Love cars? Here are 15 shows to keep 95 octane flowing through your veins
By this time, we know that the extended community quarantine (ECQ) had been officially extended up to the end of the month (and may even be extended further), and car enthusiasts are probably looking for new ways to entertain themselves too. Not to worry because we've come up with a little something to keep you from banging your head against the wall.
Log in to your accounts on Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, or any other streaming service because here are a couple of shows and movies to help motorheads pass the time.
1. Hyperdrive (Netflix)
Hyperdrive is like no other auto reality show out there. It pits international drivers and drifters against each other in an elimination type format and is held on one of the biggest and wildest obstacle courses ever put together. Not only that but those that are part of the competition also run these challenges with their own cars. It's one heck of a test for man and machine.
Why we like it: Think of it like American Ninja Warrior, but with wheels.
2. Formula 1: Drive To Survive (Netflix)
This show is a must for Formula 1 fans. The aim of Drive to Survive is to give you a more personal point of view into the world of modern Formula 1 racing. The show already has 2 seasons that span the 2018 and 2019 F1 calendars and highlights unique storylines of drivers and teams during each season.
Why we like it: It's F1 uncut and unfiltered (for the most part), swearing and all.
3. Senna (Netflix)
It's widely considered to be one of the best biopics/documentaries on the life of the legendary racing driver Aryton Senna. Released in 2010, it follows the expanse of his racing career from his days in go-karts up until his tragic and untimely death in 1994. The documentary features interviews and never before seen videos of his inner struggles, sports politics and pursuit of perfection.
Why we like it: Yes, we all know the (tragic) ending, but Senna's legacy lives on.
4. A Life of Speed: The Juan Manuel Fangio Story (Netflix)
Before Schumacher, Senna, or even Stewart, there was Juan Manuel Fangio. Some call him the first true legend of Formula 1 and the film follows the illustrious and successful career of the 5 time F1 Drivers world champion. What makes this story remarkable is the fact that he raced in the early and dangerous stages of F1 during the ’50s and ’60s... and survived.
Why we like it: You needed real cojones to race (much less win) in the early days of F1.
5. The Gentleman Driver (Netflix)
The title of the film is a term that refers to non-professional drivers who go racing as a hobby and the love of the sport. Generally speaking, these are individuals who are mostly rich and successful people trying to break into the highly competitive world of racing. This film follows 4 tycoons who moonlight as race car drivers apart from running the business on the side.
Why we like it: Imagine having so much money that you can afford to go racing as a hobby. These folks are living the dream.
6. Fastest Car (Netflix)
If you're into Sleepers or ordinary-looking cars that can give sports cars a scare, then this is the show for you. It pits modded cars against exotics to see if they can give them a run for their money. Some may look like derelicts, but there are those who can go toe to toe with mega-buck sports cars, occasionally beating them too. The build there might even inspire you to pick up a wrench.
Why we like it: Who doesn't love an underdog story?
7. Car Masters: Rust to Riches (Netflix) and Fast N Loud (Hulu)
For those into restoring cars, these shows are a good source of inspiration whether it's bringing a car back to showroom condition or resto-modding. Each of them cast a light on two different garages, searching for rundown classics of all shapes, sizes, and conditions, which are usually in bad shape. The transformations here are dramatic, and watching will compel you to complete that five-year-old project car that's been sitting in your garage.
Why we like it: There's no school like old-school.
8. The Grand Tour (Amazon Prime Video)
One could say that Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May inspired a new generation of motoring journalists. They continue their antics on Amazon Prime Video from “that old, pokey motoring show from BBC2”. If you loved the way the trio made car shows entertaining to the casual viewer, then you'll love The Grand Tour. From cross-country trips in exotica to cheap car challenges, this show has it all.
Why we like it: Clarkson. Hammond. May. Just great entertainment.
9. Le Mans: Racing Is Everything (Amazon Prime Video)
Imagine running the distance of the entire Formula 1 season in one day. That's the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a nutshell. Completing it is an achievement in itself but winning it puts you right into the pages motorsport history. This docu-series puts you right in the action, not just from the driver's point of view but also the crew, team, and its principals.
Why we like it: An inside look at what goes into 24 hours of pure racing, emotions and all
10. The Gymkhana Files (Amazon Prime Video)
If you still haven’t seen Ken Block’s Gymkhana series, we suggest you head on down to YouTube first. When you’re done with it, follow it up with The Gymkhana Files on Amazon Prime Video. It’s a behind the scenes look at the viral sensation that catapulted Ken Block into fame, featuring the people, as well as the cars and the sheer effort of coming up with the jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring stunts in each video.
Why we like it: Who doesn’t want to see rally cars going sideways billowing smoke out of all their tires? Plus, you get to see how the stunts are made which will make you gasp in awe.
11. Grand Prix Driver (Amazon Prime Video)
McLaren and Honda didn’t have the easiest of relationships in Formula 1 a few years ago. This show goes behind the scenes of the tumultuous pairing. We all know how bad it was for the team that time, but you’ll get to see the on-track performance was just scratching the surface of all those problems.
Why we like it: The Honda years weren't kind to McLaren at all.
12. The Cars That Made America (Vudu)
For those who like their cars from the US of A, this is the show for you. It shows the cutthroat competition between the first American automakers, the nastiness of Henry Ford, and even the cocaine-driven mind of John Delorean. Watch how the Americans put the world on wheels, struggled through the times, and built some of the most iconic cars in between. If you live and breathe American cars, this will be a treat for you.
Why we like it: It's a History Channel dramatization, so it's definitely a must-watch.
13. Crash and Burn (Vudu.com)
Skill goes a long way in racing, but sometimes you need a healthy dose of luck along the way. The road to Formula 1 isn’t a smooth one, as proven by Tommy Byrne. This documentary follows the meteoric rise and fall of Tommy Byrne. If you’ve never heard of him, his story is worth a watch. In the span of 4 years, he went from racing Mini Coopers to F1 cars, but fame has its pitfalls, as you’ll see here.
Why we like it: A cautionary tale of sex, drugs, money and the prejudice behind auto racing.
14. Havana Motor Club (Vudu.com)
Featuring a cast of colorful characters, this show is about the rich and often overlooked history of Cuban car culture. This all takes place behind a backdrop of the cast preparing to compete in an upcoming race, as well as their individual struggles to follow their passion in a troubled society.
Why we like it: Watch how these Cuban street racers try to establish a proper series
15. Autoindustriya.com (YouTube Channel)
If you want something a little closer to home, why not visit our YouTube channel? We've got reviews, motor shows, unboxing features for you to enjoy. Spend hours browsing through our videos and watch all things about cars from the comfort of your own home. We've even made it simpler to go about the page because every playlist is categorized too. So if you're in the mood to watch a review or revisit a motor show, we've got you covered. While you're there, do subscribe to our channel too.
Why we like it: Isn't it obvious?
We hope that this list will keep you entertained in the meantime as we continue to weather the storm that is COVID-19, we wish to remind everyone to keep safe and #stayhome.