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Entries from March 2020

Toby Corey, Past Pres of TESLA

March 2nd, 2020 · Comments

Join Bryan Thompson (10 year veteran of Nissan's car design studio, now out on his own) as he talks with the former President of TESLA on what it was like to work with the legendary Elon Musk and his own work now teaching at Stanford and trying to figure out how to "reboot the human brain" and Modifying Human Perception (the subject of his upcoming TEDx talk at the Yost Theatre on Friday, March 6th here in Santa Ana, CA).  On DRIVEN BY DESIGN, here on Orange County's only community radio station, OC TALK RADIO.

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Dave Ankin, CEO and Star of TOYMAKERZ, History Channel’s hot, “hot rod” show-Pt. 2

March 2nd, 2020 · Comments

Join Bryan Thompson (10 year veteran of Nissan's SoCal car design studio) as he talks with David Ankin, CEO of Toymakerz custom car shop in Reidsville, NC and star of the hot History Channel Show of the same title as he talks about the outlandish custom cars and extreme car creations he personally builds, tests and takes to the limit each week on his show and and n his shop. And his take on the future of custom car designs in a world of electric "self driving cars" and other forms of "personal mobility" from flying cars to electric scooters and skateboards. In part two of this fascinating interview with the man who personally pushes the boundaries of "what drives us" everyday. On DRIVEN BY DESIGN, on Orange County's community radio station, OC TALK RADIO.

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David Ankin fr/The History Channel’s hit show TOYMAKERZ-Pt 1

March 2nd, 2020 · Comments

Join Bryan Thompson (10 year veteran of Nissan's SoCal car design studio) as he talks with David Ankin, CEO of Toymakerz custom car shop in Reidsville, NC and star of the hot History Channel Show of the same title as he talks about the outlandish custom cars and extreme car creations he personally builds, tests and takes to the limit each week on his show and every day in his shop. Like his custom-built 3,000 horsepower 60’s style “Street Digger” dragster he recently unveiled at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. On DRIVEN BY DESIGN, here on Orange County's only community radio station, OC TALK RADIO.

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What does car design look like in 2020 (and beyond)

March 2nd, 2020 · Comments

Join car designer Bryan Thompson (10 year veteran of Nissan's car design studio, now out on his own) as he peers into his crystal ball and gives us a peek into the future he and his fellow car designers are already working on (SPOILER ALERT: NONE of which even have steering wheels anymore) as he dissects the trends driving us today and takes us into the future of what promises to be a revolution in car design in the coming decade and a complete rethinking of "what drives us" in the coming future. Here on DRIVEN BY DESIGN, on Orange County's only community radio station, OC TALK RADIO.

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End of year look back at car design in 2019

March 2nd, 2020 · Comments

Join us as we put a wrap on 2019 by looking back at the year in car design (which saw the demise of iconic cars like the Volkswagen Beetle and the emergence of Tesla's CyberTruck) with Bryan Thompson (10 year veteran of Nissan's SoCal car design studio) here on DRIVEN BY DESIGN, on Orange County's only community radio station, OC Talk Radio.

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Remberance and “Life Celebration” for legendary Nissan Head of Design, Jerry Hirshberg-Pt.2

March 2nd, 2020 · Comments

Join us for Part Two of our ongoing wake and remembrance of a man who touched and inspired so many car designers with his freewheeling leadership style and creative freedom, the late Jerry Hirshberg who started Nissan's design studio back in 1980 and ran it successfully until his retirement in 2000 (having been the chief designer at Pontiac/Buick before that, where he was credited with iconic designs like the famous 1971 "boat tail" Buick Riviera). With Bryan Thompson (10 year veteran of Nissan's first of it's kind SoCal studio) and many other guests who stopped by to raise a toast and share some crazy memories of what it was like to work for the man who made car design so much fun for all of them.

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Tribute to the legendary head of Nissan’s design studio, Jerry Hirshberg

March 2nd, 2020 · Comments

Join host Bryan Thompson (10 year veteran of Nissan's design studio) as he and his past co-workers remember and pay tribute to Jerry Hirshberg, legendary head of Nissan's SoCal design studio here in La Jolla (which he created in 1980 and ran until his retirement in 2000).  With plenty of stories about the crazy antics and creative license that made this a "once in a lifetime" place to work for Bryan and all his guests. On this week's DRIVEN BY DESIGN, here on Orange County's only community radio station, OC TALK RADIO.

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Don Tashman fr/LOADED BOARDS PT 2

March 2nd, 2020 · Comments

In part two of our interview with LOADED BOARDS founder Don Tashman, he talks about his long standing love of the sport and the inspirational story of how he got started making high end skateboards.  While our very own Lou the wonder dog gets to test out their latest electric model as we actually bring in a real "vehicle" to test and talk about in the new world of personal mobility and all things that drive us on DRIVEN BY DESIGN, here on Orange County's only community radio station, OC TALK RADIO.

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Don Tashman fr/LOADED SKATEBOARDS on their new electric model-Pt 1

March 2nd, 2020 · Comments

Don Tashman fr/LOADED BOARDS skates by with this latest high end electric skateboard, as our host Bryan Thompson (10 year veteran of Nissan's car design studio) explores the full range of "what drives us today" on DRIVEN BY DESIGN, here on Orange County's only community radio station, OC TALK RADIO.

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Legendary car designer Tom Matano (creator of the iconic Mazda Miata) PT 2

March 2nd, 2020 · Comments

Don't miss the second part of our interview with legendary car designer Tom Matano (formerly with Mazda where he created iconic cars like the Mazda Miata) on what makes a truly great car and how you should not be able to resist looking back one more time at a truly timeless design like the Miata.  As Bryan Thompson (10 year veteran of Nissan's SoCal design studio) talks with one of his mentors and inspiration here on DRIVEN BY DESIGN here on Orange County's only community radio station, OC TALK RADIO.

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