Imagine the Marx Brothers answering questions about automobiles. Picture Monty Python trying to imitate car noises. Think of A.J. Foyt telling someone how to open the car hood. Mix it all up, throw in a little Dr. Ruth and a little Smothers Brothers, and you've got Car Talk.
The program 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, Tom and Ray 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. "People have always told us that the calls about peoples’ relationships are some of our best calls," says Tom.