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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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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 junkya... Read more

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January 21, 2020 47 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 72 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 55 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 56 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 71 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 36 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 ... Read more

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December 10, 2019 26 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 31 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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November 26, 2019 28 min

What is a road stove? From car parts like tires, and headlight glass, to fluids such as oil and coolant, and yes, even household appliances, it all can become road debris. Listen in as the CarStuff crew discuss some memorable road debris stories, and just how our roadways keep from becoming landfills.

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November 19, 2019 29 min

There is enough gridlock out there to drive even the coolest car-loving commuter over a cliff, and traffic costs us much more than our minds. Listen to find out just how much modern-day logjams actually cost.

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November 12, 2019 51 min

It's a car! It's a truck! No! It's an El Camino! Listen as CarStuff crew discuss the venerable Chevy El Camino, and mull the future comeback of the light-utility pickup truck.

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November 5, 2019 48 min

The CarStuff crew discuss some of the cars featured in AMC's acclaimed television series Breaking Bad.

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October 29, 2019 23 min

What’s an orphan car? It’s a car whose parent company is defunct…out of business…no longer building cars. And while there is some confusion over the definition of what makes a car a “true” orphan car, the owners of those cars remain proud of their vehicles. In fact, there are even car shows that showcase these left-behind makes and models.

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October 22, 2019 41 min

You might be surprised to learn that the first golf cart community in the U.S. was set-up in 1960 in Sun City, Arizona. A lot has changed since then, but golf cart communities are still popping-up all over the country – especially in the south – and more and more cities are allowing golf carts access to the city streets. Listen in to find out what it takes to make a golf cart street-legal and learn the differences between golf c... Read more

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October 15, 2019 27 min

The Ford Ranger has been out of production (in the U.S., anyway) since 2011, and ever since it went away, Ford owners have wanted it to return. In 2019, they got their wish. But will the return of the Ford Ranger satisfy the needs of small pickup truck owners?

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October 8, 2019 58 min

The Great Recession created a perfect storm for the RV industry. As the industry tries to emerge from the abyss of a systemic crisis, customers should be extra-vigilant in their quest to reside on the road. Listen as the Carstuff duo give you a snapshot of RVing in 2019. 

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October 1, 2019 54 min

A toilet as a driver's seat? A car built upon a 19th century funeral coach? The late 60's, and early 70's was a far-out era for custom hot rods. Listen as Scott welcomes a new voice to CarStuff, and join them on a wacky trip into a carscape that time forgot.

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September 23, 2019 45 min

Some of the cars on this list have a redeeming quality or two. Most don’t. Listen in to see if you agree as Scott takes you through a list of some of the best of the worst cars ever to hit the showroom floor.

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September 16, 2019 38 min

Sometimes called the “other” gullwing car, the Bricklin SV-1 was a Canadian-built sportscar with occupant safety as priority one. It was a short-lived experiment with production only lasting a couple of years. Of equal interest is the American businessman responsible for making the car a reality, Malcolm Bricklin.

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