Golden Acuity with Buddha Matsui of Gold Leaf Cannabis
The studio is packed with history this episode, The Namsayin boys are joined by local car legend and nationally celebrated cannabis grower, Buddha Matsui, of Gold Leaf cannabis. Buddha takes us through the late 80s, 90s and present day of the car culture here in Seattle and especially the energy found around local 206 neighborhood, Beacon Hill.
First up however, new models, starting with the Germans. Mercedes Benz has released a new C63 AMG, a popular model in the states for its classic V8 in a small RWD sedan layout. But, the new version ditches the big powerful V8 for hybrid motors on the wheels, hybrid motors on the turbo and a 4 cylinder. The new version of the C class makes well into the 600 horsepower range as well as a staggering 752 foot-pounds of torque, making it the fasted C63, Mercedes has ever produced. The fellas discuss whether the new power plant will help or hinder the sales of the beloved model. Will the future look more like this, across all manufactures? Lastly, we go over the dynamics of the new ride and highlight the F1 technology being used and shared with other amazing machines like the AMG One hyper car.
Then the platoon talks about natural disasters and automobiles. Florida is experiencing some bad hurricanes this season and the car gods have not been kind to a few individuals. The guys highlight a viral video of a very rare McLaren P1 hyper car, getting washed down the road along with its stable mate, a new Rolls Royce. A discussion of auto insurance and how cars in places like this get covered when the worst happens gets bounced around and we have all have a chuckle at the absurdity of it all.
Next, we highlight a good old American company who is keeping the spirit of hot-rodding alive. Classic Performance Products makes a great deal of parts and accessories, but their newest item is a real sweet treat. They have developed a DIY bed shortening kit for the Ford F-100. Hardware, step-by-step video instructions, exact cut locations and measurements, making the entire setup a true weekend project. Hotrods will always have a special place in fella’s hearts and highlighting the companies is always a labor of love.
Staying in the Ford gear, the guys discuss factory performance upgrades and the benefits of OEM+. Ford is offering a plug-in engine and transmission upgrade that makes the 4 cylinder Bronco jump from 300 horsepower to a healthy 330 horsepower, matching that of the heavier, automatic only V6 Bronco. The fellas discuss the true potential and value available from Ford, when not a single bolt has to be removed and warranty stays intact.
Finally, we dive into the 80s, 90s and 2000s Pacific Northwest car scene with Buddha Matsui. Buddha takes us through his youth, highlighting influences that cultivated his love of cars and sharpened his business skills. Buddha opens up about his father and the influence his father not only had on him, but on the world of denim / fashion as well. Buddha discusses the early days of car cruises and the creation of Syndicate Car Club when he was a young man. He then draws connections from the past to today, as he brings to light the successes he has had in the recreational cannabis industry and how the mindset of the car club and car community that club built, he tries to instill into his business practices and life everyday.
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