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Hagerty Sidedrafts brings you the greatest automotive stories from past and present from classic car insights and collector market news to interviews with leading experts and profiles of the most interesting icons. Does Cuba hold hidden Ferraris? Who is the Father of the Corvette? And Is the Corvair a death machine? Automotive journalists, Larry Webster and Aaron Robinson, explore theses and other compelling car stories. For more deep dives, visit https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos.

Hagerty Sidedrafts brings you the greatest automotive stories from past and present from classic car insights and collector market news to interviews with leading experts and profiles of the most interesting icons. Does Cuba hold hidden Ferraris? Who is the Father of the Corvette? And Is the Corvair a death machine? Automotive journalists, Larry Webster and Aaron Robinson, explore theses and other compelling car stories. For more deep dives, visit https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos.
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Hagerty Sidedrafts brings you the greatest automotive stories from past and present from classic car insights and collector market news to interviews with leading experts and profiles of the most interesting icons. Does Cuba hold hidden Ferraris? Who is the Father of the Corvette? And Is the Corvair a death machine? Automotive journalists, Larry Webster and Aaron Robinson, explore theses and other compelling car stories. For more deep dives, visit https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos.

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Episodes

Indy time machine: 70 mph in a 1916 race car

10/8/2018
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"Literally, he opened this trunk and saw his life set before him," says Hagerty West Coast Editor at Large, Aaron Robinson, in this fascinating episode about Brian Blain of the Blain Motorsports Foundation--home to a remarkable collection of pre-World War One racing cars in Visalia, California. The trunk that Aaron tells us about was full of mementos of Harry Sprague's time as a race car driver in California, more than one hundred years ago. Sprague was an older friend of the Blain family,...

Duration:00:31:04

Race track owner, Skip Barber

9/25/2018
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Our guest is former championship driver, successful track owner, and philanthropist, Skip Barber— a well-known personality in the sports car world. For this edition of “Sidedrafts”, host Larry Webster traveled to Lime Rock Park, the challenging track in Northwest Connecticut that Skip has owned for 35 years. “Every time I come here, I’m blown away by how beautiful it is,” says Larry. In this episode, Skip talks about his passionate interest in racing and sports cars, his time behind the...

Duration:00:28:20

The Voice of Nascar: Mike Joy

7/18/2018
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Mike Joy is the lead race announcer for FOX NASCAR along with expert analysts and former champions Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Gordon. Mike brings 48 years of motor sports experience to the booth. Prior to joining Fox in 2001, he anchored CBS sports coverage of the Daytona 500 and was previously a TV pit reporter and radio race announcer. In this episode, Mike Joy and host Larry Webster talk about the excitement of NASCAR races, how racing has changed over the years, the upcoming stars of the...

Duration:00:32:22

The Godfather of Pro-Touring: Mark Stielow

7/2/2018
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Do you love hot rods, vintage cars and going really fast? In this episode, Larry Webster, Editor-in-Chief at Hagerty Magazine, talks about all three with Mark Stielow. An engineer and manager at General Motors, Mark has been called the "Godfather" of the Pro-Touring movement, and he still builds cars out of his garage. "To me, a pro-touring car is just kind of taking an older car that you like the esthetics of and you harden it...to perform better and be more reliable," says Mark. "You can...

Duration:00:49:01

French Car Collector: Peter Mullin

6/12/2018
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"For me, French automobiles of the 1920's and 1930's represent the pinnacle of 20th century art and design," says businessman, philanthropist and avid car collector Peter Mullin. They have "beautiful, sculptural bodies designed to cheat the wind and be aerodynamic." Hagerty Magazine's Aaron Robinson, spoke with Peter at the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California. This episode looks at Peter's love of art deco design and automobiles. His museum was established as a tribute to French...

Duration:00:20:02

Racing Driver Legend: John Morton

5/21/2018
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One day as a teenager in 1957, John Morton's dad took him to see his first sports car race at Road America in Wisconsin. It was a life-changing event. He knew that he was going to be a racing driver. "It made such an impression on me on that day I remember thinking this is what I'm doing," John told Hagerty Sidedrafts. "I didn't have a plan. I just decided that's what I was going to do." After racing jalopies on dirt tracks in South Carolina, he dropped out of Clemson University to attend...

Duration:00:40:18

The Audi Sudden Unintended Acceleration Episode

5/7/2018
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In the early eighties, the Audi 5000 was the must-have German sedan. Then some owners reported that the car had a mind of its own, accelerating wildly out of control with the driver powerless to stop it. Then 60 Minutes ran a segment that featured a rigged Audi accelerating without the driver pressing the gas. Our guest is Tom McDonald, who was Audi’s PR chief during this tumultuous time. He recounts the hysteria, the sales collapse, and the valuable lessons learned.

Duration:00:26:09

The Upcoming Mid-Engine Corvette

4/6/2018
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For over 50 years, rumors of an exotic mid-engine Corvette have swirled among enthusiasts—only to be proven false time and time again. Those hopes, however, will finally be realized in 2019 when the next Corvette debuts with the engine behind the driver instead of in front. At least that’s what automotive journalist and industry sleuth Don Sherman claims. In this episode, Sherman divulges his surprising predictions about the next Corvette.

Duration:00:23:07

Why Driving Matters

3/6/2018
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Autonomous cars are coming, but what does that mean for those who love driving? And what do we know about the upcoming transportation revolution? To discuss the topic, Hagerty held a forum at the Penske museum in Scottsdale Arizona. The panelists included auto-industry veteran Bob Lutz, aficionado Wayne Carini, and entrepreneur McKeel Hagerty who are all passionate about automobiles and present a compelling case for why cars—and driving them—matters.

Duration:00:37:14

Bruce Canepa Chases Perfection for a Price

2/12/2018
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Northern California classic car dealer, restorer, and racer Bruce Canepa has a rep for trading in the big guns. Visit his shop and museum in Scotts Valley, California on any given day and you’ll likely find a few Porsche 917s and 959s, plus a real Ford GT40, several 427 Cobras, and exotics from all the historic brands. Canepa tells us his philosophy on collecting and restoring, describes his turn-key Porsche 959 restoration process, and invites the public to come visit.

Duration:00:34:51

The Controversial Corvair

1/26/2018
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In late 1959, Chevrolet debuted the Corvair, a family of cars with a rear-mounted air-cooled engine. It was the most unconventional car to ever come out of Detroit. It was also, according to Ralph Nadar, the most dangerous. The ensuing battle between Nadar and GM is now firmly in the rearview mirror and on this episode, we discuss the controversy with GM Engineer and Corvair enthusiast Pete Koehler.

Duration:00:36:45

The Ford GT Returns

1/5/2018
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The Ford GT40 looms massively in Ford’s psyche. It was, after all, the Ford that beat Ferrari in the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. Four decades after that win, the company resurrected the storied machine with an all new Ford GT to commemorated Ford's 100th anniversary. Chris Theodore was Ford’s VP of Product Engineering during this time and the man tasked with designing an all-new car that captured the spirit of the original. Here he recounts the thrilling but harrowing story behind the Ford GT.

Duration:00:48:12

Sam Posey, Racing’s Renaissance Man

12/22/2017
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Sam Posey raced with the greats—Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, and Mario Andretti to name a few—and had a front-row seat during racing’s golden era. Along the way he notched his own triumphs before applying his creativity to writing, painting, and the broadcast booth. A man of many passions, we talked with Posey at his beautiful painting studio in Sharon, Connecticut.

Duration:00:35:56

The Fabulous Graham Blue Streak

12/6/2017
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History has largely forgotten one of America's most influential motorcars, the 1932 Graham Blue Streak. Designed by Amos Northup, the Blue Streak pioneered numerous features including a low-slung frame and aerodynamic body. The Graham was one of the most copied cars of the 1930s, but is largely a footnote today. The President of the Historic Vehicle Association, Mark Gessler, tells the tale of this fascinating automobile.

Duration:00:23:02

Does Cuba Hold Forgotten Ferraris?

11/19/2017
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In their new book, Cuba’s Car Culture, vintage-car hunters Tom Cotter and Bill Warner traveled to the island nation to find out what decades of Castro rule have done to that country’s cars. The pair returned with fascinating tales of fifties-era American cars still roaming the streets, ever resourceful home mechanics, and rumors of hidden Grand-Prix racers.

Duration:00:42:00

Bob Lutz on the Viper’s Demise

11/7/2017
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In August, 2017, the last Dodge Viper rolled from the factory, ending the a 25-year run as America’s most raucous sports car. Bob Lutz was the driving force behind the Viper’s birth and in this episode he explains how the Viper came to be and what ultimately sealed its fate.

Duration:00:41:28

The Father of the Corvette

10/24/2017
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If it wasn’t for Zora Duntov, the Chevrolet Corvette would probably have been just a footnote in GM’s history. But immediately after joining GM in 1953, Duntov bulldogged a series of changes through the GM bureaucracy that made the Corvette a legitimate sports car. Jerry Burton, author of Zora Arkus-Duntov—The Man Behind Corvette, joins us to explain how Duntov’s forceful personality was an instrument of good, and sometimes bad.

Duration:01:01:16

Working the line with Rivethead author Ben Hamper

10/5/2017
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Writer and artist Ben Hamper spent nearly a decade in a General Motors auto factory before publishing his brilliant memoir Rivethead in 1991. Hamper’s depiction of the assembly line drudgery and the endless fight with the clock is entertaining, maddening, and at times tragic. It’s a must read for any gearhead and in this episode Hamper reveals the stories behind the book.

Duration:00:30:18