Decades of news reports and whispered rumors about El Salvador have left Americans with a less-than-positive image of the small Central American nation. What doesn't get reported, and what Alex Roy discovered, is the truth: it's a beautiful, hospitable (and well-armed) nation with a fascinating car culture.

Among the highlights of a very personal eighteen and a half minutes of film: a lesson in Central American vehicle pricing, some of the best driving roads on Earth, tales of evil female spirits that prey on drunk men, and a handmade Porsche that's somewhere between a replica and a continuation model of one of Zuffenhausen's rarest and most legendary creations.

Plus an abundance of Latin friendliness and gearhead camraderie, and an implicit contest to find the Worst Rental Car Of All Time. Stay tuned for part two.