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Check Engine Podcast

By Check Engine Podcast
The only podcast created by three two-time winners of IMSA’s Spirit of the Race award, the Check Engine Podcast is a car podcast for car fans. We love cars, and we know you do too.
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Cacophony of Nonsense
In this episode, the boys discuss possibly the most important part of the car: the cockpit. From retro-curiosities, to fighter jet supercars, to the lap of luxury, the cockpit of any car is what you'll see and experience the most! It's the interface between the car and the driver. Where human meets machine. Why have we never discussed this before! Listen in today to see what we find to be the most important aspects of the driver's seat!
01:35:48
May 4, 2021
Exercises in Brand Synergy
Anyone remember the Eddie Bauer edition Ford SUVs? The L.L. Bean and Subaru collabs? Whatever happened to the good, old-fashioned, cross-marketing opportunity? Surely people who buy cars buy other things, right? We know they do. So, in this episode, we examine some opportunities for some interesting (even useful?) special editions that could be created by combining some of our favorite car brands with some of our favorite OTHER brands. Listen in today and let us know if you have any clever opportunities for BRAND SYNERGY!
01:33:18
April 27, 2021
Tip o' the Halo
In this episode, we discuss the concept of the "Halo Car" and its status among some of the more prominent automakers. Do they have one? Should the have one? If they DO have one, should it be the one they currently have? Or something else? Lots of questions! Listen in today to see what we think!
01:56:08
April 20, 2021
Be Wrong and Suck It
To use a phrase coined by Tristan, for Andrew, be wrong and suck it! In this episode, we go over our "guilty pleasure" cars that are either a: bad, but we love them anyway or b: haven't worked their way into the collective consciousness of "car people" the way they should have. And frankly, that's wrong! Listen in today to hear us air our secret car desires and try to spread some awareness of under-appreciated cars!
01:21:23
April 13, 2021
Big Drip Potential
This week's episode allows us to free our minds a little. After sticking to the story in our interview last week, we set ourselves free to explore car news. In this episode, we discuss April Fool's jokes from car manufacturers, drive through etiquette, Big Drip Potential (BDP), the death of a la carte car options, and many other things! Listen in today!
01:29:24
April 7, 2021
Ef-Ef-Ef-Ef-Effortlessly (ft. Bozi Tatarevic)
This week, Bozi Tatarevic stops in to give the boys an inside look into his world of racing, writing, and biscuits. He also drops all the secrets to success in automotive media, just in case anyone was looking for them. This episode contains sponsored content for Carly and the Carly Universal Adapter. Use code CEP15 to save 15% on your Carly order today!
01:53:56
April 2, 2021
Aaron Telitz, Aaron Telitz, Aaron Telitz!
Speak his name three times and he will appear! That's right folks, this week, we have IMSA's newest rising star, Aaron Telitz on the show this week! Aaron joins us gain to discuss racing weekends during COVID-19, his opinions on the C8 "What-Nick-Refuses-to-Call-A-Corvette", more possible artistic pursuits, and, lots more. Listen in today and help welcome Aaron back for his second spin through the Check Engine Podcast wringer!
01:04:12
March 16, 2021
Do You Want to Build a Car Show?
In this episode, they boys discuss building their ideal car show. After some discussion of "car show" versus "auto show" (cars and coffee versus Chicago, New York, and Geneva), we begin dissecting what makes car shows tick and what the makings would be for our own versions of a Check Engine Podcast 1st Annual Car Show. Would you visit? Would you enter the show yourself? Listen in today and let us know what makes or breaks a car show for YOU!
01:26:10
March 9, 2021
The First Ever Check Engine Podcast Round Robin Trivia Extravaganza
In this episode, we attempt to expose ourselves as the poseurs we are! We subject each other and ourselves to a Round Robin Trivia Extravaganza! Everything from technical questions to car history is fair game. Listen in today to who is going to be crowned the Check Engine Podcast "One True Car Guy"!
01:18:51
March 2, 2021
Sometimes, If You Go Fishing, You Catch a Boot
Welcome to Season 4, Episode 3 of the Check Engine Podcast! This week, we discuss car and racing video games! Discussing titles from Need for Speed to Gran Turismo to Project Gotham Racing and beyond, we go in depth into the role that narrative plays (or doesn't play?) in making a quality car video game. Listen in today and let us know some of your favorite stories from car video games! If you liked this episode and want to hear more, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm!
01:54:23
February 24, 2021
Crafted by Artificial Intelligence, Powered by Deep Machine Learning
In this episode, we continue our roundup of news topics and discussions that we had pent up over the break. We touch on the car commercials (or lack thereof) from the "Big Game", Porsche's new car configurator, the Daytona 500, and various other topics. We also have some questions for YOU, so listen in today and give us a hand! If you liked this episode and want to hear more, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm!
01:55:03
February 17, 2021
What? We SAID We'd Be Back!
And here we are! Returning for a fourth season after a hiatus worthy of the YEAR 2020 was, we come bearing discussions of gates and ladders, iconography, and the comforts of obfuscation. Listen in today and tell us YOUR opinions! If you liked this episode and want to hear more, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm!
01:37:41
February 9, 2021
Wrap it Up!
This week, the podcast sees its last episode of 2020. We cover some news of the day, a retrospective on the happenings of 2020 (spoiler alert, we were right. About a lot. Again.), and our hopes for 2021. After a year like this, we'll be taking a break to celebrate the holidays safely (and remotely if necessary) with our families, enjoy the season, brainstorm some new episode ideas, and come back better than ever in 2021! From all of us at the Check Engine Podcast, have a happy and safe holiday season, eat lots of food, enjoy your presents, and have a happy new year! Phew, got it all in there! We'll be back! See you all very soon! In the meantime, while we're planning for next year, it sure would be nice if we could count on some more budget... Consider it a special, holiday gift? You can send us our gift either on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:30:29
November 17, 2020
The Manila Bandit
In this open episode, the boys discuss some new acquisitions, championships, performance brands, and the dangers of mixing stimulants and depressants. If you liked this episode and want to hear more, please support us either on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:44:53
November 4, 2020
With Constraints
This episode, the boys investigate that old standby: the dream garage. However, this time, there's a twist. TWO twists, actually! Using some limitations, we make ourselves put some interesting spins on the contents of our (constrained) dream garages! Listen today and let us know how YOU would deal with these particular limitations! If you liked this episode and want to hear more, please support us either on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:31:01
October 21, 2020
FAWAGs
You asked for it and we FINALLY DELIVERED! The Check Engine Podcast band is back together and this time? We brought the women with us! Join us for some discussion with our Fiancees and Wives and Girlfriends (FAWAGS) regarding everything from their car histories to how Claire was lucky to be with us today! It was a fun episode for us, requested by listeners. Enjoy! If you liked this episode and want to hear more, please support us either on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:33:30
October 6, 2020
The Roster
In this episode, we get a little hype for the next generation of racing games! However, we also compile our "must have" roster of cars for these games! Some old, some new, some... not even real! As hyped as we are, these better be on the car lists or we're not interested! Listen today to see what we choose! If you liked this episode and want to hear more, please support us either on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:58:52
September 30, 2020
We're Here to Massage Your Want Glands
In this episode, the boys take a look at 2021 models beginning to arrive on lots and see if any are "coming to massage your want-glands" (we'll explain that too, we promise). Between discussions of sandwiches and horses, we also investigate some that... definitely don't. Listen in today to hear what we think! If you liked this episode and want to hear more, please support us either on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:34:40
September 22, 2020
A Quiet Quaq
This week, the Check Engine Podcast indulges in a bit of a mental ice pack. We're taking a small step sideways from our usually purely car content and just talking about topics of interest, our lives, the and world at large. Being us, the topics of interest OBVIOUSLY also include car stuff, so don't worry! We're still here! Just adding a little variety to our content this week to spice things up. Have a listen and let us know what you think! If you liked this episode and want to hear more, please support us either on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:54:22
September 15, 2020
Look! We did an art!
Well, this is a podcast, so you can't LOOK look, but look with your ears! This week, the CEP boys take a crack at designing livery (paint) schemes! Like Gulf, Martini and Rossi, the Pink Pig, John Player, and Andrew's favorite, the Apple Computer Porsche before us, we set out to design a classic that will be remembered forever! If you'd like to support us and hear more episodes like this one, please support us either on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:17:09
September 3, 2020
TURBSKI!
In this episode, the boys leave the high-flying world of interviews behind and return to form with an open-format episode. We recount a listener story, speak to some electric car news, and get freaky with our Rolls Royce chauffeur. If you'd like to support us and hear more episodes like this one, please support us either on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:43:23
August 27, 2020
The Carpool - Dinner With Racers
This week the boys chat with Sean Heckman and Ryan Eversley, creators of the uber popular podcast Dinner With Racers! This interview is chock full of random sound effects, sarcasm, and a possible hard hitting question. Thanks to Sean and Ryan for the time. You can check out Dinner With Racers on their website: http://www.dinnerwithracers.com or on Twitter and Facebook or give their Amazon Prime Video series a watch! If you'd like to support us and hear more big name interviews like this one, please support us either on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:26:43
August 13, 2020
Interview with Aaron Telitz!
In an effort to not crowd the room during a pandemic, the reins of this episode are fully in the hands of Nick! During our visit to Road America for the IMSA Sportscar Weekend, Nick got the great opportunity to interview up and coming race driver (and fellow Wisconsin boy) Aaron Telitz! Everything from Aaron's history to his preference for toilet paper alignment will be discussed! Listen in today! If you'd like to support us by helping us to buy tickets to these events, procure better remote recording equipment, or bring you more content in general, please support us! You can make it happen by visiting us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
34:39
August 5, 2020
The Century Tour
This episode the CEP celebrates a great milestone! 100 full episodes for you to enjoy! In this episode, we offer a bit of a retrospective and then celebrate! At least... in theory. We design our dream CEP "family vacations" for the whole group to take a theoretical break from our work on the podcast, the coronavirus, and the realities of our finances! Listen in today to hear where we'll DEFINITELY go some day! IF you want to help us get to another 100 episodes or want to bankroll one of our dream trips, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:27:36
August 1, 2020
Movie Critique-ers, Not Film Critics
This episode, the CEP boys turn their hands to movie reviews! Although not professional "film critics", we certainly know at least a FEW things about cars. So, to that end, we turn our hand to reviewing car chases! Listen in today to hear about some of our favorite chases and some chases that we think changed the game forever! If you really like what we're doing, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:48:58
July 21, 2020
Fireside Story Time
This week, our heroes revisit some of the weirdest, most harrowing, and most heroic stories from our motoring past. Tales of adventure, camaraderie, and woe! Gather 'round children and listen! If our tales bring you joy , please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
02:02:44
July 15, 2020
Ferraris and Crepes
This week, we return to an open episode format and explore the news of the car world! Ferraris, crepes, Bubba Wallace, and Tristan's new home, Listen in today! If you really like what we're doing, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:58:34
July 8, 2020
Chops the Tarts
In this episode, we look at what prime American motoring specimens we'd like to let the rest of world get their hands on! We've done our own "Forbidden Fruits" episode of things we're not allowed to have in the States. Now, we look and see what the rest of the world has been missing from these shores! If you really like what we're doing, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:25:27
June 30, 2020
Somebody Call The Rock!
Why do we need the services of the inestimable Dwayne "The Rock" Johsnon? We're making movies! Well... at least casting them. At least the cars. Ok, so we DON'T need DJ YET. However, we will need the services of a few cars. This week we'll be buying into the hype of the Hollywood Decade of Re-Makes and Reboots by recasting some classic car movies with some of our modern favorites. Listen in today to see what we chose! If you really like what we're doing, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:29:05
June 16, 2020
Odes to the Autos
In this weeks episode, we return to one of our favorite topics: music for car culture! We've done music for driving a good road trip and songs for driving with your foot down. This week, the boys try to pin down their favorite (but let's face it the best) car songs available for your listening pleasure. What's the difference, you ask? Well, this list will all be songs about cars themselves, not covering the miles or dicing up corners. These will be songs about that piece of Detroit Iron, Japanese precision, or German engineering in your garage, on the road, or on the track. Songs with heart. Songs about cars. If you really like what we're doing, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:34:56
June 9, 2020
Better Homes and Garages
In this episode, your hosts turn their hands toward the art and science of interior design! Don't worry, we haven't changed our focus away from cars or car culture though! No no! We have decided that it was time to focus on where, much to our disappointment, our cars have been spending way too much time in the garage lately. So, we're going to take up the challenge of designing our the perfect home for our cars and deciding what other cars are going to fill it with them! Listen today to see how we'd spec out our dream garages! If you really like what we're doing, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:40:11
June 2, 2020
The Roman Numeral 1 Check Engine Podcast Summer Olympiad
This week, your hosts arrive at the virtual stadium to pit their chosen national heroes in events of speed, strength, style, endurance, and toughness. From the wide open desert sands to the confines of the short track to the rolling hills of some of the best racing circuits in the world, the Check Engine Podcast brings you: The Roman Numeral 1 Check Engine Podcast Summer Olympiad! Tune in today to see who can bring home the most golds for their country! If you'd like to support our efforts to keep the Olympic spirit alive and well, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page. Thank you!
01:53:30
May 27, 2020
Minutes from the CEP Olympic Committee Meeting
In this episode, your hosts engage in all of the skullduggery, name calling, partisan politics, and corruption inherent in the selection of events for the Roman Numeral I Check Engine Podcast Summer Olympiad! That's right, we want the Olympics this year and nothing can stop us! We'll just hold our own! Well, in our imagination at least... Listen in today to see what events we choose! If you really like what we're doing, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:35:20
May 19, 2020
The Check Engine Podcast Limited Collectors Edition
I this episode, the boys craft some special edition cars! We examine what tweaks or special edition add-ons would make a car go from one we don't really care for to one we would like. Or maybe better, cars we are already fond of make the jump to "Gotta Have It" status. Listen in today and let us know what would make YOU empty YOUR pockets for the special edition of your dreams! If you really like what we're doing, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:35:31
May 12, 2020
Track Editor
In this week's episode, your hosts turn their hands to design race tracks! Yes, that's right, after fixing he motorsports industry last week, we'll do our best to provide a fun, new track to race on! What do we have in store? Snippets of existing tracks? New spins on existing tracks? Entirely fanciful creations springing forth from the wells of our imaginations? Listen today to find out! If you really like what we're doing, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:32:07
May 5, 2020
The Covid Commissioners
In this episode, the Check Engine Podcast team of "experts" takes a look at some of the steps being taken by various racing leagues to cope with the world as it is today. We evaluate what's working, what's not, what should be kept even AFTER this is all over (it WILL be over), and other things we'd change. Listen in to hear all the ways the racing world will thank us later. If you really like what we're doing, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:44:52
April 29, 2020
Peeling Back the Layers
In this episode, your hosts take some time (with the distressing lack of actual car news or happenings!) to peel back the layers and give you all a closer look what makes us tick. Does this intrigue you? Does this make you a little nervous? Maybe both? Us too! Listen today and see if you were right about us! If you really like what we're doing, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:24:33
April 21, 2020
For the owner with a more refined palate and certain sense of taste
In this episode, the CEP hosts take a stab at being "craft" car designers. That's right, small batch, beskpoke, hand crafted, artisinal, and #authentic cars straight from our minds into your garages! Listen in today as we take a look at the possibilities that come with being a small automaker and where those possibilities can take us! If you really like what we're doing, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:26:55
April 14, 2020
Quarantine: Day 20
With the idea of cars and driving rapidly leaving the public consciousness, we decided to spin up an episode and see what happened! This week, we sport an even more open episode type than normal. We answer questions for each other, we think about pulling out some meeting ice breakers, and we tackle a couple of thought experiments! Join us and see what happens! If you really like what we're doing, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:15:30
April 7, 2020
This Guy's Not Putting Butter on His Pop Tarts!
Much like your toasted (or if you're Nick, "What is toast?") breakfast of choice, cars come in so many flavors and colors! Much like putting butter on these toasty breakfast delicacies, these cars also have worlds of options. This week, CEP dives into the world of online car configurators to put together our Configurator Dream Garage! If you really like what we're doing, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:34:54
March 31, 2020
Stay HOME and Listen to This Episode!
This week, we bring you some lighter fare from all over the car world. Yes folks, it's another one of our open episodes looking various bits of car news from the last two weeks! Listen in today! If you really like what we're doing, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:29:26
March 24, 2020
Loose carrots, a baguette, and cracked eggs
In this episode, your hosts bare their souls and answer YOUR questions. We plumb our depths of consumer advice, mechanical advice, our opinions on food items, and much more! Listen in today and think of MORE questions for next time! If you really like what we're doing, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:54:58
March 17, 2020
Missed it by THAT much!
In this week's episode, your hosts take a quick spin through some car news before talking about cars that missed it by.... THAT much! That's right, we discuss cars that we don't care for, but we could be brought to love by changing just one thing about them. Listen in today and see if we'd change what you'd change! If you really like what we're doing, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:45:34
March 10, 2020
Biggest Countdown Ever
In this week's episode, your hosts touch on some recent car news and examine a list from Autocar that had us scratching our heads. Tune in today to see what had us turning up our nose at this list... If you really like what we're doing, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:32:60
March 3, 2020
The BIG ONE
In this episode, the CEP boys discuss some wild new technology from Mercedes, some new car news, and the BIG ONE: The Daytona 500. Nick brings us back some first hand information and impressions from the big race! Listen today to see what he thought! If you really like what we're doing, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:25:58
February 25, 2020
Chicago... we back
This week, the CEP boys recap their most recent (and most completely attended) Chicago Auto Show visit. We discuss our picks from the show, some surprises both good and bad, and ask a few questions. Tune in now to see what we thought of the show this year! If you really like what we're doing, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:22:06
February 11, 2020
The BIG GAME and definitely not anything SUPER
This week, the CEP boys recover from the temporary loss of their coolest host and take a dive into the shallow end of the advertising pool! That's right, we're here to examine the finest the advertising industry has to offer the auto industry on football's biggest night. Listen now to see what we thought! If you really like what we're doing, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
57:38
February 5, 2020
While the Nick is Away...
The uncool kids will play! That's right folks, on this episode of the Check Engine Podcast, Andrew and Tristan are home alone for the weekend! That means we get to cover everything from Tristan's "borrowed" car reviews, to Andrew's stealing of Tristan's Deep Thoughts TM, to the pièce de résistance: these two chuckleheads' prognostications regarding what current cars will become future classics. Listen now for this lovely melange of content! If you really like what we're doing, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:36:02
January 28, 2020
The Decade Challenge
We're back! That's right folks, the Check Engine Podcast makes its triumphant return to Anchor and your streaming service of choice! On this week's episode, the boys take the decade challenge! No, not the social media meme! Instead, a look at the cars that, to them, defined the 2010s. This isn't some tired list of the fastest, the most beautiful, the best, or any other number of worn out adjectives. This is decade-defining. Listen today to see which cars we think set the the tone for the 2010s! If you really like what we're doing, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:32:01
January 21, 2020
With a Cough and a Limp
This week brings us to the saddest time of year: the holidays. NO NO, we're not a bunch of Scrooges, Grinches, or any other holiday downer you might think of. We LOVE the holidays, so we spend it with our families and friends! That means that we take a break from recording for a while, and not bringing YOU new content makes us sad! Like Frosty the Snowman, we'll be back again some day, but, until then, here's one more to hold you over through the holidays. It has stories of this year's triumphs, updates on where we'll go next, and an all around roundup of the CEP's second year. Enjoy and have a joyous holiday season! And because everyone REALLY likes gifts for the holidays, if you really like what we're doing, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:32:00
December 10, 2019
Why Can't I Hold All These Headlines?!
Taking their lead from a famous US newspaper, this week the CEP boys take a stab at covering all the news that's fit to print. Or at least talk about. If it interests them. MAN a lot of news dropped last week... If you really like what we're doing, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:45:19
November 26, 2019
Transdimensional Corn Puff
This week, on the Check Engine Podcast, we introduce a new critique tool to our arsenal: The Corny Field. Using this tool, we contemplate the finer points of excellence and corniness. Will we evaluate your favorite car? Will some of ours end up where we hope they will? Listen in and find out today! If you really like what we're doing, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:27:05
November 19, 2019
Are We Still Mad at SEMA?
Last year, Andrew declared that SEMA made him mad and... the rest of us mostly agreed with him. A little more than a year and a notably different show later, the Check Engine Podcast team takes another look at SEMA to see if this is still the case. Can our minds be changed? Listen in to find out!
01:33:27
November 12, 2019
I WANT to DIE
In this episode, we try to channel the famous "reaction video" and find out just how weird automotive news is when it surprises you... What's more, Andrew brings a new segment to the table for your listening enjoyment. Listen in today to hear what he's cooked up! If you really like what we're doing, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:38:39
November 5, 2019
Q-U-I-N-T-E-S-S-E-N-T-I-A-L
In this episode, the Check Engine Podcast dives back into cars the MEAN something. We dig back, decade by decade to put a pin in the cars that are truly emblematic of every decade from the 1950's to today. In some cases, they may not be the ones you think!  If you really like what we're doing, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:38:17
October 22, 2019
Cleverly Disguised!
In this episode, the Check Engine Podcast hosts go back to a time when skipping songs was down to the seek feature on your car's tape deck, and the closest thing to a playlist was a mix tape. To listen to a different album you had to swap out physical disks instead of asking your digital assistant. Yes, in this episode, we disguise ourselves as a car podcast while discussing our favorite FULL road trip albums of all time. No playlists. No radio station algorithms. Just you, the whole album, and the journey. Listen today to see what we pick! If you really like what we're doing, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:26:55
October 15, 2019
A Positive Outlook
In celebration of Mental Illness Awareness Week, the boys at the Check Engine Podcast wanted to bring you a little ray of positive sunshine to tide you over until our next, new, full-size episode next week. Be well. If you ever need assistance for various mental health issues, a repository of various hotlines and assistance services can be found here.
10:59
October 14, 2019
Together Forever and Never to Part
In this episode, the Check Engine Podcast hosts make a (hypothetical) commitment. One car. Your whole life. Could you do such a thing? If so, what would you choose? Listen in and find out what WE chose! If you really like what we're doing, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:09:09
October 1, 2019
The Carpool ft Artisan Loaf PART DEUX
In a desperate bid for relevancy on "Car Twitter", the dynamic duo of Andrew and Tristan host the return of the podcast's new friend ArtisanLoaf! In this episode, we discuss the best bang for your buck across a wide swathe of tax brackets and, of course, take the occasional swipe at Tesla. Listen in for some solid, well thought out "consumer advice"! If you want to hear more from ArtisanLoaf, please follow him on Twitter! If you really like what we're doing, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:36:33
September 24, 2019
The Carpool ft. Steve Welk
In this episode the CEP interview driver, spotter, coach, entrepreneur, and all-around nice guy Steve Welk. Steve regales us with tales of races, racers, and team owners he's worked with over his years in motorsports and even drops some hints at what it might take for CEP to break into the top ranks of podcast-related merchandising! Listen in today! Please say hello to Steve on Instagram and twitter @Swelk57 and his company Styled Aesthetic at their website or on social media. If you really like what we're doing, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:37:40
September 17, 2019
The Body Electric
In this Episode, the CEP boys expand upon an idea first brought up in last week's episode: electric hobby cars. Owning only an electric car has been a non-starter for us since day one, but... what if you could use them only as a toy? A quick weekend blast in the countryside? A little crawling around offroad? Tune in today to see if we can find a place for electric cars in our lives. If you really like what we're doing, please support us on our home, Anchor.fm or on our Patreon page!
01:05:50
September 10, 2019
Chuck is Love, Chuck is Life
After a brief pause to wrap up a busy summer, the CEP roundtable is back open for business! In this episode, your hosts discuss such topics as Andrew being right, electric hobby cars, the nature of motorcycle ownership, and even how some guy named Chuck will change the world forever. Tune in to hear about all those things and more! If you really like what we're doing, feel free to support us on our home, Anchor.fm or Patreon
01:38:27
September 3, 2019
Purposeful Stance
In this episode, the CEP boys are ready to make our mark by discussing everything from form and function in racing movies, to the performance and presence of car advertisements, to what REAL, stronger core sales achievements look like. Join us now, and transform your daily podcast listening. If you're a fan of what doing, please support us at our Patreon page or with our home base on Anchor.fm!
01:14:54
August 20, 2019
The Greatest Generation
In this episode, the CEP boys do a little recap of their exploits at Road America for the IMSA Road Race Showcase and then delve into a round (well, let's not lie... square...) table discussion of which generations of some crowd-favorite cars are the best and why!  If you're a fan of what doing, please support us at our Patreon page or with our home base on Anchor.fm!
01:22:60
August 13, 2019
The Carpool ft. Heinricher Racing
The Legend, The Pioneer, and The Innovator. In this episode, we sit down on location at Road America with Heinricher racing, sports car racing's first all-women team, to discuss what it takes to be on the leading edge of a revolution. For even more information visit Heinricher Racing's website: https://heinricherracing.com/ and their partner's website http://www.michaelshankracing.com/ If you're a fan of what WE'RE doing, please support us at our Patreon page or with our home base on Anchor.fm! Thank you!
38:22
August 6, 2019
My Last Nerve!
In this episode of the Check Engine Podcast, the CEP boys get peeved! That's right ladies and gentlemen, in this episode, we expand upon Nick's blog post from early in our run and return solidly to form in JUDGING OTHERS. The topic of our judgement this week is a list of some of the top pet peeves and driving etiquette faux pas presented by Car and Driver... with a fun little twist. Listen in to see who gets to be crowned "Peeves"! If you like what we're doing please support us on our home: Anchor.FM/CheckEnginePodcast or on www.patreon.com/checkenginepodcast
01:41:31
July 30, 2019
The Carpool, Episode 2 featuring ArtisanLoaf
In our second trip in the Carpool, we welcome a wildly entertaining member of Car Twitter (and ground floor podcast contributor!) to the show. He gives us the rundown on everything from the Camry Adjusted Index to the future of Mazda, and, yes, even a little Tesla. Please help us welcome our newest guest and friend of the Podcast @ArtisanLoaf!
01:38:36
July 23, 2019
The Name is Energy, Rich Energy
On this episode of the Check Engine Podcast, the boys angle for a sponsorship deal, set sail on a discussion of boats, get hands on with a Genesis, and more! Take a listen and see what else we get up to!
01:19:14
July 16, 2019
Open Practice 2 (All Classes)
In this episode, the CEP boys bring another open format episode to the table. Discussing everything from the horsepower wars to the professionalism of NASCAR, this one's a firecracker! If you like what we're doing, support us at our home anchor.fm/checkenginepodcast or our Patreon page www.patreon.com/checkenginepodcast
01:46:53
June 24, 2019
The Carpool, Episode 1 featuring the CEP Dads.
In this VERY special father's day episode, the CEP boys roll out an official name for our interview series and inflict this new format upon  a couple of special guests. Yarns are spun, wisdom is dispensed, bad jokes are told, and embarrassing stories abound. Join us in welcoming the CEP Dads! If you like what we're doing please support us on our home: Anchor.FM/CheckEnginePodcast or on www.patreon.com/checkenginepodcast
01:42:12
June 17, 2019
But at What Cost?!
This week on the Check Engine Podcast, we commit WILD thievery. "Borrowing" an idea from My Brother's Sneaker (one of Andrew's favorite podcasts, btw) the boys discuss their "Holy Grail" cars. Cars that THEY would do... many things to acquire. Given their own bias, the rest of the team needs to decide one thing: at this price, at this time, IS IT WORTH IT? Listen in to find out! My Brother's Sneaker, our inspiration: https://foreverdogproductions.com/fdpn/podcasts/my-brothers-sneaker/ Our Patreon, if you want to encourage this behavior: https://www.patreon.com/checkenginepodcast
01:22:06
June 11, 2019
Name that Tune!
In this episode, your hosts trace the history, examine the evolution, and evaluate the current state of "Tuner Culture" from its roots in Japan to its current home in American car culture.
01:35:54
May 28, 2019
We're the captains now!
In this episode, your hosts discuss the Land Yachts of yore and where they've gone. Have they truly disappeared? Are they hiding under new faces? Listen in to find out!
01:32:03
May 21, 2019
Paging Dr. Boy, Dr. BIRTHDAY BOY!
In this special episode the CEP is celebrating your host, Andrew, managing another successful orbit around the fiery death orb! In what is a new CEP tradition, the Birthday Boy gets to choose the episode type. This week, we bring another open format episode your way with hot car topics ranging from craft beer to... deli meats. Listen in to see how this all makes sense!
01:28:54
May 14, 2019
King of Car Fighters I: Alpha Strike Tournament
In this episode, your hosts jump on the wave of tier lists early by pitting the giants of the supercar world against each other in Kombat, a Street Fight, a melee, or a brawl. (depending on your age and preference). We take a critical look at all aspects of the supercar recipe, such as speed, looks, cost, and other factors, to provide a definitive list of how these cars would face off against each other. Listen in to find out how your favorite fares!
01:30:20
May 7, 2019
The Big 5-0
In this, our 50th episode, we celebrate our past with a familiar format. We also look towards the next 50 episodes with a new theme song, and each of your hosts expand their minds by researching topics that are... not exactly in their wheelhouse. This is going to be fun! Theme song provided by the multi-talented Arne Parrott. Find him at www.atptunes.com as well as SoundCloud and Twitter @ArneParrott If you like what we're doing, give our Patreon page a look!
01:19:30
April 30, 2019
Practice 1 (All Classes)
In this episode of the CEP, we experiment with a new episode format! We've expanded on Pace Laps by gathering Pace Laps-style news stories and are going to bring them to you, one by one, in our trademark organized chaos. We hope you enjoy this experiment as much as we did! 
01:33:24
April 22, 2019
Hello, my name is______
In this episode, your hosts discuss what makes the best (and the worst!) car names. Stay tuned all the way to the end to hear some of our honorable mentions. You won't regret it!
01:24:55
April 16, 2019
Socialist Realism
This week, the CEP comes to power! With your hosts as the ruling troika, we have the power to decide what will be OUR glorious motherland's Car of the People. It has to be reliable, versatile, and inexpensive. What will we inflict on... errrr... choose for you?!
01:04:19
April 9, 2019
Garage Redux - PART DEUX
After the fun we had last week, the CEP boys decided that we needed to unleash our newfound used car hunting skills. On each other. This round, the rules are the same. The intent... not so much...
01:10:01
April 1, 2019
Garage Redux
Inspired by the used car market, the CEP boys get hypothetical. If you had to fill your garage, but only had the money you spent on your current car, what would YOU buy? In this episode, find out some of the bad choices WE would make!
55:42
March 26, 2019
Recorded in Front of a Live Studio Audience!
In this episode of firsts, the CEP boys celebrate St. Patrick's day by recording an episode! This show and tell-type episode sees a few firsts, including our first live, studio audience and our first episode in our natural state: just a little drunk... You know, just to embrace the reason for the season: the bottle!
01:23:09
March 19, 2019
Christchurch
We have something to say...
09:03
March 17, 2019
The Big Dance
What else were we going to call it? It's March, Nick came away a little mad, there were brackets made AND brackets busted. We can't call it... that. So, welcome to The Big Dance, a happily non-protected phrase! In this week's episode, the CEP boys take their definition of the iconic car discussed in the last episode and attempt to crown The Check Engine Podcast's Most Iconic Car!
01:33:40
March 12, 2019
Awash in Icons
This weeks, the CEP boys discuss what's REALLY iconic. Nowadays, anything and EVERYTHING gets the iconic label thrown on it. We discuss some of the hallmark qualities of iconic cars and some of the cars that WE think truly deserve the label.
01:25:40
March 5, 2019
Check Engine Podcast... ON ASSIGNMENT
This week, the boys discuss our weekend assignments! Andrew and Tristan discuss the Chicago International Auto Show and Nick gives us the rundown of his weekend in Daytona!
01:29:21
February 25, 2019
Radio On, Foot Down
In this Episode, the CEP boys discuss what makes for good driving music. We've discussed road trip music in the past, but this time? This time, we take on music that pushes that speedometer just a little higher, the music that makes commutes suddenly seem... shorter, and music that will end up sending Nick to jail.
01:13:17
February 19, 2019
Variety Pack
The CEP Boys bring you a three-pack of stories this week, in our latest "show and tell" episode. They all leave us wondering what will happen next!
01:16:17
February 12, 2019
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Cadillac?
GM has a problem: Cadillac. In this episode, the CEP boys lend their collective mental horsepower to determine the future of GM's most iconic yet most troublesome brand. 
01:18:17
February 4, 2019
Would You Like That Small, Medium, or Large?
Ever wonder why EVERY truck has best in-class towing? Every wonder why every SUV has the best in-class rear leg room? So did we! In this episode, the CEP boys discuss the maze that is the world of car classification and try to find a solution!
01:14:08
January 29, 2019
Necromancy!
Putting on their evil wizard hats this week, the CEP boys let you know what cars they want to see back from the dead!
01:04:36
January 22, 2019
Season 2 - Now with 50% More!
After the holiday break, the CEP boys bring you a roundup of what we did on our winter vacation and what madness the REST of the car world was up to during our winter vacation! 
01:28:31
January 15, 2019
CEP DOORBUSTER, EARLY-BIRD, BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL!
That's right ladies and gentlemen! Break down the security gates, trample the children, and wrestle on the floor for this week's episode of the Check Engine Podcast! In this extra-special, doorbuster, early-bird, Black Friday Special, the CEP boys bring you one, last, special episode about what we are looking forward to in the coming year! See you then!
01:06:48
November 23, 2018
The Check Engine Podcast Year in Review: 2018 Edition
In this, the final episode of the Check Engine Podcast's Inaugural Season, the boys reflect on key moments in the podcast's first season, how far we've come, and where we intend to go! Thank you for listening, thank you for your support, and see you next year!
01:03:13
November 19, 2018
CEP First Annual Racin' Roundup
In this episode, the CEP boys give you their take on the 2018 racing season and discuss their hopes for next season.
01:17:36
November 14, 2018
Dodge Bar is an Adult Toy! What?
In a buffet of content, the CEP boys bring you another "potpourri" episode designed to stimulate your senses.
01:22:18
November 6, 2018
The Hard Sell
In this episode, the CEP boys discuss some observations on the car buying experience and their personal experiences with the process.
01:22:51
October 24, 2018
Forbidden Fruit
In this episode of the Check Engine Podcast, the boys discuss the cars they lust after but remain just out of reach...
01:10:50
October 16, 2018
How the Other Half Lives
Veering away from their typically scientific examination of newer, desirable cars, the CEP boys perform an entirely objective review of some of the worst cars of the 21st century. If our previous episodes were buying advice? Consider this the opposite...
01:14:08
October 10, 2018
A Bent Fork with Nostrils
In their latest episode, the CEP boys discuss the relative merits of the "king" of automotive design: Ferrari.
01:09:02
October 2, 2018
Judging Books by Their Cover
In the latest episode of the CEP, the boys discuss prominent car stereotypes and their importance in car culture.
01:10:13
September 25, 2018
The First Annual CEP Arts and Crafts Fair
Join the CEP boys as we discuss some of the greatest car liveries (read: paint jobs) of this millennium.
01:08:31
September 14, 2018
Potpourri for 1000! Part Deux!
Subtitled "The Discussion Strikes Back", the CEP boys bring you a continuation of Episode 21 with up to 2 times more discussion points per hour!* If you like what you're hearing, support us at anchor.fm/checkenginepodcast/support or www.patreon.com/checkenginepodcast *Compared to Episode 21
01:07:27
September 4, 2018
DON'T LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE!
The CEP Boys discuss Andrew and Tristan's first NASCAR race. But you can't listen to it... or at least shouldn't. If you're STILL curious as to why, listen if you dare! If you like what you're hearing, support us at anchor.fm/checkenginepodcast/support or www.patreon.com/checkenginepodcast
01:04:57
August 28, 2018
The Carpool with Josh Bilicki
Toilet paper rolls frontwards or backwards? Why is "helmet hair" completely absent among pro racing drivers? How many wings could Juan Pablo Montoya eat in one sitting?? Like the nosey guy in the office Carpool, we ask NASCAR driver Josh Bilicki ALL the hard-hitting questions. If you like what you're hearing, support us at anchor.fm/checkenginepodcast/support
01:00:53
August 20, 2018
Potpourri for 1000! Part 1
In part one of a surprise, two-part episode, the Check Engine Podcast boys end up discussing WAY more than they thought they would about the McLaren Senna. If you like what you're hearing, support us at https://anchor.fm/checkenginepodcast/support
57:37
August 15, 2018
Days of Future Past
In this episode, the boys discuss the once and future king of car myths: the flying car.
01:09:33
July 31, 2018
Hi Doctor Nick! Episode 1 - NASCAR is Racecar Backwards
In the opening salvo of a new series we call "Hi Doctor Nick!" the Check Engine boys pick the brain of our resident racing expert to answer the question: What is NASCAR all about and why should we care?
01:13:17
July 24, 2018
NOW! That's What I Call Road Trip Music: Volume 1
The CEP Boys present: our greatest hits of road tripping music. All songs included in a handy, one-episode set!
57:46
July 17, 2018
Clickbait!
The guys give us the details on their 9 favorite cars that never were... Number 7 may surprise you!
01:13:01
July 10, 2018
What's in a name...plate?
Would a Corvette by any other name smell as sweet? This week, the boys discuss traditions and the question of whether the names of cars define them.
01:11:58
July 4, 2018
Potpourri for 500
The first episode of a recurring series we call "Show and Tell" where each of the CEP boys brings a surprise topic to the table for discussion. This week: blood sport, an important decision, and classic cars.
01:06:39
June 19, 2018
What's in a Dream?
In this episode of the Check Engine Podcast, the boys are the architects of their own disappointment as they create their perfect, unattainable dream cars.
01:06:53
June 11, 2018
Nikola, Elon, and Jeff
The Check Engine Boys talk Tesla... yeah...
59:59
June 5, 2018
Viewer Discretion Advised
This week, the boys talk grid girls. But it doesn't go like you think...
59:48
May 27, 2018
The Audi Doesn't Fall Far from the Tree
The boys discuss the deep roots of their automotive family trees.
59:47
May 20, 2018
The Mid-Ohio Experience!
The boys give us a recap of how their weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course stacked up against other tracks using the qualities described in Episode 4: The Good, the Bad, and the Watkins Glen - http://bit.ly/CEPEpisode4 AirBnB rental: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/5673664
54:09
May 13, 2018
Off to the Races!
In this Episode of the Check Engine Podcast, the boys discuss the offerings on tap at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for their first official Podcast Race Weekend!
57:52
May 2, 2018
Emergency Break: WHAT THE FORD?!
Our very first opportunity to Emergency Break some of the hottest news in the car world. This time, we discuss the seeming lunacy coming out of Ford.
38:26
April 29, 2018
We Three Kings
Given unlimited power, the guys dictate a perfect future for their car companies of choice.
59:55
April 22, 2018
Gran Turismo, Too
The boys pick a fight with the Video Game Hall of Fame.
59:01
April 16, 2018
Swipe. Match. Drive.
The boys decide whether to swipe right on the Big Three American automakers.
59:13
April 9, 2018
The Good, the Bad, and the Watkins Glen
In Episode 4 of the Check Engine Podcast, Nick, Andrew, and Tristan examine and discuss what makes for a good race track.
57:03
April 2, 2018
Roadtrippin' Balls
Breaking in their brand new Blue Snowball microphones Nick, Tristan, and Andrew discuss the rules of the road... trip.
53:26
March 26, 2018
The Wedding Episode
Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. In this episode Nick, Tristan, and Andrew navigate non-traditional parameters to stock their dream garages.
57:56
March 19, 2018
You Never Forget Your First
Nick, Tristan, and Andrew, award winning podcasters (we won't tell you which award), discuss their first car and the importance of first cars in American culture.
49:57
March 12, 2018