SpeedVision, later known simply as SPEED, before completely mutating into the Fox-owned sports channel FS1, always seemed to be staggering on back in the day. Full of potential for maximum joy among the car enthusiast, it never quite realized it. And maybe this commercial can help explain why.
Anyone over the age of 15 or so should have fond memories of SpeedVision. I was a huge fan of TV shows like Victory by Design, which examined old and beautiful race cars. I was also a huge nut for shows like Legends of Motorsport, which also examined old and beautiful race cars.
And those were the two shows I mainly remember.
Sure, my memory is also chock full of staying up late to watch F1 races and WRC, when no one else would, but of the channel's original programming, those are the two that stand out.
Oh, and there was also Motorweek. So there's that. But technically that was licensed from PBS.
And yet, by the early 2000s, Speedvision had morphed into SPEED, and I may be cribbing Travis' analyzation here, but it seemed to be filled more and more with shows of guys screaming variants of "BUT WE JUST GOTTA GET THIS BUILD DONE!"
And so, SPEED was doomed for a premature end. Long live FS1.
But the problem might have gone back all the way to the beginning, when SpeedVision confidently declared "No Pacers, no Gremlins, no Yugos."