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.
When this podcast hits episode 88, you’re going to see some serious shizzle. Actually no! We’re going to sizzle some shizzle right now, because we ain’t afraid of controversy. Deloreans aren’t cool, sorry not sorry. Land Rover now have 6-7 vehicles in their range. Madness. Car insurance is set to rise and you have to be an economics expert to understand why. Motoring Misogyny is back; stop saying women can’t drive, you sexist pigs. We also look at Faraday Future who seem to be employing ninjas rather than programmers.
A most momentous motoring moment! Ten, count’ em, episodes have now been coughed from our tea-soaked mouths into your beautiful little ears. Try to get that image out of your mind. We’re finishing off Stupid Car Stories this time with a few third-party tales for your pleasure. Car Fannery Corner is back again too. We know you can’t get enough of it. Andrew argues the case that driving around in your Picasso with your fog lights on is fooling nobody. Oh, and you know how insurance is stupid, just stupid? It’s only going to get worse.
It’s time for our first ride along of the year and this time round we’re broadcasting from the both tiny and tinny inside of Andrew’s JDM Jimny. We reflect back on some of the more stupid stories from our car owning past before discussing a little motoring misogyny for Car Fannery Corner. We’re on a mission too, an upward assault that a mountain goat would be proud of as we head to the highest village in England to pick up some beer. To finish off, we discuss the surprising safety benefits of electric school buses.
I know that sounds a bit bleak, but you better bloody well listen. Andrew has had his thinking flat-cap on and, like some tea sipping Nostradamus, he’s made a worrying prediction. We could soon be watching a generation of cars put out to pasture when the electric revolution comes. Before that though, from outside any form of shed this time, we reflect back on the rally car engineering houses of days yonder and keep you all updated with some latest car news. Oh, plus Car Fannery Corner might just be becoming a regular segment.
This time we’re coming at ya from lazy boy like seats of Chris’ Grand Cherokee, technically making this the most expensive episode we’ve made. If that’s not good enough, we’re being borderline useful by going over some of the biggest automotive events of the year. We also captured our journey through exotic Stoke-on-Trent too, so you can watch this one on YouTube if you want and sort of partake in what would be the most depressing open top bus tour in history. So sit thee down, drink thee brew, and get the skinny on 2016.
Remember when we kept calm and carried on? What happened? A nation of stiff upper-lips and orderly queuers seems to have become tainted by a class of motorist who can’t see past the end of their own bonnet. Today Andrew has reached breaking point. He’s way past eye rolling, there cannot be enough tutting, and the rage induced shaking of his hands makes writing a letter impossible – only one thing left then, a quick solo rant via the medium of podcast. The message, nobody’s a special fucking snowflake. HAPPY CHRISTMAS!
If Top Gear was a dessert, it would be a pavlova, so that begs the question, does that mean that the only fair way to describe The Grand Tour is an Eaton Mess? In this episode we tackle a subject so ingrained in car culture that we’ve dedicated not just the whole podcast to it but an extra half an hour. We go over the history, the memorable moments, and where we are now, while trying to mine our way down to the core of what has made the show so appealing. This episode is quite frankly the most magnificent piece of audio to ever come out of a shed. Power!
We’re on the road this time round. Coming at you from within the cavernous confines of Andrew’s new Suzuki Wagon-R RR. After a shopping list of corrections covering our previous misspeaking, we ask ourselves, Celicas – what’s going on? We also have a right old whinge about the new MINI Countryman, about how obese (and depressed) it’s looking. Following that, and a healthy serving of oatcakes, we discuss the forthcoming age of the oligarchical land-yacht and if computers are going to make living with a 18.5ft long car possible.
Look at us managing to natter on for less than an hour! For this episode we raise a question absolutely nobody is asking; are Citroëns are too weird for their own good? I mean, we like ’em, but we’d feel a proper plonker driving some of ’em in a few years. Andrew’s bought a new car by the way. Can you guess what country it comes from? We also discuss a future where autonomous German cars might be programmed to be just as arrogant as their owners and inappropriate ways to euthanise a terminally ill hamster.