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The Smoking Tire

Matt Farah & Zack Klapman

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Matt Farah and Zack Klapman sit down with automotive icons, pro drivers, comedians and other friends to discuss automotive industry news, racing, projects and whatever else comes to mind. Watch our car reviews at www.youtube.com/thesmokingtire Follow us! T: @thesmokingtire @zackklapman IG: @thesmokingtire @fakezackklapman Rent or buy our movies!, where we find out if some bad CraigsList cars can cross an entire US State, off-road!https://vimeo.com/thesmokingtire
 
Welcome to This Is Not Happening: an album of the month podcast with four massive music fans that have been talking and blogging about their favourite records for the last ten years together. An exiled Londoner in the North (Guy), a Leeds scriptwriter (David), ex-housemates in Leeds Joey and Nolan whose paths all crossed through music, be it festivals, DJing, gigs, or just sitting at home listening to entire albums without talking. Music is the bedrock of our friendship. The podcast name nod ...
 
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It's a crew show! We did a collective 1000 miles in the Lucid Air and talk about the good, bad, and quirky; we attended to the Hoonigan launch party for Ken Block's INSANE 1,400HP Pikes Peak car; Matt turns down some seats; Zack's bipolar bavarian broke again; and we answer questions about fun sedans, thin watches, and more! Recorded May 17, 2022 o…
 
Mike Spinelli was a founding member of Jalopnik, 0-60 Magazine, and /DRIVE. We talk about his trip to the F1 race in Miami; why Jaguar might not make it; why Sebastian Vettel is living his best life; the best press trip ever; the best/worst road trip ever; the evaporation of self-loathing; and more! https://www.thedrive.com/news/mike-spinelli-welco…
 
Matt is back from his Lucid Air Performance Arizona road-trip and it didn't all go according to plan. We talk about aero efficiency, range estimates, power requirements, and yes, charging issues. Zack drove a 10-second Audi RS3 and the Range Rover has some technological traits that relate to the Lucid. Plus, Q&A about why racing is expensive, a myt…
 
Matt discovers the root of his Mustang charging issues; Bert puts on a great comedy show; Hyundai Kona N review; Matt tests some very special, very old cars; Q&A about what Miata to modify, which 911 is best for children, Will.i.Am's thing, and more! Recorded May 6, 2022 Evercoat Body Shop takes the guesswork out of body work. Available at Advance …
 
What's it take to build a great Nissan GT-R? TommyFyeah knows. He is a YouTuber focused on building some of the fastest, cleanest JDM cars around. From flame-throwing RX-7s to rally-ready Evos, to GT-Rs, and everything in between. We talk about what it takes to build, tune, and setup a great GT-R, talk about the YouTube hustle, and more. @tommyfyea…
 
Zack has COVID; Matt had a very problematic drive to Las Vegas; his wife's Nissan Pao arrived with some special information; we talk about why rally cars will always feel cheap; help a fan buy a winter beater, a fast SUV, and a grand tourer; answer the uncommon "Civic Si or Corvette?" question; and take a guess at which car/watch combo would lose t…
 
Jeff Glucker is not just one of our most frequent and popular guests. He is the co-founder/host of The Hooniverse, the host of MotorTrend's "Shift Talkers", a host for Autotrader, and was a consulting producer for Top Gear USA. His writing can be seen at MotorAuthority, Jalopnik, Road & Track, Digital Trends, and Gear Patrol. We talk about the craz…
 
Strap in for a crazy show. It's Mr Regular (Brian) and the The Roman (Nick) of Regular Car Reviews, the most eloquent, insightful, dirty, and hilarious car channel out there! This episode was absolutely hilarious. Topics include the Toyota Sera; what went wrong with the GTO; the most surprising cars RCR filmed; the AMC Eagle; MR2 glory and failure;…
 
It's a crew show! Zack is back from the Range Rover launch where he drove 3 models of the new Range. Matt is back from Cabo, and we have an EQS in the garage! We talk about the new Range Rover; the best sports car for a 23 year-old; commuter cars for normal people; manufacturer issues; and Elon's Twitter bid. Recorded April 15, 2022 Check out Road …
 
John Oates is best known as half of the rock and soul duo Daryl Hall & John Oates. He's also an absolute gear head. He got his racing license after training with Formula Fords at Brands hatch, attended a U.S. racing school with John Andretti, competed in IMSA, nearly died in a Fiero race car, has a 1960 Porsche 356 built by Rod Emory, and a growing…
 
Last month we shared our thoughts on Small World by Metronomy, all 9 tracks and 35 minutes worth. This month This Is Not Happening ups the ante with 'Dragon, New Mountain ...', all 20 tracks and 80 minutes worth. In part 1, we deep dive into the density of Big Thief and Part 2 we play 'Spin It or Bin It?' where we judge the tracks that we've chosen…
 
What happened with Rich Energy? What's it take to be a pit crew mechanic for IMSA? How did a casual Twitter show get the attention of top racing drivers? Alanis and Bozi have the answers. Bozi Tatarevic is a Pro Racing Mechanic and Pit Crew Member in @IMSA, a Writer , Presenter , and sort of a parts detective. Alanis King is an automotive journalis…
 
Jeff Zwart is an award-winning photographer, cinematographer, director, and driver. He has been behind the lens for as the photographer and director of numerous ads (print and film) for OEMs, Forza, and movies including "The Art of Racing in the Rain". He's best known for his ad work with Porsche. Check out his reel (below) and you'll recognize his…
 
We're back from driving super-old cars in Rhode Island and we lived to talk about it. Topics today include non-doctors doctoring; the Ferrari has strange problems; Lotus' SUV; the GR Corolla; STI values; GLA45s vs used 911; book recommendations; and more! Recorded March 30, 2022 Use the promo code TIRE to get 10% off of any BlackVue dash cam at Bla…
 
What's the best, worst, and scariest part about driving a car from the early 1900s? We lived to tell you the tale. Joining us is Donald W. Osborne (@osbornedonald), a man who knows everything cars, is back! Donald knows cars. Period. When you're the CEO of the Audrain Automobile Museum and the reason the amazing Audrain Newport Concours d' Elegance…
 
Brett Berk @therealbrettberk is an automotive journalist who has had his work published literally everywhere (see the list below). He has a unique perspective on cars that he shares with brilliant and humorous concision. We talk about mobility, the EQS, scary 765LTs, fast e-bikes, and a lot of other random stuff. Recorded March 21, 2022 Check out h…
 
Turn your volume down and grab a glass of something. It's Mike Spinelli @mikespin and Jonny Lieberman @jonnylieberman! We talk about them sharing a Jalopnik office 17 years ago; bad press trips; embezzlement; Jonny training for Pikes Peak; M5 vs CT5-V vs Lucid; the mad Rivian and it's special birds; Drive to Survive; and a special Land Rover fan. P…
 
A Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae dropped into our lap; Tesla is delivering cars with mis-matched tires; a VERY bad canyon driver; and a weird doctor. Plus, we answer questions about Lotus-like sedans; $10k track cars; the one thing we would change about a car; GR86 vs Corvette; and more. Recorded on March 11, 2022 Go to blackvue.com/TST and use the …
 
Matt Crooke is the founder of Fifteen52 wheels, a designer, a driver, and a builder of cool, unique cars. He's tuned in with the aftermarket trends, both in terms of style and performance. On this show we talk about why he left the big wheel business; his insane Beetle idea; the most DUIed cars; new creative endeavors; balancing life (and 15 projec…
 
Following last months's Album Club #1, This Is Not Happening returns to our traditional format. In part 1, we deep dive into an album that one of us has selected. In Part 2 we play 'Spin It or Bin It?' where we judge each others track selections of great new music from 2022. Part 1 - Album of the Month This month it's Guy's choice, Small World the …
 
The music man is back! Reggie Watts is an incredible comedian and musician. He's recorded several comedy specials, collaborated with countless musicians, and is currently the band leader for "The Late, Late Show with James Corden". Reggie also owns 3 Porsches and has a deep appreciation for technology, cars, and driving. We talk about what old cars…
 
Alissa Walker (@awalkerinLA) is a writer and podcaster based in Los Angeles who Alissa Walker is a journalist covers the challenges of getting around our cities. She has written extensively for CURBED, where she covers everything from cars to bikes to urban development, and how it impacts all of us. We talk about why city transit is so difficult, t…
 
We've driven a whole mess of cars! The BMW M5 CS, NSX Type S, Jaguar F-Pace SVR, an E36 M3 GT, and CT4-V BlackWing. Plus, the Countach is back! Matt receives a weird letter, the Rivian pricing situation, bad seats, blue cars, and more. Recorded on March 4, 2022 Go to https://www.blackvue.com/TST and use the promo code TIRE to get 10% off of any Bla…
 
Bert Kreischer is a standup comedian, television host, and podcaster, and he needs our help buying a race car. He co-hosts a podcast with Tom Segura and for Tom's birthday, Bert wants to buy a race car. We talk him through what to buy, what he needs, how to form a team and how the races work. We also hear about his unorthodox start in comedy, the c…
 
Jason Torchinsky and David Tracy are two of the most entertaining writers to ever work at Jalopnik. Jason has a knowledge of obscure cars (and other machinery) that rivals Google. David - a trained engineer- loves buying run-down 4x4s, located many hundreds of miles from his house, and trying to drive them home, usually unsuccessfully. They've just…
 
What is the future of EVs? Commercial transit? Why can't we build more trains? Reilly has the answers to these questions and a lot more. Reilly P. Brennan knows a lot about transportation. He was Executive Director for Stanford’s automotive research program, Revs. Prior to Stanford he developed his love for transportation in media and technology at…
 
Boat on fire; testing the Chiron Super Sport; squeezing speed out at Lightning Lap; and more! Tony Quiroga is the newly-appointed Editor-in-Chief of Car and Driver. He's also one of the more skilled journalists in the game, which is why gets put behind the wheel of some serious power for the magazine's annual Lightning Lap showdown. We'll get his t…
 
Magnus Walker rose to automotive fame after the video "Urban Outlaw" went viral. He's a staple in the community and has a new show on HAGERTY called, "The Big Thing with Magnus Walker", where he takes you for a ride in icons like the Mercedes 300SL, Ford GT (all 3 generations!), Porsche 930, and more. We get a behind-the-scenes look at the making o…
 
We usually pick a (relatively) new album release to focus on but this month we changed things up. The start of the year is a funny time for album releases and 2022 was no different. We decided that rather than spend a month and a podcast talking about something that we weren't too passionate about, we'd take a different path. This month is the firs…
 
We go deep on our time with the new 2022 GTI and the 2022 BMW M240i X-drive, because the internet has a lot of questions about both of them. We also talk about the Bridgestone Winter Driving academy, all-seasons vs snow tires; when maintenance should be priced into a negotiation; what car we would drive on Mars; which car to buy for Auto-X; and mor…
 
Travis Okulski (@tokulksi) and Kyle Kinard (@kjkinard) are some of the minds and fingers behind Road & Track magazine. They're here to talk about their Performance Car of the Year test, which had them ripping the fastest cars available around Monticello. We also hear about Travis' cautionary Lotus tale; Kyle's E30 ownership; some of their upcoming …
 
Turn your volume down and grab a fancy whiskey. MotorTrend's Jonny Lieberman is here! We talk about the car he ordered; Jonny's entry into Pikes Peak and the training that comes with it; the car Matt secretly bought; watches; whether dealerships will ever go away; a fan's letter about emissions; Barret Jackson madness; and more. Recorded on Februar…
 
We have the new GTI Autobahn edition, we attended the Collecting Cars Coffee event, Tesla gets some recalls, and we answer questions about cheater tires, Mk7 vs Mk8 GTIs, why you should resist FOMO, what classes to talk when you buy a supercar, and more. Recorded Feb 3, 2022 Want to find the right parts for you car? Head to http://carparts.com/thes…
 
It's Thomas and James from Throttle House! This duo do high-quality car reviews, drag races, and comparisons. Their videos amass hundreds of thousands (if not millions of views) and their cold opens are legendary. We talk about how they got started; they're favorite cars; a CRAZY moment that happened during their Ford GT shoot; driving in Canada; t…
 
It's the return of Chris Harris! And this time he's brought his Collecting Cars business / podcast partner, Ed Lovett. This was a good one. We talk about Chris' cars, the hypercar problem, Ferrari manuals, the 992 GT3, making content for the internet vs TV, the evolution of journalism, content creators, making money on YouTube, crashing things, Chu…
 
Part 1 - Album of the Month This Is Not Happening kicks off the New Year with a great album from the end of 2021, Joy Crookes' debut release 'Skin'. We discuss our expectations and reactions, similarities between this album and a certain other soul singer from London and get deep into our favourite tracks from the album. There's lovely point of pod…
 
A review of the Subaru WRX 2022; Tesla' autopilot might have a serious legal problem; we drove the Maserati MC20 (and talk about the competition); and we answer questions about GR86 vs Boxster, owning vs financing, fun family cars, and watches! Recorded on January 19, 2022 Find Valvoline now at your local auto parts store. Go to Squarespace.com for…
 
Reggie Watts is one of the most impressive performers we've ever seen. He's a stand up comedian that uses small instruments, beatboxing, and improv in a way that boggles the mind and deserves standing ovations. He loops his own voice, layering it to create beats and melodies that lead to hilarious punchlines. "Unique" is an understatement. It's har…
 
We've driven a lot since our last sit down. We just reviewed the new Cadillac CT5-V BlackWing and another crazy Mini Cooper from Gildred Racing; Matt completed his road trip in the Audi S3; and Zack went drifting...sort of. Plus we answer fan questions about blank-check builds, used vs new parts, SUV dailies, Lucid vs S-Class, and more. Follow us: …
 
Jason Cammisa is the host/writer/producer of 3 exceptional video series ("ICONs", "Revelations", and "Know-it-All") for Hagerty, all of which are required viewing for any car enthusiast. If you don't follow him, you should. IG: @jasoncammisa IG: @jasoncammisa https://www.youtube.com/hagerty Find Valvoline now at your local auto parts store. Go to h…
 
Matt is on the road, scouting for Road & Track's Route to Vine rally, and he's staying at Mike Musto's house, so why not do a podcast?! Mike is a staple in the muscle car community. He has put tens of thousands of miles on his '68 Charger, using it in Bull Run, auto-X, and cross-country drives. He's also the proud owner of a home-made Charger Dayto…
 
It's the great Adam Ferrara! Adam is as funny and likable as they come. He is a standup comedian, actor, and former host of Top Gear USA alongside Tanner Foust and Rutledge Wood. We talk about his crazy jump on Top Gear; cars he loves; cars he sold; what he wants to buy; comedy; anxiety; and his new special, "It's Scary in Here", which is free to w…
 
What was our favorite mid-engine car, front-engine car, truck, SUV, moment, or drive of the year? And what was our least favorite? That's what this podcast is all about. Matt Farah and Zack Klapman go through each category to compare notes. Plus, Matt drove the insane Lamborghini SCV12 on track, and we answer Patreon questions about EV swaps, E90 m…
 
Jesse Iwuji is one of those people that is as impressive as he is likable and he is very impressive indeed. While on leave from serving in the NAVY he went to a track day, fell in love with the driving, and decided to become a race car driver. He has done just that, working his way up through late model stocks cars to the Xfinity series. He dailies…
 
This Is Not Happening's 2021 comes to an end with a look back at the many musical highs of a memorable 2021 and count down our top ten albums of the year. Despite the many challenges musicians have been facing in making music in a pandemic, it's been a truly exceptional year, from the likes of Wolf Alice, Japanese Breakfast, Arlo Parks, Billie Eili…
 
We've driven a lot in the last week. Matt and Zack drove the Lucid Air, then went on the Coastal Range Rally, putting 800 miles on the AMG GT Black Series and Zack's M3. Plus, we talk to listeners about Phaeton problems, 718 GT4 sedans, finding a lost car, and what we would build for $15,000. Watch our new series! https://youtu.be/AIncQODpC8s Go to…
 
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