Car Talk is hosted by Tom and Ray Magliozzi, better known to their listeners as "Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers" - monikers taken from the clickety-clack sound of aging automobiles. During the show, the brothers freely dispense expert car advice to callers in the broad accents of their native East Cambridge neighborhood. But the irreverent program is about much more than just automotive repair. "We know that the calls about car problems aren't our best calls, so our best calls had to be something else" says Tom. Whatever the call, Tom and Ray handle each with spirited comments and sound advice that listeners have grown to expect each week.
A Letter to our Listeners
We've heard from many Car Talk fans this week (and a handful of elated detractors, who've been waiting for this moment for decades!).
Here's the story: With Tom turning 75 this year, and the show celebrating its 25th year on NPR, the boys recently took a long look at their lives, their legacies, and their desires for the future. The conversation went something like this:
TOM: Hey, guess what? I'm retiring.
RAY: If you retired, how would you know?
Perhaps you feel as we do; a touch of sadness, along with incredible gratitude for the humor and humanity the boys have shared so openly with us every week.
If you'd like to share your thoughts about Car Talk with Tom and Ray and other listeners, we invite you to post them here, where the guys will no doubt browse in the coming days.
The good news is that we actually remembered to tape all of their shows! So we have 25 years worth of amazing calls, puzzlers and laughs. It's stuff that's making us laugh very hard these days here at Car Talk Plaza (and not just because we got away with putting it on NPR). We know you're going to love hearing it, too.
So beginning in October of this year, we're going to share the best of our 25 years with you. Tom and Ray did more than 1,200 shows. We'll find the funniest stuff within them and NPR will continue to give you a great dose of CAR TALK to start off every weekend.
And the guys will still be around, writing their Dear Tom and Ray column twice a week, putting their feet in our mouths in surprising new ways on the web site and Facebook, and overseeing the continuing Car Talk series that'll be built from their archives.
Let me quote the boys themselves, with what they said to their listeners the other day when making their announcement:
"Thank you for giving us far more of your time than we ever deserved. We love you. And know that starting this fall, for the first time, we'll be able to sit at home, laughing at Car Talk along with you guys on Saturday mornings.
Talk to you then.