Check Engine Podcast

Check Engine Podcast

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The ONLY podcast produced by 3 winners of IMSA's Spirit of the Race award at the 2015 Sahlen's 6 Hours of the Glen.
We aren't automotive journalists. We don't write for magazines or report for websites. We aren't employees of any automotive or motorsports company. We're just car fans. The discussions you hear on this podcast are ones we'd have in garages, living rooms, bars, at race tracks and on road trips. But we need you to be a part of the conversations! So like, comment, subscribe and share!
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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!
1:22:59
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!
38:21
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
1:41:31
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!
1:38:36
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!
1:19:14
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
1:46:52
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
1:42:12
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
1:22:06
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.
1:35:53
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!
1:32:03
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!
1:28:54
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!
1:30:20
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!
1:19:29
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! 
1:33:23
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!
1:24:54
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?!
1:04:19
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...
1:10:00
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!
55:41
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!
1:23:09
March 19, 2019
Christchurch
We have something to say...
09:02
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!
1:33:40
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.
1:25:39
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!
1:29:20
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.
1:13:17
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!
1:16:17
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. 
1:18:16
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!
1:14:07
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!
1:04:36
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! 
1:28:30
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!
1:06:48
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!
1:03:13
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.
1:17:36
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.
1:22:18
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.
1:22:50
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...
1:10:50
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...
1:14:07
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.
1:09:02
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.
1:10:13
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.
1:08:30
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
1:07:26
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
1:04:56
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
1:00:52
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
57:36
August 15, 2018
Days of Future Past
In this episode, the boys discuss the once and future king of car myths: the flying car.
1:09:33
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?
1:13:17
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!
57:45
July 17, 2018
Clickbait!
The guys give us the details on their 9 favorite cars that never were... Number 7 may surprise you!
1:13:01
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.
1:11:57
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.
1:06:39
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.
1:06:52
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...
59:47
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
54:08
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!
57:51
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.
59:54
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.
57:02
April 2, 2018
Roadtrippin' Balls
Breaking in their brand new Blue Snowball microphones Nick, Tristan, and Andrew discuss the rules of the road... trip.
53:25
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.
57:55
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
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