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Did Bonnie and Clyde really write to Henry Ford to thank him for his fast, reliable getaway cars? Do you ever wonder what happens at the DirtFish Rally School? What's a tether car? The CarStuff show has explored these and literally hundreds of other fascinating topics to explain how some of the most amazing machines on land, sea and air actually work. So whether you want to know more about hearses or circus trains, salt flat racers or the popemobile, Scott Benjamin has you covered.... Show More

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April 14, 2020 46 min

In this episode of CarStuff, Ben and Kurt discuss the amazing adaptations that car companies can make when called upon by circumstance.

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Race cars often take on some outlandish designs and rule-bending technology in their never-ending quest to go fast. Meet some of the more notable characters in the ragtag gang of unlikely speed demons. 

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March 31, 2020 57 min

Imagine a mile of open pavement in front of you, and no fear of a speeding ticket or jail time. Seems like a dream, but it’s a reality for drivers at The Texas Mile. Listen in as Scott and Kurt describe why the Texas Mile is such a unique test of speed.

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March 24, 2020 51 min

It’s 12.9 miles of test-track that the auto manufacturers love to use as a standard for performance. But why there? Scott and Kurt explore some of the more colorful characteristics of The 'Ring, and fill you in on some tips that you can employ to stay safe if you wish to test your mettle on "The Green Hell".

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March 17, 2020 71 min

We’ve all seen the million-dollar garages that include vehicle turntables, elevators, museum-quality lighting and other fancy, expensive luxuries. Well, since none of us here at CarStuff can afford those extravagances, we’d like to share some inexpensive tips-and-tricks we’ve found to make your garage a more comfortable, and more functional, place to spend some quality time with your vehicle.

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March 10, 2020 69 min

Ben has returned from his most-recent West Coast trip with plenty of stories from the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, Calif. Learn all about the founders, Robert and Margie Petersen, the history of the building itself, the $100-million renovation, and, of course, the incredible collection of vehicles that spans over 120 years of automotive history.

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Join Scott, Kurt and Ben as they recap their recent visit to the Atlanta Motor Speedway – a 1.54-mile, quad-oval track that has remained on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule since 1960. After a couple laps around the banked turns, the guys were able to get out and examine the track’s well-aged surface and learn from track president, Ed Clark, how it’s remained race-ready for the last 23 years – without a repave.

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February 25, 2020 73 min

The allure of an ultralight aircraft is undeniable. Flying a small, hand-built aircraft off into the Wild Blue Yonder is a dream that many hobbyists have realized. Join Scott, Ben and Kurt as they talk about the good, the bad and the unusual aspects of ultralight flight.

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February 18, 2020 60 min

Dashboard-mounted cameras, also known as dash cams, are relatively inexpensive to buy, easy to install and practical to own. Join Scott, Ben and Kurt as they discuss some of the more rational reasons to own a dash cam, like saving you from insurance scammers, hit-and-run drivers and parking lot vandals. And, as you might expect, they also have a bit of fun talking about some of those crazy dash cam videos out of Russia!

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February 11, 2020 72 min

We all know about Jay Leno’s amazing car collection – he’s a well-known gearhead; but what about some of the other celebrities who are also into cars? They often have the time and money to amass impressive collections, too.

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February 4, 2020 44 min

City governments know them as sharable, dockless mobility devices. The rest of us call them electric scooters. Whether you’re a fan of the micromobility movement or not, you have to admit they’ve made us all think differently about our urban transport options. Join Scott and Kurt as they examine the electric scooter craze, and consider making some quick cash as Bird Catchers or Lime Juicers.

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January 28, 2020 56 min

A trip to the junkyard can be a lot of fun, but it can also end in frustration. Scattered parts, missing hardware and needlessly broken components can quickly turn your treasure hunt into a waste of time. Is there a proper way to conduct yourself in a junkyard? Are there tactics you can use that are courteous to other salvage-yard-seekers as they comb through the wrecks? Have a listen as Scott and Kurt discuss the current junkyard ...

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January 21, 2020 50 min

Are stunts perceived as even more dangerous and spectacular if they’re well-promoted and built-up ahead of time? Join Scott, Ben and Kurt as they ask: What happened to the attention-seekers; the daredevil showmen of the past? Is there a modern stunt performer with the flair and audacity of Evel Knievel? And, has anyone seen The Human Fly?

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January 14, 2020 75 min

Also known as the C8 (8th generation), the 2020 Corvette is Chevrolet’s all-new mid-engine sports car – the one they’ve teased us with for more than 50 years. Is it the best Corvette GM has ever built? Find out what Scott, Ben and Kurt think of the redesigned icon. Plus, Ben announces his Escape.

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January 7, 2020 58 min

If you’ve never witnessed a Bike Life Rideout…well, maybe now is a good time to do a quick search on YouTube. When dozens, or sometimes hundreds, of stunt performing dirt-bike and ATV riders take over the city streets of America’s largest and most-populated urban centers, there’s usually some fallout. Listen-in as Scott, Ben and Kurt discuss their thoughts on the Bike Life scene.

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December 31, 2019 58 min

In this episode of CarStuff, Ben provides us with firsthand information of his recent trip to Japan, including his visit to the Toyota Automobile Museum in Nagakute, a neighboring city of Nagoya, Japan. Viewing an impressive collection of cars from around the world (not just Toyota-built vehicles) and spanning the entire 20th century (including a few years before, and a few years after), made it a day worth sharing.

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December 24, 2019 74 min

In part 2 of the Iditarod conversation, join Scott, Ben and Kurt as they highlight some of the aspects of the race that set it apart from any other sled dog race on the planet.

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December 17, 2019 39 min

Referred to as "The Last Great Race On Earth," the Iditarod hearkens back to a time before the automobile, airplane and railroad; when travel over the frozen, far reaches of Alaska had to be undertaken with precision. On well-traveled trails cut through mountainsides, woods and open expanses, mushers and their trusty teams of sled dogs would glide in order to transport necessities. Join the Carstuff crew as they discuss som...

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December 10, 2019 28 min

In this episode of CarStuff, Ben and Kurt explore the wondrous world of RoRo shipping vessels, and Ben ponders traveling exclusively by sea.

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December 3, 2019 34 min

Listen as the Carstuff crew give you a rundown of Tesla's Cybertruck unveiling event held on November 21, 2019.

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