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Apex Adjacent - Welcome. Your line might not be perfect, your car might not be running, but we still love you.

Welcome to the Apex Adjacent Podcast. Your line might not be perfect, your car might not be running, but we still love you.

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65-Dave Is Turning Into Karl Pilkington, Ian Gives Us What We Need, And We Say You Should Hang In There

Episode 65-It's the ONLY kitten After the last week, we are determined to be in a good mood. Let's talk about cute cars. Let's explore Instagram car cultures. Let's .. wait, Audi did WHAT? Nope, nope, we're going to stay positive and talk about the bright future of Max Verstappen. That is, until Dave brings it crashing down with a discussion of modern journalism. If you need us, we'll be on the floor, staring longingly at a Nissan Pao. TeamClearCoat Drivetribe TeamClearCoat YouTube Channel TeamClearCoat website TeamClearCoat Instagram TeamClearCoat Twitter TeamClearCoat Facebook TeamClearCoat Video Game Recommendations on Steam

1hr 16mins

21 Nov 2016

Rank #1

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179-Our Review Of The 2019 Ram 1500 Longhorn Pickup Truck

Episode 179-Yeehaw! What do Dave, Ian, and Barry Effing Manilow all have in common? Well, it's certainly not singing ability, that's for sure. What they do have in common is that IT LOOKS LIKE THEY MADE IT!!! Come join us in an episode where we celebrate FCA throwing a crazy pickup truck our way after we've paid our podcast dues over these last three and a half years. Listeners, watchers, viewers, family members that guilt-listen, we humbly present to you the 2019 Ram 1500 Longhorn pickup truck. And what a truck it is. Come with us as we discuss our huge red pick'em up truck, and our confused, complicated, and quite lengthy emotions that apparently came with it. Huge thanks to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Rocky Mountain Redline for providing us with the truck, we truly enjoyed our time and and our listeners will too. Buy stuff with our hashtag brand on it! TeamClearCoat website TeamClearCoat Drivetribe TeamClearCoat YouTube Channel TeamClearCoat Instagram TeamClearCoat Twitter TeamClearCoat Facebook TeamClearCoat Video Game Recommendations on Steam

1hr 23mins

8 Feb 2019

Rank #2

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60a-Um, Clowns Are Bad MmmmKay

Episode 60a-They are. Period. The aftershow experiment continues apace! In the non-car/confusing part of the show, we talk about clowns, Ian's eternity in Whole Foods purgatory, and Dave's wild theory about ice cream and guns. And because that wasn't a big enough range of topics, we also managed to squeeze in some discussions on vinyl collecting and Discogs, what Dave will be like as an old man, and Ian's plan to just be done with 2016 already. Join our Discogs group! https://www.discogs.com/group/8030 Hey! Did you know you can view the full episode description for links! Yeah! Click on stuff! TeamClearCoat website TeamClearCoat Instagram TeamClearCoat Twitter TeamClearCoat Facebook

34mins

13 Oct 2016

Rank #3

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191-We Drive The New 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, The Jeep Wrangler Turbo, And Some Ram Trucks!

Episode 191-Jeepie go BOOOOST!!! It's hard to believe that out of Ian and Dave, that Ian is the one that's driven a dualie pickup truck. Well, this week we made that right, as Dave got behind the wheel of some fantastic Ram 3500 truck. Six wheels and serendipity, and the Missouri half of the podcast has now ticked a big box. Speaking of trucks, we also had the opportunity to drive the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon! Jeep's first truck in 27 years and we get our stinking hands on it. I know, we can't believe it either! We also spent some time behind the wheel of the absolutely fantastic Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, this one packing the 4 cylinder engine and a billion smiles. Lastly, we round out the show with tons of listener content. Erik in IL sees a Kia that melts Dave's brain, Joe (America's greatest living photographer) sends us vanity insanity from Kansas (https://www.instagram.com/joehammers/ give him a follow for sure), and we coin a new term, "Carsonification". Buy stuff with our hashtag brand on it! TeamClearCoat website TeamClearCoat Drivetribe TeamClearCoat YouTube Channel TeamClearCoat Instagram TeamClearCoat Twitter TeamClearCoat Facebook TeamClearCoat Video Game Recommendations on Steam

1hr 9mins

3 May 2019

Rank #4

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125-Dave And Ian Surprise Each Other And We Fly Too Close To The Parts Desk On Wings Of Wax. And Fuses.

Episode 125 - Kids Icarus In the psychological realm the term projection is used to describe a scenario in which you interpret someone's emotions or actions in a way that describes something that you are truly feeling yourself. In this week's show, we blatantly use a random Audi vanity plate as inspiration for a new automotive term. Are we correct? Probably not, but that doesn't mean the outcome is at least entertaining. We also learn a bit more about our hosts this week, Dave's collegiate transcript sheds a bit of light on why he is where he is in his life. Some light gets shed on Ian as well, specifically what he thinks about in the shower (but not, you know, in a gross way), in the first of a new segment that we're er...one of us is calling Getting Wet With Ian. Lastly, we paint a picture as two sides of a Venn diagram slowly move apart, we use Ian's Saab TurboX Wagon as an allegory for American politics. Don't worry, Ian describes it in a way that Dave almost understands, so you should be fine. TeamClearCoat website AutoWerkz Blog TeamClearCoat Drivetribe TeamClearCoat YouTube Channel TeamClearCoat Instagram TeamClearCoat Twitter TeamClearCoat Facebook TeamClearCoat Video Game Recommendations on Steam

1hr 29mins

26 Jan 2018

Rank #5

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120-Ian Detests The Young, Dave Sees Some Shame Scars, And We Need Bail After Installing Coilovers On A Stranger's Venza

Episode 120-The cookie the cookie...the beast We kick this episode off by Ian giving himself to Dave - in cookie form. In addition to Dave eating that cookie, Ian gives us insight into how that cookie reacts to suspicious reactions to said cookie's jokes. Wait…who's the cookie again? Anyway, we digress. In an interesting turn of events, Ian did detective work!!! While we now have answers, we're still not sure where we land on the results. Also, we move from being on the just side of the law to a scenario that would FOR SURE put us on the wrong side, despite it being noble car enthusiast work. Speaking of noble car enthusiast work, aka hot takes, we look at the new Lamborghini Urus, Lamborghinis that look a million times better than the Urus, and shame scars on cars. TeamClearCoat website AutoWerkz Blog TeamClearCoat Drivetribe TeamClearCoat YouTube Channel TeamClearCoat Instagram TeamClearCoat Twitter TeamClearCoat Facebook TeamClearCoat Video Game Recommendations on Steam

1hr 1min

22 Dec 2017

Rank #6

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71-Dave Is A Nightmare On The Playground, Ian At The Gardens Is A WHOLE THING, And We Talk A Lot

Episode 71-The part when Nico starts touching the other baby's head... We're discussing some emergency situations this time on the TeamClearCoat podcast. Dave has a Code Brown while driving home for the holidays, Ian has a parental emergency, and what did we do with those stupid paper tickets? Slightly less urgent are discussions about how difficult the last few tenths of a lap are, the role of masculinity in car culture, and, uh, TSA Short Hair Check. Also, a programming note: we will be on break for the next few weeks, but will be back with some new features and new content. Have a good January, everyone! TeamClearCoat Drivetribe TeamClearCoat YouTube Channel TeamClearCoat website TeamClearCoat Instagram TeamClearCoat Twitter TeamClearCoat Facebook TeamClearCoat Video Game Recommendations on SteamWatch Dave play video games on Twitch and YouTube

1hr 47mins

7 Jan 2017

Rank #7

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55-Dave Talks About The Difference Between Lefty And Righty And Ian Wants Nothing To Do With It

Episode 55-Really, Lefty is the first to let me know. It's diiiiiirty in the blanket fort today. Nips, probes, and an unsolved mystery in the form of pairing two interesting parts of human anatomy is how we start out, and it only gets weirder until we land on A Prarie Home Companion. And, really, it's better if you don't ask about the Jello salad. Hey! Did you know you can view the full episode description for links! Yeah! Click on stuff! TeamClearCoat website TeamClearCoat Instagram TeamClearCoat Twitter TeamClearCoat Facebook

1hr 10mins

5 Sep 2016

Rank #8

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69-Ian Is Uncomfortable, Dave Has Loud Feelings, And We Stab A Fork Into Our Thigh Just To Feel SOMETHING

Episode 69-Zeees hair, iz all yours? Is nice! Ian has an uncomfortable interaction; well…all of his interactions are uncomfortable so this was par for the course. Anyway, moving from discomfort to our happy places, SNOW HAS FALLEN AND WE CAN HAZ ALL THE DRIFTING!!! Dave and Ian discuss the differences between their two cars' handling in snow and we uncover an odd surprise about Ian. To that end, we discuss the ideal ballast for Dave's trunk and how having a V8 means that Dave doesn't need a handbrake lever to have fun. The flip side to our happy coin is that carcake season has returned. Sigh… While we're going down our sad carcake rabbit hole, we discuss the awful trend of people throwing non-OEM badges on their cars and how upset this makes Dave. That's how you make a ginger divide by zero folks, it's his kryptonite. Somehow, and we have no idea how, but we managed to correlate Wynona Ryder's shoplifting incident from waaaaay back to a Chevy Malibu. Go ahead and read that again, I had to just to make sure it was real. While we're getting weird, we recast Marvel's Avengers and make them even more awesome. We at TeamClearCoat hope you have a great time over the holidays. Eat some gravy, don't ask why the table cloths are hard to clean, and remember that we love you. TeamClearCoat Drivetribe TeamClearCoat YouTube Channel TeamClearCoat website TeamClearCoat Instagram TeamClearCoat Twitter TeamClearCoat Facebook TeamClearCoat Video Game Recommendations on Steam

1hr 27mins

20 Dec 2016

Rank #9

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147-Ian Receives A Sentence, Dave Gets Grossed Out By A Sticker, And Call The Hotline, We'll Be There For You

Episode 147-Help is almost a call away. Sometimes we hear what we want to hear, versus what someone is actually saying. In this instance of "Ginger Hears What A Ginger Wants To Hear", Dave takes the opportunity to make his own terms for the ultimatum laid out by sweet, innocent Ian. Needless to say, it's easier to score points in a goal you yourself draw, and now Ian, very much being a good sport about all of this, has to listen to both PLEEPS and PLOOPS for the course of a (non-business) week. During this episode, we take a forked detour: one path leads to a hotline caller that is very much broken at the sight of a Chevy. Thankfully, the other path leads to a place WHERE WE JUST THINK ABOUT NICE THINGS FOR A CHANGE. NO, YOU'RE SHOUTING. Buy stuff with our hashtag brand on it! TeamClearCoat website AutoWerkz Blog TeamClearCoat Drivetribe TeamClearCoat YouTube Channel TeamClearCoat Instagram TeamClearCoat Twitter TeamClearCoat Facebook TeamClearCoat Video Game Recommendations on Steam

1hr 9mins

29 Jun 2018

Rank #10

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160-Dave Gets Faster, Ian And His Saab Have A Very Interesting Relationship, And We Find Someone That Has It All Figured Out.

Episode 160 Booty N Pizza. What more can be said? What more could be desired out of life? Never have eleven letters said so much. Our admiration dials get turned to 11 on this show; normally a Mustang owner wouldn't cause so much envy…but…Booty N Pizza. Speaking of things that make us happy, Dave detected that Ian may have needed a mental break, and stepped in with three impromptu karting heats to get the bad vibes out. We had some fun, Dave inserted himself into an already goofy situation, and we chopped through some pedestrian traffic like it was standing still. It all comes down to this folks, sometimes life throws a pylon in your way. Said pylon may or may not be moving. Sometimes there's twenty of them and somehow one of them ended up being the president of the United States. You're not always going to have life's track marshal throw a blue flag, so sometimes you've got to get up, get around, and put that youknowwhat behind you. Godspeed fellow kart drivers. Buy stuff with our hashtag brand on it! TeamClearCoat website AutoWerkz Blog TeamClearCoat Drivetribe TeamClearCoat YouTube Channel TeamClearCoat Instagram TeamClearCoat Twitter TeamClearCoat Facebook TeamClearCoat Video Game Recommendations on Steam

1hr 4mins

27 Sep 2018

Rank #11

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197-We Get Our Hands On A Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid!

Episode 197 The Chrysler Pacifica is many things: a minivian, A hybrid vehicle, a nice place to be. More than anything however, it is one specific thing: a belt sander that takes every rough edge that life throws at you and smooths it down to a pleasant, easy-to-handle shape. In this episode we discuss the minivan we love so much and what it's like to handle said shapes after they've been Pacifica-fied. We really enjoyed our time with this minivan, it inspired some great discussion and perspectives between us for this episode. We also reflected on the times and ways minivans impacted our lives, from family vacations to driving exams to one of us (Ian) getting it stuck in a ditch from drifts gone awry. Did I really need to mention that was Ian that got a van stuck? No. No I didn't. Big thanks to FCA and Rocky Mountain Redline for issuing the vehicle to us for the week. We hope this episode reflects our adoration of this fantastic and capable vehicle. Buy stuff with our hashtag brand on it! TeamClearCoat website TeamClearCoat Drivetribe TeamClearCoat YouTube Channel TeamClearCoat Instagram TeamClearCoat Twitter TeamClearCoat Facebook TeamClearCoat Video Game Recommendations on Steam

1hr 9mins

7 Jun 2019

Rank #12

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215-We Manage To Not Screw Up An Interview With Jonathan Stancel Of Bandit Miata And Garbage Car Kids Fame.

If you navigate to where the roads Rad, Awesome, Crazy, and Inspirational intersect, you're going to find one specific car did a sweet handbrake turn and hard parked right there. Welcome to the Bandit Miata. Welcome Jonathan Stancel.

1hr 19mins

1 Nov 2019

Rank #13

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152-Dave Fails, Ian Wins, And We Could Be Royals!

Episode 152-Royals! Humility. Denial. When it comes to Ian's karting abilities, our resident racer (the better and less-sunburned of the two at least) seems to be in a Schrodinger-esque superstate composed of the two where he is both humble and in a state of denial about his talent. Well guess who comes crashing through the cat box to boldly declare that Ian is a good driver? Dave. Dave does that. We all know he does that. He does. He did. While Ian may not like discussing his victories, Dave certainly likes discussing his failures, and in this week's show the tales of Viggen ownership start to stack up. Oh, and guess what? We land on the absolute best analogy for our cars. Water-filled heads and all. 14 times!!! Buy stuff with our hashtag brand on it! TeamClearCoat website AutoWerkz Blog TeamClearCoat Drivetribe TeamClearCoat YouTube Channel TeamClearCoat Instagram TeamClearCoat Twitter TeamClearCoat Facebook TeamClearCoat Video Game Recommendations on Steam

1hr 27mins

3 Aug 2018

Rank #14

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123-Dave Taps Out Of The Grand Tour, Ian Figures Out The BEST Autonomous Car Uses, And We Discuss The Clarkson Problem

Episode 123-Stickers and self-loathing What can we be doing as automotive enthusiasts to make our community more accessible? Unfortunately, there is no shortage of answers and on this episode we talk about things we'd like to hear less of and things we'd like to hear more of. On the lighter side, if you're in Denver on January 14th, you should meet us at Unser Karting to see if you're faster than a podcast. Maybe you are, maybe you aren't, but either way, we'll have a blast and have stickers to give away. The most important thing is that we as an automotive enthusiast community and as people in general, that we strive to do better. Whether it be our karting lap times, being #SmarterThanIan, or by being more inclusive and welcoming in our community, the absolute most important thing is that we keep making the effort to improve. TeamClearCoat website AutoWerkz Blog TeamClearCoat Drivetribe TeamClearCoat YouTube Channel TeamClearCoat Instagram TeamClearCoat Twitter TeamClearCoat Facebook TeamClearCoat Video Game Recommendations on Steam

1hr 24mins

12 Jan 2018

Rank #15

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222-Happy Holidays From Apex Adjacent

Happy Holidays dear listeners, we hope this episode brings you joy. Maybe not the same joy that Ian felt when he gazed upon a bagged VW Passat wagon, that would not be appropriate for the dinner table, but some other kind of much more socially appropriate joy. We love you.

54mins

20 Dec 2019

Rank #16

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139-Ian Is Bad At Fantasy Sports, Dave Kicks Ian While He's Down, And We Discuss A Phaeton. Again.

Episode 139-He's bad. We'd like to credit our friend and listener, Eric, that correctly summarized the rare occurrence of Dave actually doing something other than nothing when it came to fantasy sports. Something something clock broken something twice something. Something like that. Something indeed. They say you can't win them all, but would it be equally true to say that you can't lose them all? No. That's not correct at all. You can definitely, for sure, absolutely, without a doubt lose them all. Speaking of losing it, Ian's ankle injury seems to have migrated upstairs to his gray matter. Not his hair, the other gray matter, nope that would be his cardigian, dangit, we're talking about his brain here people. His big ol' wacky brain. Dave does a bit of diagnosis and comes to a rapid conclusion that Ian is how you say…"cray cray". Craziness, karting, cardigans (as in apparel, not the Swedish pop bands from the 90's, but they're cool), and more, all on this week's episode. Buy stuff with our hashtag brand on it! TeamClearCoat website AutoWerkz Blog TeamClearCoat Drivetribe TeamClearCoat YouTube Channel TeamClearCoat Instagram TeamClearCoat Twitter TeamClearCoat Facebook TeamClearCoat Video Game Recommendations on Steam

1hr 3mins

4 May 2018

Rank #17

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124-Ian Wants To Go Karting, Dave Wants To Go Karting, And We Discuss Ian's Automotive Predicament

Episode 124-Ford STs and soap for men. People far smarter than us often exclaim that history is doomed to repeat itself unless we learn from it. What can we learn from our cars? Perhaps that like socks, they're best changed often. Sticking to the same pair for years could only end in disappointment and shattered emotions? Let's pick up the pieces and duct tape them back together. Remember in life that it's most important to understand and empathize instead of criticize. We make a bit of a hasty departure in this episode because we're on our way to Unser for our first ever TeamClearCoat Karting Meetup! Hopefully people on the internet don't try to murder us when we meet them in ahem…meatspace. Spoiler Alert: No one murdered us. Yet. TeamClearCoat website AutoWerkz Blog TeamClearCoat Drivetribe TeamClearCoat YouTube Channel TeamClearCoat Instagram TeamClearCoat Twitter TeamClearCoat Facebook TeamClearCoat Video Game Recommendations on Steam

44mins

19 Jan 2018

Rank #18

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77-Powder Your Own Dang Puff

Episode 77-It means teeth. Yeah. That's for later in the show. It's all about happy places this time around on TeamClearCoat. It turns out the Prius forums are the happiest places on the Internet, the Focus RS is our happy place, and being more stubborn than a thing is hard will make even a bystander happy. TeamClearCoat Drivetribe TeamClearCoat YouTube Channel TeamClearCoat website TeamClearCoat Instagram TeamClearCoat Twitter TeamClearCoat Facebook TeamClearCoat Video Game Recommendations on Steam

1hr 6mins

10 Mar 2017

Rank #19

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53-Ian's School Of Improv, Dave Wants A New-ish Car, And We Have Sausages In Our FMKCars

Episode 53 - Gretchen, stop trying to make VR5 happen. It's not going to happen. Oh, wait it did. It did. The long-running best practice for improv comedy is a technique known as 'Yes, And...'. We seem to have found our own road with Ian's school of thought, known the world over as 'Identify and Diminish'. In this episode, Ian identifies an amazing facet to the existence of the Nissan Murano Cross Cabrolet, Dave identifies that he needs a new-ish car while Ian identifies the flaws in Dave's taffy-addled, diminished logic. Once again music plays a role in our discussion and a round of FMKCars, so go give Frank Ocean's new LP a listen, and check out Ian's angular guitar recommendations. The icing on the cake is an excellent listener-submitted FMKCars, where we learn about an engine that we didn't even know was a thing, along with figuring out a new way to warm tiny sausages. Hey! Did you know you can view the full episode description for links! Yeah! Click on stuff! TeamClearCoat website TeamClearCoat Instagram TeamClearCoat Twitter TeamClearCoat Facebook

1hr 10mins

23 Aug 2016

Rank #20