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James May's Cars of the People

  • 2016
  • Season 2
  • 3 episodes
  • Documentary
  • Lifestyle

Summary

James May discovers how the car became an everyday part of normal people's lives.

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Episode 1: James May's Cars of the People

Summary

The presenter examines how the car industry in Germany and Japan blossomed following the Second World War, becoming manufacturing giants that far outstripped the Allied nations that had defeated them. He test drives some of the vehicles Germany and Japan produced during the post-war period, as well as an assortment of other classic cars, including E-Types and Mustangs. He also reveals the sad tale of the Austin Allegro, a vehicle that had a devastating impact on the British car industry.
Recommended

Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

James May returns to talk us through slabs of car culture. Yes, this series is wordy and nerdy, but if you like your motor shows with a bit of historic sweep, it’s hard to beat.

Who else would play Top Trumps with Damon Hill to illustrate Japanese sports cars in 1970s Britain? Who else would rave about a Triumph Dolomite Sprint (“Overdrive on third and fourth!”)

His story in this episode is the old one about how the Germans and Japanese rose from the ashes of the Second World War to crush US and UK car-makers with models like the Honda Accord – once the bestselling car in America.

We also meet the man who designed that byword for bilge, the Austin Allegro, and see what it should have looked like.

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Credits

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PresenterJames May

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Series directorTom Whitter
Series producerTom Whitter

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  • Episode 1

    James May's Cars of the People

    Summary

    The presenter examines how the car industry in Germany and Japan blossomed following the Second World War, becoming manufacturing giants that far outstripped the Allied nations that had defeated them. He test drives some of the vehicles Germany and Japan produced during the post-war period, as well as an assortment of other classic cars, including E-Types and Mustangs. He also reveals the sad tale of the Austin Allegro, a vehicle that had a devastating impact on the British car industry.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    James May returns to talk us through slabs of car culture. Yes, this series is wordy and nerdy, but if you like your motor shows with a bit of historic sweep, it’s hard to beat.

    Who else would play Top Trumps with Damon Hill to illustrate Japanese sports cars in 1970s Britain? Who else would rave about a Triumph Dolomite Sprint (“Overdrive on third and fourth!”)

    His story in this episode is the old one about how the Germans and Japanese rose from the ashes of the Second World War to crush US and UK car-makers with models like the Honda Accord – once the bestselling car in America.

    We also meet the man who designed that byword for bilge, the Austin Allegro, and see what it should have looked like.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterJames May

    Crew

    rolename
    Series directorTom Whitter
    Series producerTom Whitter
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