Podcast 26: Kevin Brown Water Polishing Method

Kevin Brown and I discuss the elusive skill of water polishing AKA… H205 Method for finishing out stubborn paint marring. This is a very unique method for removing minor hazing that cannot be removed with a “normal” polishing technique.

AMMO NYC – Podcast 26: Kevin Brown Water Polishing Method

Podcast 25: Answering Your Email Questions with Jason Rose and Kevin Brown

On day 4 of detailing Freedom One we were all a bit tired, but rallied to answer detaiing quetsions from around the world (literally). This is a great episode that touches on multiple topics for pro’s and weekend warriors. Enjoy!

AMMO NYC – Podcast 25: Answering Your Email Questions with Jason Rose and Kevin Brown

Podcast 24: Detailing the FREEDOM ONE US Airforce 707

We discuss the plane restoration steps performed on Freedom One. This is the plane that was used to bring back the hostages in 1981 from Iran. Featuring Joe Fernandez, Jason Rose, and Kevin Brown. Enjoy!

AMMO NYC – Podcast 24: Freedom 1 Plane Detailing

Podcast 23: Answering Facebook and Instagram Questions: Jason Rose & Joe Fernandez

We are live from the 2015 Mobile Tech Expo in Orlando FL, with Jason Rose and Joe Fernandez answering your questions from Facebook and Instagram. Hope you enjoy!

AMMO NYC – Podcast 23: Facebook Detailing Questions Answered by Jason Rose and Joe Fernandez

Podcast 22: Successful Careers in Detailing

While at the 2014 SEMA show, Jason, Kevin, Derek, Joe, and I speak about the various professions within the detailing community. This thorough discussion should shed some light on what path may be best for your detailing career and which ones might not work with what your chosen direction. Over 100 years of experience in the podcast. Enjoy!

AMMO NYC – Successful Careers in Detailing with Jason Rose, Kevin Brown, Derek Demis and Joe Fernandez

Podcast 21: 50 Cars in 48 Hours at SEMA 2014

After a very long day, Kevin Brown, Derek Bemiss, Joe Fernandez and I sit down to discuss time management when detailing multiple amazing vehicles within a short time period. We were all exhausted from our long day(s), but we had a great time at the 2014 SEMA show!

AMMO NYC – 50 Cars in 48 Hours: SEMA 2014

Podcast 20: Complete Detailing Steps with Jason Rose

Jason Rose and I discuss the order of steps typically used during a “full detail”. I have received many emails in the past few weeks asking if “wheels should be washed before or after the paint” and “when should I shampoo the carpet, before of after leather cleaning?”. All of which is dicussed on this podcast!

Many thanks to JR for all of his time and wisdom. We are very lucky to have him as a regular guest. -L

AMMO NYC – Podcast 20: Complete Detailing Steps with Jason Rose

Podcast 19: Knee Surgery and Coach Colin Campbell

I explain what’s up with my knee and how I could have prevented it from happening. We as detailers destroy our bodies! Coach Colin is here to help us understand why we hurt and how we can minimize the pain from detailing.

AMMO NYC – Knee Surgery and Coach Colin Campbell

Podcast 18: Detailing Training Class

Podcast 18 is a quick overview of what can be expected at some of the best car detailing training classes in the world. Jason Rose, Kevin Brown, Mike Stoops and a few special guests speak about their experience at the NXT Training Seminar. Enjoy! -L

AMMO NYC – Detailing Training Class

Podcast 17: Matt’s 5.0 Heater with Jason Rose & Kevin Brown

We discuss how residue control is essential during the compounding/polishing process and specifically the conditions we encountered on Matt’s 5.0 Mustang. (This podcast was recorder 10 mins after we finished the 40 man-hour job at Meguairs Headquarters at 11:30pm. I’m very grateful to Jason and Kevin for all their support throughout this process. They are true professionals and I learn a massive amount of info from them every time we speak. Hope this podcast captures a tiny sliver of their genius) Thanks as always for listening!

AMMO NYC – Matt’s 5.0 Heater with Jason Rose & Kevin Brown

Podcast 16: Best Interior Detailing Tips from 4 PRO’S

This is a LIVE podcast from Detail Fest in Stuart Florida. We are talking about the best interior detailig tips from Jason Rose, Michael Stoops, Joe Fernandez, and Yvan Lacroix.

AMMO NYC – Best Interior Detailing Tips from 4 PRO’S

Podcast 15: Diminishing Abrasives vs Non-Diminishing and Roger Garbow’s Top Cars of 2013

Have you ever wondered what those guys are talking about….Diminishing Abrasives and Non-Diminishing Abrasives? When should they be used and how are they different? We also chat with our good friend Roger Garbow (from the 912 Barn Find Find episode of Drive Clean) about how to get into the automotive jouralism and marketing world AND his picks for top cars of 2013. (Make sure to download next weeks SmokingTire podcast as I will be a guest in LA)

Thanks for listen and send me email questions!

AMMO NYC – Diminishing Abrasives vs Non-Diminishing: Roger Garbow’s Top Cars of 2013

Podcast 14: 6 Master Detailers at Mobile Tech Expo 2014

We’re taping LIVE from the floor of the Mobile Tech Expo 2014 with 6 AMAZING detailers from around the country!

Bob Phillips, Jim Lafeber, Richard Lin, Jason Rose, Scotty Perkins, and Renny Doyle.

We review this years MTE and cover a wide range of topics, tips, and detailing advice from some of the top detailers in the world. This is a dream-team podcast and a must listen!

AMMO NYC – 6 Master Detailers: Mobile Tech Expo 2014

Podcast 13: Part-2 Jason Rose Interview: Coatings Good or Bad?

PART-2: Jason Rose from Meguiar’s (Global Technical Services & Training Manager) discusses SEMA, business tips for new and veteran professional detailers, paint coatings, microfiber cutting pad design, and steam machine pros/cons. Our conversation was so in-depth we split the podcast into 2 episodes. BEST EPISODE(S) SO FAR!

AMMO NYC – Part-2 Jason Rose Interview: Coatings Good or Bad?

Podcast 12: Paint Coatings, Steam Machine, Cuttings Pads with Jason Rose of Meguiar’s

Jason Rose from Meguiar’s (Global Technical Services & Training Manager) discusses SEMA, business tips for new and veteran professional detailers, paint coatings, microfiber cutting pad design, and steam machine pros/cons. Our converstaion was so indepth we split the podcast into 2 episodes. BEST EPISODE(S) SO FAR!

AMMO NYC – Paint Coatings, Steam Machine, Cuttings Pads with Jason Rose of Meguiar’s: Part 1

Podcast 11: 2013 SEMA Review: LIVE

This week we’re podcasting live from SEMA 2013 with an international tribunal of detailers. Scott Perkin (from Canada), Cameron Watson (of Australia) and Chris Hayes (of The Smoking Tire and Hooniverse) join in the conversation. This week we cover the ins and outs of attending SEMA, how to properly clean a smoker’s car, the differences in detailing across the globe, the long term effects of Plasti Dip and how to ethically break out on your own and start a detailing shop.

AMMO NYC – 2013 SEMA Review: LIVE

Podcast 10: 4 Steps BEFORE Detailing + Irish Rob

We discuss the 4 essential steps every business owner must perform in 5 minutes with the customer before detailing the car. Is this a customer you want? Did you inspect his car before accepting the job? Was there “price haggling” before any work was performed and how do you avoid it? All these questions are answer on this episode, along with Irish Rob and his perspective on UK cars vs US cars, the detailing craz across the pond, and he compares the “Festival of Speed” vs Pebble Beach. This is a must listen to!

AMMO NYC – 4 Steps BEFORE Detailing + Irish Rob

Podcast 9: Polishing Clear Bra + 2015 Cadillac Escalade Release Party with MOTOMAN TV

Today we are onsite at the 2015 Cadillac Escalade launch party in NYC to get the first views at their latest design. I spent the day with Motoman TV and well as discuss the finer points of polishing a clear bra. This is a good one!

AMMO NYC – Polishing Clear Bra + 2015 Cadillac Escalade Release Party with MOTOMAN TV

Podcast 8: Headlight Restoration and MOTOMAN TV

This podcast discusses what’s really happening with your yellow-headlight lenses and how you can fix it easily. Then we chat with our friend Motoman (from Motoman TV) about the evolution of Cadillac since its inception, rise to popularity, devastating demise, and its march to back to a top tier brand once again. He is an automotive historian and host his own webseries on youtube (motomantv). Enjoy!

AMMO NYC – Headlight Restoration and MOTOMAN TV

Podcast 7: Pebble Beach Week and Mr. Angry’s Dodge Daytona

Last week I travelled to LA to detail 3 Bugatti Veyrons and then visited Pebble Beach to maintain a few others cars (Rolls Royce(s), another Bugatti, and Merc). I spent the week with Mike Musto, AKA Mr. Angry, driving around in his 1969 matte black Dodge Daytona… which freaked everyone out! We relive the experience, concours event, and answer questions from Facebook.

AMMO NYC – Pebble Beach Week and Mr. Angry’s Dodge Daytona

Podcast 6: Detailing Myths and Jonathan Adler

We discuss the “myths” of the detailing world and questions I get asked regularly…then we discuss race track insurance, car as investment vehicles, and car-value fluctuations with Jonathan Adler.

AMMO NYC Podcast: Detailing Myths and Track Rat Jonathan Adler

AMMO NYC – Detailing Myths and Track Rat Jonathan Adler

Podcast 5: So you want to open a detail shop… featuring Scotty Perkins

Podcast #5 discusses the difference between steam machines and hot-water extractors and which might work best for your application. We also interview Scott Perkins from Scotty’s Shine Shop in London Ontario, he gives us his views on what it takes to start and maintain a profitable business in today’s economy. With over 20 years in the business, Scotty’s experience and insights are critical for future entrepreneurs thinking about opening a carwash/detailing operation.

AMMO NYC – So you want to open a detail shop… w/ Scotty Perkins

Podcast 4: pH Levels With Dr. Victoria and Mike Musto

We discuss the basics of the pH scale and how it is relevant to detailing and cleaning supplies. Special guests include my wife Victoria, who has her PhD in Chemistry from Columbia University, and Mike Musto, who will talk about the “Big Muscle” season premier. Enjoy!

Drive and Protect – pH Levels with Dr. Victoria and Mike Musto

Podcast 3: Product Confusion and Mike Spinelli

We discuss the different product categories that have led to confusion amongst novice detailers. Whats the difference between Compound Polish and Glaze and why? (and much more) Then we chat with Mike Spinelli from Jalopnik.com, Savetheenzos.com and the Host of Drive Central and After Drive on the /Drive Channel. He answers the most frequent question he gets…”How did you get started as an automotive journalist and where did Jalopnik come from”. Mike’s interview is a lot of fun! Thank for listening and leave comments! -Larry

Drive and Protect – Product Confusion and Mike Spinelli

Podcast 2: Evolution of the Polisher and Zack Klapman TST

Understanding how paint polishers have evolved based on the progression and advancement in paint technology is important to think about before deciding which polisher is right for you. -L

Drive and Protect – Evolution of the Polisher and Zack Klapman TST

Podcast 1: Introduction to Microfiber

This is our first podcast and we are extremely excited to discuss the detailing world and tricks that can help business owners and weekend warriors alike. in this episode, we discuss the origins of microfiber towels and how to determine if one is “good” or “bad”. We also chat with Mike Musto of /Drive Channel’s Big Muscle about the muscle car culture and what defines a muscle car vs another. Thank you for listening and appreciate any feedback! -Larry

Drive and Protect – Introduction to Microfiber

Making the Case for Classic Diesels

J.G. Francis, owner at Mercedes Motoring, is out to prove his belief that, when cared for, the old Mercedes diesels produced from 1968 – 1985 can be driven till no end. Every one of his projects starts out as a well documented low-mileage example of these used cars. Francis says it normally takes about 8 weeks of work and restoration to get them looking and running the way people expect these low-mileage cars to look and run.
We can definitely appreciate the clean looks and attention to detail!



VIA www.mercedesmotoring.com

Photographing Cars

Part of the reason we work so hard at protecting our cars is because we love to spend our time enjoying their beauty. Being able to capture this beauty with the perfect shot has become increasingly easier thanks to improvements in electronics and specifically consumer cameras. Speed Hunters is putting together a series of articles specifically geared towards teaching fanatics about the intricacies of cameras and catching that perfect shot.
This particular article we’ve linked to talks about shutter speed. In brief, the slower the shutter speed the more movement you can portray. Go back and check out their “How to Shoot Cars:The Basics” article to bring yourself completely up to speed on this series.

VIA www.speedhunters.com/2013/07/how-to-shoot-cars-shutter-speed/

Land-Cruiser-Tribute is style, performance, and utility

ICON’s roots burrow back to 1996 when they started out as a Toyota Land Cruiser service center. They were commissioned to create Toyota’s new FJ Cruiser, but ICON took a unique direction after Toyota made design changes which strayed too far from ICON’s vision. Johnathan Ward, ICON’s CEO, set out to re-invent the original FJ40. He said it had to have purpose; there was enough garbage in this world. The result is this extreme expression of style and utility which you see pictured here. Parts are sourced from the military, marine, and aircraft sectors so you’re sure these 4X4s are built for longevity and adventure.


VIA www.icon4x4.com

F1 Anatomy: Mercedes Petronas W01 Becomes Exploded-Art

Here’s an older story that we dug up, in-case you missed it.
Dutch artist Paul Veroude collaborated with Mercedes GP to bring us this one-of-a-kind suspended sculpture of the team’s W01 2010 competition car. At AMMO we are serious supporters of beautified racecars and this one is no exception. World class performance, engineering, and design, sit at the very core of these incredible machines and thankfully every bit of it has been put on display for enthusiasts to see. It also seems we are not the only ones with a serious case of OCD because this car took upwards of 290,000 hours to design and manufacture, and M. Veroude individually suspended each of its 3,200 pieces.
If you can’t get enough, check out more on Paul Veroude’s facebook.

VIA www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/paul-veroude-view-suspended-ii



At AMMO we can say with soul-smacking conviction that when a car is cleaned and polished to devastating effect, it just drives better. Whether you’re having one of those transcendental moments on a scenic drive with glimpses of the ocean through the dunes, or whiplashing your head to the back of the seat in a DE, or you’re the berserk go-fast TRG-Aston Martin Racing Team winning championships, when you’re driving a car that’s drop-dead gorgeous, you absolutely get better performance and better efficiency (and it is just conspicuously more fun).
On the last day of the New York Auto Show there was a party that would make anybody who is passionate about cars lose their composure. 500 supporters, along with the press, attended the launch of AMMO NYC. It was a night to dedicate TRG-AMR’s new factory-based GT4 Challenge series, and AMMO’s commitment to the “007” themed Vantage GT4 which is set to compete in the new series.
For more information and TRG-AMR’s race schedule visit:
"007" Aston Martin Race Car

It’s a Transformer… It’s a Gundam… It’s an Eighteen Wheeler?

No, its Dekotora! (Short for Decoration Truck) Dekotora is a Japanese phenomenon in which your everyday industrial vehicles gets a Vegas style makeover. The makeover comes complete with neon lights, mirrors, gold paint, and anything that glows, flashes or is just plain shiny. Despite the occasional title of “Art Truck,” the vehicles usually fully function as commercial vehicles. The trucks conjure images of the old nickel arcade, real life Transformers, and Gundams. Even though they resemble all of the glam of the Vegas strip, or Times Square, on wheels, they are created by the workers who drive them. When comes our own car, or truck, or portable night club, we could all take a lesson from these guys: Obsess over the details, look amazing and drive the hell out of it.


You can find more about Dekotora at:




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Magnus Walker, Porsche Collector, Fashion Designer Extraordinaire

Speedhunters is really telling some great stories, this one about Magnus Walker, we found particularly impressive. Not to mention that there’s a pretty great set of images to go along.

Magnus is seized with an unquenchable obsession with Porsches. He’s been restoring, building and customizing old 911 models for nearly three decades. The best part is he not the store-it-in-the-garage, keep-a-cover-on-it type of guy. As he races his cars at the track he learns new ways to customize, which helps him drive better. Consequently, he’s been able to develop some trademark modifications. With models ranging from 1964 – 1972, Magnus’ collection of Porsches 911′s is quite impressive.

Magnus owns a fashion label with his wife Karen that they run out of their warehouse in the LA Arts District.He also has a collection of vintage guitars signed by little bands like The Eagles and Van Halen, and is featured in a short documentary, Urban Outlaw.

Take a look at more images from the Speedhunters story HERE. To keep up with what Magnus is doing, check out his BLOG.


VIA Speedhunters

Hideto Irikawa, The Selby

What an incredible photo essay over at The Selby about consultant, business owner, and collector Hideto Irikawa. Between his collection of vintage cars and mid-century home decore you can be assured that this man has impeccable taste. To see more of his inspirational collections click here.

VIA The Selby

Gizmodo App Of The Day: Roadtrippers

Ready for your next road trip? Roadtrippers is a simple and intuitive road trip planner that helps you discover, plan and book the best places and experiences along your way, curated by local experts and travel writers. Eccentric roadside attractions, breathtaking natural wonders, or mouthwatering foodie feasts. Whatever your interests, you’ll discover your America on Roadtrippers.

Roadtrippers: Discover your America


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Porsche 911 Personal Project

Again, here at AMMO we’re always on the look out for people who are just as passionate as we are. Well, Achim Anscheidt, the head of design at Bugatti, has passed the test. He shows his obsession for design and cars in this episode of Driven, a station of the youtube Drive Channel. Hopefully, you find this as inspiring as we did.

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Mercedes 220SE: Family History

AMMO is all about a passion for cars, their looks as much as their performance. That’s why Jason Clason’s project depthofspeed.com is so riveting. Traveling around the country to find the most passionate automotive tales out there, in a 13 foot Scamp trailer isn’t the most luxurious way to spend your year, but he’s uncovered some real treasure. Not too mention the video work is stunning. We’ve posted his work a couple of times before and this probably won’t be the last, but his latest work with petrolicious.com is stunning.

You can check out more of his work, as well as other incredible videos, the Petrolicious vimeo page.

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Cars I See – 1984 Porsche 930

This is a story of one man’s 28 year journey to own a Porsche 930. Jim Goodlett’s 1984 grey market 930 Turbo is a beautiful example of a classic Porsche 911, but it also represents the accomplishment of a goal he set for himself as a young man who could only dream of one day owning this supercar.

VIA canibeat.com

A Bathing Ape x Ferrari 458 Italia GT3

In celebration of the new Ferrari Maserati showroom in Repulse Bay, Ferrari Maserati of Hong Kong and I.Thosted an invite-only party earlier this week with a special project at the helm. Unveiled at the event was a special edition of the Ferrari 458 Italia GT3. Created in conjunction with A Bathing Ape and NIGO, the Italian supercar turned GT racer appears in BAPE‘s signature 1st CAMO motif and was undoubtedly the showstopper of the event as it was prominently displayed in the state-of-the-art 19,000-square-foot facility. The small gathering also included music by NIGO as the brand founder continued his interest in the automotive world.

VIA Hypebeast

The Giant and The Giant Killer

The Story of James Dean and the Porsche 550 Spyder

“On February 8, 1931 2:08 AM at the Seven Gables apartment house in Marion, Indiana a legend was born. Twenty-two years later and 4,117 miles across the world, a different kind of legend made its debut at the 1953 Paris Motor Show. This is the story of the Giant and the Giant Killer – two icons forever intertwined, entangled, enlaced since this day 57 years ago.”

This article about James Dean and the Porsche 550 Spyder, by Shirin Behnia, is well worth a read. The vintage photos are great too.

VIA Petrolicious

Michael Richards with Jerry Seinfeld

Michael Richards opens up to Jerry Seinfeld about his infamous n-word laced meltdown seven years ago. Repentance and redemption in Comedians in Cars.


Red Bull Racing’s American Vacation

David Ryle: McLaren Production Center

A stunning set of photographs by David Ryle showcasing the new McLaren Production Center in Surrey, UK.

VIA This is Collate

Leh Keen: One Lap of America
in-car Camera

This is one of the coolest video’s I’ve ever shot. I asked Leh and Doug if I could stick a Go-Pro on the inside of their Topspeedtuned.com GTR, just to see how Leh prepares for a race. I never would have guessed his routine. Check it out! BTW, both Leh and Doug are super nice guys and it was a pleasure racing with them this year. Visit lehkeen.com and topspeedtuned.com for more info. Thanks guys!

170,000 Miles in Four Years


Extreme Mini Parking


The Power of M

LA Drives Me

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Sealant and Wax on Ferrari F430 —