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Two chums; one podcast. An automotive journalist and a radio presenter with a shared mono-maniacal interest; surely this should be good. Surely.
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What’s the opposite of a Mini? A Maxi. The opposite of a boring automotive podcast? Car-Chum. And a Main Stealer’s parts counter? A scrap or junk yard. And that’s exactly where Car-Chum has been consigned to today. Join Tony and his Car-Chum Mike as they bathe in oil, balance toppling cars and play with the geese. The geese? Keep listening…Support the Show.
Pick up a Pickup

Pick up a Pickup

2023-10-0552:21

They say ‘use it or lose it’ and clearly I don’t. I’ve already forgotten the difference between Fleetside and Stepside. Best listen to this fabulous episode of Car-Chum again to jog the mind. Pickups – that’s the subject of this Car-Chum episode. Support the Show.
The Car's the Tsar

The Car's the Tsar

2022-08-1838:00

World Leaders as cars; that’s the premise of this edition of The Car-Chum Podcast. Important questions will be answered: what car would Joe Biden be…if he were a car, what comes after A6 and is there such a thing as a Mini Clubvan? The Car-Chum podcast is back with a bang after it’s summer holidays. Support the Show.
Not the Worst Bits!

Not the Worst Bits!

2022-08-0426:31

Happy holidays! Car-Chum’s on a quick summer break, but we made sure to leave you with a few memories before I left. I was tempted to cut out all the good bits and leave the rest, but it was too difficult to find them – so instead, here are a few other prime cuts. Back soon!Support the Show.
Time for the second leg of Car-Chum’s lap of the UK. This time Tony, Mike (aka the Chums) and Dr Andrew Roberts (aka someone who actually knows something useful) head west, then north then south again. There’s a heady mix of cars, Littlechef, The Prisoner, George Fornby and Get Carter to look forward to here. Buckle and up and join us!Support the Show.
It’s roadtrip time for The Car-Chum Podcast! Author and automotive historian Dr Andrew Roberts hitches a ride around the UK with Tony and his journalist Car-Chum, Mike. It’s a two-parter; there’s so much to see. Cars, sites of significant interest, sites of absolutely no interest, Benny Hill, a Hovercraft and melon are the highlights of the first leg: Norwich to Eastleigh.Support the Show.
Princess and the Pea

Princess and the Pea

2022-06-2450:59

In this episode of The Car-Chum podcast Tony and his automotive journalist chum, Mike, truffle out the annoying quirks that afflict some cars; unbelievably, sometimes by design. Gear and radio select buttons that look and feel the same, sunroofs that tickle hair and mysterious faults that are never fixed. It’s all her on this edition – welcome to Car-Chum’s Princess and the Pea.Support the Show.
Breakdown

Breakdown

2022-06-0946:18

Car-Chum pulls over to the hard shoulder of the motorway – if there is one, that is - and savours the joys of a good breakdown. Tony talks of missing gearsticks, holey pistons and head gaskets, while Mike splits discs and cracks screens. All the bills and all the hassle – that’s this episode of Car-Chum in a recovery truck. Support the Show.
Off the Shelf

Off the Shelf

2022-05-2651:03

Reading. Not the place in the Berkshire; the activity. Reading about cars in particular: that’s the subject of this edition of The Car-Chum Podcast. Books, magazines and brochures. Tony and his Car-Chum (and automotive author, Mike Renaut) barely scratch the surface of this massive industry, but they do reveal a few facts along the way…like who invented the 0-60 metric.Support the Show.
Furious Importing

Furious Importing

2022-05-1201:00:27

Tony and his Car-Chum / journalist Mike are joined by someone who actually knows what he’s talking about. This week, Furious Driving’s Matt Richardson drops by to tell tales of driving, photographing, reviewing, Youtubing and importing. Cars that is. Support the Show.
As crazy as it might sound, I thought it was a good idea to have a guest on Car-Chum this week who knows absolutely nothing about our subject. Luckily, he has a good way with words and has a tale or two to tell. So here it is: the episode of Car-Chum with a knowledge-free guest. (You * should get a laugh though.)Support the Show.
Car-Chum heads to Portugal for a classic car rally featuring everything from a 911 to a Micra. Tony is joined by auto-author Mike – accidentally showing a byte or two of knowledge, the chums give a bit of context and history on each entrant. It’s all sun and fun in this week’s Car-Chum podcast.Support the Show.
Car-Chum Aims and Objectives: Make sense, make fun, make money…maybe, maybe not. We’re not the only ones making – or trying to make – things: seems that car manufacturers are at it, too. Try artificial hearts, watch movements and bras. Widen your retail horizon with this week’s Car-Chum.Support the Show.
Vans

Vans

2022-03-1744:07

Be honest: everyone loves a van. Well, loves driving one – a hired one – anyway. Today Tony asks Mike to join him in a commercial free, commercial episode of Car-Chum. Everything from the humble Transit to the Espace F1 is here – not forgetting the Supervan, something promiscuous from Alfa and those strange conversions from normal cars. Join us, arm out of window, on this episode of Car-Chum. Vans.Support the Show.
What are the last two cars you drove? Not your everyday conveyance, obvs. That was the plan for this edition. And I stuck to it. My auto-journalist, Car-Chum Mike kind of did his own thing to do with Bugattis. That was no bad thing though and it all made it through the edit on the grounds of being jolly interesting. A Bentley, a Tesla and a terrible joke all feature alongside in this edition of Car-Chum.Support the Show.
The forgotten and the obscure. Brands and models you might never have heard of. But, worry not, Tony and his Car-Chum Mike have heard of them and accidentally demonstrate a little knowledge here and there. So, listen and learn along with this episode of Car-Chum!Support the Show.
Ahoy!

Ahoy!

2022-02-0226:10

Ever dreamt of taking to the water? All that freedom, tranquillity and relaxation. What if you could drive to the sea, river or pond and just…well, carry on driving straight in? That’s freedom for sure, but maybe not so tranquil or relaxing. This week Tony and his Car-Chum Mike explore the niche world of the amphibious car. Ahoy!Support the Show.
Before you tick the box, ask yourself do you really need a subwoofer in a Smart Car? Or a built-in vacuum cleaner in your Honda? Options: they’re a great online pastime and a real manufacturer money maker. But which should you choose, and which should you lose? Tony and Mike are your guides on this week’s Car-Chum.Support the Show.
Licence to Listen

Licence to Listen

2022-01-1458:36

Licences of all sorts – and yes, that’s spelled correctly – I checked! From birds to trucks and booze to tests, this episode covers everything you (don’t) need to know about vehicular licences. Not just licenses, mind: training and testing, too. It’s all here on this week’s edition of Car-Chum.Support the Show.
New Year New Car

New Year New Car

2022-01-0636:47

This week’s big announcement is Car-Chum confirming its 2022 availability to officiate at closing ceremonies. Also, Tony is proven right on Romanian pronunciation, he gets all thoughtful about the future and promises to spend more time on his motorbike. Meanwhile Mike surprises everyone by reviewing some big new car releases for panned for the year ahead. The Car-Chums do find some common ground though, by agreeing that they both like the Rover 800 and Porsche Cayman.Support...
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