In addition to the repackaged shows, Tom and Ray will offer their automotive know-how to Globe readers in the form of a question-and-answer column. “The answers will still be tongue-and-cheek,” says Ray, “but when we’re writing stuff down, we actually get to think about it first.”
Tom and Ray will also continue to run their popular website, cartalk.com, where they post their thoughts and opinions and their current car reviews.
One of the great lessons to come from “Car Talk,” is that while automotive programming comes and goes, the Magliozzis have endured. They have done so because they do not attempt to flex their automotive knowledge merely for the sake of it. Rather, they make their know-how palatable to the masses, with more than a hint of humor thrown in. While the topic of discussion might be that there’s a robin’s nest in your heater box, they’re quick to remind their readers and listeners that “it’s only a car, so don’t let it ruin your life.” It’s a lesson worth remembering.
George Kennedy is a freelance auto writer. He can be reached at email@example.com and on twitter @gkenns101.