Hello Road



From the car nerd behind the Hello Road YouTube channel, Ethan Tufts brings his discovery of interesting places while driving 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, hidden local places of interest, and their most recent automotive adventures.With guests ranging from figures in the automotive scene, to local historians, youll always come away at the end of each episode with new found knowledge and a desire to drive your car someplace cool. Come join Ethan and Paul as they take the adventurous leap into podcasting!


  • Peter Nelson – Car Bibles and 100 Horsepower Mazdas

    17/05/2021 Duration: 01h02min

    Hey! We're on our 50th episode! Congrats us! Today we're glad to have auto journalist Peter Nelson (CarBibles, Donut Media) join us. Let's chat about the Car Bibles site, writing about cars, and tracking a 100 horsepower Mazda2!

  • Steven Ewing Returns! - Miatas, McLarens, & Minivans

    30/04/2021 Duration: 01h08min

    In today's episode, we're glad to have automotive journalist Steven Ewing (CNET Roadshow) join us again! Somehow we managed to only talk about things that begin with the letter M. Miatas, McLarens, Minivans, Mid-Engined Cars, and the new Ford Maverick. Come join us!

  • I Killed The Purple Probe

    18/04/2021 Duration: 01h25min

    Today we talk about the fantastic highs and punishing lows of car ownership! Paul’s Honda Fit suffered severe suspension damage due to a gargantuan pothole, but he eventually got it all sorted out! Ethan’s purple ’97 Ford Probe GT has exhibited all sort of problems since he bought it, but now it's possible the final nail has been placed in its coffin. Listen to find out what happened!

  • Rad For Sale!

    01/03/2021 Duration: 01h20min

    Special guest time! Lane Skelton and Art Cervantes from Radwood join us! We talk all about their new car auction site Rad For Sale, our car projects, kei car rallies, Ford Probes, and more!

  • What is the Best Decade for Cars?

    09/02/2021 Duration: 01h08min

    The automobile has been around for 135 years! Let's make the tough decision to determine what is the all time best decade for cars! Today Brad Hansen from Retro Cars Forever joins us as we all choose our favorite span 10 years in automotive history, as well as which we think is objectively the best. Come join us!

  • K-Car or Kei Car Road Rally!

    29/01/2021 Duration: 01h15min

    Today we have a special guest! Friend of the podcast Adam Hove joins us to talk about road rallies! From our earliest memories of the Cannonball Run movies to organized road rallies on California's amazing canyon roads. We also talk about Adam's love for the Fiat 500 Abarth, and how we just might organize a "K-Car or Kei Car Rally". Come join us! 

  • That is a Heinous Looking Car!

    15/01/2021 Duration: 01h21min

    It's time for another Q&A! So many great questions this time around. We talk about retro styling, looking to the future with EVs, our love for cars of the 80s and 90s, our favorite music, a battle between sport compacts of the early 2000s, and more! Come join us.

  • Bradley Brownell Returns! - Autopia 2099

    02/01/2021 Duration: 01h04min

    In today's episode, Bradley Brownell returns! Let's talk about Autopia 2099, a new kind of car show that looks to the future. The show is all about electrified fun with a retro-future twist. Electric, plug-in, and hybrid cars, trucks, motorcycles, and mobility devices paired with the vibe of Buck Rogers, atomic age, world’s fair, Eames chair, mid-mod, ray gun type stuff. Come join us! 

  • Manuel Carrillo III Returns! - Seduced By Speed

    19/12/2020 Duration: 01h14min

    In today's episode, auto journalist Manual Carrillo III joins us again! Let's learn a bit more about his crazy experiences over the last year, and talk about his new show, Seduced By Speed on Motor Trend. Come join us!

  • Why We Own Old Cars

    09/12/2020 Duration: 01h03min

    We're baaaaack! In today's episode we talk about how Ethan has some additional cars in his driveway, including a 1995 Mitsubishi Pajero! Paul contemplates the possibility of selling the Daihatsu. And we talk about the many reasons why we own and love old cars.

  • Should You Buy a Car at Auction?

    18/08/2020 Duration: 01h12min

    Today let's talk about the two most recent cars that Ethan purchased via online auction, a 1994 Lexus GS300 and a 1999 Acura Integra! Was it a good idea? Probably not, but that won't likely keep Ethan from doing it again! Let's talk about the pros and cons. Mostly cons! We also talk about the fun driving roads just outside of Los Angeles. Come join us!

  • Sometimes Little Projects Are The Most Rewarding

    14/08/2020 Duration: 01h17min

    The impossible has happened—Paul is thinking about selling his Daihatsu! Can it be? Listen to find out why. We also talk project cars, and how sometimes the small projects are often the most rewarding. Ethan made some simple updates to his 944 Turbo and Ford Probe GT, and Paul is continuing to update his Honda Fit. Paul also tells us about his experience taking his Honda Fit to the race track. Come join us! (This episode was recorded a few weeks ago and is finally being uploaded—sorry!) 

  • Let's Talk About Badge Engineering!

    23/07/2020 Duration: 01h10min

    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)

  • Best Car From a Dead Brand?

    02/05/2020 Duration: 01h05min

    Today let's choose the best car from a dead car brand. And while we're on the topic, let's also choose the worst car from a dead brand! Plymouth Neons, Pontiac Azteks, Plymouth Prowlers, Pontiac Trans Sports, AMC Eagles, and more. Knowing our weird taste in cars, you might not be able to guess which we think are the best and which we think are the worst. We also talk about driving during the Covid pandemic, and find out how Ethan was responsible for killing the Pontiac brand. Come join us!  

  • Our Answers are Questionable

    17/04/2020 Duration: 01h26min

    It's Q&A time again! So many great questions. Some questionable answers. Let's talk about owning too many cars, buying a car at auction, extinct car features we'd like to see make a comeback, how to keep our old cars running, wacky car challenges, Mazda's sales woes, dream cars from the 80s/90s, and more! Come join us.

  • Importing a JDM Car?

    23/03/2020 Duration: 01h04min

    Today we talk about the challenges of importing a JDM car in California. And buying toilet paper. Come join us!

  • Bradley Brownell Returns! Electrify Everything

    21/02/2020 Duration: 01h19min

    Let’s talk EVs! Automotive journalist Bradley Brownell returns, and today we talk all about electric cars. How as car enthusiasts can we be better stewards of the environment? What is the actual impact of owning an electric car? Can electric cars be fun? Where is the industry headed? Come join us for this fun and informative discussion.

  • It's Van Time!

    09/02/2020 Duration: 01h51s

    Today we talk all about vans! Mitsubishi Delicas, Ford Transits, Toyota Previas, Chrysler Pacificas, Nissan Quests, the Lexus LM350, and more. And who better to have on the show other than the person running the @itsvantime Twitter account! Who is this mysterious van aficionado? Can we help put an end to the crossover craze and bring back another golden era of vans? Listen and find out!

  • Brad DeSantis and Andrew Pascarella

    04/02/2020 Duration: 01h03min

    Today we're joined by fellow podcasters Brad DeSantis and Andrew Pascarella, from the Auto Off Topic podcast. Let's talk about the history of Mitsubishi, why you should go see a rally race, and what makes their podcast special. Also in this episode, find out what car Ethan may have just purchased. Come join us!

  • Big Plans For The New Year!

    09/01/2020 Duration: 57min

    Let's recap all of the great Hello Road things that happened in 2019, and talk about what we have planned for 2020! More guests, more unique topics, and maybe a Hello Road Rally? Come join us!

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