The RodCAST Recap: Episode 10, A Conversation With Richard Holdener

Last Friday marked the tenth episode of the RodCAST Live, a weekly video podcast hosted by the editor of Street Muscle Magazine, Vinny Costa every Friday at noon, Pacific time on the Street Muscle Magazine Facebook page. Joined by his co-host, Greg Acosta, this week Vinny had the opportunity to sit down with Richard Holdener and talk about a number of subjects.

Holdener has been in the industry for over a decade, and has experienced a lot of different aspects of motorsports, from road racing with Hal Baer, to setting land speed records in a number of classes. However, Holdener is probably best known for his almost fanatical devotion to data, with more hours spent on the dyno under his belt than some dyno operators.

In this episode, We caught up with Holdener in the middle of a dyno session, with the 1,000-horsepower twin-supercharged LS engine, and discussed things like Holdener’s approach to new projects, where his ideas come from, and for lack of a better phrase, what his creative process is. His dedication to producing killer content has seen him sleeping in the shop at Westech — which might or might not be haunted — in the early days, and driving 900 miles, round-trip, to Southern California.

We also touch on the topics of information sharing and sportsmanship, which was actually a surprise tangent, as in most industries, data is aggressively hidden in order to try and maintain an advantage over the competition. About as brand-blind as you can get, Holdener’s outlook on engine design and theory is a wild departure from what is often seen in our industry.

So plug in your headphones, grab some snacks, and enjoy Episode 10 of the RodCAST.

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Greg has spent fifteen years and counting in automotive publishing, with most of his work having a very technical focus. Always interested in how things work, he enjoys sharing his passion for automotive technology with the reader.
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