Episodes

The MV Cougar Ace and Other Large-scale Car Disasters  

The Cougar Ace sailed out of Hiroshima in July 2006 with a cargo of 4,703 brand-new Mazdas, all 2007 model-year vehicles, plus 109 small commercial trucks strapped to its 14 decks. On July 23, things went wrong in a hurry. Listen in to learn more about the Cougar Ace and other large-scale car disasters.

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What is a "land yacht"?  

Land yachts are the biggest of the big cars. But how long are they? How much do they weigh? What about those massive trunks, cavernous interior spaces and those huge (but low-power) V-8 engines?

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Did Henry Ford build a car from hemp?  

It's no secret that Henry Ford was a brilliant inventor – but he was also incredibly eccentric, and never afraid to experiment. But did he really build a car out of hemp? Listen in to learn the facts (and fiction) surrounding this rumor.

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Nuts and Bolts - 2017  

It's time for CarStuff's first installment of Nuts and Bolts in 2017. Listen in to find out if Scott and Ben can somehow squeeze in all the news stories, anecdotes and sidebar discussions that didn't make it into earlier episodes.

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Acura NSX  

The Acura NSX is a legendary two-seater, mid-engine sports car -- but where did it come from? What made it so popular? Tune in to learn more.

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Templar Motors  

Founded in 1917 by three actual Knights Templar, this Lakewood, Ohio, based company built luxury automobiles until 1924. Listen in to hear everything Scott and Ben know about this now-defunct American automobile manufacturer — and, to find out where you can go to see several of these “Superfine Small Cars” on display.

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CarStuff Visits CES  

This week, TechStuff’s Jonathan Strickland steps into the podcast studio with Scott and Ben to discuss some of the latest-and-greatest automotive electronics and technology on display at CES 2017.

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The Apple Car (aka "Project Titan")  

The idea to manufacture an Apple car predates the iPhone — and yet, more than a decade (and several generations of iPhone models) later, we’re still waiting to see an Apple-built car. Will it ever become a reality? Listen in as Scott and Ben discuss the viability of Apple’s automotive plans.

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Craziest Custom RVs  

Custom-built recreational vehicles are a popular travel option for anyone who likes camping, family vacations or just experiencing the freedom of the open road. Join Scott and Ben as they discuss some of the latest (and the craziest) custom RV designs.

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China’s Transit Elevated Bus (TEB)  

China’s futuristic looking Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) made headlines throughout most of 2016. And when developers revealed a working, full-scale model in August, it seemed like the project was on the right track. So why did the Chinese state media label it a scam? Tune in to find out.

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The Peacekeeper Rail Garrison  

Developed by the U.S. Air Force in the 1980s, the Peacekeeper Rail Garrison was supposed to be a railroad-based, intercontinental ballistic missile transport and launching system. A prototype was built, but the plan was almost immediately cancelled. Tune in to find out what happened.

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How to Make a Car Last 300k Miles  

It's not an impossible goal. There are countless methods and suggestions that are promoted as 'proven' ways to keep your car or truck running past the 300,000-mile mark. Tune in to see if you agree with some of the ones that Scott and Ben discuss in this episode.

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Listener Mail: November 2016  

Have you written an email, tweet or Facebook message to the guys lately? If so, tune in: you may be on the air in our latest listener mail episode.

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You're Doin' It Wrong! Common Traffic Misconceptions  

Is that the 'fast' lane or the passing lane? When should you merge? Why are so many drivers afraid or unable to use their turn signals? Do speeding drivers really get out of tickets on technicalities? Join Scott and Ben as they explore the ins and outs of the driving world's most common misconceptions.

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10 Most Terrifying Manufacturing Defects  

Cars are complex pieces of machinery, and every so often manufacturers slip up by including a component that doesn't work as intended, forcing a recall. Sometimes this can be as simple as a small piece of plastic -- but other times, it can be much, much more dangerous. Tune in to learn more about the most deadly automotive recalls in history.

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Can you really recycle a car?  

It's estimated that 12 to 15 million cars and trucks are sent to the junkyard each year — and that's just in the United States alone. The good news is that a surprisingly high percentage of those scrapped vehicles are completely (or almost completely) recycled.

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London’s Train for the Dead  

In the middle of the 19th century, overcrowded London had a big problem. It needed a way to transport the dead out of the city. The London Necropolis Railway seemed like the perfect, yet spooky, solution.

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When Good Car Companies Make Bad Cars  

These are the ones that the automakers want us to forget — the mechanical equivalent of the black sheep of the family. Join Scott and Ben as they run down a list of some of the worst cars built by the best manufacturers.

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Team CarStuff and the Ohio Valley 700 (Part 2)  

Join Scott and Ben as they conclude their two-part discussion of Rally North America's Ohio Valley 700.

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Team CarStuff and the Ohio Valley 700 (Part 1)  

Team CarStuff recently competed in Rally North America's Ohio Valley 700. Tune in to find out what happened to Scott, Ben, Casey and Noel as they road-tripped across the Northeastern United States.

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