In Wheel Time Car Talk

Behind the Wheel: Strikes, Restorations with Mo Muscle Cars, and Epic Road Trips

September 25, 2023 In Wheel Time Car Talk Season 2023 Episode 288
Behind the Wheel: Strikes, Restorations with Mo Muscle Cars, and Epic Road Trips
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In Wheel Time Car Talk
Behind the Wheel: Strikes, Restorations with Mo Muscle Cars, and Epic Road Trips
Sep 25, 2023 Season 2023 Episode 288
In Wheel Time Car Talk

If you hear something you like, text your friends, if you don't hear something you like, text us here!

Ready to take a deep dive into the world of cars? . We navigate the complex landscape of the auto industry, where even a minor disruption could threaten new car inventories and put the brakes on service department operations. It's a unique opportunity to understand the fragile supply chain in the auto industry, and we invite you, our listeners, to share your perspectives on this matter.

Switching gears, we take a nostalgic trip down memory lane with Blake Meaux of Mo Muscle Cars - a classic car shop with a legacy spanning over a decade. Get under the hood of this family-run business, discover the meticulous craftsmanship involved in restoring vintage beauties and modern components alike. An exclusive walk-around the shop, a sneak peek into their engine work, and upholstery is sure to fuel your appreciation for the art of car restoration. 

Be part of the high-octane adventure in the Race Card feature as we trace the journey of Formula One cars making their way from Japan to Texas, and gear up for the adrenaline rush of upcoming races from NHRA, Nascar, and Formula One. 

Lastly, we hit the highway to bring you the ultimate American road trip - a look at the five longest bridges in the country! From iconic structures like the Golden Gate and Seven Mile Bridge to the lesser-known yet equally impressive Mackinac Bridge, San Mateo Hayward Bridge, and the Jubilee Parkway - this is a ride you won't forget. 

Plus, you're always welcome to join the conversation and share your car stories every Saturday on platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch. So, grab your headphones and let's hit the road together!

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If you hear something you like, text your friends, if you don't hear something you like, text us here!

Ready to take a deep dive into the world of cars? . We navigate the complex landscape of the auto industry, where even a minor disruption could threaten new car inventories and put the brakes on service department operations. It's a unique opportunity to understand the fragile supply chain in the auto industry, and we invite you, our listeners, to share your perspectives on this matter.

Switching gears, we take a nostalgic trip down memory lane with Blake Meaux of Mo Muscle Cars - a classic car shop with a legacy spanning over a decade. Get under the hood of this family-run business, discover the meticulous craftsmanship involved in restoring vintage beauties and modern components alike. An exclusive walk-around the shop, a sneak peek into their engine work, and upholstery is sure to fuel your appreciation for the art of car restoration. 

Be part of the high-octane adventure in the Race Card feature as we trace the journey of Formula One cars making their way from Japan to Texas, and gear up for the adrenaline rush of upcoming races from NHRA, Nascar, and Formula One. 

Lastly, we hit the highway to bring you the ultimate American road trip - a look at the five longest bridges in the country! From iconic structures like the Golden Gate and Seven Mile Bridge to the lesser-known yet equally impressive Mackinac Bridge, San Mateo Hayward Bridge, and the Jubilee Parkway - this is a ride you won't forget. 

Plus, you're always welcome to join the conversation and share your car stories every Saturday on platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch. So, grab your headphones and let's hit the road together!

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Lupe Tortilla in Katy, Texas

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Speaker 1:

Welcome to another In Wheel Time Podcast, a 30 minute mini version of the In Wheel Time car show that airs live every Saturday morning 8 to 11am, central From the Sugar Shack World Headquarters. It's the In Wheel Time car talk show Coming up Blake Moe with Moe Muscle Cars up at Conroe, he joins us. Jeff has a segment of the longest bridges in the US of A. Conrad has the racing calendar and the car clinic and later on in the show we'll have the events calendar and the cruising calendar, if I keep them straight he can never keep that straight and later we'll have the stories making auto news headlines. This week it's just ahead on the In Wheel Time car talk show, howdy, along with Mike out of this World, mars King Conrad DeLong. We always need more, jeff Zekin, don't we? Yep, I'm Don Armstrong Vege. You can join us on this Saturday.

Speaker 1:

And obviously the whole world is talking about the UAW Strike with the automotive industry and I'm going to start off with a little story about it From automotive news. Dealers said new car inventory remains mostly stable in the second week of the strike, but some are readying for a wider range of vehicles to become unavailable If the strike persists and expands to other assembly plants. As the historic UAW Strike enters its third week, dealers hope preparation will be enough to cushion the blow and keep service departments humming as a labor unrest hits closer to home, with more than three dozen parts facilities being taken offline by the union's latest tactic that started yesterday. Uaw President Sean Fain announced on Friday that 38 General Motors and Stalantis parts distribution centers in 20 states that package and ship parts used to repair customers vehicles will join the strike. This could negatively impact dealership service departments to repair and maintain vehicles, which can account for at least half of the store's annual profits.

Speaker 1:

It's an ongoing major story and we'll keep you posted as best we can because we're learning about it as the days go by. But I'll tell you what. It's not looking good. And here's the other thing If you have a recall, if you have been putting off putting your car in the service department for whatever reason too late maybe not, but I would definitely get it in ASAP.

Speaker 2:

There are. I've got a couple of accounts, dealership accounts for what I do, and there's a particular brand that has they haven't had cars on there since COVID. I mean it's very, very minimal, maybe 30 cars on a huge lot and two salespeople. I mean it's already. They're already affected by lack of inventory. Now this is just going to compound it.

Speaker 3:

Yeah Well, the parts inventory for repair and service side has already been impacted and it's going to be greatly impacted with the new selections that UAW has made to strike now. So and I'm already seeing that you know I do warranty, aftermarket warranty claims, and we're already talking dealerships. I can't get parts, can't get parts, can't get parts. So in some instances, if you've waited this long, you're probably going to wait a little longer.

Speaker 1:

Almost 90% of my news today is about the strike and how it's not only affecting workers at plants that are being struck or ancillary plants, because we don't think of it that way. You know, I come from the old school where the manufacturer made all the parts and did everything. No, that's long gone, long gone, yeah. And it's delivery of the parts to the factories in time, just in time to put it together. There is no big warehouse that they go and pull this stuff from. It's right off the truck onto the assembly line and boom, there you go.

Speaker 3:

Okay, and a lot of these assembly, a lot of these assembly plants. The trains come into the assembly plant and get unloaded, and as quickly as it comes off the train it gets loaded in the installation space. So that when they talk about just in time delivery, they are truly talking about just in time. So as the plant shuts down, that dominos all of the parts suppliers to the plant as well.

Speaker 1:

There's one story that I'm going to read a little bit later on. It's about a part supplier that is in a lower tier. In other words, they build one little widget, a plastic piece, and they also have a part of their factory that they build a metal piece. That's it, and they supply it to the manufacturer which one it is doesn't make any difference and they have already laid off their entire staff Not a big one, but all of these little ones. So how do you, how do you finish a car that's got all of these parts? It's ready to walk out the door. You don't.

Speaker 4:

Yeah, and I really don't think they've ever recovered fully from the COVID. I agree, and that's another story that I'm going to read too.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, so it's. It's an interesting ugly thing and I'll be honest with you, I don't think it's going to end anytime soon, that's just my feeling, I don't think so either.

Speaker 1:

I think it's going to go on and on and on. All right, we got more of that obviously coming up throughout our three hour show, and if you're listening to us on podcasts, then you know that we have six segments and we invite you to listen to each segment, beginning with this one For this particular week, and then mr Mars Kind of doles them out. Let's, where did that term come from? Dole?

Speaker 2:

amount of the uh pineapple. Is that what it is? Oh?

Speaker 1:

yeah, was it. Is it light side up or upside down? I don't know. All right well, we won't get into any of that In the cans.

Speaker 4:

It really doesn't make a difference where you open it up About that.

Speaker 3:

Oh, oh look like Mike was saying that, we've had some comments on our youtube channel from some people about the uaw strike and they think, um, they know so much. Hey, if you know so much, contact us. We'll be glad to have you on the show. Those that can do, those that can't strike. Send your comments to info.

Speaker 2:

It's a great idea. I was sitting at the jeff in here.

Speaker 1:

Let's go up to conroe and talk to mr Blake, mo with mo muscle cars. Now, blake spells his name me a ux and the name of the company is mo muscle cars. Mo muscle cars, blake. Good morning to you, sir. Oh he turned off his.

Speaker 3:

You've turned your beauty your mic, he was.

Speaker 1:

There you go, how you doing, guys, well good you know we had a little test with him to make sure that he, we could hear him and everything was fine.

Speaker 4:

But yeah, I think it's almost like it's automatically. But yeah, how you doing Good morning Good morning.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, you bet it's good to good to have you with us this morning. And um, tell us about mo muscle cars. You guys have been in business for a while.

Speaker 4:

We have, we, uh, we opened in in 2005, um, and and back then my dad was alive, so he started it um, with a couple other guys and one who's still here at the shop, and, um 2009, I ended up taking over and, uh, you know, we've just kind of been building from there.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, uh, do you have any hair left now? Because I know you had hair when you started doing this and and, uh, I can only imagine.

Speaker 4:

Yeah, you know, I definitely have a little bit less Um, but at the same time, you know, we have a lot of fun and we love what we do. So, uh, you know, it's something that's a privilege for us and, and as we've gone on with time, we we've learned a lot more and, uh, it's still interesting to us.

Speaker 1:

Well, I find it also very interesting about the story with your dad and starting the shop. Give us a little bit of a background on that, because, uh, I'd like everybody to know the background.

Speaker 4:

Yeah, so. So he had started in 2005. At the time, um, as I mentioned, we had a couple partners um and the shop really started because we needed a place To where he felt that he could bring his vehicles to. Of course, other people that could could be trustworthy and get the projects done. Uh, everybody's seen shops where you go to and nothing ever happens with the vehicle, um, so we brought in accountability to everything, um and really made an atmosphere to where customers feel comfortable, um and that that we can also Uh thrive in what we do, and we've been grateful that our customers allow us to uh continue to do it. So I took it over at 2009 when dad passed away, and we've just been kicking since then, and a lot of our employees that were we're here then are still here, um, and so it's been a great ride so far.

Speaker 3:

Well, one of the neat things is you guys have been around what now almost 18 years, um, and you know for me, you know, you see a lot of shops come and go. You know they're around two or three years and then they're gone. Um, so to have that long-standing business and I imagine quite a bit of it's repeat business and referral business as well Says a lot to the quality of work.

Speaker 1:

What? What kind of cars do you what? What's the scope of your work? What kind of cars and what all do you do?

Speaker 4:

So we work on anything pretty much pre 1980. Every now and then we'll venture a little bit newer, um, but it's all muscle cars, classics, hot rods, uh, old trucks, things like that. So, um, we stick to the older era. We are known for also putting a lot of modern components, though, so we like to stay on the cutting edge of what's new, uh, in in the muscle car business, uh, and that's the hot rod lifestyle. You know you want to put the biggest, baddest, newest stuff out there, make it work, and that's part of it. So we've become known for also doing cars that have all modern components. They're completely rebuilt as if they were a new vehicle in a classic body.

Speaker 3:

So you do, tub it out and put an LS in it.

Speaker 1:

Yeah exactly so do you also do restorations. Let's say, 69 Camaro body off restoration.

Speaker 4:

Yeah, so we really try to cater to a wide range of people. You know, everybody's got different dreams and aspirations for it and wants. Some people want the type of cars I was just describing and some people want all original classics and so we do everything. You know, if somebody wants us to do matching numbers vehicle, that's what we do and we take time and find in the right parts for it and we're storing it right.

Speaker 1:

Do you do your own engine work up?

Speaker 4:

there, we send our engines out. The only thing we don't do here in house is the engine machining and upholster Gotcha.

Speaker 1:

So do you have an upholstery shop in the shop or do you send that out to?

Speaker 4:

We send that out. So upholstery and just engine machining, everything else we do here at the shop. There's some really great upholsters out there. You just got to know where they reside pretty much. But you know, sometimes if we've got to send them even far distances, we'll do that to get the right quality, depending on what we're looking for.

Speaker 3:

So you have somebody that works there that understands carburetors.

Speaker 4:

Oh yeah.

Speaker 3:

Yeah, oh yeah.

Speaker 4:

I mean we do anything from minor repairs to full on custom builds. So, as you can imagine, a lot of these vehicles even the vehicles I was describing with modern components, we have to fabricate everything a lot of components to make it work. We're using stuff that was never really meant to go together. A lot. So our capabilities are very strong in what we do, but there's still a lot to learn. You know we're always kind of pushing for that too. Yeah, there's a lot of new stuff coming out on the market new ways to do things, make things bigger and better.

Speaker 3:

Just looking behind you, I can see a very early C2 Camaro because it's got the small rear glass on it.

Speaker 4:

Yeah, it's blown as well. That's a build that we're doing for a customer, and so we pretty much done most of the work on that thing. This is a squire right here, but I've got about probably about 35.

Speaker 1:

We'll take us on a tour of the shop.

Speaker 4:

Yeah, do you want to see it?

Speaker 1:

Yeah, we do Bad.

Speaker 4:

Okay, good, so I'm going to start. We've got different shops here and stuff, and so I'll go and you'll just kind of see in the background. But I'm up here in the front right now. We've got all of our mechanical work up here, we'll assemble cars up here, and so we try to utilize our space the best we can. But here's a couple of vehicles, as you can see.

Speaker 1:

Man, you guys are busy.

Speaker 4:

Oh yeah, we're always busy. We have, I think, right now, about a 50 car waiting list, wow, wow, to get in the shop. Yeah, and, as you mentioned before, it's a lot of repeat business.

Speaker 2:

Now wait a minute. Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, stop. Back up, back up, oh yeah, back up.

Speaker 1:

We want to see the blown Camaro.

Speaker 3:

You just go for a walk, you just kind of blew it off, so to speak. Blake, you got it. You're using an iPhone.

Speaker 4:

I am.

Speaker 3:

You want me to flip it around? Yeah.

Speaker 4:

That way, you can still talk, but you'll have a little bit easier to show some things. Oh, you know what? That's perfect. There you go, okay, good, yeah. So here's the vehicle we're working on. We've got the hood hidden right now because we don't want it damaged while we're working on this.

Speaker 1:

What kind of blower is?

Speaker 4:

that. That is a you know what? It's a TBS, not exactly sure. Everything on that one, yeah so, yeah so a lot of these projects. You know I don't focus on every single detail, but this is something a customer brought into us the engine. We've already had it running before. He had done a little work himself originally and then we kind of took it from there. So this is the inside at this point, which is basically got everything coated and it's not going super overboard on this, it's more of a race car.

Speaker 1:

I got you.

Speaker 3:

So you guys do a lot of the metal fab work and paint work there.

Speaker 4:

Oh yeah, we do all that. Yeah, oh yeah, we do all that. Wait a minute.

Speaker 1:

Is that the family truckster that you just blew by? It's a squire.

Speaker 4:

Yeah, so this is a 1969 country, squire.

Speaker 2:

That's me baby.

Speaker 4:

And yeah, this is a vehicle we just got in recently. It's actually ARCS. I found it on eBay, lucked out from South Dakota, and it's pretty much in perfect condition.

Speaker 2:

I'll be there at four to test drive it.

Speaker 4:

Even the seats.

Speaker 1:

Oh yeah, so are you going to turn it into the family truckster?

Speaker 4:

You know we're going to do something like that. I think, yeah, I like the patina and stuff. Eventually we'll probably paint it. But a friend and I are kind of doing a little series, I think, on this coming up and so we're going to go through, get it running. It hasn't even ran yet. It hasn't ran in 20-something years. Wow, I think it actually was parked. Oh, I'm sorry it was parked running and it had drove 200 miles there. Oh, wow, I've got quite a bit of things going on here. I'll kind of move through. But yeah, these are some trucks.

Speaker 4:

You're doing some engine work on it. This one over here, this Camaro 69. This was this gentleman's mother and she drove it, got it brand new, drove it forever and she passed away a while ago and the car is set forever. So we've come in, we've got a new engine for it, we're dressing everything up on it and you should be able to cruise in this thing soon. I'm going to head to the back too. There's a lot of cars in here, so, as you can imagine, every different aspect. But the back is real fun too, because we've got a lot of the metal shaping stuff. How many people do?

Speaker 2:

you have working there there.

Speaker 4:

So when we're at full capacity, we'll have 14, 15 maybe. Right now, I think there's 12 of us. Wow, so this is a charger that we did back in 2011,. I think we finished this one.

Speaker 2:

And it's back. So he's it back before. Yeah, he's still yeah, pretty much.

Speaker 4:

Yeah, he got some chips in the paint that we're gonna fix. And this is a 72 Malibu, and this one's pretty special. This is one of the vehicles getting all modern stuff. So you can see it's got a whole modern chassis, the firewall we built, the tunnel, we built that looks nice so all this we fabricated.

Speaker 3:

So do you buy the chassis already made?

Speaker 4:

Yeah, on this particular one, we bought it from a company called Roadster Shop, so it's performance chassis.

Speaker 2:

Very well known as the industry.

Speaker 4:

Yeah, it's awesome, and we're putting an LT5 in it, okay, so here's the engine at 770 horsepower, and we've got the same engine going in this truck too that we're doing. So a lot of these just want all different types of stuff. You know, we've got the modern components, then we've got the old race car that this guy's dad had years ago, so we've got a lot of the outside staying the same and it should be running soon. We've got to try to get this paint match, which is nearly impossible. Yeah, good luck on that. Yeah, or lack of paint, 1930 model A. But so this is the body shop machine for metal shaping area.

Speaker 2:

Is that an AMX Metal?

Speaker 4:

type. Yes, oh, what a rare car that is. This is a full restoration. This is going back to stock and this guy's dad owned this and he's passed away. So we're even using the steering wheel as much components as we can.

Speaker 3:

As you say, it's going to be hard to find some parts for that thing.

Speaker 4:

Oh yeah, for sure, you know. Luckily we've got a donor car, so sometimes we have to do that. Of course, Mustang, we got this Dodge Deem and this is one of ours and this is a Torino. We've been working on it.

Speaker 2:

Love the Torino.

Speaker 4:

Yeah, this was actually owned by the guy who patented the rockets for Saturn V. He's the guy who originally bought the car.

Speaker 1:

Oh wow, Nice.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, Now you're increasing the value on that Torino because I read an article recently that the Torino value has actually dropped in the classic car industry. But what you're doing will probably bring that back up.

Speaker 4:

Yeah, maybe, so it's been a long term project. We got a lot of cool stuff on it. I'm going to show you all our machine shop, and we do a lot of our metal shaping in here too, so this is some of our equipment that we have.

Speaker 3:

So this is the place everybody pinches their finger.

Speaker 4:

Yeah, this is it. These are the machines you don't want to pinch your finger in for sure. That's a power hammer, so that's for shaping steel, as you can see on this panel right here. Wow, so that was a flat piece, and then the pool mats, and so it's vital for us to have a lot of this equipment.

Speaker 1:

So where we're in Conroe. Are you located?

Speaker 4:

We're right across the Woodlands Mall in the Oak Ridge area. It's listed as Conroe, but it's pretty much Woodlands area and, again, we've been here quite a long time. You guys are going to have to come visit sometime. We'd love to do that.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, Well, listen. The last question I've got for you Do you have clean restrooms there? Hey, you know what it's funny.

Speaker 4:

You say that I actually do, and we have air conditioning and a lot of them as well. So even in the body shop back here, you know, you see, we've got AC Nice. So this is a new thing for us. So, but yeah, we do. Ventilation is huge. Blake, it's great to talk to you, my friend.

Speaker 1:

And we sure appreciate you taking the time to give us a tour of the shop. It's a mulled muscle cars up there in the Woodlands and the Conroe area and we're going to be talking about the new equipment. And how do we get a hold of you?

Speaker 4:

Best way to reach us is just call us. You can find us on Instagram as well MoMuscleCarscom. Check out the new website. It's pretty cool, and you'll see us around at some of the shows. We're doing a drive tomorrow here at the shop at six, and then we're also, of course, with Woody next week.

Speaker 1:

So Well, we'll see you there. We'll see you there.

Speaker 4:

Thank you guys.

Speaker 1:

Hey, thank you, we appreciate you. Yeah, we're going to be.

Speaker 3:

We're going to be getting some stuff in that shop, no kidding, all right, we're a diverse collection of vehicles.

Speaker 1:

No kidding. And man, that guy's busy. Yeah, If we're doing what he does, that's a busy shop. All right Time now for the Inwheel Time race card. You know racing season is wrapping up. As a matter of fact, I noticed that Eric Enders qualified number one again for this week's drag race.

Speaker 2:

Hello.

Speaker 1:

At Maple Grove. Yeah, there you go. I didn't know whether you were with us or not. I'm still here, I'm still here.

Speaker 3:

So NHRA's at Maple Grove this weekend, next weekend there at the Carolina Nationals at ZMAX Dragway, after that on the 29th there at Madison, illinois, and then they come to Texas on October 12th through the 15th up at Innitz. Nascar is at Texas this weekend and then Talladega on October 1st and the Roval in Charlotte on October 10th and then Vegas on October 15th. So it seems like there's kind of a Texas Vegas theme going on here, because this weekend Formula One's in Japan. On October 22nd they're at COTA Circuit of the Americas up in Austin, texas, and then they go to Mexico City, brazil.

Speaker 1:

So what? Let me ask you this so how do they transport Formula One cars from Japan to Texas? They plane Airplane.

Speaker 3:

Yeah, they just drive. You know, if you've ever watched F1, you can see all these buildings and stuff that they all operate out of. It's kind of an origami folded out tractor trailer that becomes their.

Speaker 2:

Hauler.

Speaker 3:

Yeah, it's a hauler, but it becomes a what do they call the yes Kind of a meeting room kind of thing.

Speaker 1:

Gotcha.

Speaker 3:

And then they fold them all back up and drive them in at 747 and transport them all around the all over the air. So yeah, so they'll probably land out there at Bergstrom and unload and drive on over to COTA and then Indy Road course is or, excuse me, IMSA is going to be a.

Speaker 2:

A racetrack.

Speaker 3:

Petit Le Mans. I was thinking Le Pete. No, it's Petit Le Mans.

Speaker 1:

Petit Le Mans Listen.

Speaker 3:

I'm ready, and that's one of their Endurance Series races and that's kind of there again coming to the end of their season and that's it All right.

Speaker 1:

Thank you, sir. Now have you ever wondered what is the longest bridge in America?

Speaker 2:

There's a bunch, I know that.

Speaker 4:

I have there's a bunch.

Speaker 1:

The first comes to mind is the Golden Gate, and then the one that I went over recently as well as you not at the same time with me, but the Mackinac Bridge, Mackinac Bridge is Well Mackinac, as we like to say.

Speaker 2:

Well Mackinac is five miles and I have a bridge phobia. I hate bridges. I cry when I go over bridges, even if I'm driving, I walk, close my eyes and I'll drive across the bridge. I do not like bridges.

Speaker 3:

I'd be afraid with your eyes closed too.

Speaker 2:

Well, I would too. This is what we're going to do Now. I picked five. I picked five of my favorites. Well, we just blew past that one. Well, that was the Mackinac Bridge. As the header Seven Mile Bridge, the state of Florida can be forgiven because the Seven Mile Bridge is actually 6.7 miles long. But who's counting? This appealing construction has been a favorite for shooting locations from Hollywood blockbusters such as True Lies, license to Kill, all 47 episodes of Too Fast, few, too Furious. It takes place across the Florida Keys, from Marathon to Little Duck Key or vice versa, back and forth. The Modern Bridge, built in 1982, funnels two lanes from the US One Highway over the Mosier Channel. It's a nice bridge. I could take this one, I could do that one. Yeah, because it's close to the water.

Speaker 3:

Close to the water, you don't have to fall very far and it doesn't swim and it doesn't have one of those open great bottoms where you can look through and see.

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You go sit in another room, Conrad. Number four is the San Mateo Hayward Bridge. This one actually is seven miles. The one coast bridge cracks the top 10 of California's seven mile Mateo Hayward Bridge. The western side of this bridge is in Foster City in San Mateo County, while the east side drops into the Alameda County, the city of Hayward. This hockey stick shaped construction spans the iconic San Francisco Bay. The creative design was put together by the California Department of Transportation and constructed by the Murphy Bridge builders in 1967.

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I've been on that one, that's the East Bay Bridge.

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Well, San Mateo. This one here is the Jubilee Parkway, this one's eight miles, Southern Alabama's Jubilee Parkway. I just like saying that Southern Alabama's Jubilee Parkway is just a few bricks shy of the length of the Canada's Confederation Bridge. The section of Interstate 10 also stretches eight miles, taking motorists across the northern portion of Mobile Bay and parts of the Baldwin and Mobile counties. Yeah, been over that. Built in 1978, the original bridge was called America's Junior Miss Bayway. Set adjacent to ViDoc bridges, runs roughly parallel to the battleship Parkway linking Blakely Island and the Spanish Fort Daffy. That's a pretty bridge there. Nice sunset on that too. This next one is the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. It's also a tunnel.

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I've been on it too.

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Yep, 17.6 miles long, mike. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge tunnel seems to defy physics and also classification, which is exactly. The measurements varying depending on who you ask, but according to the Bridge official website, the Bridge covers a total of 17.6 miles, both above and below the Chesapeake Bay.

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It's just one of the weirdest.

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It is from the sky, it is just dive giant construction connects the south southeastern virginia communities and the delvar hampton roads. So there you go, and of course, the last one we'll get going here in just a second. This one is where is it, mike? It's like potch train causeway, 23.9 miles been on it too.

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Been on this in a driving rainstorm and I was the only car with the sheriff trying to get across it. Many, many years ago, scary Sheriff was chasing it. No, he was, he was leading away. The longest bridge in North America can be found in southeastern Louisiana, like potch, and train causeway spans 23.8 miles. It was built in 1969.

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