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The Thing About Cars

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We're just people who really geek out on cars. We like to drive cars, fix them, and admire them. We're here to have as much fun as we legally can with other car enthusiasts. Come along for the ride.

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United States

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We're just people who really geek out on cars. We like to drive cars, fix them, and admire them. We're here to have as much fun as we legally can with other car enthusiasts. Come along for the ride.

Language:

English


Episodes
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Cars give me cognitive issues!

6/18/2024
Mickey confesses Ford-lust, but it wasn't enough to entice our guest to show up. Misty shifts wet noodles trying to haul a loom across The Netherlands and learns what we all knew already: she won't like any car as much as her MX-5. Cognitive issues going from one car to another has Ben using his wipers to signal turns, while Misty's car has lady-humps to guide the way. Tim has the rational and historical perspectives as always, and we learn about the automotive origins of QR codes. We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:35:08

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Please Steal Mickey's Car

4/4/2024
Tim tells us more than we need to know about brakes, and Dave reveals why Italian cars got him a restraining order. Mickey wants to impulse-buy a car, and Misty thinks he's over-thinking it. Should he buy an El Camino? We hope The Muppets don't sue us! We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:41:44

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I Kept The Car

4/2/2024
We get off to a depraved start with a quick discussion of non-automotive products from automotive companies, such as magic wands and earth-movers. We're also happy to announce that VW have brought back their currywurst! Mickey is planning to go car-shopping and the list of things to look at is getting crazy. Things devolve quickly as usual. We give Italian and French cars some love, despite (or because of?) French weirdness. Grand Trivia Auto keeps on truckin' and the stirrups are enormous!! We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:39:12

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Drive Like a Gazelle

3/28/2024
We meet Susanne, who has recently competed in the 2023 Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles. This is an ISO 14001 certified rally raid in which all of the drivers and navigators are women. They compete to drive on or off-road to multiple way points each day in the shortest distance possible, without using GPS. We find out what vehicles are the most popular to use and where to find them, how to communicate where few people speak English, how to navigate without GPS, how much does this cost and how does one get started in learning how to drive in this kind of event? Our trivia question concerns automotive production in Delaware. As a bonus, we find out what is the best kind of cheese if you are lactose intolerant. We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:33:22

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Club Athena at Indy

3/26/2024
Loxley Brown returns and almost makes Dave go straight! Some of the girls from Club Athena regales us with her experiences at Indy in the DHL-sponsored experience that Loxley announced a couple of episodes ago. Too many interesting moments to detail in a short description, so enjoy! We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:31:15

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24 Hours of Lemons with Mick Opalak

3/23/2024
Mick Opalak tells us about his experiences driving in the 24 Hours of Lemons, which is probably the mostest funnest racing series EVER! Misty enjoys a sausage-fest and Dave calls Human Resources about it. Tall tales abound, as does the spirit of camaraderie! Wanna be a race driver but don't have any motorsports connections? This is the race for you! Waffles never tasted so fast! Can the TTAC crew be tech inspectors for this thing? We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:33:56

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Mangling Bollards At An F1 Race

3/21/2024
Misty isn't moist but Tim is damp. A chinese EV-prototype is built on the last remnants of Saab's engineering and we're OK with talking about unsprung mass. Misty updates us about what's going on in F1, including the latest indignity suffered by Phil the bollard, female progress in F3, and Danica Patrick's anti-progress comment. We discuss problems with towtrucks and get into price-differences for auto parts and what you're really paying for. Grand Trivia Auto keeps on truckin! And if you're a manufacturer of bollards, please sponsor us! We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:40:18

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Big News with With Loxley Brown

3/19/2024
Dave is abnormally normal, Mickey and Misty have power washer issues, and Ben may have had a close encounter with an airbag. Loxley Brown joins us to share all the news about the big things happening with Athena Racing, but not without giving Dawn an awkward moment of silence. Loxley's big news is that her girls get to go to Indianapolis Motor Speedway and see how everything works behind the scenes and meet some drivers. Big props to DHL for making it happen! Athena Racing/Club Athena is an excellent STEM college-sprep program for girls that you should check out and support! They're doing great things. We also discuss what foods we have in our cars' gloveboxes. We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:34:39

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I Am No Longer Infected

3/14/2024
We welcome Bob Hall back to the show! Misty is knitting a gay blanket, and Tim gets us going with a very technical trivia question about a fictional car. Bob has lots of interesting perspectives about product planning and new vehicular technologies while Misty has a moment about her MX-5, Dave's car is DAMN WOKE!, and Mickey wants a pocket-nuclear weapon. Ben is stuck in traffic. Bob knows a thing or two about '58 Plymouths. We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:33:33

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Lookin' at Corvettes with Richard Prince

3/12/2024
We speak with professional photographer and author Richard Prince about how he turned his love for cars into a career. His new book - Corvette 70 Years: The One and Only - covers all 8 generations of America's first sports car and he talks to us about how his passion for Corvettes started, his favorite cars and what's in his garage (not all of them are Corvettes!). We also find out what car is too valuable to race, who Richard's clients are, and what kind of outlaw Richard is (or is not). Misty wants to go to Spa, and we're not talking about hot-tubs. Mickey has serious camera-envy. Richard has done a lot of fun things and has been to a lot of cool places and we wish we had all day to talk about it! If you're interested in Corvettes, you need his book. We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:31:50

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Can You Import a Car As An Individual?

10/30/2023
Keis, Corvettes and Cappuccinos We discuss what it takes to bring in a car to the USA that is not already sold here by the manufacturer. What if you want to bring in that Lada, Nissan Skyline, Porsche 959, Honda Acty or Suzuki Cappuccino into the the USA? Is it better to order up a new one, get a used one or get an "antique" one? Can you do this yourself or should you get a broker? What legal stipulations must one follow to get it through customs? Does it take Bill Gates levels of money to do this? In our trivia question, we find out what was the only year without a Corvette? Misty admits to being late, but the test came back negative... We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website. Support The Thing About Cars by contributing to their tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-thing-about-cars This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:31:25

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Undiscovered Classics

9/12/2023
Cars from the 1950's and 60's that you've probably never heard of. Do you think you know about classic cars? What about rare cars? Some car buffs might recognize the brands Frazier or Devin but mention "Grantham" and they might think you are talking about Downton Abbey. What about Allied, Glasspar, Ferber, LaDawri or Voodoo? We speak with Geoff Hacker and Mike Puma of Undiscovered Classics about their passion for limited production vehicles from the 1950's and 60's. We find out about sports cars, streamliners, RV's and even race car transporters that were conceived and built by individuals and small companies with bodies typically made from fiberglass. Join us to learn about our guests and their passion for finding, researching and restoring these sometimes one-of-a-kind gems. You'll find out the history of these cars, what they do to restore and then display them at internationally recognized events such as Pebble Beach or Amelia Island. We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website. Support The Thing About Cars by contributing to their tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-thing-about-cars This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:52:40

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Happy Dawnukkah with Dan Plan!

9/5/2023
Dan Plan from the Midwest Racing Connection, an expert on short track racing, visits the gang on Dawn's birthday and sees us at our befuddled best. Dawn relives her 21st birthday. Misty's new nickname is "Racing Nugget." We start a conspiracy theory that JFK was killed by Mr. Bean. Phil the Bollard survives bollard carnage. And, we learn which car featured the first production turbocharged engine. We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website. Support The Thing About Cars by contributing to their tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-thing-about-cars This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:40:59

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Le Mans, Mazdas, HyperMilers, Mickey & Mayhem

8/29/2023
We apologize in advance for our our kitchen apparel fashion tips. With a three of our crew missing, the remaining cast members try to channel our missing mates (seance not included.) We discuss the action and results of the 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans sports car race, which leads to creating The Thing About Cars Drinking Game. A tip of the hat is given to Mazda for supporting the classes of road racing that feed the pro classes. We chastise hypermilers who block traffic while admit to doing a bit of guilty hypermiling ourselves and talk about their competitions. The truth about what Mickey has in common with Betty White and Norman Rockwell is brought to light while pondering why his current Honda might be getting poor MPG's. Our trivia question is about Nissan / Datsun Z cars. We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website. Support The Thing About Cars by contributing to their tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-thing-about-cars This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:22:20

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Road Trips with Derek

8/22/2023
Ben's buddy Derek tells us about his road trips around the world. Namibia! West Africa! Kazakhstan! Connecticut! What do they have in common? You can find warm Coca-Cola everywhere in the world! We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website. Support The Thing About Cars by contributing to their tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-thing-about-cars This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:30:52

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The Mistyry Box

8/15/2023
On FI, Fuel Economy and Wafflehomes! Misty gets a surprise shipment from the states! The panel digs deep into the global socio-political implications on the "girlificiation of F1." Ben tees up a discussion on the closing of environmental loopholes for vehicles over 4,000 pounds. Ben teaches us how to hotwire a care through any exposed wire bus. And, Tim, teases us with what standard piece of equipment may not be available in future cars for sale in America. We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website. Support The Thing About Cars by contributing to their tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-thing-about-cars This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:44:36

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Please Don't Drool On The Maserati

8/8/2023
Nobody here but us cheeckens with Micky away on the west coast. Misty is still moist, Dave drives the Grand Trivia Auto, and Ben pretends to know how to host a podcast. Tim staggers in late as we discuss how to get us all over to Paris for the big international hot-dang auto show next year. Those aren't pillows! Which of us speaks the worst French? How much escargot can we eat in a Peugeot? Is it equipped with a steinschlagschutzhulle? We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website. Support The Thing About Cars by contributing to their tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-thing-about-cars This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:33:27

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Let's Blame Misty for the Moist Peanut-Cheese

8/1/2023
Misty sets a new record for getting to moist, our guest is a no-show, and Dave sheds some light on J.D. Power. We explore our peanut-fetish before moving on to some listener questions, but the peanut-cheese just won't go away. We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website. Support The Thing About Cars by contributing to their tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-thing-about-cars This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:28:31

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It's a One-Butt Kitchen

7/25/2023
Mickey is going to send Misty a mystery-box and also announces that he's purchased a house that will eventually have his dream-garage, and we're all waiting for the garage-warming party! Yelotus makes its first car-show appearance. Dawn wants to know if a fuel-additive that promises to make a car with a bad catalytic converter pass an emissions test is legit, and F1 gets historic with three red flags. We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website. Support The Thing About Cars by contributing to their tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-thing-about-cars This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:23:08

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DHL Express and Club Athena Partner for “Girls at Track”

7/20/2023
Loxley Browne of Club Athena makes a quick visit to talk about a special event in partnership with DHL and Andretti Autosport. Seven dedicated “Athenians” will be chosen to spend two days trackside with Andretti and DHL Express team members as they learn from industry experts and have fun with hands-on experiences. Girls interested in joining the program can apply for membership at ClubAthena.org. The deadline for selection in the DHL - Andretti – Club Athena program is July 30. Members who are selected will be notified on July 31st. We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website. Support The Thing About Cars by contributing to their tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-thing-about-cars This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:12:23