Living here in the U.S., if we hear about a navy it tends to be the U.S. Navy. Big aircraft carrier this, screaming fighter jet that. And there are plenty of documentaries about those. But smaller navies, like the Australian Navy? They’re more fascinating than you may realize. Gimme all that, and the frigate HMAS …
Is it possible for something to be brain-fossilizingly mundane and yet absolutely fascinating at the same time? This 1993 BBC documentary, about company cars and the executives and sales reps that drive them, does exactly that. You’ve got to hear what these ‘90s era badge-obsessed dipshits think of some remarkably…
Of all the car-related documentaries to come out in recent years, one of the films we’ve been most excited about has been Speed Sisters, which chronicles the story of the first all-woman racing team in the Middle East. At last, it’s making its U.S. debut this weekend at the DOC NYC festival in New York.
I got an email from Michael Banovsky of Petrolicious with a link to what he described as a “surprisingly watchable” old doco. Somehow I ended up clicking on it and suddenly I’d consumed half an hour. Worth checking out even if you don’t speak Italian!
"When you get out to that track... whatever it is that's roiling around in your head, it just goes right out the window." That's coming from Paul Newman, a man who knew what he was talking about. This is the first trailer for Adam Carolla's documentary on Newman's racing career, and boy does this film look awesome.
"My Last Race With Ferrari" is a fantastic Spanish documentary gives us a rare glimpse behind the scenes as Fernando Alonso goes into his final race with the team at Abu Dhabi. Alonso comes off not as the driving god we see on TV, but as entirely human: nervous, funny and kind.
Before there were highways, before there was air pollution, before there was gridlock, there was racing in Los Angeles. A lot of it. Where They Raced is a documentary that goes through that glorious history, and now you can see it for free on Hulu.
Occasionally, I get e-mails from readers with column ideas. A few of the more memorable suggestions include taking my Nissan Cube to a dirt track rally, doing a monster-truck style stadium jump in my SUV, and setting my face on fire so no one has to look at it again.
Here's how to get ahold of Easier Said Than Done, the best motorsports documentary since Senna, and the best rally doc I've ever seen.
Here's a reminder that AMC debuts "Low Winter Sun" at 10 p.m. tonight after some other show about a teacher that operates a mobile math lab? To spread the goodness of math, I presume? I don't know what the kids are watching these days.
If you thought the stream of Detroit documentaries had finally slowed to a drip since the automotive industry is on a solid rebound, think again.
Just a reminder, the fantastic documentary Senna will be airing on NBC Sports Network tonight at 8PM EST.
New York filmmaker Andrew Filippone Jr. has chosen a righteous topic for a documentary: the Buick Grand National, the factory hot-rod that kept hope alive of a real renaissance within General Motors — rather incorrectly, in hindsight.
The "Senna" documentary arrives in the United States in July, and a few hundred people got to see it last night. Here's how to talk your friends and family into seeing it in theaters.