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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.

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

Spiders In A Sentra

11/16/2021
The hosts of Full Circle With Nick & Fred join the group, touching on the finer points of 1980's Porsches, Mustang Shaming, and Hurricane Shaming, among other things. We find an alternative to The Tail Of The Dragon, hear stories of insects invading automobiles, and the gang tries to solve a condiment Catch-22. We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:49:21

The After Dark Special

11/9/2021
Misty is in love with "Claudette," wants to give her gifts, and can't let her go. On the other hand, Ben enjoys playing the field on a weekly basis (automotively speaking, of course). The gang ponders a listener's question about what you lose when you disconnect a vehicle's battery. Our trivia question has us thinking about the least leaky truck fuel tanks while Dave contemplates the family tradition of blowing them up. Brought to you by chickens in latex. Or is it latex chickens? We...

Duration:00:23:19

The Ginger Lesbian Conundrum

11/2/2021
Mickey ponders purple's poor popularity. Misty prefers pink and likes things that run like a sewing machine. Ben breaks the news that the company who brought us Prius zealots likes electrically powered vehicles only if they also have an internal combustion engine. Dave and Ben discuss what determines if a car is a classic or just plain old; is it just snob appeal, or must it inspire romantic thoughts that lead to a lifetime commitment? The gang ponders a pressure filled automotive trivia...

Duration:00:33:19

Just The Three Of Us

10/28/2021
Just three of us for this one. Dave is feeling al dente while Mickey grinds his gears and Dawn forgets to use the high beams. Does Mickey have a nun-fetish? And why can't we get those cool concept cars? We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:29:50

The Song About Cars

10/19/2021
Our good friend, Trivia Czar Tim joins us to discuss the merits of various songs about cars. Dave and Misty bring the bling and class with Swarovski and Venetian Lace accessories leaving Mickey and Dawn feeling woefully underdressed. Dave admits a little too much familiarity with last-chance gas and Beyonce, Ben takes a moment to talk about muscle-car sales and angry police cars. We chew on some listener questions, and we hope Misty isn't smelling toast. We welcome your support via Patreon...

Duration:00:34:33

Don't Put Avgas In Your Silverado

10/12/2021
First, we answer a listener question about whether aviation fuel can be run in a car (don't do it!). Then we discuss our favourite cars in movies--don't crash your Ferrari through the garage wall, and don't drive your Lotus underwater! Dawn drives the decades right into the '90s and gives Ben a chance to critique some of the more interesting cars of that era. Grand Trivia Auto takes a look at foreign carmakers in the USA. We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback...

Duration:00:41:27

Celebrating Pride with the Lambda Car Club

10/5/2021
Happy Pride! We record this show on the 50th anniversary of the first Pride Parade in Atlanta. We celebrate Pride Dave introduces us to the Lambda Car Club, the largest club for LGBTQ+ car enthusiasts in the country. Ben recounts his visit to the Worship Cruise In where he learned about the Cops-In-Cars Car Show at the Roswell City Hall. Misty recounts a great day for the Dutch in Formula One! What grinds Mickey's gears this week? The fact that all cars should be hybrid by now. And we learn...

Duration:00:29:29

Dean Case and the Miata

9/28/2021
Dean Case was a junior engineer at Mazda R&D when the Miata was developed. We discuss his career, the history of the Miata, and the connection to a Taco Bell Test Kitchen. (Bob Hall is the true father of the Miata.) In Cultural Collision, Misty wants to talk about Miatas in Film. (And who knew the Teletubbies drove a British Racing Green Miata?) Ben Takes a (Surreal) Moment to reflect on ice cream trucks. Should they play Helter Skelter? Dave and Misty debate launching Lobster Thermador and...

Duration:00:40:56

Driving My Dream

8/3/2021
This week, Dave celebrates No Pants Day, Misty brings our Grand Trivia Auto question, and Ben introduces Paul Harmon, proud (2nd)owner of a Million (plus) Mile Mercedes 240D. Paul waxes poetic about his 4 cylinder, 4-speed manual transmission 1981 Mercedes 2401D, how many 240Ds were produced in Germany for the US market (480,000+!), buying a transmission just for one small gear, how many miles a year he’s averaged (40,000), and just how many oil changes it takes to get to a million...

Duration:00:38:47

All Things Hot Rod with Stephe Koontz

7/20/2021
Stephe Koontz joins us to discuss her long and varied history in the world of hot rod cars! I That New Car Smell, Ben digs into the impact of the computer ship shortage on automotive production lines. Misty's having an existential crisis over trading in Claudette, causing the panel to stage an intervention. In the News, Lotus is phasing out internal combustion engine. Should a sports car be called the ReVolt? The Little Car Company is bring out an 8/10th scale Wild One Max. And, Mark Rossin...

Duration:00:42:22

A Sunday Drive in Large Marge the Interstate Barge

6/29/2021
Our friends Mary & Libby Williams join us for a show exploring sibling rivalry and automotive death. Mickey explores Libby's passion for hats and addiction to paint. Mary discusses the artistic evolution of her Nissan Pioneer. The team discusses what makes a great convertible. In Relationship Roadster, Misty takes us through family history of her grandfather and his lover for an Opal Kadett. Dawn Drives the Decades to the 1960s via a 1963 Corvette Stingray. And, Mickey asks the question,...

Duration:00:52:28

Mary & Libby's Worst Car

6/22/2021
Mary and Libby share tales of their worst car, a 1974 Austin Marina (aka Morris Marina). We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website.

Duration:00:13:31

Czars, Cars, and Summer Camp with Loxley

6/8/2021
Loxley Brown joins us to talk about Athena Racing, a nonprofit dedicated to opening doors for young women into the transportation industry, we talk about Trivia Czars, favorite movies about cars, rescuing cars displayed without their consent, and Dave's probably possessed Jeep. First up is a straw poll on electing Tim as our Trivia Czar and how we all rode the struggle bus to either narrow down or fill a top 5 list of our favorite movies about cars. With Ben as the voice of reason, we all...

Duration:00:54:59

Having A Cocktail With Brian

6/1/2021
Our guest Brian Phillips tells us all about his cars, which he put more thought into names for than some people put into names for their children, and about what a thorough car-shopper he is. Dawn brings us up to speed (figuratively, thank goodness!) about new legislation against street-racing, but Brian's super-power derails the discussion. Parking grinds Mickey's gears, and our listener question drives home the need to get things checked-out before they get expensive. Be sure to park...

Duration:00:54:46

Amy's Worst Car

5/25/2021
The TTAC Gang is taking a short break and could use your help finding new celebrities and guests to join us on the program. Plus, Amy tells us about the worst car she has ever known. She says "calling it a lemon would be saying something nice about it." We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website.

Duration:00:08:44

Stuckey In The Middle Again

5/11/2021
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...

Duration:00:49:33

The Cross-Country Elan

5/4/2021
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.

Duration:00:43:39

Headbanger's Cars with Riki Rachtman

4/27/2021
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.

Duration:00:35:00

Fun with Ferraris, Part I

4/20/2021
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...

Duration:00:53:53

Meet Mike from Meguiar's

4/13/2021
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...

Duration:00:35:51