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We're just people who really geek out on cars. We like to drive cars, fix them, and admire them. We're here to have as much fun as we legally can with other car enthusiasts. Come along for the ride.

The Thing About Cars Mickey Desai

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

We're just people who really geek out on cars. We like to drive cars, fix them, and admire them. We're here to have as much fun as we legally can with other car enthusiasts. Come along for the ride.

    Bob Hall, Part 2

    Bob Hall, Part 2

    More Miata Madness:

    As we continue with Bob Hall's history of co-designing the original MX-5 Miata, we find out: What car Bob refuses to design in the future. Why "Designed in California" is a positive message about a cars and other products to the global audience. Concept cars: why we see some in production and why some just fade away. What the difference is in marketing a car and selling a car. What does Miata mean? How certain market segments of car designs boom and then go bust as others market segments become popular. What will your future EV sound like, how will you charge it and where will that power come from? What lurks in a Volvo's underpinnings? What is Bob Hall's dream (Frankenstein) car and what are his literary aspirations? Thanks for listening?

    Shameless plugs: Minis, VTEC's, and Nashes, oh my!

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    • 35 min
    Bob Hall: Co-Designer of the Original Miata

    Bob Hall: Co-Designer of the Original Miata

    Much ado about Miatas:
    We are joined by Bob Hall, one of the founding fathers of the original MX-5 Miata. Among the unique questions that are answered: What pricing number is considered lucky in Japan and China? Why was the original Miata priced higher than it needed to be and why did the price point help Mazda sell more of them? How did Japanese car models in particular end up on a 4 year product refresh cycle? How much cargo can you fit in an MX-5? How simplicity adds elegance and profit? All this and much more in this first of a two part episode with Bob Hall.

    Shameless plugs: 1978 Toyota Corollas. 1960's Lotus', maybe all of them. Emma Peel.

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    • 31 min
    Roses & Birthday Cakes

    Roses & Birthday Cakes

    Sometimes we replace the cars we love.

    Ben reveals how he was involved in a multiple mangled Mazda mishap which led him to buying a new (to him) car. Misty misses her mate's Mazda and is not a fan of the replacement. Nissan's recent styling ideas are brought into question and Dave speaks up for them but wonders what their designers use for motivation. The gang ponders what's in a car name, and how the same car has different names in different countries. Misty invites everyone to The Dutch Moto GP in Assen. Is this because she is now on parole?

    This episode is brought to you by Mazda, Nissan, VW, Tesla and the letter "M".

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    • 31 min
    A Tailgating Culinary Corner Short Stack

    A Tailgating Culinary Corner Short Stack

    The gang discusses which vehicles sell best in the USA overall and region by region. The results then lead us to a journey meandering around: Which vehicles can haul and tow which items and where? Which vehicles are best for tailgating and what items could and should be brought along? If you are an American ex-pat and Thanksgiving is coming up, what items should you cook for your family and friends? We hope you enjoy this trivia-free episode!

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    • 31 min
    Weird Dreams are Made of Cheese

    Weird Dreams are Made of Cheese

    Dreams, the demi-monde, a double header of trivia, dangerous Jeddah, and where in the world is Dennis' McLaren. Mickey starts off with his odd dreams, and Dave speaks fondly of weaponized silence and the demi-monde nightlife. Mickey hits us with a double dose of trivia. Misty cries foul on the Jeddah GP, and waxes poetic about Sebastian Vettel. We mark the passing of Sir Frank Williams. Dave wonders if Misty could ever lost the ability to speak and then meanders off in F-Land (no worries, it's still family friendly), while Mickey wonders how long it would take us to actually define all the classes in the FIA. Misty brings us the first edition of 'Automotive Mysteries' with the Curious Case of McLaren #039. Maybe the biggest mystery is why Ron Dennis would ever want that color? And again, nuns make a surprise appearance alongside Paddington Bear. Misty compares her BFF's new car Midge to Waldorf Salad and Ben suggests a photo shoot once losing body parts to frostbite isn't on the table.

    Shameless plug: YT VinWIKI - https://youtu.be/Yn742vmAbEA

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    • 33 min
    Gettin' Racy with Phil the Anthropomorphic Bollard

    Gettin' Racy with Phil the Anthropomorphic Bollard

    We're all fired up today but the BBQ will have to wait. Grand Trivia Auto asks who first made cars in Japan. Dave wants to know what all the formulae in racing mean, Tim tries to explain it but we go down the rabbit-hole of engineering and competitiveness in different types of racing Misty confesses that Sebastian Vettel is cute and wholesome, and we get obsessive about a poor abused anthropomorphic bollard. A listener wants to know about the hold button and we manage to 'go there' about it. Ben wants the car that runs on Fruit Loops and makes a poor attempt to speak Japanese, which doesn't stop Mickey from being a Honda-fanboy.

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    • 30 min

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