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Staying focused behind the wheel is crucial, not only for your own safety, but also for the safety of those around you. There are three types of driving distractions, and no one is immune from the dangers associated with each -- young drivers and experienced drivers alike. Join Scott and Ben as they look at what’s happening inside the brain of a distracted driver.

Are motorcycles really more dangerous than cars?

Compared with people driving cars and trucks, do motorcycle riders face a higher risk of death or injury in a crash? Find out what motorcycle manufacturers and some riding gear companies are doing to make your next two-wheeled adventure a lot safer.

Icebreakers and Ice-Strengthened Ships

These purpose-built vessels are tasked with breaking through thick ice in order to keep shipping lanes and ports open during the winter months. But they don’t break the ice the way you probably think they do – there’s a surprising twist. Tune in to hear Scott and Ben discuss the many reasons why icebreakers and ice-strengthened ships are so fascinating.

Abandoned Racetracks

You can find abandoned, forgotten and overgrown racetracks scattered across the U.S. — but only if you know where to look. Listen in as Scott and Ben reveal several lost raceways, including a little bit of racing history from each and the circumstances that led to their downfall.

The Mid Night Club

Formed in 1987 and active until 1999, the Mid Night Club took illegal street racing to a whole new level. Some say it was the golden age of Japanese car tuning. Others, like the Bōsōzoku, were just glad to see them go away. Join Scott and Ben as they delve into the clandestine adventures of the Mid Night Club, and find out why they so abruptly and completely disbanded.

How Ice Roads Work

Ice roads are more than just a clever way to truck supplies to isolated areas during the frigid winter months. In fact, ice roads have played a meaningful role in history. Join Scott and Ben as they test the ice on this somewhat unusual method of transport.

The $1,000 (or less) Good Used Car

Make no mistake: Buying any car is a serious endeavor -- and buying a good used car is an art. In a market chock-full of lemons, overpriced junkers and ticking transmission time bombs, is it really still possible to find a decent used car for under $1,000? Join Scott and Ben as they explore the tricky ins-and-outs of getting a good deal (with a few surprises along the way).

The $10 Million Enzo Ferrari

No, that $10 million isn’t the price of an Enzo Ferrari at auction. But it was (almost) the ransom for Enzo Ferrari’s corpse. Listen in as Scott and Ben discuss the bizarre common-link between Elvis Presley, Abraham Lincoln, Charlie Chaplin and now, Enzo Ferrari.

High-Altitude Surveillance Blimps

It’s fairly easy to understand how a high-altitude surveillance blimp could be helpful for military use. But what happens when you bring the same technology to the civilian world? Join Scott and Ben as they discuss the pros and cons of these all-seeing eyes in the sky.

Affordable 1990s Dream Cars

When these cars were brand-new they were simply too expensive for most of us. But now, prices have dropped on a lot of those once unobtainable dream machines of the 1990s. Tune in to see if one of your favorites made the list.

Nuts and Bolts – April 2017

What do you do with a stack of news stories, listener mail and leftover show notes piled up on your desk? Record another episode of Nuts and Bolts!

An Unexpected Consequence of Autonomous Cars

We’re in the early stages of the first wave of semi-autonomous cars; but as technology begins to take over, a startling consequence has been realized.

Abandoned Auto Factories Around the World

Sometimes old automobile factories are put to good use when the assembly line finally stops moving. We’re not talking about those places in this episode. Join Scott and Ben as they discuss the decrepit remains of some once-great car factories.

The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

Don’t call it a Camaro. (But, to be fair, the story does start there.) Join Scott and Ben as they unravel the history of this American-made automotive icon and scrutinize a few of the behind-the-scenes characters that made the Pontiac Trans Am a reality.

The Borgward Story

In 1957, Borgward was Germany’s second-largest auto manufacturer, right behind Volkswagen. By 1961, the company was bankrupt. But, as you might have guessed, that’s not the whole story. Listen in to hear the twists and turns in Borgward’s history, and learn how the company revived itself after a 55-year pause in production.

Legends: Harry Miller – American Race Car Designer and Builder (Part 2)

By the start of the 1920 racing season, Harry Miller was designing and building race cars that were decades ahead of the competition in terms of engineering as well as style. Tune in to find out what the 1920s, the 1930s and even the early part of the 1940s had in store for the legendary Harry Miller.

Legends: Harry Miller – American Race Car Designer and Builder (Part 1)

The legendary American race car designer and builder Harry Miller was known as "the greatest creative figure in the history of the American racing car." His cars and engines dominated the American oval-track racing scene for almost half a century. Tune in to hear the first half of Scott and Ben's discussion of the legendary Harry Miller.

Cars and Trucks You'll Still Crave 10 Years from Now

You know the ones we’re talking about: The new cars and trucks that are so cool in 2017 that you’ll spend your evenings and weekends searching for them on eBay and Craigslist when we finally make it to 2027. Listen in to find out which ones made the list.

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.

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?