PODCAST: Brian Lohnes, Host of Motor Trend Online’s “Put Up or Shut Up” Has Lots of Bad Ideas

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It’s new podcast day at BestRide! This week, editor Craig Fitzgerald is joined by Brian Lohnes, host of Motor Trend On Demand’s new series Put Up or Shut Up, a show that may just fix everything wrong with automotive reality TV.

Most automotive shows are garbage, and they get worse when they’re injected with phony “reality TV” hijinks. Put Up or Shut Up aims to fix that, and the people involved are just the right folks to do it. Brian Lohnes is a no BS car guy from the get-go.

Abington, Massachusetts native Lohnes (above, interviewing NHRA Top Fuel veteran Doug Kalitta) started his career announcing SCCA events in college, quickly moving to drag racing at Lebanon Valley near Albany, New York, and then at his home strip at New England Dragway in Epping, New Hampshire.

He’s now announcing NHRA events all over the country, and making drag racing great again for Fox Sports. He’s one of the engines that drives BangShift.com, and he’s the co-host at Motorhead Garage on the Velocity network.

Put Up or Shut Up really puts Brian in his element, though. He talks to Craig Fitzgerald about the show in the latest episode of the BestRide podcast. Motor Trend On Demand is truly changing automotive television for the better, thanks to the success of shows like Roadkill and Dirt Every Day.

Asked about how the ideas for the matchups on “Put Up or Shut Up” get approved: “These guys just tell me to think things up and I give them horrible ideas, and they have not said no to anything yet,” he says. He gives an example from a show filmed over the last few weeks: “I think it’s the most dangerous thing ever to be said to someone in a corporate environment and they just said ‘Yes.’ They didn’t even blink.”

It’s a great episode you won’t want to miss. Also, we’ve got a review of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Cabriolet, and two things you’re definitely going to want to do before you leave the dealer’s lot with your new car.

Craig Fitzgerald

Craig Fitzgerald

Writer, editor, lousy guitar player, dad. Content Marketing and Publication Manager at BestRide.com.