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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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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The gang discusses which vehicles sell best in the USA overall and region by region. The results then lead us to a journey meandering around: Which vehicles can haul and tow which items and where? Which vehicles are best for tailgating and what items could and should be brought along? If you are an American ex-pat and Thanksgiving is coming up, what items should you cook for your family and friends? We hope you enjoy this trivia-free episode!

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