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I loved this show and listened to it every Saturday morning with my son, who came out of the womb a car nut. I like cars, especially fast ones, but I'm not a car nut. When my son and I went to watch "Ford Versus Ferrari" last week, as we walked out of the theater my son said, "They showed a Mustang in Shelby's showroom with 17" wheels. They all had 15" wheels. That disappointed me." That is a car nut. I told him, "You know, there were three people in the US who noticed that. You are one of the three."

The other two would have been the Magliozzi brothers, if they were both still alive. The Magliozzi brothers were car nuts par excellence. People called in with every problem imaginable, and they, right there on the spot, tried to diagnose the cause and prescribe a fix. They did this in a stream of joking, teasing, and generally cutting up. My son and I listened and laughed along, rolling our eyes and groaning at the corny stuff, and holding our sides doubled over when they were really hilarious.

Tom and Ray were not only grease monkey mechanics, but both held degrees from MIT. You would never guess that from listening to them, they were so down to earth.

Their show went off air some years ago, but it is available now as a podcast. So, you can still "waste perfectly good Saturday mornings" listening to these funny, knowledgable, friendly guys:


https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510208/car-talk


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I’ve passed the time on many long drives by listening to their Podcasts. A few times I hit the rumble strips because I was laughing so hard.


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I used to listen to those guys. I really enjoyed their knowledge and banter. I'll definitely check out their podcasts. Thanks for bringing back the memory of how much fun they were and the link.

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They were awesome. Corny and hilarious, but also wicked smaaaaaaat.




 
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Greatest NPR show of all time.


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Great show and very funny too.

Sadly I think one of the passed away in the past few years.

Fun trivia: their voices were featured in the movie Cars


 
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Yes, Tom passed away a few years ago at age 77. He was the one who owned the -- I think '54?-- MG that was the source of many jokes. Sadly, he died of complications from Alzheimer's. Funny and, as RAMIUS said, wicked smaaaaaat, that must have been an incredible heartache for his brother.

Here he is snugging up a loose tappet.




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Used to listen to Click and Clack with my dad most Saturdays while out and about. There are some absolutely gut-busting hilarious callers/episodes.

You can download the shows as podcasts, the wife will gather up some episodes before any lengthy car trips so we can listen to them.

That and A Prairie Home Companion are highly entertaining NPR classics.


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Yes, I remember Click and Clack the "Loose Tappet" boys.


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I liked when they got the call from space. “My government vehicle shakes at 17500 mph...”
 
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I used to listen to Click & Clack, The Tappet Brothers, every Saturday morning. On one show a woman asked about a thumping that sounded as though it was coming from the trunk of her car. Tom opined that, “You have a problem with your rear end.”

“The car’s rear end,” she corrected him.

On another show, a woman calling from Uganda said that the roads there were so rough that she had to wear a jogging bra while driving her SUV. Smile



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That was a very funny show.
And, also educational.

My Grand Cherokee turns 26 next month. Much time spent working on it and listening to Click and Clack. Big Grin

Now, it's just me and the Jeep.




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I worked many a Saturday listening to them. Always enjoyable. The banter was phenomenal.


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The local station broadcasts their show on Monday nights and my son and I would listen to it on the way home from his swim practice. Then, I discovered that it was available on podcasts. Now, my son frequently asks me to play their show anytime we are in the truck together.
 
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Long time listener. They still air them here on saturdays.

Harvard Square has changed a lot, I hope the old window stays put though.


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I only caught one error. Someone asked about "Blowing out the cobs." They said it was "Blowing out the carbs." I sometimes thought their error was due to the New England accents.

Blowing out the cobs is old term from the days of steam locomotives. They used corn cobs to get the fires going and after the coal or wood was burning properly, they would shake the grates and blow out the cobs.

Growing up in the midwest, blowing out the cobs was slang for flooring the accelerator.
 
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Listened to them on BU radio, then on NPR. I still get the emails.

Wicked smart guys, really funny guys. I miss hearing the show.


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"Don't drive like my brother!"

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I love their show and still listen to the podcasts. Most of NPR is too liberal for me, but this show is great.
 
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One of their funniest shows, Martha Stewart was a guest.

They spent quite a bit of time discussing how to cook a chicken by wrapping it in aluminum foil and letting it sit on top of the engine block while driving.



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