Look, we’re going to come clean here, we haven’t had time to do our history homework for this episode, so we’ve relegated to telling a few stories from our automotive past. We’re calling this segment Backfired since this isn’t just stupid car stories anymore. We’ve got a few tall tales from random suspension failures while hoofing down lanes to being in a police car chase with the roles completely reversed.
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.
So it turns out Elon Musk has been secretly nurturing a semi that he’s very proud to soon show us all. We don’t know what a Tesla semi truck will entail but we have a lot of reservations over just how many roles automation can realistically take over. Truck drivers do a lot more than people think. We also report back on our research into the electric car tuning scene with mixed results. Either way, how does lots more power with zero drawbacks sound to you?
SO. MUCH. NEWS. Lots has happened recently and theres some stuff worth taking note of if you’re in the UK. Speeding fines are going to be wage based as of next week. As much as 175% if you’re particularly stupid. There’s an update on Dieselgate and there’s no getting away from discussing the new Challenger SRT Demon and Cherokee Trackhawk – a 1500bhp garage with just two family production cars.
There’s some corrections too regarding the Nissan Pike Cars and 3.5ton truck brand confusion. We’re trying our best. Keep in mind we tend to make mistakes faster than we can correct the previous ones.
We’ve had a huge backlog of cars we’ve spotted around The Potteries over the past month and thought we’d better give them all a mention. We’ve seen all sorts from little Nissan Figaros to the possibly mammoth Tesla Model-X. Chris saw something that had him borderline braying like a horse while Andrew was snuck up on by something very unexpected. We’ve been taking photos where we can too. They’re in this vid but you can also look up “thosemeninsheds” on instagram for more.
We’re back, finally, and now with video. We tried to avoid recording an episode due to SUPERSTITIONS but got chased down by lady luck anyways and had to record this three times over three weeks before we had anything worth uploading.
Anyway, for the past, we’re asking, whatever happened to the surfer 4×4? You know, cool, funky, small offroaders that seemed so cuddly and fun they may as well have come with a lead and a wagging tail. We guess they were a product of the nineties and we miss them dearly. In this part, we go through a list of the classics and nostalgically squirt our loving juices all over them. Enjoy the advertising we’ve found from the time, especially the one for the Sportrak – we hope the actors featured have recovered from their whiplash.
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.
Andrew has been marching about in a fever over the past six months, obsessed with Plastidip and pleading with anybody and everybody to spray their wheels. Well, this week he bit the bullet and decided to spray his Wagon-R wheels copper. “Copper is proper” we cheered. The rest is a rollercoaster of emotion that can be viewed here in full SHEDICOLOUR. Watch Andrew layer up his rims with this amazing rubber paint while Chris does some very important standing around in different places.
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.