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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: Electric cargo push bike; Renault Master Van; Works of art on the side of delivery vans

    Overdrive: Electric cargo push bike; Renault Master Van; Works of art on the side of delivery vans

    Hello and welcome to Overdrive, a program that relishes all sorts of information and experiences in the world of motoring and transport.
    News
    1. Govt raised $7.1 Million with Mobile Phone Detection Cameras (1:43)
    2. Australians concerned about hygiene on public transport (2:36)
    3. Clean is the new safety paradigm for AV development (3:35)
    4. Renault van – safety for essential workers (4:34)
    5. Zero emission ambulance (5:34)
    Interviews
    1. Brian Smith has bought a cargo electric push bike. He is not diversifying from a highly respect transport planner to Uber eats deliveries but his story is still important (6:37)
    2. We hear how one company is adjusting to lockdowns and what it means for transport in general (13:35)
    Quirky News
    3. The first in a series on what master artist pictures should you have on the side of your van. (20:41)


    You can find more information at Driven Media or previous programs are available as podcasts on
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0ah6JZN8LTYURIfNs1IIBs
    iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/overdrive-cars-transport-and-culture/id1001084679
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    Originally broadcast 23 May 2020

    • 27 min
    Overdrive: COVID-19 vs Flying cars; Mitsubishi Pajero Sport; Battle for Random Breath Testing in NSW

    Overdrive: COVID-19 vs Flying cars; Mitsubishi Pajero Sport; Battle for Random Breath Testing in NSW

    Hello and welcome to Overdrive, where we embrace the glories of motoring and transport.
    News
    1. Warning for hundreds of Australian vehicles (1:28)
    2. Covid-19 Casts a Dark Cloud Over the Flying Car Future (2:30)
    3. T-Cross VW’s compact SUV (3:30)
    4. Audi Q8 50 TDI more muscle and mild hybrid (4:25)
    5. Jaguar Designer copes with lockdown (5:27)
    Interviews
    1. We have a chat to our good friend Rob about the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (6:26)
    2. And we chat to the man most responsible for getting RBT in NSW (13:28)

    Quirky News
    • And Brian Smith reprises a subject we have looked at - deodorising tyres (22:27)

    You can find more information at Driven Media or previous programs are available as podcasts on
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0ah6JZN8LTYURIfNs1IIBs
    iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/overdrive-cars-transport-and-culture/id1001084679
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    Our Facebook page OverdriveCity https://www.facebook.com/OverdriveCityDrivenMedia/?modal=admin_todo_tour
    or
    Our YouTube site https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKyx5sv6cgF4URRmNq2JiXg/videos

    Originally broadcast 16 May 2020

    • 30 min
    Overdrive: GM Holden accusations; Brian built 700 bridges; Wendy’s great US bridges; Lear jet car

    Overdrive: GM Holden accusations; Brian built 700 bridges; Wendy’s great US bridges; Lear jet car

    Hello and welcome to Overdrive, where we take a sober look at motoring and transport.
    News
    1. April’s catastrophic car sales figures
    2. Holden leaving Australia – now the accusations are flying around
    3. Car company incentives: what are they and will they stay?
    4. Transportation Isn’t Going to Be the Same After Pandemic
    5. “Infotainment Systems” Friend or foe
    Interviews
    1. We have some feedback from listeners
    2. Last week we referred to a great Bridge builder. This week we have new quotes from 93-year-old who build 700 bridges
    3. We talk to Wendy Adam about a beautiful bridge in America And we discuss how the market for classic cars is going in this COVD-19 environment

    Quirky News
    4. And Brian Smith has a quirky look at how uni students beat a new-fangled parking system

    You can find more information at Driven Media or previous programs are available as podcasts on
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0ah6JZN8LTYURIfNs1IIBs
    iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/overdrive-cars-transport-and-culture/id1001084679
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    Our Facebook page OverdriveCity https://www.facebook.com/OverdriveCityDrivenMedia/?modal=admin_todo_tour
    or
    Our YouTube site https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKyx5sv6cgF4URRmNq2JiXg/videos


    Originally broadcast 9 May 2020

    • 28 min
    Overdrive: Ford Smells; Mao & Hongqi; Elegant Bridges; Mini Corona: Tactical Urbanism; Brussels’ ban

    Overdrive: Ford Smells; Mao & Hongqi; Elegant Bridges; Mini Corona: Tactical Urbanism; Brussels’ ban

    Hello and welcome to Overdrive, a program that roams through the world of motoring and transport
    News
    1. Ford Patents App That Checks for Bad-Smells in a car (1:32)
    2. Mao's favourite ride Hongqi to build electric sports car with investor Silk (2:21)
    3. Cars Not Welcome In Europe’s Cities When Lockdowns End (3:20)
    4. New Zealand First Country To Fund Pop-Up Bike Lanes, Widen Sidewalks During Lockdown (4:13)
    5. Coronavirus pushes Mini to rename its EV's funky wheels (5:12)
    Interviews
    1. We reminisce about elegant road bridge designs (6:20)
    2. And we discuss how the market for classic cars is going in this COVD-19 environment (13:59)
    Quirky News
    3. And Brian Smith reflects on on-going changes to travel (20:56)

    You can find more information at Driven Media or previous programs are available as podcasts on
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0ah6JZN8LTYURIfNs1IIBs
    iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/overdrive-cars-transport-and-culture/id1001084679
    Go to
    Our Facebook page OverdriveCity https://www.facebook.com/OverdriveCityDrivenMedia/?modal=admin_todo_tour
    or
    Our YouTube site https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKyx5sv6cgF4URRmNq2JiXg/videos

    So, let’s start with the news
    Originally broadcast 2 May 2020

    • 27 min
    Overdrive: Playing on streets; COVID-19 Insurance refund; Car artist; Toyota; Dangerous Fast Food

    Overdrive: Playing on streets; COVID-19 Insurance refund; Car artist; Toyota; Dangerous Fast Food

    Hello and welcome to Overdrive, a program that looks at the latest trends in motoring and transport for serious and not so serious issues.
    News
    1. Cooped-Up Children Need Car-Free Play Streets, Say Experts (1:26)
    2. UK Car Insurer Admiral Announces Customer Refunds And Support For Key Workers (2:22)
    3. Electric Car Sales In Europe Might Suffer Virus Damage After All (3:22)
    4. Ventilator from old car parts? Afghan girls pursue prototype (4:22)
    5. New drivers in old computer simulated cars (5:19)
    Interviews
    6. We hear from an artists who does very detailed pictures of cars while holding the brush in his mouth (6:15)
    7. Rob Fraser and I discuss Toyota’s anachronistic hero car (16:04)
    Quirky News
    8. And Brian Smith is back with a quirky story about fast food as a weapon against bus drivers (21:55)

    You can find more information at Driven Media or previous programs are available as podcasts on
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0ah6JZN8LTYURIfNs1IIBs
    iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/overdrive-cars-transport-and-culture/id1001084679
    Go to
    Our Facebook page OverdriveCity https://www.facebook.com/OverdriveCityDrivenMedia/?modal=admin_todo_tour
    or
    Our YouTube site https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKyx5sv6cgF4URRmNq2JiXg/videos


    Originally broadcast 25 April 2020

    • 28 min
    Overdrive: Stirling Moss RIP; Electrics Vehicles good for environment; Travelling through Canowindra

    Overdrive: Stirling Moss RIP; Electrics Vehicles good for environment; Travelling through Canowindra

    Hello and welcome to Overdrive, a program about cars and culture
    1. Sterling Moss Dies (1:21)
    2. Honda Civic (2:17)
    3. Flashing LEDs may cut ‘distracted walking’ risk a little bit (3:15)
    4. LA eases parking rules 'to aid social distancing' (4:21)
    5. University study debunks EV emissions ‘myth’ (5:12)
    6. UK invests in ‘future transport zones’ (6:08)
    7. With the passing of the great motor racing driver Sterling Moss we have an extended interview on his life and times, with John Crawford who was a personal friend. (7:11)
    8. And Rob Fraser and I discuss traveling to the western NSW town of Canowindra (21:57)

    You can find more information at Driven Media or previous programs are available as podcasts on iTunes or Spotify. or our Facebook site OverdriveCity
    YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKyx5sv6cgF4URRmNq2JiXg/videos
    So, let’s start with the news
    Originally broadcast 18 April 2020

    • 28 min

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