, glass, paint and mechanic shops throughout Amarillo.  For a chance to win this custom hot rod, the public is encouraged to participate in a Facebook raffle being sponsored by the Street Auto Group of Amarillo.

“The Make-A-Wish Car Show has been a West Texas Panhandle tradition for decades” says John Luciano, General Manager of Street Volkswagen.  Street Toyota and Street Volkswagen are proud to help support such a very important cause” says Luciano. “This show started over thirty years ago with an old school car group; the Panhandle Council of Car Clubs, getting together every Saturday morning to talk about their love of cars” says Luciano.  “Today, they’re helping hundreds of kids be a little happier.”

Street Auto Group will select four, randomly drawn participants to receive a $25 raffle ticket from Laid Out Kustoms, with the proceeds to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Raffle tickets can also be purchased from Laid Out Kustoms directly through May 18th, 2016. Check out the Motormouth Video Podcast for a ‘before and after’ view of this custom-built Chrysler 300. For more information visit the Laid Out Kustoms website: http://www.laidoutkustoms.com/.

For more information on how you can assist the Make-A-Wish Foundation visit http://ntx.wish.org/. Subscribe to the Motormouth Car-Buying Podcast on iTunes for the latest in good news from the West Texas Panhandle region. Apple iPhone users: 1) Select the purple Podcast logo on your iPhone 2) Search for ‘Motormouth’ 3) Click on the red, podcast logo and listen!

Street Toyota is a high-volume store in Amarillo, with a population 196,000.  For more information about Street Toyota, visit the dealership at 4500 South Soncy Road in Amarillo, Texas. To speak with a representative call the dealership at (806) 355-9846.

Street Toyota has served the Amarillo area for over 34 years and has received the prestigious Toyota President’s Awards for the past 11 years.  Street Toyota was named the 2012 Automotive News ‘100 Best Dealerships To Work For.’  Street Toyota has been a valuable corporate citizen in the Panhandle area. They provide support to area nonprofit organizations such as Boy Scouts of America, United Way, The Mavericks Boys and Girls Club, High Plains Food Bank, Eveline Rivers Christmas Project, Snack Pak 4 Kids, Amarillo Symphony, Amarillo Museum of Art, Discovery Center, CACHA (Hispanic Chamber of Commerce), West Texas A&M University and many other organizations.

Media Contact: Flo Lopez, Street Toyota of Amarillo, Texas, (806) 355-9846, internet@street-toyota.com

You don’t have to be a secret agent to get the best deal!

You don't have to be a secret agent to get the best deal on your next car, truck or SUV!
You don’t have to be a secret agent to get the best deal on your next car, truck or SUV!

Check out our secret agent spoof from one of our favorite TV shows!

Q:) Do you remember who Maxwell Smart worked for?

Watch our video and Check out the fun!

002 VIDEO: You don’t have to be a secret agent to get a great deal

Get Smarter

You don't have to be a secret agent to get the best deal on your next car, truck or SUV!
You don’t have to be a secret agent to get the best deal on your next car, truck or SUV!

Save time and Get Smart; visit the Street Auto Group for the absolute best selection of cars, trucks and SUVs!

Q: Who did Maxwell Smart work for?

Hot Rods for Kids; 32 Years of the Make-A-Wish Car Show in Amarillo

Barry Henson and the Muppet; John Luciano
Barry Henson and the Muppet; John Luciano

John Luciano, host of the weekly automotive podcast, Motormouth, spoke with executive sponsor, Barry Henson of Ken’s Kar Kolors about the continued success of the Make-A-Wish Car Show in Amarillo, Texas.

“This is our 32nd year of helping the Make-A-Wish Foundation here in Amarillo” says Henson.  “We’re expecting over 300 cars in this year’s show and collect over $70,000 for this great organization.”

“The Make-A-Wish Car Show has been a West Texas Panhandle tradition” says Luciano.  “It started over thirty years ago with an old school car group; the Panhandle Council of Car Clubs, getting together every Saturday morning to talk about their love of cars.”

“This show is so much more than cars” says Alba Austin, Development Office for Make-A-Wish North Texas. “This show has helped hundreds of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich their lives” she says.

The Make-A-Wish Car Show will be held at the Amarillo Civic Center March 5 – 6, 2016, Saturday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm.  Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.  Admission is only $7 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 – 18.

For more information about the car show, call or visit Barry Henson of Ken’s Kar Kolors Auto Body: 3931 Canyon Drive, Amarillo, TX 79110.  Phone: (806) 358-9900.  Call or visit the title sponsor of the Make-A-Wish Car Show;Laid Out Kustoms, for all the details.  Contact Mike Crisp, Juan Delgado and Willie Hayden at 401 N Tyler Street, Amarillo,  TX 79107, phone: (806) 206-8646. Visit their website at: http://www.laidoutkustoms.com/

Visit the Panhandle Council of Car Clubs website for more information on West Texas Panhandle car clubs: http://panhandlecouncilofcarclubs.com/

You can see a preview of some of the custom cars that will be featured at this year’s Make-A-Wish Car Show on the Motormouth Video Podcast.

The Make-A-Wish story begins with a brave, seven-year old named Chris.  Diagnosed with leukemia, Chris yearned to be a police officer.  “I want to catch bad guys” Chris said.

“We met Chris with a patrol car and motorcycle and flew him to our headquarters on a helicopter” said retired U.S. Customs Agent and Co-founder of Make-A-Wish, Tommy Austin.  “We had an official uniform made for his size and presented him with official motorcycle officer’s wings” said Austin.

Today, the legacy of Chris Greicius continues; every 38 minutes Make-A-Wish grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the U.S.  Street Toyota knows that a wish experience can be a game-changer for a child.  This is the belief that guides everything that Make-A-Wish does.

It’s this inspiration that excites us about our partnership with Make-A-Wish North Texas to send one of our hometown heroes to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  Street Toyota will match, dollar-for-dollar, every donation made with our cashier toward this Make-A-Wish dream.  So take an extra moment in our parts or service department to make a donation to keep officer Greicius’ legacy alive.

Street Toyota is a high-volume store in Amarillo, with a population 196,000.  For more information about Street Toyota, visit the dealership at 4500 South Soncy Road in Amarillo, Texas. To speak with a representative, visit http://www.streettoyota.com/ or call the dealership at (806) 355-9846.

Street Toyota has served the Amarillo area for over 34 years and has received the prestigious Toyota President’s Awards for the past 11 years.  Street Toyota was named the 2012 Automotive News ‘100 Best Dealerships To Work For.’  Street Toyota has been a valuable corporate citizen in the Panhandle area. They provide support to area nonprofit organizations such as Boy Scouts of America, United Way, The Mavericks Boys and Girls Club, High Plains Food Bank, Eveline Rivers Christmas Project, Snack Pak 4 Kids, Amarillo Symphony, Amarillo Museum of Art, Discovery Center, CACHA (Hispanic Chamber of Commerce), West Texas A&M University and many other organizations.

Media Contact: Flo Lopez, Street Toyota of Amarillo, Texas, (806) 355-9846, internet@street-toyota.com http://www.streettoyota.com/

001 AUDIO: 32 Years of Helping Kids; The Make-A-Wish Car Show of Amarillo

Barry Henson and the Muppet; John Luciano
Barry Henson and the Muppet; John Luciano

Amarillo, TX TEXAS, February 29, 2016 (Newswire) –John Luciano, host of the weekly automotive podcastMotormouth, spoke with executive sponsor, Barry Henson of Ken’s Kar Kolors about the continued success of the Make-A-Wish Car Show in Amarillo, Texas.

“This is our 32nd year of helping the Make-A-Wish Foundation here in Amarillo” says Henson.  “We’re hoping to have over 300 cars in this year’s show and collect over $70,000 for this great organization.”

“The Make-A-Wish Car Show has been a West Texas Panhandle tradition” says Luciano.  “It started over thirty years ago with an old school car group; the Panhandle Council of Car Clubs, getting together every Saturday morning to talk about their love of cars.”

“This show is so much more than cars” says Alba Austin, Development Office for Make-A-Wish North Texas. “This show has helped hundreds of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich their lives” she says.

The Make-A-Wish Car Show will be held at the Amarillo Civic Center March 5 – 6, 2016, Saturday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm.  Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.  Admission is only $7 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 – 18.

For more information about the car show, call or visit Barry Henson of Ken’s Kar Kolors Auto Body: 3931 Canyon Drive, Amarillo, TX 79110.  Phone: (806) 358-9900.  Call or visit the title sponsor of the Make-A-Wish Car Show; Laid Out Kustoms, for all the details.  Contact Mike Crisp, Juan Delgado and Willie Hayden at 401 N Tyler Street, Amarillo,  TX 79107, phone: (806) 206-8646. Visit their website at: http://www.laidoutkustoms.com/

Visit the Panhandle Council of Car Clubs website for more information on West Texas Panhandle car clubs: http://panhandlecouncilofcarclubs.com/

You can see a preview of some of the custom cars that will be featured at this year’s Make-A-Wish Car Show on the Motormouth Video Podcast.

Street Toyota is a high-volume store in Amarillo, with a population 196,000.  For more information about Street Toyota, visit the dealership at 4500 South Soncy Road in Amarillo, Texas. To speak with a representative, visit http://www.streettoyota.com/ or call the dealership at (806) 355-9846.

Street Toyota has served the Amarillo area for over 34 years and has received the prestigious Toyota President’s Awards for the past 11 years.  Street Toyota was named the 2012 Automotive News ‘100 Best Dealerships To Work For.’  Street Toyota has been a valuable corporate citizen in the Panhandle area. They provide support to area nonprofit organizations such as Boy Scouts of America, United Way, The Mavericks Boys and Girls Club, High Plains Food Bank, Eveline Rivers Christmas Project, Snack Pak 4 Kids, Amarillo Symphony, Amarillo Museum of Art, Discovery Center, CACHA (Hispanic Chamber of Commerce), West Texas A&M University and many other organizations.

Media Contact: Flo Lopez, Street Toyota of Amarillo, Texas, (806) 355-9846, internet@street-toyota.com http://www.streettoyota.com/

001 VIDEO: Hot Rods benefit the children at the 32nd Annual Make-A-Wish Car Show in Amarillo

Barry Henson and the Muppet; John Luciano
Barry Henson and the Muppet; John Luciano

Motormouth, John ‘Lucky’ Luciano talks with Barry Henson about the 32nd Annual Make-A-Wish Car Show! Check out the details on this Amarillo tradition. Presented by the Panhandle Council of Car Clubs, this car show benefits a great cause. The car show will be held March 5 – 6, 2016, Saturday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Admission is only $7 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 – 18.

For more information, call or visit Barry Henson of Ken’s Kar Kolors Auto Body: 3931 Canyon Drive, Amarillo, TX 79110. Phone: (806) 358-9900.

Call or visit the title sponsor of the Make-A-Wish Car Show; Laid Out Kustoms, for all the details. Contact Mike Crisp, Juan Delgado and Willie Hayden at 401 N Tyler Street, Amarillo, TX 79107, phone: (806) 206-8646. Visit their website at: http://www.laidoutkustoms.com/

Visit the Panhandle Council of Car Clubs website for more information on West Texas Panhandle car clubs:http://panhandlecouncilofcarclubs.com/

Meet some of our friendly Service Department staff here at Street Toyota of Amarillo

Meet some of our friendly Service Department staff here at Street Toyota of Amarillo
Meet some of our friendly Service Department staff here at Street Toyota of Amarillo

Meet some of our friendly Service Department staff here at Street Toyota of Amarillo; Alex Montes, Armando Martinez, Chance Salter, Cody Bradford, Edward Jordan, Javon Anderson, John Tait, Joshua Fore, Judy Grant, Kim McClure, Lionel Wilson, Stehen Garret, Trey Ellis and Zak Kosechata!

Street Toyota of Amarillo creates under-the-hood ‘Video Selfies’ for their customers

Armando Martinez checks in Jordan Thornton for an oil change
Armando Martinez checks in Jordan Thornton for an oil change

AMARILLO, TX – Street Toyota in Amarillo Street Toyota is using state-of-the art video technology to provide their customers a mini-mechanical lesson on their own vehicle. “It’s a customer experience like no other” says Jason Reed, Service Manager for Street Toyota. “The moment you pull in to our service drive, our advisers asses your needs on iPads to speed up the process for you.” Reed says.

Street Toyota technicians take videos of cars in the shop and show their customers what repairs, if any, are needed. “The process is quick and easy” says Mike Good, General Manager. “Technicians inspect vehicles with their iPods, press the record button and show the customer what they found. There’s no editing or compressing files” says Good. “Customers receive the video in an email and text message.”

Customer’s video messages are color coded; Green means the car is in great shape and no work is required. Yellow warns of a repair that will be needed down the road, like worn brakes or cracks in a control arm bushing, and a red-coded video shows a repair that needs immediate attention.

Shops can monitor when a customer watches a video, how much of it is viewed, how many times it’s been watched and if they sent it to anyone else. Customers are invited to call the shop, or they can ask the store to contact them to approve any additional work that might be recommended.

“Customers are watching their personalized videos, calling back and ordering the work with confidence” says Reed. “People are just blown away by the transparency and our very honest presentation of what’s recommended.”

If a technician determines that a customer’s vehicle needs multiple repairs, but the customer only elects to do some of the work immediately, the service advisor can immediately schedule a follow-up message. The original video message can be resent a week, month or even a year later to remind the customer of the needed repairs.

“The response from our customers has been great” says Good. “We embrace any technology that improves our customer’s experience.”

Street Toyota uses “Click & Send” video technology from Quik Video, LLC. “Street Toyota has increased their service efficiency” says Jack Gardner of Quik Video. “They made sure we trained all of their service staff to save time and money for their customers.” Check out Quick Video’s website at http://qkvideo.com/ for more information.

Street Toyota is a high-volume store in Amarillo, with a population 196,000. For more information about Street Toyota, visit the dealership at 4500 South Soncy Road in Amarillo, Texas. To speak with a representative, visit http://www.streettoyota.com/ or call the dealership at (806) 355-9846.

Street Toyota has served the Amarillo area for over 34 years and has received the prestigious Toyota President’s Awards for the past 11 years.  Street Toyota was named the 2012 Automotive News ‘100 Best Dealerships To Work For.’  Street Toyota has been a valuable corporate citizen in the Panhandle area. They provide support to area nonprofit organizations such as Boy Scouts of America, United Way, The Mavericks Boys and Girls Club, High Plains Food Bank, Eveline Rivers Christmas Project, Snack Pak 4 Kids, Amarillo Symphony, Amarillo Museum of Art, Discovery Center, CACHA (Hispanic Chamber of Commerce), West Texas A&M University and many other organizations.

Media Contact: Flo Lopez, Street Toyota of Amarillo, Texas, (806) 355-9846, internet@street-toyota.com http://www.streettoyota.com/

Check out this video of a customer’s “Video Selfie.”

013 AUDIO: A busy week in Amarillo with Young Life, Boys & Girls Club, the Maverick’s Amazing Race, West Texas A&M University Career Fair and Make-a-Wish!

Flo & Lucky review this week in Amarillo, Texas
Flo & Lucky review this week in Amarillo, Texas

Check out what’s happening this week with Motormouths; Lucky & Flo!

In space, no one can hear you scream… But you can certainly hear John ‘Lucky’ Luciano rant! Check out Street Auto Group‘s exciting, out-of-this World highlights of the week on our Motormouth Video Podcast.

This week we discuss Young Life Amarillo, The Boys & Girls Club, West Texas A&M University Career Fair and the Make-a-Wish Foundation!

Subscribe our Motormouth Podcast using your favorite podcast app: 1) Search for ‘Motormouth’ 2) Click on the red, Motormouth podcast 3) Listen and enjoy (it’s like bacon for your ears with half the fat, but all the flavor)!

Check out the fun:https://www.facebook.com/StreetVolkswagen/videos/1191442794200744/

This week in Amarillo; Young Life, Boys & Girls Club, Make-a-Wish and West Texas A&M University

Flo & Lucky review this week in Amarillo, Texas
Flo & Lucky review this week in Amarillo, Texas

Check out what’s happening this week with Motormouths; Lucky & Flo!

In space, no one can hear you scream… But you can certainly hear John ‘Lucky’ Luciano rant! Check out Street Auto Group‘s exciting, out-of-this World highlights of the week on our Motormouth Video Podcast.

This week we discuss Young Life Amarillo, The Boys & Girls Club, West Texas A&M University Career Fair and the Make-a-Wish Foundation!

Subscribe our Motormouth Podcast using your favorite podcast app: 1) Search for ‘Motormouth’ 2) Click on the red, Motormouth podcast 3) Listen and enjoy (it’s like bacon for your ears with half the fat, but all the flavor)!

Check out the fun:https://www.facebook.com/StreetVolkswagen/videos/1191442794200744/

013 VIDEO: This week in Amarillo will be out of this World!

“We’re proud to sponsor West Texas A&M University!”

Flo & Lucky review this week in Amarillo, Texas
Flo & Lucky review this week in Amarillo, Texas

Check out what’s happening this week with Motormouths; Lucky & Flo!

In space, no one can hear you scream… But you can certainly hear John ‘Lucky’ Luciano rant! Check out Street Auto Group‘s exciting, out-of-this World highlights of the week on our Motormouth Video Podcast.

Subscribe our Motormouth Podcast using your favorite podcast app: 1) Search for ‘Motormouth’ 2) Click on the red, Motormouth podcast 3) Listen and enjoy (it’s like bacon for your ears with half the fat, but all the flavor)!

Check out the fun:https://www.facebook.com/StreetVolkswagen/videos/1191442794200744/

014 AUDIO: Should I put nitrogen in my tires?

David Walker and John Luciano have a blast
David Walker and John Luciano have a blast

Motormouths John ‘Lucky’ Luciano and David Walker take the challenge; Nitrogen vs. Nitrous Oxide! You’ll get a bang out of today’s video podcast! Consult your physician if you experience laughter for two hours or more.

What’s all the fuss about replacing the air in your tires with nitrogen? Listen in as John and David explain that what you put in your tires matters! Also, take a sneak peek at the new Supra from Toyota and the exciting Dune and Denim Beetles from Volkswagen!

Subscribe to our Motormouth Podcast using your favorite podcast app. Android users, please select “Use iTunes Search Engine.” : 1) Search for ‘Motormouth’ 2) Click on the red, Motormouth podcast 3) Listen and enjoy (it’s like aromatherapy for your ears without the hot wax)!

Check out the fun: https://www.facebook.com/streetautomotivegroup/videos/1646348818947543/

Should I put nitrogen in my tires?

David Walker and John Luciano have a blast
David Walker and John Luciano have a blast

Motormouths John ‘Lucky’ Luciano and David Walker take the challenge; Nitrogen vs. Nitrous Oxide! You’ll get a bang out of today’s video podcast! Consult your physician if you experience laughter for two hours or more.

What’s all the fuss about replacing the air in your tires with nitrogen? Listen in as John and David explain that what you put in your tires matters! Also, take a sneak peek at the new Supra from Toyota and the exciting Dune and Denim Beetles from Volkswagen!

Subscribe to our Motormouth Podcast using your favorite podcast app: 1) Search for ‘Motormouth’ 2) Click on the red, Motormouth podcast 3) Listen and enjoy (it’s like aromatherapy for your ears without the hot wax)!

Check out the fun: https://www.facebook.com/streetautomotivegroup/videos/1646348818947543/

014 VIDEO: Should I put nitrogen in my tires?

“Get the most bang for your buck.” – J. Luciano

David Walker and John Luciano have a blast
David Walker and John Luciano have a blast

Motormouths John ‘Lucky’ Luciano and David Walker take the challenge; Nitrogen vs. Nitrous Oxide! You’ll get a bang out of today’s video podcast! Consult your physician if you experience laughter for two hours or more.

What’s all the fuss about replacing the air in your tires with nitrogen? Listen in as John and David explain that what you put in your tires matters! Also, take a sneak peek at the new Supra from Toyota and the exciting Dune and Denim Beetles from Volkswagen!

Subscribe to our Motormouth Podcast using your favorite podcast app: 1) Search for ‘Motormouth’ 2) Click on the red, Motormouth podcast 3) Listen and enjoy (it’s like aromatherapy for your ears without the hot wax)!

Check out the fun: https://www.facebook.com/streetautomotivegroup/videos/1646348818947543/

015 VIDEO: Ghost pepper, tears and fears

“Why did you bring me?!”

Burn Baby, Burn! Big boys do cry.
Burn Baby, Burn! Big boys do cry.

Check out this tear-jerker video of what happens when a trained, former Marine meets a wicked hot pepper!

The bhut jolokia, also known as the ghost pepper, is a hybrid chili pepper (not unlike the Toyota Prius) cultivated in the Indian state of Nagaland… And it will certainly burn your Nagal!

The Guinness World Records certified the ghost pepper as the world’s hottest chili pepper; 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce! Ouch! Today, on Hot Sauce Day we honor Wilbur Scoville’s 151st birthday by snacking on one with tortilla chips!

“What was in that guacamole” asked Justin Hulsey of Street Volkswagen. “Micah Barfield told me I’d be helping her judge some homemade chili!”

The ghost chili is rated at more than 1 million Scoville heat units (SHUs). “I’m not sure about SHUs, however, that SHU was HOT!

Why is a Ghost Pepper called a Ghost Pepper? “I’m not exactly sure” said Justin. “But I’ll tell you one thing, my face turned white as a ghost!”

Catch up on all the latest news from Amarillo’s premier dealerships; Street Toyota and Street Volkswagen. Visit us online at http://www.streettoyota.com/ and http://www.streetvw.com/ and find out how we can spice up your car-buying experience too!

Give us a call at (806) 355-9846 or (806) 350-8999 or visit us at:

http://www.streetscion.com/

https://www.facebook.com/streettoyota/

https://twitter.com/streettoyota

https://www.instagram.com/streettoyota

https://www.pinterest.com/streettoyota

https://www.linkedin.com/company/street-toyota

https://www.youtube.com/user/StreetToyotaofTexas — at Street Toyota.

000 MUSIC VIDEO: The Street Auto Group in 55 seconds or less

“Down at Street, we won’t be beat!”

David Walker and Flo cut their latest track.
David Walker and Flo cut their latest track.

Listen to our original 1956 recording of Street Auto Group‘s jingle by “Nashville” Flo and David “Bluegrass” Walker. “I think a rebellious and gyrating young kid with big hair stole our tune that year” says Walker. As the band says, “Down at Street, we won’t be beat!” Come visit us for deals that will be music to your ears!

Check out the fun: https://youtu.be/RyhAnjDw1sA

016 AUDIO: Craft beer, moonshine and homemade wine

Craft beers, moonshine and homemade wine; Motormouth John has tried it all!
Craft beers, moonshine and homemade wine; Motormouth John has tried it all!

Don’t whine, drink wine! Congratulations to Winfred Gill on being named Employee of the Year for 2015. “It’s a great honor” says Winfred. “I think I’ll open a special bottle of my ‘Winfred’s Special Reserve’ wine that I’ve been saving for a special occasion like this.”

Tonja Reagin and Winfred are wine connoisseurs and enjoy making their own wine. “I tried the moonshine thing” says Tonja. “My bathtub wasn’t big enough.”

Check out our latest Motormouth Video Podcast as John ‘Lucky’ Luciano puts their trained taste buds to the test!

Check out the fun: https://www.facebook.com/streettoyota/videos/10153329310045848/

017 AUDIO: Volkswagen and Toyota to unveil exciting, new innovations

Listen in as Brad Paschal and David Walker talk about the exciting future plans from Volkswagen of America and Toyota.
Listen in as Brad Paschal and David Walker talk about the exciting future plans from Volkswagen of America and Toyota.

Listen in on our first Podcast as Brad Paschal, e-Commerce Director for the Street Auto Group in Amarillo discusses all the exciting plans that Volkswagen of America has in store.  David Walker of Street Toyota discusses what will be unveiled around the corner.

018 AUDIO: VW’s secret headquarters outside Langley, VA

“You see them run when they see a camera!”

Watch John Luciano chase Volkswagen executives down the hall as they run from the paparazzi!

John Luciano chases Volkswagen executives down the hall as they run from the paparazzi!

As a member of the Dealer Council for Volkswagen Group of America, I had the opportunity to see the exciting and innovate designs to be unveiled this year.

Even the high-tech building that houses Volkswagen’s U.S. headquarters in Herndon, Virginia is an amazing feat of architectural wonder. Thoughtful design is incorporated into each of its 185,000 square feet.  A central, interconnecting staircase between the second and sixth floors is a work of art (I still took the elevator).

Naturally, the Council also discussed the continued challenges that face Volkswagen; both for our customers and dealers.

One of the most interesting things I discovered at this meeting was something that wasn’t on the agenda; Humor and playful communication.

While tackling some of the most important (and serious) issues within your organization, remember to strengthen your relationships with everyone involved by triggering some positive feelings. We simply think better the less stressed out we are.

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” – Charlie Chaplin

When we laugh with one another, a positive bond is created. This bond acts as a strong cushion against stress.

A study published in the Harvard Business Review discusses how followers mirror their leaders.  According to this study in behavioral neuroscience, human brains contain “mirror neurons.”  A subset of these mirror neurons detects other people’s smiles and laughter, prompting smiles and laughter in return.

A leader who is self-controlled and humorless will rarely engage those neurons in his team, but a boss who laughs and sets an easygoing tone puts those neurons to work, triggering spontaneous laughter and binding his team together in the process.

Check out some an example of this fun in action in the hallways of  VW’s headquarters: https://www.facebook.com/StreetVolkswagen/videos/1183004795044544/

What will you do to make your staff smile today?  Sometimes business needs to be seriously fun! – Lucky

019 AUDIO: Why you’ll never upgrade Pandora’s free account… Ever.

Flo Lopez, John Karpinski, John Luciano, Brad Paschal and Pandora
Flo Lopez, John Karpinski, John Luciano, Brad Paschal and Pandora

Find out the answer to the burning questions you’ve always wondered about, but were afraid to ask Pandora; the streaming Internet radio service!

John Karpinski, Regional Vice President of Pandora lets the secrets “out of the box” to John Luciano, Brad Paschal and Flo Lopez on the Motormouth Video Podcast in Orlando, Florida.

“Has anybody ever clicked on that $4.99 monthly upgrade for commercial-free listening?”

“How does Pandora customize my station?”

“How can I make my station better?”

Tune in and find out all the secrets for yourself!

Street Toyota and Street Volkswagen is Amarillo’s premiere family of dealerships. We also carry a Texas size selection of used cars, trucks and SUVs.

Give us a call at (806) 355-9846 or visit us at:

http://www.streettoyota.com/

http://www.streetscion.com/

https://www.facebook.com/streettoyota/

https://twitter.com/streettoyota

https://www.instagram.com/streettoyota

https://www.pinterest.com/streettoyota

https://www.linkedin.com/company/street-toyota

https://www.youtube.com/user/StreetToyotaofTexas

 

000 AUDIO: Garage musicians; Walker and Flo Jingle & Jangle

David Walker and Flo Lopez having fun in the recording studio.
David Walker and Flo Lopez having fun in the recording studio.

When was the last time buying a car put a song in your heart?

Listen in to David Walker and Flo Lopez as they record their catchy jingle about how fun buying a can can be at the Street Auto Group!

 

 

021 AUDIO: The best advice that you’ve never heard

WriteItDown

Celebrity Joe Rogan offered the best advice I’ve ever heard for improving your life.  Don’t let someone else write your script.  Listen to his simple recommendation on how you can be the hero in your own life.

Let us know what you think?  Was this the best advice you’ve heard?

015 AUDIO: What to drink after eating a Ghost Pepper

“That’s hot!”

Burn Baby, Burn!
Burn Baby, Burn!

The bhut jolokia, also known as the ghost pepper, is a hybrid chili pepper (not unlike the Toyota Prius) cultivated in the Indian state of Nagaland… And it will certainly burn your Nagal!

The Guinness World Records certified the ghost as the world’s hottest chili pepper; 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce! Ouch! Today, on Hot Sauce Day we honor Wilbur Scoville’s 151st birthday by snacking on one with tortilla chips!

“What was in that guacamole” asked Justin Hulsey of Street Volkswagen. “Micah Barfield told me I’d be helping her judge some homemade chili!”

The ghost chili is rated at more than 1 million Scoville heat units (SHUs). “I’m not sure about SHUs, however, that SHU was HOT!

Why is a Ghost Pepper called a Ghost Pepper? “I’m not exactly sure” said Justin. “But I’ll tell you one thing, my face turned white as a ghost!”

Catch up on all the latest news from Amarillo’s premier dealerships; Street Toyota and Street Volkswagen. Visit us online at http://www.streettoyota.com/ and http://www.streetvw.com/ and find out how we can spice up your car-buying experience too!

Give us a call at (806) 355-9846 or (806) 350-8999.

I’m looking for nice people at Street Volkswagen in Amarillo

The Street Volkswagen Team
The Street Volkswagen Team

Business is growing and I need more friendly people!

Come join our winning team at Street Volkswagen in Amarillo, Texas.  I’m looking for the perfect person to assist our fast-paced, growing Sales Department as an automotive Internet Sales Specialist.

Internet Sales Specialist help our customers find the vehicle that’s right for them! If you like meeting people and have good customer service skills, give us a call to set up a time to come talk with us at our brand new, state-of-the art facility on Soncy Road, near 45th.

Qualified Applicants must have:

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to multitask
  • Good grammar and spelling ability
  • An aptitude for making outbound telephone calls

As an Internet Sales Specialist you will:

  • Determine vehicle requirements by working with customers
  • Answers inquiries by clarifying desired information; researching, locating, and providing information
  • Resolves customer concerns by clarifying issues; researching and exploring answers and alternative solutions; implementing solutions; escalating unresolved problems
  • Explain features and benefits of a wide variety of vehicles based on customer’s needs and wants
  • Maintains a customer database by entering detailed information on customer activities
  • Participates in educational opportunities such as vehicle training
  • Have fun by helping our Volkswagen customers have a world-class experience

If you think you might be a good fit for this position, please call Jeanine Clement or Shane Giese today to set up a time to come talk with us at our brand new, state-of-the art facility on Soncy Road: (806) 350-8999. Please email me your updated resume to: john_luciano@streetvw.com and let me know you saw this job mentioned on LinkedIn.

Street Volkswagen

8707 Pilgrim Drive

Amarillo, TX 79119

(806) 350-8999

We’re located just South of 45th on Soncy Road, about a block South of Academy Sports… Look for the high-tech, glass building and blue VW logo!

Lucky

025 AUDIO: Abe Lincoln; What I learned from Joe

“Four score and seven stores ago…”

Flo vs. Lincoln
Flo vs. Lincoln

Joe Street has been selling cars for a l-o-n-g time! Want proof? Just ask Betsy Ross or Honest Abe!

Take a look at our unconventional “Merry Christmas” to our owner, Joe Street (a HUGE Civil War buff)!

You don’t have to choose sides! Come on down to Street Toyota for the best deals this side of the Mississippi!

Street Toyota in Amarillo, Texas was established in 1982. Our state of the art facility is located at 45th and Soncy in Amarillo, Texas. The facility is situated on 12 acres and provides 58,000 square feet of space for our buildings and inventory. Customer comfort has been enhanced with ample parking space and gourmet coffee.

023 AUDIO: Should you lease or buy your next car?

“Leasing gives you choices.”


LookATme

Street Auto Group’s latest video podcast tackles the burning question; to umlaut or Über? Watch as Motormouths, John Luciano, Flo and David Walker discuss this and some other, slightly more important topics: Leasing your next car, truck or SUV.

Catch up on all the latest news from Amarillo’s premier dealerships; Street Toyota and Street Volkswagen. Visit us online at http://www.streettoyota.com/ and http://www.streetvw.com/ and find out how we can accent your car-buying experience too!

022 AUDIO: Let’s sneak into Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA

“Folks, we’re here with Michael, the biggest Broncos fan in the state of California!”

Flo at SB50
Flo at SB50

Well, the Denver Broncos are on top of the NFL once again and our roving reporter, Flo was right there to capture it all!  Well, sort of… Check out the highlights and lowlights of this historic 50/50; Flo turns 50 and the Super Bowltoo.  If only he knew the difference between a football and baseball!

I had a great time with my daughter in Santa Clara, California this weekend.  We’re not the biggest sports fans, however, the Super Bowl brings out the best in all of  us!  We had fun making a quick, parody-type video podcast from the most technologically advanced stadium in the league; Levi’s Stadium. Simply amazing!

While in Santa Clara, we enjoyed a visit to The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.  This Museum is the ‘Hall of Fame’ for nerds like us!   Some of our favorite exhibits included rare or one-of-a-kind objects such as a Cray-1 supercomputer as well as a Cray-2, Cray-3.  My daughter found it amusing that Cray (always the fashion plate) allowed customers to personalize their Cray from a variety of upholstery color choices on the iconic C-shaped seating around the base of each supercomputer.  $30 million gave you choices back then!  We discovered that underneath Cray’s unique seating design was the supercomputer’s cooling units.  The CHM does an excellent job in preserving and presenting the stories and artifacts of the information age.  It was great father and daughter time too.  I was able to say “Hey, I used to use one of those” as I pointed out relics like cassette tapes and floppy discs!

Check out the fun on our video podcast: https://www.facebook.com/streettoyota/videos/10153320623770848/ Leave us a comment and tell me some of the interesting things you’ve done with your son or daughter too!

The Lighter Side of Volkswagen’s Troubles

Motormouths: John Luciano and Flo
Motormouths: John Luciano and Flo

As a member of the Dealer Council for Volkswagen Group of America, I got to see, firsthand, the exciting and innovate designs to be unveiled this year.

Even the high-tech building that houses Volkswagen’s U.S. headquarters in Herndon, Virginia is an amazing feat of architectural wonder. Thoughtful design is incorporated into each of its 185,000 square feet. A central, interconnecting staircase between the second and sixth floors is a sight to behold.

Naturally, the Council also discussed the continued challenges that face Volkswagen; both for our customers and dealers.

One of the most interesting things I discovered at this meeting was something that wasn’t on the agenda; Humor and playful communication.

While tackling some of the most important (and serious) issues within your organization, remember to strengthen your relationships with everyone involved by triggering some positive feelings. We simply think better the less stress we have.

When we laugh with one another, that positive bond is created. This bond acts as a strong cushion against stress.

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” – Charlie Chaplin

A study published in the Harvard Business Review discusses how followers mirror their leaders. According to this study in behavioral neuroscience, human brains contain mirror neurons. A subset of these mirror neurons is to detect other people’s smiles and laughter, prompting smiles and laughter in return.

A leader or coworker who is self-controlled and humorless will rarely engage those neurons in his team, but a boss who laughs and sets an easygoing tone puts those neurons to work, triggering spontaneous laughter and binding his team together in the process.

Check out some of the fun in action: https://www.facebook.com/StreetVolkswagen/videos/1182656061746084/ 

What will you do to make your coworkers or staff smile today? Sometimes business can be seriously fun! – Lucky

Super Bowl 50 Sports Podcaster; “Is that a football or a baseball?”

 

Flo at SB50
Flo at SB50

The Denver Broncos are on top of the NFL once again and our roving reporter, Flo was right there to capture it all!  Well, sort of… Check out the highlights and lowlights of this historic 50/50; Flo turns 50 and the Super Bowl too.  If only he knew the difference between a football and baseball!

I had a great time with my daughter in Santa Clara, California this weekend.  We’re not the biggest sports fans, however, the Super Bowl brings out the best in all of  us!  We had fun making a quick, parody-type video podcast from the most technologically advanced stadium in the league; Levi’s Stadium. Simply amazing!

While in Santa Clara, we enjoyed a visit to The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.  This Museum is the ‘Hall of Fame’ for nerds like us!   Some of our favorite exhibits included rare or one-of-a-kind objects such as a Cray-1 supercomputer as well as a Cray-2, Cray-3.  My daughter found it amusing that Cray (always the fashion plate) allowed customers to personalize their Cray from a variety of upholstery color choices on the iconic C-shaped seating around the base of each supercomputer.  $30 million gave you choices back then!  We discovered that underneath Cray’s unique seating design was the supercomputer’s cooling units.  The CHM does an excellent job in preserving and presenting the stories and artifacts of the information age.  It was great father and daughter time too.  I was able to say “Hey, I used to use one of those” as I pointed out relics like cassette tapes and floppy discs!

Check out the fun on our video podcast:  https://www.facebook.com/streettoyota/videos/10153320623770848/ Leave us a comment and tell me some of the interesting things you’ve done with your son or daughter too!

’50 Shades of Queso’; Super Bowl Tailgate Party at Street Volkswagen

Micah Barfield, John Luciano and Nick Fischer
Check out the ’50 Shades of Queso’ recipe for your tailgate party

Our Super Bowl Tailgate Party is heating up at Street Volkswagen in Amarillo, Texas! Tonight, the party continues at Beerology! Join us at the Don Harrington Discovery Center, Friday, February 5th from 7pm to 10pm: 1200 Streit Drive, Amarillo, Texas 79106.  Call (806) 355-9547 for more information.

“Try your hand at throwing footballs through hoops after enjoying some of our prime, German beers” says John Luciano!

Street Toyota is a high-volume store in Amarillo, with a population 196,000.  For more information visit the dealership at 4500 South Soncy Road in Amarillo, Texas. To speak with a representative, visit http://www.streettoyota.com/ or call the dealership at (806) 355-9846.

Street Toyota has served the Amarillo area for over 34 years and has received the prestigious Toyota President’s Awards for the past 11 years.  Street Toyota was named the 2012 Automotive News ‘100 Best Dealerships To Work For.’  Street Toyota has been a valuable corporate citizen in the Panhandle area. They provide support to area nonprofit organizations such as Boy Scouts of America, United Way, The Mavericks Boys and Girls Club, High Plains Food Bank, Eveline Rivers Christmas Project, Snack Pak 4 Kids, Amarillo Symphony, Amarillo Museum of Art, Discovery Center, CACHA (Hispanic Chamber of Commerce), West Texas A&M University and many other organizations.

Media Contact: Flo Lopez, Street Toyota of Amarillo, Texas, (806) 355-9846, internet@street-toyota.com http://www.streettoyota.com/

Street Toyota announces record sales

Mike Good, General Manager and Joe Street, Owner of Street Toyota
Mike Good, General Manager and Joe Street, Owner of Street Toyota

AMARILLO, TX – Street Toyota in Amarillo achieved the 40th highest volume in used car sales out of 13,050 in the state of Texas for 2015.  “This is a great accomplishment” says Mike Good, General Manager of Street Toyota.  “Ranking 40th in Texas is huge when you consider that we’re the most populous State, after California.”

Street Toyota’s rankings were announced recently by Cross-Sell Reports, a division of Dominion Dealer Solutions, which collects the information via state departments of motor vehicles.  Street Toyota’s rankings were compared to more than 1,300 franchised automobile dealerships in nearly 300 communities throughout the state of Texas, according to The Texas Automobile Dealers Association (TADA).   There are over 13,050 used car dealers in Texas when all independent lots are included.

“We’re honored to help so many families with their transportation needs in the West-Texas Panhandle area” says Cory Dupriest, General Sales Manager of Street Toyota.

With nearly 27 million inhabitants, Texas would actually rank number 47 in size worldwide if Texas was compared as an independent country (Saudi Arabia (30.8 million) and Australia (23.6 million)).  Street Toyota’s sales volume competes with dealerships in cities with large Motorplex areas like the Dallas/Fort Worth region at 6.4 million people.

“Last year we helped 2,858 people find the exact pre-owned or Toyota Certified Pre-Owned car that they needed” says Good.  “It’s not the total number of sales that impresses us, it’s the fact that we’re blessed with so many opportunities to serve our neighbors and friends in this part of the country” says Good. “It’s what makes coming to work every day so fulfilling.”

Street Toyota is a high-volume store in Amarillo, with a population 196,000.  “By paying attention to the needs of our customers we’ve been able to assist families not just from Texas, but also from Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas” says Dupriest.

For more information about Street Toyota, visit the dealership at 4500 South Soncy Road in Amarillo, Texas. To speak with a representative, visit http://www.streettoyota.com/ or call the dealership at (806) 355-9846.

Street Toyota has served the Amarillo area for over 34 years and has received the prestigious Toyota President’s Awards for the past 11 years.  Street Toyota was named the 2012 Automotive News ‘100 Best Dealerships To Work For.’  Street Toyota has been a valuable corporate citizen in the Panhandle area. They provide support to area nonprofit organizations such as Boy Scouts of America, United Way, The Mavericks Boys and Girls Club, High Plains Food Bank, Eveline Rivers Christmas Project, Snack Pak 4 Kids, Amarillo Symphony, Amarillo Museum of Art, Discovery Center, CACHA (Hispanic Chamber of Commerce), West Texas A&M University and many other organizations.

Media Contact: Flo Lopez, Street Toyota of Amarillo, Texas, (806) 355-9846, internet@street-toyota.com http://www.streettoyota.com/

 

C-4 Analytics; A look inside digital marketing

8 Ball die refuses to die
8 Ball die refuses to die

C-4 Analytics conducted a memorable presentation at Digital Dealer 20 in Orlando recently. Justin Cook, co-founder of C-4 challenged dealers to not get lost in convoluted and confusing reporting. “Too often vendor reporting is designed to distract dealers from what’s important” says Cook. “I encourage dealers to hold their vendors more accountable.”

I applaud C-4’s commitment to providing innovative strategies and technology to help dealers reduce costs and improve their profitability with digital marketing.

My daughter has another idea about C-4; she disassembled their clever, Magic 8 Ball-style convention give away. “I wanted the dice inside” she says! Oh well, I guess we all want to deconstruct digital marketing into easy-to-understand bits and pieces! When I saw the dripping, blue die, it reminded me of an advanced Borg ship. – Flo

TrueCar; This one’s for the ‘Chipper’

Jeanine Clement
Jeanine Clement, Finance Director of Street Volkswagen

It was pleasure to speak with Chip Perry at Digital Dealer 20 in Orlando recently.  Perry, the new CEO of TrueCar, helped build AutoTrader into a billion dollar shopping site.

Being an automotive fanatic, I was intrigued by Perry’s automotive collection.  I had questions about the restoration of his 1948 Volkswagen Beetle… Perry, however, was truly interested to hear from dealers on how he can make TrueCar better.  It was refreshing to hear how deeply committed he is in rebuilding the trust of auto dealers. “It’s going to start with connecting with dealers again, one-on-one” Perry says. With Perry’s reputation for success and the fact that he has a Beetle in his garage; you’ve got to give the guy a chance!

We know, buying a car can be stressful. That’s one of the reasons the Street Auto Group has partnered with TrueCar. When you come to Street Volkswagen and Street Toyota you’ll discover a transparent, anxiety-free and fun experience!

Find out what makes the Street Auto Group different in our Motormouth Video Podcast. This episode features Kerri Wise, Vice President of Dealer Engagement and Communications at TrueCar, an automotive website for car buyers.

Today’s Tune in to our podcast and subscribe: 1) Open your Podcast app (it’s purple on the iPhone) 2) Search for the “Street2Street” Podcast 3) Select an episode 4) Listen (along with your favorite beverage) and enjoy! Let us know what you think! We appreciate all the great feedback! Click here to listen in! – John Luciano

https://www.facebook.com/StreetVolkswagen/videos/1176384765706547/

“Put down that chocolate or I’ll punch you in the gut!”

Karina Acevedo
Karina Acevedo

The first rule of Nick’s Fight Club is “You don’t talk about Nick’s Fight Club!”

Put that Halloween candy down!  “Our Street Auto Group employees have teamed up with a local gym here in Amarillo” says semi-pro UFC Fighter, Karina Acevedo.  “Cooperating with a gym in your area is a great way to get your employees engaged and in shape!  Of course you might use my approach, which is to say, ‘If you don’t join, I’ll kick your butt!'”

Here in Amarillo, Nick’s Fight Club combines a great aerobic workout that will build your stamina and have you looking lean and mean for the New Year.  For more information, call the Club at (806) 322-1574.

Tactical Pens; Write your next page of protection!

Flo
Flo

Tactical Pens are used by plenty of survivalists, for good reason. Extending their usefulness beyond writing, many tactical pens double as glass breakers and self defense tools for emergencies. Design details on tactical pens include aggressively knurled sections and ridges for grip, at least one pointed end, and refills that can write under the harshest conditions; like when my boss gives me a deadline… Yesterday! – Flo

National Puzzle Day

Tonja Reagin, Controller; Loses control!
Tonja Reagin, Controller; Loses control!

“It’s not puzzling” says Tonja Reagin, Controller for Street Toyota. “Let us put all the car buying pieces together for you; Selection, Financing and Service!”

Today is National Puzzle Day and we honor puzzles of all size, shape and form! Crossword puzzles are by far the most common. Sudoku, a number puzzle, is the most recent puzzle rage. 

“Nothing relaxes me more than curling up with a mug of hot chocolate and my Sudoku puzzle book!”

Whatever your interest, challenge yourself to try your hand at doing a puzzle today!

What’s your favorite type of puzzle?

Happy Pop Art Day!

Vanessa Martinez; A work of art
Vanessa Martinez; A work of art

Happy Pop Art Day!  Today creatives around the World celebrate the anniversary of Jackson Pollock‘s birth. Pollock’s art is classified as abstract expressionism. Pollock is highly regarded among his contemporaries, serving as a “model of a painter who successfully fused art and life.”

Show your creative side today and paint a can of Campbell soup or something! Not the artistic type? That’s okay too. Come visit Street Toyota and check out our works of art such as the refreshed design of the new 2016 Toyota Tacoma! Vanessa will help put you in a portrait with the car of your dreams… You don’t even need a lot of Monet!

By the way, who’s your favorite artist?

Click here and ‘Like’ our Facebook post for a chance to win your favorite can of Campbell’s Soup! (LOL)

Look who’s left holding the bag!

Certificate Brown Bag Club PNG

Congratulations to Joe Street, the newest inductee to the elusive, reclusive, elusive but never obtrusive or abusive; Brown Bag Club. “I’ve received some great honors, however, this Brown Bag Club… It’s a very special honor” says Mr. Street.

Would you like to be entered to win a coveted Brown Bag for yourself? Simply ‘Like’ this post, ‘Like’ our page and then SHARE this to be entered to win!

Watch the ceremony here!

Have you seen our Hello Kitty?

Nick Fischer and Nick Jr.
Nick Fischer and Nick Jr.

“Reward if Found” say all the posters throughout Amarillo as the ‘manhunt’ for Hello Kitty intensifies.

Hello Kitty has been the unofficial mascot of the Street Volkswagen’s Business Development Center.  “I brough in ‘HK’ as a morale booster” says BDC representative, Sarah Bond.  “Now, everyone’s morale is down because we can’t find our poor, little Kitty.”

“At this moment, Nick Fischer remains a person of interest” says investigator, Enrique Ledesma III. “We’ve been trying to interrogate him, however, it’s hard to take someone seriously with that silly, maniacal smirk!”

Check out Nick’s mug shot here: https://goo.gl/sl5Ffz

Flo Lopez

How Jalali Got His Groove Back

Jamid Jalali, Finance Director at Street Toyota
Jamid Jalali, Finance Director at Street Toyota

Deals that will make you move!

“Nothing gets me going like end-of-the month savings at Street Toyota” says Hamid Jalali, Finance Director. “Come on down and watch us boogie for you too!”

Come visit Street Toyota in Amarillo Texas for all your automotive needs… And some dance tips too! – Flo Lopez

Street Toyota, 4500 South Soncy Road

Amarillo, Texas 79119 (806) 355-9846.

Click here to see the fun!

What dance would you like to see Hamid perform next?

 

Pandora; The Secrets Are Out of the Box

Cristina Neal and Flo Lopez
Cristina Neal and Flo Lopez

You’ve probably wondered how many people have clicked on the “Upgrade to Pandora One” button to rid themselves of those annoying commercials that interrupt their free, I’m-too-cheap-to pay music… Or maybe it’s just me… Being too cheap, I mean.

Well, John Karpinski, the Regional Vice President of Tier 3 Automotive for Pandora, the online music service finally let the secrets out of the box.

Check out our informative Motormouth Video Blog with John Luciano,Brad Paschal, Cristina Neal and myself from the convention room floor of Digital Dealer 20 in Orlando, Florida.

Karpinski also answers other interesting questions such as:

  • “How does Pandora customize my station?”
  • “How can I make my station better?”
  • “What’s the difference between selecting ‘thumb up’ or ‘thumb down?’
  • “What else can I do with my ‘Clapper?'”

Tune in to discover the nitty-gritty for yourself!  Please leave me a comment and let me know if you found our blog informative! – Flo

Click here for the highlights

https://www.facebook.com/streettoyota/videos/10153296084680848/