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The Talent Tank

69 EpisodesProduced by Wyatt PembertonWebsite

The premier podcast venue for those that make Unlimited All-Wheel Drive & Off-Road Racing the toughest, most diverse motorsport in the world.


EP 33 Phil Licciardi

A play on the triumph and losses in performance and life.  The Talent Tank podcast will navigate the inner workings of lifestyle, lives, family, teams, careers, programs, and technology in and around the offroad motorsports industry.  What breeds success with your Talent Tank on full, failures when its on empty.  From the journey to the Starting Line to take that Green Flag, on to exploring trials and tribulations on and off the track in pursuit of victorious achievement and the Checkered Flag.

You are in for it in this installment of The Talent Tank.  We have one of the funniest, good time having characters in all of the Ultra4 Racing family.  None other than Phil Licciardi @liberty_mtn_fab of Liberty Mountain Fabrication in Gardnerville, Nevada.  Some may know him by his old Pirate4x4 name of "SillyNeck", while more recently his customers have started calling him "ShockJesus".  A long time, lifetime member of the Rock Zombies, Phil exemplifies and embraces the outside wheeling lifestyle.  Lives, breathes, eats, sleeps the lifestyle.  When you can't find him hard at work at the shop, you can find him in the pits or on the road for one of his east coast shock tuning tours.  We cover some don't miss ground from recent forest fires and how he and his family dodged losing everything, to what is the Rock Zombie Bikini Car Wash.   

Headshot provided by Lona Scott of Scott's Designs @scotts.designs

After the Checkered Flag-
As many as 90 percent of wildland fires in the United States are caused by people, according to the U.S. Department of Interior. Some human-caused fires result from campfires left unattended, the burning of debris, downed power lines, negligently discarded cigarettes and intentional acts of arson. The remaining 10 percent are started by lightning or lava.  According to Verisk’s 2019 Wildfire Risk Analysis 4.5 million U.S. homes were identified at high or extreme risk of wildfire, with more than 2 million in California alone.   From January 1 to September 28, 2020 there were 44,520 wildfires compared with 39,476 wildfires in the same period in 2019, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. About 7.5 million acres were burned in the 2020 period, compared with 4.4 million acres in 2019. 

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