Join Thomas and Becky Repp as they team up with Gary Mantz to bring you a new road trip adventure each week. American Road Trip Talk is your chance to discover the backroads that embody true Americana. As the owners and producers of award-winning American Road magazine, Thomas and Becky want your future road trip to be both interesting and exciting. By teaming up with veteran radio broadcaster, Gary Mantz, they offer up valuable road trip planning information.


Latest Episodes

What Potential Auto Buyers Need to Know

Why pay more or settle for less when negotiating the purchase of an automobile in 2023? What are the tricks and traps to avoid at the dealership or used car lot? Listen to insider talk from Rich Lubben, retired veteran of the car sales industry and take those insights with you when you shop around!

Barrett-Jackson Car Auction Scottsdale 2023

The largest and longest auction of the year for Barrett-Jackson runs from January 21-29, 2023. Have the chance to explore the city of Scottsdale, the auction venue – the Westworld of Scottsdale, and immerse yourself in car memorabilia all week long. Car culture enthusiasts everywhere won’t want to miss this spectacular event! Mark Greene of Cars Yeah joins us with the details.

Celebrating Iconic Animal Art of the PNW (encore)

When “kitsch” first emerged, the prevalent view of art critics and historians was that gaudy roadside attractions were good for a laugh and a bit of banal gratification thanks to sentimentality. Motoring visitors to the Pacific Northwest, however, now are inclined to perceive such icons as a quirky welcome to the neighborhood. Harriet Baskas shares her appreciation of these beckoning behemoths. (Encore presentation)

Graceland, the Home of Elvis Presley (encore)

Elvis Presley, The King of Rock and Roll, left a great legacy of popular songs, hit movies and his beautiful sprawling home which is still a top tourist destination in Memphis, Tennessee. From hardscrabble roots in the delta town of Tupelo, Mississippi to the heights of fame and fortune, the journey of Elvis can be traced from boyhood home to his ultimate home in a single day. Cory Cooper guests. (encore presentation)

Graceland, the Home of Elvis Presley (encore)

Elvis Presley, The King of Rock and Roll, left a great legacy of popular songs, hit movies and his beautiful sprawling home which is still a top tourist destination in Memphis, Tennessee. From hardscrabble roots in the delta town of Tupelo, Mississippi to the heights of fame and fortune, the journey of Elvis can be traced from boyhood home to his ultimate home in a single day. Cory Cooper guests. (encore presentation)

Cops and Doughnuts – Good Deeds Live On (encore)

There is a doughnut shop and bakery in Clare, Michigan that has been in constant operation since 1896. This heritage business was just weeks from closing when members of the Clare Police Department came to the rescue. All nine of them. They saved a beloved local enterprise. We meet two of these heroes in this episode. (Encore presentation)

It’s A Wonderful Life in Seneca (Bedford) Falls! (encore)

Welcome to Seneca Falls, the Real Bedford Falls! Each year, the town celebrates It’s A Wonderful Life Festival the second weekend in December. But the Museum is open all year round. Memorabilia abounds in this magical place of seasonal mirth and endless goodwill no matter when you come to town. (Encore presentation)

Christmas Festivities Dazzle in Detroit

Christmas in Detroit takes a backseat to nobody as The Motor City rolls out a new vision of its wintry self year after year. The festive lights and artistic displays at venues across the Metro area inspire large crowds of eager locals and visitors alike. Amy S. Eckert joins us to report on the highlights of this year’s celebration!

On the Trail of Beloved Musical Greats

Have you made a pilgrimage to the heritage sites of your favorite musical performers? Lots of us have and will continue to make the trek to the birthplaces, homes, studios, and commemorative locations of our tuneful idols. Geoffrey Mark has lots to share about a sprawling informal trail of appreciation for legends of song.

Puget Sound Holiday Lights Beckon You

Wherever you go around Puget Sound, a blaze of electric glory is close by and ready to enhance your enjoyment of the Season. Matt Shea scouted some of the best venues for Holiday Lights displays and found dazzling arrays along a veritable Christmas corridor between Seattle and Tacoma. Get the details before you get in the car!