Cars. Love them, hate them, rely on them, eschew them. Foreign, domestic. New, old. Beater, mint. I remember my first cars…a green VW bug, Rambler American, Opal Kadett, and Datsun B-210. I loved my cars and named them…the last was Trout and that little blue car swam down the road… In the spirit of a fine car to which one becomes quite attached, this post is dedicated to Tom and Ray Magliozzi, creators of their characters Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers on their wildly popular National Public Radio show, Car Talk. If you’ve ever listened to their show, you’ve had a darned good laugh and you spend the rest of the day with a smile on your face. Well, I felt a bit dismayed to learn that the Magliozzi Bros. are retiring in October. Tom just turned 75 and he’s running out of gas. No, he’s not on empty, but he wants to enjoy his Golden Years idling not racing. NPR isn’t thrilled with the idea but its management knows Click and Clack have really earned the break. Their public announcement, Time to Get Even Lazier, outlines what’s happening. They won’t be gone entirely. The Car Talk team will be rebroadcasting the ‘best of’ and Tom and Ray may be back on occasion or may do something altogether different. The site will still be up and their old shows are archived, so you have hours of listening time at your disposal. It is tough knowing that Tom and Ray will have left the studio, though. I’ve listened to them for decades while listening to NPR radio or by tuning in over the internet. I have listened to them while driving from Vancouver BC to Spokane WA or Bigfork MT, have listened to them when I lived in Missoula MT and Boise ID. According to Wikipedia, Click and Clack started in 1977. Lots of advice and lots of laughs! The airwaves won’t be the same without new programs transmitting the strong Bostonian accents of Tom and Ray Magliozzi… Whether they’re joshing each other or having a laugh at a caller’s expense, they were and are pure entertainment topped with tons of knowledge. You can find them here… Give ‘er a spin! Let’s hear it for Tom and Ray! Hip hip hooray!! Take it easy boys….
Car sold through Full Moon Clay Company, ”Travel Bug” with trailer , $1800.00.
“Made in Brazil exclusively for Avon.” Sells through Earl’s Bizarre Treasures on Etsy for $24.00.
Sold through Live Auctioneers.
Sold for $150 through l’art et l’automobile.
Sold by Craig and Pam Booth through their site, Cartoons by Booth.