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The Thing About Cars
50 minutes | 2 days ago
Stuckey In The Middle Again
Stephanie Stuckey, CEO of Stuckey’s, joins us for some hard talk about road trips, the history of Stuckey’s, and how she’s trying to bring back the nostalgic magic of Stuckey’s while piloting a family-owned business into the future (by embracing EV, solar panels, hosting car swaps, using pecan shells for bioenergy and fertilizing, etc). Mickey gets schooled on why a peanut isn’t actually a nut while quizzing Stephanie on pecan trivia. Stephanie returns the favor by trying to stump us with ‘Identify The Cars in a Stuckey’s Parking Lot’. We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website.
44 minutes | 9 days ago
The Cross-Country Elan
Ross Robbins regales us with tales of utter madness driving his Lotus cars all over the USA: long distances, how to avoid breakdowns by carrying spare parts, why 'the car knows,' and how to make Hydraulic Cheese. Is the electric Microbus finally about to be real? We share a worst car story that's pretty hard to beat, and Grand Trivia Auto freezes us out. We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website.
35 minutes | 16 days ago
Headbanger's Car Show with Riki Rachtman
Riki Rachtman joins the panel to talk about Nascar, his issues with driving a McLaren, his charity rides, his current wheels, and anything else that crosses his mind in a very special and very free-wheeling episode We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website.
54 minutes | 23 days ago
Fun with Ferraris, Part I
Our guest is Ferrari Market Letter editor Jim Weed, who tells us all about Ferraris and their owners, and how his old hippie-van led to a career working with Italy's most famous fast cars. Dave recalls being a pirate on the high seas and confesses a desire to name a hamster Civic, Mickey sleeps in an MR2 on the way to Hell, Dawn travels to Texas to meet Minnesotans but winds up with beer and corn chips, and you can't kill a LeBaron with fire! We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website.
36 minutes | a month ago
Meet Mike from Meguiar's
We welcome Mike Pennington from Meguiar's to talk about innovation in car care. Mickey is star struck and may have actually confessed to trade show larceny. Ben explains that it will take more than Meguiar's to address some of the Yellotus's cosmetic issues. A brief discussion of idiosyncratic European car enthusiasts leads to a conversation of first cars. We explore the role of fragrance in car care products, although Dave's proposal for s'more scented car wax probably doesn't have a future. And, we learn what it's illegal to do while driving in Alabama. We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website.
56 minutes | a month ago
No Nuns Were Harmed in Making this Episode
We welcome our new friend who's name may-or-may-not be Sohan to talk about his thoughts on EVs and the impact they will have on enthusiast motoring in the future. Dawn on the Autobahn tackles numerology in the world of cars and road-tripping, and Amanda has great advice for how to leverage OCD to detect credit card fraud. What's Grinding Mickey's Gears this week? (Besides his nun issues, that is.) Drivers who get indignant over horns honked in self defense. In listener mail, Robert Drake asks for advice on how to find the best tow-truck when you don't have AAA. And, Dave challenges us with road trip trivia about who made the first cross country road trip in the USA and when? We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website.
51 minutes | a month ago
A Trip to the Garage Mahal!
On Valentine's Day, we welcomed Mary Williams to discuss the role of the "art car" in Culture Collision, and her Nissan Frontier's evolution into an homage to Damian Hirst. Our friend Cathy Poley joins us to tell her worst car story, the death of a Chevy Caprice known as the Flying Nunmobile. Ben Takes a Moment to appreciate the humble snow plow. And we learn what was the reasoning behind the name "Olds 442." #artcarmuseum #grittertracker We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website.
57 minutes | 2 months ago
We welcome Dan Greg, author of the Road Chose Me. In That New Car Smell, Ben talks about changes to the Lotus car line. Yellotus update: Ben may have solved the oil leak problem. Our guest Dan has driven the Pan American highway and circumnavigated Africa in a Jeep Wrangler! Dave has a serious schoolgirl crush on Dan, and thinks the Jeep build-out is serious engineering porn. In the News, Dawn and the panel chat about the accelerating move towards EVs at major auto manufacturers. Our friend Beth asks the team if we've ever done a show on the auto-cutoff feature, and we explore the wear-and-tear of it. And, Mickey challenges the team to identify who invited the modern 3-point seatbelt in Trivia Challenge. We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website.
59 minutes | 2 months ago
Autonomous Tiger Racing
Four wheel drive can get you going faster, but it won’t stop you any faster. Lee Anne joins in to tell us about Auburn University’s Autonomous Tiger Racing team and the quest to advance autonomous driving technologies. Mickey rants about the dubious need to carry your license and proof of insurance with you as you drive. Dave can fly a plane! Ben confesses he made a mad driver dash on a suspended license. Mickey’s dreams are crushed, but then they’re resurrected. Dave wants to discuss the brand, Stellantis. We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website.
57 minutes | 2 months ago
Looking For Signs of Life
Guest Robert Drake wants to talk more about the labeling of battery terminals, and asks "What is it about a Dodge Charger that makes some idiot think they're immune to traffic laws?" Mickey brings up a security question for keyless entry vehicles. Dawn is On The Autobahn. Her window is fixed, but the seatbelt is broken. And the CD changer is not doing well, either. Mickey grinds some gears and the words "nasal deployed meatball armature" get worked into the conversation. We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website.
44 minutes | 2 months ago
Athena Racing for the Win!
Loxley Brown from Athena Racing joins, Mickey, Misty & Ben. We explore Athena Racings dedication to giving opportunities to girls. Athena Racing is the all-girls STEM education program applying STEM principles to the track and life. You can learn more about them at athenaracing.org. In the News, Misty dishes on Formula One livery designs; talent turnover within F1 racing teams; and then just starts picking random fights with her husband, Ford and Ferrari. In That New Car Smell, Ben talks about Rivian's electric trucks and SUVs, which should be out later this year. Lotus is bringing out an SUV? There are some spy photos boiling up of other new models, and Tesla's new cyber-truck terrifies Mickey. And, who did China beat at car building in 2019? We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website.
47 minutes | 3 months ago
Nuns on Bicycles
TTAC goes international! We welcome Misty from The Netherlands to a new Two Girls & a Car episode. In Relationship Roadster, Amanda delves into Ferraris. Mickey grills Misty on her love for Formula One racing, and we learn about how Misty is learning to navigate multi-use traffic circles amidst tram tracks and bicycles. Ben's Lotus update: his 1970 Elan Plus 2 has hit the road! Unfortunately, it's leaving oil on the road. Listener Jennifer Bell writes in to ask the best way to junk a car. Listener Robert Drake writes in about auto repair shops going out of business because they can't keep good mechanics. Elizabeth Parks writes in with her Worst Car Story, a Cadillac Cimarron. And, Mickey stumps the team with BMW GPS faults. We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website.
61 minutes | 3 months ago
Lav Luv's Power Up Tour
Dave does a segment we're calling “True Crime Auto” in conjunction with the law firm “Screech, Screech, Brake, & Bang." He discusses the most commonly stolen cars in America, and cars associated with the top crimes in history. Special Guest Lav Luv talks about the Power Up Tour that he made across the country in his Tesla, his love of Teslas, and his desire to do a more extensive Power Up Tour in the future. Ben has a moment talking about Oldsmobile and divulges something disturbing about his driving teacher. Mickey wants to know what happened to the Boogiemobile, shares a Worst Car Story about Amy’s 1981 Chrysler New Yorker, and wants to see a shopping mall for cars. We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website.
41 minutes | 3 months ago
Happy New Year from Howard and Marian! (And you thought they wouldn't remember.)
We recorded this show on New Year's weekend while sitting around in pajamas drinking mimosas. Dawn on the Autobahn explores winter inclement weather driving safety tips, while the guys ask "why the hell are you on the road to begin with?" What grinds Mickey's gears THIS week? Replacing buttons with touchscreens on the dashboard. Listener Karen describes the braking problems with her worst car, a '72 Dodge Dart. This leads Ben to nostalgically recall his own early history with a brake failure. And listener Kathy hated her Chevy Caprice Classic, which leads Dave to nostalgically pick a fight with his college roommate Paul over parallel parking. Reddit asks about power steering issues in a salvage title, and we discuss the Cunningham's automotive preferences. We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website.
46 minutes | 3 months ago
Putting On The Iron
Ben notes there’s something interesting going on with Cadillac on “That New Car Smell.” Dawn looks into the future with some predictions in her segment, “In The News.” Dave says his car-buying plans have been hijacked. Robert sends in a question about battery design. We try to convince Ben to do an instructional video on how to properly jump start one’s car. We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website.
57 minutes | 4 months ago
Run-Away-Go in a Winnebago
We delve into the history of the Lincoln brand. In Cultural Collision, Dave and Dawn hit the road to discuss the history of the motorhome and its role in American culture. Our guest Arp brings us a discussion on "The Zen of Options" and asks the question: "Do we need rain sensing wipers and ventilated seats?" Ben takes a moment to talk about convertibles. (No! Dawn still doesn't have her rear window fixed yet!) In listener questions, we discuss why you might smell a horse in your defroster. Marisa writes in with her worst car story: a Renault Le Car. We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website.
33 minutes | 4 months ago
Bout the Bitchin' Camaro
Today, Dave takes on the Chevy Camaro in Cultural Collision, and its ownership of the testosterone niche market. Beka confesses to one of deepest, darkest secrets, ever. Ben takes a moment to talk hotrods and the parallels to jazz music. Beka rejects naming her segment "Wheels with Winifred." Listeners write in with more worst-car stories, including a Pinto, the "Little Red Fireball of Death." We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website.
41 minutes | 4 months ago
An Ambulance Ride Back To The '80s
Amanda tells us all about ambulances, and she should know since she's been in a few--luckily she wasn't the patient! Dawn takes us back to the '80s for a fond look at a weird but fun era in which cars managed to be cool despite the world conspiring against them. Mickey still wants a Mister Two and Ben confesses his lust for a Scirocco. IROC-n-Roll! Put on your parachute pants, mousse-up your hair, and come along for the ride! Be careful if you can't drive 55 though, because our Grand Trivia Auto question is about extremely high fines. We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website. TTAC records at Strongbox West, in Atlanta.
45 minutes | 4 months ago
The Sign Says "NO"
Dawn on the Autobahn explores traffic signs of the world, and Mickey's got a thing about dealer stickers. Dawn regales the panel with strange traffic signs around the world, and initiates a savage game of Punch-Buggy between Mickey and Dave. We learn the history of cobblestones, and why it makes driving in downtown Savannah a challenge. Our guest Trent makes the case for hatchbacks. Dealership stickers grind Mickey's gears. We continue our investigation of listeners' worst car experiences, and learn about the early days of automotive insurance. We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website. TTAC records at Strongbox West, in Atlanta.
51 minutes | 4 months ago
Racing, Bourbon and Random Pharmacology
In That New Car Smell, Ben talks about how the current weakness in the new car market is strengthening the used car market; guest Lee Anne Patterson joins us to talk about NASCAR racing news and the joys of the Bourbon Trail; we still don't have a name for Beka's news segment but we talk about flying cars, a hit-and-run at a car show, a the latest news from "Florida Man"; Mickey reads listener stories about the worst car they ever owned, and we advise listener Laura on new cars under $15,000. We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website.
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