The Smoking Tire


Matt Farah and Zack Klapman sit down with automotive icons, pro drivers, comedians and other friends to discuss automotive industry news, racing, projects and whatever else comes to mind. Watch our car reviews at Follow us! T: @thesmokingtire @zackklapman IG: @thesmokingtire @fakezackklapman Rent or buy our movies!, where we find out if some bad CraigsList cars can cross an entire US State, off-road!


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Matt Farah and Zack Klapman sit down with automotive icons, pro drivers, comedians and other friends to discuss automotive industry news, racing, projects and whatever else comes to mind. Watch our car reviews at Follow us! T: @thesmokingtire @zackklapman IG: @thesmokingtire @fakezackklapman Rent or buy our movies!, where we find out if some bad CraigsList cars can cross an entire US State, off-road!




Mike Guy on the magazine; Driving at 13; ChatGPT's Impact ; and more

Mike Guy is the Editor-in-Chief of Road & Track magazine. Today we talk about: How Mike dropped out of college to chase police cars; secretly fixing and driving junk cars at age 13; his time working for Rolling Stone with Hunter S. Thompson; a scary Lamborghini spin in Miami; how good the Arturo is; the GR Corolla; why Road & Track will be here for a long time; ChatGPT’s impact on the reader and the writer; and so much more. Recorded January 27, 2023 Go to and...


Questionable Cars to Import; Tesla's Fake Video; Cars Women Like; Q&A

Matt Farah and Zack Klapman talk about an attribute of car women seem to like; Tesla's revealing deposition; Lamborghini patenting sounds; what's important in a garage; the ideal muscle/drift car; when we will see a woman driving in F1; and more. Recorded January 23, 2023 Tesla deposition transcript: Go to and discover the versatility of Vuori Clothing. Not only will you...


Broncos 900 Days Late; Most over-hyped car; Q&A

Matt is back from Morocco where he drove the Porsche Dakar and lived in a fancy tent; we discuss the fevered EV vs hybrid vs gasoline debate; precious metals; Zack learned just how hard it is to build a car. Then we answer questions about the best-looking shooting break; Why you should choose an R8 over something else; whether or not Tiptronic is ever a good decision, and the most over-hyped car. Plus, Christian James Hand drops by! If you want to enjoy...


The Great Autonomous Failure; Lucid Air GT; Q&A

2 years ago a lot of companies said autonomous cars were right around the corner. Why did they say that and where did they go? Matt and Zack debate both. Also, our big Civic Type R vs Supra manual comparison video is up; we've returned the Lucid GT Air; Matt heads to Morocco soon to drive the Porsche Dakar; and there's Q&A with our Patrons. Recorded January 9, 2023 If you want to enjoy all the benefits of Private Internet Access, now’s the time to subscribe. Head to and...


Mitch McKee: Why Tuning is Changing and McLarens Hurt Themselves

When it comes to engine tuning, Mitch McKee knows it. He spent years working for Vivid racing and COBB before opening his own company, M Engineering. They write software (and some hardware) upgrades for high-dollar exotics like McLaren, Porsche, and Lamborghini. As you'll learn from the show, they don't do simple reflash or throttle maps, either. They're so good, in fact, that OEMs hire them to prevent cheating in racing team ECUs. We talk about Mitch's unorthodox start; why his approach...


Most Recalled of 2022; Lucid's Bugs; Boxster Spyder 1st WOT;

We just had our first canyon blast in Matt's Boxster Spyder "Strawberry Shortcake"; the Lucid Air GT goes back; we talk about the top 10 companies that issued the most recalls of 2022; debate whether a turbo Cayman is a better track car than an NA one; theorize why Lucid sales are slow; and more! Recorded December 30, 2022 Go to and discover the versatility of Vuori Clothing. Not only will you receive 20% off your first purchase, but enjoy free shipping on any...


Ed Bolian

When it comes to car adventures, Ed Bolian has had a lot of them. He is one of the hosts of the hugely popular "Car Trek" YouTube series, as well as his own channel, VinWiki, where people tell incredible stories (some good, some bad) of their life with cars. He's also owned (and sold) a lot of exotic cars, ran a rental business, a dealership, co-created the VinWiki app, and is a former holder of the Cannonball record. Recorded January 3, 2023 ** This show was recorded the morning after...


Betim Berisha (BBI Autosport, Hoonipigasus)

If you haven't heard of BBI, they make some of the fastest Porsches on Earth, from GT2s to Taycans and everything in between. They built the 1,400HP (!) engine for Ken Block's crazy PPIHC car -the Hoonipigasus- and were instrumental in the design, assembly, and management of that car. They've also built and managed racing and hill-climb programs for a number of other cars, including breaking Pikes Peak Time Attack record in 2019 by over 14 seconds. ⁠ On this show we talk about building...


McLaren Artura in-depth; Boxster Spyder road trip; ADM; Q&A

It's a crew show! Matt's car is broken in!!! The day has finally arrived (sort of). He took it on a 800 mile trip and will give us all the details. Plus, a deep dive into the McLaren Artura and why it's the best McLaren yet (besides the F1, of course). Then we answer questions about GR markups, Elantra N sure things, dailies for enthusiasts that live in snowy places, and what marked our greatest successes of the year. Recorded December 18, 2022 Athletic Greens is going to give you a...


Comedian Byron Bowers

Byron Bowers is an actor, comedian, and car enthusiast. His new (amazing) special is streaming on Hulu. We talk about trusting your instincts; why his special looks so original; getting in trouble for buying a lifted Cayenne online; crowd work gone wrong; his 992 GTS press car (and how it compares to his own modified 997); the excitement of adventure; and more. Recorded 12/12/2022 Go to and use code...


Larry Chen - Gymkhana BTS; SEMA GR86; Baja Scares

Larry Chen (@larry_chen_foto) is one of the most renowned and respected automotive photographers of this generation. He's been covering drifting, Baja racing, and Pikes Peak for many years, oftentimes at the request of top teams and OEMs. Today we talk about his GR 86 SEMA build; look at his crazy BTS photos from the new Gymkhana; the joys and dangers of photographing the Baja 1000; camera advice for amateur shooters; why your smartphone photos look weird; and that crash in the Bristol 100...


Tavarish on Dodge R&D; Hellcat Minivan; Hurricane McLaren

What can't this man fix? His list of project is nearly as long as his video catalog. He's building a Hellcat-powered Pacifica minivan; manual swapping the Ferrari F430 Scud he rescued; he took his McLaren 675 LT for an unplanned flight; we talk about Dodge build quality; Car Trek 9 behind-the-scenes; and what's coming up next (hint: there's a lot). Recorded December 5, 2022 Get 20% Off and Free Shipping at Be the ballsiest gift-giver this year with...


Spike Feresten - Tesla Autopilot; Too many cars; Q&A

Spike Feresten (@spikeferesten) of Spike's Car Radio talks to us about possibly buying too many cars; why he moves out of new metal quickly; understanding Matt's color choices; his feelings on the Tesla autopilot rollout; Mercedes EQS SUV vs Tesla; and more! Recorded December 1, 2022 Watch our Ferrari 296 video here: The holiday season is made better and tastier with ButcherBox. Sign up today at and use code TIRE to get $10 off your...


GR Corolla vs CTR; Ferrari 296; Cool Dad Cars; Q&A

We review the Ferrari 296 GTB; compare the GR Corolla to the Civic Type R; talk about the newly spotted Integra S; Advise someone on cool dad cars; and answer a lot of questions! Recorded December 5, 2022 Watch our Ferrari 296 video here: The holiday season is made better and tastier with ButcherBox. Sign up today at and use code TIRE to get $10 off your first box and ground beef for the life of your membership. Athletic Greens is...


Porsche 911T review; What's a Good Bike?; Panamera Hybrid; More!

Our impressions of the new Porsche 911 T; Matt returns the Indian FTR so we talk bikes; the final Malibu Cars & Coffee; the winner of the BMW 135i giveaway gets announced; Zack spent a week with the Porsche Panamera e-hybrid; Matt's car arrived (maybe?); Ferrari gets a new team principal; and we answer your questions! Recorded November 28, 2022 Check off all the guys on your list with a Harry’s Starter Set. First-time buyers get a $13 value for just $3 at FIND...


STANCEWORKS (Mike Burroughs)

Mike Burroughs (@stanceworks and @mike_stanceworks) is a YouTuber and fabricator behind the brand Stance Works. He's known for his impressive projects that require a high degree of engineering and fabrication work. On this episode he gives us a detailed breakdown of his Ferrari 308, which has a 1000HP Honda engine, completely custom suspension, carbon fiber, and a whole lot more. We're really proud of Mike for all the work he put into building this car. His clarity of vision and quality...


Richard Porter (Top Gear UK, The Grand Tour, Smith and Sniff)

Richard Porter is the script supervisor of "The Grand Tour", the former script supervisor of "Top Gear", and hosts the "Smith and Sniff Podcast" alongside Johnny Smith. He's written a number of hilarious books about obscure cars, and as expected, his car knowledge is incredible. Topics include: why he bought a Fiat Panda instead of curtains; "man math"; having his 911 stolen; the Porsche Dakar; what the trio (Clarkson, Hammond, and May) deserve more credit for; his favorite episode of The...


Why You Need a Lawyer in Your Car w/ Jazz Hampton

Ever been pulled over and wish you had a lawyer with you? That dream is now a reality. Jazz Hampton is the CEO and co-founder of TurnSignl, an on-demand, real-time service that provides 24/7 legal guidance from an attorney to drivers while their camera records the interaction. When drivers are stopped by law enforcement officers or involved in a car accident, they can access live video chat with an attorney at the press of a button or voice command. TurnSignl attorneys are vetted and...


Confusing Vantage Values; Jackie Stewart; Corvette vs SL?; Don't Throw Soup; Q&A

On today's crew show we talk about the Jackie Stewart documentary "STEWART"; wonder why the V8/V12 Vantage values haven't risen alongside Porsches and Ferraris; why Jerry Falwell Jr. fell; the electric Boxster test mule; how to cross-shop a Mercedes SL55 and a C6 Grans Sport; Twitter; play a game of F/M/K (sort of); and answer Patreon questions. Recorded November 8, 2022 Go to and use code smokingtire65 for 65% off plus free shipping! FIND BERRYMAN AT...


Why autonomous cars, Uber, & e-scooters won't fix transportation

Paris Marx, is the author of the incredible book, "Road to Nowhere: What Silicon Valley Gets Wrong about the Future of Transportation". In it, Paris does a comprehensive analysis of the recent wave of "new" mobility solutions created by the tech industry. From Uber to e-scooters to tunnels, and cars that are "autonomous" or can fly, the tech industry has promised to solve all of our traffic issues. But have they? Can they? The book does an excellent job at looking at numerous recent...