22 episodes

Part of the Hagerty Podcast Network, the Carmudgeon Show is a comedic, information-filled conversation with Jason Cammisa and Derek Tam-Scott, two car enthusiasts who are curmudgeonly beyond their years.

Proving you don’t have to be old to be grumpy, they spend each episode talking about what’s wrong with various parts of the automotive universe. Despite their best efforts to keep it negative, they usually wind up laughing, happy, and extolling their love for cars. Which just makes them angrier and more bitter.

Jason Cammisa is an automotive journalist, social-media figure and TV host with over 250 million views on YouTube alone. Jason’s deeply technical understanding, made possible by a lifelong obsession with cars, allows him to fully digest what’s going on within an automobile — and then put it into simple terms for others to understand. Also, a Master’s Degree in Law trained him to be impossible to argue with. Derek Tam-Scott still tries. He’s a young automotive expert with old-man taste in cars, and a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering — which means he knows how to be civil to Jason. Or at least he tries. With a decade and a half’s experience buying, selling, driving and brokering classic and exotic cars, he’s experienced the world’s most iconic cars. And hated most of them.

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    • 5.0 • 26 Ratings

Part of the Hagerty Podcast Network, the Carmudgeon Show is a comedic, information-filled conversation with Jason Cammisa and Derek Tam-Scott, two car enthusiasts who are curmudgeonly beyond their years.

Proving you don’t have to be old to be grumpy, they spend each episode talking about what’s wrong with various parts of the automotive universe. Despite their best efforts to keep it negative, they usually wind up laughing, happy, and extolling their love for cars. Which just makes them angrier and more bitter.

Jason Cammisa is an automotive journalist, social-media figure and TV host with over 250 million views on YouTube alone. Jason’s deeply technical understanding, made possible by a lifelong obsession with cars, allows him to fully digest what’s going on within an automobile — and then put it into simple terms for others to understand. Also, a Master’s Degree in Law trained him to be impossible to argue with. Derek Tam-Scott still tries. He’s a young automotive expert with old-man taste in cars, and a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering — which means he knows how to be civil to Jason. Or at least he tries. With a decade and a half’s experience buying, selling, driving and brokering classic and exotic cars, he’s experienced the world’s most iconic cars. And hated most of them.

    Fixing Broken Cars in the Alps —The Carmudgeon Show with Cammisa and Derek from ISSIMI Ep. 69

    Fixing Broken Cars in the Alps —The Carmudgeon Show with Cammisa and Derek from ISSIMI Ep. 69

    On this episode of The Carmudgeon Show, Jason and Derek (and their traveling circus) venture to Europe to make memories of a lifetime taking two old German  cars on an incredible 2,000 mile journey through Germany, Italy, and Switzerland via the wonderfully twisty roads of the Alps…or so they thought.
    Derek’s journey begins with the purchase of a W201 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 in Italy, a car whose brakes, in fact, break very quickly after taking delivery. Continuing along,  the trip becomes decorated in a chain of breakdowns of slightly assorted mechanical origin and severity, as well as a visit with the Carabinieri where Derek finds out that he may have purchased a “gypsy car”.
     
    Jason borrows a similarly charming E30 BMW 320i from Sreten of the M539 Restorations YouTube channel, a car while very well sorted by its owner has some minor quibbles of its own along the way. Despite the small issues however, the 40 year old BMW fulfills a promise of completing its journey and doing a skid or two along the way.
    And what’s more, the spectacular scenery makes the gremlins slightly less hateful. Between the most rewarding of driving roads and the great friends made along the way, it’s a case for all enthusiasts to go find mechanical delight in faraway places. 
    After all, it’s all about finding bliss in the breakdown.
    All this and more, brought to you by the Hagerty Podcast Network.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    GR Corolla vs. GR Yaris —The Carmudgeon Show with Cammisa and Derek from ISSIMI Ep. 68

    GR Corolla vs. GR Yaris —The Carmudgeon Show with Cammisa and Derek from ISSIMI Ep. 68

    On today’s tale of two Toyotas, Jason and Derek discuss their parallel experiences driving two angry and estranged hot-hatch siblings: the GR Yaris and the GR Corolla. Jason unpacks a recent drive in the US-bound Corolla variant, while Derek discusses his go in the rest-of-world Yaris while in Europe.
    Despite its menacing looks, Jason highlights that the GR Corolla is overall more tame, forgiving, and subsequently competent than expected. It’s difficult to slide in the dry and less shouty and on-edge when going about its business unlike the Fiat 500 Abarth and Hyundai Veloster N. The triple-cylinder power plant is often restrained- a muffler chop might help!
    But how is the Yaris in comparison? Derek aligns- it's much the same, but with a bit less power and perhaps a bit more eager to rotate- understandably so with 300 fewer pounds to carry around.
    This leads to the discussion of modifying cars and kicking failure down the road- an advisory that in most cases, you’re probably just better leaving it stock. Or at least, toeing the line between life as stock and death by over-modification.
    All this and more, brought to you by the Hagerty Podcast Network.

    • 48 min
    A Carbon-Tub 911 that ISN'T a Porsche —The Carmudgeon Show with Cammisa and Derek from ISSIMI Ep. 67

    A Carbon-Tub 911 that ISN'T a Porsche —The Carmudgeon Show with Cammisa and Derek from ISSIMI Ep. 67

    On today’s episode, Jason and Derek discuss the YouTube algorithm and how the mere suggestion of the death of gasoline performance cars can send traditional automotive enthusiasts to grab their pitchforks and smash the dislike button. Surely, it’s hard to imagine a world where we’ll say goodbye to the ICE-powered, character-filled machines we have known and loved since the beginning of the car’s existence. But will we ever celebrate what we’re losing and look forward to what we’re gaining? Only time will tell.
    On the other end of the ICE car spectrum, Jason and Derek share their mutually terrifying experiences being driven in the new Chimera EVO37- a completely resto-modded Lancia 037-inspired creation with a substantially larger power-to-weight ratio than a Ferrari F40.
    Derek and Jason also get a go in the RUF CTR, a similar concoction of old and new 911 that ultimately feels like something entirely different than any 911 that came before it. This begs the question- do restomodded cars retain any of their original seat-of-the-pants identity once modified? Or do they build an entirely new identity separate from what they started from?
    All this and more, brought to you by the Hagerty Podcast Network.
    This episode is sponsored by Reliable Carriers- mention Carmudgeon in your next shipping quote and get 10% off! https://reliablecarriers.com/request-a-quote/

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Car Week with James Engelsman — The Carmudgeon Show with Cammisa and Derek from ISSIMI Ep. 66

    Car Week with James Engelsman — The Carmudgeon Show with Cammisa and Derek from ISSIMI Ep. 66

    This week, special guest James Engelsman of Throttle House joins the show to unpack the many happenings of this year’s Monterey Car Week, the center of all things automotive once a year. It’s James’ first car week experience, one which included multiple manufacture reveals, seas of interesting cars from pre-war to Pagani, and the occasional high five between Christian Von Koenigsegg and Gordon Murray.
    In a discussion beginning with pre-war cars, Jason, Derek, and James discuss various driving experiences that overpromise and under-deliver (and vice-versa). The centerpiece of frustration revolves mostly around the original Acura NSX, a car Jason says promised looks over actual delivered performance.
    Jason and James also cover their lightspeed hot lap around Laguna Seca in an 1100 horsepower Lucid Air Sapphire, piloted by none other than Top Gear’s original tame racing driver, Ben Collins (aka The Stig).
    All this and more, brought to you by the Hagerty Podcast Network. This episode is sponsored by Reliable Carriers- mention Carmudgeon in your next shipping quote and get 10% off! https://reliablecarriers.com/request-a-quote/

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Things you never knew about Kei Cars — The Carmudgeon Show with Cammisa and Derek from ISSIMI Ep. 65

    Things you never knew about Kei Cars — The Carmudgeon Show with Cammisa and Derek from ISSIMI Ep. 65

    On today’s episode, Jason and Derek uncover the fruitful history of Kei cars, the limitations they possess, and the various misconceptions that most enthusiasts have taken as truth. Jason and Derek discuss the differences in character between Honda Beat, Autozam AZ-1, Suzuki Cappuccino, and the other sub-700cc pocket rockets that have become popular 25 year rule imports into the US in recent years.
    Today’s topic also explores how different world governments create (and destroy) the existence of specific vehicle types, as well as the important cars throughout history that have mobilized developed and developing countries. Just like the Model T and the Beetle mobilized the United States and Germany respectively, the Kei car was responsible for getting the masses in Japan on the road while establishing a standard for efficiency and reliability that would eventually define Japanese auto manufacturing around the world.
    All this and more, brought to you by the Hagerty Podcast Network.
    This episode is sponsored by Reliable Carriers- mention Carmudgeon in your next shipping quote and get 10% off! https://reliablecarriers.com/request-a-quote/

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Why Dealerships Suck Right Now — The Carmudgeon Show with Cammisa and Derek from ISSIMI Ep. 64

    Why Dealerships Suck Right Now — The Carmudgeon Show with Cammisa and Derek from ISSIMI Ep. 64

    On this episode of The Carmudgeon Show- Jason and Derek each acquire new vehicles, both on very different ends of the spectrum…
    In a quest not to be #1 soccer dad, Jason discusses his recent experience in car dealer hell with a purchase of his very first American vehicle- an ex-rental spec Dodge Caravan SXT that will serve as his new camera and crew vehicle. Added dealer markup (ADM), paint protection, and other miscellaneous retail magic tricks are discussed, at what could ultimately be the doom of dealers altogether with the rise of the direct-to-consumer sales model.
    In the business of selling used cars himself, Derek leads the discussion towards the used car market as a whole. Have prices collapsed? Or will we all continue to be swimming in dealer add-ons for all eternity? Outside of a recent Ferrari 308 GT4 sale on Bring A Trailer for $220,000, Derek seems to think we are somewhere in-between the asinine and not-so asinine.
    On the opposite end of the US, Derek purchases a vehicle conceived far before the time of ADM- a W116 Mercedes-Benz 280SE. He proceeds to take it on a 2,000 kilometer roadtrip through Maine and Canada and, despite some hoonage and squeaky belts, lived to tell the tale. All this and more, brought to you by the Hagerty Podcast Network.
    This episode is sponsored by Reliable Carriers- mention Carmudgeon in your next shipping quote and get 10% off! https://reliablecarriers.com/request-a-quote/

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

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26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Berger Mousse ,

Your new favourite

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jaystink ,

Excellent! But BRING BACK THE AUDIO INSERTS!!

I love this podcast, but since the switch from Issimi to “The Hagerty Podcast Network”, the audio inserts are no longer present.

I want to hear those sweet, sweet engine noises during my commute!

Keep up the good work!

gffjud ,

I WAS LISTENING JASON!!!

FINALLY SEEING THESE TWO BACK AFTER DECADES

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