In case you’re not familiar with “Rides” the show follows radio host, lifelong car fanatic and collector, Jay Thomas on his search for anything with a motor and a good story—often, it’s not even an actual car. For our team, that means plenty of travel and a lot of great opportunities to see firsthand some of the sweetest rides in our area. Naturally, there are some favorites. Cody Rogness, video production manager, shares his.
So tell us, what’s your favorite episode?
Hands down, my favorite episode of Rides was episode 6 that featured the Winter’s Dream snow machine. It was one of the coolest and most unique “Rides” we’ve done in two seasons. Not only did we get to see this snowmobile-airplane looking thing, we also got to shoot a one-of-a-kind Ford Fairlane Skyliner and take a look at a really cool canoe bar in the show’s “What’s in Your Garage” segment. All around, a very awesome episode that represents what the show is all about; great rides and great stories.
The Ford Fairlane in that episode was a very impressive restoration all done by Dave Owens and his wife. The car has some crazy engineering behind it, including factory air suspension. I had to remind myself that this was made back in the 1950’s. It was a very rare find—just one of nine ever built. The restoration was impeccable, with every detail meticulously thought out even down to the bolts. It’s a very beautiful and very impressive car.
The snow machine is like nothing I have seen before and has a lot of history. It’s part sort of part airplane and part snowmobile. These models were produced in North Dakota during the late 1940s through the early 1950s and just 10 were made each year; so few, if any others, remain today.
That’s what I love about working on these shows; you really get to experience the rarest rides out there, which are right in our backyard. And a great bonus during this shoot was that we had the perfect day to work with. There was plenty of snow for a ride, but it was not 20 below zero, which is always a plus when you’re shooting during the winter in North Dakota.
Yes. It was fun, but kind of weird. When you look at the wood/metal skis and think about the machine being from the 1940’s you’d think it’d be a really rigid ride. It was a bit bumpy, but at the same time I was shocked at how smooth it was. It didn’t have any heat so it was a bit cold, but overall it was fun. Interesting tidbit: A paper thin fabric is all that separated me from the giant propeller spinning right behind where I was sitting. I tried not to think about that.
And how about that canoe bar?
Terry, the owner, showed us how he used a spare canoe to make a prominent bar in the middle of his garage. It’s very impressive; he can raise and lower it from the ceiling with a pulley system. He also had fish tanks, old fishing poles and lots of great stories to tell. Certainly a cool place to hang out.