Central Valley Motorsports
January 14th 2015
By Eric Hinkle
Podcast Entertain and Inform Car Enthusiast
The way we consume our automotive news has definitely changed over the past few decades. While there has always been magazines I can still remember sitting in front of the TV watching John Davis on Motor Week TV and listening to Click and Clack of Cartalk on the radio.
Then along came cable TV and the explosion of car and motorcycle shows. Unfortunately with the demise of Speed Channel most of these shows were replaced with car based "reality" series. Once again this made both print and online magazines the best source for current trends and automotive industry news.
There are magazines covering every automotive trend from imports, hot rods, rat rods, 4 x 4's to supercars. I've always enjoyed holding a magazine and flipping the pages, but a new form of media has recently taken over. Today I want to talk about automotive podcast. They are perfect to listen to while working in the garage, commuting to work or just out for a Sunday drive. For those who
may not know what a podcast is, simply put it as a radio show the can be streamed or downloaded then played on the computer or smart phone. They're free to download and there are dozens to choose from. The following are a few that I enjoy listening to.
Hooniverse: Automotive journalist Jeff and Blake have on knowledgeable guest to talk about both new and old cars. Interesting in-depth conversations are often interrupted with beer talk, funny stories and intelligent humor. The podcast is posted weekly and is usually around an hour long.
DWA (Driving While Awesome): Three long time friends Warren, Lane and Bryan discuss a wide variety of topics like what is the best commuter car to current projects in there garage. It has an amateur feel, but if you enjoy early Datsun 240zs, BMW m30s or Volkswagens you will like this one.
The Smoking Tire: This podcast is recorded in a professional studio by high profile journalist
Matt Farah. He and his cohost sit down each week and talk with everyone from comedians to professional racing drivers. They test drive exotics, super cars and pretty much anything they can get their hands on. There reviews are interesting and creative. On average TST is a 2 hour long weekly podcast and will most likely appeal to the 30 something's.
Car Stuff: Produced by howstuffworks.com, is an excellent podcast for the whole family. They do in depth research and report on a wide variety of automotive stories like The Buried Belvedere and history of Shriner cars. This is also a weekly podcast and is about 45 minutes long.
Cars Yeah with Mark Greene: This podcast is short, around 30 minutes, but a new one is released 2 to 3 times a week. Mark interviews the industries most successful entrepreneurs. Each of his guest talk about how they turned their passion for cars into rewarding careers. His podcast is meant to motivate you to pursue your passion.
Car Cast: Even Adam Carolla has an automotive podcast. Adam provides the satire and his cohost Matt D'Andria provides the facts. Like all his other shows it is a perfect mix of seriousness, humor and the long winded rants he is known for. If you like Adam Carolla then you will like this podcast.
In addition to providing hours of audio to listen to, all of these podcast have websites full of cool content and are active on YouTube and social media. These were just a few that I enjoy listening to. I would love to hear what podcast you listen to and recommend.
My father Paul Hinkle and I will be taking turns writing Central Valley Motorsports in 2015. We are excited to review and report on the local car culture in and around the central valley. If you have a car, truck, club or event you would like to share with our readers please let us know. 2015 show dates for Clovis Park in the Park and other local shows are now posted at clovisparkinthepark.com. You can reach me Eric Hinkle at email@example.com or Paul Hinkle at firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to follow us on Twitter @clovisparknpark and on Instagram @clovisparkinthepark.