Film-maker Scott Hardie made a documentary about Paul Moller, who has worked for decades to make flying cars a reality. Is Moller a genius or a crackpot? Are flying cars still 15-20 years away, as people have said since the 1960s? Misty is still moist and worried about her family’s gene-pool. We park in gear, but wonder if our warranty will cover it. Bollard carnage ensues.
The man who knows all about all the cars.
We are visited by Sam Fiorani, who has a background as an automotive salesman, author, show judge, industry forecaster and museum board member. We find out how to make a profit on an Austin Healey in less than a week. How does the automotive industry find out who is making how many of which product and when? Who makes the motors in today’s hybrids and EV’s? What does the ICE to EV changeover curve look like? What are the strangest doors ever seen on a production vehicle (hint: it’s not Lamborghini.) What is in the Boyertown Museum of Historic Automobiles? Did Maytag make both appliances and cars? Why might one need OEM assembly line booties? In trivia, we find out about flip-up headlamps. All this and more…
Dave has a special challenge for us because he missed us all horribly and trivia asks us when the rumble seat last graced us with its presence.
Dave threw down the gauntlet asking the gang to put together their very own roadtrip movie! Each submission would be scored on:
- The car and why that car
- The trip – Starting point, route, and destination
- The co-star and why?
- What’s the point of this trip?
- Bonus – unexpected plot twist
Ben leads off with 2 questionable (according to him) submissions. First he brings a 007-ish satire comedy through the US and follows up with a coming of age roadtrip through the US. Dawn had a slight misunderstanding, so showing her amazing ability to pivot, gives us an off the cuff Porsche flavored spy/romance cliffhanger beginning with a high school reunion based in Europe. Mickey wrestled for a WHOLE 36 hours to deliver a Miami to LA race with a very special twist. Misty draws on her love for Egypt, Brendan Fraser, and The Mummy for an epic drive from Europe to Cairo with a brief segue into why The Mummy is a true love story for the ages, followed up with a book review about women and data bias.
Who won? Listen and find out!!
We take a strange turn into cyberpunk/steampunk DnD with a cyborg Henry Ford before finally finding out which auto was the last to have a rumble seat. And a delightful time was had by all.
Gen-Xers complain about left lane bandits and new car features.
After some exhaustive research, Ben lets us know which vehicles are most likely to be Left Lane Bandits and slow us down in the fast lane. The gang relates their tales of woe regarding newer vehicles and their safety features such as lane departure warnings and corrections, virtual overhead backup cameras, blind spot monitors, and reminders to keep your hands on the wheel. Misty tells us about the world’s (or at least The Netherlands’) smallest bagpipe parade and we wonder anyone will let us on TV. In trivia, we find out how to limber up our nylon parts (is it via yoga?)
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!