About The Podcast

From the car nerd behind the Hello Road YouTube channel, Ethan Tufts brings his discovery of interesting places and unique vehicles to your podcast inbox each week. Ethan is joined by co-host and fellow odd car enthusiast Paul McCarthy as they discuss forgotten cars, memorable destinations, and their most recent automotive adventures.

With guests ranging from figures in the automotive scene to local historians, you’ll always come away at the end of each episode with new found knowledge and a desire to drive your car someplace cool.

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Most recent episode

Podcast Episode #38 – Let’s Talk About Badge Engineering!

In today’s episode, we talk badge engineering! Matrix/Vibe! Yaris/Mazda2! TrailBlazer/Rainier/Envoy/97X!  Nova/Apollo/Omega/Ventura! Cavalier/Sunbird/Firenza/Cimmaron!  Odyssey/Oasis!  Frontier/Equator!  Probe/MX-6!  IQ/Cygnet!  Corolla/Prizm/Sprinter!  Trooper/SLX/Bighorn/Monterey/Jackaroo! (Right after this was recorded, the Yaris was discontinued in the US!)

By |July 24th, 2020|

Podcast Episode #30 – Radwood SoCal – It Had Confetti Seats and Everything!

By |December 20th, 2019|

Let’s talk about all of the cool stuff we saw at the Radwood SoCal 80s/90s car show! Murdered out VW Dasher! Torgenson EXP! Third gen Camaros! Mitsubishi Expo! Ford Contour SVT! And lots more!

Podcast Episode #29 – Radwood Ready!

By |December 11th, 2019|

The Radwood Socal 80s/90s car show is tomorrow! Ethan is still trying to figure out which of his weird 80s/90s cars to bring, and Paul has some issues with his Daihatsu! We also kick off the episode offering our opinions on the recent debuts at the LA Auto show. Come join us!

Podcast Episode #28 – Remember the Laforza?

By |November 25th, 2019|


Q&A time! We take your great questions and come up with our usual weird answers! Let’s talk Laforzas! And Bertone Freeclimbers! And Toyota Previa overlanders! And Hyundai Accent rally cars! Come join us.

(LaForza photo by Alessio Averone)

Podcast Episode #27 – Giraffe In a Pinball Museum

By |November 12th, 2019|

Let’s talk about the state of our project cars! Ethan is finally going to have the brakes fixed on his Pontiac Turbo Grand Prix, and Paul will once again repaint the hood on his Daihatsu. Paul recaps his visit to the I Heart Honda Show, laments not being at SEMA, and talks about how much fake blood he was covered with at a recent GWAR concert! And Ethan tells us why he was dressed up like a giraffe in a pinball museum. Come join us!

Podcast Episode #26 – I Race A Dodge Stratus!

By |November 9th, 2019|

Today we talk about oddball race cars! Yes, a factory backed Dodge Stratus race team once existed! And the dutch built, belt-driven DAF once dominated rally stages in the late 60s! We talk about the plans for the now-dead Liam Nissan race car, and Ethan talks about his latest press car, a 2020 Kia Soul GT Line. Come join us!

Podcast Episode #25 – Derek Powell Returns! – Horses and Helicopters

By |October 10th, 2019|

Automotive journalist Derek Powell returns! Today we talk about his travels to St Tropez to drive the McLaren GT, a thrilling trip in a glass bottomed helicopter in the rain, a Citroen musem in the middle of nowhere, and his experience driving the Ferrari F8 Tributo on Fiorano Circuit. We then switch gears from Marinello to Malaise and talk about Derek’s affinity for the malaise-era automobiles of the 70s. Come join us!

Steven Ewing Returns! – This Car Can Super Kill You

By |September 25th, 2019|

In today’s episode, we’re glad to have automotive journalist Steven Ewing (CNET Roadshow) back in the studio! Today we talk Nissan GT-R Nismo, racing a Subaru WRX STI up the Shelsley Walsh hill climb, and how everyone needs to go to Goodwood Revival. Come join us!

Podcast Episode #23 – Elana Scherr – What Do You Know About Snipers?

By |September 18th, 2019|

It’s guest time! Today we’re joined by automotive journalist, Mopar enthusiast, new car reviewer, and dog lover Elana Scherr. We talk ramp trucks, car breakdowns, art school, drag racing, writing, and her new YouTube channel. Come join us!

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