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. And we learn what was the reasoning behind the name “Olds 442.” #artcarmuseum #grittertracker
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 is serious engineering porn. In the News, Dawn and the panel chat about the accelerating move towards EVs at major auto manufacturers. Our friend Beth asks the team if we’ve ever done a show on the auto-cutoff feature, and we explore the wear-and-tear of it. And, Mickey challenges the team to identify who invited the modern 3-point seatbelt in Trivia Challenge.
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 confesses he made a mad driver dash on a suspended license. Mickey’s dreams are crushed, but then they’re resurrected. Dave wants to discuss the brand, Stellantis.
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 doing well, either. Mickey grinds some gears and the words “nasal deployed meatball armature” get worked into the conversation.
Loxley Browne from Athena Racing joins, Mickey, Misty & Ben. We explore Athena Racing’s 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 turnover within F1 racing teams; and then just starts picking random fights with her husband. In That New Car Smell, Ben talks about Rivian’s electric trucks and SUVs, which should be out later this year. Lotus is bringing out an SUV? There are some spy photos boiling up of other new models, and Tesla’s new cyber-truck terrifies Mickey. And, who did China beat at car building in 2019?