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The Untitled Car Project

The Untitled Car Project

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Welcome to The Untitled Car Project! A show about car enthusiasts with a penchant for tweaking their vehicles to get the most out of them. As lifelong students of this never-ending fandom, we aim to highlight the sheer brilliance behind many individuals doing remarkable things in this space and also aim to tell their story through our Podcast. Our show has been catered to those with an obsession for Technical Jargons as well as the mighty noob. Just like all great things, they constantly evo ...
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My Dad's Car

Andy Gregory and Jon Recknell

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A discussion with invited guests about their personal relationships with automotive nostalgia. Despite the title, it doesn't even matter if the topic of discussion is their Dad's car or not. It could be their Mums, their Grans, parents, guardians or even a neighbours. If it made an impression, we want to talk about it. Season 1 - February - May 2023 Season 2 - July - November 2023 Season 3 - November 2023 - March 2024 Season 4 - April 2024 Hosted by Andy Gregory and Jon Recknell. Want to be ...
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Mladá Boleslav, 11 June 2024 – Effective from 3 June 2024, Chan Park has assumed the role of Head of Interior Design at Škoda Auto. The alumnus of the Royal College of Art joins the Czech carmaker with a wealth of experience from several major automotive brands. In the future, the interior of Škoda’s production and concept vehicles will bear his si…
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We're joined by Paul Harding from Super Duper Garage for this episode. Paul's a car collector / car hoarder and has appeared on Jonny Smith's Late Brake Show Car Cave - check out the episode here - Secret barn collection of Porsches, M3s and JDM cars - Car Caves - YouTube Our talk starts with a yellow Vauxhall Chevette, but takes a few side turns a…
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Mladá Boleslav, 3 June 2024 – Škoda Auto has taken part in European Diversity Month for the fourth consecutive year. This initiative, promoted by the European Commission each May, underscores the importance of diversity and inclusion in both the workplace and society generally, especially in light of evolving work environments and the need to prote…
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Mladá Boleslav, 30 May 2024 – Škoda Auto has inaugurated new facilities for the Emissions Centre and a brand-new Simulation Centre in Mladá Boleslav. Following investments of almost €22 million, the laboratory will bolster the car manufacturer’s in-house development capabilities within the Technical Development department. The state-of-the-art tech…
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Join us for a quick chat about Car Spotting Etiquette. With the response to our Car Spotting Tennis is shows no signs of slowing up, so we'll continue for now - but there are some rules we have put in place. The cars need to be in a public place, either a car park or on the road. If the car is parked on a drive, or behind a block of flats, then it …
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Mladá Boleslav, 27 May 2024 – The Czech Republic has won the home IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, which took place from 10 to 26 May. In a closely contested final, the Czechs won 2:0 against Switzerland in the capital of Prague yesterday and became only the fifth nation ever to win the tournament on their home ice. The final was attended by 17,…
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The dynamic presentation of The new Škoda Octavia took us to Southern Moravia. We thoroughly discussed the brand's bestseller from A to Z, with a particular emphasis on connectivity, which has noticeably advanced. Insights were provided by František Budinský, Škoda Connect Specialist, and Michal Polma, Product Marketing Specialist - Škoda Octavia.…
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Mladá Boleslav, 22 May 2024 – To mark the International Day for Biological Diversity, Škoda Auto is presenting its measures and projects aimed at promoting biodiversity around the world as part of its GreenFuture strategy. The carmaker’s goal is to minimise the environmental footprint of its business activities along the entire value chain. Moreove…
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Mladá Boleslav, 22 May 2024 – Škoda Auto has released the first official silhouette images of the all-new Elroq. The fully electric compact SUV is Škoda’s first production model to adopt the Modern Solid design language. The minimalist exterior combines robustness, functionality and authenticity, while conveying a sense of safety and strength. The …
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We're joined by Jay from Players Classic, Players Shows, Flat 6 Show, Hoonigan and star of many PVW magazine features for this fantastic episode. Come with us, back in time to when Skoda's were seriously uncool - His Dad had many of them! Fortunately in Jay's words, he knew how to take care of himself, otherwise it would have been a very unpleasant…
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The flagship of Škoda's car portfolio with combustion engines is arriving with a new generation. Featuring the latest Matrix LED headlights and a new generation of adaptive DCC+ chassis and the latest generation of plug-in hybrid drive. We discussed all of this with product expert Superb, Jana Eliášová, and product manager Superb, Jiří Kučera.…
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Mladá Boleslav, 7 May 2024 – Škoda Auto is the official main sponsor of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship for the 31st time. The car manufacturer will also serve as the official mobility provider for the event, taking place in the Czech Republic from 10 to 26 May, and will supply a fleet of 45 vehicles. This will include the new generations of…
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This week we're joined by Dave Carey from Adelaide in Australia! Yep! The good work we have been doing has trickled down under, and we're gathering some momentum, which attracted motoring journalist and petrol head Dave to get in touch with us. Dave's father passed away when he was just over 5 years old, but he still has some strong memories of his…
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Mladá Boleslav, 2 May 2024 – With the new Enyaq RS Race concept study, Škoda Auto is exploring new sustainability possibilities in motorsports while further enhancing the brand’s emotional appeal. Raising Škoda’s motorsport DNA to the next level, the Enyaq RS Race features an aggressive design highlighted by a massive rear wing. This concept offers…
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Mladá Boleslav, 2 May 2024 – Škoda Auto has begun 2024 with solid financial and sales results. Demand for the Czech car manufacturer’s models remains high: in the first three months of the year, Škoda Auto delivered 220,500 vehicles worldwide (+5.2%), while the order books continue to show promise. The return on sales (RoS) remains robust at 8.1%. …
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The all-new Škoda Kodiaq presents a more captivating design, comfortable seats, multifunctional Smart Dials controls and an extensive range of efficient engines. Our recent tour of this SUV in Barcelona revealed its highlights. What impressed us? A detailed conversation with Jil Katharina Mahler, Head of SUV Product Marketing at Škoda Auto.…
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Porsche Penske Motorsport wrapped up round two of the FIA World Endurance Championship WEC with both Porsche 963 racers again on the podium. At the Autodromo di Imola, Laurens Vanthoor, André Lotterer and Kévin Estre crossed the finish line in second place in difficult weather conditions towards the end of the six-hour race. 𝗩𝗶𝘀𝗶𝘁 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘄𝗲𝗯𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗲 ► htt…
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The first episode of Season 4 really sets the bar high (but panic not, we've got some great guests waiting in the wings too), Steve Waddingham is the official company historian for none other than Aston Martin Lagonda, but when he's not researching old colour names, and digging out race cars from dusty barns, he's behind the wheel of his own Austin…
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Mladá Boleslav, 22 April 2024 – Škoda Auto has introduced its own ‘Curiosity Fuel’ coffee at its Czech plants and offices. The coffee, which is grown, roasted and packaged specially for the car manufacturer, preserves the local environment and supports fair and secure wages for local workers by adhering to Rainforest Alliance principles. Additional…
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Mladá Boleslav, 18 April 2024 – Škoda will unveil the Škoda Vision Gran Turismo concept car on 24 April at 18:00 CEST. The world premiere will be broadcast live from the PLAYzone Arena in Prague and can be followed on the official Škoda Motorsport and Škoda Auto Česká republika YouTube channels. The event will also be streamed on the PLAYzoneCZ Twi…
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Falken Motorsports has won both qualifying races for the Nürburgring 24 Hours with the Porsche 911 GT3 R. The four-hour races are considered the most important preparation for the prestigious endurance classic on the storied racetrack. They are also part of the Nürburgring Langsstrecken Series (NLS) for the first time. On Saturday, Falken Motorspor…
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A production Hyundai IONIQ 5 N is being tested for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb by driver Robin Shute in California City, Calif., on April 5, 2024.With a new generation of owners now getting behind the wheel of the IONIQ 5 N, Hyundai will spark even more excitement at the 102nd running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) o…
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Bronco Raptor Black Appearance Package joins Code Orange package, giving customers yet another way to pair extreme desert capability with style that only comes with a Bronco badge The Bronco Raptor Black Appearance Package made its debut in front of 150 Bronco owners under an appropriately dark sky, during the April 8 total solar eclipse The Black …
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The enhanced MyŠkoda app impresses with its sleek design, user-friendly interface,and above all, a wide range of practical features conveniently consolidated in one place. What posed the most significant challenge during its development? All of these aspects and more were discussed by Škoda Auto experts Chloe Hoi Ying Wong and Adam Klas.…
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Porsche’s longest-running one-make cup is entering its 35th season sporting a new name: the Porsche Sixt Carrera Cup Deutschland will contest eight doubleheader events in five countries in 2024. Read more at: https://www.vivianasher.com/home/porsche-sixt-carrera-cup-deutschland-ready-to-start-the-new-season Download our App from Google Play Store:h…
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Mladá Boleslav, 8 April 2024 – Škoda Auto has launched series production of the refreshed Octavia at its main plant in Mladá Boleslav. The upgraded fourth generation of the brand’s bestseller features a redesigned Škoda grille, new second-generation LED matrix beam headlights and the integration of ChatGPT into the Laura voice assistant, among othe…
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› Substantial investment of 49 million euros into modernising and future-proofing Škoda Auto’s production line and welding shop in Kvasiny › Introduction of diverse powertrain options for the new Kodiaq, featuring a plug-in hybrid variant for the first time. › Over 870,000 units of the Kodiaq produced since its 2016 premiere, marking a significant …
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Mladá Boleslav, 4 April 2024 – The refreshed MyŠkoda app now serves as a unified platform for owners of all current compatible Škoda models. It offers seamless vehicle access and introduces a wide range of new and further improved features, including smart services like Pay to Park and Pay to Fuel as well as Track & Explore and a loyalty program fo…
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Jon and Andy went wild in the halls of the NEC with the newly acquired podcasting machine (thanks coffee buyers..) gathering together a wonderful and eclectic collection of earliest car memories from many different show goers. The quality is ok considering we recorded these stood up surrounded by hundreds of other people talking! So go easy on the …
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Mladá Boleslav, 28 March 2024 – Škoda Auto is opening a Volkswagen Group Technology Solutions India (VWITS) regional office in Prague. The new facility will strengthen collaboration and create new links with specialists in India, where VWITS operates one of its largest global IT centres. The strategic partnership and further development of in-house…
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Jon and Andy are joined by Russell Quirk who recalls countless tales of his Dad's cars. He reckons his Dad swapped cars every 6 months, and we're not just talking old Ford Escorts (although he had an RS2000) we're talking E-Types, Aston Martin's, Rolls Royces, TVR, Porsche and more. Russell's Dad was an Estate Agent in Essex, and liked to show off …
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Vehicle acoustics is becoming an increasingly important topic. What are the key trends in this field? How will car sounds evolve in the foreseeable future? And what makes electric vehicles distinct? These and many more topics were explored in our conversation with Jaromír Žák, Specialist of technical regulations for external noise at Škoda Auto.…
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Mladá Boleslav, 20 March 2024 – The 2023 Škoda Auto Sustainability Report provides a comprehensive overview of the Czech carmaker’s updated sustainability strategy, detailing initiatives and advancements across all Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) areas. Škoda Auto is dedicated to systematically reducing the environmental impact of its o…
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Mladá Boleslav, 20 March 2024 – This year marks the 65th anniversary of two iconic model designations, which have carved out their place in Škoda Auto’s current era: the Octavia and Felicia. Both vehicles were first presented to the public at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1959, and subsequently in Leipzig. Launched in 1996, the modern Škoda Octavi…
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Mladá Boleslav, 15 March 2024 – Small becomes epic: Škoda Auto has revealed the name of its battery-electric city SUV crossover, along with a design study showing a first glimpse of the new model. The Škoda Epiq, due to be unveiled in 2025, will cost around 25,000 euros. At 4.1 metres in length, it will feature a spacious interior and up to 490 lit…
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Mladá Boleslav, 15 March 2024 – The Škoda Auto Group achieved a record revenue of €26.5 billion in 2023 (2022: €21.0 billion; +26.2%). The company significantly increased its operating profit by 182.3% compared to the previous year to €1.8 billion (2022: €628 million euros). The Czech carmaker also improved its return on sales (RoS) to 6.7% (2022: …
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Mladá Boleslav, 13 March 2024 – This Friday at 10:00 CET, Škoda Auto will present its 2023 financial results and provide an outlook on its current developments and strategic plans via livestream. Additionally, Škoda Auto will offer an exclusive sneak peek of its design concept for a future entry-level BEV. The first sketch of the vehicle’s interior…
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Jon and Andy welcome Helen Stanley to My Dad's car this week. She may be familar to some of you having graced our TV screens on Goblin Works Garage and Motor Pickers to name but a few. These day's Helen is working as an artist - check out her pop art here: helenstanleyofficial.com Helen also hosts a podcast with her cousin, called Cars of the Macab…
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Mladá Boleslav, 7 March 2024 – Škoda Auto will be broadcasting this year’s Annual Press Conference live online on Friday, 15 March at 10:00 Central European Time. The livestream will be accessible on the Škoda Storyboard and the company’s official social media channels. The carmaker will present its 2023 key financial indicators and provide an outl…
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Mladá Boleslav, 5 March 2024 – From 29 February to 1 March, Škoda Auto hosted the BeeGreen hackathon. The carmaker extended invitations to seven teams consisting of 60 international IT experts to take part in the competition. The participants were tasked with presenting innovative ideas aimed at enhancing the sustainability of the overall customer …
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Mladá Boleslav, 4 March 2024 – After laying the foundation stone in May 2022, Škoda Auto is pleased to announce the completion of its new headquarters in Mladá Boleslav, the Laurin & Klement Kampus (LKK). The first employees of the Czech automaker will begin working at the state-of-the-art facility this month. The new building complex is designed t…
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Mladá Boleslav, 29 February 2024 – Building on two decades as the Tour de France’s official main partner and vehicle provider, Škoda Auto announces the extension of the partnership to 2028. The renewed agreement with Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.) also encompasses the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift as well as 18 other international cycling ev…
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Mladá Boleslav, 27 February, 2024 – Škoda Auto India has announced an all-new compact SUV as the next step of its product offensive in the country after Kushaq and Slavia. The strategically important new car in the popular compact segment – developed and built in India – will strengthen Škoda Auto’s position in the market and further accelerate the…
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Andy and Jon are joined by Steve Holden, a friend of Andy's whom he knows through classic VW ownership. The discussion kicks off with Steve's Mum's Datsun Cherry Coupe, before talk turns to a Morris Marina Van, and a love in for the Renault 9 - which led Steve to buy a Renualt 19 later in life. Steve's Dad surprised his mum with an Escort XR3i Cabr…
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Mladá Boleslav, 22 February, 2024 – Škoda Auto has reached a significant milestone in advancing its e-mobility strategy, marking the production of 200,000 units of the Enyaq and Enyaq Coupé models. The jubilee car is a white Enyaq Coupé Sportline, which rolled off the production line on 16 February. In the current model year, the Enyaq continues to…
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After pulling a few strings (and featuring Danny Hopkins, the editor of Practical Classics in a previous episode) Andy and Jon have secured media passes for the show on Sunday 24th March, and will be wandering the halls of the NEC in a bid to meet as many people as possible. On top of that, equipped with the crowd funded Zoom Podtrak machine, there…
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Mladá Boleslav, 15 February 2024 – Protecting the environment and minimising the company’s environmental impact has long been central to Škoda Auto’s corporate strategy. Between 17 January and 16 June, the Škoda Museum is hosting a comprehensive exhibition showcasing the company’s sustainability efforts and initiatives to visitors. The exhibition a…
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Mladá Boleslav, 14 February 2024 – A repeat success: this year, both the Škoda Fabia and Octavia have secured the title of best import car within their respective classes in the renowned Best Cars Readers’ Choice Awards. In the 48th iteration of the competition, organised by the German automotive magazine ‘auto motor und sport’, 92,798 participants…
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The refreshed Škoda Octavia has had its digital premiere. The facelift of Škoda Auto's best-selling model brings a variety of novelties. Where have the key changes taken place? What about the individual engine options? Adding her intriguing perspective to all of this is Denisa Pánková who is responsible for Car projects model line A at Škoda Auto.…
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