30 Laps with Dick

30 Laps with Dick

Take the toll-free expressway to stories of interest around new cars, old cars and the people who built, designed, drove, raced and made them famous, and at some times, infamous. Presented by Richard Lyon, get ready to enter the world of all things cars and motorsport.

Episode #97

Happy New Year

This is the future, so let’s start with the future in the automobile world. The evolution of the revolution that is electric vehicles or EV’s in modern tongue.

We look at a new kid on the block, well, I guess they are all new kids on the block, but let’s look at Porsche’s great new Taycan, its electrifying, this week on 30 Laps.

Also, Riccardo has opted for the Kiwi and passed up the opportunity to mount the Prancing Horse in Maranello, lets get a giddy up and found out about that.

Sparks, Germans, Italians and Kiwis, this week at 30 Laps.

Original broadcast date 2nd January 2021

Episode #96

Boxing day is a six pack day, we go one better at 30 Laps this week, 6 Pack plus 1.

Even more important it is a salute to the wonderful woman of motor sport.

To compete in a male dominated domain, the woman have to be twice as good and usually are.

Green Flag to these ladies this week………..

Six of the best in these modern times and the + one is the first woman to grid up with the blokes in F1. Even Fangio said she drove fast……….lets go around Monaco in a Maserati with Maria Teresa de Filippis, …….hell yes, this week in 30 Laps.

Original broadcast date 26 December 2020

Episode #95

Speedsters old and new this week.

With the recent victory in the GP in Portugal, Lewis Hamilton surpassed the great Michael Schumacher’s number of GP wins. With that victory Lewis now has 92 wins, that’s a 35.11% success rate compared to Michael at 29.55%, fewer races too, well race entries that is. Lewis 262, Michael 308.

So, let’s look at Michael’s very last 91st GP win this week in 30 Laps…………

Yes, we go back to 2006 and Shanghai.

Yikes lets look at a supercar bingle that cost a pretty penny.

And, John Connolly delivers the end of year report card on the motor industry, Mokes, Flying Bikes and a car worse than a 30 Laps Favourite the Trabant…………. all up ahead around the corner in 30 Laps.

Original broadcast date 19 December 2020.

Episode #94

How about we do lunch again? Great idea! I though you would never ask, so let's do lunch with an aristocratic motor mouth in this week's episode. We go to lunch with Sir John Whitmore, who we don't know much about but that's why we've selected him. We also look at the Slot Car Set that could match Rod Stewart’s model railway, which was sold recently.

Original broadcast date: 12 December 2020

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Episode #93

How about we do lunch again? Great idea! I though you would never ask, so let's do lunch with an aristocratic motor mouth in this week's episode. We go to lunch with Sir John Whitmore, who we don't know much about but that's why we've selected him. We also look at the Slot Car Set that could match Rod Stewart’s model railway, which was sold recently.

Original broadcast date: 5 December 2020

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Episode #89

Street Racers and Ghost Squads this week under the cover and in darkness in South Africa. A story you don't want to miss from the streets of Cape Town. Staying with the ghost scheme, you could own the Lincoln JFK used in Fort Worth Texas on the morning of November 22, before flying on to Dallas and his untimely demise. We take a look at that, plus some other strange presidential items.

Feel the rockets red glare in this episode of 30 Laps.

Original broadcast date: 7 November 2020


Episode #88

If you ever planned to motor west
Travel my way, take the highway that’s the best
Get your kicks on Route 66

Written by Bobby Troup in 1946 - while driving west to LA to seek his fortune - and made famous by Nat King Cole in the same year (and then just about everyone else after that: Chuck, Berry, Perry Como, Bing and of course the Rolling Stones). This applies to us in this week's show as we go 3600 miles on Route 66 in a 1929 Model A - even the bad motel beds were good on that journey.

Over to the UK, we look at British supercar maker McLaren, who are selling their dream factory in Woking, and we explore the first electric vehicle forecourt.

Plus, how can you drive a car named after pepper, is it hot? That’s Cayenne in French Guiana, not as in pepper, but let’s take it as a condiment anyway.
Cars named after places, let’s have a look shall we... all in 30 Laps.

Original broadcast date: 31 October 2020


Episode #87

In this episode, we look at the Vietnamese businessman who bought the Holden Testing Ground at Lang Lang in Victoria. And we take the new Aston Martin SUV for a spin in the dirt.

Plus motoring by subscription, the new buzz words.

Original broadcast date: 24 October 2020


Episode #86

We have a Williams special this week. No not Andy Williams, or even Robin Williams, bless him, not John Williams, no Star Wars themes this week, not even Vanessa or Serena, it’s a Williams you may not know about and a Williams with a very fast team. We take a look at the famous Williams F1 team, and the sale of the team to the Americans. We also find time for the story of the soured relationship between GM and their HSV Dealers from a couple of weeks ago.

Original broadcast date: 17 October 2020


Episode #85

What is a Tainted Seaman? Someone who stayed up on deck too long in the sun? How about a Pirate or a Buccaneer? Or perhaps a sailor with a dodgy past? 

Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.Water, water, every where,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink. We have our very own tainted seaman on 30 Laps with Dick.

Dick Seaman... so what’s his story? Find out in this week's episode. 

Original broadcast date: 10 October 2020

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Episode #84

Ah…. those great love stories - Henry VIII and ……. whoops bad start! Well, how about Horatio Nelson and Emma Hamilton/Burton and Taylor/Dylan and Caitlin Thomas; Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville; West/Winston and Clementine/Chopin; and Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, a.k.a., George Sand/Morecambe and Wise……… enough already, some of these were great British love stories. And, how about the great British love story with the Ford Capri in this week's 30 Laps. And like Phil and Don Everly, we bring you another relationship that went very sour, that between GM and their HSV Dealer Group.

Original broadcast date: 3 October 2020

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Episode #83

I was there when it all went down. How many times have you heard that? So today, I was there at Monza in 1971 at the Italian Grand Prix when... Stay tuned to find out in this week's 30 Laps. We'll also take a look at World Ambulance Day, which was in August; EVs in New Zealand, and the good steps they are taking; and the Australian version and the 'no' steps they are taking.

Original broadcast date: 26 September 2020

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Episode #82

It was the best of times, and it was the worst of times. It was the age of wisdom, and... it was the age of foolishness. Ah those famous opening words to A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens in 1875. Well today we have 'A Tale of Two Quarries' not from London or Paris, but Wellington, New Zealand. What the Dickens is that all about? 

Plus, what is putting a spark in the NZ elections next month? Are EVs on the hustings, or is it just a volt from the blue?

Excavators, GPS and electric cars in the poles, knowing where to dig for power, this week on 30 Laps.

Original broadcast date: 19 September 2020

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Episode #81

We have heard of celebrations but how about a car worth $12.6 million? Super slick Ronaldo from soccer club Juventus FC, just ordered a new set of wheels to celebrate the team’s title win, or yet another title win to be precise. In this week's 30 Laps, we take a gander at his new wheels.

While we're on football, how about football boots fit for a king, a Tudor King; The Tudor King Henry himself pass the pill your Majesty (only when you are ready). No supercars in 1525, but you could still put the boot in. If you take 1285 from 1525 you get 240, so let’s look at the Datsun 240Z while we're in the number neighbourhood.

Footy players, footy boots and the Z car, Hampton Court to Piedmont all in this week's episode.

Original broadcast date: 12 September 2020


Episode #80

Temperatures are rising, so we take a look at the cars to drive in warmer weather. Some are convertibles, some are expensive, some are sexy, so let's explore the warmer weather 'tourers'.

Next, if you lived in the East End which lies east of the Roman and medieval walls of the City of London and north of the River Thames, and you lent up against the Aldgate Pump, you would be a cockney, wouldn’t cha? You would likely call a toupee or hairpiece a syrup.

Syrup of Figs = Wig, me old shiner. London, Paris Peckham apples all covered from Aldgate Pump to Artarmon in this week's 30 Laps.

Sticking wif the London scene, “ow about a Dodger then?" Not the Artful Dodger, but a story wiv a twist, so to speak.

Avoid the dodgers and let’s have a few pointers on looking to buy a classic. We look at some of the advice from The Australian's John Connally. And lastly, a couple more limousines from last week's episode.

Original broadcast date: 5 September 2020


Episode #79

In the best 70s tradition, we are still at lunch this week. It's part two of our date with Derek Bell, so let’s find out what happened after the end of his F1 career. Things went well in his endurance racing, he was free to devote his time to long distance racing - a Liberty Bell you might say - so, let’s have another bottle of the Perrier water Derek and crack on in this week's 30 Laps. And finally, we go home from lunch in the limo. We take a look at the limo - what it is and what were the great ones. Is it The Beast or perhaps the Pink Hummer? Let's find out. 

Original broadcast date: 29 August 2020


Episode #78

Remember those days pre-Covid when we heard the cry, “let’s do lunch”? Well, let’s do lunch. We're invited to a 30 Laps lunch date with this week’s motormouth, the great British driver Derek Bell. No relation of Alexander Graham, or Taco or Tinker. He was a very fast Bell, and he’s at lunch, so pass the Hot English Derek. We also go home from lunch in the limo - take me back to the Limo Geeves. Limo, what is it and what were the great ones? Is it 'The Beast' or perhaps the 'Pink Hummer', let’s get carried away and find out in this episode of 30 Laps.

Original broadcast date: 22 August 2020


Episode #77

Black sheep are rounded up in this week's 30 Laps. Do you remember that great song, “sitting on the black sheep in the movies on a Saturday night with you”, or 'asheep at the wheel', or perhaps 'River Sheep Mountain High', not to mention “it's lovely when we are dancing sheep to sheep". Who was the black sheep in your family? I think I might have been mine, all those years ago. What do black sheep have to do with cars? Well, this week, we're exploring the black sheep of car families.

Original broadcast date: 15 August 2020


Episode #76

Andale, Andale, Epa Epi El Gringo Pussycato, yes folks Speedy Gonzales makes a quick visit to 30 Laps in this episode. From 1955 with his cousin Slowpoke Rodriguez and voiced by the wonderful Mel Blanc, Speedy has been racing around for 65 years, so sombrero’s off to him. We take a look at the original Speedy Gonzales, start a series every now and then from the British Motorsport Magazine, and discuss Froilan Gonzales, that very fast Argentinian. 

Plus, how about this for a subject? Pronouncing the most unusual car names. Now there is a challenge! Ole, and on we go.

Original Broadcast Date: 8 August 2020


Episode #75

The seven deadly sins, who can name them? Who has experienced them? Well, who would like too? That's not in our charter here at 30 Laps, so how about seven things you should do when buying a car? Much safer bet. Let's get informed in this episode. We also see what Marcel Petitjean has got that the motoring world wants, and we take a look at colour, with the red of a Ferrari and the white roof of a traditional Mini Cooper.

    Original broadcast date: 1 August 2020


    Episode #74

    The Tokyo Olympics of 2020 may not have gone ahead, just yet, but that doesn't mean we can't take a look at the vehicle designed by Toyota for transporting people around the games. Let's also have marinara with Mattia and find out the Ferrari boss’s thoughts on the truncated 2020 F1 Season - pass the chilli Mr Binotti! Since we're overseas in this week's episode, let's also go to Havana and find out why they love the Lada, the tale of an old Russian on the world stage, all-be-it a bit slower. New cars, Italian bosses and a slow trip in Cuba, how about that for diversity on 30 Laps this week.

    Original broadcast date: 25 July 2020


    Episode #73

    It's training day today at 30 Laps. Presenter Richard Lyon goes for a day at the Porsche Track - a very expensive caper, so let's read about it instead of coughing up the loot to go. Sticking with speed, he sees what John Connolly says about the late great Sterling Moss. He also covers the best-selling cars in every country that was started a couple of weeks ago.


    Episode #72

    This week, presenter Richard Lyon keeps his feet firmly in the future, with a focus on two-wheels instead of the usual four. Then, off the bike, he talks to Mr McLaren about how to succeed with a supercar company in a battlefield littered with dead supercar rivals. And, to finish off, Mike Flewitt is this week's motor mouth.


    Episode #71

    This week, presenter Richard Lyon explores future trends and perhaps even protects and predicts the world that is autonomous driving! He'll also get the self-drive lowdown for 2020 in the fully automatic 30 Laps.


    Episode #70

    It's the Top 10 motorcars and a trip to Howth County Dublin in this week's 30 Laps. Presenter Richard Lyon also takes the winner to Ireland and gets the lowdown on a bit of history.


    Episode #69

    Presenter Richard Lyon shares the story of Arch Duke Ferdinand and the car that he and his wife Sophia were in when they were assassinated in Sarajevo in 1914. We also share who else got in the backseat and did not get out... Yes, New Year's Day in 1952, in a baby blue Caddy in Oak Hill, West Virginia, and a famous country singer. All will be revealed in this week's 30 Laps. With a penchant for history this week, we also look at the cars of the most notorious leaders. An episode not to be missed!


    Episode #68

    With the recent passing of Country music legend Kenny Rogers, 30 Laps is going to talk about the gambler from our islands in the stream, perhaps look at his favourite car with That Crazy Feeling, encompassing his and its history. We could never be called a coward of the county, no sir. Buckle in to our beautifully restored 57 Bel Air Soft Top and let you, me and Ruby, drive around and NOT take our love to town.

    It's all about Kenny and Chevy in this week's 30 Laps with Richard Lyon.


    Episode #67

    We don't have anywhere near enough stories on 30 Laps featuring women. This week, that changes. In this episode, we meet the President and CEO of Ford Australia and New Zealand Kay Heart. We also take a look at the W Series and finish with the nine most famous 'fast females'. Join presenter Richard Lyon for what promises to be a great episode of 30 Laps!

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    Episode #66

    It's the usual mixed bag, potpourri, lucky dip in this week's selection for 30 Laps. Jay Leno and his collection of cars gets a look in this week, as well as two articles, 'Wise up you analysts' and 'Going quietly into the night'. Join presenter Richard Lyon for another episode of 30 Laps.

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    Episode #65

    In this week's 30 Laps, presenter Richard Lyon looks at General Motors' version of Holden and the icon's timeline. This car became a part of the Australian identity, leaving its mark on the country and being a part of some of our greatest memories. It's all Holden together this week, so we better give them the entire 30 minutes because we reckon they've earned it.

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    Episode #64

    It's the Wheels Car of the Year 1973 dominating this week - the sensational Leyland P76. Despite receiving the accolade, by 1974, sales of the P76 had slumped and BMC decided to end the production of the P76. Although the P76 has been labelled a lemon in Australian motoring history, it is viewed by some as an iconic Australian car and has a loyal following. Presenter Richard Lyon also takes a look at the BMC Empire and the best-selling car in every country.

    Strap yourself in and join us for another round of 30 Laps.

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    Episode #63

    From Back to the Future...

    Marty McFly: Wait a minute, Doc. Ah... Are you telling me that you built a time machine... out of a DeLorean?

    Dr. Emmett Brown: The way I see it, if you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?

    Dr. Emmett Brown: You’ve got to come back with me!

    Marty McFly: Where?

    Dr. Emmett Brown: Back to the future!

    Dr. Emmett Brown: Then tell me "future boy", who is the president of the United States in 1985?

    Marty McFly: Ronald Reagan.

    Dr. Emmett Brown: Ronald Reagan? The actor?! Who's vice president? Jerry Lewis?!

    What does presenter Richard Lyon look at in this week's 30 Laps? You guessed it, the DeLorean.

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    Episode #62

    Let's take a moment and imagine we have moved from Berlin to Indianapolis - home of the famous friend of 30 Laps, the brickyard. But, we aren't going there. Instead, we're visiting an appalling tourist attraction in Louisiana... all will be revealed in this week's episode. We also jump in a Stutz Bearcat and take it for a trip to the Whitney Plantation on the banks of the Mississippi River. Join presenter Richard Lyon for another fun-filled adventure on 30 Laps.

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    Episode #61

    This week, presenter Richard Lyon investigates some tall stories in a short timeframe. He takes a look at myth and Mthstry once again, not with Edgar Allen Poe as per prior to Christmas, but with Wheels magazine, old wives tales and the PC-corrected meaning………. fibs. The truth will out at 30 Laps! He'll also share stories on those blokes in German cars, and the Martin, the Aston Martin.

    MI 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 on 30 Laps this week.

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    Episode #60

    To celebrate the 60th edition of 30 Laps - that's 1,800 laps in total - presenter Richard Lyon decides to head on tour. It's back to the DRG and more Berlin travels, but it's not just any old drive, it's Berlin at dusk in an Aston Martin Rapide S. If that's not enough to entice you to this episode, there is also a crazy police car to boot. And, it's still madness here for the iconic Interceptor from Mad Max.

    It's twice round the rubber room at 30 Laps.

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    Episode #59

    It's the world stage this week on 30 Laps. Presenter Richard Lyon explores the modes of transport of world leaders, old and new, as well as the late HRH Princess Margaret’s bespoke 1980 Roller goes up for grabs -  that’s a good little story. The Mitsubishi Stink from last week is still lingering so that's on the agenda again. 

    Plus, dust from the brickyard if time does not beat us up, only at 30 Laps.

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    Episode #58

    Crikey, what is going on at Nissan? Arrest, detention, raids, accusations, bullet trains, ex Green Berets, Lebanese Directors, stowaways in a music case, fleas in the night, err that should be he flees in the night, no insecticide needed here at 30 Laps this week. Join presenter Richard Lyon as he covers the Mitsubishi emissions stink. One not to be missed.

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    Episode #57

    30 Laps this week is a bit of the macabre. Presenter Richard Lyon takes a look at a couple of vehicles that were connected to a previous program on December 21 about JFK and the Lincoln Continental. That's where the occupants got into the backseat and did not get out alive. One that had serious, deadly, heartbreaking consequences and its echoes were felt around the world.

    The actions of one man who could be one of the most pivotal people of the 20th century; someone who changed the course of history; one of the most talked about men in modern history that you may have never heard oF, and the other, someone who was just plain sad, robbing us of one of the great music makers of the day.

    The first car had a career of bad luck and death followed it. And the second... didn’t. It's all here and there on 30 Laps this week.

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    Episode #56

    Look in the cupboards, under the bed, behind the sofa, that space that just seems to mount up with clothes or towels, or old wine coolers and garden shoes - look everywhere. Find those toys you never threw out or you never got rid of after the kids moved out. Why? Because they could be worth a fortune. Presenter Richard Lyon takes a look at mini car collections, friendly car jargon, and the lowdown on high purchase and lease terms we all struggle with are front and centre on this week's 30 Laps.

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          Presenter profile: Richard Lyon, 30 Laps

          A photo of Richard Lyon, presenter of 30 Laps

          Richard Lyon is the presenter of 30 Laps with Dick, which airs every Saturday night at 7.30pm.

          How long have you been presenting the show?

          February 2019, I wanted to help out with a new program, Peter said we needed a new motoring show, and the driver’s seat seemed a good fit.

          What can listeners expect to hear each episode?

          Motoring history, trivia, famous faces (the Motor Mouth of the week) music, great yarns, news from the motor industry, interesting motoring trips, a few funnies and some music.

          What do you enjoy about producing this program?

          Research; finding new avenues of interesting stories; and, talking about the great characters of motoring and motorsport since the car was first taken seriously.

          What is one of the most memorable articles you remember reading?

          The story of the young man who drove Hank Williams on his last trip to a New Year’s Day show in the USA.

          What do you think you have learnt in your time producing and presenting this program?

          Timing, ha, and voice modulation! And, that I really enjoy producing and recording it each week.