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Our good friend, Trivia Czar Tim joins us to discuss the merits of various songs about cars. 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 Patr…
 
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 o…
 
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 reco…
 
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?) Be…
 
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 transm…
 
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 interna…
 
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 g…
 
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 …
 
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. Parkin…
 
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.…
 
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…
 
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 u…
 
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…
 
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 fir…
 
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 G…
 
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. A…
 
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 …
 
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 c…
 
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 do…
 
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 tu…
 
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…
 
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 h…
 
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 desc…
 
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 …
 
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 conver…
 
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, includin…
 
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!…
 
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 T…
 
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 …
 
The Holiday Season is upon us! In a departure from our usual format, the TTAC crew talks about Christmas gifts for their cars and drivers, as well as gifts for the car enthusiast, both serious and humorous. Our guest for this episode is Mario, who talks about his interests in cars, Volvos, Hondas, but not McLaren! On behalf of all of us at The Thin…
 
In Cultural Collision, Dave talks about the role of the Ford Thunderbird in American Culture; we welcome back and catch up our good friend Greg; in honor of Halloween, Ben Takes a Moment to discuss the history and design of hearses; and listener mail addresses how not kill yourself while changing a battery & the impact of wildfire smoke on air filt…
 
Beka's News in the Fast Lane leads the panel to speculate on how to insult a driverless car and a dogmatic debate on the stick shift; show guest Tim Rogers discusses Petit LeMans; we delve into Beka's rodent hostage situation; in Dawn Drives the Decades, we discuss about how smaller, lighter cars came on the scene in the early 1960s; and Mickey rea…
 
It’s a lovely day in Atlanta, but Ben confides that he’s depressed over the current new-car line-up. Our special guest Jim tells us why he is corrupt. Today in the news… Where is Starman? Mickey admits that he pretends to be on “The A-Team.” We answer your listener questions about GM, SUVs, and leather versus modern fabric. And what’s in that asymm…
 
Beka starts off with a story about big engines, quarts and liters, and V-8's for everyone! Amanda introduces us to the Subaru Ambassador program, and talks restaurants, road trips, dream cars, and Subaru Love. Dawn goes retro with some history about 70's era automobiles, and how the entire industry changed moving forward from that decade. Mickey sh…
 
Mickey gets some one-on-one time with our friend Tim to talk about all the grassroots, street legal fun you can have with your car. We go over a variety of experiences offered by such organizations as Chin Track Days or the Sports Car Club Of America. Drag-racing, Autocrossing, Rallycrossing, and other events any driver can enjoy to learn more abou…
 
We did record this in time for October, but technical difficulties prevented its publication until now. Please enjoy our AUTOBERFEST Episode. There's lots of German automotive trivia. Dawn introduces her segment "Dawn On The AutoBahn." Dave knows quite a lot about the Oscar Meyer Weiner Mobile and TTAC issues a challenge to the Oscar Meyer company.…
 
The gang visits Italian Car Day 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Ben wrangles this episode's Grand Trivia Auto as part of a book giveaway to gift a couple of books from our friends at MotorBooks. We see a lot of eye candy and talk about why we don't see more Italian cars in the American market on a Cultural Collision Segment with Ben and Dave. Dawn is gla…
 
It was a cold and windy day that found Ben and Mickey talking about their anticipation for the upcoming Italian Car Day and the giving away of a couple of books from our friends at Motorbooks publishers. We hope to see you Saturday at Italian Car Day Atlanta: https://www.italiancardayatlanta.com/. We welcome your support via Patreon and your questi…
 
TTAC welcomes special guest John Montgomery to talk about the upcoming Italian Car Day in Atlanta. Details can be found at https://www.italiancardayatlanta.com/. We cover a listener question about Porsche’s competing in LeMans. And another one about high-mileage oil: if it’s better for your engine, why don’t we just use that from the start? Dave co…
 
Dawn has had one of those weeks where all she wants to do is escape in her vehicle with no plan in mind… There was a listener response to the “botulism in the oil cans” clip we shared in a prior episode. Dave digs into the subject of midlife crisis cars. Dawn waxes desirous over an older Porsche (and wants it for her birthday). A listener wants to …
 
Ben and Mickey do a special episode. We talk about Vespa, Style and Passion, a book sent to us by our friends at Quarto Knows publishers. The conversation turns to the general world of scooters. Mickey bemoans a couple of un-loved BMWs in his parking lot, and Ben bemoans a seller’s poor treatment of a second-generation Camaro. We welcome your suppo…
 
Mickey’s Honda doesn’t want to hold a charge. Beka’s can’t unbolt her alternator (and needs your help). Dawn reminisces about speed-limits. Mickey wonders why there aren’t track-facilities where the average person can go and play. The gang revisits a listener question to discuss how a woman can avoid repair fraud, and how one can know if a mechanic…
 
Dawn was perseverating, and makes a proposal. The gang talks about the most beautiful Jaguar ever made. Beka notifies us of a recent recall for Kia and Hyundai vehicles. Ben shares a major Yelotus update. We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our website. TTAC records at Strongbox West, in Atlanta.…
 
Bill likes hearses. Jessica helps us visit what the term “reputable dealer” means. Dawn dreams of being able to bid at Mecum or Barret Jackson. Ben informs us of a weird monthly charge scheme from BMW. Beka makes some hard decisions on what to do with her G8. We also tackle listener questions: Pro-driving, or pro autonomous? Why does Toyota not do …
 
Tim talks at length about the GMA T50 Supercar. It has a big fan that has nothing to do with cooling. Therese loves old cars and tells us that Johnny Cash’s 70’s era Rolls Royce has been outfitted with a Tesla powertrain. Mickey recalls the Zombie 222 Electric ’68 Mustang. The gang addresses some listener questions, including tips to help people av…
 
The gang tries to identify a mysterious blue powder accumulating on a friend’s car, and fails. Perhaps you can help us? See The Thing About Cars' Blog for pics and more info. This episode, we tackle listener questions: Tim’s question about Ford gives Beka a visceral reaction. We talk about determining if you need a rotation, balance, or alignment. …
 
TTAC welcomes special guest: Dave Paule. Beka pours her Jeep woes out to Dave. Dave feels threatened by the new Bronco. Mickey walks the gang through a few British driving exam questions and all of the Georgia DMV questions. And Dave asks: Why isn’t there an EV Convertible? We welcome your support via Patreon and your questions and feedback via our…
 
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