Few inventions have changed society as much as the automobile. From the earliest days of horseless carriages to the 21st century’s promise of autonomous cars, the modern era has been shaped and defined by the rise of the car. A new two-part History Channel documentary takes a look at the history of some of the greatest and most enduring car companies in automotive history, and how the people behind them changed the world. Plus, you’ll get to see two Road & Track editors on the show!
The Cars That Built the World is a two-part documentary that features R&T deputy editor Bob Sorokanich and senior editor Chris Perkins. Accompanied by familiar faces from around the automotive world, Perkins and Sorokanich dive into the backstories behind the greatest minds and most influential innovations in automotive history. From the very first Benz Patent-Motorwagen to the glory years of the post-war American car industry, the humble roots and magnificent success of Porsche to the unexpected rise of Honda and Toyota, The Cars That Built the World gives you a deep look at the immensely talented, fiercely competitive innovators who brought the automobile to the masses. War intrigue, racing grudges, engineering breakthroughs, and pure unbridled drive—every tale is packed with excitement and drama.
You’ll hear stories you never before knew, like how Soichiro Honda got his start working for Toyota, and how the very first automotive road-trip was undertaken in secret by the free-spirited wife of Germany’s first carmaker. And you’ll get inside some of the biggest rivalries in automotive history: Bentley versus Rolls-Royce, Daimler versus Benz, Toyota versus Honda.
The two-night documentary premiers on Sunday, May 23rd at 9 pm ET/PT, with the second installment airing on Monday, May 24th at 9 pm ET/PT. Tune in and learn how the automobile became the indispensable device that it is today.
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