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Overdrive: Cars, Transport and Culture.

A weekly radio program featuring motoring & transport news from Australia & around the world, road tests, feature interviews & quirky stories.

David Brown is a respected motoring broadcaster heard online and across Australia on commercial, public and community radio.

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Overdrive: Cars, Transport and Culture.

A weekly radio program featuring motoring & transport news from Australia & around the world, road tests, feature interviews & quirky stories.

David Brown is a respected motoring broadcaster heard online and across Australia on commercial, public and community radio.

    Overdrive: Diesel Particulate filters; Ugly car wraps; More semi-conductor troubles; Nissan Warrior

    Overdrive: Diesel Particulate filters; Ugly car wraps; More semi-conductor troubles; Nissan Warrior

    Welcome to Overdrive, a motoring and transport program where facts are important but so is passion and opinion.

    I’m David Brown

    The times each story appears in the program are noted (mm:ss)

    News
    1. Toyota appeals the class action court decision
    2. Hyundai Motor Group and Michelin combine to develop next-generation tyres
    3. Semi-Conductor production could face another hurdle

    Feature Story
    In our feature story we take up the issue of members of the public being able to dob in illegally parked cars and receive up to 25% of subsequent fine. Brian Smith raises a number of possibilities about how we many our road space

    Feedback
    We have some feedback on diesel filters and ugly car wraps

    Road Test
    Road test the Nissan Warrior in a way that uses its capabilities without going to extreme lengths.

    Motoring Minute
    • Kluger Hybrid

    You can find more information at Driven Media with links to social media and podcasts

    iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/overdrive-cars-transport-and-culture/id1001084679
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0ah6JZN8LTYURIfNs1IIBs
    We even list the times each item appears to you can go straight to it
    Our Facebook page OverdriveCity – Driven Media
    https://www.facebook.com/OverdriveCityDrivenMedia/?modal=admin_todo_tour

    or
    Our YouTube site https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKyx5sv6cgF4URRmNq2JiXg/videos

    Originally broadcast on 25 June 2022

    • 29 min
    Overdrive: A great Goggomobile ambassador; Alfa Stelvio V6; Parking vigilantes making mone; EV news

    Overdrive: A great Goggomobile ambassador; Alfa Stelvio V6; Parking vigilantes making mone; EV news

    Welcome to Overdrive, a program that pontificates on the issues of motoring and transport

    I’m David Brown

    The times each story appears in the program are noted (mm:ss)

    News (1:19)
    1. Road test of Sportage
    2. Cupra comes to Australia
    3. Tesla Model Y is on the books
    4. Report a parking offense and make some money
    5. We have lost the voice of Goggomobil’s greatest ambassador

    Feature Story (7:49)
    We discuss the role Tommy Dysart and the Goggomobil ads bring the car to our attention and some stories about using it in promotional events.

    Feedback (16:20)
    We have some feedback

    Road Test (20:40)
    And we road test the high performance Alfa Stelvio twin turbo V6

    Motoring Minutes
    • Mazda BT-50 (19:29)
    • Land Cruiser Sahara ZX (28:17)

    You can find more information at Driven Media with links to social media and podcasts

    iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/overdrive-cars-transport-and-culture/id1001084679
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0ah6JZN8LTYURIfNs1IIBs
    We even list the times each item appears to you can go straight to it
    Our Facebook page OverdriveCity – Driven Media
    https://www.facebook.com/OverdriveCityDrivenMedia/?modal=admin_todo_tour

    or
    Our YouTube site https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKyx5sv6cgF4URRmNq2JiXg/videos

    Originally broadcast on 28 May 2022

    • 30 min
    Tim Schenken: The life and times and the sliding door moments of getting to formula 1

    Tim Schenken: The life and times and the sliding door moments of getting to formula 1

    In the foreword to John Smile's excellent book, “Formula One, The Australian and New Zealand Story”, Australia's former world champion Alan Jones said:
    “Formula One remains a game of chance.
    “It is true that you make your own luck, but in Formula One the house holds more of the cards than any casino.
    Getting to race in Formula One is not always like a Hollywood movie where the good guy suffers adversity but invariably conquers all. There are many sliding door moments where a decision helps you to progress or stalls your chance to fully shine.
    The life and times of a Formula One driver covers a wide range of people and situations. Twenty-four Australians have raced in Formula One championship events.
    Tim Schenken was an Aussie who raced in the category in the early seventies. He competed in 36 championship events.
    He has continued an association and officiating with motor racing and has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia. He joins us on the line now.

    Segments of the interview
    1:22 – As a young lad, the first times he went and watched motor racing events
    3:09 – Why he developed a liking for Sterling Moss
    5:06 – “Borrowing” his mother’s car to “go to the beach” but ending up racing at Calder Park
    7:38 – Natural driving skills and how he learned to drive fast
    10:58 – Invited onto Lex Davison’s team then tragedy struck two other drivers. He drove the next week and the pressed asked “would he be next”. Some of the first dealings with the press
    14:11 – of to the UK to seek success – four people sleeping in one bedroom.
    17:27 – Early racing and scrounging parts bins to make car more competitive then getting into a professional team
    24:32 – not just being fast but race craft
    26:08 – The first chance at formula 1 – not in the best car
    31:57 – Formula one cars had large tyres, more power and aerodynamics. How different did it feel
    33:09 – Coping with increased G forces
    35:01 – Joining team Brabham and working with team mate Graham Hill.
    41:36 – Brabham is bought by Bernie Eccleston – a master of the deal and marketing
    43:15 – Gong to Surtees – John Surtees was hard to work with
    48:46 – Starting a race car building company – they built some 600 cars but not a way to make money.
    56:41 – Had opportunities to drive some exotic road cars but the Aston Martin DB4 did not live up to its looks

    • 56 min
    Overdrive: In-car distractions; Tim Schenken Formula 1 Driver; BMW iX3; Nissan’s 4 new models

    Overdrive: In-car distractions; Tim Schenken Formula 1 Driver; BMW iX3; Nissan’s 4 new models

    Welcome to Overdrive, a program about the wonderful world of motoring and transport.

    I’m David Brown

    The times each story appears in the program are noted (mm:ss)

    News (1:42)
    1. Are modern vehicle’s information and control systems a help or a hinderance with driver distraction?
    2. Nissan’s much needed four new models
    3. BMW’s all-new electric iX3
    4. NZ Clean Car Discount goes into stage two

    Feature Story (7:35)
    We were very fortunate to get an interview with Tim Schenken – the Australian racing car driver who raced in Formular 1 in the early seventies.
    His early start is a great reflection on motoring in the fifties and his struggles in Formula 1 were not through a lack of talent.

    Feedback (20:45)
    An incredible reaction to one of our videos. The detail that some people see is surprising to say the least and
    We have had some massive feedback from our story about 1958 FC Holden

    Motoring Minutes
    • Subaru BRZ (19:35)
    • Citroen C4 (27:59)
    You can find more information at Driven Media with links to social media and podcasts

    iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/overdrive-cars-transport-and-culture/id1001084679
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0ah6JZN8LTYURIfNs1IIBs
    We even list the times each item appears to you can go straight to it
    Our Facebook page OverdriveCity – Driven Media
    https://www.facebook.com/OverdriveCityDrivenMedia/?modal=admin_todo_tour

    or
    Our YouTube site https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKyx5sv6cgF4URRmNq2JiXg/videos

    Originally broadcast on 7 May 2022

    • 30 min
    A 1953 land Rover series 1 - Great service on the farm and for the family

    A 1953 land Rover series 1 - Great service on the farm and for the family

    In the early 60s John Farquhar’s father bought a secondhand 1953 Land Rover Series 1 to work on his farm in Parkes, 350 kilometres west of Sydney. It’s still there and still going.

    His father has passed away but the vehicle has been an important part of the family as John describes with his typical Aussie farmer’s intonation. The audio link to the interview is below and the key comments are:

    0:30 - It was a 1953 model but they did not buy it new
    1:32 – His father had experience of them in New Guinea bodies didn’t rust but the chassis did.
    2:00 – Multiple uses; carry the milk cans; take kids to school; use on the farm
    2:50 – It got a new engine (from an Australian family car). Wasn’t as good. They still have the old engine somewhere on the farm!!
    4:31 – When they bought another farm in Kangaroo Valley, he had to regularly drive the hour trip between the two. Only travelled at 40-50 mph – to the great annoyance of cars behind. His father said that by travelling relatively slowly, he was saving their lives.
    6:17 – They stopped registering it when the brakes stopped working but still used it on the farm
    6:52 – It originally had a canvas roof but they replaced it with sheet metal.
    8:38 – His father was impressed enough to buy a more modern Land Rover in 1977. It was a big disappointment!!

    • 10 min
    Overdrive: Dynamometers – a lot to gain from a Dyno; Polestar in Aust; Which Car Drivers have a DUI

    Overdrive: Dynamometers – a lot to gain from a Dyno; Polestar in Aust; Which Car Drivers have a DUI

    Hello and welcome to Overdrive a program a cars and transport.

    I’m David Brown

    The times each story appears in the program are noted (mm:ss)

    News (1:55)
    1. Vehicle sales – Supply constraints make for some interesting trends
    2. Vehicle sale numbers - Tesla and Polestar and in there and counting
    3. Rating with cars have more drink-driving incidents from the users
    4. Trucking Industry Anger After Budget Slashes Tax Rebate To Zero

    Feature Story (8:29)
    Modern vehicles are full of clever technology to get more efficiency, but they are tuned for average driving situations. Dynamometers can help tune a car, a truck, a motorbike or even a lawn mover to get good efficiency and, especially in the case of cars a trucks, vehicles can be tuned for your particular needs.
    We speak to
    • Alan Evans the owner and MD of Dyno Dynamics the makers of quality dynamometers here in Australia. Great information from a local manufacturing company.

    Feedback (16:44)
    And a bit of feedback about a subject we raised last week.

    Motoring Minute (18:36)
    • Lexus ES (18:36)

    Information piece (19:43)
    In the light of major electric car companies now being represented in our reported sales figures we chat to Samantha Johnson the MD of Polestar in Australia.

    Motoring Minute (27:44)
    • Nissan Pro 4X warrior

    You can find more information at Driven Media with links to social media and podcasts

    iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/overdrive-cars-transport-and-culture/id1001084679
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0ah6JZN8LTYURIfNs1IIBs
    We even list the times each item appears to you can go straight to it
    Our Facebook page OverdriveCity – Driven Media
    https://www.facebook.com/OverdriveCityDrivenMedia/?modal=admin_todo_tour

    or
    Our YouTube site https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKyx5sv6cgF4URRmNq2JiXg/videos

    Originally broadcast on 19 March 2022

    • 30 min

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