Friday, September 6, 2019

Car Talk

If you know what it was and used to listen to Car Talk, this article is a must read.

It wasn't about cars. It was about life. It wasn't political. It was about cars. I didn't catch it every week, but if I was in the car or near a radio at 10 AM on a Saturday, I would listen. It was formulaic, comfortable, like visiting with friends.

It expressed my own love for automobiles and the cost, the frustration, and sometimes the blood it cost me to keep my relics on the road.

I  miss the show and still think it was the best thing NPR ever aired. Here's one episode I picked at random.


Ken said...

I agree. Tom and Ray were the best NPR had to offer.

Old Windways said...

When I read that article yesterday I swear something must have got in my eye. I grew up listening to car talk in the backseat next to my younger brother. Excuse me while I go make a call to tell him that I love him even though we don't talk very often anymore (unlike Tom & Ray, only one of us went to MIT, but there was no shortage of dope slaps exchanged between us).

Daddy Hawk said...

They were my favorite radio show hands down. They were always entertaining and usually informative too.

Borepatch said...

Love Click and Clack.

libertyman said...

Yes, the best thing ever on NPR (National Propaganda Radio)
Such good natured ribbing and great sense of humor, utterly lacking on NPR now

Greybeard said...

I LOVED the car content.
I HATED the fact that 15% of the show was devoted to laughing at one another's silliness.
Good show.
Coulda been MUCH better.

Ritchie said...

Lady caller discusses how her car is not running very well and has trouble idling.

Brother 1 explains about the vacuum hose that has likely come adrift, how to find it, and so forth.

Brother 2 pipes up, "And that hissing noise will stop."

Lady caller: "HOW DID YOU KNOW??"

ザイツェヴ said...

I quit them when they started making jokes like "some of my friends were good people, other became Republicans". By that time, the Car Talk mostly turned into "what car should I buy talk". IIRC it was around 2003. That's more than 15 years they were dead for me.

Overload in Colorado said...

First time I was in Boston I went by Harvard Square and took a picture of the Dewey, Cheetham & Howe window above it.