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The 5 Car Shows You Need to Watch on Netflix

Shafiqah Hamdan

Shafiqah Hamdan

2020-08-06

As far as movies go, you’ve seen the Fast and Furious series so often you can recite the dialogue backwards. Even when it descended into testosterone-fulled sci-fi madness, but that’s a discussion for another day. And you awaited and binged-watched the second season of Drive to Survive, Netflix’s own chronicle of F1 from behind the paddock with the soundtrack of Guenther Steiner’s colourful profanity at top volume.

And now you’ve run out of material.

For the car enthusiast in you, there are other options that you should totally check out; put together by the Fluxsters.

Rust Valley Restorers

If you have a project car at home which has been sitting around since the dawn of time, then Mike Hall of Rust Valley Restorers is your spirit animal. He has HUNDREDS of 60s and 70s muscle cars laying around, and the whole show is about fixing them up to flip them for a profit. Questionable unit economics? Check. Dirty workshop floor? Check. Exasperated son begging his hippie father to start selling cars before they go broke? Check.

Williams

As the last family-owned F1 team in the pinnacle of motorsport, Williams is a dying breed. Follow the story of Sir Frank Williams as a driver, brilliant mechanic and later team owner, through the accident that left him a tetraplegic to handing over his eponymous team to daughter Claire. Unlike the usual sports outfit documentary, there is a welcome focus on family as well in the form of Virginia, Frank’s late wife and lifelong pillar of support.

A Life of Speed: The Juan Manuel Fangio Story

Juan Manuel Fangio is the type of Grand Prix driver we may never see the likes of again. Sure, Michael Schumacher has more championships and Lewis Hamilton walks into almost every race now knowing that the top step of the podium has his name on it, but Fangio is special. No driver has since or probably ever will win championships with four different constructors: Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz, with his final of five championships secured at the ripe old age of 46.

Car Masters: Rust to Riches

The crew at Gotham Garage march to the beat of their own Frankenstein drum. The show is all about turning piles of rusted and unroadworthy metal into showstopping custom masterpieces, and they’ll take any form of transportation; car, minivan, motorcycle, even a boat. If the art of fabrication is your kind of thing, this is exactly the show for you — now in its second season.

The Gentleman Driver

One of the things that have become painfully clear about modern motorsport is that besides running Uber, it’s the easiest and fastest way to burn cash. A gentleman driver is a racer who comes with their own financial resources to fund this ludicrously expensive hobby, and this aptly-titled show takes the viewer through the journey of 4 such individuals who compete as amateur LMP1 endurance drivers. A little information, a little inspiration perhaps?

Clearly there’s no shortage of binge material if machines are your thing. Have we left anything out? Let us know in the comments below!

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