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RoAb #119 – It Hearse When I Go

February 27th, 2012 at 5:21pm

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Every so often we like to invite that irreverent pair from TheVirtualDriver.com, Chris Sawyer and Al Vinikour, to talk about the hottest automotive topics lighting up the interwebs. This week we do just that and find out how to deal with a driver who’s tailing you, the wrong way to transport a ladder on the highway and whether or not you really can put a gun rack on a Chevy Volt.

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Featuring: Al Vinikour, Chris Sawyer, Michelle Naranjo, Craig Cole and Ben Sanders

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AAH #138 – I’m Gonna Build Me an Engine

February 24th, 2012 at 12:01pm

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Meet the man who hand-built your Corvette’s engine. No Corvette? How about a Camaro? Rob Nichols is the supervisor of GM’s Wixom Performance Build Center so get ready for some horsepower worship. As usual we’ll get into the news of the week including a possible partnership between GM and PSA; the bailout bashing that the Republican presidential candidates are doling out; and Mazda’s struggle to survive. Plus, we’ve got the brand new Prius V in studio, and we’ll explain why it’s not easy being green. All that and more with John McElroy and Peter De Lorenzo the Autoextremist as well as guest panelist Todd Lassa from Motor Trend!

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You Decide! Vote for the Best Fan Caption in the Freddie Ford Contest

February 20th, 2012 at 11:02pm

Vote for the funniest fan caption here: http://strawpoll.me/338

The winning caption will get a Powersport Stealth Workshop tool bag. Voting closes at 12AM ET February 24. Listen to RoAb #119 for the announcement of the winner.

RoAb #118 – In the End Times, I Still Win

February 19th, 2012 at 7:18pm

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Caw, caw! The AutoBird alights on RoundAbout’s veranda this week to talk about all the news that’s fit to laugh at. Chinese drivers are up to their usual safety shenanigans and you won’t believe what product some of them are using to skirt the rules. Plus, your own vehicle here in the free world might just be slowly killing you. And, we play everyone’s favorite automotive LARP, Dungeons and Dealers!

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Featuring: Colin Bird, Christiaan Conover, Craig Cole and Ben Sanders

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AAH #137 – I Want to Drive Your Business Case

February 17th, 2012 at 4:51pm

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This week a fierce-looking Falcon swoops into our studio. Specifically the Falcon F7, an exotic sports car made right here in Michigan. We’ll be talking to the owner of Falcon Motorsports, Jeff Lemke, who also happens to be the designer of this boutique supercar. Of course we’ll also get into all the top news of the week including GM’s profits (and losses) in 2011, Europe’s languishing EV sales and Bob King’s call for UAW protests. All this and more with John McElroy and Peter De Lorenzo the Autoextremist.

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RoAb #117 – Connectacadian

February 12th, 2012 at 2:19pm

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We’ve got another report from the frozen wilds of Mother Russia, and we’ll debate which front-wheel drive car we’d like to see converted to rear propulsion. And, we’ve got another dog-eat-dog game of Versus where we let our panelists off their chains. All that and a whole heckuvalot more!

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Featuring: Dave Foley (@Miradart), Josh Lewis, Craig Cole and Ben Sanders

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AAH #136 – Oh My God, it’s Michael Paratore!

February 10th, 2012 at 11:39am

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This week it’s all about auto ads, and we’re bringing in the automotive advertising queen to help us get down to the heart of the matter. Jean Halliday is the voice behind AutoAdOpolis, and we’re sure she has some opinions to share about the big Super Bowl ad event. We’ll also get into the news of the week and that includes the Chicago Auto Show, and we’ll discuss the implications of the Ford management changes that went down this week. All this and more with John McElroy and Peter De Lorenzo the Autoextremist.

Thanks to our sponsors who make Autoline After Hours possible: Bridgestone and Chevrolet.

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Photo Caption Contest

February 8th, 2012 at 7:00am

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Win this cool Stealth Workshop bag donated by Eric Trytko (Rumblestrip). Just complete this phrase when captioning the photo “Freddie Ford says, ______________.” The funniest answer wins the prize.

BUT, you can only enter at Facebook.com/RoundAboutShow. Entries received any other way will be considered invalid. Deadline for entry is February 17, 2012 at 12AM ET. Sorry, only entrants with U.S. mailing addresses are eligible to win the prize.

Open Line in Transition

February 7th, 2012 at 2:06pm

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Usually today’s the day you would be seeing a new edition of Open Line. However, we’re doing something a little different going forward. Your favorite automotive call-in show will be leaving the Autoline network and transferred to the care of Host-in-Chief Michelle Naranjo. Since the beginning, Miss MotorMouth has been here to see the show through all its various incarnations from an Autoline After Hours after party to a live weekly call-in show to a monthly podcast. We couldn’t have done it without her and the help of her co-hosts, Chelsea Sexton and Aaron Bragman. Now, Michelle will take it under her wing and be able to give the show the full attention and care it deserves.

The show is on hiatus for now while two-thirds of the hosting team is in Chicago, but you can check back here and as soon as we have news about Open Line’s new home, we’ll tell you where to find it. Thanks to Michelle, her co-hosts and all of the loyal fans who joined us for a serious dose of automotive geekery week after week after week!

RoAb #116 – The Bristol Crimper

February 5th, 2012 at 4:44pm

Funky-Citroen-AutolineThis a good one … Bob Hall, so-called father of the Mazda Miata names his 10 Frenchiest French cars of all time. Also, we check out Budweiser’s latest Super Bowl ad and go “Back to the Future” (butthead). Finally, we debut a new game where our players become product developers.

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Featuring: Bob Hall, Eric Trytko, Craig Cole and Ben Sanders

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RoundAbout records LIVE on Fridays at 6:30PM ET/3:30PM PT. Visit RoundAboutShow.com and click Watch Live to watch our webcast and look in on all the antics.

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