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An informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas. Featuring motoring & transport news, road tests, feature interviews & quirky stories.

Overdrive is not just for 'rev heads' but covers subjects in a manner that reflects on our everyday transport experiences as well as our dreams and aspirations for more exotic transport.

Presented by motoring broadcaster David Brown with regular contributors Errol Smith, David Campbell, Brian Smith and Paul Murrell.

Overdrive can also be heard across Australia on the community radio network, via podcast on iTunes or via the website at drivenmedia.com.au

Overdrive: Cars, Transport and Culture David Brown

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An informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas. Featuring motoring & transport news, road tests, feature interviews & quirky stories.

Overdrive is not just for 'rev heads' but covers subjects in a manner that reflects on our everyday transport experiences as well as our dreams and aspirations for more exotic transport.

Presented by motoring broadcaster David Brown with regular contributors Errol Smith, David Campbell, Brian Smith and Paul Murrell.

Overdrive can also be heard across Australia on the community radio network, via podcast on iTunes or via the website at drivenmedia.com.au

    Overdrive: Racing a 1969 Monaro; Connected vehicles; Nissan Duke - Cartoonish or revolutionary

    Overdrive: Racing a 1969 Monaro; Connected vehicles; Nissan Duke - Cartoonish or revolutionary

    Welcome to Overdrive, a program that proudly gives you the alternative facts to all aspects of motoring and transport.

    I’m David Brown

    News
    1. Toyota motor corporation Australia to deliver connected vehicles with KDDI Australia AND Telstra
    2. Brand-new Mazda bt-50 achieves five-star ancap rating
    3. Jaguar XE: updated with new connected technologies
    4. Fred Racing at Bathurst
    5. Nissan Duke – Dean comment – 50 anniversary

    Road test
    • When the Nissan Duke was first launched ten years ago, I struggled to like its outward design. It was a bit cartoonish. the latest model is more may stream. But our resident artist Dean Oliver has a different take – Viva la Difference – in our interview he explains why.he really liked the first one.

    Feedback

    • A few quick comments on the three dual cab utes we took for a drive this week
    • Mazda BT-50 was solid, bland in gun metal grey and lacked a few ute type refinements – good for ongoing reliability
    • The Volkswagen Amarok was powerful and had Germanic efficiency but not quite the as much family comfort – good for towing
    • The Ford Ranger – had a bright burnt orange paint job, good features, easy to use infotainment – small but quiet engine – best for the family
    • For all the motoring talk about power and capability – we were taking some photos in the Hawksbury Show ground. A tough truck driver drove past, leant out the window and shouted - I will take the orange one
    • And talking about trucks, for the last few weeks we have ranted against car infotainment systems that are not easy to understand and use. A colleague who has driven trucks for over 20 years said that he spent all his time in Kenworths, if he were to hop into another brand he would struggle, because of the different way the instruments are set out.

    Interview

    We mentioned in the news how our Fred Brian was racing at Bathurst in a 1969 Holden Monaro. We debrief with Fred on all the nuances of man handling a big, old car around the famous circuit.


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    Originally broadcast 24 October 2020

    • 30 min
    Overdrive: Racing a little Mini on a big track; Free Public Transport? Peter Brock’s driving advice

    Overdrive: Racing a little Mini on a big track; Free Public Transport? Peter Brock’s driving advice

    Hello and welcome to Overdrive, a program that ponders the philosophical and the practical aspects of motoring and transport.

    I’m David Brown

    News
    1. Could your car keep you safe from COVID-19? (1:54)
    2. 3 star safety carries through to Jeep Gladiator (2:57)
    3. Someone Volkswagen sells $26 million in new vehicles YTD via online ordering (4:05)
    4. paid nearly half a million for a Ford Falcon with no engine (5:08)
    5. Free Transit for Riders Under 18? In Paris, It’s Here (6:13)

    Interview
    Our colleague Fred Brian is racing at Bathurst in the historic category in his 1969 Monaro but we caught up with one of his competitors, Chris Collett who is at the other end of the car sizes; he is racing a mini. (7:23)

    Feedback
    With Fred racing a Monaro we reprise a comment we recorded from Peter Brock on how you should drive this type of old classic (15:17)

    Interview
    Last week we raised the problem of complicated infotainment systems on new cars. This week Dean Oliver and as owner of older cars but a tester of new cars gives us his perspective of coping with the new. (17:38)


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    Originally broadcast 17 October 2020

    • 30 min
    Overdrive: Designing the Toyota Hilux; Volvo XC40; Audi A7; Peugeot 308; Federal Budget & transport

    Overdrive: Designing the Toyota Hilux; Volvo XC40; Audi A7; Peugeot 308; Federal Budget & transport

    Hello this is Overdrive a program about the facts, the fun and the fiction of motoring and transport

    I’m David Brown

    News
    • 2020-21 Federal Budget – Infrastructure does well (1:38)
    • Car Sales for September 2020 (2:47)
    • Designing the Hilux (3:47)
    • Volvo XC 40 (4:45)
    • The Hummer will be back (5:47)
    Interview
    Alan Zurvas and I take the small Volvo XC 40 SUV for a spin (8:10)
    Motoring Minutes
    • Audi A7 (6:50)
    • Peugeot 308 (14:54)
    Feedback
    • We reflect on infotainment systems – how hard can they be? (14:07)
    Interview
    • The latest Toyota Hi-Lux had input into its design from Australia. We talk to Toyota’s manager of product design Peter Elliot (The full interview is on www.drivenmedia.com.au ) (16:06)

    Quirky News

    In quirky news Brian Smith and I discuss the psychologically damaging situation of the lady who’s photo license was delivered in the mail and all it showed was an empty chair. (25:49)

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    Originally broadcast 10 October 2020

    • 30 min
    Overdrive: Computer games for transport planning; Dual cab Jeep and Isuzu –differences? Kia Picanto

    Overdrive: Computer games for transport planning; Dual cab Jeep and Isuzu –differences? Kia Picanto

    Hello this is Overdrive a program about trains, planes and automobiles, but mainly automobiles.

    News

    1. Kia Picanto (1:45)
    2. Nissan Patrol (2:48)
    3. Toyota Australia announces vehicles added to Takata airbag recall (3:55)
    4. Nissan re-leaf: power when it’s needed, where it’s needed (5:01)
    5. San Francisco investigates congestion pricing with new online game (6:05)
    6. Computer games to help the community define new transport schemes (7:09)

    Interview
    Rob Fraser has been driving a couple of dual cab utes that couldn’t be more different. One’s a Jeep one’s an Isuzu (8:16)
    Feedback

    How some of our comments may have been misheard from last week’s program (14:05)

    Motoring minute

    Audi RSQ Sportback (15:30)
    Interview
    Recently we visited the township of Rydal, south west of Sydney and the lovely railway buildings. The railways have been important to the town and railway historian Stuart Sharp gives us the politicking that went into developing the station. (16:47)


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    Originally broadcast 3 October 2020

    • 30 min
    Overdrive: Tri-Test: Kia Sportage; Toyota Yaris; Audi A5 cabriolet; plus Old Razorback Road

    Overdrive: Tri-Test: Kia Sportage; Toyota Yaris; Audi A5 cabriolet; plus Old Razorback Road

    Hello and welcome to Overdrive, a program that looks at the fantasises and fallacies of anything to do with motoring and transport.

    News

    1. Federal Government’s push for Future Technologies (1:49)
    2. Crashtag - Innovative new app to boost motorsport safety (2:53)
    3. Mini Australia introduces all-inclusive EV ownership experience with new dynamic mobility package for new electric hatch (2:56)
    4. New Range Rover velar featuring pioneering new technology and mild hybrid electrification (4:52)
    5. Covid-19: UK town of Slough to launch ‘safety-first’ e-scooter trial (5:53)

    Interview
    Our latest trip to a historic place in road test cars was to Picton with three very different models. Fred Brain gives us a run down (7:00)
    Feedback
    • Our favourite 82-year-old historian gives us her feelings about what she doesn’t like with modern cars (13:47)

    Interview
    COVID has given us the motive to consider major changes to transport – but while we have to move quickly, are we giving enough attention to how we should go. We hear why Ken Dobinson says we are not. (16:55)
    Quirky
    And in quirky news, Brian Smith and I hear of a car jacker who weapon of choice was the bible. (23:26)

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    Originally broadcast 26 September 2020

    • 30 min
    Overdrive: Towns & car names; Nissan Patrol lounge music or rock and roll; Victorian COVID car sales

    Overdrive: Towns & car names; Nissan Patrol lounge music or rock and roll; Victorian COVID car sales

    Hello and welcome to Overdrive, a program that looks at the factors affecting our attitude and actions to motoring and transport.

    News
    1. Victoria’s poor car sales figures (1:46)
    2. Toyota invests in new performance brand with GR Yaris (2:49)
    3. Hyundai motor advances hydrogen strategy with export of fuel cell systems to Europe (3:54)
    4. GMC highlights new trailer tech on 2021 Sierra (4:56)
    5. Daimler AG to pay $1.5B to settle emissions cheating probes (5:57)
    Interview

    When we toured through villages such as Tarana last week we pondered town names that resembled to has the same spelling car names. But while Monaro is an example Dean Oliver tells us that locals pronounce it differently and you should always be aware of that. (7:05)
    Motoring Minute

    • Nissan Duke (15:41)

    Feedback
    • New video on Yaris (16:53)
    • Advice to a listener about what car they should buy (17:07)

    Interview
    After testing the Nissan Patrol Rob Fraser gives us his opinion on how this large SUV stacks up in the market. (18:29)

    Quirky
    And in our quirky new segment we have the unusual and deeply sad story of a man who was shot for crossing the road to slowly. Did I mention that it is in America? (25:33)

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    Originally broadcast 19 September 2020

    • 30 min

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