Category - Speed:Sport:Life Radio

A weekly podcast hosted by Kasey Kagawa, covering the latest in automotive news and trends.

Speed:Sport:Life Radio LeMons Edition: Who’s Zoomin’ Whom?

Photography by Murilee Martin

What did the 24 Hours of Lemons (Thunderhill) and the “C Sports Racer” class of the SCCA 2008 Runoffs have in common? They were both won by motorcycle-engined lightweight specials that didn’t quite belong…

This is an outrageously long podcast — nearly 18 minutes — and it covers two primary topics. The first topic is the “spirit of Lemons” and what happens when it takes a bike-engined special to win a “budget” race. The second is a rambling diatribe on the notion of “driving at the limit” complete with some racetrack times from a recent press event.

This is, with any luck, the last podcast we’ll do with this lousy microphone — so if you can live with one more episode full of “pops”, things should be better next time.

Speed:Sport:Life Radio Part 2: Electric Boogaloo!

Junkyard photography by Dave Everest

Remember New Coke? Sure you do. Some people liked it more, some people liked it less, and eventually the Coke people gave up and just put the old stuff back on the grocery-store shelves. So here we are with the “New Coke” of podcasts.

Our veteran podcaster Kasey Kagawa has taken a hiatus from bringing you the latest podcasted auto-industry news, so instead you get me as your podcaster du jour. The format’s a little different; it’s less “informative” and more “unhinged ranting”. Feel free to let us know how you feel about the change!

Speed:Sport:Life Radio: Boring Week is Boring Edition

Yes, we’re back for another week of SSL Radio. Supposedly, the automakers are heading back to Congress this week to beg for their lives, but we’ll have to wait and see if anything actually comes out of it. Aside from that, there’s not that much going on, so we’ll have to see what we can dig up to send your way in glorious podcast format.

On 12/1, we start off by reviewing the stuff that we missed over the vacation (it wasn’t that much), and the news from Monday (which was even less).

Speed:Sport:Life Radio: Turkey Week Edition

And we enter the week of the American holiday of Thanksgiving, which means diddly-squat will be happening this week in automotive news. Enjoy your day off, everyone, we’ll be here, desperately combing for anything to talk about.

For 11/24, due to reasons beyond my control (read: college), the actual podcast will be going up tomorrow. However, as for right now, we have the text of what you’ll be hearing me say later on tomorrow, anyway! It’s situated right below the jump.

11/25 is the first victim to fall prey to the ravages of the Thanksgiving vacation, as we talk about rumors surrounding a new range-topping VW Scirocco and the mass exodus from the upcoming 2009 North American International Auto Show. It’s only 2:36 people, you can’t even boil an egg in that amount of time.


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Speed:Sport:Life Radio: I Prefer The Ones With Legs Edition

Yes, it’s time for the LA Auto Show! I’ll be there, bringing you coverage of all the cars that we actually give a crap about. Also, as this is the first week of our new daily podcasting schedule, the format of this post might change a bit from day to day as we figure out what the Hell we’re doing. And please remember to, as always, Share and Enjoy™.

First, the podcast for 11/18, wherein we kill time before the LA show opens by talking about the VW Touareg V6 TDI, go over Ford’s sale of part of their stake in Mazda, find one great deal on two awful cars, and rediscover just what makes Bernie Ecclestone so damn evil.

For 11/19, we wonder why ABC News is wasting our time complaining about the fact that corporate CEOs are acting like coporate CEOs, and cover the few interesting debuts from the LA Auto Show that we haven’t done previously, which only leaves the Nissan Cube and 370Z and the 2010 Ford Mustang.

11/20 has come and gone, and brought with it news of Porsche finally committing that final sin, and economic crises and the stupid Congressional pissing matches that cause them.

And finally, the podcast for 11/21 contains news of the pricing for the 2010 Ford Fusion refresh, the debut of the US-spec Smart Fortwo Brabus, and final proof of why we’re so awesome.


Speed:Sport:Life Radio Special Edition: The Way Forward Out Of This Mess Edition

Hello, and welcome to the first of our new daily editions of SSL Radio. We figured it’d be a good idea to make this first edition a special one, and so we present to you an extra-long podcast, all about the current crisis the US automotive industry (GM, mostly) finds itself in. We break down the current debate over the potential new bailout for Detroit, discuss how the Big Three are doing at the moment and if they’re likely to live to see a bailout, and finally, I do Chris Matthews from MSNBC a solid and present my own answer to the question that he and many others have been asking for the last few days: What the Hell happened to the Big Three? If you have any questions, comments or hate mail about this podcast or the new format, my email address is And as always, Share and Enjoy™.