VACC Launches Automotive Industry Podcast

The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has launched a podcast hosted by Greg Rust, Shane Jacobson and VACC CEO Geoff Gwilym.

Known as ‘The Grille’, the podcast is published monthly, with each episode featuring news and views about the state of Australia’s automotive industry, as well as a monthly interview with a well-known motoring personality. The first episode is available now and includes a special guest interview with UK motoring personality Jeremy Clarkson.

The VACC said The Grille is “proudly different”, featuring well-known and knowledgeable hosts, quality content and high production values. It is aimed at automotive professionals, motoring enthusiasts and motorsport fans.

“We just felt like there was a gap in the automotive space for this type of show,” said Rust. “Plenty of people talk about automotive in panel style discussions but we wanted a podcast with an almost FM radio programme feel about it – pacey and fun, but importantly, with authority. Having such a respected industry commentator like Geoff Gwilym on board and the resources and know-how available to VACC really gives The Grille a point of difference.

“And when they told me my old mate Shane Jacobson was on board I just had to be part of it. He’s got this proper, deep enthusiasm for cars and bikes that is infectious and, as you know, he lives life with a laugh so that’s a bit of a mantra that underpins The Grille.”

Jacobson also praised his co-hosts.

“It’s such a rare thrill to be working with the best in the business and The Grille team really is the best,” he said. “Greg Rust is so knowledgeable and well-connected within the automotive world and Geoff Gwilym is the go-to guy for industry comment. What he doesn’t know isn’t worth knowing. I’m really geared up for The Grille. Talking all things automotive? Try to stop me.”

The VACC said Gwilym brings a business prospective to the show.

“There’s a good reason for teaming with Greg Rust and Shane Jacobson for The Grille,” said Gwilym. “We completely understand there are two components to a good podcast. One is great content, delivered in an authoritative way. The other essential element is entertainment. The Grille delivers both.”

To subscribe to The Grille, visit or listen via your favourite hosting platform.