THE PICK OF AUTOMOTIVE PODCASTS

Mike Finnegan podcast

ANYONE who spends a lot of time behind the wheel of a car or truck will tell you that decent entertainment is important. Good mates, good music and the summer ABC cricket coverage are all helpful in this regard, but I’m increasingly turning to podcasts as well. The podcast ecosystem is something of a maze, and they are hard to share on social media, which means finding good ones can be a struggle. So here are a few of our faves to get you started.

THE KIBBE & FINNEGAN SHOW

I LOVE Roadkill, but I don’t get a lot of time to sit down and watch the show. However, I do regularly enjoy The Kibbe & Finnegan Show podcast, which stars Roadkill’s Mike Finnegan and Robert Kibbe, who has his own long-running podcast, The MuscleCar Place.

The basic conceit of the show is that each instalment, Mike and Robert review an episode of The Dukes Of Hazzard. This is invariably funny stuff, as they geek out over the finer details of that classic piece of early-80s TV.

Now a podcast purely about The Dukes Of Hazzard might seem a tad limiting, but in fact, it really just offers the duo an excuse to talk about cars, family and pop culture for an hour or so. Besides his Roadkill antics, Finnegan has a heap of cool projects and races boats, while Kibbe does the autocross thing in a ’66 Nova.

The guys have a great rapport and between them, a great store of anecdotes. They’re also relentlessly upbeat, so if you are feeling a bit flat, an hour with these two should get you smiling. 

CAR STUFF

FROM howstuffworks.com comes the Car Stuff podcast, hosted by Scott Benjamin and Ben Bowlin. If you need entertaining car-related history stuff for long road trips, this is the place to come. They have 300 episodes to their name so far, with topics including the story of the Kurtis Kraft midgets, the 10 Most Terrifying Manufacturing Defects, how to store a car long-term and even the history of our own Bathurst 1000, which is fun if only to hear how the guys pronounce ‘Mt Panorama’.

THE CHIEF & SHAWN SHOW

MIKE Finnegan explains the appeal of Discovery’s Street Outlaws show by comparing it to WWF wrestling, and I reckon that’s about right. Colourful characters, lots of smack talk and judicious editing make Street Outlaws a fun watch.

In this podcast, Justin ‘Big Chief’ Shearer and Shawn ‘Murder Nova’ Ellington give listeners lots of juicy background gossip about Street Outlaws, free of the restrictions that TV producers and editors place on them. That’s something fans of the show will really appreciate, because Chief and Shawn do a great job of peeling back the curtain and providing an expletive-laden, warts-and-all account of what really goes down in the 405 once the cameras stop rolling. The pair have been best mates since long before Street Outlaws was a thing, and it shows when you tune in to the podcast. Nothing is off limits, and it feels almost like you’re pulling up a bar stool next to Chief and Shawn and eavesdropping as they shoot the shit, most often with a special guest or two. A new episode is released every Tuesday, or whenever they damn well feel like it. Most often the latter!

PERFORMANCE CAR PODCAST

OUR mates at MOTOR have recently started their own podcast, which sees editor Dylan Campbell and associate editor Scott Newman cruise around in high-powered performance cars and discuss. These guys are seriously geeky about their cars and they get to drive some totally epic automobiles hard on a regular basis, so they know their stuff. So if you want to stay up-to-date with the latest performance car news, but don’t have time to read about it, this is the place to be.

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