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Corona, CA—On Tuesday, May 21st, the TLD Saloon will open up to all fire, law enforcement, and military personnel for a private live show with recently-retired LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. When he wasn’t busy running one of the largest police forces in the world, Beck was on his motocross bike enjoying and promoting the sport. We’ll talk about the good ‘ole days of racing, as well as the challenges facing public service in this day and age. It will be a departure from the norm for The Whiskey Throttle Show, but an interesting one, nonetheless.

Donuts will be provided for all police officers and firefighters are welcome to nap during the show. Doors will open at 3 p.m. and the show will begin at 4 pm. Simply show official ID for entrance into the Saloon. See you May 21st!

The Whiskey Throttle Show at the TLD Saloon is a two-hour live show filmed in a custom studio at Troy Lee Designs headquarters in Corona, California. The show is be available via podcast, as well as video on the Whiskey Throttle Show YouTube channel. The show will be open for live studio audiences once per month; fans can watch the taping, drink beer, play ping pong or corn hole and mingle and meet the featured guest. All proceeds from live show attendees will be donated to Road 2 Recovery to support injured racers.

Each show will begin with a bench racing session between Ping and GL called Front End Chatter. Upcoming races, results from previous races, on-track drama and current events will all be up for discussion. That leads directly into the introduction of that show’s featured guest, which will last approximately 90 minutes. The long form interview style will allow us to really get to know the guest and take fans along for the ride.

A segment titled Last Call will feature the Whiskey Throttle Show hosts making prank calls to industry personnel and random Craig’s List advertisers. These shenanigans will be pre-recorded so there won’t be any delay in the show. That will be followed by the Get @ Me Q&A segment where emails and Tweets will be answered on the show. During the live events these questions will come right from the crowd.

You can listen to the show on Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher and links to the show can be found on www.racerxonline.com , www.troyleedesigns.com as well as www.thewhiskeythrottleshow.com. The show will be available on our YouTube channel by searching The Whiskey Throttle Show.

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FRONT END CHATTER

Each show will begin with a bench racing session between Ping and GL called Front End Chatter. Upcoming races, results from previous races, on-track drama and current events will all be up for discussion.

FEATURED GUEST

The introduction of the show’s featured guest will last approximately 90 minutes. The long form interview style will allow us to really get to know the guest and take fans along for the ride.

LAST CALL

Hosts GL and Ping will be making prank calls to industry personnel and random Craig’s List advertisers. These shenanigans will be pre-recorded so there won’t be any delay in the show.

GET @ ME

Q&A segment where emails and Tweets will be answered on the show. During the live events these questions will come right from the crowd.

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GRANT LANGSTON

Grant Langston, known as “GL” or “The Zulu Warrior,” is one of the most successful racers to ever come out of South Africa. In fact, Grant’s credentials put him right up there with the most successful racers in the sport, regardless of their birthplace. Langston moved to Europe in 1999 to contest the motocross World Championships. Grant’s determination and raw speed led him to a 125cc world championship in 2000, a title he parlayed into a ride in the US the following year.

With the young Red Bull/KTM team, Langston got his first taste of supercross and earned the Austrian brand their first win in the discipline in Dallas that year. GL claimed the 125 national motocross title in 2003, 250 east region supercross title in 2005, 250 west region supercross title in 2006 and the 450 national motocross championship in 2007. For good measure, Langston won the 2003 Supermoto unlimited championship as well. Grant’s career was firing on all cylinders until he discovered he had cancer behind one of his eyes. An aggressive treatment eradicated the growth, but the damage to Langston’s vision was permanent and it put a premature end to an already illustrious career.

These days Grant focuses on his dealership, Langston Motorsports, which is owned and operated by him and his family. Grant has also become the voice of the national motocross series, providing color commentary for the broadcast on NBC.

“I’ve been wanting to do a podcast forever and now we’re going to have a show like I’ve always envisioned.”
– Grant Langston

DAVID PINGREE

David Pingree, known as “Ping”, started his professional racing in career in 1993 where he competed in a handful of west region supercross rounds and a national at Glen Helen. During his ten-year career he won four 125cc supercross rounds, a Prince of Bercy title, scored several national motocross podiums and came within two points of a west region supercross championship. Ping rode for the powerful Pro Circuit/Splitfire team for three years, factory Red Bull/KTM, Suzuki, and FMF/Honda during his time on the professional circuit. Later Pingree picked up Supermoto racing, a hybrid between road racing and motocross, where he won multiple 250 races, a bronze medal at the X Games and nearly won a championship again.

After racing, Pingree worked for Racer X Illustrated as their west coast editor for several years. He also spent a summer in 2006 providing the color commentary on the television broadcast team for the national motocross series. Pingree next spent two years as the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/Honda race team manager helping the squad make the transition from Supermoto to supercross and motocross racing. After two seasons that saw the young TLD squad become podium regulars in the 250 class and very nearly win outdoor nationals with Ben Townley in the 450 division. Now chasing his dream of becoming a firefighter, Pingree attended paramedic school and a firefighting academy finding a home with San Bernardino County Fire as a firefighter/paramedic. When he’s not at the fire station, Ping still works as an editor-at-large for Racer X and a brand ambassador for several companies, including Troy Lee Designs, Works Connection, EKS Brand, and Bolt Motorcycle Hardware.

“I look forward to letting the audience see and hear what it’s like to be behind the scenes in our industry.”
– David Pingree

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