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Head Out On The Highway

Ken Stewart

If you drive around Baton Rouge, chances are you’ve had your car washed at Benny's Car Wash. The locally owned company has 14 locations around the area and is as well known for its quick oil changes and B Kwik convenience stores as it is for its automated car washes, which can be had for as little as $4.


Justin Alford is  a member of the third generation of the Alford family, which owns the car wash chain. Starting out way back in the 1940's, Benny’s was a world leader in the automated car wash biz. Today they're still ahead of the curve, selling car wash machinery to other car wash businesses across the country.

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the legendary Jeff Cobb

Jeff Cobb knows a thing or two about cars. More than 30 years ago Jeff walked away from his job with an engineering firm to turned a hobby into a livelihood, opening a full service Exxon Gas Station and Auto Repair Shop on South Acadian thruway. Today, the gas station is gone but Jeff Cobb Auto Works is well known as one of Baton Rouge’s true experts in repairing high end vehicles.

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The man behind the giraffe, Brooke Barnett

Whether you get around Baton Rouge by car or bus you've no doubt noticed all the giraffes around town. On the bus benches that seem to have popped up everywhere. The man behind the giraffe and the benches is entrepreneur Brooke Barnett, founder of Giraffe Advertising

Jeff Cobb showed for lunch in his extremely rare Mangusta. There are only 400 left in the world. Jeff's hasn't hit 2k miles yet.


Out to Lunch is recorded over lunch at Mansur's On the Boulevard