The Carmudgeon Show

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Part of the Hagerty Podcast Network, the Carmudgeon Show is a comedic, information-filled conversation with Jason Cammisa and Derek Tam-Scott, two car enthusiasts who are curmudgeonly beyond their years. Proving you don’t have to be old to be grumpy, they spend each episode talking about what’s wrong with various parts of the automotive universe. Despite their best efforts to keep it negative, they usually wind up laughing, happy, and extolling their love for cars. Which just makes them angrier and more bitter. Jason Cammisa is an automotive journalist, social-media figure and TV host with over 250 million views on YouTube alone. Jason’s deeply technical understanding, made possible by a lifelong obsession with cars, allows him to fully digest what’s going on within an automobile — and then put it into simple terms for others to understand. Also, a Master’s Degree in Law trained him to be impossible to argue with. Derek Tam-Scott still tries. He’s a young automotive expert with old-man taste in cars, and a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering — which means he knows how to be civil to Jason. Or at least he tries. With a decade and a half’s experience buying, selling, driving and brokering classic and exotic cars, he’s experienced the world’s most iconic cars. And hated most of them.

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Fixing Broken Cars in the Alps —The Carmudgeon Show with Cammisa and Derek from ISSIMI Ep. 69
01:04:08

On this episode of The Carmudgeon Show, Jason and Derek (and their traveling circus) venture to Europe to make memories of a lifetime taking two old German  cars on an incredible 2,000 mile journey through Germany, Italy, and Switzerland via the wonderfully twisty roads of the Alps…or so they thought.

Derek’s journey begins with the purchase of a W201 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 in Italy, a car whose brakes, in fact, break very quickly after taking delivery. Continuing along,  the trip becomes decorated in a chain of breakdowns of slightly assorted mechanical origin and severity, as well as a visit with the Carabinieri where Derek finds out that he may have purchased a “gypsy car”.

 

Jason borrows a similarly charming E30 BMW 320i from Sreten of the M539 Restorations YouTube channel, a car while very well sorted by its owner has some minor quibbles of its own along the way. Despite the small issues however, the 40 year old BMW fulfills a promise of completing its journey and doing a skid or two along the way.

And what’s more, the spectacular scenery makes the gremlins slightly less hateful. Between the most rewarding of driving roads and the great friends made along the way, it’s a case for all enthusiasts to go find mechanical delight in faraway places. 

After all, it’s all about finding bliss in the breakdown.

All this and more, brought to you by the Hagerty Podcast Network.

Sep 26, 2022
GR Corolla vs. GR Yaris —The Carmudgeon Show with Cammisa and Derek from ISSIMI Ep. 68
48:07

On today’s tale of two Toyotas, Jason and Derek discuss their parallel experiences driving two angry and estranged hot-hatch siblings: the GR Yaris and the GR Corolla. Jason unpacks a recent drive in the US-bound Corolla variant, while Derek discusses his go in the rest-of-world Yaris while in Europe.

Despite its menacing looks, Jason highlights that the GR Corolla is overall more tame, forgiving, and subsequently competent than expected. It’s difficult to slide in the dry and less shouty and on-edge when going about its business unlike the Fiat 500 Abarth and Hyundai Veloster N. The triple-cylinder power plant is often restrained- a muffler chop might help!

But how is the Yaris in comparison? Derek aligns- it's much the same, but with a bit less power and perhaps a bit more eager to rotate- understandably so with 300 fewer pounds to carry around.

This leads to the discussion of modifying cars and kicking failure down the road- an advisory that in most cases, you’re probably just better leaving it stock. Or at least, toeing the line between life as stock and death by over-modification.

All this and more, brought to you by the Hagerty Podcast Network.

Sep 19, 2022
A Carbon-Tub 911 that ISN'T a Porsche —The Carmudgeon Show with Cammisa and Derek from ISSIMI Ep. 67
01:11:32

On today’s episode, Jason and Derek discuss the YouTube algorithm and how the mere suggestion of the death of gasoline performance cars can send traditional automotive enthusiasts to grab their pitchforks and smash the dislike button. Surely, it’s hard to imagine a world where we’ll say goodbye to the ICE-powered, character-filled machines we have known and loved since the beginning of the car’s existence. But will we ever celebrate what we’re losing and look forward to what we’re gaining? Only time will tell.

On the other end of the ICE car spectrum, Jason and Derek share their mutually terrifying experiences being driven in the new Chimera EVO37- a completely resto-modded Lancia 037-inspired creation with a substantially larger power-to-weight ratio than a Ferrari F40.

Derek and Jason also get a go in the RUF CTR, a similar concoction of old and new 911 that ultimately feels like something entirely different than any 911 that came before it. This begs the question- do restomodded cars retain any of their original seat-of-the-pants identity once modified? Or do they build an entirely new identity separate from what they started from?

All this and more, brought to you by the Hagerty Podcast Network.

This episode is sponsored by Reliable Carriers- mention Carmudgeon in your next shipping quote and get 10% off! https://reliablecarriers.com/request-a-quote/

Sep 12, 2022
Car Week with James Engelsman — The Carmudgeon Show with Cammisa and Derek from ISSIMI Ep. 66
01:01:47

This week, special guest James Engelsman of Throttle House joins the show to unpack the many happenings of this year’s Monterey Car Week, the center of all things automotive once a year. It’s James’ first car week experience, one which included multiple manufacture reveals, seas of interesting cars from pre-war to Pagani, and the occasional high five between Christian Von Koenigsegg and Gordon Murray.

In a discussion beginning with pre-war cars, Jason, Derek, and James discuss various driving experiences that overpromise and under-deliver (and vice-versa). The centerpiece of frustration revolves mostly around the original Acura NSX, a car Jason says promised looks over actual delivered performance.

Jason and James also cover their lightspeed hot lap around Laguna Seca in an 1100 horsepower Lucid Air Sapphire, piloted by none other than Top Gear’s original tame racing driver, Ben Collins (aka The Stig).

All this and more, brought to you by the Hagerty Podcast Network. This episode is sponsored by Reliable Carriers- mention Carmudgeon in your next shipping quote and get 10% off! https://reliablecarriers.com/request-a-quote/

Aug 29, 2022
Things you never knew about Kei Cars — The Carmudgeon Show with Cammisa and Derek from ISSIMI Ep. 65
01:01:33

On today’s episode, Jason and Derek uncover the fruitful history of Kei cars, the limitations they possess, and the various misconceptions that most enthusiasts have taken as truth. Jason and Derek discuss the differences in character between Honda Beat, Autozam AZ-1, Suzuki Cappuccino, and the other sub-700cc pocket rockets that have become popular 25 year rule imports into the US in recent years.

Today’s topic also explores how different world governments create (and destroy) the existence of specific vehicle types, as well as the important cars throughout history that have mobilized developed and developing countries. Just like the Model T and the Beetle mobilized the United States and Germany respectively, the Kei car was responsible for getting the masses in Japan on the road while establishing a standard for efficiency and reliability that would eventually define Japanese auto manufacturing around the world.

All this and more, brought to you by the Hagerty Podcast Network.

This episode is sponsored by Reliable Carriers- mention Carmudgeon in your next shipping quote and get 10% off! https://reliablecarriers.com/request-a-quote/

Aug 22, 2022
Why Dealerships Suck Right Now — The Carmudgeon Show with Cammisa and Derek from ISSIMI Ep. 64
01:04:24

On this episode of The Carmudgeon Show- Jason and Derek each acquire new vehicles, both on very different ends of the spectrum…

In a quest not to be #1 soccer dad, Jason discusses his recent experience in car dealer hell with a purchase of his very first American vehicle- an ex-rental spec Dodge Caravan SXT that will serve as his new camera and crew vehicle. Added dealer markup (ADM), paint protection, and other miscellaneous retail magic tricks are discussed, at what could ultimately be the doom of dealers altogether with the rise of the direct-to-consumer sales model.

In the business of selling used cars himself, Derek leads the discussion towards the used car market as a whole. Have prices collapsed? Or will we all continue to be swimming in dealer add-ons for all eternity? Outside of a recent Ferrari 308 GT4 sale on Bring A Trailer for $220,000, Derek seems to think we are somewhere in-between the asinine and not-so asinine.

On the opposite end of the US, Derek purchases a vehicle conceived far before the time of ADM- a W116 Mercedes-Benz 280SE. He proceeds to take it on a 2,000 kilometer roadtrip through Maine and Canada and, despite some hoonage and squeaky belts, lived to tell the tale. All this and more, brought to you by the Hagerty Podcast Network.

This episode is sponsored by Reliable Carriers- mention Carmudgeon in your next shipping quote and get 10% off! https://reliablecarriers.com/request-a-quote/

Aug 15, 2022
Supercars don't make you superhuman! — The Carmudgeon Show with Cammisa and Derek from ISSIMI Ep. 63
59:18

Ever wonder how to get your father arrested in 1990s Germany?

18-year-old Jason can probably answer that for you. Upon taking the keys to his father’s Vauxhall Calibra, Jason tells an adolescent story of getting a speeding ticket 100 mph over the posted limit.

Going to Monterey Car Week without your car? Buy or rent an old car, no matter how much oil it leaks! Jason and Derek discuss which car in their respective collections they’ll bring to this year’s car week and complain about the soul-sucking rentals and assorted boring new cars that other attendees often drag along.

This episode’s main focus revolves around the varying types of people who have previously and currently buy supercars for status. Jason and Derek discuss their general distaste for individuals who see supercar ownership purely as a luxury experience, when in fact the opposite is most often true- particularly when stuck on the side of the road waiting for a tow. 

But perhaps the individual is not actually to blame when the manufactures make their most hardcore supercar offerings more accessible to the average Joe and Jodie. Make an amazing, highly capable, accessible supercar, and more often than not the wrong type of buyer will go after it. But that won’t stop them from being passed on track by Jason in a Volkswagen Golf VR6 or a Derek in a Mazda Miata- after all, the driver mod beats all.

All this and more, brought to you by the Hagerty Podcast Network.

Aug 08, 2022
Is the E39 BMW M5 actually any good? — The Carmudgeon Show with Cammisa and Derek from ISSIMI Ep. 62
57:27

Today’s episode begins with cars shoehorned with engines they were never supposed to possess, such as the W124 Mercedes-Benz 500E and R129 SL600. On the opposite end of the engine-size spectrum, Jason also discusses his recent findings in the newest Cammisa Ultimate Drag Race series, featuring new front-wheel drive manual transmission offerings such as the Hyundai Elantra N, Volkswagen Jetta GLI, and Acura Integra (and special guest Ford Bronco Raptor).

On the subject of super sedans, Derek discusses his recent adventures in an E39 BMW M5, a car which controversially did not capture his soul. As a two-time six-cylinder E39 owner, Jason chimes in on why Derek might not be so out of line on this rather unusual opinion. Some cars, like the E39 M5 and many other period-exceptional cars, are inherently less desirable for not having enough flaws and subsequent character. What’s more- the E39 M5 is an excellent sporting luxury sedan, but is it an excellent sports sedan?

A discussion on flawed yet wonderful vs. wonderful yet flawed cars opens the floodgates for many other questions to be answered. For instance, what makes a car significant for its time? What makes a terrible car better than a fundamentally great car over time? What is definition of a sports sedan? What’s a sports car? And seriously, why is the Hyundai Elantra N so ugly?

All this and more brought to you by the Hagerty Podcast Network

Aug 01, 2022
A Ban On Electric Vehicles— The Carmudgeon Show with Jason Cammisa and Derek from ISSIMI Ep. 61
01:07:24

What happens in a theoretical world where electric cars are banned? In this alternate simulation, Jason and Derek imagine a world where electric cars make another disappearance into the depths of history and the consequences that might follow. They also travel down the rabbit hole of alternative fuels and reveal their current disdain of hydrogen fuel cell technology and government handling of alternative fuel distribution. In this current simulation, however, it seems fairly predictable that automotive evolution will give full way to the electric vehicle.

But the popularity of electric vehicles once rose and gave way to gasoline in the early 1900s. To explore where society has come and gone with EVs, Jason and Derek hop in a non-Delorean time machine and explore the beginnings of personal automobiles during a time when steam power, electricity, and gasoline, and diesel lived in harmony and why fossil fuels ultimately prevailed in history.

This leads to a discussion of other general automotive technologies that have standardized or suffered over the years, including but not limited to two-pedal manual transmissions, cylinder deactivation, early CRT touch screens, and other strange and successful engineering choices made by manufactures throughout history. Perhaps Chrysler’s Electronic Voice Alert system will make a comeback someday…

All this and more, brought to you by the Hagerty Podcast Network.

Jul 25, 2022
Automotive Archeology in Action— The Carmudgeon Show with Jason Cammisa and Derek from ISSIMI Ep. 60
53:04

In this episode, Burnout Specialist Jason begins today’s episode with a guided presentation on vehicles that do the easiest burnouts- a discussion that starts and ends with V6 front-wheel-drive. It turns out that in his findings, Jason has also determined a way to pull off a smokey burnout *even* in a vehicle with an electronic parking brake- an answer that we don’t recommend trying at home, or in a press car…

The term of the day is automotive archeology- in other words, the art of uncovering the sparkling or spotted past of an old car. Derek discusses his Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider and his exploration of the many body shop receipts that, by “visiting enough still and moving objects”, have eventually repainted the whole car. Jason brings stories of his Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 and C43 AMG to the table, highlighting a time when he accidentally bought a car that the manufacture didn’t know existed.

Amidst a discussion on many other collective vehicles that Jason and Derek have owned and observed, this leads to a discussion on how cars are treated on average from country-to-country depending on inspection processes and the overall cultural differences in . Thinking about buying a nicely kept car in Germany? Perhaps consider a compression test if the car has been in any considerable distance of the Autobahn…

All this and more, brought to you by the Hagerty Podcast Network

Jul 18, 2022
Derek Does Pikes Peak — The Carmudgeon Show with Cammisa and Derek from ISSIMI Ep. 59
01:07:36

This week, Jason drives Derek’s Lamborghini Miura- which, as it turns out, is a vehicle that most commonly enjoys flirting with its own death by fire, inclement weather, or just modern day traffic. Jason and Derek discuss the car’s other difficulties, including but not the mystery of non-standardized interior button labels, glowworms for headlights, and windshield wipers which prefer to eject versus function. Conclusion- if anything happens to your Miura, make sure the whole thing burns to the ground- the subsequent restoration won’t be worth the trouble or finished in your children's lifetime.

The main focus of this episode, however, is Derek’s recent trip to Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, a journey not traveled without some difficult weather, 3 AM traffic jams, and many flavors of Porsche 911 Turbo eating up the elevation. Despite some unique challenges in Derek’s adventure, he luckily did not get struck by lightning. This eventually leads to an extended discussion on Mobil 1 oil and some discoveries Derek made while talking to an oil engineer atop Pike’s Peak.

Jason and Derek explore differences in oil weight, detergents, anti-foaming agents, modifiers, and more magic that lubricates our engines. Oil change intervals and oil analysis also come into play- sometimes a scary Blackstone result isn't as worrisome as you might be led to believe.

Jason also revisits his findings on the new Acura Integra and Honda Civic SI, and uncovers why ultimately there is more to the $7,000 price gap than initially meets the eye. Jason and Derek also discuss a recent spin in an original DC2 Acura Integra Type R, a car whose mass alone dictates how much the Integra nameplate has changed in 25 years. All this and more, brought to you by the Hagerty Podcast Network.

Jul 11, 2022
Is The New Integra A Future Classic? — The Carmudgeon Show with Cammisa and Derek from ISSIMI Ep. 58
49:04

Every once in a while, a great new car comes along that, despite its overall excellence, still reveals its incapabilities in becoming a sales success.

In this episode of The Carmudgeon Show, Jason remarks on his recent experience with the new Acura Integra, a car which looks better in person despite its snot-inspired launch colors. While Derek initially judges the car based on Legend and not Vigor, he ultimately concludes that maybe there’s more than meets the eye when stacked up against the crop of other new sporting and enthusiast-aimed cars in the segment.

This opens a discussion on the history of Honda and Acura’s image in the 80s and 90s and the types of folks who bought them- some of whom you may have street raced with if you pulled up in a similarly-matched Volkswagen in 1990s Pittsburgh.

Similarly, Jason and Derek discuss the wavering transitions between good and bad in 30 years of Acura product planning, and the importance of thoughtfully relaunching legendary nameplates. Can the current Integra carry the torch and become another future Honda classic? We may need another 30 years to find out.

All this and more, brought to you by the Hagerty Podcast Network.

Jun 27, 2022
How To Be An Automotive Journalist — The Carmudgeon Show with Cammisa and Derek from ISSIMI Ep. 57
01:02:08

In this episode of The Carmudgeon Show, amateur interior designer Jason Cammisa and living encyclopedia Derek “Hyphen” Tam-Scott go back to the basics and recall their respective foundations in their respective automotive ecosystems.

Derek embarks on a trip into his past of Alfa Romeo brake jobs, buying and selling old cars, and building a prolific knowledge of cars and planes through books received since his childhood. In fact, Derek's encyclopedia became certified by age 8 when elaborating on engineering differences between a Porsche 956 and 962 to his family's local mechanic.

Jason similarly recalls his beginnings watching and memorizing his parents’ movements driving manual transmissions as a child. As a prize for his attentiveness at age 14, he wins an unrealized $50 bet after successfully not stalling his father’s FJ60 Toyota Land Cruiser, a journey filled with risky hill-starts and rev-match downshifts.

Amidst a discussion of calibrating driving styles and learning how to drive old cars properly, Jason discusses a recent drive in a friend’s Ferrari Mondial T after doing some throttle tinkering. As it turns out, the more broken a car is, the better you become as a driver by circumventing the brokenness. And anyway, who’s really broken- you or the car?

Throughout the episode, Jason and Derek engage in a conversation about the importance of being objective in the world of automotive storytelling. Jason identifies the rewards that come with experiential curiosity and the art of purposeful ambiguity- perhaps, at the cost of being fooled by a PR department behind an Audi RS3 or a similarly FWD-feeling Dodge Neon. Maybe- just maybe- we can all learn to understand a hateful vehicle.

All this and more- brought to you by the Hagerty Podcast Network.

Jun 20, 2022
The World's Best Sports Sedan is a Cadillac? — The Carmudgeon Show with Cammisa and Hyphen — Ep. 56
01:04:54

In this episode of the Carmudgeon Show, 95-year-old Derek Tam-Scott and ex-Yinzer Jason Cammisa discuss their enjoyment of the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing. They cautiously approach the startling conclusion that the Blacking is the world's best current sports sedan — but not without a seaworthy exploration of Cadillac’s post-landyacht identity crisis. While unpacking the good, the bad, and the Malaise, Derek realizes that maybe there’s more to our perception of a 120-year-old brand than meets the eye.

Naturally, this discussion is not without mention of past performance sedan greats — including the Chevrolet SS, E39 BMW M5, and Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. And the ATS-V with the pushrod, small-block V-8 — which totally should have existed.

Jason’s ten cars become nine as he bids farewell to Rose Gold, his Cashmere-Beige BMW E30 325i, but not without sending it off with a bumper-to-tailpipe warranty and a deep investigation of a tacho-metric truth. He also celebrates 25 years and 100,000 miles with his 1987 Volkswagen Scirocco 16V and the newly-realized vulnerabilities that come with long-term ownership.

All that and more, brought to you by the Hagerty Podcast Network.

Jun 13, 2022
Driving an XL1 in the USA — The Carmudgeon Show featuring Jason Cammisa and Derek from ISSIMI Ep. 55
54:51
In this episode of the Carmudgeon show, part-time ambulance chaser Jason Cammisa befriends some forbidden freeway fruit in form of the Volkswagen XL1 — a car that hardly exists at all, let alone on a California freeway at 11 PM. Jason recounts his seat time in the mirrorless, peak-Piëch Bugatti Veyron of MPG and how its small-footprint journey across the US makes for a large-footprint cause — more on that below. Side effects may include a string of broken-necked Bolt drivers and/or a stay in your local hospital.

Derek and Jason make some other low-drag comparisons, such as the ill-fated GM EV-1 and original Honda Insight.

Jason recounts vivid childhood memories of a 1975 Chevy Impala wagon and a GM hotline that served solely to feed his growing curiosity of facts and figures.

This somehow leads to a discussion (and confession) of the different terrible and elaborate ways that rental vehicle customers can cause havoc. Have you ever pulled a 6-liter Vortec out of a U-Haul and returned it with a lowly 4.8? Perhaps you’ve rented a Toyota Tercel and returned it within an inch of its life.

We won’t judge you. Maybe.

A special shout-out to Jim Magill (@thealso) who drove the XL-1 cross country to raise money for Alzheimer Research. Click the link here to donate to the cause: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/thecarofthefuturepast

Jun 06, 2022
Driving rally legends- — The Carmudgeon Show featuring Jason Cammisa and Derek from ISSIMI — Ep. 54
01:05:31

In this episode of the Carmudgeon Show, Derek Tam-Scott helps Jason Cammisa make a not entirely welcome discovery about the past of his recently-acquired Honda Beat, which somehow transitions seamlessly to a discussion about homologation cars and how they are both strange and cool. Included among these are Derek’s recently-acquired Mercedes-Benz W201 190E 2.3-16 Cosworth.

The main focus, however, is the homologation cars Derek drove on his recent trip to Europe, including the Lancia Fulvia HF Fanalone, the Lancia Stratos HF (which necessitates discussion of the Ferrari 246 Dino, of course) , the Group B-dominating Peugeot 205 Turbo 16, and Kimera Automobili’s spectacular Lancia 037 redux, the EVO37. These become the vehicles to discuss the differences between Group 4, Group 5, and Group 6, and their evolution into Group A, Group B, and Group C. No Carmudgeon Show episode is complete without a discussion of BMWs, in this case the E46 M3 CSL, which Derek drove in Switzerland.

May 30, 2022
Discussing the Nissan Z — The Carmudgeon Show featuring Jason Cammisa and Derek from ISSIMI — Ep. 53
01:02:39

There’s a new Z in town and Jason has driven it!

In this episode of the Carmudgeon Show, award-winning automotive journalist Jason Cammisa and award-deserving automotive encyclopedia Derek Tam-Scott discuss the 2023 Nissan Z. And the Jaguar E-Type. And Bridgestone S007 tires. And Aston Martin Vantages — V8 Vantages with blown engines. And Gordon Murray T.50s.

Derek takes a turn for the nerdy by pointing out that British tax-horsepower regulations encouraged the tractor-like long-stroke engines that sapped some of the fun out of the 1960s sports cars.

But not the Fairlady Z432, which Jason thinks might be the best-sounding six-cylinder engine of all time — up there with the Mercedes 300SL “Gullwing.”

Mostly, though, this episode discusses Z — from the new one back to the original S30 240Z and Fairlady. Including the VR30DDTT engine that originally debuted in the Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 — though it’s derived from the port-injected R35 Nissan GT-R.

And what episode would be complete without a highly legal street drag race between two BMW E30 325is? Certainly not this one.

May 23, 2022
Road Rage in slow cars — The Carmudgeon Show featuring Jason Cammisa and Derek from ISSIMI — Ep. 52
01:05:28

If Eight is Enough, Ten is too many: Jason just bought his tenth car, and it’s a problem. It’s also slow. Japanese Kei cars are limited to 660 cc and 64 horsepower — but the Honda Beat is an 8500-rpm 3-cylinder with ITBs and sounds like a Porsche 911’s flat-six. Just without any chance of a speeding ticket.

Jason also just drove an Autozam AZ-1, which has Gullwing doors and is surprisingly fast — so the boys wonder if a Suzuki Cappuccino is just as good?

This leads a discussion of slow cars, which invariably means diesels. And a Fiat Cinquecento. Its 2-cylinder, 11-hp just gave Derek some anxiety this past weekend. More so than the underpowered Land Rover Defender 110 diesel that actually managed 70 mph — after miles of full-throttle motoring.

Jason once had a W123 300TD Turbo wagon that started, but didn’t run. How is that possible? Starting fluid. But the OM617 diesel’s loping idle is among the best sounds in the world. And some later Mercedes diesels — like the W124 1995 E300 diesel and OM606 24-valve straight-six. Which is smooth, but slow.

Somehow the conversation then turned to Derek’s hatred of the Ferrari F355 and 550 Maranello. It’s always fun to see Derek miserable, at least for Jason.

We suspect the same will be true for you.

The Carmudgeon Show is part of the Hagerty Podcast Network.

May 16, 2022
How can Miata always be the answer when there are multiple Miatas and an E30?— Carmudgeon Show Ep 51
01:04:21

In this episode, Jason Cammisa and Derek ("Hyphen") Tam-Scott discuss having to choose between the Miata NC and ND, specially NC3 and ND2, after driving them back to back on a rally.

Of course, the meandering conversation starts with BMW E90 and E90 LCIs, the term Life-Cycle Impulse, and the hideousness of E60 and the E65 BMWs.

NB, Hyphen says, is not the right answer.

But NC2 and NC3 might be.

ND Miata proved the entire industry wrong — it's possible to drop weight and gain performance.

But it didn't come alive until the ND2's higher-revving engine.

But is it better than the NC2 Miata?

And is even that better than an E30 BMW 325i?

It takes an entire episode to find out, but the Carmudgeons are clear on this decision. And to discuss whether we're in a bubble of old-car values?

== The Carmudgeon Show is part of the Hagerty Podcast Network. It consists of multiple award-winning automotive journalist Jason Cammisa and automotive expert and Derek Tam-Scott of ISSIMI.

May 09, 2022
Track Day? Nah, we'd rather do a Hyphen Rally: mountain roads with friends — Carmudgeon Show Ep 50
01:00:04

In this celebratory 50th episode of The Carmudgeon Show, Jason Cammisa and Derek Tam-Scott regale us with tales of their 624-mile weekend old-car road rally.

Derek brought his 964-chassis Porsche 911, Jason brought "Beatrice," his beater E30-chassis BMW 325i. Two friends bought Miatas: an NC3 and an ND2. More on the Mazdas in a future episode, we promise.

Derek picked a route of the twistiest back roads Northern California can offer and the boys grabbed a couple hotels.

Several things occurred to them:

1. California's passing laws suck because they put the onus of pulling over on the slower, weaker driver.

2. We've found our people: they use turn signals.

3. Track days are great, but we prefer back roads.

4. Tight and twisty back roads are more fun than track - it trades repetition for adventure.

5. This is the cheapest way of enjoying a weekend.

6. Poor Beatrice.

7. Focus on the driver mod!

May 02, 2022
Conventional wisdom: sedans aren't investments. Conventional wisdom = wrong! — Carmudgeon Show Ep 49
01:01:33

Historically, sedans were viewed as non-collectibles. But history was wrong — these days, sedans are doing just fine.

In this episode, Jason Cammisa and Derek Tam-Scott ("Hyphen") discuss the collectible and awesome sedan — everything from the Mercedes 6.9 and 6.3 to the W124 500E, and the AMG Hammer and Hammer Wagon 500E 6.0. To say nothing of the W201 190E 2.3-16 with its triumphant debut at the grand opening of the Nürburgring GP circuit in a one-marque race won by none other than Ayrton Senna.

And then there's the non-Mercedes: BMW E28 M5, the E30 325i, E36 M3, E31 850i.

And the discussion of Maserati Quattroporte versus GranCoupe. And Honda Prelude, Acura Integra, Camry Coupe, Lexus SC, and Buick Reatta.

The Coupe story ends with a discussion of Jason's nephew's Infiniti G35 Coupe, which started its journey at a 24 Hours of Lemons race in San Francisco and Teen Driving School at Thunderhill Raceway and drove cross-country — and Tail of the Dragon. And then met a deer in South Carolina.

Apr 25, 2022
Hagerty is The Carmudgeon Show’s New Home — Ep. 48 — with Jason Cammisa and Derek from ISSIMI
56:42

What is Luxury? The boys are back, proving once again that you don’t have to be old to be bitter. On their inaugural episode for the Hagerty Podcast Network, automotive journalist Jason Cammisa and Walking Encyclopedia of Automotive Knowledge Derek Tam-Scott discuss different types of luxury cars.

Their unexpected conclusion: the best luxury car might be a cheap beat-up car. After all, there is no luxury greater than not having to worry. Or at least, that’s the theory.

Along the way, the Carmudgeons touch upon the difference between a perfect BMW E30 (like Jason’s 325i Touring) and a beater (like Jason’s 325i Sedan.) Then, it’s off to the Lucid Air, Derek’s Mk7.5 Volkswagen GTI, and how sometimes daily-driving a cheap example of an expensive car is possibly the least luxurious way to go. Because nothing is less luxurious than a tow truck.

Or is space the final luxury frontier? After all, the Rivian R1T packs more cargo space in it than an AMG SUV. And it can keep up with an R35 Nissan GT-R.

 

The Carmudgeon Show is part of the Hagerty Podcast Network.

 

About the Podcast: The Carmudgeon Show is a comedic, information-filled conversation with Jason Cammisa and Derek Tam-Scott, two car enthusiasts who are curmudgeonly beyond their years. Proving you don’t have to be old to be grumpy, they spend each episode talking about what’s wrong with various parts of the automotive universe. Despite their best efforts to keep it negative, they usually wind up laughing, happy, and extolling their love for cars. Which just makes them angrier and more bitter.

Jason Cammisa is an automotive journalist, social-media figure and TV host with over 250 million views on YouTube alone. Jason’s deeply technical understanding, made possible by a lifelong obsession with cars, allows him to fully digest what’s going on within an automobile — and then put it into simple terms for others to understand. Also, a Master’s Degree in Law trained him to be impossible to argue with.

Derek Tam-Scott still tries. He’s a young automotive expert with old-man taste in cars, and a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering — which means he knows how to be civil to Jason. Or at least he tries. With a decade and a half’s experience buying, selling, driving and brokering classic and exotic cars, he’s experienced the world’s most iconic cars. And hated most of them.

Apr 18, 2022