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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
So, as some of you may know, Andrew’s Wagon-All-The-Rs decided it didn’t want to have a turbo anymore and turned the turbine impeller into a waste disposal unit. In this Barn Tune vlog, we finish up the replacement of the turbo, give a lecture on turbocharging in general, and breakdown during the test drive.
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.
It’s easy to skip around high-fiving each other about the electric car revolution. We finally get to enjoy driving without feeling like Mr Burns again. Sadly, for every business person who sees a chance to change the world, there’s ten more who spy an opportunity to fleece us. Oil, as environmentally unfriendly as it is, does come with the benefit of effectively being “open source”. Electricity isn’t like that and there’s all kinds of sneaky ways we think car manufacturers can abuse the charging networks they own to further their monopolies.