If you like hairy, middle-aged men ranting about stuff then you’re going to love this episode. In our continued stance of not getting political, we focus on two topics all about politics. Andrew also tries to console Chris through an extensional crisis regarding his love for cars and there’s a shocking confession during the the news segment.
Do you fondly remember a time when you had to sit through a friend’s photo slideshow of their holiday while they rabbited on about every minute detail as if somehow you’re supposed to care? No. Well, here it is in modern form anyway. Here, Chris reflects on his travels in The States where he got to drive the new Mustang on a few road-trips and also got to take a Wrangler Rubicon out wheeling in the Arizona desert.
As we hit Episode 18 and Men In Sheds enters adulthood, we have changed up the format in a bid to border on being entertaining. We start off with the news, asking if we are peak VAG, questioning if the VTEC really does kick in, yo, and giving the lowdown on detailing for the lazy car owner. You may want to make your way down to the local bunker as some truth bombs are well and truly dropped.
So, one of us has strayed a little far from the shed. Thousands of miles afar. Therefore, this is our first international episode via Skype with Andrew sweltering in Staffordshire and Chris sweating it out in Arizona. The topic? Well it’s America for the past, America for the present, and America for the future, HOBVIOUSLY!
This is a new segment we hope to be doing more of. We get angry, you see? We get angry about cars. It’s because we care. And we rant, oh how we rant. And when we rant, we like to go on a little drive to blow off some steam. This coincided with us needing to go pick up Andrew’s latest vehicle – a lawn tractor. What’s got our manties in a twist at the moment? Well, a few things but mainly the Fiat Fullback pickup truck which is a poor showing from the usually creative and exciting FCA.
We know that feeling when you look at all the hard earned your car is sucking out of your bank account and you wander by a dealer forecourt telling you a few bob a month will see you in something new. Stop right there. We explain why car finance is a trap and play a little game of “Here’s what you could’a bought” which should have you running to the classifieds ready to invest in a classic. Before we get into that though, we reminisce a little with a new segment of Backfired and flash forward to a possible dystopian future of manufacturer charging networks.
WE’RE BACK!!! What a nightmare. Three attempts to record the latest episode over three weeks. It was worth it though. We’ve made some major upgrades, admittedly none you’ll appreciate via the podcast but there’s plenty to feast your eyes on via our YouTube channel.
This episode we gaze back with gooey nostalgic eyes at the 90’s when it seemed every manufacturer had a surfer’s 4×4 to offer. We also go over a long list of Potters Spotted cars we’ve seen in the area before going into cars news to cover a whole host of interesting goings on including changes to UK speeding ticket fines, parking woes, the terrifying new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, Dieselgate and more. If that’s not enough, we also discuss the new Tesla semi truck announcement and feedback on our research into the electric car tuning scene.
We’re not ones to usually tempt fate, what with our aversion for controversy and all that. However, we thought we could swerve Lady Luck herself by skipping episode 13 and going straight to 14. Well, the universe works in strange ways and what was almost certainly the greatest podcast ever recorded turned out to be a load of useless garbage due to incorrectly set microphone levels – manipulated in no doubt by evil forces. Anyway, here’s Andrew with a summary.
You want the truth about evil car companies? You can’t handle the truth about evil car companies! We open with the long and colourful backstory behind why people call Ford Explorers “Ford Exploders” and then Andrew is let out of his cage to say his piece on why he thinks Nissan has completely lost direction since the French got involved. Sort it out, the French! We then talk about the rather depressing news about Uber’s self driving cars and discuss the cost and availability of electric conversions for classics.