NPR's Car Talk guys hang up wrenches, microphones

Fri Jun 8, 2012 2:24pm EDT
 
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By Ros Krasny

BOSTON (Reuters) - Tom and Ray Magliozzi, hosts of National Public Radio's popular "Car Talk" program, will retire in September after decades of dispensing automotive repair and driving advice laced with a side of wicked humor.

The pair, in their guise as the self-deprecating Click and Clack, the Tappett Brothers, have been taping the weekly show for WBUR, Boston's public radio affiliate, for 35 years, but say it is time to "stop and smell the cappuccino."

Elder statesman Tom Magliozzi turns 75 this year.

"My brother has always been 'work-averse,'" Ray Magliozzi, 63, said in a statement. "Now, apparently, even the one hour a week is killing him."

NPR will continue to broadcast the show with material curated from the best of the more than 1,200 episodes recorded by the Magliozzis over the years, with occasional updates from the brothers.

Gary Hunter, who helps manage events for the magazines Classic Motorsports and Grassroots Motorsports, said he would miss the program, and that his girlfriend Sally would miss it even more.

"My girlfriend doesn't work on her car; I do," he said. "But she listens to 'Car Talk' on the way to work on Saturday. I'm always amazed that she is totally not into cars but she enjoys their bantering and people calling in and the scenarios."

The brothers urged their fans not to grieve: "Thanks to all for the nice comments, but this isn't a wake! We won't be taping new shows, but we will still be polluting the airwaves!" they said via Twitter.   Continued...

 
Undated handout photo courtesy of Car Talk shows Tom (R) and Ray Magliozzi. REUTERS/Richard Howard/Car Talk/Handout