Abby K rocks our show.

Professional rock singer and bassist Abby K joins us for this episode and we learn: Is she the sister of Alice Cooper’s and Demi Lovato’s guitarist Nita Strauss? Why does former TTAC guest Ricky Rachtman give her career advice? What kind of cars does an up and coming rock star have and why does Abby’s daily driver need to be serviced by a NASCAR team member? What are the features of a musician’s touring rig? What was the last new vehicle sold in the USA with a 4 barrel carburetor? Was it also the last vehicle sold with a cassette tape player? We wonder who can get Abby K a gig to play at the Daytona 500 or the Indy 500? Thanks for listening!

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Marketing / Social Media Intern

The Thing About Cars is a talk-show podcast about cars and the people who drive them.
We have a six-year track record of producing almost-weekly podcasts on any number of topics that cover car and automotive-tangential topics. Additionally, we’re the only car/automotive podcast that includes women as regular contributors for every episode we’ve published.

Over the next twelve months, The Thing About Cars (TTAC) will turn more of its effort towards video/television production.

We are looking for a Marketing / Social Media Intern to work with us. The Intern will work on a semester-long project focused on market research and developing new audience targets for The Thing About Cars. Specific tasks might include: researching potential marketing partners, reaching out to sector influencers, defining portions of marketing strategy, and implementing portions of marketing strategy (including updating social media channels and producing marketing assets if necessary).

Marketing / Social Media Intern

Who we are looking for:

  • Strong writing skills are required.
  • You are interested in some element of the automotive world.
  • You’re not afraid of Hootsuite or Buffer.
  • You’re not afraid to bring new tools and tricks to the table.
  • You are highly motivated, dependable, and like to work collaboratively with a team.
  • You bring creativity and initiative to the table, along with strong organizational skills.

What we can offer:

  • A $500 stipend is available.
  • The Thing About Cars will cooperate towards fulfilling any college course credit requirements.
  • Remote working environment with regular 1v1 meetings for the duration of the internship.
  • A host of networking opportunities.

We would love to hear from students of all majors.  

If this sounds of interest:

Please Contact Us and send a note outlining your automotive interests along with a link to your resume and a writing sample (on dropbox or something similar). A phone number will help us get back to you more quickly.  Thank you! 

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More Miata Madness:

As we continue with Bob Hall’s history of co-designing the original MX-5 Miata, we find out: What car Bob refuses to design in the future. Why “Designed in California” is a positive message about a cars and other products to the global audience. Concept cars: why we see some in production and why some just fade away. What the difference is in marketing a car and selling a car. What does Miata mean? How certain market segments of car designs boom and then go bust as others market segments become popular. What will your future EV sound like, how will you charge it and where will that power come from? What lurks in a Volvo’s underpinnings? What is Bob Hall’s dream (Frankenstein) car and what are his literary aspirations? Thanks for listening?

Shameless plugs: Minis, VTEC’s, and Nashes, oh my!

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Much ado about Miatas:
We are joined by Bob Hall, one of the founding fathers of the original MX-5 Miata. Among the unique questions that are answered: What pricing number is considered lucky in Japan and China? Why was the original Miata priced higher than it needed to be and why did the price point help Mazda sell more of them? How did Japanese car models in particular end up on a 4 year product refresh cycle? How much cargo can you fit in an MX-5? How simplicity adds elegance and profit? All this and much more in this first of a two part episode with Bob Hall.

Shameless plugs: 1978 Toyota Corollas. 1960’s Lotus’, maybe all of them. Emma Peel.

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Sometimes we replace the cars we love.

Ben reveals how he was involved in a multiple mangled Mazda mishap which led him to buying a new (to him) car. Misty misses her mate’s Mazda and is not a fan of the replacement. Nissan’s recent styling ideas are brought into question and Dave speaks up for them but wonders what their designers use for motivation. The gang ponders what’s in a car name, and how the same car has different names in different countries. Misty invites everyone to The Dutch Moto GP in Assen. Is this because she is now on parole?

This episode is brought to you by Mazda, Nissan, VW, Tesla and the letter “M”.

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