That Sh*te Before Christmas – A 4×4 Christmas Carol

Here’s a little Christmas message from us Men in Sheds. As some of you will know, we went on a little Shedventure recently after we were PROMISED loads of snow. We didn’t get much and, to top it off, it turns out we’re even less technically competent then we thought when it comes to cameras. There were some moments from these peaky climbers worth sharing though.

Therefore, the Dash to Flash Shedventure comes in the form of a poem, and we think the content is something many of our fellow 4×4 owners will be familiar with. So pull up a comfy chair, make a brew, sit back, and welcome in Christmas with all your fellow petrol heads around the World.

A very sincere Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from those Men in Sheds.

Episode 22 – Is Tribalism Getting Worse For Cars?

The Swedes are in the lead. The Koenigsegg Agera RS has done a run from 0-400-0 faster than you can read this description. Meanwhile, there’s some weird changes coming to the UK driving test, we might all be driving around in vacuum cleaners soon, and Andrew gets far too excited about wool interiors. We also don’t get why people are squealing about the new UP Gti like One Direction Fans. We ask if something’s gone horribly wrong when you see a Rolls Royce Phantom and aren’t sure if it’s a Chinese knockoff or not. Plus, we ponder, with more and more people getting into cars, is bringing out just as much bad in human behaviour as good.

Episode 21 – Should We Stop Defending The Defender?

With the news about 40 year cut offs for tax and MOTs you would be forgiven for being a little excited. Sadly, not all is at it seems and life could be getting harder if you have a highly modified car. We confirm the latest dates governments want to stop selling fossil fuel cars by, woo at the new Honda Urban EV concept, wow at Subaru’s latest ring record, and commend the fact we’ve not had to burn any coal to brew a cuppa for at least one day this year. After that, we tell Defender fans to wipe their eyes and move on, question if we’ve lost legendary hot hatches and suped up saloons, and ask of all the things we want to important from the States, is brodozer culture one of them?

Episode 20 – Are All Middle Lane Drivers Pure Road Cancer?

We’re one year old! Put on a pointy hat, grab a luke warm sausage roll, and join us for a proper baller party in the podding shed. We’ve got plenty of car news to start, then Chris questions if stanced cars deserve the hate they get, Andrew points out how manufacturers with crap EV tech are throwing money at Formula E, and we mull over the issue of middle lane drivers. Is there a time sitting in the middle lane just makes sense, what’s the best way to deal with them? We also debate the leaked Jimmy photos and tackle accusations it appears rather too much like a little G-Wagon rip-off.

Review Not A Review – Tesmania – Toyota Land Cruiser BJ45

So, this little shed-venture all started a long time ago when Andrew was driving down a country road and saw a unicorn, his first in person sighting of a Toyota 40 Series. He nearly drove off the road in excitement. Well, by sheer chance, it transpired that the owner was a customer at the establishment Andrew’s wife manages.

Messages were exchanged, pleas were made, and we managed to get in touch with this FJ’s owner, Jonny. Better still, Jonny invited us up to see his FJ COLLECTION!

We hastily made our way up to visit, gathering whatever filming equipment we could lay our oily little mitts on, and were blown away by what he had to show us. This also meant, for the first time ever, Andrew got to lay his hands upon the vehicle he covets so deeply – but it got even better.

Jonny backed TES, the oldest in his collection, an old Tasmanian explosives truck from “down’t mines” that he’d had driven to Australian and shipped over, out his garage, pointed at his fields, and told us to get out there and have some fun.

And in fun we did partake.

The great news, we got it all on video, for you beautiful people, and thus we have the first of what we hope to be many Review Not A Reviews.