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.
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 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.
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.”
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.