The Motor Dream Podcast

Conor McNally

You wake up one day, check your bank balance and suddenly discover you're an instant bilionnaire! Then you receive an email to say that you can buy any cars or bikes you like, but you're only allowed three in your 'dream garage'. What would you choose to have?

Welcome to The Motor Dream Podcast, where host Conor McNally chats with established racing drivers, riders and personalities within the motorsport and motoring industry, along with respected figures and personalities in the media about what their dream garage would be, as well as their passion and interest for all things motoring.

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Episodes

Episode 2 - Maddi Patterson
05-10-2023
Episode 2 - Maddi Patterson
In this captivating episode of the Motor Dream Podcast, we have the privilege of welcoming Maddi Patterson, a trailblazing figure in the world of MotoGP journalism. Maddi's incredible journey began with a childhood dream of owning and riding horses. However, it was her relationship with a motorcycle enthusiast that ignited her passion for all things MotoGP and set her life on an entirely new course.As Maddi immersed herself in the world of MotoGP, her determination led her to traverse the globe, starting as a grid girl and building a network of invaluable contacts along the way. Through perseverance and unwavering dedication, she eventually carved out a successful career as a respected journalist, both locally and internationally.The path hasn't been without its challenges. Maddi faced profound hardships after a freak fire incident in 2020, leaving her with significant burns. Yet, with her trademark resilience, she refused to let this setback define her. Determined to prove herself and make a remarkable recovery, Maddi's tenacity and strength shine through.Check out Maddi's work at the Motorcycle Sport websiteFollow Maddi on InstagramThe Motor Dream Podcast Website: https://www.themotordream.com.auThe Motor Dream Podcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@themotordreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Threads: https://www.threads.net/@TheMotorDream
Episode 3 - Luke West
19-10-2023
Episode 3 - Luke West
In this episode, we dive into the fascinating journey of Luke West, a journalist who found his passion for cars and motorsport despite growing up in a family with little interest in the automotive world. Luke's career took off when he decided to pursue a career in media and landed a position with Auto Action, a renowned Australian motor racing magazine. Through his insightful writing and captivating style, Luke quickly gained popularity and even earned a regular column in the magazine as the Reverend Limiter of Ghinni Ghinni. This marked the beginning of his alter ego's, Luke West, successful career in the industry.Throughout the years, Luke has become a familiar face in the motorsport community, working in public relations and commentating for the Supercars Championship. He eventually took on the role of editor for the esteemed Australian Muscle Car magazine. Today, he combines his love for motoring, motorsport, and writing as a book publisher with Gelding Street Press. Luke's recent success with his books, "The Immortals of Australian Motorsport” and “Bathurst: 60 Years of the Great Race,” attests to his dedication and passion for the sport. Join us in this episode as we delve into Luke's inspiring journey and explore his dream garage, filled with exciting cars and stories that will captivate any car enthusiast.Buy 'The Immortals of Australian Motor Racing' HEREBuy 'Bathurst - 60 Years of the Great Race' HEREFollow Gelding Street Press on Facebook and InstagramThe Motor Dream Podcast Website: https://www.themotordream.com.auThe Motor Dream Podcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@themotordreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Threads: https://www.threads.net/@TheMotorDream#TheMotorDream
Episode 4 - Jade Benham
02-11-2023
Episode 4 - Jade Benham
In this episode, we chat to Jade Benham, who appeared on the popular show Hard Quiz and emerged victorious with her expert topic on Toby Price, the multiple winner of the Finke Desert Race and two-time Dakar winner. Jade shares her experience of winning the Big Brass Mug and the incredible journey that followed.Not only did Jade secure a place in history as the mayor of Swan Hill Regional Council in Victoria's Sunraysia region, but she also transitioned her success into the political arena. Jade sought preselection and was later elected as the member for Mildura in the Victorian parliament. Despite her busy schedule, Jade remains deeply committed to her community and maintains an active role within it.During our conversation, Jade proudly expresses her unwavering support for Toby Price and his career, revealing her genuine passion for all things motoring. She also opens up about her love for cars, which she considers a close second only to her adoration for her husband and family.You can follow Jade on Instagram and FacebookJade Benham's WebsiteThe Motor Dream Podcast Website: https://www.themotordream.com.auThe Motor Dream Podcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@themotordreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Threads: https://www.threads.net/@TheMotorDream
Episode 6 - Filippa Guarna
30-11-2023
Episode 6 - Filippa Guarna
In this episode, Conor chats with Filippa Guarna, a media veteran with an impressive career spanning over 25 years. Starting in 1998, Filippa embarked on a radio journey, working for Southern Cross Austereo with the Triple M Community Switchboard. She quickly rose through the ranks, becoming the original Gig Piglet, reporting on music news three times a day during the week.But it was in the world of motorsport where Filippa found her true calling. Her love for motor racing was nurtured from a young age, growing up in a family that adored Holdens and avidly watched the Bathurst 1000. Throughout her illustrious career, Filippa has worn many hats, from writer to pit reporter, TV producer and editor, and media and social media manager. Notably, she was the first to hold a social media manager role in Australian motorsport over a decade ago. Her work has taken her across Australia and the world, from Dubai to South Africa and the United States.Now, after 25 years, Filippa has come full circle, passing on her knowledge to the next generation of drivers as a Media Master Coach. Simultaneously, she serves as the media and operations manager for the V8 SuperUtes Series. Despite not being a die-hard car enthusiast, Filippa's passion for motorsport remains as strong as ever, and she takes great pride in her accomplishments.Follow Media Master Coach on Facebook and Instagram.Visit the Media Master Coach Website.The Motor Dream Podcast Website: https://www.themotordream.com.auThe Motor Dream Podcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@themotordreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Threads: https://www.threads.net/@TheMotorDream
Episode 8 - Rochelle Gilmore
28-12-2023
Episode 8 - Rochelle Gilmore
In this exciting episode, we dive into the inspiring journey of Rochelle Gilmore, a former professional cyclist turned sports talent manager, journalist, and motorsport enthusiast. From her early days falling in love with speed on a BMX bike at just three years old, Gilmore dedicated her life to cycling, becoming a prominent figure in the sport.We explore her impressive achievements as a sprinter on the road cycling scene, including stage wins in prestigious events like the Route de France and the women's Giro d'Italia. However, her crowning glory came at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, where she secured a gold medal in the women's road race. Following her retirement from cycling, Gilmore channelled her competitiveness into business, sports management, and even conquered Mount Everest.During our conversation, Gilmore shares her infectious enthusiasm for motorsports, ignited by her upbringing and her connection to Rodin Cars as an ambassador. She has delved into motorsport, including the Ferrari Challenge Asia and her recent participation in Targa Tasmania. We also learn about her role as a sports manager, overseeing the career of Australian up-and-coming open wheeler star Costa Toparis, currently competing in the highly competitive GB3 Championship.Follow Rochelle on Facebook, Twitter/X and Instagram.https://www.rochellegilmore.com/Check out Rodin Cars HEREThe Motor Dream Podcast Website: https://www.themotordream.com.auThe Motor Dream Podcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@themotordreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Threads: https://www.threads.net/@TheMotorDream#TheMotorDream
Episode 9 - Guy Andrews
11-01-2024
Episode 9 - Guy Andrews
In this podcast episode, we continue our exploration of athletes who have transitioned into motorsport careers with one of Australia's most successful surf lifesavers, Guy Andrews.During the 1990s, surf lifesaving experienced a tremendous boom with the establishment of the Uncle Tobys Super Series, a professional competition that gained widespread popularity. Despite facing resistance from the governing body, a group of ironman competitors, including Guy Andrews, broke away to create the Super Series. The rebellion paid off as the series became a huge success, with live coverage on Network Ten and household names emerging from the sport.For Andrews, the exposure and success in the Super Series paved the way for his entry into motorsport, fulfilling his longtime passion. Inspired by watching legends at tracks like Lakeside and Surfers Paradise, he ventured into racing with the guidance of two-time Bathurst 1000 winner Tony Longhurst. From participating in the Bathurst 3 Hour race to racing V8 Utes and MINI Challenge, Andrews has had an exciting career in motorsport.Moreover, he has also pursued stunt driving, working on notable productions like Mad Max Fury Road. Andrews continues to balance his involvement in surf lifesaving, coaching, and competing in the masters category, while also enjoying track days and time attack events with his Hyundai i30N. More recently, he's now added driving coach to his CV, working with the experienced Paul Morris at the Norwell Motorplex.Follow Guys Garage on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.The Motor Dream Podcast Website: https://www.themotordream.com.auThe Motor Dream Podcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@themotordreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Threads: https://www.threads.net/@TheMotorDream#TheMotorDream
Episode 10 - Courtney Prince
25-01-2024
Episode 10 - Courtney Prince
In this episode of the podcast, we delve into the competitive world of Porsche one-make racing, exploring the aspirations and journey of up-and-coming driver Courtney Prince. Set against the backdrop of the revered Repco Supercars Championship, which holds a high status in the Australian motorsport landscape akin to the AFL and the NRL, we trace how drivers like Courtney look beyond Supercars and set their sights on grander aspirations. Drawing inspiration from the achievements of drivers like Matt Campbell, who transitioned from the Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge in Australia to the world stage of the World Endurance Championship, we discover Courtney's ambition to similarly rise through the ranks and make a name for herself in the upper echelons of international motorsport.At just 22 years old, Courtney has already made significant strides in her professional racing career. Graduating from karting at an early age and swiftly venturing into Formula Ford, she honed her skills and race craft under the wing of Sonic Motor Racing Services. Her progression into Porsche one-make racing and the GT3 Cup Challenge, later transitioning into the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia, showcases her determined pursuit of excellence in this fiercely competitive category. As she embarks on her second full time season following her debut in 2023, Courtney is set to inspire the next generation of aspiring drivers, proving that with talent and tenacity, any dream is within reach.Follow Courtney on Facebook, TikTok and Instagram.Courtney's website: https://courtneyprince.com.au/The Motor Dream Podcast Website: https://www.themotordream.com.auThe Motor Dream Podcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@themotordreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Threads: https://www.threads.net/@TheMotorDream#TheMotorDream
Episode 11 - Matthew Hull
08-02-2024
Episode 11 - Matthew Hull
In this episode, host Conor McNally shares the common dream of many - to build a race car or bike and take it out on the track. He reached out to his guest, Matthew Hull, who not only talked the talk but walked the walk, buying a Hyundai Excel and transforming it into a budget race car. Frustrated by the lack of online resources for building a race car, Hull decided to document his journey and share the dos and don'ts of the process, giving birth to the Nugget Project. Through his project, he aims to educate prospective racers and bring the love of motor racing to a wider audience.Matthew Hull's rich background in photography and videography, featured in Street Machine magazine, underscores his passion for cars and racing. Growing up in a family deeply rooted in the racing world, he now finds himself living out his childhood dream of racing and working in the industry. From witnessing the talents of figures like Wayne Gardner to capturing the JDM culture, Hull has found his calling in both racing and photography, and he is reveling in the experience.Follow The Nugget Project on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.The Nugget Project website: https://thenuggetproject.com/The Motor Dream Podcast Website: https://www.themotordream.com.auThe Motor Dream Podcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@themotordreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Threads: https://www.threads.net/@TheMotorDream#TheMotorDream
Episode 12 - Charlie Barlow
22-02-2024
Episode 12 - Charlie Barlow
In this 12th episode of the Motor Dream Podcast, Conor McNally delves into the dynamic world of Charlie Barlow, whose journey from her humble beginnings in Essex in southeastern England took her 10,000 miles to the other side of the world to Australia and into the high octane world of motor racing.A chance opportunity to attend the Gold Coast Indy event in 2008 transformed her life largely untouched by cars in her younger years to becoming a massive fan of the sport and in particular, V8 Supercars. As her interest in the sport grew larger, Barlow decided to pursue a media career in the sport, combining her passion and her media interests into a career. She nowadays plays an integral part of Supercars Media combining her role as big screen host and reporter with her other role as public relations executive for the Repco Supercars Championship. In addition to this, she adds in her contributions to mentoring girls and young women through the FIA Girls on Track program. Additionally, she juggles her busy professional life with the joys and challenges of motherhood, all while sharing her passion for the media and her 'inner bogan' love of cars.Follow Charlie on Facebook, Twitter/X and Instagram and TikTokCharlie's website: https://charliebarlow.com.au/The Motor Dream Podcast Website: https://www.themotordream.com.auThe Motor Dream Podcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@themotordreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Threads: https://www.threads.net/@TheMotorDream#TheMotorDream
Episode 13 - Todd Hazelwood
07-03-2024
Episode 13 - Todd Hazelwood
In the 13th episode of the podcast, we dive into the remarkable motor racing journey of Todd Hazelwood. From his humble beginnings attending race meetings at just six weeks old to dominating dirt karting and transitioning to open wheeler racing, Todd's story is a blend of natural talent, hard work, and seizing the right opportunities.After showing plenty of promise in Australian Formula 3 in spite of financial challenges to fund his racing, Todd's career took a definitive turn when he won the Shannons Supercar Showdown in 2013, propelling him into the world of Supercars where his determination paved the way for his success. His notable achievements include winning the Mike Kable Rookie of the Year in 2014, the Super2 title in 2017 and earning his maiden pole position and podium finish in the Supercars Championship in 2020.In 2024, Todd joined Erebus Motorsport for their enduro campaign and is currently relishing his role as ‘caretaker’ of the team’s Chevrolet Camaro usually piloted by 2023 Supercars Champion, Brodie Kostecki.Beyond the racetrack, Todd Hazelwood's interests extend to classic cars, particularly old Fords. His passion for car restoration shines through in projects like the Ford Falcon XC station wagon and the Australian-assembled Ford Zephyr, revealing a different facet of this talented driver.Follow Todd on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.Todd's website: https://www.toddhazelwood.com/The Motor Dream Podcast Website: https://www.themotordream.com.auThe Motor Dream Podcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@themotordreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Threads: https://www.threads.net/@TheMotorDream#TheMotorDream
Episode 14 - Laura Brown
21-03-2024
Episode 14 - Laura Brown
In this episode of the Motor Dream Podcast, the focus is on the competitive world of the Australian Superbike Championship's Supersport 300 class, known for nurturing rising talents within the motorcycle racing community. The narrative delves into the story of Laura Brown, a standout figure in the racing scene who transitioned from a successful career in ballroom dancing to pursuing her passion for motorcycle racing in her thirties.Despite facing initial setbacks and injuries, Brown's determination and skill led her to notable achievements in the Supersport 300 category, including becoming the fastest woman on a Supersport 300 bike at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Her journey, guided by the mentorship of FIM Enduro World Champion champion Warwick Noland, showcases her resilience and unwavering commitment to the sport.Not afraid to push the boundaries of herself and the machine beneath her, Brown is keen to pursue overseas aspirations to participate in the FIM Women’s Road Racing World Championship and compete against the global elite in the near future.Through her engaging conversation with host Conor McNally, listeners gain insights into Brown's dual identity as both a competitive racer and a dedicated veterinarian, highlighting her multifaceted passions and the vibrant world of motorcycle racing that fuels her dreams and ambitions.Follow Laura on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramThe Motor Dream Podcast Website: https://www.themotordream.com.auThe Motor Dream Podcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@themotordreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Threads: https://www.threads.net/@TheMotorDream#TheMotorDream
Episode 15 - Josh Muggleton
04-04-2024
Episode 15 - Josh Muggleton
In this episode, we delve into the world of sim racing, where virtual meets reality. With the surge in popularity during COVID, sim racing has evolved from a recreational activity to a competitive eSports platform, attracting millions worldwide. One individual who has successfully transitioned from the virtual realm to real-life motorsport is Josh Muggleton.Starting his journey in sim racing through platforms like iRacing and Gran Turismo, Josh's skills and determination led him to compete in the Australian Gran Turismo GT Academy finals, where he won the chance to compete for a factory GT3 drive for Nissan in the Blancpain GT World Challenge at the GT Academy World Finals. He was only on track to win the competition, only to narrowly miss out after finishing runner up. Undeterred by this setback, Josh ventured into production car racing, forming his own family team and becoming a regular contender in various championships, including the NSW Production Touring Car Championship and the World Time Attack Challenge.As our story unfolds, we follow Josh's latest endeavor – preparing to conquer the Bathurst 6 Hour, a prestigious production car endurance race known as the 'Ultimate Showroom Showdown'. Joining forces with Chris Lillis and Nathan Callaghan to build a Chevrolet Camaro for the race, Josh showcases his unwavering passion for motorsport both on and off the track. Despite his family's strong ties to rugby and rugby league, Josh's dedication to racing shines through as he strives to leave his mark in the world of motorsport.Follow Josh on Facebook and InstagramThe Motor Dream Podcast Website: https://www.themotordream.com.auThe Motor Dream Podcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@themotordreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Threads: https://www.threads.net/@TheMotorDream#TheMotorDream
Episode 16 - Louise Taylor
19-04-2024
Episode 16 - Louise Taylor
In this episode, we delve into the world of grassroots motor racing once again, especially for those looking to dip their toes into the world of motorsport without breaking the bank. We highlight the upcoming NSW 6 Hour Regularity Relay event at Sydney Motorsport Park, where teams strategize to stay close to their nominated lap times to claim victory. One standout participant in this event is Louise Taylor, a young and talented racer hailing from Sydney's northern suburbs. Louise, who comes from a family deeply entrenched in Holden obsession, showcases her journey from karting success to circuit racing, all while being actively involved in events like the NSW Supersprint Championship and the Whiteline Tarmac Rallysprint series.Louise's story is a testament to passion and perseverance in motorsport, as she not only competes but also brings her mechanical skills into play by building up her Subaru WRX race car from a written-off chassis. With her fiance Jack alongside her in competitions, Louise embodies the spirit of grassroots racing and demonstrates that with dedication and a love for the sport, one can pursue their dreams even on a modest budget.Follow Louise on InstagramThe Motor Dream Podcast Website: https://www.themotordream.com.auThe Motor Dream Podcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@themotordreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Threads: https://www.threads.net/@TheMotorDream#TheMotorDream
Episode 18 - Blair 'Moog' Joscelyne
3d ago
Episode 18 - Blair 'Moog' Joscelyne
In this 18th episode of The Motor Dream Podcast, host Conor McNally introduces a special guest that's sure to thrill fans of Mighty Car Mods and Top Gear. Blair Joscelyne, affectionately known as Moog amongst his extensive fanbase, joins the show to discuss his involvement in the revival of Top Gear Australia in 2024. Alongside former rugby league star Beau Ryan and Australian Survivor host Jonathan LaPaglia, Moog's journey from DIY car enthusiast on YouTube to mainstream motoring personality is nothing short of inspiring.As anticipation builds for the premiere of Top Gear Australia on Paramount+ , Conor's conversation with Moog delves into what viewers can expect from the new series. With insights into the challenges and triumphs of automotive content creation, this episode offers a firsthand look at the passion that drives Moog and his fellow hosts to make this latest iteration of the iconic motoring show a roaring success.Make sure to check out the first couple of episodes of Top Gear Australia on Paramount+, with new episodes dropping every Friday.Blair Joscelyne appears courtesy of BBC Studios, Network Ten and Mighty Car Mods.Follow Mighty Car Mods on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.Follow Blair on InstagramMighty Car Mods Website: https://mightycarmods.com/The Motor Dream Podcast Website: https://www.themotordream.com.auThe Motor Dream Podcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/TheMotorDreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@themotordreamThe Motor Dream Podcast Threads: https://www.threads.net/@TheMotorDream#TheMotorDream