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

Wendover, NV and Intermountain Fun

Meet Bryan Yadon. In the spring of 2003, Bryan created Intermountain Guide Service (IGS) and that year on July 4th he began operations as a concessionaire of Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, offering Fly-Fishing, Horseback Rides, and sightseeing tours. Bryan knows a lot about taking a ride on the wild side!

Harrod Blank and His Camera Van

What if you could morph your car into a mobile work of art, and drive it down the road for all to see? What would it look like? What would the world think of you? How would you be changed? These are questions we have for artist and documentarian Harrod Blank whose Camera Van attracts intense interest everywhere he goes.

The Wonders Of Whidbey Island WA

Dena Marie is a versatile teacher and author of the book “Our Energy Matters”. She is also a well-traveled facilitator of retreats to Kauai, Hawaii and now includes Whidbey and Camano Islands in beautiful Washington state to her portfolio. There is a quaint magic to Whidbey Island and Dena Marie enjoys helping visitors discover it.

Stephanie Stuckey’s Turn At The Wheel

Stephanie Stuckey recently became the shepherd of her family’s brand. And now, since taking over as CEO last November, she has been on a mission to visit all of Stuckey’s current locations: more than 90, mostly concentrated in the South. As she notes, people on the road still have to stop for gas, a restroom and a snack. Stephanie wants to reignite the retro feel of the ‘60s and ‘70s for which the stores were famous.

The Road To Roswell

Donald R. Schmitt, among the world’s best-known researchers into the Roswell UFO Incident, shares his enthusiasm for the lively town 75 miles from the site of the alleged crash of extraterrestrial “flying saucers” during a violent New Mexico thunderstorm in July of 1947. Roswell has since become a mecca for UFO investigators and otherworldly curiosity-seekers. The desert town has more mundane attractions to offer as well. (Photo credit

The Barn Find Hunter Returns

Tom Cotter is a legend among car culture enthusiasts and his love of “barn finding” has attracted a following around the globe. He shares stories of discovering obscure collections that surprised him and made him wish these languishing beauties were already restored and back on the road.

Tupelo To Graceland -Happy 85th Birthday Elvis

Elvis Presley aka The King of Rock and Roll, left a great legacy of popular songs, hit movies and a beautiful home called Graceland 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 home to home in a single day. We discuss the pilgrimage millions have made by auto with Elvis expert, Cory Cooper.

Remembering 2019 and Welcoming 2020

Our last program of 2019 fondly recalls a wonderful man named Foster Braun who passed away in February: he was a warm-hearted professional whose love of broadcasting and long support of the American Road family left an inspiring Trip Talk legacy. Some honorable mentions of stories from the magazine round out an appreciation of 2019 even as we look ahead to the open road and more adventures to come in 2020.

American Road Trip Talk 12 – 13 – 19 100 Dream Cars With A.J. Baime

100 Dream Cars: The Best of “My Ride” is the latest book by car culture aficionado, New York Times best-selling author and Wall Street Journal “My Ride” columnist, A.J. Baime. It was hard to choose but A.J. selected one hundred cars, motorcycles, and other vehicles to fill the dream garage.